Ohio History Journal

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* Samuel Linton was the fifth child of Benjamin and Jane (Cowgal)

Linton and was born in Bucks county, Pa., December 17th, 1741. He

was reared a farmer, yet, learned the trade of a weaver. He married,

May 10, 1775, Elizabeth Harvey, who was born March 8th, 1748. They

had six children, Samuel, Nathan, David, Jane, Elizabeth and James,

who in turn, with the exception of James, raised large families. During

the days of William Penn two brothers, John and William Linton, came

to this country from Scotland and settled on the banks of the Delaware

in Bucks county, Pa. From these two brothers the many Linton families

now scattered through the country claim to have descended.

Nathan Linton, the second son of Samuel Linton, visited Ohio in

the spring of 1801, after having taken a short course in surveying at the

famous Quaker school at Bordertown, New Jersey. His trip was made

with a view to looking over the land granted General Gates for his ser-

vices during the revolutionary war. He was so pleased with the country

that he persuaded his father to emigrate, with his whole family, to this

state the following year. Samuel Linton, at that time, was a widower

with five living children. He arrived in Waynesville, Warren county,

Ohio, May 31st, 1802. Nathan Linton became the agent for the survey-

ing and selling of the General Gates lands, and upon the organization of

Clinton county was appointed county surveyor, which office he held till

near the time of his death which occurred in 1858. Samuel Linton made

his home with his son Nathan Linton in Clinton county, the balance

of his life. He died in 1835. Elizabeth Linton Butterworth, was Nathan

Linton's oldest daughter.


WAYNESVILLE, OHIO, the 5th of ye 5th Month, 1804.

Friends Saterthwaites -I am about to visit you with an-

other letter, and inform you it is fine growing weather here at

this date after a cold, snowy winter; the northeast wind, about

the 20th of the first month, made its way around the North