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Who Reads the Western American Newspaper In 1805?

np1Who reads The Western American Newspaper in 1805?  What today sounds like someone from California, or at least Arizona, in 1805 we are talking about Bardstown, Kentucky – Nelson County!  How times change, and talk of western lands in one century is definitely not the same in another! Personal information was found in ads that were run in the paper.  Most of the other written words were about the laws of Kentucky, items concerning the court, and in one, the second Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson!  In 1805 it wasn’t quite as easy to visit Washington for the inauguration, or watch it on television!

I found this newspaper while searching for something else, but couldn’t believe my luck!  Several extended family members are mentioned!

np4-1On page four of the January 11, 1805, paper is an advertisement to be inoculated for the ‘Cow Pox’ by Dr. Burr Harrison.  He has ‘just received the genuine infection from Philadelphia.’  Notice the insertion of ‘f’ for ‘s’ – makes it a bit difficult to read.  Burr Harrison was a descendant of the family of Susannah Harrison who married Moses Linton.  I descend from his second marriage with Susannah Hancock.

np4-2On the same page is a list of letters remaining in the Bardstown Post Office.  If they are not collected by April 1st they will go to the dead letter file.  Benjamin Mason, Joseph Lewis, Mrs. Anne Lewis, are all in my lines.  I can’t imagine why they didn’t pick up their mail.  Getting a letter was a rare treat in those days.  News from loved ones was a treasure to read and re-read many times.

np3-3On page three is a notice of leave by George Berry and Willis Hairgrove, to lay out a town on their land in Logan County, on big Muddy Creek, a branch of Green River.  I found Muddy Creek on the map.  It is rather long, but the only town on it today is where it starts on the Green River, a little town called Mining City, now in Butler County.  I can’t say if this is the town, or if Mr. Berry and Mr. Hairgrove were able to sell lots in their town, or if the project fell through.  Some of my Linton family went to Logan County.

np3-2David McClellan was in need of lots of butter in 1805.  Was he starting a bakery?  ‘I will contract for any quantity (not exceeding 2000 weight) of good Butter to be delivered in this place, any time between this and the first of April next, for which I will give a generous price in Cash or Merchandize – Any person on whose punctuality I can rely, that will contract for 100 weight or upwards, may receive their pay at any time, by giving their obligations to deliver the Butter in the time above specified.’

np3-1 Benjamin Mason, nephew of my fifth great-grandmother, Ann Mason, who married Captain John Linton, is requesting to hire a Negro woman for one year.  He lives 3 1/2 miles from Bardstown.

np2-2On page one was this advertisement wanting furs.  William King, located at Mr. J. McMeekin’s Store, is going to open a furriers business in Bardstown, and offers the highest prices in merchandise for skins that will be used in his business – bear, black and red foxes, martins, minks, fishers (?), wolverines, raccoons, wild cats, black and spotted tame cats, rabbits, etc.

np2-1Several ads like this were on the first page.  Plum Run is located near Fairfield in northern Nelson County close to the Spencer County border.  Nicholas Minor, who was a Justice of Peace for Nelson County, was married into the Linton/Mason families.  It is so interesting to find these little tidbits to make the lives of our ancestors come alive.  Each time we find a little piece of information that person becomes more of a real person, that lived, worked and loved just as we do today.


1829 Eliza Mason Will

Eliza Mason was the daughter of John Mason  and Ruth Williams.  John was the son of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, and brother to my Ann Nancy Mason who married Captain John Linton.  Many of the Masons came to Nelson County, Kentucky, in the late 1790’s – several years before Captain John brought his family to neighboring Washington County in 1818.

John and Ruth Mason’s children were Notley, Lucinda, Nancy, Benjamin, William, Burgess, Eliza, Priscilla, Basil and George Mason.

Scan064In the name of God amen.  I, Eliza Mason, of the county of Nelson and State of Kentucky, being sick in body but of sound memory and discretion and knowing the uncertainty of life, and that it is appointed for all mankind to die, do make and establish this my last will and testament, and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid I give demise and dispose of the same in form and manner following (to wit).

