Obituary for Miss Mattie Mae Linton


Mattie Mae Linton, January 24, 1894 – December 4, 1968

Maple Grove Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky

Mattie Mae Linton was the daughter of Thomas Alvey Linton and Susan Mary Duncan.  Both parents died young.  She was raised by an uncle until she finished school, then she lived with her older brother at the old family homestead for the rest of her life.

Newspaper – Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky

Miss Mattie Mae Linton, 74, Dies

Funeral Services Held December 6, 1968

Miss Mattie Mae Linton, 74, Stevenson Mill Road, Russellville, died Wednesday, December 4, at 1:15 p.m. at Logan County Hospital.

Miss Linton was born in Logan County January 24, 1894, daughter of the late Sue Duncan and Thomas A. Linton. She was a member of the Methodist Temple, a lifelong member of the Women’s Society of Christian Services, and a member of the Russellville Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution. She graduated from Logan College in 1911.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Russell Bow at Mayfield and Son Funeral Home on Friday, December 6, at 3:30 p.m. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Maurice Linton, Ben P. Linton, T. D. Linton, John Linton, Henry Duncan, Bill Duncan, Robert Stevenson and Earl Davis.

Survivors include three brothers, Louis B. Linton of Russellville, G. B. Linton of Grand Junction, Colorado, Thomas A. Linton, Indian Lakes Estates, Florida; two nieces and a nephew.

William Preston Burgin Family Bible

There is another bible associated with this family, posted February 7, 2013.

William Preston Burgin Family Bible

  • This is to certify that William Preston Burgin and Eugenia Starks were united in Holy Matrimony, at home, Burgin, Kentucky, on the 20th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three (1883).
  • William Preston Burgin was born January 25th, 1853, Richmond, Kentucky, married November 20th, 1883 and died April 3, 1901.
  • Eugenia Starks Burgin was born September 5th, 1858, Midway, Kentucky, married November 20th, 1883, and died May 19th, 1927.
  • Anne Starks Burgin was born April 12th, 1887, Burgin, Kentucky, married October 14th, 1906, and died 1925.
  • Sophia Temple Burgin was born September 3rd, 1888, Burgin, Kentucky, married September 3rd, 1913, and died December 31, 1974.
  • Florence Clifford Burgin was born March 6th, 1891, Burgin, Kentucky, married September 7th, 1914, and died April 9th, 1980.
  • William Isaac Preston Burgin, was born April 2nd, 1896, Burgin, Kentucky, married September 18th, 1915, and died January 1, 1961.
  • John James Burgin was born July 3rd, 1897, Burgin, Kentucky, married February 1919, and died August 20, 1945.
  • Harry Montgomery Sallee (Ann’s baby) was born February 1908, Lexington, Kentucky, and died December 1908.
  • Ann Chenault Bailey was born September 26, 1915, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, died March 19, 1929.
  • Mary Elizabeth Burgin was born January 15th, 1918, married to Henry Walter Brummett, April 7, 1939.
  • Mrs. John (Davelle) Burgin died Fayette County, January 24, 1980
  • Mrs. Preston (Ada) Burgin died Fayette County, October 13, 1980.
  • Sophia burgin married Henry Steele Moore September 3rd, 1913.  He died April 20th, 1947.

Grandfather and Grandmother

  • James Madison Starks born Midway, Kentucky, September 16, 1818, died May 25, 1881.
  • Ann William Starks, second wife of James M., born in Midway October 30, 1820, died April 17, 1899.
  • Susan Crutcher Starks, first wife of James Madison Starks, was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, 1824, died 1856.
  • Children of James Madison and Susan Crutcher Starks were John P., Richard, Permelia and Susie Starks and Bettie Starks Rodes.
  • Children James Madison and Anne Williams Starks were I. F. Starks and Eugenia Starks Burgin.

