George Anton "Anthony" Linder

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George Anton "Anthony" Linder, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born about 1735.1 He died after 24 September 1801, when he wrote his will.2,3

George married Mary Newland, daughter of John Newland and Elizabeth Linder, about 1760.2,4

At age 18, he arrived at the port of Philadephia, 24 September 1753, aboard the Peggy, Capt. James Ambercrombie, commander, from Rotterdam by way of Plymouth. In the list of mens names and ages, he is shown as Jerick Anton Linder, age 18; in two other lists, he signed as Gorg Anton Linder. Neither of those lists give his age. The third of those lists was taken at the Court House at Philadelphia, "this Day took the Qualifications," meaning the oath of allegiance to Britain.5

He first settled in Rich Valley in 1769, and his survey for 79 acres on the North Fork of the Holston River was entered in the surveyors records 3 December 1774.

Later, in 1781, he was granted 400 acres, and in 1782, 386 acres, all on the North Fork of the Holston. In total, about 865 acres

On 10 March 1789, he and wife Mary sold to:
George Linder 123 acres in the Rich Valley for 50 pounds;
Michael Fleenor123 acres in the Rich Valley for 50 pounds.

On 15 September 1795, in three separate transactions, he and wife Mary sold to:
John Gobble 170 acres on the South side of the North Fork of the Holston River for $500;
Michael Fleenor 108 acres on the north side of the Holston for $300;
George Linder 108 acres on the north side of the North Fork of the Holston.

Other than his wife, relationships are not stated in any of these transactions.

The acreage he sold totals 632, leaving 233 acres so far unaccounted for. In his will of 1801 (see below), sons George, William, and Isaac, and daughters Elizabeth Gobble, Sarah Feenor, and Jemima Gobble were each given token bequests of a single shilling, most likely indicating they received their shares earlier. William and Isaac are not shown in the deeds found thus far.

Sometime between 1777-1784, he was an overseer of roads in Washington County.6,7

On 29 Jun 1793, he witnessed the will of John Hawkins which was proved 19 August 1794.8

He is apparently left a will, written 24 September 1801, residing in Knox Co., Tennessee, which named "all his children, including married names of his daughters." If the facts were as Howard presented them, the assumption would be that his wife pre-deceased him, and those children would be:
Elizabeth m. George Gobble
Sarah, m. Michael Fleenor
Jemima m. John Gobble
Rebecca, unmarried at the time

Whatever the source of Howard's post, the will was not properly abstracted, nor copied verbatim. However, a transcript is in the archives of the Linder Family Association, and an abstract follows:
to Jacob Linder, all his land in Knox Co., containing 180 acres, but to "truly use & execute his full endeavor for his mothers prosperity." After Mary's decease, "then the above mentioned Land shall be Jacob Linders just Right and Title forever. . . .
At his wife's decease, Jacob shall pay to son Joseph Linder "fourty pounds in property currency of the State of Virginia."
to daughter Rebeccah Linder whatever Stock such as Horses, Cattle, Sheep and ever[y] Article of House[ld] furniture which shall or remain at the decease of wife Mary provided that the Executors pay one shilling sterling each to son Geore, son William, son Issac, daughter Elizabeth Gobble, daughter Sarah Fleenor, and daughter Jemima Gobble.

"worthy friend" wife Mary, and "worthy friend" son Jacob named executors.

A single witness, Joseph (x) Donnan

Neither the will, nor any record of probate, have been found in the filmed probate records of Knox Co. Most land indexes are not yet digitized for on-line viewing on FamilySearch, nor Ancestry. The best lead is to find land records showing Anthony's purchase, and Jacob's disposal of the 180 acre parcel.

Gleaned from a review of The Linder Quarterly, two possible published sources for Howard's RootsWeb posting are:
Eberle, Marie Eileen Thompson. Thompson Twigs: Some Descendants of Sheldon and Ann Thompson of Washington County, Virginia. . . . Edwardsville, IL: [Busy Bee], c1981. FHL Fiche: 6010449
Briggs, Ethel. The History of Gilmore Callison and His Descendants. Pine Grove, West Virginia : E.L. Briggs, c1962 FHL: in Off-site Storage, but "currently unavailable" (Sep 2020), 929.273 C134b. Also at BYU.9,3


Mary Newland b. abt. 1741, d. abt. 1810
  • Jacob Linder3
  • Rebecca Linder3
  • George Linder3
  • William Linder3
  • Isaac Linder3
  • Elizabeth Linder3
  • Jemima Linder3
  • Sarah Linder3 b. abt. 1765
  • Joseph Linder+10 b. say 1780, d. bef. 6 Jun 1836
This person was last edited on20 Sep 2020


  1. [S1684] Ralph Beaver Strassburger and William John Hinke, editor, Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia From 1727 to 1808, three volumes (1934; reprint, Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 2002), 1:545-549, further cited as Strassburger & Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers.
  2. [S2327] Edgar A. Howard, "Linder", listserve message to, 13 May 1999. Accessed 3 Jan 2009 & Aug 2020. Hereinafter cited as Linder.
  3. [S2328] Will of Anthony Linder, Will, owned by Linder Family Association, unknown repository address.
  4. [S2339] Berkely County, West Virginia, Wills, 1772-1970, 3:336-7, naming one of his daughters Mary Lindor, further cited as Berkeley Co., WV Wills.
  5. [S1684] Strassburger & Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, 1:545-549, 2:648-651.
  6. [S847] Lewis Preston Summers, History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870, two vols. (1903; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1966), 812, 842, further cited as Summers, History of Southwest Virginia.
  7. [S846] Lewis Preston Summers, Annals of Southwest Virginia 1769-1800, two vols. (1929; reprint, Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1992), 1228, 1284, 1311, further cited as Summers, Southwest Virginia.
  8. [S846] Summers, Southwest Virginia, 1350.
  9. [S2327] "Linder" listserve message 13 May 1999. Two important facts about the Rootsweb posting: 1) Howard notes: "I don't know the source for this so don't ask." 2) The posting was copied from some other source, and includes, ". . . although descendants (including this writer) have photocopies of the original hadwritten will, no probate record has been found."
  10. [S2327] "Linder" listserve message 13 May 1999, citing Anthony's will which has not been found in official records.