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First Cousins – John and Millie Edwards

John L. Edwards and Mildred L. Linton

The two photographs are in a little red velvet lined double case, a little larger than the others I have – 3 1/2 X 4 inches.  I took the delicate pieces of glass out of the container to scan.  The photos are very faint – especially John’s – but they did well when scanned and you can actually make out more detail. 
John has a very strong chin and direct, piercing eyes.  He has an elaborately tied cravat and shirt with a stand-up collar.  His vest appears to have a design, but nothing I can definitely make out. 
Millie, though very solemn (as is in keeping with photos of the time period), has her long hair platted and at the very top of her head is either a comb, or just her braid.  Her basque dress is a lovely example of the tightly fitted bust and waist, with the open, flaring sleeve and white undersleeve, indicative of the late 1840’s to very early 1850’s. 
These are hand-tinted daguerreotypes, with just a hint of color in the cheeks of both.  The case containing the photos is black, with a design on front, in gold, of flowers, with inlaid petals and leaves of mother-of-pearl.  It is the most elaborate case, as well as pictures I own.

John Linton Edwards and Mildred Lucretia Linton were both born in Loudoun County, Virginia in the first few years of the 19th century.  While still young they were part of the caravan of wagons and horses that moved to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818 with their grandfather, Captain John Linton.  John’s parents were Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton; Millie’s parents were Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson.

In 1822 Benjamin Linton moved his family to Logan County, Kentucky, roughly 150 miles southwest.  Benjamin was a Methodist minister.  This was just the beginning of the westward expansion of the Linton family.  Benjamin Linton’s son Moses eventually moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and John moved to Garnavillo, Iowa.  Evidently it was fate that kept the two Linton cousins in contact, and they married in Logan County October 13, 1831.  After the marriage John Edwards brought his wife back to Washington County, and there they stayed until their deaths.

I have several of John Edward’s original receipts.  One states, ‘Received of John L. Edwards twelve dollars in full for his father’s coffin this 18 May 1824,’ signed by William E. Head.  Another is a tax receipt for 1838 in which he paid $3.51 on property worth $4,400.

John and Millie Edwards had only one child, Lucretia, who was named for Millie’s mother.  Lucy Edwards lived and died her 80 years in the house in which  she was born.  At the age of 41 she married her cousin, Benjamin Edwards, and they lived there together to a ripe old age.

At the deaths of John and Millie Edwards they were buried in the Linton Cemetery, along with Captain John Linton and several others.  As far as I know they were the last ones to be buried there.

Although today in many states it is illegal to marry your first cousin, in earlier times it was not frowned upon, many even thought it a good thing to marry within the family.  No European country prohibits marriage between first cousins and it is also legal in Canada and Mexico.

Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards

Susan Edwards was a member of a pioneer family from Washington County, Kentucky.  Susan’s parents, Johnathan J. Edwards and Nancy Millie Linton were born in the very early years of the 19th century in Loudoun County, Virginia.  When their grandfather, Captain John Linton, (they were first cousins) moved from Loudoun County to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818, his entire family moved with him – children and grandchildren.  Jonathan and Millie married in Washington County July 20, 1829.  They had 7 children:  Alfred, Lucretia, John E., Susan, Edward, William and Ben.  Only the youngest son, Ben,married, but he had no children.  The family name was not carried on.

Susan was a middle child, born July 15, 1835, just shortly before her great-grandfather, the Captain, died in 1836.  She lived a long life, living with her brother and his wife, after her parents died.  Susan died February 17, 1907, and was buried in the Springfield City Cemetery.

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: About 1770 in Virginia
Father: Moses Linton
Mother:  susanna hancock

Wife: Ann Nancy Mason
Birth: 1752 in Virginia
Death: 14 Nov 1832 in Washington County, Kentucky
Father: Benjamin Mason
Mother:  elizabeth berkeley

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 1: captain charles e. powell

spouse 2: 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 Greene

John L. Edwards, Executor

Note by Phyllis Brown:  John L. Edwards is my 3rd great-uncle.  His father, Edward Barber Edwards, is my 4th great-grandfather.

