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Northern Neck Land Grants – William Berkeley

The two William Berkeley Northern Neck land grants below are of special interest to me since they involve my 6th great-grandfather, William Berkeley.  William married Elizabeth Hancock about 1723 and had the following children:  John, Reuben, Alethea, Benjamin, William, Samuel, Ann, Jane, Eleanor and Elizabeth Berkeley.  Daughter Elizabeth Berkeley married Benjamin Mason, son of George Mason and Anne Anaple Wigginton.  Their daughter Ann married Captain John Hancock Linton in Loudoun County, Virginia (formed from Fairfax County) about 1770.  The fact that William Berkeley’s property on Accotink Creek was adjacent to a Mr. Mason gives rise to the question – was it Benjamin Mason’s father who owned this land?   Another interesting fact is that Colonel John Tayloe bought part of the second Berkeley grant.  Copies of wills of Martin Scarlett and Edward Barton, ancestors of Captain John Hancock Linton, were found in the Tayloe papers.  Interesting coincidences?  I like to think they are clues leading the way to understanding this portion of the Northern Neck of Virginia on which my ancestors once lived!

Fairfax County, Virginia – Northern Neck Land Grants

#165 William Berkeley, 531 acres, February 17, 1728, C:141, North side of Accotink Creek, adjacent to McCarty and Mason.

There is a cancelled deed to John Edy (NN B:192) dated February 27, 1728/9.  The deed for this property was cancelled because he was unable to pay the composition and office charges.  This was a rambling grant that interfered with many adjacent grants.  (Belvoir Neck survey, part of a map of plats belonging and adjoining to those of George Washington, Fairfax County.)

William Berkeley, Senior, sold May 20, 1760, for 36.12 pounds to George William Fairfax 183 acres of the north side of Accotink Creek. (Fairfax Deeds D:678)

A William Berkeley agreed with the Truro Parish Vestry April 12, 1737, to build a mansion house upon the Glebe. The work was to be finished October 31, 1738. In July 1743 William Berkeley, Senior, and Vincent Lewis were ordered to procession all the patented lands between Cub Run and Popeshead (Minutes of the Vestry, Truro Parish Virginia, 1732-1785, pp. 15, 40).

In 1741 the inhabitants of the Belvoir neighborhood who made a survey of Charles Green’s 320 acre grant included:  Hugh West, Thomas Owsley, Zephaniah Wade, John Manley, William Berkeley and Charles Griffin (NN E:299).

A William Berkeley is listed on Rev. Charles Green’s list of tithables of Truro Parish for 1749 with two tithables and three black tithables.  Also listed is William Berkeley, Jr., with one tithable and Burgess Berkeley also with one tithable.  William Berkeley’s will (Fairfax Wills B:309) dated November 25, 1761, and admitted to record February 16, 1762, lists sons:  Benjamin, William, John, Samuel and Rueben.  A William Berkeley was not on any surviving voting list of Fairfax County 1744-1768, but John, Samuel and Benjamin voted between 1755 and 1765.

William Berkeley was the Plaintiff in at least three law suits during a ten year period (1746-1755 – RS 1:16, 32, 48).  William Berkeley had leased 200 acres of land from John Waugh February 10, 1730 and the Defendant, Paul Turley, had a lease from John Waugh for 200 acres dated October 17, 1733.  They could not agree on their dividing line.  After ten years of contention the case was taken before the General Court and the outcome is not recorded.  (A jury decided for Paul Turley after the second case.  Fairfax Court Order Books 1749-1754, p. 215) and Turley eventually purchased the property (Fairfax Deeds M:290).  On the three surveys the Plaintiff’s house is not shown.  It is possible that this was a “Quarters” plantation.

154.  William Berkeley, 936 acres, March 28, 1727, NN B:57, Horsepen Run corner Francis Awbrey.

In a survey made May 5, 1740, John Warner shows this Berkeley tract divided into two parts.  One part is labeled Robert Carters part and the other Pophams part, now Colonel Tayloe’s (John Tayloe, 3242 acres, NN E:180).

In a Carter land book 436 cares “bought of William Berkeley, not to be found” is included with tracts of land thought to belong to a Company styled the Frying-Pan Company, of which said tracts Robert Carter of Westmoreland claimed one fourth part.  The 436 acres were part of Frying Pan tract (Carter division.  Fairfax Deeds B3:419).

