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These are geneology files originally prepared by Diana Edens prior to 1999: Edens Geneology (including Langford, Linney, James, and Fuller lines)
23 August 2022
Indian Territory census records exist for 1860 and for 1892 with a Linney family appearing in the Absentee Shawnee (Big Jim band of Absentee Shawnee (Mexican Kickappo and Sac and Fox Agencies)). The census records show both americanized and native names. There is also a schedule for Chickasaw District of Arkansas for 1860 with Perry Linney age 36, Mary Linney age 30, Josephine Linney age 12, Perry Linney age 8 an Catharine Linney age 4. This family has a checkmark likely for "white" though it is of note this census did not have Indian as an option. Mullato and Black residents were indicated with "M" and "B."
In our family, Perry remained a common male name in the Linney and Langford families for generations. The known location is near the Red River valley crossing at the border of Texas and Oklahoma (during Indian Territorial times) where the family resided.
A Perry Linney ran a ferry at the Red River Crossing and applied for a membership card in the Five Civilized Tribes but was denied. One record recorded that the Indian Agent observed that he had dark skin but attributed it to his working outdoors. There is another Linney family in the 1880 Census in Bee Texas (Precinct 3 and 4) who is listed as mulatto. In the 1860 census Mary Linney was listed as a daughter, 4 years old, with another Mary Linney in the same household listed as a boarder, age 20. Mollie is a diminuative for Mary in that era and Mattie was a diminuative of Martha. Of note, a family story is that our ancester Mollie Elizabeth Linney's birthdate is believed to have been unknown but was assigned to July 4, 1861 as was common in the Indian Territories.
Mulatto was a term used for individuals of European and African heritage but also applied to others with European and Indian heritage in some locations. The 1860 Census designated "color" with only "White, black, or mulatto" as options.
26 November 2014
I have been following back the line of William Langford, son of Asa Langford, Sr. of Coryell, Texas. His family was very . . . colorful (and often in prison).
William Langford, at the age of 17, married M.E. Linney in Texas on 26 Oct 1882. Their oldest son was born a short time later. They had three children together.
The obituary from his youngest daughter Elta Onie Langford Edens says that his wife died when the daughter was six years old. The daughter was raised by William's father, Asa Langford, Sr. and Rebecca Morris. Family tradition is that her mother was Native American, possibly from the Chocktaw Nation.
William Langford remarried, and may have had a son in the Indian Territories of Oklahoma in 1897 with his second wife was Rhoda Ann York. Together they had five children and moved to Deming, New Mexico and then to Globe, Arizona in 1909.
ANOTHER MOLLIE LANKFORD
I did come across another Mollie Lankford married to a William H. Lankford in Sherman, Tx. She died in 1885 while she was living at a boarding house run by C.W. Brown of Mulberry Street in Sherman. She died on Oct 21, 1885 and left 2 children behind.
Despite the many similarities to our family story of Mollie Linney Langford and William Langford, and the fact that Sherman, Texas is just across the river from the current holdings of the Chocktaw nation in Oklahoma, I am inclined to think this is a different branch of the family.
An obituary about her states:
Sherman, Tx Oct 22 - The remains of Mrs. Mollie F. Lankford, wife of our esteemed friend and fellow-townsman W. H. Lankford were buried last evening from the residence of C.W. Brown on West Milberry street, where deceased had been boarding for several months.
Rev. J.C. carpenter conducted the funeral services at the house, and after the long procession reached the cemetery delivered a most appropriate and touching farewell at the open grave.
No death in this community has ever cast a more universal gloom over the hearts of our people. The deceased was a lady of many exalted virtues and herkindness to those in distress was a leading trait in her character. No one ever met with disappointment or misfortune who did not receive words of comfort from her lips and no empty hand was ever extended by the needy that did not receive substantial comfort from her purse. She was a consistent member of the Old School Presbyterian church, and in her sphere as a member was always active in every good work. This writer had the honor to call her a friend and we wish to join our tears with those of her weeping relatives and noble husband in this hour of their deepest sorrow.
This Molly Lankford was buried at the West Hill Cemetary in Sherman, Tx though a glance at the cemetary's records make it appear that while her presence is recorded, they are unsure of where she is actually buried.
28 July 2013
UPDATE: A very helpful person at the national archives pulled the two Chocktaw Nation census cards for me:
18 July 2012: Some resources sent by Hoggard / Linney cousins.
2 June 2012: History of Chocktaw relatives from "Mom Edens'" family. William Langford married Mollie Elizabeth Linney. Their daughter, Elta Onie, was "Mom" Edens. Mollie Elizabeth died when Elta Onie was a baby. She was raised by her grandparents, Asa and Rebecca Langford while her father, William Langford went west. She also had a brother, Perry Langford.
1 August 2011: Touching History: Stories from the Past. A few glimpses into the family's connections with historical events.
8 June 2008: A Langford Family Geneologist Jeff Davis got in touch with me to let me know they have more resources online at www.langford-lankford.com. They have contacts and good information related to Eli Langford and his wife Sarah.
Also, I received a contact from cousins descended from Joseph Henry James who have also put together a great web site. Joseph Henry James had 35 children, so there are a lot of cousins out there.
17 March 2006: Edens, Linney and Langford Family Online Docs.
3 March 2006: I've converted Aunt Di's geneology files to the most recent format. Her information was current as of 1999. I've cut-off the file at her generation for privacy, although other records are in the original which I can make available to known family members. --Susan
25 February 2006: Family geneologist Bob Cook sent me an early history of the Edens/Eddins family going back to England. His notes are in the email he sent to me.
21 October 2003: Edens-Langford-Linney Native American Links (email summary). Includes extracts from the Dawes Rolls which are necessary for tribal applications for many tribes, marriage records, and census transcripts. Lots of information - not formated or organized.
21 October 2003: Chickasaw/Choctaw History. Several brief histories of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.