I'm looking for any information on the families of Robert Lang/kford and Nathaniel Burton in Barbour and/or Russell Counties from about 1850 to 1880.
My 3-greats-grandfather Robert Langford, Sr., was a plantation overseer living in Barbour Co. with his wife Sarah Willingham Langford and their children in the mid-1800's. They had moved there from Upson County, GA. Their son Robert A. Langford, Jr., who enlisted in the Confederate army at Eufaula, in the 15th AL Infantry, Co. K, and died in Richmond, VA, of typhoid fever during the Civil War, was my 2-greats-grandfather. He and some of the family moved around between Barbour and Russell Counties, AL, and Talbot and Muscogee Counties, GA. Some of the family moved to Texas, and due to a dispute over some brother(s) not serving in the Civil War, Robert's family name changed from Langford to Lankford.
Robert, Jr., had an older brother Edward/Edwin/Edmond, another older brother, and sisters Frances (m. David Thompson and lived in Russell Co., AL), Sarah J. (m. Benjamin Covington), and Mary (m. Jackson Averett).
Robert, Jr., was married to Mary Ann Roberson, who remarried Nathaniel Burton after Robert's death. I cannot find a record of the marriage of Mary and Nathaniel Burton, but they are on the 1870 Barbour Co. Census together, as well as the 1880 Morgan Co. Census, and she was known to some of my relatives who lived with her as "Granny Burton."
There is some confusion about whether one of my Roberts was the one who married Frances Craig on 11/20/1851 in Barbour Co. Robert, Sr., was still married to Sarah on the 1850 Barbour Co. Census and died by 12/1852. Helen Foley's Abstract of Wills and Estates for Barbour County 1852-1856 shows Robert's widow as both Sarah and as Frances Harwell. A Frances Langford married Jesse J. Harrell/ Harrold on 1/9/1853, and they appear together on the 1860 and 1870 Barbour County Censuses. It seems likely that she was Robert, Sr.'s widow, but was she Sarah by another name or was she Frances Craig Langford? The age shown is way too young to be Sarah, but the Abstract equates Sarah and Frances. It also mentions a Sarah who was married to Henry Crumpton. (Robert's daughter was still married to Benjamin Covington.)
Can anyone sort out this confusion and provide any further information about any of these families?
Any information will be appreciated, and maybe I'll have some useful information to share in return.
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