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First Cousins – John and Millie Edwards

John L. Edwards and Mildred L. Linton

The two photographs are in a little red velvet lined double case, a little larger than the others I have – 3 1/2 X 4 inches.  I took the delicate pieces of glass out of the container to scan.  The photos are very faint – especially John’s – but they did well when scanned and you can actually make out more detail. 
John has a very strong chin and direct, piercing eyes.  He has an elaborately tied cravat and shirt with a stand-up collar.  His vest appears to have a design, but nothing I can definitely make out. 
Millie, though very solemn (as is in keeping with photos of the time period), has her long hair platted and at the very top of her head is either a comb, or just her braid.  Her basque dress is a lovely example of the tightly fitted bust and waist, with the open, flaring sleeve and white undersleeve, indicative of the late 1840’s to very early 1850’s. 
These are hand-tinted daguerreotypes, with just a hint of color in the cheeks of both.  The case containing the photos is black, with a design on front, in gold, of flowers, with inlaid petals and leaves of mother-of-pearl.  It is the most elaborate case, as well as pictures I own.

John Linton Edwards and Mildred Lucretia Linton were both born in Loudoun County, Virginia in the first few years of the 19th century.  While still young they were part of the caravan of wagons and horses that moved to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818 with their grandfather, Captain John Linton.  John’s parents were Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton; Millie’s parents were Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson.

In 1822 Benjamin Linton moved his family to Logan County, Kentucky, roughly 150 miles southwest.  Benjamin was a Methodist minister.  This was just the beginning of the westward expansion of the Linton family.  Benjamin Linton’s son Moses eventually moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and John moved to Garnavillo, Iowa.  Evidently it was fate that kept the two Linton cousins in contact, and they married in Logan County October 13, 1831.  After the marriage John Edwards brought his wife back to Washington County, and there they stayed until their deaths.

I have several of John Edward’s original receipts.  One states, ‘Received of John L. Edwards twelve dollars in full for his father’s coffin this 18 May 1824,’ signed by William E. Head.  Another is a tax receipt for 1838 in which he paid $3.51 on property worth $4,400.

John and Millie Edwards had only one child, Lucretia, who was named for Millie’s mother.  Lucy Edwards lived and died her 80 years in the house in which  she was born.  At the age of 41 she married her cousin, Benjamin Edwards, and they lived there together to a ripe old age.

At the deaths of John and Millie Edwards they were buried in the Linton Cemetery, along with Captain John Linton and several others.  As far as I know they were the last ones to be buried there.

Although today in many states it is illegal to marry your first cousin, in earlier times it was not frowned upon, many even thought it a good thing to marry within the family.  No European country prohibits marriage between first cousins and it is also legal in Canada and Mexico.

Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards was a member of a pioneer family from Washington County, Kentucky.  Susan’s parents, Johnathan J. Edwards and Nancy Millie Linton were born in the very early years of the 19th century in Loudoun County, Virginia.  When their grandfather, Captain John Linton, (they were first cousins) moved from Loudoun County to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818, his entire family moved with him – children and grandchildren.  Jonathan and Millie married in Washington County July 20, 1829.  They had 7 children:  Alfred, Lucretia, John E., Susan, Edward, William and Ben.  Only the youngest son, Ben,married, but he had no children.  The family name was not carried on.

Susan was a middle child, born July 15, 1835, just shortly before her great-grandfather, the Captain, died in 1836.  She lived a long life, living with her brother and his wife, after her parents died.  Susan died February 17, 1907, and was buried in the Springfield City Cemetery.

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: About 1770 in Virginia
Father: Moses Linton
Mother:  susanna hancock

Wife: Ann Nancy Mason
Birth: 1752 in Virginia
Death: 14 Nov 1832 in Washington County, Kentucky
Father: Benjamin Mason
Mother:  elizabeth berkeley

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 1: captain charles e. powell

spouse 2: 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 Greene

John L. Edwards, Executor

Note by Phyllis Brown:  John L. Edwards is my 3rd great-uncle.  His father, Edward Barber Edwards, is my 4th great-grandfather.

