Apparently sometime before 1860, Jeremiah Euchlet (or Euclet) Langford from Georgia, who was by birth the son of another Jeremiah Euchlet Langford and Mary Jane Jackson, was adopted by Lorenzo Pettit and Lucy Ann Merrill, who were from New York but moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
I am trying to track down what happened to the first Jeremiah and to Mary Jane. I'm thinking the first Jeremiah may be the "lost" son of my 3-greats-grandfather Robert Langford, son of Euclid Langford. The 1840 Upson Co., GA census shows Robert had 3 sons, but there are only 2 in the 1850 Barbour Co., AL, census and in the list of heirs to Robert's estate in 1853. I have not yet identified the name of the missing son but have strong reasons to believe he may be the first Jeremiah Euclet Langford. Robert's wife Sarah Willingham's oldest brother was named Jeremiah Willingham, who served in the War of 1812. So the first (in a series of) JEL could have been named for that brother and for Robert's father Euclid Langford.
The first JEL married Mary Jane Jackson on 6/3/1847 in Muscogee Co., GA, and their son Jeremiah Euchlet Langford was born in Rome, GA (Floyd Co.) on 9/18/1848. I find no trace of any of them in the 1850 census. Jeremiah is listed in Lorenzo Pettit's household as if he were Jeremiah Pettit in the 1860 and 1870 Salt Lake City, Utah censuses and then as Jeremiah Langford, "adopted son" right between Ezra Pettit's and Lorenzo Pettit's households on the 1880 SLC, UT census.
Are any of the descendants of Lorenzo Pettit monitoring this forum? And if so, do you have any information on how Jeremiah II came to be part of Lorenzo Pettit's family and what happened to his natural parents?