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

Thomas Lankford, Sr. (b. abt. 1705, d. May-June 1778, of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight, Virginia), m. Mary Collier, dau. of George, 14 Jul 1723, grandfather of Ivey Lankford.

ABT 1705–BIRTH. “Langford & Lankford Families in Virginia” post by Kathy Newton, at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cmddlton/lgdfmva.html, accessed 12 Jul 2007, by shb:  “Assuming that he [Thomas Lankford Sr.] was eighteen years of age at the time of his marriage, he would have been born about 1705.”  –shb 12 Jul 2007

1723, JULY 14–MARRIAGE TO MARY COLLIER.  Name of wife, marriage date (no place given), per Kathy Newton post (see above).  –shb 12 Jul 2007

1753–THOMAS LANKFORD, SR. BOUGHT 375 ACRES OF LAND IN NEWPORT PARISH, ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, FROM A JOHN LANKFORD.  Per “Langford & Lankford Families in Virginia” post by Kathy Newton, at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cmddlton/lgdfmva.html, accessed 12 Jul 2007, by shb, at the time of this purchase, “he recorded his residence as County of King & Queen, Stratford Manor Parish; this was the same as that of John Lankford, therefore there is reason to suspect that they were related.”

THOMAS MAY HAVE LIVED IN ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, THE REST OF HIS LIFE.  “Langford & Lankford Families in Virginia” post by Kathy Newton, at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cmddlton/lgdfmva.html, accessed 12 Jul 2007, by shb:  “Later recordings show that Thomas was a resident to Isle of Wight, so he apparently moved from King & Queen County.  He may have lived in Isle of Wight for the rest of his life.”  –shb 12 Jul 2007

“VERY RELIGIOUS”:  Continuing Kathy Newton’s post (see above):  “It is apparent that he was able to acquire additional lands and a substantial amount of personal property.  His reference to leaving son, Jesse, his largest Bible and two sermon books tell us that the family was apparently very religous and that Thomas was very active in church affairs.  The reference to sermon books suggests that he may have been a layman preacher.”  –shb 12 Jul 2007

1762, OCTOBER 6–NAMED AS EXECUTOR, WILL OF SARAH LAWRENCE, OF NEWPORT PARISH.  Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1647-1800, by Blanche Adams Chapman (reprinted in an improved format, with a consolidated index, by Jessica Budick and Anita Comtois (searched at the FHL, 23 Jun 2007, by shb), p. 207 [bolding mine–shb]:  “LAWRENCE, Sarah of Newport Parish. Leg.[atees] son John; son Mills; daughter Mary; daughter Ann; to Thomas Lankford, Sr.  Ex., brother Arthur Applewhaite.  D. October 6, 1762.  R. December 2, 1762.  Wit:  Thomas Lankford, Hardy Lawrence, Jr., Sarah Lawrence.  Page 209.”  –shb 11 Jul 2007

1764, SEPTEMBER 13–WIFE MARY COLLIER DIES.  Date per “Langford & Lankford Families in Virginia” post by Kathy Newton, at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cmddlton/lgdfmva.html, accessed 12 Jul 2007, by shb.

1778, MAY 20–MICHAEL BREWER’S WILL IS DATED FOUR DAYS BEFORE THAT OF THOMAS LANKFORD SR.’S–A CONNECTION?  As posted by Eileen Illum (her e-address in Thomas Lankford Sr.’s blind file–shb), on RootsWeb.com [bolding mine–shb], at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/LANGFORD/2001-05/0989180659, accessed 11 Jul 2007, by shb (she also posts many of the entries included here, that I found in Chapman’s collection (see above):  “Brewer, Michael will dated 20 May 1778 recorded 1 Oct 1778. Legatee son Joshua; daughter Priscilla Fowler; son John; wife Martha exc; sons Joseph and
Benjamin; daughter Holland Brewer. Witness Thomas Lankford, William English, Joseph Fowler, Ann English and Peter Butler; security Peter Butler. [8:500]”  [Note from Eileen Illum:  “My Willis, f/o Elias, was the half brother of Holland Brewer. His mother Martha Green Lankford married second Michael Brewer. This will leads me to think that my Willis Lankford was connected to Thomas Lankford. Thomas Lankford Sr.’s will is dated 4 days after Michael Brewer’s: 24 May 1778. I don’t know the given name of Martha Green’s Lankford husband who was the father of Willis.”]  –shb 11 Jul 2007

