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John Wesley Linton Family Photo

Today I share with you a photo of John Wesley Linton and wife Emma Adelaide Proctor, and two of their children.  With a bit of thought and research I believe I can tell you which of their five children are in the photo.  Let’s start with a little history.

John Wesley Linton’s grandfather was Benjamin Franklin Linton, who was born June 16, 1777, in Loudoun County, Virginia, the son of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.  Benjamin F. Linton married Lucy Crewdson, April 12, 1805, in Fluvanna County, Virginia.  Even though his parents and other brothers and sisters moved to the Washington/Nelson County area in Kentucky, Benjamin settled in Logan County, Kentucky.

Benjamin and Lucy had twelve children – Mildred L., Moses Lewis, Nany M., John, Thomas Crewdson, William Crewdson, Elizabeth, Benjamin Burkette, John Newman, Lucy Crewdson, Burkette Lewis and George Thomas Linton.  Most of the older children moved away from Logan County, the younger ones stayed in Logan County.

Mildred married her cousin John L. Edwards, who lived in Washington County, Kentucky.  They are buried in the Linton Cemetery, along with the Captain and other members of the family.

Moses Lewis Linton married Ann Rachel Booker, from Washington County, became a doctor and moved his family to St. Louis, Missouri.  He taught at the university and was very widely known for his medical skills, as well as his charitable work.  In the new St. Louis Cathedral he is memorialized on the ceiling as a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Nancy Mason Linton married John Mize and lived in Logan County.

John Linton, also a doctor, moved to Iowa and lived among the Indians of that area, treating them and learning their ways.  He is featured in the Garnavillo Iowa Museum, with many of his doctor’s tools, vials, medicines, and other items.

I’m not sure where Thomas Crewdson Linton lived, or who he married.

William Crewdson moved farther than any of his siblings.  He kept moving west, finally making it to California, where he lived until his death.

The other children all lived in Logan County.  Benjamin Burkette Linton married Nancy Jane Newman.  They are the parents of John Wesley Linton, featured in the photo.  John Wesley Linton was born November 14, 1843.  He joined the southern cause during the Civil War, and was part of the Orphan Brigade.  So many members of his company died that he vowed if he returned home he would plant cedar trees for each and every one who did not return.  True to his word, John Wesley did plant those trees – and many are still growing on his farm today!

After the war, John Wesley Linton married Emma Adelaide Proctor on November 11, 1869.  The couple had five children, Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter Linton.  Unfortunately, Lucy died at the age of 22 in 1903.  The four sons lived until the 1940’s – Benjamin Proctor Linton died January 19, 1941; the other three brothers died in 1945 – the youngest, Hugh Walter Linton, died March 21; James Thomas Linton died November 13; and two weeks later John Warder Linton died November 27.

Now, back to the photo.  Looking at the clothing and examining the card leads me to believe this photograph was taken about 1883-1885.  The card has an uneven scalloped edge which is appropriate to that time period.  There is no image printed on the back, but a small, photo-like image is glued to the back.  If you look careful you can see Genelli, St. Louis, printed under the photo of the woman.  I found Genelli, Hubert Brothers, Proprietors, running a photographic studio at 923 Olive Street from 1885.

John Wesley Linton and his family lived in Logan County, Kentucky, near the town of Russellville.  But they had family who lived in St. Louis!  Dr. Moses Lewis Linton had died by this date, but his children lived there.  I’m convinced this was taken during a visit to cousins.

Our next obstacle – which two children are shown in the photo?  My guess would be James Thomas and Lucy.  If you enlarge the photo you can definitely see the child standing with her hand on her father’s shoulder is a little girl.  She wears a ring on the middle finger of her right hand, and a small necklace, and her hair is styled very similar to her mother’s.  The little boy looks a few years older.  In 1885 Lucy would have been five and Thomas, eight.  It could also be that the photo was taken a year or two earlier.  There is no photographer’s name at the bottom of the card, and that could be due to setting up shop.  Either way, I feel very confident in naming the two wee ones.  The older boys could have been left at home with relatives; and Hugh, who was born in February of 1883, may have been too young to travel.  Another reason to date this photo to 1884 was the death of Ann Rachel Booker Linton, Moses’ wife, March 5, 1884.

Always check the small clues that may help you date photographs.  They will help you get close to the date.

