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How Can City Directories Help Genealogy Research?

William Franklin Linton standing in front of his grocery store about 1899.

 

City directories are a marvelous source of genealogy information.  Not only do they list who lives in a particular city, and their residential address, but it lists their place of work and that address as well!  I have used city directories in several instances, not only to prove where people lived, but to prove they weren’t living in a particular city.

The following examples are from Louisville, Kentucky.  This was research complied for my dear friend Richard Linton about ten years ago.

The Linton’s listed below are the grandsons of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Moses was the son of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason, and came to Kentucky a few years before his father made the move from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, in 1818.  Moses moved to neighboring Nelson County, but later in life moved back to Washington County, although his children remained in Nelson and raised their families.  In the book I’m reading on Frankfort, Kentucky, they spoke about how the Depression of 1893 hit the state hard.  Perhaps these men who had worked as farmers for years, with their fathers, felt a new location and a different job would help them support their families.

The cast of characters:  William Yerby Linton, Moses Fillmore Linton and Benjamin Clark Linton – all sons of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Those who moved to Louisville, Kentucky:

  • James Monreo Linton – son of William Yerby Linton
  • William Franklin Linton, John Kennedy Linton, Joseph F. Linton – sons of Moses Fillmore Linton.
  • James Fenton Linton – son of Benjamin Clark Linton

Now let’s see how jobs and home addresses change throughout this six year period.

1894 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. and James Fenton Linton), grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • James Fenton Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 226 7th
  • James Kennedy Linton, packer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 511 22nd
  • James Monroe Linton, engineer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 226 7th
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 2401 Slevin

1895 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. Linton) grocers, 1324 W. Broadway
  • John Kennedy Linton, packer Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2401 Slevin
  • Joseph Fenton Linton (J. F. and J. M. Linton), grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • Joseph Fenton and James Monroe Linton (J.F. & J. M. Linton) grocers, 2401 Slevin
  • James Monroe Linton (J. F. and J. M. Linton) business 2401 Slevin
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 1324 W. Broadway

1898 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • Linton Brothers (William F. Linton) grocers, 1324 W. Broadway
  • James Monroe Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove, residence 1816 Todd
  • John Kennedy Linton, porter, Robinson-Pettet Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, driver, Bridge-McDowell Company, residence 2828 Cleveland Avenue
  • William F. Linton (Linton Brothers) residence 1324 W. Broadway

1899 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • James M. Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2136 Duncan
  • John Kennedy Linton, porter, Robinson-Pettet Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, grocer, 1628 W. Madison
  • William F. Linton, grocer, 1324 W. Broadway

1900 City Directory – Louisville, Kentucky

  • James M. Linton, packer, Louisville Tin and Stove Company, residence 2136 Duncan
  • John Kennedy Linton, packer, Carter Dry Goods Company, residence 511 22nd
  • Joseph Fenton Linton, clerk, W. F. Linton, residence 1851 Lytle
  • William F. Linton, grocer, residence 1322 W. Broadway

Today In Genealogy History – November 11

James Willis Linton was born 127 years ago – November 11, 1886 – in Daviess County, Kentucky.  James was the son of James Fenton Linton and Helen Ann Abell.  He married Susie S. Baker.  I have no information about children.  James Willis Linton’s siblings were Martha Elizabeth, Charles, Joseph Lavell, Laura, Theronymus Volk, Annie Cara, Ivo Bruno, Patrick Dolar, Benjamin and Myrtle Linton.

Today In Genealogy History – July 29

Martha E. Hayes Linton died 173 years ago – July 29, 1840 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Martha married Benjamin Clark Linton April 19, 1828.  They had at least 3 children:  William L., James Fenton and an infant born in 1840, who probably died about the same time as Martha.

Today In Genealogy History – May 24

James Fenton Linton died 114 years ago – May 24, 1899 – in Vanderburg County, Indiana.  James was the son of Benjamin Clark Linton and Martha Eleanor Hayes, born January 20, 1839, in Marion County, Kentucky.  James married Helen Ann Abell, December 9, 1866.  They had 11 children:  Martha Elizabeth, James Willis, Charles, Joseph Lavell, Laura, Theronymus Volk, Annie Cara, Ivo Bruno, Patrick Dolan, Benjamin and Myrtle Linton.

Today In Genealogy History – April 19, 2012

Martha Eleanor Hayes and Benjamin Clark Linton were married 184 years ago – April 19, 1828 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Benjamin was the son of Moses Linton and Ann Nancy Pead.  Martha and Benjamin had 3 children:  William L., James Fenton and an unnamed infant girl who died in 1840, along with her mother, Martha, during childbirth.

James Fenton Linton, Biography

from History of Daviess County, Kentucky

James F. Linton was born in Washington County, Kentucky, January 1, 1839, and came to Daviess County in 1859.  He was married January 9, 1866, to Helen Abell, a native of Marion County, Kentucky.  They have seven children – James W., Martha E., Joseph, Ronymus, Mary D., Ivo and Patrick.  In August 1861, Mr. Linton enlisted in the Confederate army and served four years.  He was captured at Donelson and taken to Camp Douglas where he remained from February 8 to September 15, 1862, when he was exchanged and returned to his command.  He was again captured at Vicksburg the following June, and made his escape, but was recaptured in August and taken to Alton, Illinois, and kept a month, when he tunneled out and again escaped.  He took a boat and went to St. Louis, and remained three weeks with friends.  He then came to Owensboro, and joined another command and served eight months.  He was wounded at Fort Donelson in the shoulder and hip; at Champion Hills he received two slight wounds in the thigh; received a flesh wound in the thigh at Baker’s Creek; and in Crittenden County received a wound in the lower part of the arm, which extended to the shoulder, and from which he had twenty-six pieces of bone taken.  Mr. Linton is a member of the Catholic Church and St. Alphonsus Temperance Society.

Today In Genealogy History – January 20, 2012

James Fenton Linton was born 173 years ago – January 20, 1839 – in Marion County, Kentucky.  James was the son of Benjamin Clark Linton and Martha Eleanor Hayes.  James married Helen Ann Abell.  They had 11 children:  Martha Elizabeth, James Willis, Charles, Joseph Lavell, Laura, Theronymus Volk, Annie Cara, Ivo Bruno, Patrick Dolar, Benjamin and Myrtle Linton.  James died in Vanderburg County, Indiana in 1899.