The part labeled Pophams, now Colonel John Tayloe, was sold by William Berkeley April 3, 1729, to John Popham.  In 1740 the Administrators of John Popham, James and Rachel Maxwell, sold 500 acres to John Tayloe of Richmond County.  Popham in his will dated October 31, 1738, directed his Executors to dispose of the 500 acre tract.  William Durr and Evan Price refused to be administrators, so James Maxwell and his wife Rachel obtained letters of administration and sold the tract for 65 pounds (Prince William Deeds E:10).

John Tayloe sold his large grant to John Turberville and it is probable that he also sold the 500 acres of the Berkeley grant to Turberville.  Martha Corbin Turberville inherited land called Pophams (Will of John Turberville dated March 21, 1799, proved August 26, 1799, Westmoreland County Wills No. 20).

Today In Genealogy History – November 14

Ann Nancy Mason Linton died 181 years ago – November 14, 1832 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Ann was the daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, born in Prince William County, Virginia, about 80 years previous.  She married John Hancock Linton and they had 10 children:  Elizabeth Rebecca, Moses, Catherine, Benjamin Franklin, Nancy, Susan, William, Lewis, Martha and John Hancock Linton.

Captain John Hancock Linton Family Sheet

Family Group Sheet for John Hancock Linton

Husband: John Hancock Linton
Birth: 1750 in Prince William County, Virginia
Death: 04 Dec 1836 in Washington County, Kentucky
Burial: Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: Bef. 1772 in Virginia
Mother: Susanna Hancock
Father: Moses Linton

Wife: Ann Nancy Mason
Birth: Virginia
Death: 14 Nov 1832 in Washington County, Kentucky
Mother: Elizabeth Berkeley
Father: Benjamin Mason


Name: Elizabeth Rebecca Linton
Birth: 1771
Spouse: Richard (Dick) Keene

Name: Moses Linton
Birth: 1772 in Virginia
Death: Aug 1854 in Nelson County, KY
Marriage: 17 Dec 1800 in Orange County, VA
Spouse: Ann Nancy Pead

Name: Catherine Linton
Birth: Abt. 1775
Death: Aft. 1836
Marriage: Abt. 1795 in Virginia
Spouse: Henry Taylor

Name: Benjamin Franklin Linton
Birth: 16 Jun 1777 in Virginia
Death: 22 Feb 1861 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 12 Apr 1805 in Fluvanna County, VA
Spouse: Lucy Crewdson

Name: Nancy Linton
Birth: 1778 in Virginia
Death: 1861 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Edward Barber Edwards

Name: Susan Linton
Birth: 1782
Death: Aft. 1850
Marriage: 15 Mar 1812
Spouse: William Moran Jr.

Name: William Linton
Birth: 1790 in Virginia
Death: Aft. 1850 in Washington County, Kentucky
Marriage: 05 Apr 1817 in Washington County, Kentucky
Spouse: Elizabeth Lyon Moran

Name: Lewis Linton
Birth: 1796 in Virginia
Marriage: 21 Nov 1820
Spouse: Sarah Janes

Name: Martha Linton
Birth: 1793
Death: 06 May 1836 in Washington Co, KY
Marriage: 26 May 1823
Spouse: Horatio Mudd

Name: John Hancock Linton
Birth: Abt. 1795
Death: 1838 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 16 Jan 1837 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Julia Green

Happy Independence Day!


Captain John Linton – Loudoun County Virginia Militia

Who departed this life December 4, 1836, in the 86th year of his age.

Linton Family Graveyard, Washington County, Kentucky

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, in the midst of fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie, let’s remember those who made this day possible.  Along with all the red, white and blue banners, flags and bunting, think about that first flag – with thirteen original stripes and thirteen original stars – one for each of the colonies that broke away from mother England.

Our country began on this date 237 years ago – think what has happened since then!  Participants in this war were born AT LEAST 250 years ago!  These are the men who fought, what was then, the greatest country on the globe – and won!  Even though they had their differences they all worked towards a common goal – to be free.  Let us not take that freedom lightly – let us work to continue to make this a great nation.

I have two Revolutionary War soldiers in my ancestry – at least that I am aware of.  Captain John Linton fought in the Loudoun County, Virginia, Milita. He was born there in 1750 – a young 26 year old when the war began.  He was the son of Moses Linton and Susanna Hancock.  John married Ann Nancy Mason, the daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley.  They raised ten children.  In 1818 John and Ann moved to Washington County, Kentucky, with their children and grandchildren!

John Estes Yates was a Lieutenant in the Virginia Line, entering service in Culpeper County.  He was born in 1752, the son of George Yates, IV, and Frances Fielding Lewis.  He married Elizabeth Gaines, the daughter of Francis and Dorothy Gaines, in 1772.  He moved his family to Adair County, Kentucky, before 1810.  I have yet to find where he is buried.

