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

William Langford (1815, KY -1870, m. Nancy Newcomb), of Rockcastle County, Kentucky

FATHER ROBERT LANGFORD, SON OF BENJAMIN? E-letter from Shiron Langford to shb, 31 Jan, 2006, answering some questions, one of which was "So, do you have William, b. 1815, who m. Nancy Newcomb, as a son of Stephen (m. Lois Mullins)?" Her response: "No, we think he was Robert's son and Liberty's brother. Stephen1 had only two sons: Benjamin and Henry S." –shb 31 Jan 2006

MORE ON WILLIAM'S POSSIBLE FATHER: E-letter from Barry Wood to query from Jessie Coffey <>, 16 Jan 2006, forwarded to shb by Allen Leigh, 27 Feb 2006:

"Thanks for writing. I regret that I have to give you such an ignorant answer, but the truth is that I just don't know about the parents of your William Langford. Maybe Robert (about whom I know almost nothing) was his father.

"On the other hand, judging by the given names in William's family, I would tend to think that William was the son of Stephen Langford ("Landford") who married Lois Mullins 22 July 1807 (Lincoln County record). I note that William named his oldest son Stephen, the postion of honor very frequently reserved for the child's paternal grandfather. (Running against this theory is the fact that none of William's daughters was named Lois, but any number of other issues could explain that.)

"I saw where someone – maybe Shiron – suggested that Robert was the son of Stephen from a marriage prior to the one with Lois Mullins. Indeed, it would be unusual if Stephen failed to marry during the 18 years that elapsed between his first appearance on the Lincoln County tax lists and the record of his marriage to Lois Mullins. A look at the 1810 census (online at confirms that Stephen not only married before 1800, but had a substantial family, with five children under ten years old. Since a woman age 26-44 appears in the household, we have to assume that the children's mother was still alive in 1810. There are also two males 16-25. These could either be farmhands, nephews or some other relatives; conceivably sons of Stephen from the same or an earlier marriage.

"The lack of any children in the 10-15 bracket on the 1810 census kes one question whether Stephen was married during the 1790s, but childhood diseases could have taken away all those born during that time. If a census had been taken in 1813 for my own 3rd great grandparents, it would similarly reflect an absence of boys in that age bracket, though there are three in the cemetery.

"In short, I guess Shiron posits that Robert is one of the males 16-25 on the 1810 census, and thus in a position to marry in time to become the father of your William in 1815. Too bad the torching of the Rockcastle courthouse has made that determination difficult." –shb 27 Feb 2006

E-note from Shiron Wordsworth to shb, 27 Feb 2006: "Hi! Jessie and I have been corresponding. It seems at this time that William is the son of Robert and Frances Head, and Liberty's younger brother. But again…we have no paper trail. And we're waiting on connections the researcher might uncover through documents he's pursuing. But for now it's a good guess. Shi" –shb 27 Feb 2006 =

1850 CENSUS: Extract, as posted on RootsWeb, accessed 8 Apr 2005, by shb:

"Rockcastle County, Kentucky, Northern District, Page 187
William Langford 34 farmer Ky
Nancy 28 Ky
Adalina 10 Ky (female)
Stephen 8 Ky
Robert 6 Ky
Minerva Jane 5 Ky
Rebecca 4 Ky
Martha 1 Ky
Benjamin Langford 21 Ky farmer" –shb 8 Apr 2005 [Note: William had a brother, Benjamin, b. abt. 1830–probably the same person–shb.]


Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky
Series M653, Roll 393, Page 574
Taken 13 July 1860

857/825 Wm. Langford 45M 3000 2207 Kentucky
Nancy 38F Kentucky
Stephen 19M Kentucky
Robert 17M Kentucky
Minerva J. 16F Kentucky [looked like "Meraia"–shb]
Rebecca 13F Kentucky
Martha F. 9F Kentucky
Nancy A. 8F Kentucky
Moses 6M Kentucky [my first indication of him]
Eliza M. 4F Kentucky
Sarah E. 1F Kentucky
Luvina 1/12F Kentucky

858/826 M. A. Padgett 25M, wife Sarah 23F –shb 3 Feb 2006

[Note: Other Langfords I found in the 1860 Census of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky are Robert Langford (34) and wife Mary (44)
B.R.P. Langford (30) and wife Martha
James Langford (27) and wife Mary A. (26)–all brothers?–shb.]

