Sherlene\’s G-LOG

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


I am, best of all, wife of Dan, and a mother and grandmother. I am grateful to be an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogy is for me a “magnificent obsession,” as well as a religious imperative. I hope that posting some of my research here will benefit other family researchers, invite correspondence, and help avoid research duplication.

Reader comments and corrections are invited. Any additional research or information about ancestors and relatives posted here is welcome and will be fully credited. (I have initialed and dated my chronological entries so that readers can add to the chronology, in which case I will add their initials and the date, as I add such entries, and we build each file.)

Sherlene Hall Bartholomew, MA International Area Studies (Am. and British History & Genealogy Research)



  1. A beautiful website, something for us amateurs to aspire to. I have been tracing my Land family who also lived in KY at this time (some still do). I am also kin to the Walkers and Wilsons on my fathers mothers side. Lands married several Warrens and that is how I came upon your site. I saved it to my favorites so I can read more of it, couldn’t read it all today. Bless you for posting it so all can enjoy this rich, and honest history!
    E. Land

    Comment by E J Land | October 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. You mentioned in your website that we had corresponded about my ggg. grandmother Matilda Haley (born 1801). Her husband John Haley’s War of 1812 pension papers stated that Matilda’s mother was named Nancy Langford. However, I had never been able to find out which Rockcastle area Langford family they belonged to. My house flooded during Katrina and the bottom drawers of my filing cabinets were ruined. I haven’t found my copy of John’s pension application since then.
    I was wondering if you had found any new information that would link Matilda and Nancy to one of the Langfords. Matilda and Nancy’s oldest son (that I know of) was named Walker so I thought she must be from that line. Since Walker’s wife wasn’t named Nancy, could Matilda have been the Matilda that was mentioned as being in Stephen’s will?

    Comment by Deanna Bennett | May 8, 2007 | Reply

    • Deanna Bennett is a person I’ve tried to find for a couple of years. She is LDS and submitted a line that includes Jacques LENTZ, Chretien LENTZ and Caroline LENTZ.
      Deanna was last found in Missouri. Letters addressed there are returned.

      Comment by Mary McCanney Finley | February 26, 2010 | Reply

      • The Deanna Bennett in Missouri who is researching Lentz is someone else. I posted the above note about Matilda (Langford) Haley but I am not a Lentz descendant and haven’t lived in Missouri.

        Comment by D. M. Bennett | November 7, 2010

  3. From some of my research notes Perhaps they will help you. But please verify – the original writing was tricky.

    Notes Lincoln Co. KY Deed Books LDS film # 0192238 -41

    Book A page 302 19 June 1781 Samuel & Betty Price of Lincoln , state of Virginia to Charles Warrent of same. 50.00 lawful money for 100 acres on Dick’s river.
    Beginning at a white Oak Clarcy corner, thence with his line South 160 poles to a white oak in Owsley’s line thence with his line East 100 poles to three Dogwoods, Owsley’s Corner, thence North 15º east 116 poles to Pointers, thence North 10ºwest 140 poles to the beginning with all buildings and improvements. No Witnesses

    Book A Danville office book Not included in index (?)
    page 20
    17 May 1796 Richard Churchwell to Reubin Warren both of Lincoln, State of KY. 95 pounds for 50 acres on the Dick’s river. Beginning at a Hickory south 80 poles to a White Oak, thence west 100 poles to a White Oak, then north 80 poles to a Hickory, thence east 100 poles to beginning.

    page 21
    17 May 1796 Richard Churchwell to Charles Warren of Lincoln, State of KY. 100 pounds for 50 acres on the Dick’s river. Begin a the Hickory tree thence north 80 poles to a White oak, thence west 100 poles to a White Oak, thence south 80 poles to a Hickory, thence east 100 poles to beginning. Danville

    page 230
    “Know all men by these presents that I, Matthew Floid of Lincoln and State of Kentucky in consideration of the natural love an affection which I have for my Beloved Daughter, Catherine Warren and also for divers other good causes and considerations, the said Matthew Floid hereunto moving , have given and confirmed by these presents so give grant and confirm unto the said Catherine Warren all my right Title or claim to a certain Negro mare by the name of Toney: to have and to hold said Negro as the proper right and title of the said Catherine Warren, her heirs etc. forever binding on me and my heirs etc. to warrant and defend the right Title and claim of the aforesaid Negro to the said Catherine Warren , her heirs etc. against the challenge claims of any person or persons whatsoever. Witnessed my hand and seal this 29 day of June 1798 . Matthew Floid
    signed, sealed and delivered in the presence
    Geo. BRSES (Burres?), Abraham Floid
    Richard Brush, John Warren at Danville District 8 May 1798.”

