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Making Sense of the Census (Fording the Langs, at Present)

Benjamin D. Lankford (b. 1795 NC, d. bef 1860, m. Mary Ann Cherry), of Warren County, Kentucky

1794–BIRTH/THREE WIVES/SON THOMAS BY ELIZA: Information as posted by John B. Lankford, Jr. on GenForum's Lankford Family Genealogy Forum, at, on 19 June 2002, accessed 16 Nov 2004 by shb. The only child listed here for Benjamin D.'s three wives is Thomas, son of Eliza.

1795–BIRTH IN WARREN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA: Year and County, as posted by Jeff Davis, on his RootsWeb site, accessed 16 Mar 2006, by shb. His source: "War of 1812 Record."

PARENTS: "Parents [of Benjamin D. Lankford] are "possibly ?? John Langford and Martha? who appear on the NC page," is suggested at the site, "Langford & Lankford Families in Kentucky,";lgdfmky.html#anchor1308923, accessed 11 Mar 2006, by shb, with note: "With information borrowed from Jerry L. Hare, Jr.'s site, with his permission–PS: this is not a line of his."

1812–SERVED IN THE WAR OF 1812 FROM NORTH CAROLINA: Per "Langfords & Lankfords in the Revolutionary War," (alphabetized by first name), compiled by Mr. Robert Lankford, Sr., of Rutherford County, North Carolina (as posted at, accessed 1 May 2006, by shb), Benjamin D. Lankford is named, among these others, serving from North Carolina:"Benjamin D. Langford 1 Regiment (McDonald's) North Carolina Militia; Elisha Langford 1 Regiment (McDonald's) North Carolina Militia; John Langford 1 Regiment (McDonald's) North Carolina Militia; Champ Langford Capt. McClure's Co. North Carolina Militia." –shb 18 May 2006

1820 CENSUS–BENJAMIN D. LANKFORD IS AGE 16-26, MARRIED TO NANCY WOOD, AND LIVING WITH HER AND TWO DAUGHTERS UNDER AGE TEN, IN WARREN COUNTY, KENTUCKY. As posted by Jeff Davis at, accessed 11 Mar 2006, by shb, in 1820, Benjamin D. Lankford, as Head of Household, is a free white male between age 16 and under 26. Also in the household are two free white females under age ten (identified by Davis as "Jane and Eleanor") and one free white female age 16-26 (identified as "his first wife, Nancy Wood"). –shb 12 Mar 2006

1830 CENSUS–BENJAMIN D. LANKFORD IS AGE 30-40, LIVING WITH WIFE NANCY WOOD AND ELEVEN CHILDREN, IN SIMPSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY. As posted by Jeff Davis at, accessed 11 Mar 2006, by shb, in 1830 (Sheet 29A), Benjamin D. Lankford is the free white male "Head," age 30-40 [he was 35, according to Davis], living with wife [Nancy Wood], who is a free white female, age 30-49 [also 35 years old], one free white male under age 5, four free white males between the age of five and ten, one free white male age 10-15, four free white females aged 10-15, one free white female between 15-20. There are no slaves in the household of thirteen. [Mr. Davis notes that five neighboring families anchor the Lankfords in the 1840 census, named Deathridge, Hendrick, Lockhart, Noel and Slofs.] –shb 12 Mar 2006

1840 CENSUS–"BENJAMIN P. LANDFORD" [SIC–SHB] AND WIFE NANCY HAVE SAME NEIGHBORS AS IN 1830, BUT WRONG AGES ARE GIVEN FOR THE COUPLE. As posted by Jeff Davis at, accessed 11 Mar 2006, by shb, this census taker made some mistakes, as Benjamin and Nancy, both born in 1795, should have both been forty-five, which was not their ages, as here indicated. Writes Davis: "The neighboring families of Deathridge, Hendrick, Lockhart, Noel and Slofs . . . are all still living right next to Benjamin and Nancy. One family is a coincidence, but five is unbelievable. This leads me to believe that the enuemator has made mjltiple errors on this census." Mr. Davis also notes that this census places Benjamin as having lived in the same location for "at least ten years and possibly as many as twenty years." –shb 12 Mar 2006

