The Aaron Linton Family of St. George Parish, Charlotte County, NB

Though I have no connection to the Linton family, I have encountered some information on them through researching my own family in Ontario and my husband's in New Brunswick.

On Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) microfilm F9829 there is a copy of an old letter written in 1807 by Peter Waltman to "Mr. Stricklen", who was probably John Strickland. The letter asks the recipient to send an answer by the bearer, "Mr Aaron Lintern Moses Winders Couson". Peter Waltman, John Strickland, and Moses Winder were all members of a group of early Quaker settlers in what is now Charlotte County. See Glimpses of the Past article LXXII, "PENN’S FIELD" and "A Return of the Persons Belonging to the Friends Company of Loyalists who have drawn their lands at Beaver Harbour", a list of early Quaker settlers from PANB. Aaron Linton's name does not appear in either of those sources, so he must have arrived later. The 1807 letter confirms that he was related to Moses Winder.

All Saints Anglican Church records from St. Andrews, Charlotte County, on PANB microfilm F1057, list the marriage of Aaron Linton to Eunice Greenlaw on April 2, 1802. Eunice appears among the children under ten on the list of Penobscot Loyalists who were in what is now Charlotte County on June 10, 1784.

An entry for Aaron Linton appears in R. Wallace Hale's book, "Early New Brunswick Probate Records 1785-1835". He was of the parish of St. George, and had died without a will. Administration of his estate was granted to Eunice Linton and John Linton of St. George on July 31, 1827. An inventory, dated October 29, 1827, valued his estate at 1,325 pounds.

I encountered the name Eunice Linton in records for what is now Leeds County, Ontario. She is mentioned in a Leeds & Grenville Genealogical Society publication called "Births, Marriages, Deaths Notices from the Brockville Papers 1850-1869". According to this publication, the following appeared in the September 24, 1863 issue of the Brockville Recorder:

Died at Brockville, on the 16th inst., in the 83rd year of her age, Mrs. Eunice Linton, widow of Aaron Linton and mother of Mr. Aaron Linton, Schofield's Mill, Brockville. (Buried Sept. 18, 1863, Brockville Cemetery, born State of Maine, widow, aged 82 years, 8 months and 2 days.)

I have the Brockville Cemetery records, published by the Leeds and Grenville Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. Here are the records for Lintons in that cemetery, including the following three stones which are side by side:

Aaron Linton 1822-1902

Helen P. Linton wife of Aaron Linton Born Jan. 13, 1834 Died Jan. 23, 1873

Eunice Linton Born Jan. 14, 1781 Died Sept. 16, 1863

The family appears in the 1870 US census for Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, New York, as found online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~stlawgen/CENSUS/1870/OSWEGATC/732B.HTM. St. Lawrence County is across the St. Lawrence River from Brockville. Aaron was age 46 and his birthplace was given as New Brunswick. His wife, "Hellen", was age 36 and her birthplace was listed as Canada. Their children were Lizzie, age 16; Jennie, age 10; David W., age 6; and Frank, age 3. For all of the children, birthplace was listed as New York.

In the 1880 US census, the family is listed in Ogdensburg, New York, which is apparently located in the Oswegatchie area, as indicated at the 1870 census site, above.

Census Place: Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, New York

Source: LDS FHL Film 1254926, National Archives Film T9-0926, Page 214B

  Relation Sex Marr. Race Age Birthplace Occupation Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother
Aron Linton Self M W W 57 CAN Foreman Elevator PA PA
Janie Linton Dau F S W 20 NY Keeping House CAN CAN
Dannie Linton Son M S W 16 CAN At School CAN CAN
Frank Linton Son M S W 12 NY At School CAN CAN

The birthplace of Aaron's parents is listed as Pennsylvania for both. While this is apparently correct for his father, it obviously is not correct for his mother, who was born in Maine. Aaron and Eunice do not appear in the 1851 census for Charlotte County, so they must have moved to what is now Ontario before that census was taken.