My name is James V. Linam, and I am a descendant of George Linam through his oldest son, Thomas. Some of the information in your posting to Doug Brooks puzzled me, and I would like to get some clarification as my records might be wrong.
First, I have your father listed in my files as John LESTER Linam (b. 31 July 1904, Mena, Polk Co., Arkansas). I also have his son, John WILSON Linam, who I thought would be your brother. Please unscramble this for me, as you indicated that John Wilson Linam was your father. I was also unaware of John Lester's death in 1996.
Regarding your comment that George Linam fought for Cornwallis, that would really be a bombshell. I have his pay records showing that he served under Col Brandon of the South Carolina militia against Cornwallis. I doubt that he would have ever gotten the land grant in SC if he had been loyal to the Crown.
Which brother of Thomas Joshua joined the Mormon church? I would like to have a copy of the letter you mention. If not too much trouble, send me a copy at the following address:
6171 N. Canon del Pajaro
Tucson, AZ 85750-1363
Regarding the story about Thomas Joshua's argument with his father, I haven't turned up any evidence that it was related to the Civil War (or slavery). In fact, since Thomas Joshua was not listed in the 1840 census of Lawrence County, Tennessee, he may have actually departed the family plantation 20 or more years before the outbreak of the Civil War. Thomas Joshua and family were in Fannin County, Texas, in 1861 when the War broke out, and his oldest son (who, interestingly, was named for his grandfather, John Hodges Linam) enlisted in the Confederate army at age 20.
By the way, I tried to e-mail you at firstname.lastname@example.org, but was never able to connect. You might check the e-mail address.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Jim Linam
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