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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dorothy Charles

Dorothy Charles is my 4th Great Grand Aunt, the sister of the my 4th Great Grandmother, Sarah Walker Charles.

Dorothy was born 17 July 1807 in Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine.  She is the daughter of Joseph Charles and Dorothy Abbott.

Dorothy married Benjamin Franklin Langdon some time before 1832, the year her oldest child was born.  The first record found that would include Dorothy is the 1840 Federal Census.  Even though the 1840 census only lists the head of household, no spouses or children, we can assume the female listed is Dorothy.  The place of the census is Wethersfield, Genesee County, New York.  The head of household is listed as Franklin Langdon.  Residing with Franklin are 1 male under the age of 5, 2 males between 5 and 9, 1 female age 30 to 39 and 1 female aged 70 to 79.  This older female was most likely the mother of Benjamin as Dorothy's parents are residing next door.

The next record, the 1850 Federal Census, we find Dorothy without her husband, still residing in Wethersfield, now Wyoming County, New York.  She still has her three sons living with her as well as a younger sister, Miranda.  The owned real estate is valued at $2800.  Her profession is listed as farming.

Like several of the other Charles' children we next find Dorothy in Michigan.  The census year is 1860 and she is residing in Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, with her oldest son Samuel Langdon and his wife, Emily Woods.  Also living with them is her youngest son, and his father's namesake, Benjamin Franklin Langdon.  Dorothy has personal belongings valued at $60.

In 1870 Dorothy still resides in Richland but this time she is living in the household of her youngest son, Benjamin.  She has real estate valued at $2800.  Her son is farming.  Next door is her son, Samuel (widowed with two children).  In the 1880 Federal Census the situation is nearly the same except Samuel is no longer next door.

Dorothy dies 31 August 1888 in Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.  She is buried in the Wethersfield cemetery in Wethersfield, New York with her husband.

Dorothy Charles and Benjamin Franklin Langdon had the following children:

1. Samuel C Langdon - born 22 January 1832 in New York.  Died 24 July 1915 in Paris, Kent County, Michigan.  Married (1st) Emily Wood, (2nd) Amanda Talman, (3rd) Minnie Munshaw.
2. Richard Langdon - born 4 June 1834 in New York.  Died 9 June 1895 in New York.  Married Nancy Morgan.
3. Benjamin Franklin Langdon - born 2 September 1840.  Died 29 June 1904 in Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.  Married Mary Gortner.

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