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Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers

Couldn’t help but think about my maternal grandmother today.  Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico was a lovely person, but as a grandmother she was rather stilted.  When we came to visit she was always sitting in her rocking chair and offered her cheek for us to kiss.  There were no big hugs.  We were expected to sit on the couch and behave.  The cherry tree in the back yard always drew our attention, and we eagerly climbed the small tree to eat all the tart cherries we could pop in our mouths.  Outside we could run and play and wear off some of the energy that was not allowed inside.  Back inside it was more time on the couch, hopefully with a book.  Grandmother Alice was a fabulous cook – everything was just perfection – especially her baked chicken and dressing.  Although long before my time, mom talked of the butter she made from their cream, decorating it with flowers and designs.  Cottage cheese was also homemade.  Bread puddings, cakes and pies were all on the menu.

In contrast Grandmother Alice’s mother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, was quite the opposite.  Unfortunately, I did not know her, she died in 1945, years before my birth.  Mom told all the wonderful stories of good times at her grandmother’s house, always met at the door with hugs and kisses.  During their weekly stay in the summer Great-grandmother Frances let her seven grandchildren play with her canned food and pantry items in the living room on tables and bookshelves.  Frances would don her best hat and with purse on her arm go through the stores and purchase items for five cents each.  At the end of the week she held a big party, in the dining room, with lace tablecloth and many goodies and desserts on glass dishes.  Mom always talked about what a treat it was.  At Easter the grandchildren would find baskets on the porch, with eggs and other items.  And at Christmas the girls received a doll and the boys a ball.  Since this was during the Depression these items were very precious.  Another thing that was special each year was the fair.  Grandmother Frances love the fair and took a picnic lunch for her children and grandchildren to enjoy.  She died the week of the fair, and everyone was encouraged to go since it was a yearly event she dearly loved.

My mother, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill McIlvoy, was more like her Grandmother Frances.  Mom always met you at the door, hugs and kisses, and, ‘Are you hungry?  Can I fix you something to eat?’  Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.  My children love to tell the story that one day, when they were small, Gran, as they called her, asked if they would like to see a flying saucer.  With their eyes big and watching her every move, she took one of the glass saucers they were drying and gave it a whirl into the dining room.  It landed on the carpet and turned and rolled into the living room.  Linton and Kate, of course, said, ‘Do it again!  Do it again!’  When Kate was in middle school mom picked her up every day – and was usually talked into going for ice cream.  Myself, I remember coming home from school and having a treat in the Lazy Susan on the table – exactly four spots for four children (little sister Laura came much later!).

My paternal grandmother, Nannie Bell Coulter Hill, was a very quiet woman.  She rarely spoke to anyone.  But she loved us dearly, loved to give kisses and hugs.  She was such a good cook – and cooked on a wood stove all her life.  I still remember the smells from her kitchen, and how much everyone loved to sit at her table for a meal.  One of my earliest memories was at Easter.  When we drove in, the yard was filled with suckers standing straight up, eggs and other goodies.  There was a garden to explore and every time we left during season we were given a brown bag to hold some of the fresh vegetables on the back porch – our own tomato, potato, zucchini, etc.

I did not know Grandmother Nannie’s mother – Mary Elizabeth Crow Coulter.  But I was told she loved to dance and smoked a corn cob pipe!  How could she have been so full of life and not her daughter?

Now that I am Nana, I fall into the line of my mother and great-grandmothers.  Julian and Percy are met at the door with kisses and hugs.  Julian has a basket with Kit-Kats and M&Ms.  We play wild games like Old McJulian Had A Beach – where we sing and run after him, our fingers a crab’s claw trying to catch hold.  We sit in the floor and make traffic jams with his cars.  Play color games out on the porch.  Blow bubbles.  Casper Babypants is our favorite music to listen to when he’s here.  How different will Percy be?  It’s hard to say since she’s just two weeks old.  But I’m sure she will be a match for her brother, and an individual to boot!

What wonderful memories do you have of your mother, grandmothers or great-grandmothers?  Remember to write them down for future generations.  Precious memories made and to be made.