Item 1st.  I give to my beloved sister Priscilla Batsel all the money that I have coming from my father’s estate, also all that is coming from my grandfather Williams estate and lastly I do here constitute and appoint my brother Notley Mason executor to this my last will and testament, and at the same time hereby making null and void all former bequests and wills of every description whatsoever, hereby ratifying this and this only to be my last will and testament.  In testimony where of I have hereunto set

Scan063my hand and affixed my seal.  Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us this January 24th, 1829.

Eliza Mason

Benjamin Mason, Burgess Mason

At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday the 13th day of April 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was exhibited in court and proved in part by the oath of Benjamin Mason, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be filed for further proof.  Teste.  Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk

At a county court held for Nelson County on Monday, the 8th of June 1829, this last will and testament of Eliza Mason, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oath of Burgess Mason, the other subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Notley Mason the executor therein named, having given bond with Nathaniel Batsel, his security, in the penalty of $1,200 conditioned as prescribed by law and taken the oath the law in such case decrees.  It is ordered that a Certificate of Probate of said will be granted herein.            Teste.  Benjamin Grayson, County Clerk

Nelson County Clerk’s Office, Will Book D, Pages 20-21

Northern Neck Land Grants – William Berkeley

The two William Berkeley Northern Neck land grants below are of special interest to me since they involve my 6th great-grandfather, William Berkeley.  William married Elizabeth Hancock about 1723 and had the following children:  John, Reuben, Alethea, Benjamin, William, Samuel, Ann, Jane, Eleanor and Elizabeth Berkeley.  Daughter Elizabeth Berkeley married Benjamin Mason, son of George Mason and Anne Anaple Wigginton.  Their daughter Ann married Captain John Hancock Linton in Loudoun County, Virginia (formed from Fairfax County) about 1770.  The fact that William Berkeley’s property on Accotink Creek was adjacent to a Mr. Mason gives rise to the question – was it Benjamin Mason’s father who owned this land?   Another interesting fact is that Colonel John Tayloe bought part of the second Berkeley grant.  Copies of wills of Martin Scarlett and Edward Barton, ancestors of Captain John Hancock Linton, were found in the Tayloe papers.  Interesting coincidences?  I like to think they are clues leading the way to understanding this portion of the Northern Neck of Virginia on which my ancestors once lived!

Fairfax County, Virginia – Northern Neck Land Grants

#165 William Berkeley, 531 acres, February 17, 1728, C:141, North side of Accotink Creek, adjacent to McCarty and Mason.

There is a cancelled deed to John Edy (NN B:192) dated February 27, 1728/9.  The deed for this property was cancelled because he was unable to pay the composition and office charges.  This was a rambling grant that interfered with many adjacent grants.  (Belvoir Neck survey, part of a map of plats belonging and adjoining to those of George Washington, Fairfax County.)

William Berkeley, Senior, sold May 20, 1760, for 36.12 pounds to George William Fairfax 183 acres of the north side of Accotink Creek. (Fairfax Deeds D:678)

A William Berkeley agreed with the Truro Parish Vestry April 12, 1737, to build a mansion house upon the Glebe. The work was to be finished October 31, 1738. In July 1743 William Berkeley, Senior, and Vincent Lewis were ordered to procession all the patented lands between Cub Run and Popeshead (Minutes of the Vestry, Truro Parish Virginia, 1732-1785, pp. 15, 40).

In 1741 the inhabitants of the Belvoir neighborhood who made a survey of Charles Green’s 320 acre grant included:  Hugh West, Thomas Owsley, Zephaniah Wade, John Manley, William Berkeley and Charles Griffin (NN E:299).

A William Berkeley is listed on Rev. Charles Green’s list of tithables of Truro Parish for 1749 with two tithables and three black tithables.  Also listed is William Berkeley, Jr., with one tithable and Burgess Berkeley also with one tithable.  William Berkeley’s will (Fairfax Wills B:309) dated November 25, 1761, and admitted to record February 16, 1762, lists sons:  Benjamin, William, John, Samuel and Rueben.  A William Berkeley was not on any surviving voting list of Fairfax County 1744-1768, but John, Samuel and Benjamin voted between 1755 and 1765.

