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Page 58 of Roster Commanded By Captain Charles Lewis – Loudoun County, Virginia

This is page 58 of the Roster of the company commanded by Captain Charles Lewis, 57th Regiment, Virginia Militia, Loudoun County, Virginia.  These records are from 1793 to 1809, which make them after the Revolutionary War, but important information none-the-less.  I chose this page to order from the Historic Records and Deed Research from the Loudoun County Circuit Court.  I sent an email with the pages I wanted, they sent me a price, I mailed them a check and within a week or two my documents arrived.  You can have them copied in color, as I did, or black and white.  Check out their website.

I think perhaps the Moses Linton listed in Class 3 is the son of my Captain John Hancock Linton, who served during the Revolutionary War.

Class No. 3

  • Robert Henderson
  • Mosses Linton [Moses]
  • Jason Gowin
  • Zachariah Gowin
  • Joseph Wright
  • George Dar

Class No. 4

  • Thomas W. Balendine
  • John Hyler
  • James Bealeys
  • James Kerick
  • Anthony Thornton
  • William Frayer
  • James Gordon

Class No. 5

  • William Mason
  • John Stadley
  • George Harmon
  • Jacob Howdershelt
  • Israel Morris
  • John Atcher
  • John Shryock

Class No. 6

  • Christopher Minegar
  • William Harmon
  • Jonathan Swindler
  • Phillip Link
  • Francis Hogue
  • James Davis

Class No. 7

  • Absolum Hawley
  • Valentine Houser
  • Amos Howley
  • Charles Steven
  • Elias Cooper
  • Amos Bird

Class No. 8

  • John Davis
  • Robert Perry
  • Joseph Watson
  • Jeremiah Hawley
  • Peter Hessor
  • Andrew Boyle
  • Solomon Littleton

Class No. 9

  • William Jordan
  • John Gordon
  • Mathias Shryock
  • Robert Henwood
  • John Morris
  • Michael Howser

Class No. 10

  • Mosses Hough
  • Peter Atcher
  • John Davidson
  • John Moffatt
  • John Davis (Broad Run)
  • Anthony Hough


1823 Marriage Returns – Washington County

This doth certify that I did on the

  • 7th of August 1823, join together Edward Graves and Lucinda Schooling.
  • 11th September 1823, join together Prior Patterson and Susannah O’Neal.
  • September 23rd 1823, Michael Young and Ruth Moreland.
  • September 25th 1823, Hugh Jeffries and Fanny Walker.
  • October 2nd 1823, Joel Gregory and Nancy Springer.
  • October 9th 1823, Thomas Swan and Sarah Robertson.
  • October 16th 1823, Allen Elliott and Nancy Lawrence.
  • October 23rd 1823, Lloyd Simpson and Rebecca Milbourn.
  • October 30th 1823, James Bailey and Matilda Graves.
  • November 4th 1823, Samuel Richardson and Susan Creager.

Given under my hand this 18th November 1823, Joel Gorden

I do hereby certify that on the 20th day of March last (1823) I solemnized the rites of marriage between Thomas L. Bennett and Nancy McDonald.  Also, on the 27th day of May, I joined Horatio Mudd and Martha Powell, late widow of Charles Powell, deceased.

The Clerk of Washington County

Barnabas McHenry, E.M.E.C.

Martha Powell was the daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason, and my 4th great-aunt.  Martha had one daughter by Captain Powell, Mary Edwards Powell, born in 1814, a few months before the captain’s death November 22, 1814.  With Horatio Mudd she had five children – Hezekiah, Charles William, Mary Mildred, Nicholas and Thomas Mudd.

A History of My Edwards Family – From Maryland to Virginia to Kentucky

$300 one day after date I promise to pay Nancy Edwards three hundred dollars for value received this 15th 1840                             Benjamin Edwards

Received of Theodore Clarkson and Martha his wife, late Edwards, Catherine Edwards and Sarah Edwards, heirs and devisees of Benjamin M. Edwards, deceased, three hundred dollars in full of a note for that sum heretofore appended, which I held on said B. M. Edwards and on which I have not exacted or charged any interest, the same has not been paid to me in money but by the receipts of said devisees and heirs to me for so much as advanced and paid to them in part of their share of the estate in my hands as widow of their father, Edward B. Edwards, deceased, August 9, 1855.

                                                                  Nancy Edwards

Attest.  J. L. Edwards

This old document was part of my grandmother’s genealogy – some of the best things were handed down and saved!  It concerns money from the estate of Edward Barber Edwards – husband to Nancy, and father to Benjamin, Martha, Catherine and Sarah, heirs mentioned in this note and the will of Edward Barber Edwards.

Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton were pioneers to Washington County, Kentucky, arriving in 1816.  Edward was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born in Maryland April 21, 1768.  His family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, about the time of the Revolution where he met and married Nancy, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason.  Nancy was born about 1778.

Five of Edward and Nancy Edwards’ children were born in Loudoun County – Susan Clark in 1797, John L. in 1800, Catherine Kitural in 1805, Jonathan Joseph in 1805, Benjamin Mason in 1809 and Mary Jane in 1814.  The last two daughters were born in Washington County – Martha L. in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.

Edward Edwards died in 1824.  His will was written January 16th of that year and proved in court March 8th.  Nancy lived another 37 years, raising the children.  She died July 2, 1861.

Five of their children married, four producing grandchildren for Edward and Nancy.

Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor November 25, 1828.  They are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They had four children before her death in 1836 – Catherine Elizabeth Taylor (my 2nd great-grandmother), Edward Edwards Taylor, Benjamin Springer Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor.

John L. Edwards married Mildred L. Linton, a cousin, October 13, 1831, in Logan County.  John brought his bride back to his home in Washington County.  They had one daughter, Lucretia Edwards.

Jonathan Joseph Edwards married Nancy Millie Linton (a cousin – must have been confusing since both brothers’ wives went by Millie!) July 20, 1829.  They had seven children – Alfred, Lucretia, John L., Susan, Edward, William and Ben Edwards.  To make things even more confusing Ben married his cousin, Lucretia, better known as Lucy.

Mary Jane Edwards married James Caleb Janes May 29, 1832.  They had no children but helped raise great-nieces and nephews.

Martha L. Edwards married Stephen Theodore Clarkson June 19, 1848.  The couple had five children – Edwin Barber Clarkson, Francis Polin Clarkson, Annie Clarkson, Margaret Mason Clarkson and Sidney Albertus Clarkson.

This photograph was made in 1901 during an Edwards, Linton, Clarkson reunion.  The three older women seated in the middle of the photograph are Mary Jane Edwards Janes (in the high back chair), to her left is her sister Sarah Barber Edwards and to her right is Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, their niece and child of their sister, Susan Clark Edwards Taylor.  Three of Catherine Taylor Linton’s children are in the photo – the man standing directly behind her is son John Edgar Linton and to his right, daughter Alice Clark Linton.  The woman standing at the extreme left of the photo, as you look at it, is youngest daughter Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, my great-grandmother, with husband Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and daughters Alice, my grandmother, the oldest, standing in front of her father, and Margaret, Laura and Lillie.  The woman seated close to the Linton/Montgomery family is Lucy Edwards, a niece of the two Edward sisters and wife of Ben Edwards, and the man standing behind her is Bill Edwards.  Susie Edwards, another niece, is seated behind Sarah Barber Edwards.  The Clarkson family is on the right of the photo as you look at it.

1856 Will of William Linton Lewis of Hancock County

William Linton Lewis is my first cousin five times removed.  He was the nephew of my fifth great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, the son of his sister Catherine Jennings Linton.  Catherine married William Joseph Lewis.

William Linton Lewis married Ann Winter Dunnington November 18, 1806.  Together they had nine children, and all were given the middle name Dunnington!  They were Francis (married his cousin, Hannah Ann Lewis), Hiram (who died before his father), George (married Caroline Harris), Catherine (married James E. Stone, Hancock County Court Clerk), Frederic (married Pauline Chrisler), William (who died before his father), Elizabeth, Joseph (married Mildred Willian) and Ann (married Porterfield Harrison Hodges).

Hancock County Will Book 4, Pages 32-36

Will of William Linton Lewis

In the name of God, amen.  I, William L. Lewis, of the County of Hancock and State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, doth make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

First. I commit my soul to God and my body to the earth, to be buried in a decent Christian manner.

Second.  It is my will and desire and I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Ann Lewis, my home farm on which we live, which includes all the trace conveyed to me by William L. Boothe, trustee of N. B. Beall, except those parts thereof conveyed by me to Joseph D. Lewis and Frederick D. Lewis, and except the one hundred acres hereinafter given to my son, George D. Lewis, for and during her natural life, together with such of the necessary farming utensils, plows

wagons, horses, stock of cattle and hogs, necessary to carry the farm on.  Also, such of the house and kitchen furniture as she may select, as well as the produce of the farm that may be on hand at my death.  This desire is for the use and benefit of my said Ann and also for my daughter Elizabeth, who is to live with my wife until she should marry and until the death of my wife.

