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Let Me Introduce You to the Linton Family!

While visiting the Linton house in Logan County, my cousin, Garwood Linton, let me look through all the old family photographs.  As with most, few were named.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them!  Today I share a few with you from Garwood’s collection – with my guesses for who they may be.

This is a beautiful photograph of an older woman.  Notice her fine features, her sweet face – and her hands!  She holds her spectacles in one, and a book in another.  They look like they’ve worked hard during her years of life.

This photograph is a cabinet card – 6.5″ x 4.25″.  It was made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, not far from Russellville, by Bettison’s Studio.  This is an early cabinet card, no frills, that I would date to about 1872.  If we check the family tree, this could possibly be Garwood’s 3rd great-grandmother, Nancy Jane Newman, born in 1822, died 1879, who married Benjamin Burkett Linton.

Isn’t this a beautiful woman?  This is a tintype photo, taken about 1885, my guess.  Tintypes do not have the name of the photographer listed.

A handsome gentleman is next.  This is a carte de visite, 2.5″ x 4″.  The photographer was L. D. Robertson, South Side Public Square, Franklin, Kentucky.  The Linton family lived in Logan County between the towns of Russellville and Franklin (in Simpson County).  Due to the large sleeves and lapels of the coat, this photo was most likely taken in the 1860’s.   Could this be a young Thomas Alney Linton?

This is an 1870’s gent – the lapels of his coat are smaller, and buttoned at the top.  He wears a very  nice watch chain!  Another tintype, but I can’t say who this man might be.

Here we have a photo of a handsome couple.  The bustle lets us know this is from the 1870’s.  The man wears a slightly larger jacket than this time period, but it could have been held over from previous years.  This tintype has just a bit of color added to the cheeks.

Next we have this cherub!  What adorable sweetness!  The tiny feet and hands, hair sticking up – and sitting in a tiny chair!  This is a very old carte de visite, perhaps taken in 1862.  There is no border or photographer’s name on the card.  This child is obviously a year of age or younger.  Checking the data base for Linton descendants from the patriarch, Benjamin Franklin Linton, one child does fit this age – his granddaughter, Louella C. Linton, daughter of Benjamin Burkett Linton – and sister to John Wesley Linton who owned this home.  Unfortunately Louella lived only a year or two.  If this is her photo, it’s probably the only one taken of her.

What a treat to look through a large drawer of photos from another time period!  Thank you, Cousin!

A Victorian Woven Hair Mourning Shadowbox

During our visit to Logan County a few weeks ago, my cousin, Garwood Linton, was there the first weekend, and we were fortunate to spend Sunday afternoon with him and his cousin Tracy, looking through the treasures of the Linton house.  The first thing he shared was amazing – a Victorian woven hair shadowbox.  It was complete with a photo of four people – husband, wife, son and daughter – and flowers and leaves made from human hair.  I’ve seen something similar in the old state capital in Frankfort, or one of the museums.

It is definitely a work of art, and was very popular during the Victorian Era.  I read that even short strands of hair could be incorporated into making the flowers, it wasn’t necessary to have long strands.

Garwood was interested in knowing the people in the tintype photo.  We knew it wasn’t John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor, his gr-great grandparents, who owned the large Linton house.  A genealogy mystery – I was on a mission and in research mode!  It was decided to open the shadowbox and check the back of the tintype for names.  The box was very gently opened, but no names were listed.  But it was a good time to take more photos without the glare of the glass top.

If this wasn’t a photo of John Wesley and his family, it must be that of a brother or sister.  I would say this photo was taken about 1875-1885, based mostly on the woman’s dress.  It is definitely not a Civil War era gown.  The gentleman’s large lapels and sleeves of his coat made it look from the 1860’s (which possibly it was), but clothes were worn as long as they were useful, not necessarily thrown out for fashion’s sake.  The smaller lapels of the boy’s coat give us a hint it is more in line with the 1875-1885 timeline. John Wesley Linton was the oldest son of Benjamin Burkett Linton and Nancy Jane Newman, born in 1843.  Thomas A. Linton was born in 1845.  The next three children died before the time this photo was made.  My bet is this is a photo of Thomas Linton and his family.  As idyllic as it was visiting the Linton homes in rural Logan County, internet service was spotty at best, so I couldn’t make any searches.  But Friday was to be a rainy day, and we went to the Logan County Historical Society in full search mode.

I remembered seeing a photograph of Thomas Linton and his family, standing before their large brick home, very similar to the one owned by John Wesley Linton.  Perhaps a check of that photo would give us an answer.  The Thomas Linton in the photo was much older, 50, and the way the photo was taken it was hard to tell if he was the same man in the tintype.  But the oldest child was similar to the son in the tintype.