William Berkeley was the Plaintiff in at least three law suits during a ten year period (1746-1755 – RS 1:16, 32, 48).  William Berkeley had leased 200 acres of land from John Waugh February 10, 1730 and the Defendant, Paul Turley, had a lease from John Waugh for 200 acres dated October 17, 1733.  They could not agree on their dividing line.  After ten years of contention the case was taken before the General Court and the outcome is not recorded.  (A jury decided for Paul Turley after the second case.  Fairfax Court Order Books 1749-1754, p. 215) and Turley eventually purchased the property (Fairfax Deeds M:290).  On the three surveys the Plaintiff’s house is not shown.  It is possible that this was a “Quarters” plantation.

154.  William Berkeley, 936 acres, March 28, 1727, NN B:57, Horsepen Run corner Francis Awbrey.

In a survey made May 5, 1740, John Warner shows this Berkeley tract divided into two parts.  One part is labeled Robert Carters part and the other Pophams part, now Colonel Tayloe’s (John Tayloe, 3242 acres, NN E:180).

In a Carter land book 436 cares “bought of William Berkeley, not to be found” is included with tracts of land thought to belong to a Company styled the Frying-Pan Company, of which said tracts Robert Carter of Westmoreland claimed one fourth part.  The 436 acres were part of Frying Pan tract (Carter division.  Fairfax Deeds B3:419).

The part labeled Pophams, now Colonel John Tayloe, was sold by William Berkeley April 3, 1729, to John Popham.  In 1740 the Administrators of John Popham, James and Rachel Maxwell, sold 500 acres to John Tayloe of Richmond County.  Popham in his will dated October 31, 1738, directed his Executors to dispose of the 500 acre tract.  William Durr and Evan Price refused to be administrators, so James Maxwell and his wife Rachel obtained letters of administration and sold the tract for 65 pounds (Prince William Deeds E:10).

John Tayloe sold his large grant to John Turberville and it is probable that he also sold the 500 acres of the Berkeley grant to Turberville.  Martha Corbin Turberville inherited land called Pophams (Will of John Turberville dated March 21, 1799, proved August 26, 1799, Westmoreland County Wills No. 20).

Today In Genealogy History – November 14

Ann Nancy Mason Linton died 181 years ago – November 14, 1832 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Ann was the daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, born in Prince William County, Virginia, about 80 years previous.  She married John Hancock Linton and they had 10 children:  Elizabeth Rebecca, Moses, Catherine, Benjamin Franklin, Nancy, Susan, William, Lewis, Martha and John Hancock Linton.

Captain John Hancock Linton Family Sheet

Family Group Sheet for John Hancock Linton

Husband: John Hancock Linton
Birth: 1750 in Prince William County, Virginia
Death: 04 Dec 1836 in Washington County, Kentucky
Burial: Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: Bef. 1772 in Virginia
Mother: Susanna Hancock
Father: Moses Linton

Wife: Ann Nancy Mason
Birth: Virginia
Death: 14 Nov 1832 in Washington County, Kentucky
Mother: Elizabeth Berkeley
Father: Benjamin Mason


Name: Elizabeth Rebecca Linton
Birth: 1771
Spouse: Richard (Dick) Keene

Name: Moses Linton
Birth: 1772 in Virginia
Death: Aug 1854 in Nelson County, KY
Marriage: 17 Dec 1800 in Orange County, VA
Spouse: Ann Nancy Pead

Name: Catherine Linton
Birth: Abt. 1775
Death: Aft. 1836
Marriage: Abt. 1795 in Virginia
Spouse: Henry Taylor

Name: Benjamin Franklin Linton
Birth: 16 Jun 1777 in Virginia
Death: 22 Feb 1861 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 12 Apr 1805 in Fluvanna County, VA
Spouse: Lucy Crewdson

Name: Nancy Linton
Birth: 1778 in Virginia
Death: 1861 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Edward Barber Edwards

Name: Susan Linton
Birth: 1782
Death: Aft. 1850
Marriage: 15 Mar 1812
Spouse: William Moran Jr.

Name: William Linton
Birth: 1790 in Virginia
Death: Aft. 1850 in Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: 05 Apr 1817 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: Elizabeth Lyon Moran

Name: Lewis Linton
Birth: 1796 in Virginia
Marriage: 21 Nov 1820
Spouse: Sarah Janes

Name: Martha Linton
Birth: 1793
Death: 06 May 1836 in Washington Co, KY
Marriage: 26 May 1823
Spouse: Horatio Mudd

Name: John Hancock Linton
Birth: Abt. 1795
Death: 1838 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 16 Jan 1837 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Julia Green

Happy Independence Day!


