Baby Boy Langford would be my 3rd cousin, 2x removed. Our nearest common relatives are my 4th great grandparents, Charles L. Lankford and Miss Moore. His father, whom I believe went by Chester, was originally from Oglethorpe County, Georgia, but moved the family to Charlotte sometime after 1920. Chester and Mendie are buried near my grandparents at Bairdstown Cemetery in Oglethorpe County.
In case you’re wondering why I’ve spelled the baby’s last name with a “g” and his father and siblings with a “k,” I’ll note that those letters are often switched with the names Lankford/Langford. I’ve chosen to use Langford for the baby since that’s how it’s listed on his death certificate. You can even see where a “k” was originally used for his father but then someone wrote a “g” over the “k” in three places. Most of the records I’ve found for his father uses the “k,” so I use Lankford for him and his other children.
Gone, but not forgotten.
- U.S. Federal Census, Bair, Enumeration District 137, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 1920.
- Infant of R. C. Langford, certificate number 313, North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909–1976.
- Obituary, Mr. Chester Lankford, Oglethorpe Echo, October 27, 1938.
- Obituary, Otis Young Lankford, St. Louis Post, January 15, 1997.
- Obituary, Vesta M. Lankford Murphy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 31, 2000.