One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010


               Over the years, as I have researched more than two hundred surnames in my family tree, I have been aided and encouraged by many generous and helpful people. Chronologically listed, I am particularly indebted to these:

George Langford, Sr.
               Commencing way back in 1930, and sharing and equaling my enthusiasm, Father was my dedicated partner and chief source of encouragement in our project to research the historic genealogy of our family.


Joseph C. Wolf
               From our earliest association, starting in 1932, Joe Wolf, as Librarian in the Genealogical Department of the Newberry Library in Chicago was for over thirty years an interested and helpful adviser to Father and me during our uncounted visits to Newberry.


Newberry Library


Emma Lee Walton
               Professional Genealogist, of Chicago. A very early, very knowing and very interested adviser to Father and me. Her particular contribution was to suggest that we never rely on secondary records if original records were available.


J.G. Massey
               In 1936, Mr. Massey, a total stranger to me, gave me a copy of an unpublished genealogical study of James Massey, d. 1759, and his descendants.  In 1908, J.G. Massey and Eben Thomas Massey had collaborated in this report, which positively identified 156 Massey descendants of James Massey.  J.G. Massey's line did not latch onto the line of James Massey, as far as he and Eben Thomas Massey could determine. J.G. Massey died in 1937 without my ever having an opportunity to meet him. I still marvel at his generosity. 


Early Massey historians.
                Largely as an outgrowth of my very brief association with J.G. Massey, I benefited from data accumulated by several early historians of the Massey name; practically all of their research unpublished. Their original records may still exist somewhere to be rediscovered.

Judge Frank A. Massey
               In 1975, I learned that Judge Massey had published his "Massey Genealogy." Upon securing a copy and learning that his book included some information of my own Massey line, I entered into correspondence with him.  Judge Massey has been enormously generous in sending me a series of his Massey "Charts," which added a very great deal to the rather modest amount of information I had on my Massey line.  From his large accumulation of Massey data, Judge Massey has been a major consulting agent in tracking down genealogical mysteries and solving sticky identification problems.  As I  mentioned earlier, one of the major reasons that I am writing this book is to partially repay Judge Massey for his generosity.

                 "A Judge Frank A.Massey of Fort Worth Texas has compiled the history of the Massey Family in Three volumes published 1974 and 1979."

                  Book I.: My Massey Family in England, by Judge Frank A. Massey (1974)
                  Book II: Massey Families in America
, by Judge Frank A. Massey (1974)

                  Massey Genealogy Addendum
, by Judge Frank A. Massey (1979)
                  Massey on Censuses
by Judge Frank A. Massey (1969)





Theodore L. Brownyard
                For almost ten years, Mr. Brownyard has done interested and highly qualified research for me in the vast array of records available from governmental and library sources available in the Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland areas.  His promptness and skill has gone a long way toward maintaining my enthusiasm in genealogical research.
                The ancestors and descendants of Charles Elmer Peabody, compiled by Goldie Peabody Brownyard and Theodore Lucius Brownyard. (1980)


Jo White Linn
              Certified Genealogist, Salisbury, North Carolina.  More than a collaborator in research in North Carolina; a friend.  She always advised on the technical aspects of genealogical research and the recording of genealogical research.

Iredell County, North Carolina, Earliest Extant Tax Lists 1800, 1815, 1837: Annotated Transcriptions (1997)
First Presbyterian Church Salisbury, North Carolina and It's People, 1821-1995 (1996)
Ancestry of Moore/Rowan Families: With Related Lines of Fleming, Renick, Bosley, Green, Girault, Beatty, Reading, Armitage, Ryerson, Rapelje (1995)
Rowan County, North Carolina, Tax Lists, 1757-1800: Annotated Transcriptions (1995)
Ancestry of Sims/Hallman with Related Lines of Jernigan, Boon, Bryan (1994)
A Holmes Family of Rowan and Davidson Counties, North Carolina, with Haden, Heilig, Reid, Rex, Linn, Smith, Bernhardt, Snider, Pearson, Graham,   White, Sawyer, Foushee, Ballou, Hurley, Morrison, King, Erwin, Pannill, Dillard, Knowles (1988)
1815 Rowan County, North Carolina, Tax List (1987)
Drake-Arrington, White-Turner, Linn-Brown, and Two Dozen Related Southern Lines: Treadwell, Slade, Lacey, Harrison, Cathey, Redwine, Krider, Wood, McNair, Peden, Sandefer, Tompkins, Bennett, Hodges, Goodrich, Bechinoe, Williams, Bustin, Outlaw, Fox, Smith, George, Doll, and Stahle (1984)
A Miller Family of Rowan County (1983)
Abstracts of the Deeds of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1785, Vols. 1-10 (1983)
Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1805, and Tax Lists of 1759 and 1778 (1980)
People Named Hanes (1980)
The Gray Family and Allied Lines: Bowman, Lindsay, Millis, Dick, Peebles, Wiley, Shannon, Lamar, McGee (with Gordon Gray, 1976)


Orville Louis Hough
              A most pleasant outgrowth of my correspondence with Judge Massey, was the discovery that Lou Hough, starting in 1964, had become interested in family history and had done a lot of research in our jointly shared Massey line; we are grandsons of two of Benjamin Franklin Massey's daughters.  He is the major source for most of my material concerning this Missouri branch of the Massey family.  And, not least by any means, he has been my chief adviser, well-wisher and cheerleader spurring me on to publish this book.

Hough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1683-1850. (c. 1975)
            Hough in Loudoun County, Virginia, 1744-1850; an unfinished history. (1974)