Saturday, January 13, 2007


Will Book A (1813-1841) Madison County Georgia
Page 1 ~ John Thompson
29 Oct 1811
To my younger brother William Thompson, my part (which is the half) of the land on which we now live, consisting of Mills, Distillery & Cotton Machine, Waggon & Harness. Balance of property consisting of 4 Negroes, lands, stock, household and Kitchen furniture to be divided equally between my brothers and sisters, Viz: James Thompson, Sarah Robbinson, Ruth Strickland, Alexander Thompson, Esther Langford, Robert Thompson, & William Thompson. Exec: Alexander and William Thompson. Signed: John Thompson. Witness: John Mayes, James Ramsey. Rec'd: 12 Mar 1813. William Sanders, CCO.

Will Book B, Madison County Georgia

Page 324 ~ Elbu Collins
October 1882
To my beloved wife Malinda Collins, the companion of my bosom and the partner of my joy and of my sorrows, for and during her natural life, the tract of land on which I now live known as my home place, with all the improvements and appurtenances, together with the tract or little parcel which I purchased from W. J. Burgess and the little parcel I purchased from H. F. Davis, also the town tract and the Burroughs tract, all lying adjacent to my home tract. I also give my wife for and during her natural life all my household and kitchen furniture, four mules to be selected by herself, also two cows and calves, and ten head of hogs. All the property real and personal mentioned I give to my wife for life, it being understood that my son Joab T. shall live with my wife, --- the farm, take care of the property, kindly and affectionately treat his mother, support and maintain both my self and my wife so long as we both shall live, and in all particulars continue as he has been a dutiful, kind and affectionate son. And in consideration that my son Joab T. is to live with, support, maintain and kindly treat both myself and my wife during our lives, it is my will and desire that all the property herein before bequeathed to my wife for life shall at her death become the property of my beloved son Joab T. Collins. To my daughter Harriett F. Thornton, in addition to what I have heretofore given her, the sum of $500 in cash. To my daughter Margaret M. Hawks, in addition to what I have heretofore given her, the sum of $500 in cash. To my son Joab T. Collins in trust for the use and enjoyment of my daughter in law Ellen Collins and my grandchild Minnie Collins, the wife and child of my son James Willis Collins, and any future wife and child or children of my son James Willis Collins, the following property, to wit, a tract of land known as my Rice tract, and that part of Christian tract which I yet own, and also that part of the Shoemaker tract which I yet own, said property to be held in trust for the use and benefit of the wife and children of J. W. Collins until his youngest child becomes 21, and then the title to this property shall rest absolutely in the children of J. W. Collins if J. W. Collins is not in life, but if in life then title to rest with in J. W. Collins jointly. To my son Joab T. Collins, the tract of land known as my Bill Place or Mill tract, also my Wilhite tract and my Deadwyler tract. To my beloved daughter Huldah P. Langford, for and during her natural life, the following property, to wit, my Roland Brown tract, my Griffith tract, and my Miller tract, to remain her property during her life and at her death to become the property of her children. The children of those deceased shall stand instead of the deceased parent. If there be in my will apparent differences made between my children, my reason for the differences is their difference in treatment which I have received from them. I have given to my daughter Harriett F. 200 acres of land heretofore and to Margaret M. $800 in money heretofore. My property not herein before specifically mentioned and disposed of to be sold and applied to the payment of any debts and expenses that may arise from my death and burial, and to the payment of the two cash legacies bequeathed to my daughters. Executor: my son Joab T. Collins. Signed: Elbu Collins. Witness: Isaac Strickland, J. T. Adams, Henry David, J. B. Estes. Rec’d Nov 1882.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Stephen Langford Memorial Reunion

Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye!

Announcing The First Annual

Stephen Langford Memorial Reunion

To be held Sunday, May 27, 2007 from 1 to 5 p.m.

at the pavilion of the Bible Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

In 1782, Stephen Langford, first benefactor of Mt. Vernon, followed the Wilderness Trail into Kentucky. In 2007, you are invited to join us as we retrace his amazing journey and meet a hundred or so of his descendants.

Activities will include a discussion of Langford and local history by research historian, Jeff Renner, some amazing door prizes with an "authentic" historical "twist", a chance to meet and greet local dignitaries, a presentation of the town's plans for a memorial to Stephen Langford and a chance to see an authentic Kentucky Long Rifle, circa 1830, hand crafted by Stephen Langford's grandson, Lick Creek Stephen.