I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through Captain Linton.


Mother’s Day Salute!

Frances Barber Linton, Robert E. Lee Montgomery
Mary Alice, Laura Frances, Anna Margaret

Mother’s Day Salute!

It seems only fitting that on this Mother’s Day I mention my mother, my grandmothers, and all my great-grandmothers – and my daughter!  Just think of all that is passed down through the years from mother to daughter – cooking, baking, love of reading, music, love of family, integrity, strength, graciousness, thoughts on how to be strong woman – so many things that make us the individuals we are today!  Here’s to mother’s everywhere!

Elizabeth Hancock, born c. 1694, in Virginia, who married William Berkeley, 1723, and died in 1772, was the mother of Elizabeth Berkeley.

Elizabeth Berkeley, born c. 1740, in Virginia, who married Benjamin Mason in Loudoun County, Virginia, was the mother of Ann Nancy Mason.

Ann Nancy Mason, born c. 1752, in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married Captain John Hancock Linton c. 1772, and died November 14, 1832, in Washington County, Kentucky, was the mother of Nancy Linton.

Nancy Linton Edwards

Nancy Linton, born c. 1778 in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married Edward Barber Edwards and died in 1861 in Washington County, Kentucky, was the mother of Susan Clark Edwards.

Susan Clark Edwards, born in 1797 in Loudoun County, Virginia, who married John Cotton Taylor November 25, 1828, in Washington County, Kentucky, and died  December 2, 1836, was the mother of Catherine Elizabeth Taylor.

Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, Aunt Mary Jane, Aunt Sarah

Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, born January 13, 1830, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Edward Edwards Linton March 23, 1852, and died May 28, 1910, was the mother of Frances Barber Linton.

Frances Barber Linton Montgomery

Frances Barber Linton, born August 13, 1867, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Robert E. Lee Montgomery February 7, 1893, and died August 2, 1945, was the mother of Mary Alice Montgomery.

Mary Alice Montgomery Carrico

Mary Alice Montgomery, born December 8, 1893, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married Joseph Reuben Carrico November 24, 1920, and died February 25, 1986, was the mother of Catherine Lyons Carrico.

Donna, Catherine Lyons Carrico Hill, Phyllis

Catherine Lyons Carrico, born April 5, 1931, in Washington County, Kentucky, who married James Philip Hill April 7, 1956, is the mother of Phyllis Ann Hill.

Phyllis Ann Hill Brown

Phyllis Ann Hill, born in Kentucky and married to Ritchey Edwin Brown, is the mother of Catherine Verena “Kate” Brown.

Catherine Verena “Kate” Brown

Kate will be the next in line to carry on the tradition of motherhood and taking care of a family and those she loves.  She will do a fantastic job – of that I have no doubt!

John Warder Linton


Many times I have mentioned Captain John Linton, my 5th great-grandfather, captain of the Loudoun Militia during the Revolutionary War.  In 1818, at the age of 68 he moved from Virginia to Washington County, Kentucky.  All of his children moved to Kentucky, most stayed in Washington County, but one went a little further west.

Son Benjamin Franklin Linton – I suppose there is absolutely no doubt from whom the middle name came – the famous man of the revolution.  He was also named for his grandfather, Benjamin Mason, whose daughter, Ann (also called Nancy) married John Linton in 1771.  Benjamin Linton took his family to Logan County, Kentucky.  He and his wife Lucy Crewdson, who were married in Fluvanna County, Virginia, had twelve children!  About half the children stayed in Logan County, the other half moved on to such distant places as St. Louis, Garnavillo, Iowa, and California.


Today I want to talk about John Warder Linton, a great-grandson of Benjamin and Lucy, and a great-great grandson of the captain.  John Warder Linton was a son of John Wesley Linton, a Civil War veteran of the Confederate Army, and Emma Adelaide Proctor.  John Wesley was a young 18-year-old when he entered the war.  He married Emma in 1869 in Logan County.  It is said most of the men in his unit did not make it home.  He planted a line of trees on his property, in memory of his fallen comrades.  John Wesley and Emma had 5 children:  Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter Linton.  Daughter Lucy died at the young age of 23.  The four boys died in the early 40’s – with the younger three all dying in 1945.

John Warder Linton married Eugenia Bell Howard, a daughter of S. B. Howard and Martha Bell.  They had two daughters, Martha Elizabeth and Eugenia Howard Linton. Martha married Henry Dockins Hopson, Sr.  Eugenia never married.

