John Hancock LINTON (1750-1836)

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Captain John Hancock LINTON (1750-1836) & Anne Nancy MASON (1750–1832)

 

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John Hancock Linton (1750-1836) Redemption Point Church of God Cemetery, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

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Captain John Hancock LINTON (1750-1836)

7th cousin 5 times removed of Annie Lucretia CRONK (1888-1956)

7th cousin 4 times removed of Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987)

 

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Captain John Hancock LINTON (1750–1836) was the son of Moses Barton LINTON (1705–1752) & Susanna HANCOCK (1729–?) of Northumberland County, Virginia. Moses was the son of Ship Captain John LINTON (1670–1726) & Ann BARTON (1690–1734) of North Farnham Plantation, Copley Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia the 6th great-grandparents of Annie Lucretia CRONK Linton (1888-1956).

John was born on October 1, 1750, in Prince William County, Virginia, on the shores of the Occoquan Bay, on land that had been in his family for almost one hundred years. John died on December 4, 1836 in Springfield, and was buried in the Redemption Point Church of God Cemetery, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

John married Anne Nancy MASON (1750–1832) in 1771 in Loudoun County, Virginia. [i] Anne was the daughter of Benjamin MASON (1724–1794) & Elizabeth Ann BERKLEY (1724–1772) of Aquia Creek, Stafford County, Virginia. Nancy was the great-granddaughter George MASON I (1629–1686). The American progenitor of the prominent American landholding and political Mason family. Mason was the great-grandfather of George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States. Anne died on November 14, 1832, in Springfield and is buried in the Redemption Point Church of God Cemetery,  Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.  [ii]

 

John & Anne had seventeen known children:

Susannah LINTON (1739–1822); Catherine LINTON (1763–1815); Mary LINTON (1771–1830); Moses LINTON (1772–1854); John Hancock LINTON Jr., (1774–1838); William Henry LINTON (1776–1873); Reverent Benjamin Franklin LINTON (1777–1861); Nancy LINTON (1778–1861); Britton LINTON (1780–1860); Susan LINTON (1782–?); James LINTON (1784–?); Isham LINTON (1788–1859); Lewis LINTON (1790–1854); Martha LINTON (1793–1836); Jehue LINTON (1798–1850); Elizabeth Rebecca LINTON (1799–1836); William LINTON (1800–1873).

According to Phyllis Brown of Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research, Captain John Linton and his wife, Ann Nancy Mason, had a total of ten children – all of which were given legacies in his will. 

They are listed as follows with their spouses:

Elizabeth Rebecca Linton married Richard Keene (Elizabeth was named for her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Berkeley Mason)

Moses Linton married Ann Nancy Pead (Moses was named for his paternal grandfather Moses Linton)

Ann Nancy Linton married Edward Barber Edwards (Nancy was named for her mother)

Benjamin Linton married Lucy Crewdson (Benjamin was named for his maternal grandfather Benjamin Mason)

Susan Linton married William Moran (Susan is named for her paternal grandmother Susannah Hancock Linton)

Martha Linton married first Captain Charles E. Powell, and second, Horatio Mudd

Catherine Linton married Henry Taylor (Catherine was named for her father’s sister, Catherine Jennings Linton, who married Joseph Lewis)

William Linton married Eliza Lyon Moran (William was named for his great-grandfather William Berkeley)

Lewis Linton married Sarah Janes (Lewis was probably named for the Lewis family his Aunt Catherine married into)

John Hancock Linton married Julia Green (He was named for his father) 

 

Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783

Captain John Linton was a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Militia in the American Revolution 1775 to 1783. His unit was at the Battle of Yorktown from the summer until October of 1781 [iii]

According to the Revolutionary War Papers For Loudoun County Virginia March 1778 – October 1779 By Phyllis Brown of Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research, My ancestor, Captain John Hancock Linton, was a member of the Loudoun County militia.  He was first recommended as lieutenant in 1778, then a captain in 1781.  The militia were generally on a three-month tour of duty.  How many times did he serve three months?  Was he a member of the militia before he became lieutenant?  If so, it is quite probable he served from 1776 to 1781 – even later.  I do not know.  Were the county militia on a rotating three-month basis? Three on, three off? 

