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Page 58 of Roster Commanded By Captain Charles Lewis – Loudoun County, Virginia

This is page 58 of the Roster of the company commanded by Captain Charles Lewis, 57th Regiment, Virginia Militia, Loudoun County, Virginia.  These records are from 1793 to 1809, which make them after the Revolutionary War, but important information none-the-less.  I chose this page to order from the Historic Records and Deed Research from the Loudoun County Circuit Court.  I sent an email with the pages I wanted, they sent me a price, I mailed them a check and within a week or two my documents arrived.  You can have them copied in color, as I did, or black and white.  Check out their website.

I think perhaps the Moses Linton listed in Class 3 is the son of my Captain John Hancock Linton, who served during the Revolutionary War.

Class No. 3

  • Robert Henderson
  • Mosses Linton [Moses]
  • Jason Gowin
  • Zachariah Gowin
  • Joseph Wright
  • George Dar

Class No. 4

  • Thomas W. Balendine
  • John Hyler
  • James Bealeys
  • James Kerick
  • Anthony Thornton
  • William Frayer
  • James Gordon

Class No. 5

  • William Mason
  • John Stadley
  • George Harmon
  • Jacob Howdershelt
  • Israel Morris
  • John Atcher
  • John Shryock

Class No. 6

  • Christopher Minegar
  • William Harmon
  • Jonathan Swindler
  • Phillip Link
  • Francis Hogue
  • James Davis

Class No. 7

  • Absolum Hawley
  • Valentine Houser
  • Amos Howley
  • Charles Steven
  • Elias Cooper
  • Amos Bird

Class No. 8

  • John Davis
  • Robert Perry
  • Joseph Watson
  • Jeremiah Hawley
  • Peter Hessor
  • Andrew Boyle
  • Solomon Littleton

Class No. 9

  • William Jordan
  • John Gordon
  • Mathias Shryock
  • Robert Henwood
  • John Morris
  • Michael Howser

Class No. 10

  • Mosses Hough
  • Peter Atcher
  • John Davidson
  • John Moffatt
  • John Davis (Broad Run)
  • Anthony Hough


An Important Piece of the Puzzle

How many times in your research have you searched and searched for that one piece of the puzzle?  If you knew that little bit of information relationships would fall into place, questions would be answered and all would be right in the genealogy world.  I know you have!  I am sharing with you today that ‘Aha!’ moment from about 40 years ago.

My dear great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, as I have mentioned many times, was the genealogist in the family during the first 40 decades of the twentieth century.  She wrote letters to cousins, had information handed down for generations, old tax receipts, etc.  But the biggest mistake she made was in Captain John Linton’s father and grandfather.  According to Frances, William de Linton I and II were these persons.  In the respect of William II, he married Susannah Monroe, who, after William II’s death, married Charles Tyler, then Benjamin Grayson.  In those first years of research I found nothing about William de Linton – I or II!  There was a William Linton who married Susannah Monroe, then Charles Tyler and Benjamin Grayson, but this William Linton’s son, named John, was born in 1730 and died in 1775 – couldn’t be my Captain John.

In the Release of Rights dated January 30, 1775, in Loudoun County (earlier Prince William and Stafford counties), Virginia, John Linton releases any rights to his father’s estate (Moses Linton), or the right of any estate from his mother Susanna, to his stepfather, John Berkeley, for the sum of 300 pounds current money of Virginia.  The estate was given up ‘in consideration of  my education and maintenance by John Berkeley’.  Okay, this information gives the name of Captain John’s father – Moses.  The William Linton mentioned above was the son of John Linton and Ann Barton.  In addition to son William, sons Moses and John are listed in his will.  The only other Moses Linton listed in Prince William or the surrounding counties at that time was the elder John Linton’s brother – who married Margaret Barton, sister to Ann.  This led me to conclude that Moses Linton, son of John Linton and Ann Barton, was father to my Captain John.  How about his mother?

Moses Linton was married twice – first to Susanna Harrison, with whom he had at least two sons, William and Thomas Linton.  After the death of Moses, these sons were given to the guardianship of their uncle, Burr Harrison.  Unfortunately nothing further is heard of the two boys, and it is assumed they died before 1775, the date of release of rights by Captain John Linton, since he is considered ‘the only surviving son and heir at law to my father, Moses Linton.’

