Rachael Maybe I can shed some lite on the subject. My research into many of the early Linthicums indicate that they owned slaves prior to the forming of our county. At the time of death, several Linthicum's freed their slaves, and also because of service to their country, many slaves were given freedom. Many slaves not knowing their original names, often took the name of their owners, and upon their freedom continued to take the name of their "family" as they knew it. Not all slaves were treated in a bad way. I know from my research that there were Black Union soldiers who fought during the War Between the States, and there are black families in Kentucky with the name Linthicum. I hope this answers your question.