1863–ENLISTED IN CIVIL WAR AT AGE FORTY-EIGHT? "Langfords in the Union Army," as posted at lists "No. 98 William Lankford, KY [Residence], Priv [Enlist Rank], 10/05/63 [Enlist Date], Y [Survived War], Deserted 28 Nov '64 [Events]." –shb 13 Mar 2006

1870 CENSUS: Rockcastle County, Kentucky 1870 Census, copied from microfilm #593, Roll 497 by Shirley Cummins (Mt. Vernon, Kentucky 40456 : Rockcastle County Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 930), 1985, p. 61, searched at the FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah, by shb:

"393. BRYANT, Craig [see RIN 58665] 30 M W Farmer KY
Olly J. 20 F W Keeping House KY
Martha T. 4 F W KY
Jonathon S. 5/12 M W KY

[I am wondering if "Olly" is a misreading of "Lois," since she would fit into the Langford family next door, at age twenty, and could have been named after her paternal grandmother, Lois Mullins Langford, if I have properly placed William as a son of Stephen and Lois–shb.] [Note: That theory was for the boids–I found Craig Squire Bryant (m. Ollie Jane Abney) on the Internet and learned that CRAIG is the relative! Craig Squire Bryant is the brother of Samuel Bryant who m. Elizabeth Langford, b. 1832, who was the daughter of Liberty Langford, who I think was the brother of William–shb.]

"394. LANGFERD [sic–shb], William 55 M W Farmer 2000 2310 KY
Nancy [Newcum–shb] 48 F W Keeping House KY
Stephen 29 M W Miller 350 1200 KY
Robert 27 M W Farmer 450 620 KY
[Lois here–see 393 above–shb]
Nancy A. 19 F W At Home KY
Margarett N. 17 F W ? KY
[Eliza M., 14, not home–shb]
Sarah E. 11 F W ? KY
Lavina 10 F W ? KY
Emily 8 F W KY
Mary M. 6 F W KY
William J. 3 M W" –shb 6 Oct 2004

BURIAL: Elmwood Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky Burial records list four Langfords together, as recorded by Jeanne Snodgrass Bonham and Patricia Heylmann Hiatt: "Rockcastle county, Kentucky Cemetery Records (Greenwood, Indiana: High Grass Publications), 1986, searched by shb at the FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah:

"Mary M. Langford [daughter of William and Nancy (Newcomb)–shb]
13 Jun 1864 – 26 Sep 1913"

"Nancy Langford [This is Nancy Newcomb, William's wife–shb]

28 Feb 1822 – 14 Jul 1884"

"Wm. Langford [William, my RIN 58637, m. Nancy Newcomb–shb]
8 Feb 1815 – 10 Sep 1870"

"Stephen Langford "A Member of the Christian church" [this is a son of William and Nancy–shb]
14 Oct 1840 – 3 May 1871" –shb 6 Oct 2004



June 1, 2006 - Posted by | Genealogy, Kentucky Langfords


  1. Interested in finding burial place of Stephen Langford. I am the historian for the Rockcastle County Cemetery Board and I’m wanting to place a historical marker of his grave as founder of Mt. Vernon. The Rockcastle cemetery book list two stephens buried in Elemwood cemetery. One’s dates are too late to be the orginal. The other’s dates are to worn to translate.

    Comment by David Owens | July 22, 2006 | Reply

  2. Have you heard of my great grandfather Benjamin Thomas Crutch Langford who was born in Kentucky and lived in the Rock Castle area. He was born Dec. 27, 1830. I believe he had a brother Jonathan.

    Comment by Ann Langford | August 20, 2006 | Reply

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