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John Langhorne[1]

Male Abt 1695 - Abt 1767  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name John Langhorne 
    Born Abt 1695  Warwick, Chesterfield County, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1767  Warwick County, Colonial Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I733  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2016 

    Family Mary Beverly,   b. 28 Jun 1678, Jamestown, Middlesex, Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1796, King and Queen Co., Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 117 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Lockey Langhorne,   b. Est 1723, York Co., Colonial Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1792, Prob. Cumberland Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F6129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Ancestry Link, http://person.ancestry.com/tree/75843053/person/36478919963/story.
      William Jones was born in 1675. He married Mary Beverley in June 1693 in Middlesex County, Virginia. They had one child during their marriage. He died in King and Queen County, Virginia. She had one son, James Jones.(1705-1745)Then Mary Beverly married John Langhorne; Daughter Lockey (1723-1782) married Thomas Tabb.(1719-1782)
      When Lockey Langhorne was born in 1723 in York County, Virginia, her father, John, was 28 and her mother, Mary, was 45. She married Thomas Tabb in 1739 in Charles City, Virginia. They had nine children in 17 years. She died in April 1782 in Cumberland, Virginia, at the age of 59.Mary was the 12th child in the Beverley home. Her mother died soon after her birth. To understand her marriage at age 41 to John Langhorne (who was 17 years younger), we need to know the three rules for marriage in colonial Virginia. 1: The elite families were very much into class structure so that intermarriage among the elites was a requirement. 2: Marriages to the widowed were no problem. 3: Money and real estate holdings counted hugely.

      As for elite status, John Langhorne?s grandfather, Capt. John Langhorne, and Mary?s father, Maj. Robert Beverley, had been close friends and colleagues, both owning vast tobacco plantations with fine homes in early Virginia. Together with William Byrd they had been responsible for fortifying the major rivers of the colony from attack.

      As for wealth and real estate, Mary had married William Jones III in 1694 when she was only 16. He had inherited large landholdings from his father, Capt. William Jones, who was a member of the House of Burgess. All this made her a desirable catch as a widow.

      Despite her age, Mary became the mother of three children: two successful sons, Maj. Maurice Langhorne II and Maj. William Langhorne, and one daughter, Lockey Langhorne, who was a sought after heiress with the highest social status and wealth to boot.- Sandra Powell44
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      Lockey Langhorne
      s the sole heir of John Langhorne, Maurice Langhorne (1670-1698) inherited a huge estate. Around 1690 he married Anne Cary of "The Forest". Anne Cary was the daughter of Capt. Henry Cary, a planter who was well known as the master builder of Williamsburg. The marriage of Maurice Langhorne to Anne Cary was a good one, for the Carys were one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the Virginia Colony. In 1695, Maurice and Anne Langhorne had their only child, whom they named John Langhorne. Within three short years Maurice Langhorne died, and young John was sent to "The Forest" to be raised by his maternal grandparents Henry and Judith Cary. Anne Cary Langhorne soon remarried, a member of another prominent Tidewater family, Benjamin Harrison III of Charles City County. Until John Langhorne III (1695-1767) reached his majority, the Harrison family operated Gambell plantation. For the next twenty years, John Langhorne would spend his days in the polite atmosphere of the Cary plantation.



      When in his early twenties however, John Langhorne III had become anxious for his own personal success. Thus in 1719, he took over Gambell and married Mary Beverley of Middlesex County. Mary Beverley was a granddaughter of Capt. John Langhorne's old friend and contemporary Maj. Robert Beverley. Throughout his long career, Hon. John Langhorne served as a Justice of the Peace, a member of the House of Burgesses, Sheriff of Warwick County, and Presiding Justice of Warwick County from 1749-1762. In addition to his numerous political duties, John Langhorne III continued to expand his land holdings by purchasing new plantations in Chesterfield County, and was also a highly successful merchant, continuing the tradition laid out by his fortune-founding grandfather some fifty years before. John Langhorne and Mary Beverley had three children who left issue. Their only daughter Lockey (named after Judith Lockey, the wife of Capt. Henry Cary and mother of Anne Cary) was successfully courted by Thomas Tabb. Lockey's considerable dowry helped to establish the Tabb family as members of the Tidewater elite. The elder son, Maj. Maurice Langhorne II (1719-1790) removed to Cumberland County to live near his cousin Col. Archibald Cary of "Ampthill" and his lovely wife, the former Mary Randolph of "Curles". This Maurice Langhorne bought thousands of acres in Cumberland and established himself as a great success in his own right.
      Sandra Powell44
      http://www.raken.com/american_wealth/planter_aristocrats/langhorne2.asp

    2. [S107] Family Histories, http://www.raken.com/american_wealth/planter_aristocrats/langhorne2.asp.
      As the sole heir of John Langhorne, Maurice Langhorne (1670-1698) inherited a huge estate. Around 1690 he married Anne Cary of "The Forest". Anne Cary was the daughter of Capt. Henry Cary, a planter who was well known as the master builder of Williamsburg. The marriage of Maurice Langhorne to Anne Cary was a good one, for the Carys were one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the Virginia Colony. In 1695, Maurice and Anne Langhorne had their only child, whom they named John Langhorne. Within three short years Maurice Langhorne died, and young John was sent to "The Forest" to be raised by his maternal grandparents Henry and Judith Cary. Anne Cary Langhorne soon remarried, a member of another prominent Tidewater family, Benjamin Harrison III of Charles City County. Until John Langhorne III (1695-1767) reached his majority, the Harrison family operated Gambell plantation. For the next twenty years, John Langhorne would spend his days in the polite atmosphere of the Cary plantation.

      When in his early twenties however, John Langhorne III had become anxious for his own personal success. Thus in 1719, he took over Gambell and married Mary Beverley of Middlesex County. Mary Beverley was a granddaughter of Capt. John Langhorne's old friend and contemporary Maj. Robert Beverley. Throughout his long career, Hon. John Langhorne served as a Justice of the Peace, a member of the House of Burgesses, Sheriff of Warwick County, and Presiding Justice of Warwick County from 1749-1762. In addition to his numerous political duties, John Langhorne III continued to expand his land holdings by purchasing new plantations in Chesterfield County, and was also a highly successful merchant, continuing the tradition laid out by his fortune-founding grandfather some fifty years before. John Langhorne and Mary Beverley had three children who left issue. Their only daughter Lockey (named after Judith Lockey, the wife of Capt. Henry Cary and mother of Anne Cary) was successfully courted by Thomas Tabb. Lockey's considerable dowry helped to establish the Tabb family as members of the Tidewater elite. The elder son, Maj. Maurice Langhorne II (1719-1790) removed to Cumberland County to live near his cousin Col. Archibald Cary of "Ampthill" and his lovely wife, the former Mary Randolph of "Curles". This Maurice Langhorne bought thousands of acres in Cumberland and established himself as a great success in his own right.

      The younger son, Maj. William Langhorne (1721-1797) held possession of the Warwick County estates and became the most prominent of the three. He married Elizabeth Cary Scarsbrook, a cousin of George Washington and Thomas Nelson, and daughter of the wealthy Yorktown merchant Col. Henry Scarsbrook. 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. 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 reuniting 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.