Re: Largent Letter
Thanks for your two posts.Very interesting info, especially the South Branch Intelligencer mention in 1837.Would love to know more about that.I found via Ancestry.com an entry in the Chancery Orders on September 16, 1836, relating to a suit filed by Lewis Largent in 1836.I do not know much about the suit.I have nothing on the 1838 suit.I would love to have copies of anything you can send me.
I have had some great input from Randy Largent.Unfortunately, I have been unable to reach Dr. Kerns, Joanne Eustice, or Allene Holmes.I exchanged correspondence with Dr. Kerns and Mrs. Eustice around 1999-2000.I agree that Mrs. Eustice has published some wonderful research on the Largent families of Virginia/West Virginia.In case you were not aware, some of her more recent works are available on-line at the LDS website, including downloadable pdf files.
Both Dr. Kerns and Mrs. Eustice list Malinda as a possible daughter of Major John Largent.This is apparently based on a deed that Dr. Kerns found that referred to Malinda Largent.I wonder if what Dr. Kerns found has anything to do with the 1836 and 1838 lawsuits.Mrs. Eustice once speculated that Amelia and Malinda might have been twins and collectively referred to as Milly.
At any rate, here is what my research has shown thus far, although I am still looking.Malinda was a Largent based on the death records of two of her children who list Malinda Largent as their mother and Absalom Kesler as their father.She married Absalom Kesler (likely circa 1833) based on her headstone at the Kesler family cemetery in Morgan County, West Virginia.Per her headstone, she was born in 1814 and died in 1850.She was listed in the 1850 census with Absalom Casler (sic), although she was probably deceased at the time the census was actually taken (the “as of” date was three months earlier).Per the census, she was born circa 1812.Major John Largent’s will refers to Milly - and not Amelia or Malinda - who both had been referred to as Milly/Millie.The Chancery Orders on September 16, 1836, still referred to Milly, even though both Amelia and Malinda were married at that time.The Chancery Orders reflected the marital state of the other daughters.
I examined the 1820 census from two perspectives.First, there were four girls living with Major John Largent- two 0-10 years, one 10-16 years, one 16-26 years.Two daughters of Major John Largent (Mary and Margaret) were known to be married at the time of the census and can be found in the census living nearby with their husbands.If the four girls living with Major John Largent were his daughters, then he would have had six daughters, and this would leave room for Malinda.Second, there were five Largent families living in Hampshire County with a total of seven girls 0-10 years - born between 1810-1820 (there were no such families living in Morgan County).Two girls were living with Major John Largent.There other five girls can all be positively identified as daughters of other Largents: Cassandra, Alice, Margaret Ann, Eleanora, and Elizabeth.Thus, there was room in Major John Largent’s census listing for Malinda, and Malinda was not a daughter of any other Largent family in either Hampshire County or Morgan County having a girl 0-10 years in the 1820 census.Of course, Malinda could have come from a Largent family outside those two counties or could have been living with a non-Largent family, notwithstanding that she was a Largent, but I find that less likely, especially for a girl 0-10 years.
I have been reviewing LDS films - there are many for Hampshire County.If you can point me to a specific film, I’d be grateful.
I appreciate all your help.