John L. Edwards, Executor

John L. Edwards was the oldest son of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  He, and all but one of his siblings, was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, before the family made the move to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816.  From the court records, “November 27, 1816, Edward B. Edwards made oath he removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with him four slaves named:  Stephen, Hannah, Poland & Charles and not with intention to sell.  S:  D. Rodman, Washington County Justice of Peace.”

Unfortunately, Edward did not live long after arriving in their new homeland.  He died in 1824, between January 16th, the date of his will, and March 8th, when it was probated at the Washington County Courthouse.

I think it remarkable to have this scrap of paper from that long ago – a small reminder of a day and time much different from ours.

1901 Linton Family Photo

From my great-grandmother Frances Barber Linton Montgomery’s notes: “This is one of the homes built by Captain John Linton.  One of his sons was married in the log room, which is still part of the house.  At the death of Aunt Mary Janes the other heirs’ interest was bought by Catherine Linton and her children Alice and Edgar Linton, where they continued to live until his death in 1919.  The home place and forty-five acres of land was then sold out of the Linton family to Howard Mudd for $158.00 per acre.  The log room is still in this home to date of this writing, October 1944.  The picture of this home was made in the year of 1901.  Four generations are represented.”

This picture was taken in Washington County, Kentucky.  I have great-grandmother Frances’ list of who is in the picture and spent a good part of yesterday trying to figure out who is who!  She did give directions as to who is standing by whom, sitting, etc.  The hardest part were the children!  I think I have everything correct – however, there are two small boys on the left side of the picture that are not mentioned, and are not in any of the lists.  The numbered picture and list follows:

1.  Catherine Taylor Linton, my great-great-grandmother, niece of #2 & #3

2.  Mary Edwards Janes, owner of the home

3.  Sallie Edwards, sister of #2

4.  Alice Linton, daughter of #1

5.  Edgar Linton, son of #1

6.  Frances Linton Montgomery, daughter of #1

7.  Robert E. Lee Montgomery, husband of #6

8.  Mary Alice Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

9.  Margaret Ann Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

10.  Laura Frances Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

11.  Lillie Catherine Montgomery, daughter of #6 & #7

12.  Minnie Taylor Clements, great-niece of #2 & #3

13.  Walter Clements, step-son of #12

14.  Will Clements, husband of #12

15.  Bill Edwards, nephew of #2 & #3

16.  Lucy Edwards, niece of #2 & #3

17.  Margaret Clarkson O’Bryan, niece of #2 & #3

18.  Margaret Taylor Hennessy, niece of #2 & #3

19.  Susie Edwards, niece of #2 & #3

20.  Margaret O’Bryan, daughter of #17

21.  Regina O’Bryan, daughter of #17

22.  Lawrence O’Bryan, son of #17

23.  Etta Taylor Clarkson, great-niece of #2 & #3

24.  Barbour Clarkson, husband of #23

25.  Albert Walker, husband of #26

26.  Margaret Taylor Walker, great-niece of #2 & #3

27.  Etta Walker, daughter of #25 & #26

28.  William Wallace Walker, son of #25 & #26

29.  Margaret Walker, daughter of #25 & #26

30.  Albert Walker, son of #25 & #26

31.  Mitchell Walker, son of #25 & #26

32.  Thomas Clarkson, son of #23 & #24

33.  Mary Sallie Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

34.  Marguerite Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

35.  Mary Catherine Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

36.  Frank Clarkson, son of #23 & #24

37.  Annie Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24

38.  Martha E. Clarkson, daughter of #23 & #24


Today In Genealogy History – July 20, 2011

Jonathan Joseph Edwards and Nancy Millie Linton were married in Washington County, Kentucky, 182 years ago – July 20, 1829.  Jonathan is the son of Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton.  Nancy is the daughter of Moses Linton and Nancy Pead.  Jonathan and Nancy had seven children:  Alfred, Lucretia, John E., Susan, Edward, William and Ben.