    “We, Charles Warren Jr. and Charles Warren Sr. of Lincoln Co., State of Kentucky, do promise to pay to Matthew Floid the sum of 500 pounds lawful money of Kentucky binding on me, my Heirs etc. Witness our hands and seals this 29 day of June 1798.
    The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Charles Warren Jr. and Charles Warren Sr. shall furnish the said Matthew Floid with such meal, Drink, washing, Lodging , apparel and Tobacco for my own use as the said Charles Warren Jr. doth provide for his family and at all times give him the command of a certain Negro named Toney to wait on him as occasion may require during the natural life of the said Matthew Floid, then this Obligation to be Void or to remain in force and virtue. Witness our hands and seals the day and date above. Charles Warren Jr. (his mark) and Charles Warren Sr. (his mark)
    the word apparel in the eighth from the top was interlined before assigned.
    Signed sealed and delivered inthe presents of
    George BRSES, Abraham Floid, Richard Brush, John Warren Danville District 8 May 1798. This writing was recorded in my office, acknowledged by the written named Charles Warren Jr. and Charles Warren Sr. Test to be their act and deed and admitted to record.

    Vol. B 1800 – 01 Danville office? another un index volume not included in master index for county

    page 216 15 November 1800 Stephen Langford to Charles Warren Jr. for 100 pounds 200 acres part of a survey of 1500 acres and patent bearing the date of June 8 1799. “Beginning at Ash and Walnut tree at Rawls corner and starting on the river bank thence North 62ºeast 76poles to a stake on Rawl’s line then South 40ºeast 200 poles to a stake on Troutmann’s line then with his line South 33ºwest 70 poles to a stake on Thomas Hutchinson’s line where the two lines cross, thence South 65ºwest 30 poles crossing the Dick’s river to a stake where the said Hutchinson’s line comes nearest to the first bend of the river below where the line crosses the river thence northward running down the river with the different meanders thence to the beginning so that a line from the beginning South 11ºwest 40 poles shall include 2 acres of land in the bend of the river on the west side of the same everything included witnesses Thomas Hutchinson, Daniel Owsley and Henry Owsley. Filed 13 Jan 1801

    Book D

    p164 2 Nov. 1799 Joseph Turner of Pulaski Co. to George Sheeks of Lincoln co. for 200 pounds 1000 acres on Buck Creek witnesses Charles Warren, John Combs David Sheeks.

    Book E
    Page 191 This indenture made 13 October 1802 Between Stephen Langford of the county of Lincoln and the commonwealth of Kentucky of the first part and Charles Warren Jr. of the aforesaid said county and commonwealth of the other part Witnessest that the said Steven Landfofrd for and in consideration of the sum of pounds currency of the sate the receipt whereof the said JOHN Langford doth hereby acknowledge hath granted Bargained sold aliened and confirmed unto the said Charles Warren his heirs and assignees forever one certain tract or parcel of land containing 50 acres and part of a survey of acres lying and being in the county of Lincoln and adjoining the land of the said Charles Warren and John Davis and bounded as follows to wit beginning at 3 dogwood corner of William Pearl , Charles Warren and John Davis thence with the said Warren line North 15ºeast 80 poles to a Maypole and said line thence east 100 poles to a buckeye and hickory near to the bank of the Lick river lick creek thence south 100º 80 poles to john Davis’s line to a white oak thence with Davis’s line 100 poles that line turning west to the beginning . To have and to Hold the said 50 acres of land with all and every appurtenance unto the said Charles Warren and his heirs and the said Stephen Langford for himself and his heirs doth covenant and agree with the said Charles Warren and with his heirs that the said Langford doth warrant and forever defend the above described tract of land for himself and his heirs forever witness wherefore the said Stephen Langford hath herewith set his hand and seal the above written day and year.
    signed sealed and delivered inthe presence of