Missing My Grandmother

My beautiful grandmother, Alice Montgomery Carrico, was a strong presence in my life.  I’m sure most of you have felt this way about a grandparent, a special aunt, or another person involved in your life.  She was raised with a silver spoon in her mouth, as they say, the oldest child of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton.  They lived on a dairy farm outside of Springfield, Kentucky.  Her father, my great-grandfather, was the typical southern gentleman.  In almost every photo he is wearing a thin bow tie and white, or light linen suit.  Great-grandmother Frances was the gracious southern hostess, inviting even a passing salesman to lunch with the family.

Grandmother went to St. Catharine Academy, a school of the Dominican sisters, during her high school years.  I believe she must have boarded there since I now have her silver napkin ring, with her initials – A. M. – in beautiful script.  My aunt said she used the napkin ring while there, when giving it to me as a gift several years ago.  While there, Alice took piano lessons, but the dear sister told my great-grandmother she was wasting her money, there was no musical ability in her daughter.

Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico
Alice Montgomery

The next link I have with my grandmother is a photo taken about 1915 – at 22 she looks to be a suave and sophisticated woman, ready to take on the world.  Isn’t she quite a dish?

At the age of 27, in 1920, she married my grandfather, Joseph Reuben Carrico.  It must have been a love match since it was rather like the princess marrying the church mouse.  Alice and Rue lived on a small farm near St. Rose Church.  Their family began with a baby boy, Joseph Robert (named for both grandfathers) born in 1921.  Life was hard, especially, when the depression hit.  They had five children by that time – Robert, Reuben, Beulah, Paul, Ann – with Catherine (my mother) and Mary Alice coming along in 1931 and 1933.  Life was hard for everyone, but at least living on a farm gave garden vegetables and pork from their hogs, fruit trees gave an abundant bounty, and blackberries and raspberries were loaded on the vines.  My mother pictured her life on the farm as wonderful, filled with adventure and always having plenty to eat.  But is this the depression seen through the eyes of a child?  Did Grandmother and Granddaddy have more worries than what she remembers?  I have the leftover war ration book that was in my mother’s name – stamps for sugar, coffee, gas and other things that were rationed due to the war that followed the depression.

How did my grandmother react?  Like any sensible woman!  She rolled up her sleeves and got on with life.  She sold eggs, butter and cream to the grocery in town for extra money.  Her butter was special since she made little curves, flowers and designs on top.  Grandmother herself drove the buggy into town, driving her horse, Nipsey.  Evidently there was a very special bond between grandmother and her horse.  When he fell ill, she held his head in her lap, gently rubbing him until the end – I’m not sure how many days he lasted.  So strong, but yet so gentle.

The family didn’t have electricity for many years.  Grandmother carefully cleaned the chimneys and filled the oil lamps for the family.  She walked into the kitchen and slipped while holding one of these lamps, but had the foresight to hold the lamp high during the fall.  Not a drop of oil was spilled, no lamp crashed and hit the floor, spreading oil and flame over the room.  She kept her family safe.

In 1930 son Reuben became ill with appendicitis and died at a hospital in Louisville.  This began a number of years of giving up some of those she loved.  Robert entered the army during World War II and died a hero in 1943.  Her mother, Frances, died in 1945, and her father, Robert, in 1954.

Through all these deaths I’m sure my grandmother shed many tears.  But in 1961 my grandfather passed away.  I helped cause some of her tears during this time.  At only four years of age I didn’t understand the concept of death – I was positive granddaddy was coming back.  When we visited and I heard a noise I would always ask if that was granddaddy.  Which always produced a great deal of weeping from both my grandmother and my mother.

By this point in her life, at the age of 68, grandmother lived in town.  There was no farm to run, no garden to hoe, no butter to churn.  She turned to the enjoyment of friends and family.  Grandmother and friends, one I remember as named Crokie, played canasta and ucker.  They would visit at each others house and enjoy the afternoon.  I can’t speak for the other ladies, but grandmother never left the house without her jewelry – brooch and earrings, sometimes necklace, – hat and matching gloves.

Grandmother was still the best cook – her baked chicken and dressing was always the best.  I can still taste it – the most tender, succulent chicken with moist dressing that always included raisins!  It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!  Anything she fixed was good, I suppose this was just my favorite.

As my grandmother aged, and it became harder to visit her friends – and as they went to meet their Maker – she loved playing cards with her children and grandchildren.  Her faith was very important to her, and she prayed while sitting on the porch every day – her favorite spot for time with the Lord.