He is not listed in any military records that I can find, he did not apply for a pension. However in the pension records of others, he is mentioned as their captain.  The pension records of John Connelly, living in Nelson County in 1839, say that in ‘1781 he lived in Loudoun County, Virginia, and in July was drafted for three months in the company of Captain John Linton, Lt. William Debell and Ens. Francis Adams under Col George Summers and Maj. Risby who took command when they rendezvoused at West’s Town in Loudoun County.’  They marched to the old magazine near Williamsburg.  In October (three months), they were dismissed and returned home.  The Battle of Yorktown began September 28, 1781.  John Linton was there, then his unit was dismissed.  Was he there when General Cornwallis surrendered?  Or was his unit on the way home at that point?  Either way, he and his men had great stories to tell when they reached home.

Yes, he is listed as being part of the militia, but he has no records, was given no land and accepted no payment for his service in the way of a pension.  Did he feel that it was his duty to serve our country?  Did he feel he needed no other reimbursement than a free county, a democratic country, free from the tyranny of England?  I cannot say, there is nothing he wrote to identify his feelings before, during or after the war.

Captain John was one of approximately 231,000 men who served during the fight for Independence (145,000 of whom served in colonial militias).  Think of all those stories, the battles won and lost, the lives given for our freedom, the lives saved by these brave men.  The country, our country, that was formed and has existed for the last 246 years.  What would our Revolutionary War ancestors think about our country today? 

 

"The Lintons of Virginia and Kentucky" by Thomas A. and Jean G. Linton. [iv]

"John was 68 when he came to settle on 2,000 acres of land near Springfield.  He joined the Presbyterian Church, vigorously opposed a proposal for pew rent, and laid out a family burying ground where he now lies."

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"I John Linton do swear that my removal to the State of Kentucky was with an intention to become a Citizen thereof and that I have brought with me the following Slaves to wit: Dick, Caney, Flory, George, Jack, Amey, Tith, Washington, Lee, Henry and Maria and that I have brought with me no slave or slaves to this State with an intention of barter or selling for trafick and that my arrival in this County was on the 14th Instant.  Given under my hand at the home of A. E. Gibbons, Esq. in Springfield this 5th day of November, 1818.

JOHN LINTON (Seal)" source Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky Library 1992 Nelson County, Kentucky library

"John wrote his will on May 20, 1834.  In it, he gave the following slaves to his children: Dick, James and Matt (men); William, Jack, Henry, Hyram (boys) Milly and Leah (girls), Maria & her children Halley and Leah; Flora; George, his wife Lythe & boy Lewasseh; Flora.  It is my wish that Dick and Caney, his wife be permitted to go when they please and they shall be cared for and not allowed to suffer.  The will was probated 26 Dec 1836."

These exserts comes from "The Lintons of Virginia and Kentucky" by Thomas A. and Jean G. Linton.  They are quoting "Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky."  The book is located at the Nelson County library in Kentucky.

Source "The Lintons of Virginia and Kentucky" by Thomas A. and Jean G. Linton.

 

 

Will of Captain John Linton

By Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research on June 2, 2011

May 20, 1834 & December 26, 1836

In the name of God, Amen.  I, John Linton, of the county of Washington and state of Kentucky being of sound and disposing mind and memory of health and infirm in bodily strength and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being disposed to make some disposition of such worldly goods as it has pleased god to bless me with do make, ordain and constitute this my last will and testament, thereby revoking, annulling and setting at naught all other wills or codicils heretofore made by me.

Item first.  It is my will and desire that after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid the remainder of my property be disposed by my executor herein after named in manner and form following (to wit):

Item – I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Keene two hundred dollars in addition to what she has already had of me as her full share of my estate

Item – I give and bequeath to my son Moses Linton one negro boy named William which together with what I have heretofore given him is to be his full share of all my estate

Item – As I gave to my daughter Nancy Edwards two hundred acres of land the same whereon she now lives and a negro girl she must be satisfied with the same as it was a full share of my estate.

Item – I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Linton one negro girl named Milly which in addition to what he has heretofore received of me is to be his full share of my estate.

Item – I have given to my Daughter Susan Moran and her husband William Moran two hundred acres of land and a negro man named Dick which they are to consider as their full share of my estate.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Mudd one negro boy named James and the one half of whatever may be recovered by me or executor from Charles F. Mercer of Virginia for the land lost by me that I purchased of him the same with it in tract to be paid to her when collected.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine Taylor the tract of land she is now in possession of during her natural life and at her death the same to go to her son John Taylor and his heirs forever.  I also give my said daughter Catherine Taylor one negro man named Matt in full of her share of my estate.

