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Re: Nancy Boyd; born 1870's Va; relative of Langhornes
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman Date: January 24, 2002 at 09:53:18
In Reply to: Nancy Boyd; born 1870's Va; relative of Langhornes by Alix Drummond Troast of 161

I am not a member of the family, but you might be interested in an article in my recent D.A.R. Magazine: "Virginia's Lovely Langhorne Daughters - The lovely Langhorne daughters were among five of eight children born to Pittsylvania County native Nancy Witcher Keene and her husband, Chiswell Dabney Langhorne - reputed father of the musical tobacco auctioneering chant. several of these children were born in Danville, VA, where the couple was married in 1864. Two of these Southern belles achieved great fame. Irene, born in 1873, became the living inspiration for the 'Gibson Girl,' popularized at the turn of the 20th century by her artist-husband, Charles Dana Gibson. Nancy, born in 1879, made her mark in politics as Lador Astor, the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons. Many of the Langhorne children spent their formative years in a Danville house which was home to the Langhorne family for about a decade before their move to Richmond, and later Mirador outside Charlottesville. Today the Langhorne House, at 117 Broad street, is a musuem focusing on the lives, achievements, and influence of the Langhornes, Astors, Gibsons and related families."

I'm not sure which town the house is in; I have never seen it, but will definitely make it a stop some time. There are pictures of these five girls. I believe there was a move about the "Gibson Girl" but don't know if it was a true story; I believe I saw it quite awhile back on tv. I have read about this family for years, but do not really know much about them. I believe Lady Astor was quite a "wit." I seem to recall reading quotes of some of her remarks. Hope this has been of some help.


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