>>>Anyone have a guess? Possible red herring: looked at Linus's paperwork from 1844 and his guardian was almost an Ebenezer S. There was an Ebenezer Smith<<<
Just a guess... could the guardian actually have been Ebenezer S. Griffing instead ? There was an Ebenezer Griffing in Middlesex County, he was the perfect age to have been an uncle to Linus. Things indicate this Ebenezer's father was named Samuel.