Linam descendants intermarry with White descendants

Published 2:55 am Saturday, December 23, 2017

During the review of the White family of Searight, Ala., members of the Linam family were discovered. They were neighbors, and there were at least two marriages between the two families. Both were faithful members of the Searight Church of Christ. Today’s story will be a indepth look at the Linam family

The earliest ancestor found by this writer on was Maurice Lynam or Linam. Maurice was born in 1743 in Sumter County, S.C., where he lived until his death in 1788. He was married to Mary Cain Jones who was born in 1738 in Virginia and died in 1805 in Sumter County.

According to family trees on, Maurice and Mary Linam were the parents of the following children: Ann Poole, b. 1759, d. 1828, m. Thomas Harris; Sarah “Sally,” b. 1760, d. 1836; Ann Pettypool, b. 1764, d. 1828; William Morris, b. 1765, d. 1816, m. Barsheba Cain.; Frances, b. 1778, d. 1840; Elizabeth, b. 1779, d. 1805; Mary Matilda, b. 1779, d. 1857; Mark, b. 1780, d. 1835; Elizabeth, b. 1783, d. 1850; and Charles, b. 1785, d. 1840.

The oldest son, William Morris Linam, is the line which will be followed in this narrative. He was born in 1765 in Sumter County where he also lived out his life until his death in 1819. He was buried in the Cain Family Cemetery. He was married to Barsheba Cain, daughter of William Cain (1749-1796) and Lucy Berry (1650-1789). Barsheba was born in 1778 in North Carolina and later lived in Sumter County until sometime after William Morris’s death. She then migrated before 1830 to the Pineapple community of Wilcox County, Ala. At her death in 1853, she was buried in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Pineapple.

William Morris and Barsheba Linam were the parents of the following children: James L., b. 1798, d. 1872; Matthew, b. 1799; Absalom, b. 1800; William H., b. 1802, d. 1882, m. Eva Adelade Blackman; John Berry, b. 1807, d. 1898, m. Lucy Harris; Elijah, b. 1809, d. 1876; Mary “Polly” Martha Lucy, b. 1810; and Richard B., b. 1816, d. 1849.

Next to the youngest son, John Berry Linam, was born in 1807 in Sumter County, S.C. He lived to be 90 years old and died in 1897 at which time he was buried in the Awin Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. He was married to Lucy Harris, daughter of Jack Harris Sr. (1774-1861) and Nancey Murry or Murrah (1788-1870). Lucy was born in 1812 in Kentucky and died in 1891 in Wilcox County where she was buried beside her husband in the Awin Community Cemetery. John Berry enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as a private in Company A, 61st Alabama Infantry Regiment.

According to ancestry family trees, John Berry and Lucy Linam were the parents of the following children: John Elijah, b. 1845, d. 1902, m. Missouri N. White; Nancy “Nannie” Jane, b. 1847; Martha Elizabeth, b. 1848, d. 1913; Mary F. b. 1852; James Henry, b. 1853, d. 1924, m. Susie Elizabeth Crane; Betty June, b. 1863, d. 1900, m. George Benjamin Hawkins. In some records, Betty Jean is not listed, and another son, Joseph R., b. ca 1854 is included.

The oldest son, John Elijah Linam, was married to Missouri N. White, daughter of Jesse Mack White (1827-1874) and Nancey Jones who were married in Lowndes County, Ala., in 1851. Missouri’s parents resided in Pike County, Ala., where Jesse Mack White died. Missouri (White) Linam is a significant connection to the White family which was featured in the last two columns. Missouri Linam is the lady who moved to Andalusia and rented rooms in the home of Burrell Jackson Stokes and helped him in 1916 establish the Cedar Grove Church of Christ in their home. Today the church is located on Brooklyn Road on land sold to the church by Missouri’s son-in-law, George Rabren. She and John Elijah Linam had at least one daughter, Lucy, who was born in 1896 and married George Franklin Rabren, son of Henry Rabren and Martha Fuqua.

The second son, James Henry Linam, was born in 1853 and married Susan “Susie” Elizabeth Crane (1858-1937). James Henry died in 1924 and was buried in the River Falls Cemetery. James and Susie were the parents of the following children: Daisy Dean, b. 1881, d. 1973, m. 1904 James Sanford White (1876-1938); John Crane, b. 1884, d. 1941, m. Claudia ?; Jesse Ewing, b. 1887, d. 1975, m. Theresa Veronica Carrie, b. 1889, d. 1975; Charles Wilson, b. 1892, d. 1941, m. Leslie Jernigan (1926-1994); Herman Leslie, b. 1897, d. 1927; Henry Edward, b. 1899, d. 1972, m. Carmen Ercelle Jones; Agnes Bertha, b. 1903, d. 1974, m. Mial Jennings Shauberger (1899-1961); and Edna Earle, b. 1905, d. 1908.

James Henry’s oldest daughter, Daisy Dean Linam, was born in 1881 and was married to James Samford White, son of John Clement White (1843-1930) and Sarah Wyse Lowman (1859-1924). (This was another marriage between the White and Linam families.) James Henry and Daisy (Linam) White resided in the River Falls community near Andalusia where they were leaders in their community and church. They were the parents of the following three children: James Marvin, b. 1907, d. 1988, m. 1929 Ruth Montgomery Watson; Henry Paul, b. 1908, d. 1972, m. 1929 Mary Ellen Grant (1908-1981); and Esther Pearl, b. 1913, m. Robert Lee Nix.

Sources for today’s story include and the family records of Linda Henderson, descendant of Missouri Linam White and Lucy Linam Rabren.


Anyone who may find an error in the above genealogy or who might share additional information on the Linam family is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, Ala. 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email: