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‘Uncle Billy’ Moredock Summoned

One feat accomplished on our western Kentucky trip – we found the Lewis Cemetery in Hancock County!  We tried to find it in June, with no success.  But with the help of Google Earth and a page from Glenn Hodges book, Daybreak On Old Fortification Creek, we pinpointed the location!  This was another cemetery back a gravel road, onto farmland.  It is a small cemetery, just for family, about 35 people are thought to be buried here.

William Moredock married Hannah Amanda House, granddaughter of the John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown that moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to what was then Breckinridge County, Kentucky (later Hancock County).  John Lewis was a brother to William Joseph Lewis, who married Captain John Linton’s sister, Catherine Jennings Lewis.  Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis’ son, William Linton Lewis, also moved to Hancock County, and is buried in this cemetery.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 20, 1908

“Uncle Billy” Moredock Summoned

Genial Man And Aged citizen Dies At Hardinsburg – Respected And Loved By Young And Old

Once Lived In Hancock

Hardinsburg, Ky., May 18 – (Special) –

After an illness of several weeks, William T. Moredock, one of our aged and most highly respected citizens quietly breathed his last at two o’clock Wednesday morning, May 13.

Mr. Moredock was born near Hardinsburg, March 5, 1834.  After learning the trade of cabinet maker with the Hon. G. W. Beard and Judge Eskridge, he moved to Hancock County, where his life was spent, with the exception of the last two years here with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Evans, at the Commercial Hotel.

A part of the time he was a farmer in Hancock County, the other part found him in business at Lewisport.

In 1856 he was married to Miss Hannah A. House, of Hancock County, and for fifty years they lived happily together, a happiness broken only by his death.  Besides his wife he is survived by these children:  James William, of Macon, Georgia; Samuel H., of Tampa, Florida; B. H. Moredock, of Louisville; and Mrs. Evans, of Hardinsburg.

He was noted for his social, genial disposition.  His home was ever open to his friends and crowds of young people loved to visit there and enjoy the hospitality and sunshine within its walls and nothing pleased him more than to know that he was adding to the pleasures of others.

He was a Methodist, a Christian gentleman, a man whose citizenship enriched the neighborhood in which he lived.

The remains were laid to rest at Lewisport on Thursday.

Mrs. Moredock goes to Louisville where she will remain for some time with her son.

William T. Moredock, March 5, 1834 – May 13, 1908.  Hannah A. Moredock, February 24, 1840 – October 21, 1909.  Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

A Day at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort

Wednesday, I visited the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, with two specific goals in mind.  I have tried to find a copy of the book Daybreak on Old Fortification Creek by Glenn Hodges.  It is a history of the John Lewis family – specifically John Lewis, the son of John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown, and grandson of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth of Loudoun County, Virginia; and his wife, Hannah Lewis, daughter of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton (my Captain John Linton’s sister), and granddaughter of Vincent Lewis.  Yes, John Lewis, Jr., and wife Hannah Lewis were first cousins.

Kentucky was quite a call for the inhabitants of Loudoun County, Virginia, and especially for the Lewis, Linton, Mason, Hancock and Berkeley families that make up my lines.  John Lewis, Jr., was surveying in Kentucky about 1780, and finally moved his family in 1799.  The Mason family was in Nelson County in the 1790’s.  Captain John Linton and his children and grandchildren moved to Washington County in 1818, although several sons had come to Kentucky earlier.

One of the Lewis family members I am very interested in is William Linton Lewis, son of William Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis – and nephew of Captain John Linton.  I was introduced to this man through Dorothy Thrawley, a lovely woman and exceptional genealogist, with whom I corresponded in the 1970’s and 80’s.  She told me of the horse hair trunk that William Linton Lewis used to carry important papers, and that it is now in the collection of Duke University.  Ritchey and I visited Duke University, made a few copies of the old letters and other paper in the collection – and the copier stopped working!  We must return.

My second goal was to find more information about Ritchey’s Thomas Jewell who married Grissell Fletcher about 1640.  Thomas Jewell arrived from England in the Planter in April 1635.  He settled in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Lands were assigned him December 24, 1639-40, for three heads – bringing that many settlers to the new world.  He and wife Grissell had the following children:  Joseph, born February 24, 1642; Thomas, December 27, 1643; Hannah, December 27, 1643; Nathaniel, February 15, 1648; Grissell, born January 19, 1651; and Mercy, born February 14, 1653.  Thomas died in 1654, and Grissell, with six very young children, quickly married Humphrey Griggs.  After Griggs death she married John Burney, Henry Kibbe and John Burge.  Interesting that they lived in Braintree – the home of John and Abigail Adams.  Could later descendants possibly have met the famous Adams?

