My great-grandfather, E.M. Lankford (known, at least in later life, as "Matt") (6/12/1860 - 9/8/1899), married Emma Pettit (1872-1955: died in Hartselle, AL, and was buried at Mt. Tabor UMC in Morgan County, AL). They apparently married about 1885 in Etowah County. After his death she remarried to Noah W. Hopper (1885-1948).
Emma's father was Joshua F. Pettit (2/25/1842 - 6/18/1919), who is also buried at Mt. Tabor UMC. I'm not sure who her mother was. Apparently he is buried next to a later wife Amanda Elizabeth Pettit (8/12/1864 - 4/16/1947), since I believe it is highly unlikely Amanda gave birth to Emma when she was 8 years old.
I am trying to trace down my Lankford lineage through E.M. ("Matt") Lankford. But his background remains mysterious, as he seems to have cut himself off from the rest of his Lankford relatives and merged into the Pettit family, migrating with them to Morgan County and not really passing down any information about his own family of origin to his posterity. (Of course, he was only 39 when he died.)
I'm hoping I might be able to find out who his parents, siblings, etc., by way of a documentation on the history of the Pettit family in Alabama, especially since he seems to have left his own family behind and blended in with his wife's family.
Of course, Emma is my great-grandmother also, and I'm interested in her lineage as well, though I'm concentrating mostly on the Lankford side for the moment.
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