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

1941 Letter From Hugh Walter Linton to Frances Barber Linton Montgomery – Cousins!

Hugh Walter Linton and Frances Barber Linton were cousins – both had a love of family and love of genealogy.  Frances was my great-grandmother and I feel she passed that love of genealogy and research directly down to me!  I know of no one else in the family who is quite so thrilled to walk through a cemetery or visit a basement full of old wills and marriage records!
Hugh was the son of John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor; the grandson of Benjamin Burkett Linton and Nancy J. Newman; the great-grandson of Benjamin  Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson; and the great-grandson of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  He lived in Christian County, Kentucky, where he married Eliza “Lydabel” Belfield Garnett.  Hugh and Lydabel had 3 children:  Hugh Walter, Jr., Mary Adelaide and Frances Garnett Linton.
Frances was the daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor; the granddaughter of William Linton and Elizabeth Lyon Moran; and the great-granddaughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  She lived in Washington County, Kentucky, where she married Robert E. Lee Montgomery.  Frances and Robert had 7 children:  Mary Alice, Anna Margaret, Laura Frances, Lillian Catherine, Robert Lee, Edward Linton and Benjamin Montgomery.
I know of at least nine letters written by Hugh to my great-grandmother from October 5, 1934 to February 8, 1945 – I’m sure there were probably more that were not saved.  On April 11, 1945, Hugh’s wife, Lydabel, wrote to “Cousin Frances” to inform her of Hugh’s death on March 21.  Frances died in August of that year.  Their fascination with family history lasted until the very end!  This one was written November 18, 1941 – after a visit from Hugh and family to Frances and Robert in Springfield.

Dear Cousin Frances,

We arrived home about 5:30 to 6 Sunday afternoon, in good shape and having had a wonderful trip there.

I don’t know which one of us three had the best time; we were all treated to royally by you and your good family, and even the weather was perfect for us.  It was a most enjoyable trip and visit for us, and we want to thank you, Cousin Margaret and Cousin Bob and both the boys for it.  We have really found home folks in your family; and it reminds us of the days when we would go back to the home of my father and mother in Logan County, when they had time to talk and live in the unhurried atmosphere, different from that of last few years.

It was a treat to get all the information you had for us.  We enjoyed the old traditions that you and Cousin Maggie O’Bryan told us of the old Captain and his home life, and to see your old treasures in the corner cabinet there.

Lydabel was very much taken with your husband, and kept talking about what a kind expression he had and the twinkle in his eye, and was distressed that he had difficulty with his hearing  and recalled her mother’s same trouble for many years.

We trust you all keep well and enjoy life.  Let as many of you as can get off, come down to visit us, and we will take you to see the Logan County kin, who by the way live some 40 miles closer to Springfield than we in Hopkinsville do.

With love from Lydabel and Frances and thanks for your many hospitalities.

Your Cousin,


New Evidence for Linton Cemetery


Linton Cemetery, October 11, 2013

My 4th great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, came to Washington County, Kentucky, from Loudoun County, Virginia, in early November of 1818.  Some of his children arrived in Kentucky a few years before this date, but by 1818 the captain and his wife Ann Mason Linton, his ten children and their families, were all in Kentucky.

John Linton died December 4, 1836.  A few years previous to that, according to family tradition, he laid off an area of his property to be used for family burial.  His wife, Ann, died November 14, 1832, and it is very probable this was the occasion when this occurred.  There are seven gravestones in the cemetery:  Captain John Linton; William Moran, died January 3, 1838, son-in-law; William Linton, died about 1859, son; Eliza Moran Linton, William’s wife; Rev. Benjamin Franklin Linton, died February 22, 1861, son; John L. Edwards, died December 23, 1883, and Mildred Linton Edwards, died February 25, 1878, grandchildren.  As large as the cemetery is, it seems logical there are more people buried there, and that is the tradition.


Linton Cemetery, May 6, 2012

This photo gives a better indication of the size of the cemetery.  This is the side of the cemetery.


Linton Cemetery, May 25, 2014

This is another angle, giving a good idea of the width of the cemetery.  The front line is in front of the cross toward the left of the photo.  You can just see the posts for the gate.  So it seems impossible that only seven people would be buried here.  And now I have proof.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of looking long enough, but other times it’s just a matter of good luck!