Item – I give to my son John H. Linton in trust for the only proper benefit and use of the wife and children of my son William Linton the tract of land on which my said son William now has, the lines of which are known to said sons, John H. and William.  Also one negro woman named Mariah and her two children Henry and Leah, together with their increase and do hereby constitute my said son John H. Linton trustee for the said wife and children of my said son William and authorize him to use the before described property in such way as will most redound to the interest of the wife and children of my said son William, the said John H. in the meantime securing to said William a decent support during his life out of the profits of said estate.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary E. Powell one negro girl named Leah to her and her heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my son John H. Linton the plantation whereon I now live and four negroes (to wit) a negro man named Jack, a boy named Henry, a woman named Flora and a woman named Esther and their increase to him and his heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my son Lewis Linton the plantation whereon he now lives and three negroes (to wit) a negro man named George, a negro woman named Lythe and a boy named Luwarrow and the increase of said woman to him and his heirs forever.

Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Taylor one negro boy named Hiram to her and her heirs forever.

Item – After the payment of all of my debts, funeral expenses and the legacies herein contained I will and bequeath to my sons John H. Linton and Lewis Linton all the residue of my property of every kind and description In testimony whereof I hereunto I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of May 1834 signed, sealed and acknowledged in presents of J. W. Bainbrage and Wm. E. Head                                                                 John Linton

Codicil.  I have two old negroes Dick and Conny his wife.  It is my wish that they shall be permitted by my executor to go where they please and that they do not suffer.  Lastly I constitute and appoint my son John H. Linton executor of this my last will and testament the day and date above written.

At a county court began and held for Washington County at the court house in Springfield commencing the 26 Dec 1836 this last will and testament of John Linton, deceased, was produced in court and proven by the oath of William E. Head, one of the subscribing witnesses John Hancock LINTON

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Sources

 

[i]   U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900: Details, Name John Linton; Gender Male; Birth Place Virginia; Birth Year 1750; Spouse Name, Anne Nancy Mason; Spouse Birth Place, Virginia; Marriage State, Virginia; Number Pages 1. 

[ii]   Gunston Hall. "George Mason I". Gunston Hall. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2009. … U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; Source Citation Source number: 592.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: JAM; Source Information Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. … U.S. Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; Note Find a Grave. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi; Publisher Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2012, Provo, UT, USA; Repository Ancestry.com Address http://www.Ancestry.com

[iii]  According to the U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970: Name, Captain John Linton; Birth Date 1750; Place of enlistment Loudoun County, Virginia; Death Date December 4, 1836; Death Place Washington County, Kentucky; SAR Membership 96885; Role Ancestor; Application Date 17 April 1968; Spouse Ann Mason; Children Benjamin F. Linton. 

[iv]   The Lintons of Virginia and Kentucky: John and Ann (Barton) Linton's 1400 relatives, of which 1,052 are direct descendants Statement of Responsibility: Thomas A. and Jean G. Linton; Authors: Linton, Thomas A. (Main Author) Linton, Jean Guthrie, 1922- (Added Author) Format: Books/Monographs/Book with Digital Images Language: English Publication: [Adell, Wisconsin: T.A. and J.G. Linton, c1992] Physical: 113 p.: ill., general. tables, maps, ports. Subject Class: 929.273 L658

John Hancock LINTON (1750-1836)

Direct ancestral linage

 

Terry Louis Linton © 1995

The Virginia Lintons (Brief Historical Sketch) (Terry L. Linton, © 1995) (Linton Research Fund, Inc., Publication © 1995) (printed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. USA.)

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles Volume XVII, Issue 4, Winter © 2022, ISSN 1941-3521

 

 

John Hancock LINTON (1750-1836) son of

Moses Barton LINTON (1705-1752) & Susanna HANCOCK (1729–?)  6th great-granduncle

John LINTON (1670-1726) Sea Captain & Ann BARTON (1690–1734) 6th great-grandparents

John LINTON (1715-1759) & Jane HARRISON (1726–1759)

Elizabeth Annie LINTON (1744–1798) & Captain John MILLS (1755–1797)

Daniel MILLS (1784-1847) & Sarah Eleanor RICHARDS (1784–1850)

Peter MILLS (1800-1855) & Cyntharine "Cynthia" LINTON (1796–1865)

Sarah Anna "Susanna" MILLS (1833-1866) & Charles Greenberry CRONK (1811–1866)

Charles Fenton CRONK (1852-1918) & Georganna Lucretia COXEN (1855–1897)

Annie Lucretia CRONK (1888-1956) & Charles Edward LINTON (1890-1958)

Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987) & Evelyn Virginia BIRD (1922-2012)

Kenneth “Ken” Edward LINTON & Terry Louis LINTON

 

 

 

 

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