Moses Linton married as his second wife Susannah, with whom he had three children – Catharine Jennings Linton, my John Linton and Moses Linton.  Moses, who was quite a bit older than Susannah, died in 1752, just after the birth of his son Moses.  Susannah, a young widow of about 22 years, quickly married John Berkeley, he being a widower (his first wife was Elizabeth Longworth) and also the father of young children, John Longworth Berkeley and George Berkeley.

But who was Susannah, mother of Captain John Linton?  In my wonderful correspondence with Dorothy Thrawley in the years before my marriage, and afterwards, she gave me that important piece of the puzzle – the one that made everything fit together.  Dorothy’s ancestor was Catherine Jennings Linton – Captain John Linton’s sister.  Catherine married William Joseph Lewis, the son of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth – hm, that name sounds familiar – as in sister to Elizabeth Longworth, first wife of John Berkeley?  Shall I just say this is a tangled family?  Anyway, Catherine Linton and Joseph Lewis had a daughter Susan Lewis, who married her cousin, Daniel Lewis.  Susan Lewis had the wonderful foresight to purchase a bible and write down not only the information for the children she had with hubby Daniel Lewis, but information about her ancestors.  And in that bible is a note that reads, ‘Catherine Linton’s mother before marriage, Susan Hancock.’  Finally, finally we know the name of Captain John Linton’s mother – Susannah Hancock, second wife of Moses Linton.  In the photo this information is underlined in red.  Sorry the copy is not the best.

And the final question – who is Susannah Hancock?  Moses Linton owned land adjoining his friend Scarlett Hancock.  Scarlett died at the young age of thirty in 1740.  He was the son of John Hancock and Catherine Smith.  He was given the name Scarlett for his step-great-grandfather, Martin Scarlett, who married his widowed great-grandmother, Ann, Mrs. William Green.  His grandmother was Lettice Green who married Edward Smith.  Susannah Hancock is his younger sister, who lived with Scarlett after the death of her parents, John Hancock and Catherine Smith.

Ann Barton, wife of the elder John Linton, parents of Moses Linton, was the daughter of Edward Barton and Ann Green – sister to Lettice Green who married Edward Smith.  We have come complete circle.  Moses Linton and Susannah Hancock both descend from William and Ann Green, coming down the line from different daughters.

Is anyone confused?  It’s certainly a crazy patchwork quilt of genealogy, with intermarrying families and more than one marriage on most lines.  But it has been a fascinating ride – and I will always be indebted to my dear friend Dorothy Thrawley, without whose help I could not have come to this conclusion.  This is why it is so important to share genealogy information, and my purpose exactly for this blog!  Have a wonderful day!


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

Who Reads the Western American Newspaper In 1805?

np1Who reads The Western American Newspaper in 1805?  What today sounds like someone from California, or at least Arizona, in 1805 we are talking about Bardstown, Kentucky – Nelson County!  How times change, and talk of western lands in one century is definitely not the same in another! Personal information was found in ads that were run in the paper.  Most of the other written words were about the laws of Kentucky, items concerning the court, and in one, the second Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson!  In 1805 it wasn’t quite as easy to visit Washington for the inauguration, or watch it on television!

I found this newspaper while searching for something else, but couldn’t believe my luck!  Several extended family members are mentioned!

np4-1On page four of the January 11, 1805, paper is an advertisement to be inoculated for the ‘Cow Pox’ by Dr. Burr Harrison.  He has ‘just received the genuine infection from Philadelphia.’  Notice the insertion of ‘f’ for ‘s’ – makes it a bit difficult to read.  Burr Harrison was a descendant of the family of Susannah Harrison who married Moses Linton.  I descend from his second marriage with Susannah Hancock.

np4-2On the same page is a list of letters remaining in the Bardstown Post Office.  If they are not collected by April 1st they will go to the dead letter file.  Benjamin Mason, Joseph Lewis, Mrs. Anne Lewis, are all in my lines.  I can’t imagine why they didn’t pick up their mail.  Getting a letter was a rare treat in those days.  News from loved ones was a treasure to read and re-read many times.