John L. Edwards, Executor

John L. Edwards was the oldest son of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  He, and all but one of his siblings, was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, before the family made the move to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816.  From the court records, “November 27, 1816, Edward B. Edwards made oath he removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with him four slaves named:  Stephen, Hannah, Poland & Charles and not with intention to sell.  S:  D. Rodman, Washington County Justice of Peace.”

Unfortunately, Edward did not live long after arriving in their new homeland.  He died in 1824, between January 16th, the date of his will, and March 8th, when it was probated at the Washington County Courthouse.

I think it remarkable to have this scrap of paper from that long ago – a small reminder of a day and time much different from ours.

1901 Linton Family Photo

From my great-grandmother Frances Barber Linton Montgomery’s notes: “This is one of the homes built by Captain John Linton.  One of his sons was married in the log room, which is still part of the house.  At the death of Aunt Mary Janes the other heirs’ interest was bought by Catherine Linton and her children Alice and Edgar Linton, where they continued to live until his death in 1919.  The home place and forty-five acres of land was then sold out of the Linton family to Howard Mudd for $158.00 per acre.  The log room is still in this home to date of this writing, October 1944.  The picture of this home was made in the year of 1901.  Four generations are represented.”

This picture was taken in Washington County, Kentucky.  I have great-grandmother Frances’ list of who is in the picture and spent a good part of yesterday trying to figure out who is who!  She did give directions as to who is standing by whom, sitting, etc.  The hardest part were the children!  I think I have everything correct – however, there are two small boys on the left side of the picture that are not mentioned, and are not in any of the lists.  The numbered picture and list follows:

1.  Catherine Taylor Linton, my great-great-grandmother, niece of #2 & #3

2.  Mary Edwards Janes, owner of the home

3.  Sallie Edwards, sister of #2

4.  Alice Linton, daughter of #1

5.  Edgar Linton, son of #1

6.  Frances Linton Montgomery, daughter of #1

7.  Robert E. Lee Montgomery, husband of #6

8.  Mary Alice Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

9.  Margaret Ann Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

10.  Laura Frances Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

11.  Lillie Catherine Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

12.  Minnie Taylor Clements, great-niece of #2 & #3

13.  Walter Clements, step-son of #12

14.  Will Clements, husband of #12

15.  Bill Edwards, nephew of #2 & #3

16.  Lucy Edwards, niece of #2 & #3

17.  Margaret Clarkson O’Bryan, niece of #2 & #3

18.  Margaret Taylor Hennessy, niece of #2 & #3

19.  Susie Edwards, niece of #2 & #3

20.  Margaret O’Bryan, daughter of #17

21.  Regina O’Bryan, daughter of #17

22.  Lawrence O’Bryan, son of #17

23.  Etta Taylor Clarkson, great-niece of #2 & #3

24.  Barbour Clarkson, husband of #23

25.  Albert Walker, husband of #26

26.  Margaret Taylor Walker, great-niece of #2 & #3

27.  Etta Walker, daughter of #25 & #26

28.  William Wallace Walker, son of #25 & #26

29.  Margaret Walker, daughter of #25 & #26

30.  Albert Walker, son of #25 & #26

31.  Mitchell Walker, son of #25 & #26

32.  Thomas Clarkson, son of #23 & #24

33.  Mary Sallie Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

34.  Marguerite Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

35.  Mary Catherine Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

36.  Frank Clarkson, son of #23 & #24

37.  Annie Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

38.  Martha E. Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24


Today In Genealogy History – July 20, 2011

Jonathan Joseph Edwards and Nancy Millie Linton were married in Washington County, Kentucky, 182 years ago – July 20, 1829.  Jonathan is the son of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  Nancy is the daughter of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Jonathan and Nancy had seven children:  Alfred, Lucretia, John E., Susan, Edward, William and Ben.