A check of the 1870 census gave a clue.  In the census book written by the historical society, little notes were added to the census information.  It said that John Wesley Linton and Thomas A. Linton married sisters in a double wedding on November 11, 1869.  John married Emma Adelaide Proctor, and Thomas married Elizabeth F. Proctor.  The Proctor sisters were daughters of Benjamin Ellis Proctor and Martha Dixon James.  Even though there is a family tradition about the double wedding, the marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth took place February 22, 1870.

The 1880 census proved to be more elusive – a quick Ancestry search gave no Linton’s living in Logan County.  We know this is obviously incorrect.  I went to the actual census records and looked through the Clay District (Linton’s lived here in 1870) and found this census to be a mess.  There were water marks on the pages and some were almost impossible to read.  Did this deter me?  Of course not!  With magnification, and having looked for the Linton name so many times, I finally found the two brothers, John and Thomas, with their families, and their parents, living in household dwellings 135, 136 and 137 on page 18B.  I saved a copy, then edited it to make it somewhat readable.

However, do you notice there are no children listed for Thomas and Elizabeth?  George Browder Linton was born June 28, 1881.  I do not have a birth date for daughter Ada (probably Adelaide after her aunt).  She was likely born a year or two later.  Their first child was born eleven years after their marriage.  That seems a little odd, but perhaps Elizabeth was not very healthy.  Perhaps she had given birth, but the children died shortly afterward.  There is a servant living in the household with them – a black female, aged 17, whose first name looks like Tillison.  Twenty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Proctor Linton most likely would not have a servant unless she was frail or very ill.

This information puts us at the higher end of the prospective date of the tintype.  I do know that Thomas Linton married Mary Susan Duncan, as his second wife, January 5, 1888.  Elizabeth Proctor Linton probably died in late 1886 or early 1887.  If this photo was taken just before her death, her children would have been seven and five.  Little Ada died about the same time as her mother.

For Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton to lose her beloved sister and niece, this memento of a photo and flowers made from family hair, was a way to mourn and remember.  I’m sure it was a labor of love that took many hours.  Garwood remembers seeing this shadowbox when very young, and was told the flowers were in a ‘U’ shape to allow the souls to pass on to heaven.  I want to point out the silver buttons spaced evenly throughout the flowers – perhaps these came from a dress of her sister?  I’m sure it was a treasured remembrance – and thankfully is back in the house today.  I’m sure Elizabeth Proctor Linton is smiling down upon the Linton family!

18 Counties/36 Cemeteries/3,000 Plus Gravestone Photos

Melissa Williams, born October 25, 1851, died February 17, 1923.  ‘Gone to a brighter home where grief can not come.’  Stoney Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky

The past eleven days have been more epic than I ever thought possible.  Ritchey and I traveled to western Kentucky for genealogy research.  We visited 18 counties, 36 cemeteries and took more than 3,000 gravestone photos.

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 58 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Number one on our list was a visit to Livingston County to find out more about his Jolly family, and to photograph gravestones of all family members.  That was accomplished!

Drury Boyd, born May 6, 1827, died January 13, 1891.  Martha Boyd Cemetery, Christian County, Kentucky.

Number two was to visit cemeteries in as many of the surrounding counties as possible.  In addition to Livingston we visited 17 others – Allen, Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Hancock, Logan, Lyon, McCreary, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren and Wayne!

Father, Abner R. Terry, February 10, 1807 – November 29, 1847.  Mother, Eleanor Dyer, February 6, 1805 – December 9, 1892.  Daughter, Susan Emaline, wife of Judge John R. Crace, May 5, 1835 – January 20, 1860.  Infant daughter, Mary.  Terry-Pioneer Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky.

When we left Harrodsburg on Saturday morning, the 21st of October, we enjoyed breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe in Standford.  Then headed south to cover the southern counties that share a border with Tennessee – McCreary, Wayne, Clinton and Cumberland.

Joshua F. Bell, Pvt. Co. D., 30 Regt.  Ky Vol. Inf.  1844-1930.  Alexander Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.

Our home base was Logan County, staying in Garwood Linton’s beautiful cottage farm house – large old trees surrounded the house, leaves of gold, green and red, many fluttering down with the breeze.  The old, old cedars that his gr-gr-grandfather, John Wesley Linton, planted after the Civil War, in memory of his company that didn’t make it home.  The farm house is so comfortably decorated, but with great style and pizazz!  Across the road is Corinth Country Market, with homemade bread, pies and cakes, sandwiches, canned goods, and many other yummy things (we stopped by quite often).

Aquilla M. Starks, December 28, 1799 – September 13, 1855.  Antioch Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.

From Logan County we fanned out to the other counties, generally visiting three counties per day.  One day was spent at the Logan County Historical Society.  Most of the towns we visited were small, with restaurants that concentrated on good food, and people that were so very friendly.  It was a wonderful trip – and now I have so much to share with you!