Today In Genealogy History – July 17, 2011

Jonathan Edwards was born 240 years ago – July 17, 1771 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  He was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.

Today In Genealogy History – July 8, 2011

Tabitha Edwards and Richard Spalding were married 206 years ago on July 8, 1805, in Washington County, Kentucky.

Edward Barber Edwards, Wife and Children

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton are my great-great-great-great-grandparents.  They made the journey from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818 with Nancy’s parents, Captain John and Ann Nancy Mason Linton.

The following was given to me by my dear friend Sally Clarkson Keene.  It was written in longhand by Annie Clarkson Snider for her sister Marilyn Clarkson.

“I am writing these disconnected scraps of family history and folklore for Marilyn Clarkson who enjoys it as I did at her age and has not the wonderful source of information I did, my two great aunts, Catherine Taylor Linton and Margaret Taylor Hennessy.

With the least encouragement Aunt Mag would begin the story of Edward B. Edwards journey from Leesburg, Virginia in 1818 with his wife, seven children, negro slaves, horses, pack mules and dogs to settle on part of a two thousand acre tract of land owned by his father-in-law, John Linton.  He had paid $1.25 an acre for this land in 1802.  In crossing the Cumberland Gap, Mrs. Edwards’ horse stumbled, fell to the ground, and her leg was broken by the fall.  They made camp for two days, the negroes cut saplings and made a sled, cut more saplings splitting them through the center.  The bark sides were turned down and some kind of bed constructed two feet above the runners of the sled, her feather bed was unpacked placed on the rude bedstead and Nancy made the rest of her trip in this fashion.

Of course, the leg was never set, and she never walked another step.  A log house was erected, one part of which is still standing near the Cave Spring (Sam Thompson house).

I have been told that even though bedfast she carded wool, knit, sewed and ruled her family with a rod of iron and that the negroes were in greater fear of her wrath than of a whipping.

The eldest son, John or Jack, according to the old English customs, was given a larger share than the other children could hope to have.  His house was built of logs on the south side of what is now the Spaulding house.  The other children were Susan, Mary, Jonathan, Catherine, Martha and Sarah.

Susan married Jack Taylor and was your great, great, great grandmother.  A very romantic story has been handed down through the years of the trust and fidelity of Susan and Jack Taylor.  When she left Leesburg in the spring of 1818 he too left with a load of mules for the sugar plantations of Louisana.  He expected to realize quite a sum of money on the transaction, return by boat up the Ohio River and there buy a team of horses and the rest of the journey was to have been made on horseback to Washington County.  Susan was filling her hope chest and the wedding was to take place before Christmas.  But the fall of 1818 came and passed as eight more springs and falls before Jack came.  She never lost courage or hope but continued to spin and weave for the family and add to her hope chest.  In the early spring of 1823 the negroes were working in sugar camp near the Cave Spring.”

There is a page missing here, but one day when Susan was out at the well one of the negroes came running and said, “Miss Susan, guess who’s here!” She immediately said, “It’s Jack!”  And so it was.  He had been struck with a debilitating fever and not been able to return until now.  They were married at once and were very happy.

Family Sheet for Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton

Husband: Edward Barber Edwards
Birth: 21 Apr 1768 in Maryland
Death: 1834 in Washington County, KY
Father: Johnathan Edwards
Mother:  Sarah Barber

Wife: Nancy Linton
Birth: 1778 in Virginia
Death: 1861 in Washington County, KY
Father: John Hancock Linton
Mother:  Ann Nancy Mason


Name: Susan Clark Edwards
Birth: 1797
Death: 02 Dec 1836 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 25 Nov 1828 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: John Cotton Taylor

Name: John L. Edwards
Birth: 12 Oct 1800
Death: 23 Dec 1883 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 13 Oct 1831 in Logan County, KY
Spouse: Mildred L. Linton

Name: Catherine Kitural Edwards
Birth: 1805
Death: 23 Jul 1883 in Washington County, KY

