|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1761|
|Death: ||Aug. 15, 1864|
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
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.
Nancy Link Markley (1794 - 1880)*
Holmes Link (1814 - 1875)*
Created by: Andrew L.
Record added: Dec 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23449972