    Burriss Warren
    Charles Warren
    James Davis (or Reed?)
    John Warren
    State of Kentucky Lincoln County this on the 12 day September 1805 this indenture of bargain and sale was proved by the oaths of the within named Charles Warren and Burris Warren on the 8 day of July 1804 by the oath of James Reed where upon I admitted the same to award witness Thomas Montgomery county clerk of Lincoln County, Kentucky

    p260 9 October 1802 Between Charles Warren Jr and his wife Catherine of the County of Lincoln and commonwealth of Kentucky and Thomas Hutchinson amount of money not given grant bargain and sell 50 acres on the Dick’s river Beginning at a large Black Walnut standing on the eastward bank of the Dick’s river and next to the mouth of gut putting into said river below the rocky ford thence North 33º 100 poles to a white Oak and Dogwood thence South 45º east 80 poles to 3 Dogwoods on Troutman’s line with same South 33ºwest 70 poles to a white oak near Christopher Greenup’s Northeast Corner with two white oaks and on top of a ridge thence North 25ºeast with Greenup’s line 10 poles to 2 white oaks above described corner then with said Greenup’s line South 65ºwest 50 poles crossing the Dick’s river at the rocky Ford to a Gum Tree standing on the bank of said river then north 16ºwest 70 poles crossing said river to Sycamore and Elm (there’s more but I’ can’t follow) ….. Signed Charles Warren and Catherine Warren
    In Presence of John Davis, Will Pearl Jerry Davis and Richard Brush
    wife relinquished dower right by witnesses William Owsley and William Pearl not in person
    filed 10 April 1806.

    p259 this indenture made the 22nd day of October 1806 between Charles Warren and Catherine , his wife of the first part and Thomas Hutchinson of the other part all of the county of LIncoln and the state of Kentucky. Witness that for and in consideration of the sum of 200 dollars to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Hutchinson the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained sold and by these presents do grant bargain sell one certain tract of land lying on the waters of the Dick’s river unto the said Thomas Hutchinson, his heirs Executors ,administrators or assignees the above said land containing by survey 50 acres and lying in Lincoln County and bounded as follows to wit Beginning at a Hickory and a sugar tree near to the hickory thence North 80 poles to a white oak thence west 100 poles to a white oak thence south 80 poles to a Hickory tree thence east 100 poles to the Beginning with all appurtenance to have and to hold etc. Signed by their marks Catherine and Charles Warren Witnessed by William Owsley, John Davis and Daniel Mumbra Dower Relinquished

    BOOK F

    p115 13 Dec 1807 Charles Warren of Pulaski County Ky to Stephen Lankford (meant maybe Langford?) Warrsnty Deed $800.00 for 150 acres in Lincoln County lying on Dick’s river. near Clary’s land and Davis land . No dower release. Witnesses – William Henderson, Isom Geuty Laurence Wauslie (Owsley?).

    Comment by Diane Warren Snaidauf | May 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi,

    *Great* site. I have no direct connection to the Lankfords but an association. My 3xgrandmother was Rebecca Owen (mar Samuel Casiah, Pulaski Co KY 1809, on 1810 Rockcastle census). Rebecca’s brother Joel Owen married Martha “Patsy” Lankford 1802 Lincoln Co KY. She daughter of Walker Lankford and Mary Warren. The J Keziah mentioned on Pulaski Lists was Sam’s brother.
    Casiahs and these Lankfords went to Clay Co IN afterwards. I have a photo of James Lankford of Clay Co. and am happy to share if you don’t have a copy.

    Comment by Deb Cavel-Greant | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  5. I am the author of “The Langford Legacy–the Generations of James Langford I and Martha 1653-” published in 1986 in hardback and following the family from Johnston County, NC to Georgia to Mississippi to Texas and other branches to Alabama and Arkansas and throughout the US. I am so impressed by your work and owuld love to send you a free copy of my book for you to look over and see if you can make anything out of my first generation of James I in Johnston County. From there back I have nothing. Would you like a copy. Send me an email and your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy. Ron Wade

    Comment by Ronald Wade | January 19, 2008 | Reply

    • I am a decendent of Young Marion Langford and I have been searching for your book. When can I get a copy?

