DORANTON PATTON NEWTON LANGSTON
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1812 – 1873)
BIBB COUNTY, ALABAMA
Doranton Patton Langston was born during 1812 in Tennessee, the fourth child of Isaac Newton Langston and Sarah (Patton) Langston. He was so named in honor of his maternal uncle, Doranton Patton, a wealthy business man described as having so much money ‘he had to carry it on a mule when he went over the mountain.” (* note – Doranton Patton was born July 4, 1786)
Doranton Langston grew to manhood in Alabama after his family settled several years in South Carolina, then re-established their home in Bibb County, Alabama about 1820.
He was a master tanner by trade and in conjunction with his tannery operated as well a boot and shoemaker shop where several of his sons were trained in these trades. Various tales relate the almost constant battle the sons waged to persuade other men that those engaged in the tannery industry were not to be looked down upon. This would confirm the much later observation that the Langston’s were a “prideful people.”
Besides possessing a great pride of family and craftsmanship, which he instilled in his sons, Doranton Patton Langston was a frugal man by nature. This characteristic was rewarded near the conclusion of the Civil War when he dug up gold coins, buried years previously, to care for his family as Confederate money became worthless.
Doranton Langston is recalled by various individuals as a one-legged man. This resulted after he was middle-aged from a penknife wound. No doubt, as a result of his cantankerous nature at the time, the injury was not properly treated and blood poison resulted; thus, his leg was necessarily removed.
Doranton Patton Langston was married by Rev. J. E. Sumners, his cousin, on 3 February 1833 in Bibb county, Alabama, to Martha Ann Camp.
Martha Ann (Camp )Langston was born during 1817 in Tennessee, the second child of Jesse Camp and Mary (Looney) Camp. Affectionately, nick-named Patsy, she was a devout member of the Baptist church, active in the choir and various religious educational opportunities. One of her many undertakings was obtaining funds to send Baptist missionaries among the Indians as they were being relocated in what is now the state of Oklahoma.
Martha Ann (Camp) Langston died during 1862 and is interred in what is now called the Langston -Carroll graveyard, which was originally part of the James Camp homestead, four miles north of Centreville, Alabama.
Doranton Patton Langston and Martha Ann (Camp) Langston were the parents of ten known children:
- Polly Jane Langston , born 1834;
- Siphia LeeLangston , born 1836:
- William Pickney Langston , born 1838;
- Morrow David Langston , born 1843;
- John Abner Langston , born 1845;
- George Albert Langston , born 1849;
- Laura Ann Langston , born 1850;
- Sarah Margaret Langston , born 1852;
- Theodore Patton Langston , born 1855;
- Robert Eber Langston , born 1858.
Doranton Patton Langston was married secondly by Rev. Robert Keith on 16 April 1863 in Bibb County, Alabama, to Jerusha Mary (Hollman) Sumner.
Jerusha Mary (Hollman) Sumner Langston was born 3 February 1828 in Perry County, Alabama, the daughter of David Hollman. She was the widow of Dr. William Clark Sumner, with four children –Nancy Maria Sumner, John Thomas Sumner, James David Sumner, and Mary Jane Sumner – by the previous marriage. Jerusha served her community as a midwife and has been described as a strong-willed, but kind and affectionate woman. After reaching advanced age, she wore a “headrag” to cover her baldness, and she smoked a cane-stemed clay pipe that was carried in her apron pocket when not in use. James Earl Langston of Saltillo, Mississippi, has described the pipe’s accumulated strength, from personal experience, as comparable to a blow directly between the eyes.
Jerusha Mary (Hollman) Sumner Langston died 15 December 1914 and is interred in the Redwater Cemetry in Redwater, Bowie county, Texas.
Doranton Patton Langston and Jerusha Mary (Hollman) Sumner Langston were the parents of one child; Andrew Crockett Langston , born 1866.
Doranton Patton Langston , a strong-willed, hard-headed individual, but “a very good craftsman,” died 4 May 1873, his lifetime spanning the invasion and burning of Washington, D.C., by the British to beyond the division of the United States by Civil War. He is interred in what is now called the Langston -Carroll graveyard, which was originally part of the James Camp homestead, four miles north of Centreville, Alabama.
- Bibb Co. Al., Marriage Bk C, p. 229
- Bibb Co., Al, Marriage Bk E, p. 310
- Hal Cottingham accumulated records