Thursday, October 22, 2009

Northampton County, North Carolina

Act to Emancipate, 1852
An Act to emancipate James Langford, a slave.

Be it enacted by the General assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that James Langford, the property of Jordan Bead, of the county of Northampton, be and he is hereby, with the consent of said owner emancipated and set free, by the name of James Langford, shall hereafter possess and exercise all the rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other free persons of color in this State: Provided, nevertheless that before the said slave shall be emancipated, he shall give bond and good security in the sum of five hundred dollars, payable to the State of North Carolina, conditioned that the said James Langford shall honestly and correctly demean himself, and shall not become a parish charge, which bond shall be approved by the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Northampton County and be deposited in the office of said Court, which bond may be sued upon to the use of the parish, or any person injured by the misconduct of said slave: And provided further, That if the said James Langford shall at any time hereafter remove from the said County of Northaampton, and remain out of said County for the space of thirty days, he shall forfeit his freedom.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly, this 22nd day of December,
1852 A.D. Guy Potts

Citation: North Carolina Archives
Public and Private Laws of North Carolina
Chapter CLXXXII, Page 667

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lincoln County, North Carolina

State of North Carolina, Lincoln County, Superior Court of Law,
October Term, 1819.
Delilah Langford vs.George Langford - Petition for Divorce and Allimony.
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, that George Langford,
the Defendant, is not an inhabitant of this state:
It is therefore ordered by Court, that publication be made three months
in the Raleigh Star and Raleigh Register, giving notice to the Defendant
that he appear the next Superior Court of Law to be held for Lincoln
County, at the Court House in Lincolntown, on the 4th Monday after of the
4th Monday in March next, then and there to plead, answer or demur the
said petition otherwise it will be taken pro confesso and adjudged accordingly.
Witness, Leon Henderson, Clerk of the Court, at Lincolntown, on the 4th Monday after the 4th Monday of Sept A.D. 1819, and the [?] year of the Independence of the
United States. LEON HENDERSON.
Citation: Raleigh Star, 11-19-1819, Page 3

1810 Lincoln County North Carolina Federal Census, Roll 40, Page 407
Delilah Langford, 3 males under 10; 1 female 26 to 44.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Indigent Confederate Families in Texas
Texas State Library Home Page Archives & Manuscripts -
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
*Archives & Manuscripts > Confederate Indigent
Families Lists *

Confederate Indigent Families Index
Surnames H - L


*Please be aware that only an index of names appears at this site. *
Linda Mearse has transcribed the records on file in the State Archives
in her book, /Confederate Indigent Families Lists of *Texas* 1863-1865./
In order to help preserve the original records, please request the
Mearse transcription through interlibrary loan. Please contact your
local library for further details.

Name *County*

Lankferd , Wm Tarrant
Lankford , E Wood
Lankford , J W Mclennan
Lankford , James Mclennan
Lankford , John Houston
Lankford , K Wood
Lankford , Thomas Lamar
Lankford , Wm Wood
Lankford , Wm Upshur
Lankford , Mrs Dallas
Lankford , Mrs Elisha Fannin
Lankford , Mrs Elisha Fannin
Lankford , Mrs S Rusk


This page updated 02/25/2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009


WILLIAM CLAYTON b Dec 8, 1632 Chichester, Sussex, England; d 1689
Chester Count Pennsylvania; m Prudence LANKFORD/LANGFORD; sailed to America on the
"Kent", which left London and arrived in New York Aug 1677; William was
a carpenter by trade and had recently joined the Quaker faith when he
emigrated. He was selected to act as a commissioner (with several others)
for William Penn, and went to the settlement at Burlington, New Jersey to
clear any Indian titles to land that Penn had acquired. In 1681 William
moved his family to Chester County, Pennsylvania. QUAKER (Reynolds/Otwell family)

