|Death: ||Nov. 2, 1879|
Samuel Nathan Langston and his brother Daniel McKinley Langston are the first "confirmed" LANGSTON's of their lineage at this time. I have been told that DNA has been responsible for matching Samuel to Absalom Langston who was born about 1732 in Nansemond County, Virginia and to his son Caleb. However, direct relations have not been determined through written records from one of Caleb's sons, who would be the father to Samuel and Daniel. With DNA and many wonderful MALE DNA volunteers, I am sure it is only a matter of time.
The first documentation of Samuel and Daniel are on the 1860 census. It is here that Samuel's life starts as I know it. By the 1860 census Samuel and Mary were married. their first child William was born about 1854. Followed by Jacob about 1855, Daniel in 1856 and Jinsey in 1857. Just 3 years later all 4 children would die due to pneumonia contracted from a single wagon trip that their mother and aunt were forced to take when the Civil War broke out and Samuel and Daniel left to fight on opposite sides. Samuel joined the Union Army while Daniel joined the Confederate Army.
(Growing up as a child I never understood what my mother was talking about when she said, "Your father's side of the family is so crazy that when they fought in the Civil War, they didn't know what side to take so one brother choose the North while the other choose the South. Imagine that these two brothers fought against each other." Obviously today, some 40 years after the story was first told to me, I finally understand what she meant.)
By late 1863 Mary was childless. But that wouldn't last for long. Sarah E Langston was born in 1864 (died in 1885), followed by Margaret Jane Langston-Anglen (1867-1939), Hiram McDonald Langston (1870-1917 married Lillie Mae Morris), John Riley Langston (1873-1890), Richard William Langston (1876-1885) and Nancy Ann Langston (1878-1890), with Samuel passing only a year after Nancy was born.
Samuel's military career was quite colorful from what I have heard and he was wounded in the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Mary had to come and take care of him in the hospital while in Fayetteville, NC. It was during this time that he contracted malaria and so they moved back to Crawford County where he would die on November 2, 1879.
Samuel and Mary are both buried in Newberry Chapel Cemetery, Crawford, Arkansas.
Mary A Bostick Langston (1836 - 1910)*
Margaret Jane Langston Anglen (1867 - 1939)*
Hiram MacDonald Langston (1870 - 1917)*
Newberry Chapel Cemetery
Created by: woodsk8
Record added: May 02, 2009
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