Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Berea College Appalachian Center
Amnesty Letters Project

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ID Number: 150

Name: William Lankford

County: Buncombe


Date: September 5, 1865

Roll: 40, Frame(s): 612-615

Exceptions Cited: 1


The petition of William Lankford, a citizen of the County of Buncombe in the State of North Carolina, respectfully represents unto your Excellency, that he never ceased to be the friend of the Federal Union and to desire its triumph and perpetuation; but incontrollable circumstances forced him to participate in the late rebellion in the Southern states to a small extent; he felt it to be his duty to vote at most of the popular elections, voting always for peace candidates for office; he paid such taxes as were from time to time required of him and for the convenience of his neighbors, he accepted the office of Post Master at Fair View in said county, under the pretended Confederate States Government; that on occasion he was arrested by the military authorities for alleged disloyalty to the pretended government; that he is rejoiced at the restoration of the Union & prays that it may be perpetual.

Your petitioner is advised that he is excluded from the benefits of your Excellency’s Amnesty Proclamation, dated the [29th] day of [May] A.D. 1865, and he therefore prays your Excellency to grant unto him special pardon for such participation in said rebellion. And your petitioner will ever pray[.]

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Thursday, July 20, 2006


If you have a brick wall and would like to post it here, please contact me at email address. I will be happy to include it here. Your ancestor's name does not have to be Lankford or Langford.

Searching for records and parents of Nathaniel Lankford/Langford born Virginia about 1740.
Inherited land in Edgefield South Carolina (Ninety Six District) from his unnamed father and
then left this land to Edmond Langford/Lankford. Nathaniel's wife was Ann Jackson daughter of John Jackson and wife Elizabeth of Surry/Brunswick Counties Virginia. Nathaniel may have died in Anson County North Carolina about 1782 as his wife Ann had remarried and had daughter named Nancy Miller in Ann's father's last will and testament written 1787.


McMinn County Court Minutes

p.101, 7 Sept 1826; Petition of Gabriel Cantrell to legitimatize Susannah Lankford his illegitimate child by Mary Ann Landford and change her name to Susannah Cantrell. Says conduct of mother before birth makes it uncertain but probable that he is father.

p.369, 4 Jun 1838; Robert Lankford a minor bound to George Peahorn and Malinda Lankford a minor bound to John Grayham.

p.370, 5 Jun 1838; Wm. Lankford an orphan boy bound to Geo. W. Mayo.

p.375, 3 July 1838; James Lankford bound to Dempsey Casey by the assent of Gibson Lankford his father.

p.377, 6 Aug 1838; John Lankford bound to Allen McRoy, the father assenting.

p.414, 7 Jan 1839; Joel Thacker paid for keeping an infant child of Gipson Lankford for 2 months.