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.
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?
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!