Marriages – Fayette County, Kentucky

Marriages – Fayette County, Kentucky

  • Thomas Ashford married Nancy Stone – 1803
  • Abraham Bird, Jr., married Catherine Fry – November 30, 1803
  • Ezekiel Bryant married Susannah Bradley – November 18, 1803
  • John Bryant married Nancy Porter – 1803
  • William Burton married Catherine Springer – January 11, 1803
  • James Carver married Patsy White – January 24, 1803
  • John P. Campbell married Isabella McDowell – September 9, 1803
  • Thomas Davis married Elizabeth Dickey – April 4, 1803
  • John Devour married Peggy Barton – January 6, 1803
  • John Evans married Susannah Pulliam – September 13, 1803
  • Thomas Fowley married Frances Oxley – July 13, 1803
  • John Goodlet married Rebecca Patterson – June 1, 1803
  • Andrew Green married Bathsheba Marker – November 15, 1803
  • John Hall married Theniah Robinson – February 16, 1803
  • Tinea Hancock married Patsy Ellis – January 1, 1803
  • Henry Hardesty married Sarah Dikes – July 25, 1803
  • Kinzer Hardesty married Salley Kemper – May 20, 1803
  • William Hayes married Lucy Gatewood – 1803
  • James Johnson married Eliza Barbee – September 8, 1803
  • Benjamin Kemper married Sally Adams – October 20, 1803
  • William Lyon married Mildred McCann – December 25, 1803
  • William McCord married Elizabeth Bradley – August 1, 1803
  • Alexander McNary married Margaret Blue – August 10, 1803
  • Martin Moore married Margaret Robinson – July 26, 1803
  • Henry Purviance married Margaret Ross – June 2, 1803
  • Charles Redman married Peggy Dunkin – April 12, 1803
  • Charles Roseberry married Nancy Thurston – September 24, 1803
  • Jacob Sageser married Sally Miller – August 30, 1803
  • Samuel Stockwill married Audbery Hodge – 1803
  • Ignatius Taylor married Polly Shore – February 2, 1803
  • John True married Jemima Gess – September 15, 1803
  • Charles Tull married Nancy Patterson – March 15, 1803
  • Thomas Welsh married Jane Masterson – January 27, 1803
  • Jeremiah White married Betsy Hulett – June 15, 1803
  • John Williams married Rebecca Jones – January 30, 1803
  • James Wilson married Elizabeth Tapp – September 15, 1803
  • Joseph Wood married Mary Law – 1803

John Berkeley 1809 Will


John Berkeley 1809 Will

Fairfax County, Virginia

John Berkeley married Susannah Hancock Linton, the widow of Moses Linton in 1752/3.  He was the step-father of my Captain John Hancock Linton.  John Berkeley married first Elizabeth Longworth, with whom he had at least two children, John Longworth and George Berkeley.  John and Susannah Hancock Linton had at least two children, Scarlett and Elizabeth Berkeley.  I do not know in which book you would find this will, since it is from a very old copy, in with the information given to me by Garwood Linton.  I knew the will existed, but didn’t have an actual copy.

In the name of God, amen. I, John Berkeley, of Fairfax County do declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. Imprimis. I give my soul to almighty God who gave it to me, and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter mentioned, in full hopes of a blessed resurrection. Item. I give and bequeath to my son, John Longworth Berkeley, my land to him and his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Lewis, one negro woman named Tabitha to her and heirs. Item. My will is that Susanna Lewis, wife of Dan P. Lewis,


have one young negro four or five years old, also John Linton to have one young negro five years old. Item. My will is that the rest of my property, Susanna Shackelford have one sixth part of after my just debts are paid. Item. My will is that the remainder of my property be equally divided between my son, Scarlett Berkeley and my son George Berkeley and my daughter Elizabeth Lewis. My will is as my son Scarlett Berkeley is dead, his five oldest children have his part. Lastly, I ordain and appoint my son-in-law James Lewis whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament in confirmation here of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of August 1808.

John Berkeley

In presence of Moses Hopewood, William Hancock, James Lewis, Jr.

At a court held for Fairfax County the 16th day of January, 1809

The last will and testament of John Berkeley, deceased, was presented in court by James Lewis, the Executor herein named, who made oath, and the same being proved by the oaths of Moses Hopewood, William Hancock and James Lewis, Jr. Witness hereto is admitted to record and the said Executor having performed what the law requires, a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate hereof in due form.

Emily Merriott Biography

from Biographical Sketches – Jessamine County, Kentucky

Emily Merriott was born in Jessamine County, a member of the Christian Church, a daughter of Martin and Mary (Hifner) Frazer, and widow of William H. Merriott.  William H. Merriott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 11, 1816; came to Kentucky and settled in Jessamine County in 1828; was a wagon maker by trade, and lived in Nicholasville eleven years, working at his trade; he then moved to Lexington, stayed nine years, ran a flour store and then moved to his farm in Jessamine County, where he died June 3, 1882, a member of the Christian Church.  Martin Frazer was born in Virginia September 3, 1788, came to Kentucky when quite young and settled in Jessamine County; was a farmer all his life, and died April 9, 1860.  Mrs. Mary Frazer was born in Kentucky October 26, 1796, and died July 29, 1848.  No children were born to Emily Merriott and husband, but they took Watt R. Dunn, the son of Ben and Rebecca Dunn, and a nephew of Mr. Merriott, when he was two years old to rear.  Watt R. Dunn was born March 1, 1855, and was married, December 21, 1876, to Mary D. Burton, of Mercer County, the daughter of Peter H. and Martha A. Burton.  Mr. Dunn is a member of the Christian Church and his wife of the Methodist Church South.  Mrs. Merriott owns 115 acres of good land in Lee District, seven miles west of Nicholasville, which farm is intended for Watt R. Dunn.  Watt and Mary Dunn are the father and mother of three children:  the eldest, William Merriott Dunn was born October 18, 1879; Peter Burton Dunn, January 27, 1881; Mattie Alberta Dunn, March 17, 1883.

