Nov. 14, 1761 Hagerstown Washington County Maryland, USA
Aug. 15, 1864 Sulphur Springs Crawford County Ohio, USA
BORN NEAR HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, HIS MOTHER DIED WHEN ADAM WAS 6 YEARS OLD. SHE WAS FROM SWITZERLAND. HIS FATHER REMARRIED, AND THEN MOVED TO THE EXTREME LIMITS OF CIVILIZATION ON WHEELING CREEK, NEAR THE PRESENT LIMITS OF WHEELING, W. VA. ADAM WAS THE SON OF JOHN JACOB AND ANA (MADLENA)LINK, SHE WAS A DISTANT RELATIVE OF HIS FATHER. THE LINK FAMILY HAD BEEN LIVING NEAR WHEELING CREEK FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS AND HAD ACQUIRED A LOT OF HORSES AND CATTLE. THEY HAD CLEARED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF LAND. THEY WERE WELL SITUATED WITH TWO OR THREE HUNDRED BUSHELS OF CORN. LORD DUNMORE ISSURED A PROCLAIMATION CALLING ON THE FRONTIERSMEN TO ARM IN THEIR OWN DEFENSE, THIS WAS IN 1774, ONE OF THE OVERT ACTS WAS FURNISHED BY A GROUP OF SURVEYORS AND FRONTIERSMEN WHO GATHERED AT THE MOUTH OF WHEELING CREEK AND DETERMINED TO BEGIN HOSTILITIES. THE FIRST BLOODSHED CAME WHEN TWO INDIANS IN A CONOE ON THE OHIO RIVER WERE FIRED UPON AND KILLED, THESE INDIANS WERE THE RELATIVES OF CHIEF LOGAN. THE INDIANS THEN MADE A RAID ON THE FRONTIER TO REPAY THE WHITES FOR THEIR DIRTY WORK THAT HAD BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. THIS AMOUNTED TO THE COMPLETE LOSS OF THE LINK FAMILY, SCALPING THE FATHER, JOHN JACOB LINK. MRS. LINK AND THE TWO BOYS HAD GONE TO THE SETTLEMENT FOR SAFETY JOHN JACOB LINK'S WIFE THEN RETURNED TO BALTIMORE TO LIVE WITH HER RELATIVES.(OTHER ACCOUNTS SAY THAT MRS. LINK WAS ALSO SCALPED AT THE HOME PLACE.) THEY BURNED THE CABIN AND STOLE THEIR CATTLE AND HORSES. ADAM LINK, A BOY OF 16 YEARS OF AGE WAS WITHOUT A HOME AND AFTER ROAMING AROUND IN THE WOODS FOR ABOUT A WEEK HE THEN JOINED THE ARMY IN 1777. HE SPENT THE WINTER AT VALLEY FORGE. IN THE SPRING THEY GAVE HIM A MUSKET AND HE SERVED FIVE YEARS IN VIRGINIA ON THE FRONTIER. HE SERVED IN THE GARRISONS AT FORT WHEELING, FORT MOORE, FORT DEMENTS, AND FORT SHEPHERD. HE ACTED AS INDIAN SPY AND SCOUT. HE WAS MUSTERED OUT AT WHEELING IN 1782. THE TIME PERIOD AFTER THE WAR IS VERY OBSCURE. IN 1789 HE MARRIED A DISTANT RELATIVE AND THERE WERE THREE CHILDREN, JOHN, NANCY, AND ANOTHER GIRL. IN 1815, WHEN THE MARKLEY'S WERE MOVING WEST TO UNIONTOWN (NOW ASHLAND)IN OHIO, AND PASSING THROUGH WHEELING TO CROSS THE OHIO RIVER, HORATIO MARKLEY MET MISS NANCY LINK, WHO WAS A GIRL OF 21 YEARS OF AGE. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW THE MARRIAGE CAME ABOUT, THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1823 AFTER A LONG FRIENDSHIP. HORATIO BROUGHT HIS NEW BRIDE TO ASHLAND AND LIVED THERE UNTIL 1824, WHEN THEY MOVED TO SULPHUR SPRINGS IN CRAWFORD CO., OHIO, AND SPENT THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS. AS A FARMER, HE WAS PECULIAR, NEVER USED OR OWNED A WAGON, HE ALWAYS ATTENDED THE MARKET WITH A SLED, AND PACKED HIS WHEAT TO MILL ON A HORSE. HIS STANDARD LIVING WAS BREAD, MEAT, EGGS, POTATOES, BUTTER, SUGAR AND COFFEE, NO FRUIT OR MILK, HE WAS A HEARTY MEAT EATER. HE REGARDED TO GOOD EGGS AS A MEDIUM BREAKFAST COMBINED WITH A LITTLE BREAD AND MEAT. WHEN HE WAS 87 YEARS OF AGE, HAVING USED WHISKEY FREELY ALL HIS LIVE, HE BECAME CONVINCED THAT MODERN MODES OF MANUFACTURE WERE PERNICIOUS, SO HE REFUSED WHISKEY. HE HAD A FAMILY OF 4 BOYS AND 5 GIRLS THOUGH ONLY 4 WERE MENTIONED MR. LINK LIVED IN PA. UNTIL ABOUT 1821, WHEN IT IS KNOWN THAT HE WALKED FROM WHEELING TO ASHLAND, A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 100 MILES IN THREE DAYS. IT IS SAID THAT IN 1831, HE STARTED TO CLEAR A FARM AND IN 1842, HE WENT TO SULPHUR SPRINGS TO LIVE WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW. ADAM LINK DIED ON THE FARM OF HORATIO MARKLEY AUGUST 15, 1864 AND WAS BURIED IN UNION CEMETERY EAST OF SULPHUR SPRINGS, JUST NORTH OF THE MARKLEY FARM. HE IS THE ONLY REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER BURIED AT THIS PLACE. THE VENERABLE WHITE HAIRED AND BEARDED VETERAN SPENT THE LAST 22 YEARS OF HIS 103 YEARS IN CRAWFORD COUNTY. HE WAS ONE OF THE SIX SOLDIERS OF THE REVOLUTION KNOWN TO BE ALIVE IN THE TURBULET YEARS OF THE CIVIL WAR. Adam Link descendant Lucy Cadwell indicated that the children of Adam & Elizabeth Link included Shepley Holmes Link b 1814, who married Mary Dickson or Dixon . Ken Striker and former Bucyrian Lowell Eier served together in a Bucyrus NG unit. Lowell Eier and his wife Nancy (Cole) Eier graduated from Nevada HS. Nancy advised that she was aware that she had a "famous ancestor", but just recently discovered that the famous ancestor was probably Adam Link. Ken Striker upon learning that Nancy's mother was a Link did research and finds that there are three generations of Link buried at Wyandot/Eden/Nevada Cemetery to include Holmes (1814-1875) & Mary nee Dixon/Dickson (1822-1897) Link. Nancy (Cole) Eier is d/o Russell & Mildred (Link) Cole. Mildred Link is d/o Rolland & Dillie (Bressler) Link. Rolland is s/o Wm & Margaret (Hewitt) Link. Wm is s/o Holmes & Mary (Dixon/Dickson) Link. Holmes as identified by Lucy Cadwell was a son of Adam Link.