Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

Civil War Pension Application for Emma Lankford Widow of Silas James Lankford, Smith and Dickson Counties, TN

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The depositions continue concerning the widow application of Emma Langford, wife of Union and Confederate Soldier, Silas James Lankford… 8 Feb 1906   Tabitha Lankford:  I am 63 years of age.   My post office is Defeated, Tenn.  I have no occupation.   James Lankford was my brother.  His name was Silas James Lankford.   He lived at home […]

Civil War Widow’s Pension Application and Papers Emma Langford/Lankford wife of Silas James Langford/Lankford Civil War Soldier

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In my last post Emma Langford admitted in a deposition on 19 Jan 1906 that, “yes I had heard that Silas James Langford had had a wife before the one, Zilpha Dunn, who died here”.    Emma continued:   “When Zilpha died there was a young man, Marion Langford, here.  I have heard that he was Silas […]

The Mysterious Silas James Lankford of Smith and Dickson Counties, Tennessee

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

My latest family sleuthing has been centered on Silas James Lankford/Langford and his wife Nancy Susan McKinnis Lankford/Langford and Silas James’ father, Henry Lankford. In my last entry I was pondering whether Silas James was still married to my great-great-great grandmother when he married for the second and third time in Dickson County, Tennessee, in […]