Ritchey and Linton are camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire later this year.  How could they just ‘happen’ to choose a campsite, nine miles from a cemetery in Whitefield, where John Jewell, Ritchey’s fourth great-grandfather is buried?  He wanted to be found!

My goals were accomplished.  But, of course, they just lead to other goals!  Happy researching!

Greathouse Cemetery in Hancock County

Isaac N. Greathouse, born November 18, 1792, died October 21, 1832.  Greathouse Family Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

The Greathouse family cemetery is located on Hwy 1957, also known as Lee Henderson Road, close to where it T’s with Hwy 1605.  It is very close to the Henderson family cemetery, and both are marked with a road sign – although the cemeteries are easily visible from the road.

Isaac Newman Greathouse was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, November 18, 1792.  He was the son of Harmon Greathouse and Marcia Buche (she was also called ‘Mercy’ and her last name has been written as Bukey).  Harmon and Mercy moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to Nelson County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth B., wife of Isaac N. Greathouse, born July 14, 1799, died April 4, 1879.

Isaac Newman Greathouse married Elizabeth Berkeley Lewis in 1818.  Elizabeth was the daughter of John Lewis and his cousin, Hannah Lewis.  Hannah’s parents were William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton (a sister to my Captain John Linton).

Original stone for Isaac Greathouse.  To the memory of Dr. I. N. Greathouse who departed this life October 21, 1832, aged 40 years.

Hannah Amanda Linton Greathouse was a daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth.  She lived only fifteen years.

Hannah A. L. Greathouse, born April 15, 1821, died June 11, 1839.

William Linton Greathouse was a son of Isaac and Elizabeth.  He was born in 1832, either just before or after his father died.

William L. Greathouse, died July 16, 1901, aged 69 years.

Rodolphus B. Greathouse was a brother to Isaac Newman Greathouse.  He was born in 1801, probably in Nelson County, Kentucky.

In memory of Rodolphus B. Greathouse died 10 April 1838 in his 37th year.

Susannah E. Greathouse was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse.

Susannah E. Greathouse, died September 26, 1846, aged 21 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Isaac and Elizabeth Greathouse had four other children for whom we do not have gravestone photos.  Son John L. Greathouse was born in 1819, and died two years later.  Harmon Bukey Greathouse was born in 1822 and died 1889.  Joseph Linton Greathouse was born 1828 and died 1891.  John Fletcher Greathouse was born in 1830; in the Hancock County death records he is listed as dying November 11, 1852, in Rolls County, Missouri, of typhoid fever.  I do not know if they brought his body back to Kentucky for burial.

These photos were taken in the rain – we will return one day for sunshine and blue skies and retake!

 

 

 

An Important Piece of the Puzzle

How many times in your research have you searched and searched for that one piece of the puzzle?  If you knew that little bit of information relationships would fall into place, questions would be answered and all would be right in the genealogy world.  I know you have!  I am sharing with you today that ‘Aha!’ moment from about 40 years ago.

My dear great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, as I have mentioned many times, was the genealogist in the family during the first 40 decades of the twentieth century.  She wrote letters to cousins, had information handed down for generations, old tax receipts, etc.  But the biggest mistake she made was in Captain John Linton’s father and grandfather.  According to Frances, William de Linton I and II were these persons.  In the respect of William II, he married Susannah Monroe, who, after William II’s death, married Charles Tyler, then Benjamin Grayson.  In those first years of research I found nothing about William de Linton – I or II!  There was a William Linton who married Susannah Monroe, then Charles Tyler and Benjamin Grayson, but this William Linton’s son, named John, was born in 1730 and died in 1775 – couldn’t be my Captain John.