Children of Daniel Dunscombe Duncan and Frances Rosetta James

Today I went to the boxes of genealogy information brought to me by my cousin, Garwood Linton, originally of Logan County.  Garwood’s Linton family descends from Benjamin Franklin Linton, son of Captain John Linton; I descend from son William Linton and daughter Nancy Linton.  

This list of information on the family of Daniel Dunscombe Duncan and Frances Rosetta James is in the handwriting of Louis B. Linton.  I believe he was another Linton cousin my great-grandmother, Frances Linton Montgomery, corresponded with during the 1920’s and 30’s.  Louis B. Linton’s mother is the Susan Mary Duncan on this list.  She married Thomas Alvey Linton.  And Thomas Alvey Linton is a brother to John Wesley Linton, Garwood’s 2nd great-grandfather.  Wow!  Those complicated Linton lines – but then all family lines usually are!

We plan to visit Logan County and western Kentucky later in the fall, and will stay at Garwood’s airbnb farm cottage – it is lovely and the scenery is breathtaking!  We will rest and relax – and I’m sure there will be some genealogy research involved.

Daniel Dunscombe Duncan, August 23, 1833 – February 28, 1910, married Frances Rosetta James, September 28, 1854.  She was born December 15, 1833, and died December 22, 1915.  Their children are as follows:

  1. Ida Elizabeth Duncan, July 20, 1855 – 1919.
  2. Sam Henry Duncan, March 29, 1857 – September 27, 1944
  3. Susan Mary Duncan, January 17, 1859 – August 3, 1907
  4. William Edward Duncan, November 28, 1860 – June 27, 1898
  5. Isaac Lunsford Duncan, December 25, 1862 – March 19, 1936
  6. Lennie (Fanny Ann) Duncan, February 15, 1864 – January 17, 1928
  7. Robert Lee Duncan, August 24, 1866 – October 12, 1915
  8. Walter Duncan, October 12, 1868 – March 12, 1941
  9. Charles James Duncan, October 17, 1870 – May 25, 1898
  10. D. D. Duncan, Jr., October 13, 1872 – August 30, 1936
  11. Thomas Price Duncan, May 24, 1875 – December 11, 1957

 

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,

Hugh

Logan County Funeral Home Records

Logan County Funeral Home Records

by Logan County Historical Society

Logan County, Kentucky

  • Jesse Wheeler Linton, age 69, housewife, born June 16, 1898, in Logan County, Kentucky, to George W. Wheeler and Margaret Stewart, died March 9, 1968, buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Kentucky.  Spouse – Daniel Duncan Linton, deceased.
  • John Warder Linton, age 70, lawyer, born June 20, 1875, in Logan County, Kentucky, to John Linton and Emma Proctor, died November 27, 1945, buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Kentucky.  Spouse – Mary Stevenson Linton.
  • John Wesley Linton, age 86, farmer, born November 14, 1843, in Kentucky, to Ben B. Linton and Nancy Newman, died July 4, 1930, buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.  Spouse – Emma Proctor Linton, deceased.
  • Laura Mae Linton, age 71, housewife, born August 18, 1903, Logan County, Kentucky, to Herschel Hammonds and Gimmie Bradshaw, died March 26, 1975, buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.  Spouse – Ben Proctor Linton.
  • Lucy Vitula Ragland Linton, age 80, housewife, born March 3, 1877, Butler County, Kentucky, to Lorenzo Ragland and Amanda Runner, died November 4, 1957, buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.  Spouse – Benjamin Proctor Linton.
  • Maurice Ragland Linton, Sr., age 82, WWI Army, retired state employee, born July 24, 1898, Logan County, Kentucky, to Proctor Linton and Vitula Ragland, died November 26, 1980, buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.  Spouse – Cleo Ballance Linton.
  • Myrtle Jennings Linton, age 79, teacher, born February 22, 1905, Logan County, Kentucky, to Charles Jennings and Callie Crittenden, died April 16, 1984, buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Kentucky.  Spouse – Louis Linton, deceased.
  • Sally Ruth Linton, age 81, teacher, born April 10, 1902, Logan County, Kentucky, to Edward C. Price and Cora Hutchinson, died May 2, 1963, buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Kentucky.  Spouse – T. D. Linton, deceased.
  • Thomas Dinsmore Linton, age 76, engineer, born April 14, 1902, Logan County, Kentucky, to Ben Proctor Linton, Sr., and Vitula Ragland, died May 18, 1978, buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Russellville, Kentucky.  Spouse – Sallie Ruth Price Linton.
  • Rosa Lee Kempf Lipford, age 75, housewife, born October 20, 1878, in Tennessee, died June 11, 1954, buried in Belmont Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.  Spouse – Benjamin Franklin Lipford.
  • Frances Wells Lipscomb, age 77, nurses aide, born August 10, 1913, Robertson County, Tennessee, to Robert Lee Wells and Cora Palmer Wells, died April 12, 1991, buried in Red Oak Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.  Divorced.

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.