Alexander Lee Linn (1858)

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Alexander Lee Linn
Born September 28, 1858(1858-09-28)[1]
Robinsonville, Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA [2]
Died October 9, 1900 (aged 42)[3]
Downsville, Washington, Maryland, USA [4]
Resting place River View Cemetery, Williamsport, Maryland[5]
Residence Downsville, Maryland[6]
Spouse Elizabeth Jane Danner (m. 1886) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Elizabeth Jane Danner to Alexander Lee Linn (1858)" Location: (linkback:http://jimlindstrom.com/mediawiki/index.php/Alexander_Lee_Linn_(1858)) (/-5)[7]
Children Mary Lavina Linn (1885)
Amos Owen Linn (1887)
Cambridge Milton Linn (1889)
Bessie Susan Linn (1891)
Andrew Hugh Linn (1894)
William Ralph Linn (1897)
Raymond Ellis Linn (1900)
Parents Hugh Linn (1808)
Mary Ann Saylor
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[edit] Entry in Clan Linn[8]

Written by Loretta Lynn-Layman and Pattie Lynn-Blevins

Alexander Linn had been a farmer, living and working at home as an adult. He was to have received forty acres of his father's land as an inheritance. However, sometime between 1881 and 1885 he left his home and the land. He came to Washington County, Maryland, where he was married on New Year's Day of the latter year.

Alexander's bride was Elizabeth Jane, the daughter of Andrew Danner. Andrew was a Civil War veteran, as was Hugh Linn. He was a member of the First Regiment of the Potomac Home Brigade, popularly known as 'Cole's Calvary.' As well as being a calvary-man, he performed the tasks of a cooper, which included repairing wagon wheels. Twenty years after the way Andrew Danner's daughter and Hugh Linn's son were married.

In the naming of their children, we see some remembrance of the family Alexander left. Mary was the name of his mother and sister. Two of his counsins were named Amos. Cambridge was the brother just older than he. He had a niece by the name of Bessie. Andrew, of course, was Elizabeth's father, with the middle name of Hugh. William was the brother who had bravely marched to war as a child. Although Alexander had left his family's way of life, he certainly had not forgotten their love.

Was there love in this marriage? No one remains who can tell us firsthand, but a sad picture is painted by what had been handed down and what has been learned from the records. The wife was harsh; the husband drank excessively. The family lived poorly. In 1900 an alcohol-related illness took his life, just nineteen days before his forty-second birthday. His grave was marked only by an uninscribed wooden board...there was no remembrance of the man who lay beneath it. Perhaps now even the board is gone.

Sometime after Alexander's death, his widow went to Pennsylvania to claim the land he had forsaken. She was refused, since the land had legally passed to others. She and her children, the descendants of Alexander Linn, were severed from the Clan Linn! With his death an era ended.


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