William Perry Lang and Sarah Phelps Family

Perry Lang Family

William Perry is seated holding his daughter Jessie (b. 1897), wife Sarah on the right.
Standing behind are Oscar (b. 1883) and Eula Belle.

Not shown are the three oldest children, Albert Winston Lang b. 1869 who married Narcissus Lang, Charles F. Lang b. 1874 who married Rosa Lang (first cousin), William L. Lang b. 1878 who married Lula Holmes.

The photo is circa 1898.

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William Perry LANG, son of James W. LANG, b. c. 1814-1820 at Kemper Co., MS, and Annie Adeline BROWN, was born 1847 and died 1936.

James J. LANG, a brother of William Perry LANG, married Mary Ann “Daught” SIMMONS, a sister of Narcissus SIMMONS who married Albert Winston LANG, son of William Perry.

William Perry married Sarah PHELPS, a step-sister, daughter of Marshall PHELPS and Caroline PARKER. She was born 30 Nov 1853, Newton County, MS., and died 30 July 1901.

William and Sarah had 6 children:

1) Albert Winston b. 20 Oct. 1869, d. 17 Feb. 1959, married Narcissus SIMMONS.

2) Charles F., b. 8 April 1874, d. 1944, married Rosa LANG, a daughter of Columbus W. LANG and Martha THIGPEN. They had one daughter, Ina, who married Leo PAGE and died without children. Charles is buried at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery at East Magnolia.

3) William L. “Will” b. 21 April 1878, d. 1944, married Lula HOLMES, and their children were Felton, Beulah and Elizabeth. William is buried at the Union Baptist Church.

4) Oscar L. b. 17 Sept 1883, d. 1950, married Nellie MATTHEWS. He is buried at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. To them were born: Sarah, who married James FOREMAN, had six children; Mattie married Roy KUYRKENDALL and had three children; Barney married Jessie Elizabeth NASH and had two children; Frank married Nettie FENUSCI and had no children; Bessie married Ray TISDALE and had six children; Hellen married Ted TANNER and had two sons.

5) Eula b. Dec. 19, 1887.

Jessie b. 22 June 1897, married Edward LANG. Edward LANG was a son of Columbus W. LANG and Elizabeth THIGPEN. Columbus W. LANG was a brother to William Perry LANG. Jessie and Columbus had five sons and three daughters: Alfred “Pete”, Joel, William, Charles, Aaron, Nellie, Ruth and Ione.

After the death of Sarah PHELPS, William Perry married 2nd Ella MATTHEWS, who had already two children, Ethel and George SMITH.

William Perry LANG and Ella MATTHEWS had 3 children:

1) Barney C. “Billy”, b. June 12 1903 when William was abt. 56. He married Retha STERLING. They had no children.
2) Nella, b. March 4 1906 when William was abt. 59. She married Prentiss CASE; no children.
3) Polly, b. in 1908 when William was abt. 61. Died young.

Ella Lang, second wife of William Perry Lang, is buried in the Lang-Simmons Cemetery just off LA Highway 10 in Sheridan community, located between Bogalusa and Franklinton.
Bob Ann Breland

James Thigpen and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy

James THIGPEN was born 1830 in Mississippi to John Travis THIGPEN Jr. and Elizabeth CALHOUN.

James THIGPEN married Mary Elizabeth KENNEDY, b. abt. 1832 and died 1898 at the age of about 66.

James THIGPEN died 20 May 1903 at 73 years of age.

Delores Tousineau reports James THIGPEN is buried in the Nobles Cemetery at Washington Parish LA with his second wife. Online sources give him buried next to a Rosa THIGPEN Jan. 1867 – Jan. 1928.

James and Mary had:

  • Louisa Clarinda b. 1857 Sep 7, d. 1907 Aug 29, married Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons b. 1860 in Mississippi, d. 1936 April 21 in Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Elizabeth b. c. 1857 in Mississippi, married Columbus W. Lang b. 1852 in Mississippi
  • Edna b. 1864 in Louisiana married Buchanan Phelps
  • Julia J. b. 1867 in Mississippi
  • Nancy L. b. 1869 in Mississippi

I have thus far located the family on the following censuses:

1860 Pike Co Census Holmesville District
Census was taken 28 Jul 1860
James Thigpen 28 Farmer LA
Elizabeth 30 LA
Mary E 4 LA
Hard to read 2 LA
Can’t make out 6/12 Miss
Emiline (looks like Kenndy) 20 Miss

1870 census shows in Pike County, Osyka PO, page 107
167/168 THIGPEN James 38 m white farmer $100 Louisiana
Elizabeth 42 f white Keeping house
Mary E. 14
Louisa C. 12
Ednie E? 5
Julia J. 3
Nancy L.? 9/12

1880 37th District, Pike County, Mississippi
138/139 THIGPEN James wm 47 md. Farmer (check mark in number of months unemployed during year) b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)
Elizabeth wm (error) 24 m. House keeper can’t read or write b. LA (rest illegible as page dark)
Edna wf 16 daughter sg Field hand can’t write b. LA (rest illegible as page dark)
Julia wf 13 daughter sg Works in Field (check mark in number of months unemployed during year) can’t write b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)
Nancy wf 11 daughter sg. At school can’t read or write b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)

1880 Washington Parish Wards 3 and 4
NOTES: KENNEDYS also appear in the 1880 census living nearby Martha KNIGHT and Elijah BRELAND, father-in-law of Marian Isaac KNIGHT, a son of William and Martha KNIGHT, who married Frances “Fannie” BRELAND.
pg. 190
34/34 CRAIN William and Nancy and family
BRANCH Levey laborer
35/35 CRAIN John and Babe
36/36 TILLIS John and Frances and family 37/37 BREELAND Elijah 50 farmer b. MS father b. SC mother b. GA
Mariah 52 b. MS father b. OH mother b. GA
Harida 20 son b. MS
Elisha 15 b. LA
Warren 12
Lurany 11
Frances 7 daughter
38/38 FITCHGAARD William and Cassander and family
39/39 POPE ? and sister Elizabeth
MCQUAID Tea L. nephew
BRANCH Rebecca
40/40 BREELAND Leroy 21 farmer b. LA father b. MS mother b. GA
Emily 17 b. LA parents b. LA
pg. 190B
56/56 KNIGHT James 21 farmer b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS Caniniger? 17 b. MS parents b. MS
57/57 BRELAND Franklin 24 farmer b. MS father b. LA mother b. MS
Sarah 20 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Lewis 2 b. LA
Silus 11/12
28/28 KNIGHT Martha 45 wd. farmer b. MS parents b. MS
George 17 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Monroe 15
Marion 13
Jane A. 11
Charley 9
Angiline 3
POUNDS Elizabeth 25 boarder school teacher b. LA parents b. MS
NOBLES Amanda 40 sister b. MS parents b. MS
pg. 191
79/79 CRAIN John and Melviney
80/80 TULLOS? Nancy
81/81 CRAIN Wilson and Martha
82.82 SEAL William and Angeline
83/83 SEAL Andrew 60 b. GA father b. GA and mother b.SC and Elizabeth
84/84 KENEDY Kenney? K. 73 farmer b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Nancy 52 b. MS parents b. MS
James B. 22 b. MS
Jefferson Davis 18
Meloday Elizabeth 14 niece b. LA parents b. MS
85/85 KENEDY ? G. 23 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Josephine 19 b. MS
Kenny E. 3 b. LA
John L. 11/12
? John 14 brother-in-law b. MS parents b. MS