Mary Alice Montgomery CarricoNewspaper Photo

Grandmother loved her family, and I suppose she was a genealogist, too, but she wasn’t that involved with finding names and dates and records.  She was more interested in people.  One of her last involvements in life was trying to ensure that the Linton Cemetery was not forgotten, or, worse still, erased from history.  She called the local newspaper, The Springfield Sun, and brought this to their attention.  A huge article was devoted to this, complete with a wonderful photo of my grandmother in her 89th year!

My grandmother was in the hospital only twice during her life – once in the 1960’s when she had pneumonia, and at the end.  My mother visited her the night before she died.  Grandmother was eating dinner, and had taken the oxygen from her nose.  Mom scolded her when she went in.  Feisty as always, Grandmother said she couldn’t enjoy her food with the oxygen.  She was going to the nursing home the next day.  She died later that night, at age 92, taking matters into her own hands, as she always had.

Robert E. Lee Montgomery

Scan163 1The above photo is of my great-grandfather, Robert E. Lee Montgomery, sitting in his favorite rocking chair at the age of 86.  Beside him is Mary Alice Carrico, shown in her cap and gown, ready for graduation (or perhaps just afterwards!).  Mary Alice is my mother’s youngest sister, my aunt.  Robert’s oldest child, Mary Alice Montgomery, married Joseph Reuben Carrico.  My mother and Mary Alice are the two youngest children of the family.

Robert was born just after the Civil War, September 15, 1865, to William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico.  He came from a long line of Peter Montgomery’s – from the first who traveled from France to Maryland about 1720 – to his father who was born a few months after his father died during the cholera outbreak of 1833.  The first in the family to come to Washington County, Kentucky was Charles Montgomery – Robert’s great-grandfather, son of Peter Montgomery, who was naturalized a citizen in 1740 in Maryland.

Mom told stories of her grandfather, saying he was a rather stern man, and expected everyone to do as he said, but he also had a soft spot.  He didn’t like to be kissed, but they would pat him on the cheek, and she said he always smiled at that.  When they were visiting, after dinner, he would say, ‘Girls, let’s go out on the porch and watch the cars go by.’  Since they lived out in the county on a rural lane I’m not sure how many cars they would see in one sitting!

Robert ran a dairy farm and milked cows morning and evening.  The home was a large farmhouse with large rooms and a wide staircase leading to upstairs – with a second, smaller staircase going upstairs from the kitchen.  The boys slept in the back bedrooms and the girls in the front.  Mom said the upstairs was usually divided like that during those days.

In the photo my great-grandfather is wearing a long-sleeved white shirt – with cufflinks – you can see them in the photo – a tie and a handkerchief in his pocket.  There is not a picture in which he is not dressed in a suit and tie.  In one he wears a white coat and pants – and always reminded me of Colonel Sanders (of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame).  In my mind he is the ultimate country gentleman!  How I would love to have met him, but he died four years before I was born.

Robert E. Lee Montgomery married Frances Barber Linton February 7, 1893.  They had seven children – Mary Alice Montgomery, my grandmother, born December 8, 1893, and with her husband Joseph Reuben Carrico had seven children; Anna Margaret Montgomery, born September 18, 1895, who never married; Laura Frances Montgomery, born December 4, 1897, and died at the age of 15 of tuberculosis; Lillian Catherine Montgomery, born March 11, 1900, who married Guy Goodrich, but had no children; Robert Lee Montgomery, born August 17, 1903, who remained a bachelor; Edward Linton Montgomery, born May 17, 1905, who married Louise Parrott and had two children; and Benjamin Montgomery, born October 21, 1908, and died November 7 of the same year.

Scan165Robert E. Lee Montgomery, with his daughter, my grandmother, at his right, Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico.  I believe two sisters are on his left, and am not sure about the younger women, but sure they must be relatives!

Frances died August 2, 1945.  Robert carried on until July 14, 1953.  There was a huge birthday celebration the year before – for his 87th birthday!  Mom made the cake – two layers with lots of candles and yellow roses with little ribbons!

1923 Photo – Grandmother and Granddaddy

Scan159Today I have one of my personal photos to share with you – Grandmother and Granddaddy holding their first two children!  These are my maternal grandparents.

Mary Alice Montgomery married Joseph Reuben Carrico, November 24, 1920, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Alice was the daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton.  Rue was the son of Joseph Benedict Napoleon Carrico and Melvina Ann Smith.