James McAfee Will

James McAfee, an Irish immigrant, was an early settler in Mercer County, Kentucky (at that time Lincoln County, Virginia!) arriving from Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1784, along with two of his brothers and his mother.  Agnes Clark, his wife, was also born in Ireland.  She died in Mercer County, Kentucky, May 2, 1814.  Notice Thomas Allin is Court Clerk, the same Thomas Allin who was also an early settler and died in the 1833 cholera epidemic.

Mercer Co. Will Book 4, p.198

I, James McAfee, of Mercer County and State of Kentucky, calling to mind the mortality of all living, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do ordain and establish these present to be my last will and testament. In the first place I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be decently buried by my Executors to be hereafter named. Secondly I leave to my wife Agnes the little room and fireplace in my house it being her present bedroom and her stand of drawers and her bed and all its furniture to be under her absolute control during her life to live in and enjoy free from the power of any person. Thirdly It is my will and desire that all my household & kitchen furniture of every kind as well as all my negroes and their increase be under the power and control of my son Clarke during the life of my wife, subject to the following conditions. My son Clarke is to support my wife in all the necessaries of life, and my two grandchildren, Sally Woods & Woodford Woods, shall have liberty to live in my house and receive a reasonable support, they working as one of the family, and a common English Education. The said Sally until she is twenty one or married, but if she chooses to move away, my son Clarke is to be free from any charge & the said Woodford until he arrives at an age sufficient to be put to a trade or some other employment and at the death of my wife all the household and kitchen furniture as well as the property I leave my wife by this will shall be my said son Clarke’s & his heirs forever. And at my said wife’s death Clarke is to have his choice of any two of my negroes he pleases to him and his heirs and then the remainder of them to be sold and the money to be equally divided between my son John, Betsy Davenport & Nancy Buchanan my daughters. Fourthly it is my will that my son Clarke shall have all my stock of horses, cattle and hogs & sheep as well as all my farming utensils and crop, to him and his heirs and to pay all my just debts and if ever the money Lyndsey owes me is got Clarke is to have it. Fifthly my wife is to have her choice of one of my horses during her life and then at her death Clarke is to have it. Sixthly my son John is to have the part of my Land of my home tract which lies on the west side of Salt River containing three hundred acres more or less to him and his heirs forever. Seventhly my farm and about five hundred acres more or less bounded on the East by the stone quarry branch already surveyed and cornering on John Armstrong’s line shall be son Clarke’s & his heirs forever. Eighthly, about five hundred acres more or less which lies on the East of the above part left to Clarke, it being the balance of my home tract is to be sold or divided equally between my Daughter Betsy & Nancy and the four children of my Daughter Peggy, one share to them and their heirs forever except Nancy’s share which Shall go to her and her present children only. Ninthly it is my will that my son John & Clarke be the Executors of this will. Witness my hand & seal this 24th day of January 1809.

James McAfee Seal

Signed in presents of Robert B. McAfee, Samuel Bunton, Hannah McAfee

Mercer County, Kentucky

July County Court 1811

The foregoing last will and testament of James McAfee, deceased, was produced into Court and proved by the oaths of Robert B. McAfee and Samuel Bunton two subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. Tho. Allin Clerk

Wright Family – Old Millersburg Cemetery


On our last adventure Ritchey and I visited the Old Millersburg Cemetery which is just past the Bourbon County line into Nicholas County – going north on US Hwy 68.  It is an old cemetery that probably hasn’t been used for burial in quite some time.  Today I will share with you photos of the Wright family gravestones, in the fenced plot above.


Thomas Wright, born April 15, 1801, died April 15, 1853

Thomas Wright, father of the family was born and died on the same day of the same month – he was exactly 52 years of age at his death.  I checked but could find no additional information on Thomas Wright.


Martha, wife of Thomas Wright, born October 30, 1799, died July 3, 1853

Unfortunately I do not know Martha’s maiden name.  She and Thomas both died in 1853, a few months apart.


Morgan Wright, Jr., born December 29, 1824, died April 25, 1825

Sarah J. Wright, born May 29, 1837, died August 19, 1846

Since these two children are on the same large stone as Thomas and Martha Wright, they must be their children – even though Morgan is considered ‘Jr.’


As you can see, this stone is half-buried and unreadable.  It is inside the fence of the Wright plot.


Infant son of William and Rosannah Kenney, born August 2, died August 12, 1852

Perhaps a grandchild of William and Martha?


Our Little Baby Clara, born April 28, 1857, died October 1857

This stone is difficult to read.  I can’t read the day of death.  There are two names at the bottom of the stone, William and Serena Kenney.  Again, another grandchild?


This plot is only a small portion of the Old Millersburg Cemetery.  I have much more to share with you at a later date!