Third.  It is my will and desire at the death of my wife Ann that my daughter Elizabeth shall have the above named tract of land, given as above to my said wife, and also such of the property, stock and farming utensils, household and kitchen furniture, etc., etc., remaining at the death of my wife as she, the said Elizabeth, may select.  The land to be to her, the said Elizabeth, and the heirs of her body.  If she should die without issue, then the land to be equally divided amongst my other children and their heirs as hereinafter named.

Fourth.  I give and bequeath to George Lewis one hundred acres of land to be laid off of the tract on which I now live, on the northeast end and northeast of the tracts heretofore conveyed to my sons Joseph D Lewis and Frederick D. Lewis, and a line running from the northern corner of Joseph D. Lewis to the east corner of Frederick D. Lewi.  Said 100 acres to be laid off in one body as said George D. Lewis may request, so that it may be by a line running northeast on southeast to him and his heirs forever.

Fifth.  I have given to my son Joseph D. Lewis one hundred acres of land and to my son Frederick D. Lewis one hundred acres of land per deeds executed to them.

Sixth.  I give, desire and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Lewis, for use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Lewis, to hold, govern, manage and use as she, the said Ann may think best, except that she is not to sell any during her natural life, such of the slaves that I have or may have at hand to assist her and Elizabeth and carry on the said home place and farm given to her above.

Seventh.  As respects the slaves of mine that now are in possession of my children.  It is my will that they

remain in their possession if they see fit to keep them, and my wife Ann may deliver to the other children to keep such of those slaves as she may not wat to keep, as above sixth, division and named, my said children to hold the said slaves and use them for their benefit until the death of my wife.

Eighth.  It is my will and desire that at the death of my wife that all my children then living and the children of these that may be dead to have a general division of my real estate and salves, as well that which hath been heretofore advanced to each respectively, but what may be in this will devised once all be made equal.  The children of those that may be dead taking the share of their parent and to be charged with the advancements their parents have received.

Ninth.  As to the personal property that may not be taken and necessary to be used for the benefit of my wife and daughter Elizabeth in the second devise herein and all other property not herein named, to be sold by my executor and the proceeds applied to the payment of my debts.  If not sufficient then such other property as may best spared.

Tenth.  It is my understanding that those of my children who have had the use of any of my slaves or who may have the use of any under the seventh devise herein and shall not have paid for their services to me during my life are to account in the general settlement for a reasonable value for the services of such and in the equal division contemplated in the either devise above a fair value is to be put on the slaves and land in such way as may be deemed right by my executors, to carry out the intentions therein expected to make all my children equal.

Lastly, I appoint George D. Lewis, Frederick D. Lewis, without security, my executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this first day of February A.D. 1856.

William L. Lewis

Done and published as the last will and testament of the testator by him in our presence who subscribe our names

in his presence and in the presence of each other on the date above.

Teste.  Will. S. Bates, T. P. William

Codicil.  In explanation of my intentions respecting the land given to my wife Ann and my daughter Elizabeth, if they choose they may have the lines of the home tract extended back from Joseph D. Lewis’ north corner and Frederick D. Lewis’ east corner as much as twenty poles northeast, and then connected by a line parallel to the northeast line of the tract and then for George D. Lewis to have his 100 acres laid off as in the foregoing will is named, but giving a right of way for my wife and daughter Elizabeth from the home tract to any part that may not be included in said George D. Lewis’ 100 acres, which is devised to them – done and signed this 10th day of February A.D. 1856 by the testator in the presence of us, Will S. Bates, Thomas Morgan

William L. Lewis

State of Kentucky, Hancock County

At a Court held in and for the County of Hancock aforesaid at the Courthouse in Hawesville.  On Monday the 22nd day of October 1860, the instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William L. Lewis, deceased, and the codicil proved by the oath of William S. Bates, one of the subscribing witnesses to the will and also to the codicil, said Bates testifying on oath that the testator did sign, seal, publish and declare that said instrument to be his last will and testament in presence of said Bates and Thomas P. William, that the said Bates and William subscribed their names as witnesses in presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.  Said Bates also testified that the testator also signed, sealed and published and declared the codicil thereunder written to be a part and parcel of this said last will and testament, in the presence of the said Bates and Thomas Morgan.  That the

said Bates and Thomas Morgan, subscribed their names as witnesses to said codicil in presence of the testator and in presence of each other.

That at the time of the publishing of said will and codicil, the testator, William L. Lewis, was, as he believed, of sound and disposing mind and memory, whereupon the said instrument of writing and codicil thereunder written were established as the last will and testament and codicil of said William L. Lewis, deceased, and ordered to be recorded.

Whereupon the same hath been truly recorded in my office.