Son Joseph Robert Carrico, held by granddaddy, was born September 18, 1921, and Francis Reuben Carrico, held by grandmother, was born November 5, 1922.  Unfortunately both these lives would be cut short.  Reuben died just before his tenth birthday of appendicitis.  Robert fought in World War II and was killed while manning the guns in Sicily, Italy, September 14, 1943, just four days before his 22nd birthday.

The two young women standing on the sides are my great-aunts – Lillian Catherine Montgomery, on the left, and Anna Margaret Montgomery, on the right, grandmother’s sisters.  Aunt Lil married Guy Goodrich, but they had no children.  Aunt Maggie, who supposedly fell in love with a man who her daddy thought was not worthy, remained unmarried.

What puzzles me are the boy and girl in the seat of the old car!  Grandmother had two brothers at that time – Robert and Edward Montgomery (Benjamin, the youngest, died as an infant).  At this time Robert would have been 20 and Edward 18.  Since my grandmother is 30 – and looks much younger in this photo – this may be one of her brothers.  The young lady in the front seat is a mystery.  It could be a young cousin of granddaddy’s – since he was a younger child in his family.  Or it could be a Montgomery relative.  Unfortunately this is a copy of the original photo – with no names written on back!  And why I didn’t ask my mom about this before she died – how many times I’ve thought that in the last two years!

Granddaddy died at the age of 76, when I was four years old.  I honestly have no memory of him.  But I must have loved him dearly.  Mom said that when we visited grandmother and I heard a noise in the house, I would ask if that was granddaddy coming home – which, of course, brought about much weeping.

Grandmother lived another 25 years.  I have many happy memories of visiting, climbing the trees in her yard – especially the cherry tree when the fruit hung thick on the branches!  Grandmother loved to play cards, and when I was old enough I joined in the fun.  We would sit on the front porch and watch the cars go by!  And on the Fourth of July we sat on her front porch and watched the huge fire works sent up to the sky from across the street at the drive-in theater!  And we would eat!  I remember her as a wonderful cook – she made the best baked chicken and dressing (in a cast iron skillet)!  I’m sure I got my love for cooking and baking from her!  Grandmother died in February, 1986, at the lovely age of 92.  All her children were born at home.  She had one brief stint in the hospital around age 80 due to a slight case of pneumonia.  In 1986, in the hospital, she still had her sharp mind and wits around her.  My mother saw her the day before she died and complained that grandmother had taken the oxygen from her nose.  True to form my grandmother said, “Now, Catherine, I can’t enjoy my breakfast with it!”  I hope to have her spunk and determination and longevity!

In any event this is a wonderful moment frozen in time – a young couple with two little babes, surrounded by happy, loving family members!

Family of William Linton and Eliza Lyon Moran

William Linton, son of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason, and Eliza Lyon Moran, daughter of William Moran, Jr., and Mary Rebecca Linton, married April 5, 1817, in Washington County, Kentucky.  They raised a family of at least seven children.  The following is information on the family through five generations.

