Selah Chamberlain was a famous RR contractor and he had a Langdon connection as follows.He was found in the 1850 Cleveland ward 5, p. 352 census with his wife Arabella, his father Selah and mother Abigail.He was born in Brattleboro, Windham Co, VT.This leaves me with a question--Susan in 1880is listed as born in NY rather than NY.Is this correct?
"Minnesota Progressive Men"
ROBERT BRUCE LANGDON. page 425 From 1848, up to the time of his death, July 24, 1895, Mr. Langdon was engaged in the construction of railroads, and a full account of his life would almost comprise a history of railroad building in the United States during that period. Mr. Langdon was born on a farm in New Haven, Vermont, November 24, 1826. On both his father's and mother's side his ancestry was English. His father, Seth Langdon, was an agriculturist, and was also born at New Haven. His paternal grandfather was a captain of a Massachusetts regiment in the Revolutionary War. At its close he settled in Connecticut, but later removed to Vermont, and was one of the pioneers of that state. The mother of R. B. Langdon was of an English family by the name of Squires. Robert Bruce Langdon grew up to manhood in his native town, receiving his early education in the district schools, which was supplemented by a brief academical course. He began his business career in 1848, as the foreman of a construction company engaged in building the Rutland & Burlington Railroad in Vermont. A short time later he left his native state in the employment of Mr. Selah Chamberlain, coming West, and for several years was engaged in railroad construction work under his employer in Ohio and Wisconsin. The first contract Mr. Langdon received on his own account was for fencing the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad from Fond du Lae to Minnesota Junction. In 1853 he had charge of the construction of a section of seventy-five miles of the Illinois Central road from Kankakee, Illinois, to Urbana, Ohio, and later was engaged on contracts for the Milwaukee & La Crosse and the Milwaukee & Prairie du Chien [p.425] railroads. The first ground broken for a railroad in Minnesota was done under the direction of Mr. Langdon in 1858. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was compelled to abandon the construction of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, on which he had been engaged two years. During his business career as a railroad contractor, in association with D. M. Carpenter, D. C. Shepard, A. H. Linton and other gentlemen Mr. Langdon constructed more than seven thousand miles of railroad in the states of Vermont, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, Mississippi, Iowa, the Dakotas, Montana and the Northwest Territory. But in addition to being one of the foremost railroad contractors in the United States, he was connected with the management of some of the most important lines in the Northwest as a stockholder and director. He was vice president and a director of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad, and for several years a vice president of the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railroad. Mr. Langdon also turned his energies in other directions aside from that of railroad building, and was connected with numerous other enterprises in the Northwest.[he married a woman named Smith.]