This celebration is for anyone with Langford roots in Ky. It's for all friends of the Langford family. It's for anyone interested in Langford history in general. It's for anyone with connections to Rockcastle County or for those who only wish they did!

Look for continuing updates with additional information as plans unfold, including directions to the gathering place and a list of accommodations in the Mt. Vernon area. In the meantime, please contact Shiron at with any questions.

Remember, Mt. Vernon is the home of the famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance with shows every Sat night, so make your reservations well in advance.

Put the date May 27 on your calendar. Make your travel plans TODAY!

Be there or be square!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Euclid Langford - Valley Forge - Revolutionary War

Personal ID: VA05620
Last Name: Langford First Name: Euclid Suffix:
Rank: PRIVATE Rank Type: RANK AND FILE Ethnicity:
State: VA Regiment: 1 VA Division: 5TH DIVISION

Monthly Muster Roll Status
December 1777:
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Saturday, January 06, 2007

John Langford Land Grant 1731 Henrico County Virginia

John Langford, 300 acres. (Lapsed Land), Henrico County on West side of Uffnam Brook, 22 February 1731, page 363, Patent Book 14. Granted to Richard Mosby, 10 February 1725, on condition of seating and etc. John Bacon, Gent., of New Kent County obtained grant for same which he made over to said Langford, now granted and etc. 30 Shillings.

Land History:
Richard Mosby, 300 acres (New Land), Henrico County on west sie of Uffnam Brook, 19 February 1725, page 339, Patent Book 13, page 339. 30 Shillings.

John Bacon of NewKent County, 1600 acres (Old and New Land), Henrico County, beginning on Ufnam Brook, parting his own and land of John Watson, down said Brook to the mouth of where it falls into the Chickahominy River or Sw. adj. Thomas Owen; 13 October 1727, page 282, [ and description continuing.] Paid 3 Lbs. Money.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Philip Lankford, Court Martial 1779

Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library

The entire work


Head Quarters, Middle Brook, Thursday, April 22, 1779.

Parole Granicus. Countersigns Gray, Gor.

At the General Court Martial whereof Lieutt. Colo. Harmar is President, David Essex of the 6th. Virginia Regiment was on the 14th. instant tried for, "Letting four prisoners escape out of the Guard House" and acquitted. The General approves the sentence of Acquittal and orders said Essex reliev'd from confinement.

At the same Court, Daniel Daily of the 4th. Regimt. of Light Dragoons was tried for, "Desertion," found guilty and sentenced to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back, but on account of circumstances the Court are induced to unanimously recommend him to His Excellency, the Commander in Chief's clemency. The General approves the sentence but in compliance with the above recommendation is pleased to pardon said Daily and order him released from confinement.

William Zimmerman, Serjeant; Linch Gray, Private; Thomas Barney, Private; Joseph Garthon, Private; Richard Fisher, Farrier; Philip Lankford, Private; and John Garner, Private, all belonging to the 4th. Regiment of Light Dragoons, were tried at the same Court for "Commiting sundry robberies on the good people of the United States." The court having considered the whole matter are of opinion that Serjeant Zimmerman is guilty of robbing a house in the State of New Jersey, of money, in company with others and sentence him to be reduced to the ranks and to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back. They find Linch Gray guilty of a like crime and sentence him to receive the same punishment. They are of opinion that Joseph Garthon is guilty of robbing two houses one in the State of New York and the other in the State of Pennsylvania in company with others of money, and sentence him to receive two hundred lashes on his bare back, one hundred for each crime. They find Richard Fisher guilty of robbing a house in the State of New Jersey, of money, in company with other persons and sentence him to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back.

The Court are of opinion that Philip Lankford is guilty of robbing two houses in the State of New Jersey, of money and other articles, in company with others and sentence him to receive two hundred lashes on his bare back; one hundred for each crime. They also find John Garner guilty of the like crime and sentence him to receive the same punishment as Lankford; the aforesaid crimes being breaches of the 21st. Article 13th. section of the Articles of War.

The Commander in Chief confirms the forementioned sentences as far as one hundred lashes and orders them put in execution tomorrow morning 11 oClock.