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Harvey and Narcissa "Nairy" Langsford. Circa 1880

Letter From A. J. Mann To J. W. Langsford

Transcript of letter

(Written by A. J. Mann (who later left Illinois and settled in Kingman, Kansas). The Aunt mentioned in the letter is Narcissa "Nairy" Langsford, the sister of Lucretia Dunlap Tomlinson Collier.

"Bushnell, Ill. April 19th, 1893
J. W. Langsford

"I cannot attend your Golden Wedding. Gold has been your theme and will be untill you die. Food for reflection. Remember what the Blessed Savior said. We that worships Gold. The Golden
God. The Miser, the oppressor of the Poor. Remember those
poor people in Southern Kansas that you extorted 24 per cent interest and sold them out of house and home. not satisfied with that turn your own kindred out of House and home without a dollar. Remember how you treated Jane Rice poor orphan child under your protection. Remember how many times you have taken the advantage of me. Remember that there is not one of my family has any love for you and will not be there unless it is on their Aunt's account. Remember I would not go to your Funeral let alone your Golden Wedding. Ponder over this as long as you live and I know you will think of it when you come to die."

A. J. Mann

Narcissa "Nairy" Dunlap Langsford

Narcissa is mentioned in the Dunlap letters on this website. Narcissa has fallen off a horse and been bled. Emily and James Andrew (Tomlinson) are also mentioned at the bottom of the second Dunlap letter. They are the children of Narcissa's sister, Lucretia Dunlap Tomlinson Collier and James Tomlinson who was mentioned in the first letter as having died. Emily married Abijah Mann. After the death of her husband, James Tomlinson, Lucretia married Perry Colyer in 1846. She had two more daughters and a son, Lucy J. Collier, Rachel Colyer and Perry Collier. (It is not know why the spelling differed for the family name Colyer/Collier). Rachel married Pike Wilcoxen and their daughter, Carrie, had a son named James Pike Cox. Narcissa married Harvey Langsford and, from the census, it appears their only son, Edward, did not survive infancy. They were, however, guardians to Jane and Lizzie Rice. The connection between the Langsfords and the Rice children is unknown but there is a letter that Abijah Mann wrote to Harvey Langsford, a scathing letter that talks about how Harvey took advantage of the orphan children, Lizzie and Jane.

James Carnachan Dunlap was born abt 1783 in County Antrim, No. Ireland. M. Jane Wills. Moved from Botetourt Co., VA to Montgomery Co., KY. in 1785. He died in DeKalb Co., MO at the age of 104 on June 24, 1844. James Carnachan Dunlap was the father of Andrew Dunlap. Andrew's wife, Rachel, is the one that wrote the "Dunlap letters" featured on the Adams County ILGenWeb site and the mother of Lucretia Dunlap Tomlinson Collier.

James Carnahan Dunlap & Sons
James Carnachan Dunlap is the "matriarch for the Dunlaps. Born in Atrim Ireland, he immigrated to America before the Revolutionary War. He was a barber and supposedly served in George Washington's regiment. He lost an eye during the war. James Carnachan Dunlap lived to be 104 years old.
J. H. Langsford Biography

James Harvey Langsford, one of the most prominent citizens of Mound township, was born June 20, 1817, near Bardstown, in Nelson county, Kentucky. His father, Nicholas Langsford, was a native of Plymouth, England, and came to this county when a boy, of some 16 years, and learned the trade of a tailor in one of the eastern states. Upon coming to Nelson county, he was soon after married to Sallie Tichinor, and never moved from that county. He died in 1838, and his wife followed a few years later. When 21 years of age, James H., settled in Adams county, in this state, where for some 20 years he cultivated a farm. He was married April 20, 1843, to Narcissa Dunlap, daughter of Andrew and Rachel (Malone) Dunlap, both natives of Kentucky, who came to Adams county, Illinois, in 1841, and both died there. From Adams county, Mr. and Mrs. Langsford came to McDonough county in August, 1859, and settled on section 26, in Mound township, which he now lives. He has since purchased more land and sold some. He occupies all the land that he owns and has the reputation of being one of the best farmers in the township. Mr. Langford's mother was a descendant of John Oldman, who came over on the Mayflower. Although Mr. Langsford and his wife were childless, yet there are several young men and women now living, who, as children, have been the objects of their love and kindness. Samuel Ramage, now in California, grew to manhood under their care and protection. Mary Carnes, Narcissa Messick, and several others, have lived in the family for years. Mr. Langsford is an active Christian, and has frequently served as superintendent in a neighboring Sabbath school. Mrs. Langsford has two younger sisters, who were reared by Mr. and Mrs. Langsford from infancy. The younger one, Lizzie E., is still with them; the elder, Louisa J., is in Kansas.


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Does anyone have information as to whom were James Carnahan Dunlaps parents in Ireland? Cannot find any information anywhere on much misinformation. I am his grandaughter 4...
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