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From: Hart, Kathy< >
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] THE LANGSTON FAMILY
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 11:24:54 -0500
THIS IS KATHY COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET A COPY OF THIS BOOK, I
AM A LANGSTON DECENDENT. THANKS AGAIN KATHY
P.S. COULD SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE THE TOWN OF DOLPH IS LOCATED IN THE COUNTY
OF IZARD. ONE OF THE E-MAILS FROM THE LIST SAID THAT WILLIAM JASPER
LANGSTON WAS BURIED THERE.
From: T.J. Harper <>
Date: Friday, July 23, 1999 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] THE LANGSTON FAMILY
>Jean - this is the Sam's book... tjh
>> From: Jean Mayfield Cuevas <>
>> Subject: [ARIZARD-L] THE LANGSTON FAMILY
>> Date: Thursday, July 22, 1999 5:52 PM
>> Chapter 28 (of what book?) Another page from the Benbrook-Langston
>> "In the year 1815 the LANGSTON family imigrated to the Territory of
>> Arkansas, Izard County. The family consisted of the old lady of all, her
>> second husband, and her five sons, John, Ab, Nathan, Jesse and Sam. Her
>> second husband's name was James DARNEAL.
>> The old lady and her husband settled on the waters of Piney Bayough, now
>> called Knob Creek. It is a South prong of Piney Bayough which divides
>> creek from a creek known as Rocky Bayough. James DARNEAL and John
>> built a little mill there to grind corn, there being no mill in fifty
>> of their place. The cane brakers if they got any meal had to beat it in
>> mortar with a pessel attached to a spring pole.
>> But I will return to the mill. Some of them called it John LANGSTON'S
>> folly, but it beat the old mortar and pessell. There were but few
>> Americans here at that itme, so it took but little meat to do us, and as
>> for flour, we did not use it.
>> They built this mill just below the forks of the branch where Melbourne
>> now is about half way of where Judge POWEL'S farm is. A few years back I
>> went to see if I could find any trace of the mill. I found a certain
>> that I recollected of seeing inside of the millhouse, and found sine
>> the bank had been dug out for the frame work.
>> The mill rocks were about fourteen inches in diameter and the runner was
>> about six inches thick, and the head stone two inches thick. They were
>> made here in the country out of hard sand rock. There was some grit in
>> meal, but we were so glad to get meal from a mill that we did not mind
>> grit; when we went to eat we just kept our teeth a good ways apart and
>> on chewing.
>> I will tell you how the old pioneers used to do here; sometimes in them
>> days. I recollect one occurance; Louis PARTEE'S wife, Jehoida JEFFERY'S
>> wife, and Daniel JEFFERY'S wife concluded they would shell one bushell of
>> corn each, saddle up their ponies and go to DARNEAL'S mill.
>> The day was set and away they went to mill. The place appointed to meet
>> was where old Mt.Olive is now. PARTEES lived seven miles below on White
>> River; there was nothing like a road, only an old Indian trail fifteen
>> miles through the woods, brush and thickets. When they got to the mill
>> there was one half a bushell of corn ahead of them to be ground before
>> theirs. Every turn had to be ground according to turn as mills like
>> everything else had to drive on very precise here in those days. Well,
>> that half abushell of corn was in the hopper say you, but I say a small
>> box. It was in the evening when the mill girls got there and the little
>> mill was powing away. So at night the miler put up a half bushell of
>> and let the mill run all night. The next morning the miller come and
>> the three girls that there was only about a half a gallon of corn in the
>> hopper, or box. He said that the mill was doing much better as he had
>> sharpened the rocks about two weeks back. The mill gals stayed there
>> day and that night the next day and night following and till the next
>> evening when they went home, except Mrs. PARTEE who stayed with the two
>> Polly JEFFREYS and the next day she went home seven miles.
>> So they had a good supply of corn meal to do them a month by being
>> and making what we called hominy of the coarse part of the grains from
>> mortar. I will give you a joke that happened in regard to this huge
>> thee was one of those frankly fellows lived here among us cane brakers;
>> always had something to say about every thing he saw or heard. His name
>> was MCCOY. He said he was passing this grist mill one morning when he
>> heard a hound a barking before he got to the mill and thought he would
>> a regular fox chase when he looked in the mill house and there set the
>> hound in front of the meal chest looking up a the shoot, where the meal
>> would come out once in a long while, barking for more meal, so MCCOY said
>> as it did not come out as fast as the dog could eat it."
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