      Comment by Kristyn Smith Taylor | September 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Copies of The Langford Legacy are still available for sale (7-15-2014) for $32 postpaid from the author, Ron Wade, 2100 Lafayette Dr., Longview, Tx. 75601

      Comment by Ronald E Wade | July 15, 2014 | Reply

  6. I am a descendant of James Jackson and Annis Bedford through the Langford line. I am looking for information on Annis Bedford and James Jackson to include in a history for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Annis does not have a history sent in as yet. I have read your article in Meridian Magazine with some information about them. Anything you would be willing to share would be appreciated.

    Comment by Sharlee Doxey Rands | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  7. I am a descendant of Captain John Kinkead (Kincaid) son of Joseph Kinkead who died 1774 in Albemarle County and am interested the Joseph and Captain John you mention. Joseph likely had a brother David who had a son John and grandson Joseph who went to TN and wonder which you descend from and would like to find a male line descendant of David for our Kincaid’s of all spellings DNA test. I am the administrator of the Kincaid Surname DNA Project and we really need to confirm a descendant of David since 2 of our participants believe they descend from David but have not found full documentation.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Don W. Kincaid

    Comment by texaz75 | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  8. Sherlene, Just came across your website tonight (28Apr2008). My great-great-great grandfather was Henry Francis of Pulaski and Lincoln counties, Kentucky. I don’t
    have a lot of information about him, but I have alot of
    lineage information about him and his descendants. I also
    have information re his brother, John Francis, of Wayne
    County, Kentucky. If interested contact me at address above.

    Comment by Joe Lloyd Francis | April 25, 2008 | Reply

  9. you rock!!!!

    my mom is a lanford from the palmyra virginia line that stayed put. achilles brown lanford was the brother of manoah lasley, william douglas, and nimrod bickley. his dad was richard (parents were william and elizabeth bibb) and left his wife a young widow (caroline matilda lasley lanford). she remained in louisa co. va after the other brothers left for other states.

    Comment by lynn davis | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. Does anyone have the Hill/Braden/Langford connection?

    Comment by Betty McCardle | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  11. Sherlene, I am one of the Smith County TN Lankford’s. Jessee Lankford (s/o) Parish Lankford Fishing Creek District of Granvill NC. was my GGG. It has been some time since I looked into the family history. Familysearch is where I started. Some of the work on this site can be confusing especially when it comes to GGG Jesse. I was pleased to see that you had finaly got him right. He did drown in the Cumberland river while rafting logs down from the Defeated Creek community where he lived. His body was never recovered, I have heard this story from my G/F Will Henry Lankford many times. I don’t know if you have a personal affiliation with the Lankford’s or not but they are a hard family to research. It seems when they came upon a name they liked the whole family used it liberaly, as you can tell by my given name. William, Henry, James, John, Jesse, are all used heavily in the family as well as combinations of these names. I would like to know where you obtained the correct information on GGG Jesse’s death and if it is documented some where. I will continue my research on the family and I appreciate what you, Jeff Davis and Carol Middleton have done. If you wish to drop me a line, I have enclosed my e-mail address. Thank you for your time and great effort. Billy lankford 21 shady circle Pleasant Shade, Smith County TN.

    Comment by william l lankford (billy) | January 29, 2009 | Reply

  12. Excellent research! I am wondering if you have posted your research on the Rickett family or on Louisa Trosper yet and where can I locate it?

    Comment by Debra Fischer | March 18, 2009 | Reply

  13. Sherlene thank you for all the great research.I am a decendent of Henry Langford.My great grandmother was sister to Elzi and Payton Langford.I have allways been told that Elzi,Payton ,and my great grandmother were full blooded Cherrokee.But after reading all of youre reseach I have come to beleive they were not that the were possibly part African American.I beleive they thought being Cherrokee would be more socialy acceptable at the time.So thats what they told people.Please confirm, or fill in the blanks were the Native American came in. Thank you for all youre contribution and consideration.

    Comment by mark laswell | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  14. Sherlene please contact me I have information that may be valuable to you.

