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

David Langford, mulatto (b. abt. 1800 KY, s/o?, m. Gabriella), of Danville, Boyle, Kentucky; also of Bryantville, Garrard, Kentucky

1850 CENSUS–“DAVID” LANGFORD IS AGE FIFTY, A MULATTO, LIVING WITH WIFE GABRIELLE AND SIX CHILDREN, IN BOYLE COUNTY, KENTUCKY: As posted on RootsWeb, accessed 8 Apr 2005, by shb:

“Boyle Co pg 378 [these are mulattos] David Langford 50 all born KY, wood carder

Gabrielle 38 James 15 [See his notes, as also posted–shb.]

Harriet 10

Elvira 7

Mary A 5

Ben 4

David 1″ –shb 8 Apr 2005

1860 CENSUS–“DAVID LANGFORD” IS AGE SIXTY, A “MANUFACTURER,” BORN IN KENTUCKY, LIVING WITH WIFE GABRIELLA AND FIVE CHILDREN, IN P.O. DANVILLE, BOYLE, KENTUCKY. HeritageQuest on-line image, accessed 6 Feb 2006, by shb, via Godfrey Memorial Library:

444/496 Gabl. Pendegrass 33M_ Farmer 600 300 Kentucky [Pendegraff?–shb]
America A. 32F_ Kentucky (and family–all white).

445/497 David Langford 60MM Manufacturer 2400 500 Kentucky
Gabriella 48FM Kentucky
James 27MM Horse Trainer Kentucky [See his notes, also posted here–shb.]
Elvira 18FM Kentucky
Mary 16FM Kentucky
Benjamin 12MM Kentucky
David 10MM Kentucky
C. Graham 70M_ Farmer 60,000 3000 Kentucky [Gabriella’s father?–maybe it was his money that helped set them up–shb]

446/498 J. D. Randeyls [?] 49M_ Boot & Shoe Maker 2000 PA

FAMILIAR LANGFORD FAMILY NAMES NOTED/POSSIBLE ROOTS: E-letter from Shiron Wordsworth to shb, 3 Feb 2006, after I sent her census information about a Craig Langford family I found in Ohio. This Craig and wife “Frances” had daughters Ann and Nancy to match ages rumored in the family to be two daughters, presumably born of Liberty Langford (original settler in bordering Rockcastle County, Kentucky) and his slave mistress, Fanny (Frances). Writes Shiron: “Check this out. There is a David Langford there whose wife is Gabriella. Both are mulattos. They have the following children, all listed as mulattos. But by the time we get to these children, they must have appeared like Thomas Jefferson’s sons did–white, except for the fact that they were his slaves, as well as his children. Here are the children:

“James
Harriet
Elvira
Mary A
Ben
David

“Where have you heard the names James, Mary A. and Ben before?

“In 1850, David is a wool carder with a real estate value of $1700. Obviously he’s a free black or else he wouldn’t have appeared in the census as a head of household in a slave state.
In 1860, his real estate is valued at $2400 and his personal estate at $500. He’s a manufacturer by this time. His son, James is a horse trainer.

“There were white people in Rockcastle County during this time who would have adored having half of what David Langford was worth.

“Danville isn’t that far from Rockcastle. I think here we have some more descendants of either Stephen1 [m. Lois Mullins–shb] or his son Benjamin. It probably can’t be proved, but the coincidence is just too good not to consider. I think whichever Langford male sired David, he set him up in business after freeing him. Stephen 1 seems more likely to have had the funds to do such a thing, and it explains why Stephen 1 may have waited so late to remarry. He was quite comfortable with whoever his slave mistress was. Drat it all! Why didn’t families keep records that would verify all assumptions?” –shb 3 Feb 2006

1870 CENSUS–“DAVID,” AGE SEVENTY, STILL WITH WIFE GABRIELLA AND TWO CHILDREN, BENJAMIN AND ELVINA. HE LIVES NEXT DOOR TO SON JAMES AND FAMILY. HeritageQuest on-line image, accessed 27 Feb 2006, by shb, via Godfrey Memorial Library:

P.O. Bryantsville, Bryantsville District No. 4, Garrard County, Kentucky
Series M593, Roll 463, Page 443
Taken 5 July 1870

11/11 Langford, James 35 MB Farm Laborer 100 Kentucky [David’s son–next door]
, Nancy 35 FM Keeping House Kentucky
Lovis, Lucy 15 FM No occupation Kentucky
Langford, Isabella 10 FM No occupation Kentucky
, Elvina 6 FM Kentucky
, Louis B. 4 MM Kentucky
, Isidora 1 FM Kentucky

[Also listed in this household are four others, who are mulattos and blacks–all farm laborers–shb.]

12/12 Langford, David 70 MM Farmer 2100 450 Kentucky
, Gabrella 56 FM Keeping House Kentucky
, Benjamin 24 MM Farmer Kentucky
, Elvina 27 FM No occupation Kentucky
Harland, George 11 MB No occupation Kentucky
Jones, Charles 12 MM No occupation Kentucky –shb 27 Feb 2006

1880 CENSUS–“GABRELLA LANGFORD,” IS MOTHER-IN-LAW TO HENRY C. WALKER, WHO IS MARRIED TO HER DAUGHTER, “ELVIRA.” GABRELLA IS A WIDOWED MULATTO, AGE SIXTY-FIVE, BORN IN KENTUCKY, BOTH PARENTS BORN IN KENTUCKY, A “BOARDER” IN THE HENRY C. WALKER HOUSEHOLD: LDS Transcription, as posted at FamilySearch.org, accessed 1 Jun 2006, by shb:

“Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
Henry C. WALKER Self M Male MU 38 KY Farming KY KY
Elvira WALKER Wife M Female MU 38 KY Keeping House KY KY
George WALKER Son S Male MU 4 KY At Home KY KY
William WALKER Son S Male MU 10M KY At Home KY KY
Gabrella LANGFORD MotherL W Female MU 65 KY Boarder KY KY
Robert RAY Other S Male MU 6 KY Boarder KY KY

“Source Information:
Census Place Bryantsville, Garrard, Kentucky
Family History Library Film 1254415
NA Film Number T9-0415
Page Number 544B
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“© 1999-2005 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.” –shb 1 Jun 2006

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June 7, 2006 - Posted by | Genealogy, Kentucky Langfords, Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. I am Yvette Walker Dalton, granddaughter of George Walker, Great granddaughter of the David Langfords.

    Comment by yvette | March 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Dr. Christopher Christopher Columbus Graham, who lodges w/ Langford, is a prominent wealthy (note the $60,000 worth) white b. about 1787 (acc’ts differ) who died about 1884 in Louisville, Ky; he had Rockcastle ties through his ownership of Sublimity Springs resort. He was profoundly involved with the history of slavery; google the phrase “Strader v. Graham. ” His three books of philosophy & medicine may apply to your search.

      Comment by Leonard Kelsay | March 2, 2016 | Reply

      • Thank you for the information, It just so happened that I went back to searching family ancestry after watching the new “Roots and found your reply. If you have additional info… you can get me at YvetteDalton100@gmail.

        Comment by yvette dalton | June 2, 2016


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