PRUDENCE LANKFORD or LANGFORD born about 1631 St Michael's, Cornhill, London,
Middlesex Co England; died 1691 Chester County, Pennsylvania;
married WILLIAM CLAYTON; lived Sussex County, England before emigrating
to America. She was the daughter of William Lankford, who died Jan 1, 1665 Rumbleswicke, Sussex County, England
and Eliza Reading. Family possibly related to
Edward Lankford
who emigrated to Virginia? see Bruton section below QUAKER (Reynolds/Otwell family)

about 1615 England; died about1640 King and Queen Co VA; unsure if he
himself was Quaker, but his son Thomas Lankford/Langford Sr b abt 1640 died 1719 Nansemond Co VA married
Elizabeth Jordan, whose parents
Thomas Jordan II and Margaret Brasseur were QUAKER. Thomas Lankford Sr was known to attend the Chuckatuck
Monthly Meeting in Nansemond Co VA. In 1702 he attended the Virginia yearly
Quaker meeting. Some of Thomas Lankford's children became Quakers, but most later descendants were not. See Virginia Families page for descendancy. (Bruton family)

John Lankford of Viginia and Iowa

Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa
Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886.


Unless noted, biographies were submitted by Polly Eckles.

JOHN LANKFORD, undertaker and
furniture dealer, Centerville, Iowa, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana,
March 27, 1827, a son of Robert and
Sarah (Street) Lankford
, the former a native of Virginia, and
the latter of Kentucky, both of English ancestry. When eighteen years
of age he began working at the carpenter's trade, and served an
apprenticeship of three years. In May, 1850, he came to Iowa and lived
at Ottumwa six months, thence removing to Centerville, where he worked
at this trade until 1865, when he became established in his present
business. Mr. Lankford is a member of the Masonic fraternity, lodge,
chapter and commandery, and also of the lodge and encampment of the
Odd Fellows order. He is in politics a Republican. He was married in
September, 1852, to Nancy J. Henderson,
of Centerville. They have eight children: William, Sarah (wife of W. G. Clark), Heber H., Beatrice, Grace, Carl, Roy and Leona.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Rev. Philip Andrew Lankford Descendants

I have copied the following material from the work of David DeClue. I hope he will not mind but I feel it is important to publish his work on this site and hopefully preserve it for the future researchers. Tree Mother

John Anderson Lankford(1874-1946)

John Anderson Lankford has the distinction of being the first African-American architect in the United States with an established architectural office. He was also an attorney, blacksmith, real estate broker, professor, and author.

John Anderson Lankford was born on December 4, 1874, on his parents’ farm in Potosi, Missouri, one of eleven children of former slaves Philip Anderson Lankford and Nancy Ella Johnson Lankford. Mr. Lankford’s paternal grandfather was Rev. Philip Andrew Lankford (b. 1813, Caucasian) ; his paternal line can be traced back to the 1600s in France and to 1645 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Of John Anderson Lankford’s ten full siblings and three half-siblings, the lines of descent for six may never be known since some were slaves born prior to the end of the Civil War.

After attending public schools in Potosi, Lankford worked in Crystal City, Missouri, in a plate glass factory. Following this, from 1889 to 1896, he attended Lincoln Institute (now Lincoln University) in Jefferson City, Missouri. It is reported that in order to get enough money to travel from Crystal City to Jefferson City, he met a porter who took him to St. Louis and on to Jefferson City, where he took classes and worked as a janitor to earn money for his books. He also worked at the Plymouth Rock Pants Company in order to earn money for his clothes and at a steam laundry in order to get his laundry cleaned.

Lankford was invited by Booker T. Washington (via letters sent to numerous promising African-Americans of the day) to attend Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. First, between his time at Lincoln and Tuskegee, he worked in a blacksmith shop in St. Louis. To pay his board at Tuskegee, where he took chemistry and physics classes between 1896 and 1898, Lankford not only worked in the foundry and steam fitting department, but also as in amateur photographer.

Mr. Lankford received a B.S. from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. (1898), where he later taught (1900-02). Here he met his wife, Charlotte Josephine Turner Upshaw (1876-1973), who was the granddaughter of the famous religious leader and political activist Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (1834-1915). Following his time at Shaw, Lankford received several Masters Degrees, a law degree, and, later in life, numerous honorary degrees.

