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Genealogical Find of the Day–William Langhorne and Marquis de Lafayette

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~~~Family Connection to Marquis de Lafayette ~~~










“On this day in 1825 French military leader Marquis de Lafayette is honored in Murfreesboro, NC for helping the Patriot cause in the American Revolution.”  Bill Leslie from WRAL TV News in Raleigh, North Carolina posted this on his facebook page today, February, 26, 2013. It made me think of another very interesting bit of information I learned while researching for our family tree. I remembered a story I had discovered about our fifth great grandfather, William Langhorne, who served as the aide-de-camp for Lafayette! I found this story that I had posted to our family tree a couple years ago:  


                                                 
“Major William Langhorne-
  • –         The younger son of Capt. John Langhorne, Maj. William Langhorne (1721-1797) held possession of the Warwick County, Virginia, estates and became the most prominent of the sons. He married Elizabeth Cary Scarsbrook, a cousin of George Washington and Thomas Nelson, and daughter of the wealthy Yorktown merchant Col. Henry Scarsbrook and his wife Martha Cary (of the illustrious Cary family, for which the town of Cary, North Carolina is named). Henry Scarsbrook was the great-grandson of Capt. Nicholas Martiau, the man whose plantation was later turned into Yorktown.

           Like his father, William Langhorne served as a Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, and as a Burgess. He was also a magistrate for forty years. During the Revolutionary War, William Langhorne served as aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette, was a member of the Committee of Safety, and was the only representative of Warwick County for the first four out of five Revolutionary Conventions. His service has been commemorated on a memorial in Williamsburg, Virginia.
         Of his nine children, two sons were the most prominent. Maj. John Scarsbrook Langhorne (1760-1797) married the daughter of his Uncle Maj. Maurice Langhorne of Cumberland, thus uniting two lines of family inheritance. Marrying of cousins, a common practice among the wealthy families of Virginia and other colonies likewise, helped to keep money in the family. John Scarsbrook Langhorne’s younger brother, another Maurice Langhorne (1769-1818) married Martha Holladay of “Indian Fields”, and their grandson Maurice Finney Langhorne married Lillian Isabelle Blair Polk, a close relative of President James K. Polk.” (source unknown)


        Just what is an “aide-de-camp”? According to  wikipedia, “An aide-de-camp (French for field assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. The first aide-de-camp is typically the foremost personal aide.
    In some countries, the aide-de-camp is considered to be a title of honor (which confers the post-nominal letters ADC or A de C), and participates at ceremonial functions.
    The badge of office for an aide-de-camp is usually the aiguillette, a braided cord in gold or other colors, worn on the shoulder of a uniform. Whether it is worn on the left or the right shoulder is dictated by protocol.”

       I wanted to include the Cary’s in this blog post,because the town of Cary is very close to where we live in North Carolina, and I used to work there. President Polk is a native North Carolinian also. My husband and second child are native North Carolinians, and although Virginia will always be home to me, I have now lived in North Carolina longer than I lived in Virginia! 

          This is pretty cool, I think. It certainly makes history come alive!  It’s just amazing to me what you find when you start digging in your family tree! 

        By the way, if you are unable to leave a comment on this blog, would you please let me know at helenholshouser@gmail.com. 

         Until we meet again, have a wonderful day!         Helen






   

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

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