John Warder was an attorney, as well as two of his brothers.  A copy of his World War I draft registration card gives his description as tall and slender, with gray eyes and brown hair.  He lived in the city of Russellville in Logan County.


Eugenia Linton died March 1, 1937.  The next year John Warder married Mary Stevenson.  They had no children.  John Warder was active in the community until his death, November 27, 1945.  He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, in Russellville, beside Eugenia.  Other members of the Linton are also buried there.


Appraisers For Inventory of Benjamin Mason

Benjamin Mason, 1724-1795, was my 5th great-grandfather.  His father was George Mason, who died in 1729.  Since there were many George Masons at that time – and much more famous ones! – this George Mason was known as ‘from the Aquia’.  George was married to Anne Wigginton.  After George’s death his widow married William Butler.

Benjamin Mason married Elizabeth Berkeley, the daughter of William Berkeley and Elizabeth Hancock.  Benjamin and Elizabeth had 10 children, their oldest child, Ann Nancy Mason, married Captain John Hancock Linton, from whom I am descended.

It is interesting to note that Jonathan Edwards, Senr., mentioned as an appraiser, is also my 5th great-grandfather.  He married Sarah Barber and moved from Maryland to Loudoun County.  Their son Edward Barber Edwards married Captain John and Ann Linton’s daughter, Nancy Linton.  The other three mentioned in the note have connections to the Mason and Linton families.

Appraisers For Inventory of Benjamin Mason

Loudoun County, Virginia

Loudoun County, July 13th, 1795

Ordered that Charles Lewis, William B. Harrison, Jeremiah Hutchison and Jonathan Edwards, Senr., or any three of them being first duly qualified for that purpose do appraise in current money the personal estate and slaves, if any, late the property of Benjamin Mason, Decd., and that they return an inventory thereof to the Court.

Today In Genealogy History – September 15, 2012

Caty Linton Mason and Anthony Thomson were married 209 years ago – September 15, 1803 – in Nelson County, Kentucky.  Caty was the youngest daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley, of Loudoun County, Virginia.  After the death of her parents she came to Kentucky with her brothers and sisters.  I have no information about children for Caty and Anthony Thomson.  Caty’s siblings were  Ann, George, Burgess, John, Margaret, William Woolverton, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret (2) Mason.

Will of Reuben Berkeley

Reuben Berkeley is the son of William Berkeley and Elizabeth Hancock, and a brother to Elizabeth Berkeley who married Benjamin Mason (their daughter Ann Nancy Mason married Captain John Linton).

Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book C

pp. 301-304

In the name of God Amen.  I, Reuben Berkeley, of the County of Loudoun and the Commonwealth of Virginia, being sick and weak of body, but thanks be to God of sound and perfect understanding and being willing and desirous to settle my worldly affairs in such a manner as may prevent disputes and contentions after my death, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.  First I give and bequeath my sole to Almighty God, and as to my worldly estate I give and dispose of the same in the following manner.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Catherine, and to my four children (namely George Berkeley, Susanna Berkeley, Fanna Rogers Berkeley and Catherine Berkeley) two lots of lease land which I now hold under Henry Alexander Ashton and Francis Lightfoot, to hold the same in peaceable possession until the youngest of my above named children shall arrive to the age of sixteen years, but if my wife Catherine Berkeley should depart this life before my youngest child should arrive to the age of sixteen years that then the above mentioned leases should be sold and disposed as shall be hereafter directed.  I give and bequeath unto my son William Berkeley and my daughter Ann Berkeley my lot of lease land I bought of John Starks to their proper use during the term of the said lease.  I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Berkeley my sorrel colt, one year old colt last spring, to his own proper use and benefit forever.  I give and bequeath unto my son Moses Berkeley a bay mare, four years old, to his own proper use and benefit forever.  My will and desire is that after this present crop is finished that all my whole estate both real and personal to be sold by giving twelve months credit and the money thence arising to be equally divided between my wife and children Vizt.  Burgess Berkeley, William Berkeley, Elizabeth Hutchison, wife of George Hutchison, Nancy Berkeley, Benjamin Berkeley, Moses Berkeley, George Berkeley, Susanna Berkeley, Fanna Rogers Berkeley and Catherine Berkeley as equally as possible, also my desire is that the two lots of lease land which I have given to my wife and four children to be sold after my daughter Catherine Berkeley shall arrive to the age of sixteen years or the death of wife Catherine Berkeley and the money thence arising to be equally divided between my wife and children that is above mentioned.  Whereas my son Burgess Berkeley, William Berkeley, Benjamin Berkeley and Moses Berkeley, and my daughter Elizabeth Hutchison, having in their hands the following sums of money Vizt. Burgess Berkeley, twenty-five pounds, William Berkeley, sixteen pounds, Benjamin Berkeley, five pounds, Moses Berkeley, three pounds, and my daughter Elizabeth Hutchison, twenty four pounds, which said sum shall be deducted out of their just parts of my estate.  Lastly I nominate, constitute and ordain and appoint my good friends Joseph Lewis, John Berkley and loving son, Burgess Berkeley, my whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others heretofore by me, made in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-ninth day of June one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.           Reuben Berkeley