Professor Lankford came to Washington, D.C. in July 1902 with a commission in hand to design and supervise the construction of a new hall for the Grand United Order of the True Reformers. True Reformers Hall was a stately, five-story brick building notable for its arched, 18-foot windows and ornamental frieze. The building was considered remarkable because it was financed, designed, and built entirely by African-Americans.

(Right): True Reformers Building, 1200 “U” Street N.W., Washington, D.C. The newly renovated 1903 structure, now a state-of-art office complex and home to the Public Welfare Foundation, contains a modern, two-story auditorium appropriately called, The John Anderson Lankford Auditorium. The building housed stores as well as the offices of physicians, lawyers, and newspaper bureaus. In addition, the building served as the headquarters for the First Separate Battalion, Washington's black national guard unit, and a dance hall where Duke Ellington played his first gig for 75 cents.

(Left): The First Presbyterian Church of Potosi, Missouri (1909), which is still in active use almost 100 years later. Lankford designed and constructed numerous churches still standing today throughout the United States and as far away as Capetown, South Africa, but it is evident that he had a great fondness for this, his first church design. In his 1916 book, Lankford said, “This edifice is an English Gothic, classical structure, solid stone; the plans were procured by us, by winning a competitive context against ten white architects whose offices were located in different sections of the United States. The committee for the church awarded us for our architectural services first prize. Cost of the church thirty-five thousand dollars; committee and entire congregation are white.” (Photo credit: Esther Carroll)

During John Anderson Lankford’s lifetime, he served on numerous professional and civic organizations. In his later years, he helped establish the School of Architecture at Howard University, and during WWII, he was the supervising architect at the Washington Naval Yard. John Anderson Lankford passed away July 2, 1946.

The preceding biographical sketch was excerpted from the work of David Marshall-Rutledge de Clue, a distant cousin of John Anderson Lankford’s. Mr. de Clue has spent over 25 years researching the African-American Lankford and DeClue lines, which include many notable figures such as architect Clinton Stevens Harris (1900-1992), television pioneer Korla Pandit (John Redd) (1921-1998), and space shuttle Columbia astronaut Michael Anderson (1959-2003). Questions and comments may be directed to Mr. de Clue at

PB Lankford

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jeremiah Aloysius Wallace Obit

Jeremiah Aloysius Wallace - 20 May 1936 - 26 December 2008
Waukegan, Lake Co., Illinos
Son of Jeremiah A. Wallace, Sr. and Sophie Tonin.
Grandson of Johan Tonin and Leopoldina Rostan.
Survived by aunt: Mary Tonin Langford.
Survived by cousins: Linda Wegrzyn, Thomas Tonin, Barbara Tonin Albert,
Poldi J. Tonin, Michael Langford, Lynne Hoseck
Survived by nephews and nieces: Wade and Dale Stanphill and Mary Frances and Linda Stanphill


Obit published in Suburban Herald (edited)
Jerry A. Wallace
Jerry A. Wallace of Waukegan Visitation for Jerry A. Wallace, 72,
will be from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, [2009] at Our Lady of Humility Church, 10655 W. Wadsworth
Road, Beach Park. Jerry was born May 20, 1936, in Waukegan, and
passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at the V.A. Medical Center in
North Chicago. Jerry remained a lifelong Lake County resident. He was
a veteran of the Marine Corps and a former employee of Nordic
Properties in Gurnee. Jerry was a man of great charity and humility,
and was a member of Our Lady of Humility Church in Beach Park.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine [Beck Wallace] of Waukegan; three children,
Eric Wallace of Waukegan, Michael Wallace of Winthrop Harbor and
Helen Sophie Wallace of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Richard B. Wallace
(Deirdre Fennessy) of Chicago and [Lawrence]Larry Ellsworth, [Jr.] of
Dundas, Minn.; and many other relatives, including a large contingent living in Dubuque,Iowa. He was preceded in death by a young brother [Clarence Magden, Jr.]; and his sister, Anita [Magden Stanphill Taylor].
Memorials made to the church in Jerry's memory would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Burnett-Dane Funeral Home,
Libertyville, 847-362-3009.