Name: Jonathan Joseph Edwards
Birth: 18 Feb 1805
Death: 05 Feb 1884
Marriage: 20 Jul 1829 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Nancy Millie Linton

Name: Benjamin M. Edwards
Birth: 1809
Death: 02 Aug 1852 in Washington County, KY

Name: Mary Jane Edwards
Birth: 27 Dec 1814
Death: 28 Dec 1905 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 29 May 1832 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: James Kaleb Janes

Name: Martha L. Edwards
Birth: Sep 1817 in Washington County, KY
Death: 10 Dec 1880 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 19 Jun 1848 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Theodore Clarkson

Name: Sarah Barber Edwards
Birth: 1822
Death: 1903

John Cotton Taylor

John Cotton Taylor

This photograph looks very old and ragged – much the way John Cotton Taylor must have felt before he died.  This man is my great-great-great-grandfather.  He was part of the contingent who moved westward to Kentucky with Captain John Linton.

John Cotton was a member of the Loudoun County, Virginia, Militia.  In the journal entry for November 21, 1818, he is listed as having three fines with “Gone to Kentucky” written beside his name.  All able-bodied male citizens over the age of eighteen were required to enroll in the militia.  Men who missed drills or musters could be fined seventy-five cents for each offense.  John Cotton owed $2.25.  But since he never returned to Virginia I guess the debt is still owed today!

After moving to Washington County, Kentucky, John Cotton waited ten years before marrying Susan Clark Edwards, a granddaughter of Captain John.  It was said he took boats of goods for sale down the Ohio River to the Mississippi River and down to New Orleans.  During one of these trips he contracted scarlett fever and was away from home for some time.

John Cotton and Susan married November 25, 1828.  They had four children – Catherine Elizabeth (from whom I’m descended), Edward Edwards, Benjamin Springer and Margaret Ann.  Six months after the birth of Margaret, Susan died.

It wasn’t until twenty years later that John Cotton married again – this time Susan Kimberlain, on February 4, 1848.  Having the same first name as his first wife was very confusing, and I didn’t realize until much later that this was his second wife.  John and Susan K. had two daughters, Mary Louisa and Sarah Susan.

In 1859 the west once again lured John Cotton and he and his family moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  He and his wife Susan, his sons Edward and Benjamin – along with Benjamin’s wife Martha Janes and infant son John – his daughters Margaret Ann, Mary Louisa and Sarah Susan made the trip through Kentucky, just across the Mississippi to Cape Girardeau.  The only one remaining in Kentucky was his daughter Catherine Elizabeth, who by this time was married to Edward Edwards Linton and had two small children.

This is much the pattern of Captain John Linton – at the age of 67 (Captain John was 68 when he moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky) John Cotton Taylor moved his family westward to a new state, a new beginning.  But that is where the similarities end.  What turned out to be a good move for Captain John, turned out to be a catastrophe for John Cotton.

Before leaving John’s sister, Elizabeth, wife of Judge Benjamin Springer, his good friend and business associate, died in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in February of 1859.

When the family arrived in Cape Girardeau, crops did not grow as well as expected.  John Cotton’s daughter Sarah died July 11, 1862, at the age of ten.  Son Edward Edwards Taylor died one month later at the age of thirty.

Son Benjamin’s wife Martha died January 9, 1866, leaving two small daughters.  Two of Benjamin and Martha’s children, John and Susan, also died while in Missouri, but I have no dates for their deaths.

On May 15, 1869, John Cotton’s daughter Mary Louisa, died at the age of 19.  Four months later, John Cotton Taylor, himself, died September 12th at the age of 77.

The remaining family members were devastated.  Of the original nine who made the trip west and three more born in Missouri, a total of twelve, only five were left – less than half.  The family was broken-hearted.  They buried their dead and moved back to Kentucky – Benjamin and his two young daughters, Etta and Margaret, his sister Margaret (who helped him raise them) and his stepmother Susan.  What a sad, miserable trip it must have been.