np3-3On page three is a notice of leave by George Berry and Willis Hairgrove, to lay out a town on their land in Logan County, on big Muddy Creek, a branch of Green River.  I found Muddy Creek on the map.  It is rather long, but the only town on it today is where it starts on the Green River, a little town called Mining City, now in Butler County.  I can’t say if this is the town, or if Mr. Berry and Mr. Hairgrove were able to sell lots in their town, or if the project fell through.  Some of my Linton family went to Logan County.

np3-2David McClellan was in need of lots of butter in 1805.  Was he starting a bakery?  ‘I will contract for any quantity (not exceeding 2000 weight) of good Butter to be delivered in this place, any time between this and the first of April next, for which I will give a generous price in Cash or Merchandize – Any person on whose punctuality I can rely, that will contract for 100 weight or upwards, may receive their pay at any time, by giving their obligations to deliver the Butter in the time above specified.’

np3-1 Benjamin Mason, nephew of my fifth great-grandmother, Ann Mason, who married Captain John Linton, is requesting to hire a Negro woman for one year.  He lives 3 1/2 miles from Bardstown.

np2-2On page one was this advertisement wanting furs.  William King, located at Mr. J. McMeekin’s Store, is going to open a furriers business in Bardstown, and offers the highest prices in merchandise for skins that will be used in his business – bear, black and red foxes, martins, minks, fishers (?), wolverines, raccoons, wild cats, black and spotted tame cats, rabbits, etc.

np2-1Several ads like this were on the first page.  Plum Run is located near Fairfield in northern Nelson County close to the Spencer County border.  Nicholas Minor, who was a Justice of Peace for Nelson County, was married into the Linton/Mason families.  It is so interesting to find these little tidbits to make the lives of our ancestors come alive.  Each time we find a little piece of information that person becomes more of a real person, that lived, worked and loved just as we do today.


Other Than A Will, What Can Be Found In County Will Books?


Since I am in the process of typing the Will Books Index for Washington County, Kentucky, it has given me a new prospective on what one can find in these volumes.  Not only are there wills – but also inventories, dower allotments, guardian reports and settlements, executor settlements, division of slaves, division of land, sale bills, administrative settlements, curator’s accounts, list of sales, list of notes, etc.

My first thought is there are not that many wills!  Not everyone left a will – perhaps it wasn’t written and the person died quickly, perhaps there wasn’t much to leave or perhaps it wasn’t given for safe keeping and was lost.  I was very surprised.  But even though your ancestor didn’t leave a will, there are many more avenues in the will books to search for clues about your family.

There are many, many guardian settlements/reports.  In one instance, John W. Inman had five guardian reports in books O through S – that is from 1869-1885.  In Will Book O, page 610, there is ‘A settlement of the accounts of H. B. Wilson, guardian for John W. Inman, son of John F. Inman, deceased, made April 27th, 1872’.  It shows debits and credits to the account.  The other entries throughout the years show much the same.  Sometimes guardians changed, due possibly to death, or inability to continue.  John Inman’s guardian was listed as Thomas O. Wilson in 1874.  In 1876 J. A. Lankford was guardian.  In 1883 a final settlement was made by Mr. Lankford for John Inman.  John Inman received a balance of $311.53 on December 1, 1883.

One can find so many interesting things listed in inventories and appraisements.  An appraisement of articles set apart for the widow of James Isham was given on November 11, 1892.  Five beds and bedding was appraised at $75.00, a wash stand was valued at $3.00.  The cooking stove and utensils were $6.00, a clock and mirror, $1.50.  The total value for articles for the widow was $129.50.  Listed in my fifth great-grandfather’s inventory, Moses Linton, was a violin and a multitude of books.  You never know what you will find, and it makes your great-great’s come to life!