I have written about the new cousin I met last year in Logan County – Garwood Linton.  Garwood is a descendent of Captain John Linton through his son, Benjamin Franklin Linton – the same who is buried in this cemetery with his father!  A few weeks ago Garwood wrote that one of his family members brought him four boxes of old photos, documents and genealogy research.  He asked if I would mind going through this treasure, cataloging the contents and making some sense of it for him.  Let’s just say I was thrilled!  I feel very honored that he trusted me enough to leave the boxes with me for a while.  In the short time I’ve had to look through the contents, I found a letter from my great-aunt, Lillian Montgomery Goodrich, written to Mary Adelaide Linton Cartier, the daughter of Hugh Walter Linton with whom my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, corresponded with for years.  The letter was written in 1944.  In it, among other information, is the following:

One of my mother’s sisters, Martha Susan Linton, died at age three, and four infants, children of Edward Linton and Catherine Taylor Linton, are buried in the family burial burying ground on Captain John’s land on the Willisburg Road, about two miles from Springfield, Kentucky.  This land was known later on as the Walter William’s land, and at this writing in 1944 as the Taylor Spalding land.

There are very likely other family members buried here.  I feel certain Ann Mason Linton, wife of Captain John, is buried here, although there is no stone marking her grave.  Perhaps there was originally a stone that has since been destroyed.  The iron fence was erected around the cemetery in the early days of the 20th century, when some of the older generation were still alive, and knew the measurements of the cemetery.  At the conference Ritchey and I attended at St. Catharine College in June, we talked with someone about using modern techniques to find the number of people actually buried in a cemetery.  Perhaps one day!


Linton Cemetery, October 20, 2008

We will continue to visit the Linton Cemetery, as Ritchey and I have done throughout the years.  There are good years and bad years – as you can see from the height of the weeds in the above photo!  But Captain John Hancock Linton and his family will not be forgotten – at least as long as I am here to keep his memory alive and share his information with all of you!


Linton Family Bible


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!


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.



  • 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



  • 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


  • 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 – September 25

Frances Garnett Linton was born 81 years ago – September 25, 1932 – in Christian County, Kentucky.  Frances was the daughter of Hugh Walter Linton and Eliza Belfield Garnett.  She married R. W. Cartier and they had one daughter:  Frances Elaine Cartier.

John Wesley Linton’s Old Kentucky Home


John Wesley Linton, the son of Benjamin Burkett Linton and Nancy Jane Newman, was born November 14, 1843, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  He was the grandson of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson, who married April 12, 1805, in Fluvanna County, Virginia; and the great-grandson of Captain John Linton, a Revoluationary War soldier, and his wife, Ann Nancy Mason, of Loudoun County, Virginia.


When the Civil War began John Wesley entered on the Confederate side, in Company B, 1st Kentucky Cavalry, Benjamin Hardin Helm’s Regiment, later called The Orphan Brigade.  John was captured January 3, 1863, in Muhlenberg County and taken to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he was imprisoned until March 27, 1863.  It is said that he walked home to Logan County, Kentucky, from the prison camp.


I suppose that gave him a long time to think about the war, his family and the soldiers that would never come back.  Many of the men in his unit were killed.  When he returned home he planted cedar trees on the Linton farm, one for each fallen Confederate.  Many of those trees still stand today.  When Ritchey and I were researching in Logan County last week we were fortunate to be able to photograph the line of cedars – and the home where John Wesley lived!  Tall, old cedar trees line both halves of the front of the property, and follow the gravel drive to the house.


After the war John married Emma Adelaide Proctor, November 11, 1869.  They had 5 children:  Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter Linton.  If you will remember, my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, corresponded with her cousin Hugh during the 30’s and 40’s.


The house was passed down to Benjamin Proctor Linton and down through the line until several years ago it was sold out of the Linton family.


We were hopeful to get a photo of the house, and when we knocked on the door were warmly welcomed by the new owner – one of the Linton family, Garwood Linton!  He graciously allowed us to take photos both outside and inside – sharing his knowledge of the family and the house.  We even took photos of the family bible and a picture of John Wesley and Emma Adelaide Linton!


John and Emma, and other Lintons, are buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, located a mile or so to the back of the house.  John Wesley Linton, November 14, 1843 – July 4, 1930.  Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton, October 11, 1850 – March 3, 1928.  The little shrub beside the stone had grown since our last visit in 2004 – Ritchey had to push it to the side to get the photograph!


Our trip to Logan County was wonderful in many ways, but this, I must say, was my favorite!  And I have found a new cousin!