  • 1 William Linton b: 1790 in Virginia, d: Aft. 1850 in Washington County, Kentucky + Elizabeth Lyon Moran b: 1800 in Kentucky, m: 05 Apr 1817 in Washington County, Kentucky
  • …2 Susan Linton b: 1821 + Daniel Mock b: 1814, m: 09 Jan 1838 in Washington Co., KY, d: Aft. 1875
  • ……3 Charles F. Mock b: 1839
  • ……3 Eliza J Mock b: 1843 + William T. Noe m: 14 Sep 1865 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Robert M. Noe b: 1867
  • ………4 Susie Noe b: 1869
  • ……3 George M. Mock b: 1845 + Kate Noe m: 13 Sep 1865 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Rueben Mock b: 1868
  • ……3 Edward Mock b: 1846
  • ……3 Elizabeth Mock b: 1848 in Washington Co., KY, d: 11 Jul 1856 in Washington Co., KY
  • ……3 Margaret Mock b: 1850
  • ……3 Harriet Mock b: 1853
  • ……3 Franklin P. Mock b: 1856 ……3 Kate Mock b: 1857
  • ……3 Bettie Mock b: 1861 in Washington County, KY, d: 1950 in Washington County, KY + [unknown spouse]
  • ………4 Jesse Mock b: 1898
  • …2 Elizabeth Jane Linton b: 1823 + Basil Green b: 1816, m: 05 Dec 1844 in Washington County, KY, d: 04 May 1865 in Washington Co., KY
  • ……3 William Francis Green b: 20 Sep 1844 in Washington Co., KY, d: Bef. 1880
  • ……3 Elizabeth Jane Green b: 09 Mar 1846 in Washington Co., KY + James Henry McIntire b: Abt. 1842 in Washington Co., KY, m: 02 Jan 1868 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Annabelle McIntire b: 28 Nov 1868 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 William Basil McIntire b: 27 May 1871 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Daniel Lee McIntire b: 06 Dec 1873 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 John Francis McIntire b: 06 Apr 1876 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Charles McIntire b: 08 Sep 1878 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Susan Mary Catherine McIntire b: 22 Sep 1879 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Mary Sylvia McIntire b: 08 Oct 1882 in Washington Co., KY
  • ……3 John Henry Green b: 18 Apr 1848 in Washington Co., KY + Amanda Logsdon m: 26 Oct 1875 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 George Mason Green b: 27 Aug 1850 in Washington Co., KY + Mary Catherine Rich b: 1853 in Tennessee, m: 21 May 1872 in Washington County, KY, d: 26 Feb 1891 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Annabelle Green b: 13 Oct 1873 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 William F. Green b: 03 Nov 1877 in Washington County, KY, d: 22 Nov 1921 in Nelson County, KY + Clara Thomas b: 14 Apr 1878 in Marion County, Kentucky, m: 06 Sep 1898 in Washington County, KY, d: 17 May 1950 in Louisville, KY
  • …………5 William S. Green b: Jul 1899
  • …………5 Mary P. Green b: 1902
  • …………5 James M. Green b: 1905
  • …………5 Edward M. Green b: 1907
  • …………5 Leila B. Green b: 1910
  • ………4 James E. Green b: Jan 1887
  • ………4 Mary E. Green b: Apr 1889
  • ………4 John T. Green b: 22 Feb 1879 in Washington Co., KY+ Margaret B. Higdon b: 1877, m: 27 Dec 1898 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Jennie F. Green b: 1902 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Sarah E. Green b: 1907 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Minnie L. Green b: 1910 in Washington Co., KY
  • ……3 Susan Mary Green b: 01 Apr 1853 in Washington Co., KY, d: Bef. 1880
  • ……3 Charles B. Green b: 01 Apr 1855 in Washington Co., KY
  • ……3 Julia F. Green b: 1857
  • ……3 Martha J. Green b: 01 Mar 1863 in Washington Co., KY, d: 1883 + James Logan Moran b: 13 Jul 1859 in Washington County, KY, m: 25 Oct 1881 in Washington County, KY, d: 31 Aug 1936 in Washington County, KY
  • …2 Edward Edwards Linton b: 13 Aug 1824 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 05 Sep 1886 in Washington County, Kentucky + Catherine Elizabeth Taylor b: 13 Jan 1830 in Washington County, Kentucky, m: 20 Mar 1852 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 28 May 1910 in Washington County, Kentucky
  • ……3 Infant Linton
  • ……3 Infant Linton
  • ……3 Infant Linton
  • ……3 Alice Clark Linton b: 02 Oct 1855 in Kentucky, d: 30 Oct 1935 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 John Edgar Linton b: 19 Dec 1857 in Washington County, KY, d: 11 Mar 1919 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 Annie Eliza Linton b: 08 Dec 1860 in Washington County, KY, d: 29 Apr 1879 in Lebanon, KY