Captain John Linton – Loudoun County Virginia Militia

Who departed this life December 4, 1836, in the 86th year of his age.

Linton Family Graveyard, Washington County, Kentucky

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, in the midst of fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie, let’s remember those who made this day possible.  Along with all the red, white and blue banners, flags and bunting, think about that first flag – with thirteen original stripes and thirteen original stars – one for each of the colonies that broke away from mother England.

Our country began on this date 237 years ago – think what has happened since then!  Participants in this war were born AT LEAST 250 years ago!  These are the men who fought, what was then, the greatest country on the globe – and won!  Even though they had their differences they all worked towards a common goal – to be free.  Let us not take that freedom lightly – let us work to continue to make this a great nation.

I have two Revolutionary War soldiers in my ancestry – at least that I am aware of.  Captain John Linton fought in the Loudoun County, Virginia, Milita. He was born there in 1750 – a young 26 year old when the war began.  He was the son of Moses Linton and Susanna Hancock.  John married Ann Nancy Mason, the daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley.  They raised ten children.  In 1818 John and Ann moved to Washington County, Kentucky, with their children and grandchildren!

John Estes Yates was a Lieutenant in the Virginia Line, entering service in Culpeper County.  He was born in 1752, the son of George Yates, IV, and Frances Fielding Lewis.  He married Elizabeth Gaines, the daughter of Francis and Dorothy Gaines, in 1772.  He moved his family to Adair County, Kentucky, before 1810.  I have yet to find where he is buried.

I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through Captain Linton.


Mother’s Day Salute!

Frances Barber Linton, Robert E. Lee Montgomery
Mary Alice, Laura Frances, Anna Margaret

Mother’s Day Salute!

It seems only fitting that on this Mother’s Day I mention my mother, my grandmothers, and all my great-grandmothers – and my daughter!  Just think of all that is passed down through the years from mother to daughter – cooking, baking, love of reading, music, love of family, integrity, strength, graciousness, thoughts on how to be strong woman – so many things that make us the individuals we are today!  Here’s to mother’s everywhere!

Elizabeth Hancock, born c. 1694, in Virginia, who married William Berkeley, 1723, and died in 1772, was the mother of Elizabeth Berkeley.

Elizabeth Berkeley, born c. 1740, in Virginia, who married Benjamin Mason in Loudoun County, Virginia, was the mother of Ann Nancy Mason.

Ann Nancy Mason, born c. 1752, in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married Captain John Hancock Linton c. 1772, and died November 14, 1832, in Washington County, Kentucky, was the mother of Nancy Linton.

Nancy Linton Edwards

Nancy Linton, born c. 1778 in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married Edward Barber Edwards and died in 1861 in Washington County, Kentucky, was the mother of Susan Clark Edwards.

Susan Clark Edwards, born in 1797 in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married John Cotton Taylor November 25, 1828, in Washington County, Kentucky, and died  December 2, 1836, was the mother of Catherine Elizabeth Taylor.

Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, Aunt Mary Jane, Aunt Sarah

Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, born January 13, 1830, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Edward Edwards Linton March 23, 1852, and died May 28, 1910, was the mother of Frances Barber Linton.

Frances Barber Linton Montgomery

Frances Barber Linton, born August 13, 1867, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Robert E. Lee Montgomery February 7, 1893, and died August 2, 1945, was the mother of Mary Alice Montgomery.

Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico

Mary Alice Montgomery, born December 8, 1893, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Joseph Reuben Carrico November 24, 1920, and died February 25, 1986, was the mother of Catherine Lyons Carrico.

Donna, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill, Phyllis

Catherine Lyons Carrico, born April 5, 1931, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married James Philip Hill April 7, 1956, is the mother of Phyllis Ann Hill.

Phyllis Ann Hill Brown

Phyllis Ann Hill, born in Kentucky and married to Ritchey Edwin Brown, is the mother of Catherine Verena “Kate” Brown.

Catherine Verena “Kate” Brown

Kate will be the next in line to carry on the tradition of motherhood and taking care of a family and those she loves.  She will do a fantastic job – of that I have no doubt!