Our Quaker emigrants

Linton Research Fund, Inc., HOME PAGE Guest Book LINTON Gallery BIRD Gallery BLOG Past LINTON Articles BIRD Family Tree LINTON Family Tree Who is having a Birthday or a Anniversary today? Member News BIRD Chronicles LINTON Chronicles SURNAME Index SURNAME Family Tree Menu How to become a Member LINTON Family Facts Past BIRD Articles


John LINTON (1662–1709) and Rebekah RELFE (1670-1714)

"Our Quaker emigrates”

On board the "CANTERBURY”

Terry Louis Linton © 1984

Linton & Bird Chronicles Volume I, Issue 1, © 1984 (ISSN 1941-3521) (printed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA.)


On September 3, 1699, the ship CANTERBURY, weighed it’s anchor and set sail from Cowes, Island of Wright, England for a it’s voyage to America. [1]

On board the CANTERBURY were Quaker master carpenter John LINTON (1662–1709) and his wife Rebekah RELFE (1670-1714) ‘the emigrates” and their three young children, Anna LINTON (1694–1699), Mary LINTON (1695–1769) and Joseph LINTON (1697–17470). Also, John’s brothers, David LINTON (1665–1739), Jacob LINTON 1670–?) and Samuel LINTON (1675–?) were on board. [2]

John and Rebekah’s daughter, Anna died during the voyage and was buried at sea.   

Quaker William PENN (1644-1718) and his wife Hannah and daughter, Letitia, were on board the CANTERBURY. also accompanying them was his secretary, James Logan. This was Penn’s second visit to his Pennsylvania Colony. [3]

On November 3, 1699, the CANTERBURY  landed at Newcastle, Delaware and on November 30, 1699 it set sail and landed December 1, 1699 at  Philadelphia Dock.




[1] WELCOME CLAIMANTS PROVED, DISPROVED & DOUBTFUL With An Account Of Some Of Their Descendants, McCracken, George E., The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, 1985, pages 170, 320, 417.


[2]  A GENEALOGY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN LINTON (1662‑1708) AND REBECCA RELF AND THEIR "IN‑LAWS” Compiled Morris Linton, The Linton Association, Swarthmore, Penn-sylvania, 1938,  Call Number: Fa 929.2 L761L 1938



[3]  WILLIAM PENN Architect of a Nation, Trussell, John H. B. Jr., Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1983, page 53.

Quaker William Penn (








LINTON Chronicles 

BIRD Chronicles

Linton Research Fund, Inc., HOME PAGE

Sign Kirk's Guest Book

LINTON Family Tree

BIRD Family Tree

SURNAME Family Tree Menu


How to become a Member

Past LINTON Articles

The LINTON & BIRD Chronicles on Facebook

                                                                      "Thanks for Visiting, come back when you can stay longer" Terry Louis Linton © 2007