1843, DECEMBER 9–MARRIES MARY ANN ELIZA CHERRY, IN WARREN COUNTY, KENTUCKY/CHILDREN: Information as posted at "Langford & Lankford Families in Kentucky,";lgdfmky.html#anchor1308923, accessed 11 Mar 2006, by shb, with note: "With information borrowed from Jerry L. Hare, Jr.'s site, with his permission–PS: this is not a line of his." Children listed on this site are:"Thomas J. Lankford [age 6 in 1850 Census below–shb] George W. Lankford [age 2 in 1850] Winfield S. Lankford [age 4 mos. in 1850] Joseph Allen Lankford [does not appear in the 1860 Census, but named at as b. "Aug 1852 in KY," a son of Benjamin D. and Mary Ann E. Cherry Lankford–shb] Spotswood E. Lankford" –shb 11 Mar 2006

1850 CENSUS–"BENJAMIN D. LANKFORD" IS AGE FIFTY-FIVE, BORN IN NORTH CAROLINA, LIVING WITH WIFE "MARY ANN" AND THEIR SIX CHILDREN, IN WARREN COUNTY, KENTUCKY. Extract of 1850 Census of Warren County, Kentucky, as posted on RootsWeb list of Langfords in Kentucky, as enumerated in 1850, accessed 8 Apr 2005, by shb:

Warren Co pg 29:

Benjamin D. Lankford 55 farmer NC
Mary Ann 40 Ky [Mary Ann Eliza Cherry–shb] William 13 Ky James 11 Ky [wife Nancy died 2 Oct 1840, so after James was b.–shb]

Thomas 6 Ky

Richard 4 Ky

George 2 Ky

Winfield S 4 months Ky" –shb 8 Apr 2005 [Note: A William Langford, age 15, is enumerated on p. 31, also in Warren County, as living with George Cherry, age 28 [Mary Ann's brother?–shb] born in Ky and a Frances Cherry (female), age 66, born NC & others. This could be the same William, enumerated again, if not a separate William Lankford.] –shb 8 Apr 2005



May 18, 2006 - Posted by | Genealogy, Kentucky Langfords


  1. Nice summary Sherlene.

    I am descended from Benjamin D. Lankford, and like most people chipping at this area, I would like a little more definative proof (although I personally feel it is a connection) of the Benjamin D. Lankford of Warren County, NC to Warren County, KY.

    I have a copy of his War of 1812 record from NARA and can easily pass this on as I have scanned it into a .pdf if anyone needs this.

    I can be reached via e-mail at I would be very willing to share any of my compilation thusfar.

    Comment by Jeff Davis | May 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. Sherlene,

    I almost forgot to ask you. I know several months back, we had discussed the Langford/Lankford DNA project. My uncle (a Langford who is a son of a son of a son, etc.) has agreed to do a DNA test for my genealogy habit. Which one is the most relevant for my group of ancestors? There are so many now, yikes.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Yours truly,
    Jeff Davis

    Comment by Jeff Davis | May 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. Sherlene,

    I answered my own question. However, anyone actively participating in your blog may wish to take our combined research to the next level with the use of DNA. I would highly recommend this as it may lead us all out of some of the VA/NC/KY/TN Langford/Lankford soup LOL.

    Gene Lankford, e-mail: is one of the administrator’s for the project and is exceptionally great at explaining the science of DNA and genealogy in our terms.

    The website for this particular Langford DNA Project is:

    Comment by Jeff Davis | May 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. Sherlene,

    I suppose I should follow-up on this old post LOL. This Benjamin connecton of Warren County, KY being the same one who was born 1795 in Warren County, NC is the same. This is confirmed with 3 different sources now. This Benjamin D. Lankford’s parents were John Langford and Martha “Patsy” (nee Duke) Langford.

    Good luck al land happy hunting.

    Comment by Jeff Davis | June 13, 2008 | Reply

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