Attest.  James E. Stone, Clerk, Hancock County Court

DAR Application Based On Captain John Linton

Today I share with you the original National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution working sheet for application of Adelaide Linton Cartier.  She is a cousin, along with being a cousin of Garwood Linton, my good friend (and cousin!) from Logan County and Jefferson County.  He brought Adelaide’s boxes of research to me several years ago.  Adelaide, of course, entered the DAR through our mutual great-great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, lieutenant and then captain of the Loudoun Militia.  He was born in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1750, before the county of Loudoun was formed.  John married Ann Mason, a daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley.  During the last few years of the 18th century and the first few years of the 19th century, several of John and Ann’s children (along with a few of her brothers and sisters) came to Kentucky.  The Masons settled in Nelson County, along with Moses Linton.  The rest of the Linton’s made roots in neighboring Washington County.  In 1818, the remaining children came with the Captain.  I can just see that long line of children, grandchildren, slaves, packhorses, coming through the Cumberland Gap!  John Linton lived to the grand age of 86, his wife, 82.  They, along with other family members, are buried in the Linton Cemetery on Hwy 555.

Now for Adelaide’s application.

Mrs. Adelaide Linton Cartier, wife of Roderic Walter Cartier, descendant of Captain John Linton.

  1. I am the daughter of Hugh Walter Linton, born February 22, 1883, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on March 21, 1945, and his only wife, Lydabel Garnett, born on October 12, 1891, at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, married on February 5, 1913.
  2. The said Hugh Walter Linton was the child of John Wesley Linton, born on November 14, 1843, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Russellville, Kentucky, on July 4, 1930, and his only wife Emma Adelaide Proctor, born on October 11, 1850, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Russellville, Kentucky, on May 10, 1928, married on November 11, 1869.
  3. The said John Wesley Linton was the child of Benjamin Burkett Linton, born on April 29, 1821, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on July 23, 1894, and his first wife, Nancy Jane Newman, born on March 6, 1822, at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on July 7, 1879, married February 2, 1843.
  4. The said Benjamin Burkett Linton was the child of Rev. Benjamin Franklin Linton, born on June 10, 1777, at Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, in 1861 and his wife Lucy Crewdson, born in 1785, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on August 13, 1837, married 1800.
  5. The said Benjamin Franklin Linton was the child of Captain John Linton, born in 1750, at Prince William County, Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, December 4, 1836, and his wife Ann Mason, born in Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, in 1832, married about 1770.

Details showing the family descent.  Give reference to verify the above statement of birth, marriage and death, by volume and page of reference is made to published work, and a duplicate certified or attested copy of facts where reference is made to Family Bible, tombstone, or other unpublished authority.  Statements based upon tradition cannot be considered.

File Case of John Linton, Virginia and Kentucky

2nd generation – Birth, death and marriage dates from Family Bible, shown in affidavit No. I.  Marriage is also shown in Logan County Court Records, Book 3, Page 100.

3rd generation – Birth, death, marriage dates from Family Bible and on tombstones at Bibbs Chapel Cemetery, sworn to in affidavits I and II.

4th generation – Birth place and date on B. F. Linton found in St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal, January and February issue 1867.  His death date on tombstone near Springfield, Kentucky, sworn to in affidavit No. II.  His wife’s birth and death dates found on tombstone at Kennerly Chapel in affidavit No. II.  Affidavit No. I shows B. B. Linton was son of B. F. Linton.

Ancestor’s Services

The said Captain John Linton was lieutenant in Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia.  Commissioned in February 8, 1779, recommended August 1778.  Commissioned Captain of the Militia in Loudoun County, Virginia, April 10, 1781, recommended February 1781.  He was Lieutenant in the Third Continental Dragoons.  The said Captain John Linton is the ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of lieutenant in the Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia, from February 8, 1779, to April 10, 1781, when he was commissioned captain of the Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia.

State authority for service claimed by volume and page – Order Book ‘G’, Folio 130, page 134-135.  History of Loudoun County, Virginia, Vol. 9, Page 22, 54, Virginia County Records.

I need to research the Third Continental Dragoons before I could positively say that John Linton was a part of that group.  Today I sent an email to the Loudoun County Clerk for more information.  I will let you know what I find.

1811 Will of George Gray Tyler – Prince William County Virginia

George Gray Tyler, son of William Tyler, of Prince William County, Virginia, was a brother to the Sarah Tyler that married John Augustine Linton in the same county.  John Augustine Linton was a cousin to my Captain John Hancock Linton.  Captain John was a grandson of John Linton and Anne Barton; John Augustine was a great-grandson. 