  • ……3 Margaret Gordon Linton b: 16 Mar 1864 in Washington County, KY, d: 17 May 1865 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 Frances Barber Linton b: 13 Aug 1867 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 02 Aug 1945 in Washington County, Kentucky + Robert E. Lee Montgomery b: 15 Sep 1865 in Washington County, Kentucky, m: Feb 1893 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 14 Jul 1953 in Lexington, Kentucky
  • ………4 Mary Alice Montgomery b: 08 Dec 1893 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 25 Feb 1986 in Marion County, KY + Joseph Reuben Carrico b: 15 Jan 1885 in Washington County, Kentucky, m: 24 Nov 1920 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 27 Mar 1961 in Washington County, Kentucky
  • …………5 Joseph Robert Carrico b: 18 Sep 1921, d: 14 Sep 1943 in Italy
  • …………5 Rueben Carrico b: 1922, d: 25 Apr 1932 in Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • …………5 Mary Beulah Carrico b: 11 Jun 1924 + Zellar Smith b: 30 Mar 1917, m: 27 Nov 1947
  • …………5 Paul Donovan Carrico b: 23 Jul 1926 + Frances Borgia Wheatley
  • …………5 Margaret Ann Carrico b: 26 Nov 1928 in Washington County, KY + Cleo Tingle b: 23 Sep 1924 in Washington County, KY, m: 12 Aug 1961 in Washington County, KY
  • …………5 Catherine Lyons Carrico b: 05 Apr 1931 in Washington County, Kentucky, d: 20 Mar 2014 in Washington Co., KY + James Philip Hill b: 03 Nov 1935 in Marion County, KY, m: 07 Apr 1956 in Springfield, Kentucky, d: 17 Jul 1986 in Burgin, Kentucky + Virgil McIlvoy b: 20 Apr 1932, m: 20 Jul 2002 in Washington County, KY
  • …………5 Mary Alice Carrico b: 17 Dec 1933 in Washington Co., KY, d: 07 Oct 2010 in Jefferson Co., KY
  • ………4 Anna Margaret Montgomery b: 18 Sep 1895, d: 18 Feb 1984 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Laura Frances Montgomery b: 04 Dec 1897 in Washington County, KY, d: 11 Dec 1912 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Lillian Catherine Montgomery b: 11 Mar 1900 in Washington County, KY, d: 31 May 1994 in Marion County, KY + Guy B. Goodrich b: 28 Feb 1900 in Owenton, KY, m: 08 Jun 1933, d: 10 May 1974 in Marion County, KY
  • ………4 Robert Lee Montgomery b: 17 Aug 1903 in Washington County, KY, d: 25 Mar 1985 in Boyle County, KY
  • ………4 Edward Linton Montgomery b: 17 May 1905 in Washington County, KY, d: 21 Aug 1974 in Marion County, KY + Louise Parrott
  • …………5 Barbara Montgomery + Paul Bricker
  • …………5 Edward Linton Montgomery + Margie + Virginia Cox d: 05 Dec in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Benjamin Montgomery b: 21 Oct 1908 in Washington County, KY, d: 07 Nov 1908 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 Mary Kell Linton b: 16 Mar 1870 in Washington County, KY, d: 15 Feb 1890 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 Martha Susan Linton b: 14 Mar 1873 in Washington County, KY, d: 25 Jan 1876 in Washington County, KY
  • ……3 Infant Linton
  • …2 Bushrod Linton b: 1827
  • …2 Margaret Linton b: 1829 + Addison F. Carter b: 1825, m: 29 Jan 1860 in Washington County, KY, d: 1862
  • ……3 Martha Carter b: 1861 + Hugh Goatley m: 21 Feb 1882 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Margaret Goatley b: Feb 1883
  • ………4 Walter Goatley b: Dec 1884
  • ………4 Nancy J. Goatley b: Sep 1887 + Harry K. Grigsby m: 26 Nov 1913 in Washington County, KY
  • …………5 John F. Grigsby b: 1916
  • …………5 Martha L. Grigsby b: 1917
  • ………4 Hugh Goatley b: Dec 1889
  • ………4 Edgar Goatley b: Dec 1890
  • ………4 Joseph Goatley b: Nov 1898
  • ………4 Mary L. Goatley b: 1904 + Augustine B. Offutt b: 1817, m: 29 Jun 1866 in Washington County, KY
  • …2 George Mason Linton b: 1831 + Mary Robards
  • …2 Mary Rebecca Linton b: 1834 + Daniel Mock b: 1814, m: 22 Jul 1865 in Washington County, KY, d: Aft. 1875
  • ……3 Susan Hill Mock b: Nov 1874 in Washington Co., KY + Henry Crouch b: Jan 1870, m: 18 Oct 1894 in Washington County, KY
  • ………4 Evon Crouch b: Jul 1895 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Edgar Crouch b: Jan 1897 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Annie Crouch b: Jan 1900 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Etta Crouch b: 1902 in Washington Co., KY
  • ………4 Davidson Crouch b: 1905 in Washington Co., KY

