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A Father’s Day Poem By Maurice Linton

A good friend, Garwood Linton, entrusted some of the Linton information from his family into my keeping for awhile.  This is the information gathered by Adelaide Linton Cartier, daughter of Hugh Walter Linton and Eliza Belfield Garnett.  You have heard me speak of the letters written by my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, to Hugh Linton.  They loved genealogy and family!

In the files in my possession I found a poem written by Maurice Ragland Linton, Sr.  Maurice was the son of Benjamin Linton and Florence Vitula Ragland, born in 1898 and died in 1980 at the age of 82.  The older I get, the more I realize life is indeed short.  This isn’t meant to be a sorrowful post, but one to incite us to live life to the fullest and enjoy our family members while they are here!

Father’s Day

By Maurice Linton, Sr.

I sit in the shade on a summer’s day;

Perhaps I start dreaming the hours away,

For it seems I hear voices loud and clear;

And the children are gathering from far and near

To play beneath the trees.

Where are those children of yesteryear?

Who played and sang with voices clear;

I must be dreaming for it seems just a day.

How can it be, they have all gone away,

And left our lives lonely,

In the shade of the trees.

But again I hear voices of children at play.

Can they be echoes from a bygone day?

Games, I remember in a wistful way;

Childish things they used to say.

I wake from my dream voices draw near;

Thank God, we have our grandchildren here,

To play beneath the trees

Linton Family Bible

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During our visit to Logan County, Kentucky, in March of 2013, Ritchey and I were fortunate to  meet a Linton cousin – Garwood Linton!  He is also a descendant of Captain John Hancock Linton through son Benjamin Franklin Linton.  I descend from Captain John’s son William and his daughter Nancy.  Garwood was kind enough to let us photo the family bible of John Wesley and Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton – his ancestors.  As you can see from the above photo, the bible has seen many years and shows its condition – but think of the history contained in that bible!  It is a treasured possession!

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This certifies that the rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between John Wesley Linton of Logan County, Kentucky, and Emma Adelaide Proctor of Logan County, Kentucky, on the 11th day of November 1869, at M. D. Bell, by Rev. W. J. Taylor.  Witness:  C. F. James and John E. Hollins.

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BIRTHS

  • John Wesley Linton was born November 14, 1843
  • Emma Adelaide Linton was born October 11, 1850
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton was born March 8, 1872
  • John Warder Linton was born June 20, 1875
  • James Thomas Linton was born November 30, 1877
  • Lucy Newman Linton was born December 21, 1880
  • Hugh Walter Linton was born February 22, 1883

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MARRIAGES

  • John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor were united in marriage November 11, 1869
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton and Lucy Vitula Ragland were united in marriage December 24, 1895
  • James Thomas Linton and Allie May Beauchamp were married October 25, 1905, by Rev. J. H. Moore
  • John Warder Linton and Eugenia Howard were united in marriage
  • Hugh Walter Linton and Lydabel Garnett were united in marriage February 5, 1913, at the home of the bride’s father, Walter F. Garnett, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, by Rev. Calvin M. thompson, Baptist minister

DEATHS

  • Lucy Newman Linton died March 15, 1903, of typhoid fever at Auburn, Kentucky
  • Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton died May 3, 1928, at home, Corinth, Kentucky.
  • John Wesley Linton died July 4, 1930, at B. F. Linton’s, Russellville, Kentucky
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton died January 19, 1941, at home, Corinth, Kentucky
  • Hugh Walter Linton died March 21, 1945, at home, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • James Thomas Linton died November  , 1945, at home, Russellville, Kentucky
  • John Warder Linton died November  , 1945, at home, Russellville, Kentucky

I do not have the marriage date for John Warder Linton and Eugenia Howard – and I notice it is not in the family bible.  The dates of death for the two brothers who died in November of 1945, with younger brother Hugh dying in March of the same year, are James Thomas Linton died November 13, and John Warder Linton died exactly two weeks later, November 27, 1945.

Lucy Newman Linton never married and had no descendants.

Benjamin Proctor Linton and Florence Vitula Ragland had eight children:  Maurice Ragland, Thomas Densmore, Benjamin Proctor, Jr., Lucy Evelyn, Amanda, John Lee, Vitula Florence and Sara Elizabeth Linton.

John Warder Linton and Eugenia Bell Howard had two children:  Martha Elizabeth and Eugenia Howard Linton.

James Thomas Linton and Allie Mae Beauchamp had two children:  James Clark and May Lucy Linton.

Hugh Walter Linton and Eliza “Lydabel” Belfield Garnett had three children:  Hugh Walter, Jr., Mary Adelaide and Frances Garnett Linton.

 

 

 

 

Today In Genealogy History – January 19

Lucy Evelyn Linton and Felix Ewing Wright were married 81 years ago – January 19, 1933 – in Logan County, Kentucky.  Lucy was the daughter of Benjamin Proctor Linton and Florence Vitula Ragland.  Felix was the son of B. E. and Bessie Wright.  I have no information about children.