In the Release of Rights dated January 30, 1775, in Loudoun County (earlier Prince William and Stafford counties), Virginia, John Linton releases any rights to his father’s estate (Moses Linton), or the right of any estate from his mother Susanna, to his stepfather, John Berkeley, for the sum of 300 pounds current money of Virginia.  The estate was given up ‘in consideration of  my education and maintenance by John Berkeley’.  Okay, this information gives the name of Captain John’s father – Moses.  The William Linton mentioned above was the son of John Linton and Ann Barton.  In addition to son William, sons Moses and John are listed in his will.  The only other Moses Linton listed in Prince William or the surrounding counties at that time was the elder John Linton’s brother – who married Margaret Barton, sister to Ann.  This led me to conclude that Moses Linton, son of John Linton and Ann Barton, was father to my Captain John.  How about his mother?

Moses Linton was married twice – first to Susanna Harrison, with whom he had at least two sons, William and Thomas Linton.  After the death of Moses, these sons were given to the guardianship of their uncle, Burr Harrison.  Unfortunately nothing further is heard of the two boys, and it is assumed they died before 1775, the date of release of rights by Captain John Linton, since he is considered ‘the only surviving son and heir at law to my father, Moses Linton.’

Moses Linton married as his second wife Susannah, with whom he had three children – Catharine Jennings Linton, my John Linton and Moses Linton.  Moses, who was quite a bit older than Susannah, died in 1752, just after the birth of his son Moses.  Susannah, a young widow of about 22 years, quickly married John Berkeley, he being a widower (his first wife was Elizabeth Longworth) and also the father of young children, John Longworth Berkeley and George Berkeley.

But who was Susannah, mother of Captain John Linton?  In my wonderful correspondence with Dorothy Thrawley in the years before my marriage, and afterwards, she gave me that important piece of the puzzle – the one that made everything fit together.  Dorothy’s ancestor was Catherine Jennings Linton – Captain John Linton’s sister.  Catherine married William Joseph Lewis, the son of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth – hm, that name sounds familiar – as in sister to Elizabeth Longworth, first wife of John Berkeley?  Shall I just say this is a tangled family?  Anyway, Catherine Linton and Joseph Lewis had a daughter Susan Lewis, who married her cousin, Daniel Lewis.  Susan Lewis had the wonderful foresight to purchase a bible and write down not only the information for the children she had with hubby Daniel Lewis, but information about her ancestors.  And in that bible is a note that reads, ‘Catherine Linton’s mother before marriage, Susan Hancock.’  Finally, finally we know the name of Captain John Linton’s mother – Susannah Hancock, second wife of Moses Linton.  In the photo this information is underlined in red.  Sorry the copy is not the best.

And the final question – who is Susannah Hancock?  Moses Linton owned land adjoining his friend Scarlett Hancock.  Scarlett died at the young age of thirty in 1740.  He was the son of John Hancock and Catherine Smith.  He was given the name Scarlett for his step-great-grandfather, Martin Scarlett, who married his widowed great-grandmother, Ann, Mrs. William Green.  His grandmother was Lettice Green who married Edward Smith.  Susannah Hancock is his younger sister, who lived with Scarlett after the death of her parents, John Hancock and Catherine Smith.

Ann Barton, wife of the elder John Linton, parents of Moses Linton, was the daughter of Edward Barton and Ann Green – sister to Lettice Green who married Edward Smith.  We have come complete circle.  Moses Linton and Susannah Hancock both descend from William and Ann Green, coming down the line from different daughters.

Is anyone confused?  It’s certainly a crazy patchwork quilt of genealogy, with intermarrying families and more than one marriage on most lines.  But it has been a fascinating ride – and I will always be indebted to my dear friend Dorothy Thrawley, without whose help I could not have come to this conclusion.  This is why it is so important to share genealogy information, and my purpose exactly for this blog!  Have a wonderful day!

 

Captain John Linton

IMG_9938In memory of John Linton who departed this life December 4, 1836 in the 86th year of his age, Linton Graveyard, Washington County, Kentucky

Have been thinking about Captain John Hancock Linton this morning – my 4th and 5th great-grandfather.  I descend from two of his children – daughter Nancy and son William.  Moses Linton and Susannah Hancock were his parents.  Moses was first married to Susannah Harrison, daughter of Thomas Harrison, with whom he had at least two children, William and Thomas.  After her death he married Susannah Hancock.  The two sons from his previous marriage lived with them, and were still alive when Moses died in 1752.  William and Thomas Linton became wards of their guardian, Burr Harrison, their uncle.   Moses and Susanna Hancock had three children – Catherine, John and Moses.  After Moses Linton died in 1752 his widow married John Berkeley, and with him had at least two children, Elizabeth and Scarlett Berkeley.  So there we have it – a complicated family – but really no more so than in today’s society!