    Comment by mark | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  15. I need some hands real bad. ,

    Comment by Settor27 | October 22, 2009 | Reply

  16. Wine Gums so the action immediately struck me as out of character. ,

    Comment by BadGirl66 | October 23, 2009 | Reply

  17. Hi Sherlene
    I wrote you awhile back because I was looking for some info. on a Edward Langford b.1811 Va.he must have lived in Oh. in 1840 because one of his sons Edward S. Landford b.1844 there. They all ended up in Ia. Lousia co. then to Crawford co. Wis. On the Ia. census they are listed as mulattos then later as white. Edward had a brother James b.1803 Va. and a sister Catherine b.1813 Va. she married a Joesph Sammons in Ia. Would you have any info. on these Langford or Lankfords

    Comment by jerry king | January 25, 2010 | Reply

    • ‘Sorry, I do not have an Edward Langford, b. 1811, in my database. ‘Wish I could help.

      Sherlene B.

      Comment by sherlene | January 26, 2010 | Reply

  18. hello, I am a direct descendant of Parrish Lankford and would like to know exactly where he is buried. Our Lankfords(Langford)ended up in Missouri when William moved his family there.
    I grew up in Missouri but now I am living in TN, not too far from Defeated. It felt like home the first time I was here. I have a lot of relatives here I would enjoy meeting.
    Thanks for any help.

    Comment by Maureen | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  19. Thanks for the excellent website.

    I have good reason to believe that the Martin Lankford who is the next door neighbor to Pleasant Rogers on the Hickman Co, Tennessee, census in 1830 is related to Stephen Lankford of Kentucky, whose daughter Elizabeth married Isham Gentry.

    Martin is living in the neighborhood of Isham and William West on this census. Their mother was Millie Gentry, probably a sister of Isham Gentry. Millie married Jeptha West.

    Please let me know if you have further information about a possible relationship between Stephen Lankford of Kentucky and Martin Lankford of Tennessee, who also shows up in several land records from Jackson County, Tennessee….


    Comment by Patrick Pynes, Ph.D. | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  20. could you please help me? i have a mary staley (born abt 1825) married to william bush(born abt 1822) 1844 va. her mother is elizabeth b. unknown staley and unknown father. same for wm’s parents: unknown. they have a son, david reece whose line i come from. i am also helping another person w this as they come from reece’s sister, arnetta bush white. could you see if this staley fits into your staley research? and could you look into the bush family too? thanks!

    Comment by sheena lincolnogger | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  21. Just where did u pick up the points to post
    ““About Sherlene\s G-LOG”? Thanks a lot ,Maggie

    Comment by | February 5, 2013 | Reply

  22. Im looking for my family – Lankford. I have been told Joseph Lankford 1710, as far back on info I can find. Is my gggf on grandfathers side. His father is Harley Parks Lankford. His father was Sylvester. and his father Walker who married Mary Warren. Im looking for any info..or well where to begin. I have many gaps in my information in my family genealogy im working on. Please email me or let me know. Thank You.

    Comment by Carla Sweney | September 4, 2013 | Reply

  23. Stephen Langford had other deed entries in Clay County, Kentucky. One involved selling 600 acres of land (originally in Madison County but now in Clay) to James and Hugh White for only $65. Stephen and his wife Lois came into the Rockcastle County court on April 2, 1810, to acknowledge the deed. Thomas and Robert Langford were also witnesses listed on the deed.

    Stephen Langford and George WALKER made an indenture October 11, 1809, with Phillip SINGLETON of Clay County, Kentucky. Langford and Walker had rented to Phillip the plantation that Phillip was living on at Little Goose Creek for two years. Singleton researchers on the web have listed Phillip Singleton being born in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
    On the same day, Langford and Walker also have a rent agreement with William Whitesides to rent a portion of their land.
    On December 17, 1813, Ann Singleton, of Perry County, Kentucky, sells to URIAH GRESHAM for $1000, land in Clay County on Little Goose Creek about one mile south of the lower Goose Creek Salt Works. The deed mentions the plantations where William Whitesides and Phillip Singleton are now living.

    Comment by Deanna Bennett | February 5, 2018 | Reply

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