Heart of a Southern Woman

A snapshot of life one blog post at a time.


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John Langhorne Arrived in the Royal Colony of Virginia about 1666 and his Descendants Reunion Next Week! –52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #29

The Langhorne family reunion is coming up in a week and a half, August 1-3, 2014,  and I am so excited!  As far as I know, this is the first reunion this branch of the family has ever had. Parts … Continue reading


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Harry Langhorne Houchins, Blind, Extraordinary Banjo Player! 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #42

    Harry Langhorne Houchins was born May 11, 1887 according to his death certificate. However, according to his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card, he was born January 20 , 1887.  It always amazes me how the official … Continue reading


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Langhorne Reunion, Meadows of Dan, Virginia, 2014 -a Celebration of Family!

  Descendants of Early Settlers of the Meadows of Dan, Virginia,  Reunion   The first weekend in August, 2014, descendants of James Steptoe Langhorne (pronounced Lang’n) and his wife Elizabeth Rachel Omohundro Langhorne gathered for their very first reunion. They … Continue reading


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Charles Langhorne Spangler, Congressman, Revenuer and Moonshine Still Hunter! –52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #30

  Charles Langhorne Spangler, called “Tump” was one of six children born of Wallace Wolford Spangler and his second wife Frances (Fannie) Eunice Langhorne. Tump had a half-brother, Harry Hannibal Spangler born 1877 to Wallace Wolford Spangler and first wife … Continue reading


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Women’s Suffrage Movement in America—Elizabeth Dabney Langhorne—52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #28

I wonder if the knowledge that women weren’t allowed to vote in the USA until 1920 bothers other women like it does me!? Not that I think about it often to tell you the truth, but every so often the … Continue reading


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Present at the Birth of the Our Country, William Langhorne, 1721-1797, –52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, #25

  Newspaper archives make genealogy come alive! They make history come alive! That’s one reason I love my subscription to genealogybank.com. The articles I have found there have made my ancestors real for me! Normally searching the archives for specific … Continue reading


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William Langhorne,1721-1797, Aide de Camp to Marquis de Lafayette, 52 ancestors in 52 weeks #19

This is a story about our fifth great-grandfather William Langhorne that I actually found on ancestry.com, unfortunately without an author identified! I have blogged about him before, but not for this challenge. I personally think having a grandfather who served … Continue reading


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Lady Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne –52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks-17

  Lady Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne,b. 1879, was recognized as the richest and most powerful woman in the world in the 1920’s and 30’s.! At one time however, her family was poor–almost bankrupt after the Civil War. They lived in … Continue reading


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Trouble When First Cousins Marry? Henry Scarsbrook Langhorne- 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #14

Henry Scarsbrook Langhorne, 1790-1854, is my generation’s third great-grandfather. Born in Warwick County, Virginia, he died in Roanoke, Virginia, and was the son of first cousins! Today we are taught that custom is not a good thing to do genetically. … Continue reading


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James Steptoe Langhorne- Born into Wealth and Privilege, moved into a Life of Trial and Tragedy—52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, #3

James Steptoe Langhorne– 11 September,1822– 4 December, 1905 –was my maternal 2nd Great Grandfather.  The Langhornes were our “claim to fame” as far as our family relations! At least that is what we were raised to believe! My mother was … Continue reading