By the time Captain John Linton became of age, he rescinded his inheritance in favor of his step-father, John Berkeley, for his education and upbringing.  In the release of rights he lists himself as the ‘only surviving son and heir at law to my father, Moses Linton, late of the County of Fairfax, Gentleman, deceased, and eldest son and heir apparent to my mother’.  When John married Ann Mason about 1770, his younger brother Moses lived with him, and was listed with John on the tax lists, but evidently died by 1775.  His sister, Catherine Jennings Linton, married Joseph Lewis, son of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth.  They are the only two children of Moses Linton to live to adulthood, marry and have descendants.

When Loudoun County, Virginia, was formed from Fairfax County in 1752, the Linton’s, Berkeley’s, Lewis’, Mason’s and extended families lived in that portion.  A few records of these families from Loudoun County:

Deed Book A – I, John Berkeley, of Loudoun County, for consideration of seventy pounds current money of Virginia, paid by Charles Tyler of the same county, sold one Negro woman, together with her two children, 15th of October 1757.  In the presence of Daniel Hutchison, James Dozer, Richard Keen and Benjamin Berkeley.  (Charles Tyler was the step-uncle of Captain John).

Deed Book C – Indenture made the 8th/9th March 1762 between Benjamin Shreve and Ann, his wife, and John Berkeley, 218 acres of land bounded by land of Richard Brett, deceased, for fifty pounds current money paid by John Berkeley.  (Susanna Hancock was named in the will of Richard Brett).

Deed Book K – I, John Berkeley, in consideration of the sum of eighty pounds current money to me in hand paid by Joseph Lewis, sell unto him one Negro slave named Lettice and one Negro slave named Abraham, January 30, 1775.

Deed Book K – I, John Berkeley, inconsideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds current money to me in hand paid by John Linton, sell unto him the three following slaves, Aaron, Milly and Charlotte, January 30, 1775.

Deeds 1795-1796 – Indenture made this 14th day of September 1795, between Edward B. Edwards (married Captain John Linton’s daughter Nancy, my 4th great-grandparents) for the sum of one hundred pounds current money sells to George Smith a tract of land on Church Road.

Deed Book L – I, Vincent Lewis, for natural love and affection which I have and bear to my son, Joseph Lewis, hath released unto him a parcel of land on the main road, part of where I now live, 16th day of January 1776.

Last Will and Testament of Myrtle Jennings Linton

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Last Will and Testament of Myrtle Jennings Linton

This will is only 30 years old and you may ask why I chose to add it to the website.  Myrtle Jennings, daughter of Charles Jennings and Callie Crittenden, born February 22, 1905, married Louis Benjamin Linton, son of Thomas Alvey Linton and Susan Mary Duncan, born in 1889, December 29, 1843, in Logan County, Kentucky.  Louis Linton was an old bachelor.  He and his spinster sister, Mattie Mae Linton, born in 1894, lived together after the deaths of their parents until the marriage in 1943.  Mattie continued to live with her brother and his new wife until her death in 1968.  Louis Benjamin Linton, a descendant of Captain John Hancock Linton and his wife Ann Nancy Mason, through their son Benjamin Franklin Linton.  Louis loved genealogy – almost as much as I do!  I guess that’s debatable!  I am fortunate to have a few of his letters written to some of my friends that shared the information.  He was quite a character, always joking and amusing!  Captain John Hancock Linton was the son of Moses Linton and Susanna Hancock, born in 1750 in Prince William County.  There were two other children from the marriage – a son Moses, who lived until about 1770, and a daughter, Catherine Jennings Linton.  Ah, now you see the connection.  I find it interesting that Captain John’s sister had a middle name Jennings (I’m still searching for a connection in the family for the name) and his great-great-grandson, Louis, married a woman with that last name.  I enjoyed the list of names of those receiving furniture or money bequests; and money left for upkeep of the Grinter Cemetery – and her dog, Tippy!

I, Myrtle Jennings Linton, of Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made.

Item 1.  I desire that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as practicable after the time of my decease.

Item 2.  I give my three-corner cupboard to Philip Hampton, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Item 3.  All household items labeled “Linton” shall become the property of Thomas A. Linton, Pattie Rose Netzow and Nancy Sue Wilson.