Occoquan Bay Area

Since they lived in the same area, the upper portion of Occoquan Bay, which is now the area known as the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, it seems only natural that John Augustine would be an executor and manager of George G. Tyler’s estate after his decease.  This land was originally owned by Martin Scarlett, and was devised to his wife, Ann Green Scarlett, at his death, ‘To wife, Ann, land of Occoquan and Marumsco Creek.’  Land on the southmost branch of Marumsco Creek to Edward Barton.  Edward Barton’s daughter married John Linton and thus the land passed to them and their descendants. Martin Scarlett’s gravestone is on this property – he died in 1696.

John Augustine Linton Family Cemetery

George Tyler died in 1811; John Augustine Linton died eleven years later.  There are documents signed after that date by Sarah Tyler Linton concerning the estate.

This will was written September 29, 1811, and proved in court November 4, 1811.  George Tyler must have been very ill and knew he was going to die.  The will mentions children, but only one son, William Tyler, is named. 

I, George Gray Tyler, of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia, do make the following my last will and testament.

It is my wish and desire after my just debts are paid that the whole of my estate, both real and personal, should be kept together and managed as it has been heretofore by myself, and my children be educated and supported out of the profit, thereof, and as they arrive at age or get married or at any other period my Executor hereinafter named shall think proper to allot off such part of my real or personal Estate as they or a majority of them or their survivors in their discretion may judge advisable so that in a final division of my property my children shall all have an equal share.  It is my wish and desire that whenever my son William has his part given up to himself that his part of the land should be laid off so as to take in my dwelling house and other out houses belonging thereto, the new part of the dwelling house I wish to be underpinned and the chimney finished and such other parts finished as my Executor may think proper.  It is my desire that if any estate should yield more profit than will maintain and educate my children that my Executor should lay out such profit or overplus in any kind of property they may think proper for the benefit of my children.

And lastly, I constitute and appoint my brothers, Charles Tyler and William Tyler, my friend John Linton, and my son William Tyler, Executors to this my last will and testament, hereby vesting them or their survivors with the Executorship of my said Estate and further it is my wish that my friend John Linton should be the superintender and manager of my said estate until it is given up to my children.  In witness whereof I have hereunto fixed my seal and subscribed my name this 29th day of September 1811.

George G. Tyler

Acknowledged to be the last will and testament of the subscriber, George Gray Tyler, in the presence of us, G Stith, John E. Cooke, Solomon Ewelt, Jr.

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County, November 4, 1811.

This last will and testament of George G. Tyler, deceased, was presented to the Court and being proved by the oath of G. Stith, is ordered to be certified.  And at a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for said County, March 2, 1812.  This said will was fully proved by the oath of Solomon Ewelt, Jr., and ordered to be recorded.

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions continued and held for Prince William County June 6, 1815

John Linton, one of the Executors named in the last will and testament of George G. Tyler, Deceased, came into Court and made oath to the same according to law and having performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

A Little Genealogist’s First Cemetery Adventure

img_8706How early is too early to start genealogy research?  It’s never too early in my opinion.  Yesterday we took our grandson, Julian, on a genealogy adventure with us.  We visited the Linton cemetery first, where his sixth and seventh great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, is buried.  Also, his fifth and sixth great-grandparents, William Linton (son of John) and Eliza Lyon Moran Linton, are buried there.  Only seven gravestones are standing in the cemetery, but I am sure there are many more family members buried there.

The cemetery and several acres surrounding it were purchased by the Redemption Point Church of God about five years ago.  They keep the cemetery immaculate, and yesterday we noticed the gravestones had been washed – it was so easy to read the names and birth and death dates.  At a time when so many family cemeteries are lost to weeds, brambles and bushes – or bulldozed to oblivion – I am very thankful this church bought the land and is taking such good care of the cemetery.  There were white posts at a distance around the cemetery.  I knew the church was going to extend the cemetery to include a burial area for their members.  Evidently the Linton cemetery will be at the center, with members buried on all sides around it.  Linton and Edwards family members should be very thankful.

As for 22 month old Julian, he didn’t realize the significance of where he was – he just enjoyed running around the cemetery and sitting on some of the rocks that could possibly be grave markers.  Did he listen to my explanation of Captain John?  Perhaps, but I am sure it didn’t register.  This morning when he came in with his sippy cup, and I asked him what color it was, he proudly said, ‘Purple!’  Nana’s favorite color.  One day when we are at the cemetery I hope he will be able to say, ‘Captain John!’ when I ask who is buried there.  We will continue to visit cemeteries and talk about ancestors – and one day he will be a genealogist and lover of family history, too.