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James Lankford[1]

Male 1710 - 1778  (68 years)


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  • Name James Lankford  [2, 3
    Born 1710  Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Have numerous DNA hits with this line of Lankfords.
    Gender Male 
    District Constable 1760  Haw River, Alamance, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Constable for his District on the Haw River 
    Military 1754-1763  Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Land Deeds 1767  Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1767 in Rowan Co NC, proved in March Court 1770, Joseph Tate to James Lankford, 117 acres on the north side of Dan River, Mackeys Creek. Wit. Charles Perkins, Geo. Deathriage, Jos. Tate Jr., Robt. Rollsone. (Linn, Rowan Co NC Deeds, p 104) 
    Residence 1772  Surry County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 1778  Surry County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Written February 1778 
    To son James, the land I live on lying on N side of Dan River. Also mentioned son William, daughter Susanna, wife Sarah (I believe he also had a son Thomas & John, although not mentioned in will). 
    Age 68 years 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID P3122  Burress Genealogy of Virginia
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2018 

    Father Nicholas Lankford 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Kathrine Moore 
    Relationship natural 
    Children 4 children 
    Family ID F1928  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Family Sarah Brown(?)
              b. 1718
              d. 1782  (Age 64 years) 
    Children 5 children 
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F1727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1710 - Caroline County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Served in French and Indian Wars - 1754-1763 - Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Deeds - In 1767 in Rowan Co NC, proved in March Court 1770, Joseph Tate to James Lankford, 117 acres on the north side of Dan River, Mackeys Creek. Wit. Charles Perkins, Geo. Deathriage, Jos. Tate Jr., Robt. Rollsone. (Linn, Rowan Co NC Deeds, p 104) - 1767 - Rowan County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S401024752] Surry County Deed Books, Surry County NC Deed Books, 14 May 1782.
      On 14 May 1782, the Surry County, NC, court acknowledged receiving a deed from Sarah Lankford and Thomas Lankford selling land to Joseph Ship. The witness to this deed was Thomas Ship. This deed is not recorded in the Surry County, NC land record

    2. [S-946113596] North Carolina, Will Abstracts, 1760-1800, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

    3. [S-946113383] North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

    4. [S-1444881253] WEB, Evelyn Rowland July 29, 2010 (Genealogy Forums), 2010.
      James Lankford Sr.(c1710-1778)was born in Caroline Co.,Va. served in the French & Indian Wars, moved to North Carolina where he was Constable for his District on the Haw River in 1760. He wrote his Will in 1772, Surry Co., NC, and only named his last children: William, James, and Susannah Dykes, and his wife, Sarah ?Brown. His older children were probably, John and Thomas Lankford, who lived near him on the NS of the Dan River in present Stokes Co., NC. His land can be located by his road called "Lankford Road"You will notice that it is on the east side of the west fork of the Dan River where the river runs straight east then curves back south as it goes around the mountain and back up into Virginia as it makes it's way eastward toward Hillsborough, in Orange Co., N.C. James Lankford Sr. was a brother of Joseph, Nicholas Jr., and Benjamin Lankford, who moved to Pittsylvania Co., Va. and were active in politics when that country was formed in 1767. James Sr.'s son, Nicholas Lankford, was the first county sheriff in Henry Co. and was killed, leaving a wife and no children before James Sr. wrote his Will in 1772. James Sr.'s mother, Kathrine Moore-Lankford, widow of Nicholas Lankford Sr., moved to Pittsylvania Co., Va. with her youngest son, Benjamin. Her son, Joseph, became a sheriff in Pittsylvania County, and her son, Nicholas Jr., remained in Caroline Co., Virginia.-------------------- Needs to be checkedIn Caroline County, VA James's broad-ax and iron wedge were siezed by the court and sold in settlement. In 1753, he was fined 500 pounds of tobacco for concealing a tithe. Later in Henry Co., VA he was fined 500 pounds of tobacco, again for concealing a tithe. James moved to the Henry/Patrick Co. VA area prior to the rest of the Lankford family, as indicated by a 400 ac. grant he received there in 1748. His land was located on the South Mayo River several miles north of the NC border. It was within a few miles of where his brother Nicholas, Jr. and Nicholas' sons, Eli, Robert and John were living by 1765. Later, James moved a few miles south to Surry Co., NC to that part that became Stokes Co in 1789. His land was located on Peters Creek of the Dan River, just south of the VA border. There he died in 1778 leaving a will in which he named wife Sarah, sons James and William and Daughter Susannah Dick. (above data from Surry Co., NC record of deeds 1770-1783) and Surry Co., NC will abstracts 1771-1827.)