DIED BETWEEN 24 May 1778 AND 4 JUNE 1778.  Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1647-1800, by Blanche Adams Chapman (reprinted in an improved format, with a consolidated index, by Jessica Budick and Anita Comtois (searched at the FHL, 23 Jun 2007, by shb–bolding mine), p. 243:  “LANKFORD, Thomas:  Of Newport Parish.  Leg. son Stephen, son Jesse, son Thomas, daughter Elizabeth Chappell; granddaughter Mary Watkins; grandson George, son of William Lankford decd.; grandson Ivey Lankford. Ex., son Thomas Lankford.  D. May 24, 1778.  R. June 4, 1778.  Wit:  Joseph Mountfort, Wade Mountfort, Thomas English, Patience Brittain.  Security, John Lawrence.  Page 492.”  –shb 11 Jul 2007 [Note:  Is this “grandson Ivey Lankford” my Legacy ID No. 65807, b. abt. 1776 (so about age 2), in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia, of Pulaski County, Kentucky, d. aft 19 Aug 1834, of Russell County, Kentucky?  I wish this will said whose son Ivey was, though the sequence of names might suggest that he, also, is a son of William Lankford, deceased son of Thomas Lankford, Sr.–shb.]

FOURTEEN GRANDCHILDREN. “Langford & Lankford Families in Virginia” post by Kathy Newton, at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cmddlton/lgdfmva.html, accessed 12 Jul 2007, by shb:  Thomas Lankford, Sr. “died 1778, Isle of Wight, Virginia.  There were fourteen grandchildren that we know of and four great-grandchildren who were listed in the wills.”

1782, JUNE 4–ORDERED THAT THOMAS’ ESTATE BE APPRAISED. Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia 1647-1800, by Blanche Adams Chapman, p. 252 (searched at the FHL, 23 June 2007, by shb–bolding mine):  Langford (Lankford), Thomas:  appraised by Mills Lawrence, W. Mountford, Elisha L. Ballard. Ordered June 4, 1778.  R. [Recorded–shb] March 7, 1782.  Page 108.” –shb 11 Jul 2007

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July 12, 2007 - Posted by | Genealogy, Virginia Langfords

3 Comments »

  1. Thomas Lankford arrived from England in 1725. He married a Mattaponi Indian name Selah. Shortly after giving birth to Stephen, she died. He later married the widow of John Lawrence. They had three children named Jesse, Thomas Jr., and Elizabeth.Mary Collier may have been her maiden name. Stephen is not a son of Mary Collier.

    Roland Whitley of Carrsville, Virginia, a decendant, located the two-century will of Thomas Sr. in an area in Isle Wight County Archives which the public is not allowed to go. He has a copy of the will.

    Comment by carl vaughan | November 24, 2007 | Reply

    • Hi!
      I am also a descendant of Thomas LAnkford, through, Stephen, then Jonathan, then Elisha, then Thomas, then William Thomas, then Earl who is my father. I read where Selah was an indian! How cool is that? I also read where someone you know has a copy of Thomas Lankford’s will. Would he be willing to share? I have the links of the generations but don’t have the personal info that you seem to have. Is there a possibility of getting some of this information so that I can get to know the even better???

      Thanks do much for the info you have already given!

      Comment by Dianne Lankford Bell | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. The reference to “Stratford Manor Parish” above is erroneous. The actual jurisdiction in King & Queen County was “Stratton Major Parish.”

    That said, I see no reason to doubt that the Thomas Lankford who was in King & Queen is identical to the Thomas Lankford who lived in Isle of Wight County in later years. Many residents of Caroline, King & Queen and nearby counties moved south during the mid 18th century as troubles with Indians vexed settlers on the northwestern frontier.

    Comment by Barry Wood | December 1, 2007 | Reply


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