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Dear Mr. Whitfield: I would appreciate receiving information you have on George Linam and his son, John Hodge Linam. I have quite alot of Linam family information in hard copy form which I am only too happy to share with you or others researching this line. I am descended from George Linam as follows: George Linam (his son) John H. Linam m. Judith Teague; (their son) Israel McKendree Linam (they had 6 boys and 6 girls and I have all of their names); Israel (he was called "Mack" by the family) married Mary Scott in 1862. They had 7 children, including Alice Linam, my g-grandmother. She was born in Abilene, Ks. in 1867 when Abilene was still a raw frontier cow-town. Alice married twice. Her first husband was Ark. State Senator Kimsey. She had two children by him. He he died and she remarried. Her second husband was Thomas Jefferson Brooks (1862-1940 abt.) They had two children, Dewey McKinley Brooks (1898-1941, my grandfather) and Nina Brooks (still living, b.1908). Dewey McKinley Brooks married Lovene Idella Gibbs in Hot Springs, Ark. in 1916. They had one son, my father; Donald Gibbs Brooks b. June 24, 1921 Hot Springs; d. Oct. 17, 1998 in Marietta, Ga. Don Brooks m. Mary Anetha Vandigriff, my mother. They had four children, Me (Lane D. Brooks); Victoria Jan Brooks, Lori Erin Brooks and Michael Erik Brooks.
Israel McKendree Linam enlisted with his brothers in Confederate service during the War Between The States. He was a Sgt. in the 54th Tenn. Vol. Inf. Regt. He and one other brother were strongly opposed to slavery and he deserted and took his wife to Cairo, Illinois. I have a photo of him in military uniform. Curiously, he has a Masonic emblem draped around his neck. I believe he was an officer in the Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Masonic Temple. There is a family story that he was either drafted or enlisted in the Union Army and was wounded. For many years (He died in Paris, Texas in 1899 and is buried there. I have a copy of the bill of sale for his burial plot.)he proudly displayed the photo of himself in uniform over the family mantel. There is a possibility that this is a picture of him in his union uniform. I can't imagine that he would have "proudly" displayed a photo of himself in Confederate uniform since he deserted. His coat sleeve does not show Sgt's stripes which he would have had if this was a Confederate uniform. I have seached many records in the National Archives and cannot find his name listed in any Union army records. If you have any information, letters, etc. from any Linam's which could shed light on this I would be most appreciative. Another family story which Alice Linam told to my Aunt Nina is interesting. Following the end of the WBTS, Israel and his family were disowned by John H. Linam. As Johnbecame frail, he wanted to see his seven grandchildren and he reconciled with his son. They moved from Kansas back to Tenn. for awhile. My g-grandmother was about 8 or 9 years old at this time and she remembered getting into fights with her cousins. They would call her "you damned little Yankee". Hope this information is helpful. I look forward to corresponding with you and other Linam family members. Thank you and regards. Lane D. Brooks