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Anniversary of our American Flag


Terry Louis Linton © 2011

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2011

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume VI, Issue 3, Fall © 2011, ISSN 1941-3521

Updated January 24 2018


2018 is the 241st Anniversary of our American flag.  On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, seeking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag. "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Elizabeth "Betsy" GRISCOM Ross (1751-1836) was asked to stitch the first new flag for the Continental Navy. Then later she was asked to stitch the new flag for the New Republic. Evelyn Virginia BIRD Linton (1922-2012) was related to Elizabeth "Betsy" GRISCOM Ross through her marriage to John ROSS (1754-1776) the nephew of Mary ROSS (1744-1790) and Colonal George ROSS (1730-1779).  Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987) was the  6th cousin five times removed to General George WASHINGTON (1732-1799), through the BALL branch of the LINTON family tree.



Above: General George WASHINGTON (1732-1799), Colonel George ROSS (1730-1779), Senator Robert MORRIS (1734-1806) and "Betsy" GRISCOM Ross (1751-1836) with the American Flag................................................................................ Below: The Arbroath Declaration of Scottish Independence




The Arbroath Declaration of Scottish Independence 

Terry Louis Linton © 2011

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2011

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume VI, Issue 3, Fall © 2011, ISSN 1941-3521


On April 6, 1320, the Arbroath Declaration of Scottish Independence was signed at Arbroath Abbey in Arbroath, Scotland.  This declaration was written by the Abbot, Bernard de LINTON (1275-1333)  who was at one time the Chancellor of Scotland. The Declaration urged the Pope to recognize Scottish independence. The Pope, upon receiving the Declaration, accepted the Scottish case.


Bernard de LINTON (1275-1333) was the son of Phillip de LINTON (1251–1297) Constable of Berwick. Bernard was born in 1275 in Linton Tower, Linton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland. He was the Abbot at the Abbey in Arbroath, Scotland. Bernard was the 20thgreat-granduncle of Charles "Charlie" Edward LINTON (1890-1958) and the 21st great-granduncle of Kirk Louis LINTON (1914 - 1987)





The Frist Thanksgiving oil painting by Jean Gerome Ferris.


Linton Thanksgiving


Terry Louis Linton © 2012

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2012

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume VII, Issue 2, Summer © 2012, ISSN 1941-3521

updated November 24, 2016


This year 2017 is the 398th Anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. November 4, 1619 a thanksgiving feast was first held in the Berkely Hundred, Jamestown City Shire in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance in Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists' leaders on the new settlement of the Berkley Hundred a few miles up the James River from Jamestown.

I am proud to say and can source that three of my LINTON ancestors were there in Berkely for it. They were Mary & Moses LINTON (1562-1622) my tenth great-grandparents, their children, Anthony Linton (1614-1695) and William LINTON (1618-1680) Also Moses’ brother William LINTON (1560-1634).

Moses LINTON (1562-1622) was the 8th great-grandfather of Annie Lucretia CRONK Linton (1888 - 1956) and the 9th great-grandfather of Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987)

The November 21, 1621, Plymouth Massachusetts Colony feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest that year.





Did you know: the LINTON, HIRST, HAYHURST, CROASDALE and RADCLIFFE families were all members of the Religious Society of Friends - Quakers and the families intermarried many times. Did you know that we have a copy of most of their marriage certificates and birth records. A lot of original documents were hand written by my Quaker 3rd great-grandfather, James LINTON (1769-1854) and my 4th great-grandfather, Isaiah LINTON (1739-1775) and his brother William LINTON (1742-1802) .   They were all the Prothonotary for their Quaker Meeting Houses.

Below: A wooden ink drawing of a 1700's Quaker or Religious Society of Friends member.


Cousin President George Washington (1731-1799)


Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987)

6th cousin five times removed of President George WASHINGTON (1731-1799)


Terry L. Linton © 1975

Linton Family History ( Terry L. Linton © 1975)  (printed in Prince William County, Virginia)

Linton Family History, Second Revision (article, Terry L. Linton © 1984) (Linton & Bird Chronicles Volume I, Issue 1, © 1984) (ISSN 1941-3521) (printed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA.)

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles Volume II, Issue 2, Summer © 2007, ISSN 1941-3521


Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987) was the 6th cousin five times removed of President George WASHINGTON (1731-1799). George’s mother, Mary BALL (1698-1789) was the granddaughter of Ann Elizabeth LINTON (1645-1672) and Captain Richard BALL (1645-1677) of Hunting Creek Plantation, of olde King George, County, Virginia. Elizabeth was born at Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland and married Richard BALL there in 1668.  

