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

Larkin Langford (b. abt. 1773 VA, son of Joseph and Mary __ Lankford, m. Rachel Tucker, d. abt. 1845), of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Laurenceburg, Franklin, Kentucky, and Patoka, Crawford, Indiana

FATHER JOSEPH: Larkin is listed as a child of Joseph Langford by Martha Langford Green (see her internet entry as posted in father Joseph’s notes). –shb 14 Oct 2003

BROTHERS? See Robert Lankford, ID 66367; Walker Lankford, ID 230; and Jay Lankford, ID 66333;

ABT 1773–BIRTH IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA: Approximate year, county courtesy of Shiron Wordsworth, who credits Martha Langford Green as her source, compiling “Children of Joseph and Mary (Unknown) Langford, as forwarded to shb, 23 Jan 2006. –shb 24 Jan 2006

POSSIBLE MIGRATION ROUTES: I wrote John Robert or “Bob” Langford, a descendant of Stephen Langford, first settler of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle, Ketnucky, asking to know more about a photo he took and sent of a Tennessee marker, honoring early settlers, including a Joseph Kinkead (in media file of my ancestor, Capt. John Kincaid). His response: “This marker is beside U.S. Hwy 11W in Mt. Carmel, TN, about 5 miles west of Kingsport, TN. During this period of time, frontier pioneers heading for Kentucky, gathered up at The Long Island of The Holston river at what is now Kingsport, to wait for Daniel Boone to come by and guide them into the wilderness or for Capt John Donelson to take them down river on flatboats to Nashville. And, I imagine that a great many of them followed what is called The Great Indian Path, which ran from Bristol, TN/VA through Kingsport, Mt. Carmel and Church Hill down close to what is now called Bean Station, Tn before turning north toward Cumberland Gap. All of this area around here is laced with this type of history. Many, many historical figures were in this area, including Daniel Boone, Capt John Donelson, Rev. Samuel Doak, John Sevier, and later on Presidents Andrew Johnson and Andrew Jackson, etc., etc. The list is endless.” Also, another correspondent of Bob’s wrote, about the same marker: “Would loved to have seen that old house in its day. Unless I’m mistaken, my Whitakers migrated from NC through Carter Co., TN and lived there for a while before coming on to KY. I keep meaning to go there and do some research, but never have made it.” Bob’s response: “Hazel, I’ll send you a copy of an email I just sent to Sherlene about this. I guess most of the early settlers migrated south and west from Virginia and states farther north. Many of them crossed the mountains from N.C. into Tennessee through the gap at what is now Boone, N.C. All who came that way stopped at the Fort at Sycamore Shoals, present day Elizabethton, Tn, in Carter county. From there, a great many of them went on to the Long Island of the Holston, at present day Kingsport, to wait for Daniel Boone, or another guide, to take them into the wilderness. Do a google search for Sycamore Shoals. You will find it very interesting. Much history there. There is a National Park there at Sycamore Shoals with a replica of the original fort and there’s always some activities going on, especially this time of the year. I would highly recommend a visit. You’ll be glad you did. There’s also a beautiful covered bridge there in Elizabethton, as well as the Carter Mansion, the first frame house built in Tennessee. Elizabethton is located at the foothills of the mountains. Beautiful scenery. Bob” –shb 23 Oct 2006

1797, JANUARY 26–MARRIAGE TO RACHEL TUCKER AT LINCOLN COUNTY, KENTUCKY. Name of wife and their marriage date and county courtesy of Shiron Wordsworth, based on research of Martha Langford Green. –shb 24 Jan 2006

ABT. 1800–A SON “LARKIN” BORN? I have a Larkin Lankford (m. Abigail VanMeter as a son of Larkin’s brother, my ancestors, Walker Lankford and Mary/Polly Warren. At one time thought Anna was this Larkin’s second wife, after Abigail died. However, since I found two Larkins in the 1860 Census, I have now placed the Larkin who married Anna as a namesake son of Larkin (m. Rachel Tucker). –shb 23 Oct 2006

1810 CENSUS–LARKIN IS AGE 26-45, LIVING WITH WIFE OF SAME AGE SPAN AND FOUR SONS, AGE 10 AND UNDER, TWO SONS, AGES 10-16,, AND ONE OTHER MALE, AGE 26-45, IN KENTUCKY (NO TWP. LISTED). 1810 Census information about Larkin from HeritageQuest on-line image, accessed by shb, 6 Mar 2006, via Godfrey Memorial Library.

1820 CENSUS–AGE 45+, LIVING WITH WIFE OF SAME AGE SPAN AND NINE SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER, IN LAURENCEBURG TOWNSHIP, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY. HeritageQuest on-line image, accessed and transcribed 23 Oct 2006, by shb, via Provo, Utah Public Library:

Laurenceburg Township, Franklin County, Kentucky
Taken 1820

Lemuel Davis [listing neighbors on both sides–shb]
Wm. Maghall
Thos. Harris

Larkin Lankford 4 [males age 0-9], 2 [males age 10-15], 0 [males age 16-25], 3 [males age 26-44], 1 male [age 45+–Larkin–shb]; 1 [female age 0-9], [no females ages 10-15, 16-25, or 26-44], 1 [female age 45+–Larkin’s wife]

Jno. Perry
Joseph Griffey –shb 23 Oct 2006

Abt. 1845–DEATH IN PATOKA, CRAWFORD, INDIANA. Approximate death year and place, as posted on RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project, accessed 23 Oct 2006, by shb.

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October 24, 2006 - Posted by | Genealogy, Indiana Langfords, Kentucky Langfords, Uncategorized, Virginia Langfords

3 Comments »

  1. REALLY INTERESTED IN YOUR LANKFORD’S – ESPECIALLY THE ONES FROM VIRGINIA.
    MY SISTER, MY UNCLE PETE LANKFORD, AND I HAVE DONE SOME LOOKING INTO THE LANKFORD NAME. HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET FARTHER BACK THAN HENRY LANKFORD AND CATHERINE WILLIAMS LANKFORD. HENRY AND CATHERINE WERE BOTH BORN IN ISLE OF WIGHT ABOUT 1734.
    MARTHA KELLY
    TEXAS

    Comment by MARTHA KELLY | November 1, 2006 | Reply

  2. Good day Sherlene and the good people of your Blog.

    Do any of you by chance know how to reach Martha Langford Green? I ask as she may have some documented items on Pittsylvania (VA) Benjamin Langford. Specifically, the documented evidence of Pitt Ben to potential brother Thomas. Any direction would be much appreciated.

    Comment by Jeff Davis | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hello there,

    My ggggrandfather is Henry H Lnakford son of Larkin Lankford. Henry married Abigail Van Meter. I’m looking for Abigails parents. I think it may be a Abraham Vanmeter since he was in the Clay co Indiana area in the 1830-40 census along side Larkin–but its just a guess

    Comment by Mike Boss | July 31, 2008 | Reply


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