Esq. John R. Elliott, one of the oldest citizens in the county, and possibly the largest land owner in the county,
died at his home near Port Royal, last Friday morning. Esq. Elliott was eighty-five years old, yet so well
preserved was he that one would not judge him over seventy, while in the management of his business and the
transactions of the everyday matters of life, he had shown to within the last few weeks the vigor of a man of sixty.
In addition to his farming operations, Esq. Elliott dealt largely in real estate, buying and selling constantly, and
generally making money. At the time of his death he owned possibly between four thousand and five thousand
acres of land in this county, Robertson, and Cheatham counties, besides some valuable property in this city. His
estate is valued at $75,000 to $100,000.
For many years, Esq. Elliott had been a widower. Only one child, Mrs. Editha LANKFORD, who lives near
Port Royal, survives him. He was a man of exceedingly strong feelings and left some warm friends as well as
some bitter enemies.
Notes: John Robert Elliott, born 6 August 1800, died 11 March 1885.
He married Catherine Caroline Connell 12 February 1829. She was born 13 February 1813, died by July
1838. She was a daughter of William Connell and Sarah Prince Connell.
Their only surviving child - Editha Anne Elliott - born 15 August 1834, died 8 April 1915. She married
Charles Wheeler Langford 3 September 1851. He was born 18 April 1818 in North Carolina and died in
Montgomery County 5 July 1871.
Date of record: 17 March 1885
Source: Clarksville SEMI-WEEKLY TOBACCO-LEAF, Clarksville, Tennessee
John William Langford
John W. Langford, 88, prominent Sumner County farmer and landowner, died Monday night at 6:15 o'clock at
his home on North Water Street following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Langford was born and reared near Woodford in Montgomery County. He moved to Sumner County in 1907
and located near Gallatin where he became a pioneer in large-scale tobacco raising in this county. He was a
breeder of livestock.
He married Miss Virginia Williams in 1878. She died in 1914. To this union ten children were born. Langford
later married Miss Mary Walker who survives. Other survivors include his ten children, Miss Pearl Langford,
Memphis; Gus, Charles, and Dick Langford, all of Gallatin; Mrs. Carrie Penn, Mrs. Myrtle Williams, Mrs.
Lucille Bouggus, Miss Florence Langford, all of San Marcos, Texas; R. J. Langford, Carbondale, Illinois; Mrs.
Gena Heflin of Nashville; his sister Mrs. Lizzie Gardner of Clarksville; three brothers, G. H. and J. O. Langford
of Adams, and Charles Langford of Nashville; seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Gallatin Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the residence by Rev. W. E. Doss assisted by
Rev. Dawson King. Interment followed in the Adams cemetery.
Notes: Virginia Frances Williams Langford died 1 June 1915, not 1914.
Mary Walker Langford was from Montgomery County, the daugher of William and Rebecca Walker.
His son, R. J. Langford, was known as R. J. Long by this time, due to a family quarrel.
G. H. Langford was George Hiram Langford.
J. O. Langford was James Oliver Langford.
Date of record: 6 March 1941
Source: Sumner County NEWS, Gallatin, Tennessee
Submitted by Johnny Long