Ann Elizabeth LINTON (1645-1672) was born on March 3, 1649  at  Port Tobacco, in Charles County, Maryland. Ann Elizabeth was the daughter of  Moses LINTON (1613–1693) and Mary Elizabeth the emigrant (1617–1657).  Ann Elizabeth died in 1672 at Hunting Creek Plantation, in King George County, Virginia.

Captain Richard BALL (1645-1677) was born at Barkham Manor, in Parish Barkham, County Berkshire, England.  Richard was the son of William BALL (1614-1680) and Hannah ATHEROLD (1619-1695). William was born on January 1, 1615 at Barkham Manor, in Millenbeck, Barkham, County Berkshire, England and died on October 15,  1680 in  Millenbeck, Lancaster County, Virginia. Hannah was born in 1619 in London, County Middlesex, England and died in 1695, in  Millenbeck, Lancaster County, Virginia.

Richard & Ann Elizabeth had known children:

William BALL (1660–?); Francis BALL (1662–?); Hannah BALL (1663–1703); Esther BALL (1665–?); Richard BALL (1667–1726); Sarah BALL (1668–?); John BALL (1670–1722); Alling BALL (1670–?); Margaret BALL (1672–?); Samuel BALL (1674–?); Edward BALL (1678–1726).

Master millwright Isaiah LINTON (1739-1775)

(3rd great-grandfather of Kirk Louis LINTON (1914-1987)


Terry Louis Linton © 2011

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2011

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles Facebook Page © August 31, 2011

Updated July 20, 2017


2018 is the 246th Anniversary of the building of Jerusalem Mill by Master millwright Isaiah LINTON (1739-1775). "On August 13, 1772, Isaiah LINTON and David Lee entered into agreement said David Lee, miller, living near Joppa, shall enter into the said premises of said Lee's Merchant Mill, and set forth into the milling, grinding, and manufacturing business." David Lee, also, agreed to pay "one-half the said profits, emolument, and advantages, arising from said mill, for a term of four years, to said Isaiah Linton, millwright." On September 7, 1772, Isaiah and Sarah Linton sold to David Lee a part of Bonds Water Mills, containing a 50-acre mill seat, mill dam, and saw mill. David Lee paid only five shillings for this valuable merchant mill and seat. This sum was just enough to cover the court recording fee. Isaiah's fourth mill, known as Lee's Merchant Mill and the Jerusalem Merchant Mill, remained in continuous operation for 188 years until 1960 and is standing today, some 245 years later. The Jerusalem Merchant Mill is now under the care of The Friends of Jerusalem Mill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Forgotten Millwright, Isaiah Linton (1739-1775)

Master millwright Isaiah LINTON (1739-1775)

Jerusalem Mill page  

Below: Jerusalem Mill photo by Terry Louis Linton 1996


Lady "Godiva" oil painting by John Collier 1874


Lady "Godiva" GODGIFU (990-1067)

30th great-grandmother of Kirk Louis LINTON 1914-1987)

29th great-grandmother of Evelyn Virginia BIRD Linton (1922-2012).


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LINTON & BIRD Chronicles Facebook Page © May 31, 2011.


Lady Godiva (990-1067) Countess of Mercia,   was the 29th great-grandmother of Charles Edward LINTON (1890-1958); 30th great-grandmother of Kirk Louis LINTON 1914-1987); 28th great-grandmother of Clara Myrtle GRAY-SADLER Bird (1900-1988); 29th great-grandmother of Evelyn Virginia BIRD Linton (1922-2012). Lady or Countess Godiva is part of our RADCLIFFE Family Tree Branch.


Lady Godiva GODGIFU (990–1067) Countess of Mercia, the  daughter of Thorold  "The Dane", Lord of Godgyfu, Sheriff of Lincoln, Lord of Buckingham, Earl of Coventry and Lady Beatrice Beatrix, in Mercia, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. Lady Godiva was born on  September 5, 990, in Newark, County Nottinghamshire, England. Godiva is the latinized form of the Old English name Godgyfu or Godgifu, literally means, "God's gift" or "good gift".  Lady Godiva died in September, 1067, in Coventry, County Warwick, England,   at age 77, and was buried on September 10, 1067,  at Trinity Church, Saint Mary's Priory and Cathedral Coventry, Coventry, Warwickshire (now West Midlands), England


Lady Godiva is best remembered as the Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, to free her tenants from high taxes.  Every May 31st,  the Lady Godiva procession, a commemoration of the legendary ride that was first held on Market Day on May 31, 1678, is part of the Coventry fair held in Coventry, West Midlands, England.



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