Item 4.  I give my large chest of drawers to Jeannette Hampton Davenport.

Item 5.  I give my small chest of drawers to Virginia Edwards.

Item 6.  I give unto Jane P. Bass the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

Item 7.  I give the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) to Bessie Harton.

Item 8.  I give the Jennings furniture to Jean Stark and Kathy Mayfield, and it is labeled.

Item 9.  I give all of my furniture and household goods to Mildred Mansfield and Marie Jennings, or the survivor of them, with the further request that Mildred Mansfield and Marie Jennings give unto Wilbur Markham and Paul Markham a part of the said furniture, this includes all furniture not listed above.

Item 10. I hereby direct that my executor, hereinafter named, deposit the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) in Citizens National Bank of Russellville, Kentucky, with the interest therefrom to be used for the maintenance of the Grinter Cemetery located on the Hopkinsville Road near Russellville, with Citizens National Bank of Russellville, to be responsible for the distribution of said funds for said maintenance.

Item 11.  At the time of writing this will, I have a dog named “Tippy” which is very dear to me, and I hereby direct that my executor, hereinafter named, prior to any distribution of my estate, make adequate provisions for the care of said dog, including but not limited to the finding of a good home for said dog, providing for necessary medical attention and all other things necessary for the well-being of my beloved pet, said sum not to exceed $5,000.00, with money remaining after the death of said dog to be divided as set out in Paragraph X hereof.

Item 12.  My late husband, Louis B. Linton, devised to me the farm where we formerly lived, with right to sell same, and I have found the sale of same in my best interest.  After deducting my 1/8 interest in the farm and cost of sale, I realized approximately $113,659.50 from the sale of same.  While it may be necessary to encroach upon the proceeds of sale of said farm, I have deposited the proceeds of sale of said farm in savings certificates and have designated on the savings certificates that the money for the purchase of same came from the sale of said farm.  It is my intent that the money from the sale of said farm be distributed under the provisions of my late husband, Louis B. Linton’s will, one-half (1/2) to the Methodist Home of Kentucky, Inc., Versailles, Kentucky, and one-half (1/2) to my late husband’s three nieces and nephew, namely:  Thomas A. Linton, Jr., Pattie Rose Netzow and Nancy Sue Wilson.

Item 13.  All the remainder of my property, both real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath to my cousins, namely:  One-fifth (1/5) to Virginia Edwards; one-fifth (1/5) to Paul Markham, and in the event he predeceases me, then his share to his children; one-fifth (1/5) to Wilbur Markham, and in the event he predeceases me, then his share to his children; one-fifth (1/5) to Mildred Mansfield, and in the event she predeceases me, then her share to her children; one-twentieth (1/20) to Marie Jennings; one-twentieth (1/20) to Jean Jennings Stark, and in the event she predeceases me, then her share to her children; one-twentieth (1/20) to Kathy Mayfield, and in the event she predeceases me, then her share to her children; and one-twentieth (1/20) to Linda Jannings.

Item 14.  I hereby make, nominate and appoint Jesse L. Riley, Jr., to be executor of this,  my last will and testament, and hereby authorize and empower my said executor to compound, compromise, settle and adjust all debts and claims which may be presented against my estate, or which may be due my estate, and to sell, at private or public sale, at such prices and upon such terms of credit or otherwise, as he may deem best, the whole or any part of my real estate or personal property, and to execute, acknowledge and deliver deeds and other proper instruments of conveyance thereof to the purchaser or purchasers.

Witness my hand this 4th day of November, 1983, at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky.

Myrtle Jennings Linton

Signed and acknowledged by the said Myrtle Jennings Linton as and for her last will and testament in our presence and by us subscribed as attesting witnesses in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other, this the 4th day of November, 1983, at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky.  Jesse S. Riley, Jr., Davonna Page.

Today In Genealogy History – December 8

William Linton Lewis was born 236 years ago – December 8, 1777 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  William was the son of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton.  He married Ann Winter Dunnington.  William and Ann had 8 children:  George Dunnington, Katherine Dunnington, Francis Dunnington, Joseph Dunnington, Frederick Dunnington, William Dunnington, Elizabeth Dunnington and Ann Dunnington Lewis.  The family moved to Hancock County, Kentucky.