My Prized Possession

669In memory of John Linton who departed this life December 4, 1836, in the 86th year of his age.  Linton Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

Do you have a favorite ancestor?  By far, Captain John Hancock Linton is mine.  Not to diminish or detract from any of my other forebears, Captain John was my first goal in my genealogy research, and I have learned many things about him from those first days spent in the Washington County Court House and talking with relatives!

While in my teens I heard about John Linton and thought it fascinating that he lived during the time of, and participated in, the Revolutionary War!  He was part of the group – albeit one of eighty  thousand! – that included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams – and so many others.  He did his part during the war, just like many, many others.

During this time, about 1974, my grandmother, Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico, told me about the Linton Cemetery that was located on property owned by her parents, and at the time, owned by Reed Spalding.  My parents and I located the cemetery – it looked like an overgrown clump of bushes, trees and briars.  With a little work – well, truthfully, more than a little – we cleared it enough to photograph the stones.  It was such a happy day!  Once Mr. Spalding realized there was a cemetery on his land he kept it well groomed.  After his death years later, the cemetery was again neglected.  We visited as often as we could, walking through tall weeds and bushes, to photograph the gravestones and check for deterioration.  About five years ago the property was purchased by a church, and they keep the cemetery in beautiful condition.  They plan to bury members on the outside of the iron fence.

s edwards 2Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, with husband Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and daughters, Mary Alice (my grandmother), Anna Margaret, Laura Frances, and baby Lillian Catherine.

My wonderful great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, a great-grandchild of John, was a genealogy enthusiast!  She kept family records, little pieces of old, brittle papers that enthrall me today!  Frances wrote family histories on any scrap of paper she could find – remember, she lived during the depression years!  I am so thankful for these memories since they were passed down to me!  In her research Grandmother Frances gave the name of John Linton’s father as William de Linton.  In all my research I have never seen ‘de Linton’ in any records.  I have found that John’s parents were Moses Linton and Susannah Hancock, but it doesn’t make me think any less of Frances, because she used what records and information that were available to her at the time.  Think of how much more information is ready for our use today – not to mention the internet and the wonderful possibilities we have there!  Genealogists through the years have worked with information they had, and built on those facts to have more names and dates and family stories for the next generation!

Scan060One of my prized possessions is my DAR certificate – becoming a member through Captain John Linton in February, 2000.  Our local DAR chapter is named for one of the pioneering women of Mercer County, Jane McAfee.  She came with her five sons to the county around 1774.  Can you imagine coming through the wilderness of early Kentucky, not knowing if a band of Indians were nearby, getting to your destination and starting from scratch with your home, having to grow your food and make a new life!  I didn’t realize the significance of this woman in 2000, but have learned much since that date!  And Grandfather John made this possible, with his service during the war, and Grandmother Frances made it possible by keeping the Linton history alive.


1899 Check for Peoples Deposit Bank

Scan_Pic1685This is a check from my great-grandfather’s account at Peoples Deposit Bank in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, dated July 24, 1899.  It is made out to Cunningham and Duncan in the amount of $1.82 for merchandise.  Now what could great-grandmother Frances have purchased?

Scan_Pic1686From the July 28, 1898, issue of the News-Leader Cunningham and Duncan claim to have the largest stock of dry goods, clothing, etc., and selling at lower prices than any house in town!  And they give inducements to cash buyers – rather those who charge!  No credit cards then, just a charge account at the store.

Scan_Pic1687And their Christmas sale ad from December 22, 1898, will ‘enable you to make very handsome presents for little money!’  They have something for everyone.  ‘For the mother or wife, can sell you handsome blankets, table linens and napkins, rugs, etc.  For the daughter, a handsome wrap, fine shoes, hosiery, handkerchiefs and gloves.  For the boys a nice shirt, suit or overcoat, tie, hat or shoes, handkerchiefs and mufflers.’

Scan_Pic0026This photo of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and wife, Frances Barber Linton, was taken about 1899.  My grandmother, Alice, the oldest daughter would have been six, Margaret, sitting in her father’s lap, would have been four, and baby Laura, in her mother’s lap, was about two.  Another daughter, Lillian Catherine, was born in March of 1900.  Robert was the son of William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico, born at the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Frances was the daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, born in 1867.