In presence of Benjamin Mason, John Linton, James Lewis Gibbs, George Mason

At a court held for Loudoun County October 8th 1787

This will was proved by the oaths of Benjamin Mason, George Mason and John Linton and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Joseph Lewis, one of the executors therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, giving security.  Whereupon he, with John Linton and George Mason, his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of eight hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs and liberty is reserved the other executors to qualify when they shall think fit.

Edward Carter Family

from A History and Genealogy of Northeastern Nelson County, Kentucky

Carter Family

Edward Carter of Loudoun County, Virginia, died c. 1812, Nelson County, Kentucky, son of Peter Carter and Amelia Veale of Loudoun County, Virginia, married Margaret Mason, daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley.  Peter Carter was the son of Job Carter of Fairfax County, Virginia, who is probably the son of Edward Carter of Lancaster County, Virginia, son of Captain Thomas Carter and Katherine Dale.  Amelia was the daughter of Morris Veale, died 1750, Prince William County, Virginia.  Obviously Edward’s descendants are associated with several of the Nelson County pioneer families.  Edward had at least eight children, two of whom married their Mason cousins.  In Nelson County in 1810, Edward’s daughter Elizabeth married John O’Neal, Jr., another resident of the Plum Run area between Bloomfield and Fairfield, and moved to the Jackson Purchase area of far western Kentucky.  They still have descendants in that area.  Many articles have been written about various branches of this family, and the best-known book is Descendants of Captain Thomas Carter of “Barford,” Lancaster County, Virginia, Joseph Lyon Miller, 1912, which is in the holdings of the Kentucky Historical Society.

1.  Susanna Carter married by c. 1789, Hugh Talbott, born c. 1766, Loudoun County, Virginia, died July 27 1833, Bourbon County, Kentucky, son of Henry Talbott and Hannah King.

2.  Morris Carter married May 13, 1813, Nelson County, Kentucky, Nancy Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown.

3.  Margaret Carter married January 1, 1810, (bondsman Edward Mason), Nelson County, Kentucky, Benjamin S. Mason, son of Burgess Mason and Nancy Stark (daughter of William Stark and Susanna Trammel).

4.  Mason Edward Carter, born probably before 1779, died 1849, buried on the old Gengelbach farm, Perry County, Indiana, married (1) May 27, 1817, Margaret DeWitt of Perry County, Indiana, buried with husband, daughter of Elisha DeWitt, (2) February 23, 1827, Margaret Artman, died 1853, daughter of John Artman and Elizabeth DeWitt.  Margaret married (2) Thomas Goatley, Sr.

5.  Amelia Carter married December 31, 1812 (bondsman Mason Carter), Nelson County, Kentucky, William T. Mason, died c. 1840-41, son of Burgess Mason and Nancy Stark.

6.  Nancy Carter, born November 4, 1784, Loudoun County, Virginia, died November 12, 1870, married January 19, 1809, Nelson County, Kentucky, John Hughes, born 1779, died April 27, 1868, Spencer County, Kentucky.  Both are buried in Hughes-Daugherty Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky, near Spencer County line, about three miles from Bloomfield.

7.  John Carter, married August 19, 1815, Nelson County, Kentucky, Mrs. Sarah (Murphy) Redmon, born c. 1780 (probably Montgomery County, Maryland), widow of John Redmon.  She was the daughter of Charles Murphy, who gave bond.  She appears with some young Redmons in the 1850 census of Spencer County, but there are no other Carters in her household besides herself.

8.  Elizabeth Carter, married January 2, 1810, Nelson County, Kentucky, John O’Neal, Jr., son of John O’Neal, Sr., who probably came from Fairfax County, Virginia.  Elizabeth and John (and some of his half-brothers by his father’s third wife, Margaret Mills) moved to the Jackson Purchase area of western Kentucky, where John was deeded land on Mayfield Creek in 1838 by Jerome Hobbs.