‘A settlement of the accounts of C. I. Hayden, administrator of B. J. Janes, deceased, made this 2nd November 1877.’  The administrative settlement was one of the last, if not the last entry for someone who has passed away.  These are divided into debits and credits – but be aware they are actually backwards to what you would think – I suppose the clerks used the double-entry bookkeeping we used in our school system.  So a debit is actually money coming in, and a credit is money paid out.  At least they used this system in Washington County.  On the debit side Mr. Janes had his account of his sale bill, $159.70, plus interest for four months, $3.19, for total debits of $162.89.  His credits were paid to several gentlemen, tax receipts, interest on debts, judge’s fees for settlements and clerks fee, of $69.19.  The widow was entitled to the sum of $93.17, but it had to be apportioned among several creditors.

An appraisement of the property of the deceased was generally made before the sale.  In the case of Samuel Janes the appraisement and sale were held on the same day – February 4, 1843.  A grindstone that was appraised at 37 cents, sold for 12.  A field of standing corn was appraised for $18.00 and sold for $15.75.  A man’s saddle appraised for 50 cents sold for six and one fourth cents.

The executor’s settlement is pretty self-explanatory – the executors give an account of how they have settled the estate.  Hardin Gregory and Humphrey Jett were the executors for Elijah Jett.  On August 6, 1850, they gave an amount of sales as $183.59.  Receipts were paid to appraisers, the clerk, sale clerk, J. P. Montgomery for the coffin, McElroy and Rinehart for the shroud, commissioner’s fees.  The final sum to be divided among the four heirs – Humphrey Jett, Lanson Curtsinger, Sandford Thurman and Hardin Gregory, which gives to each the sum of $23.17.  But why would these four men – other than son Humphrey – get a portion of the settlement?  Going to the will of Elijah Jett, he mentions that he has given his children various articles of property over the years, and everything left is to be given to his wife, Rhoda – lands, Negroes and personal property.  He has a deranged son, Stark Jett, he leaves in the care of Humphrey Jett or Hardin Gregory, giving the caretaker Negro Bob to care for Stark.  He mentions daughter, Elizabeth Jett, who has received no property or goods from him and lists what she is to have at marriage.  There are sons Elijah, Alexander and deceased son, Noah Jett, who left one daughter, Nancy J. Curtsinger.  Hardin Gregory is his son-in-law, having married Sarah Jett.  There are still two names of the ‘four heirs’ that seem to have no connection to this family.  But after checking marriage records we find that Lanson Curtsinger married Frances Jett in 1835, and Sandford Thurman married Mary Jett in 1834.  Daughter Elizabeth Jett married Josiah Edwards March 14, 1848, after her father’s death.

A sale bill is also an interesting piece in the puzzle of our ancestors.  Not only does it give the items sold, but it tells who bought each item.  Within you can look for family members, since many times that bought items at the sale.  In Ben F. Keeling’s sale on the 9th day of September, 1854, we find Rebecca Keeling (his wife) and Uriah Keeling (his son) buying many of the items for sale.  Rebecca bought two bureaus, $2.50; a trundle bed, $.75; one clock, $2.00; looking glass, $.70; cupboard, $2.00; cupboard ware, $.50; five tubs, $.25; a tea kettle, $25; one bay mare, Prince, $10.00; and other items.  Uriah Keeling bought a little table, $.75; six books, $1.30; scythe and cradle, $2.55; five sheep, $5.35; etc.  The total amount of the sale was $565.90.  Marion Keeling also made purchases, as well as Samuel R. White, one of my ancestors.  The Keeling’s and White’s intermarried throughout the years.  William Leonard, George Parrish, Benjamin Hardin and Henry H. Prather also made purchases.  These families were in the Willisburg area of Washington County.

As you can see, just a little detective work in the will books can give a wealth of information.  Let me know what gems you have found!

William Y. Linton – Louisa M. Willett 1858 Marriage

William Yerby Linton was the son of Moses Linton and Ann Nancy Pead, grandson of Captain John Linton.  Louisa A. Willett was the daughter of George W. Willett and Nancy Hancock.  William first married Mary Hagan, with whom he had six children.  She died in 1857, and the next year he married Louisa.  Louisa and William had five children before her death in 1865. 

Scan_Pic0242Marriage Bond

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

Be it known that we, William Y. Linton as principal, and [James H. Willett] as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as Follows:

That, whereas, Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound William Y. Linton and Louisa M. Willett.

Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage this bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, this 13th day of February, 1868

William Y. Linton

James H. Willett

B. L. Blakey

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.