Monday, October 5, 2015

Tracing The Lankford / Lankford Surname: Through Charles

Who was Charles Edward Lankford / Lankfard?  
 He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard.  
He was born on Jan 4, 1890.
He was the first Lankford / Lankfard in his family to have been born
in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Charles Edward Lankfard
On the 1900 Census
He was listed as Charlie Sanford.
He was living with his  parent at 2413 Edmond

On the 1910 Census
 He was listed as Charles Lankford.
He was a laborer worked odd jobs
He lived with parents at 2412 Edmond.

On the St. Joseph City directories
He was listed...
In 1910 Chas C. Lankford.
In1912  Charles Lankford
In 1913 Chas Lankford

On the U.S. WWI Registration Card 1917-1918
He was living with his wife and 2 year old daughter.
They were living at 2619 Locust St., St. Joseph, MO.
  Charles signed his surname LANKFARD. 

On the 1920 Census
Charles was listed as Mulatto,
Married: Wife and daughter weren't mentioned with him.
Charles' Job: house cleaning and working out.
He lived with mother and sister at 516 N 24th St.
His surname spelled LANKFARD...
Census date Jan 10, 1910.

Charles married Meta Hughes The year of marriage is unknown.
Meta was born in 1896 and passed on in 1931.
They had a daughter named Lelia Laura (Lankfard )Thompson Hill  (1914 - 1960.)
Lelia resided in Kansas City Missouri where she passed on May 19, 1960.
 Lelia had a son named Charles Langford / Lankford.
It was believed, Lelia's  father, Charles passed on in Kansas City.  
On Lelia Hill's death record her father, Charles' surname was spelled Langford.

Note that Charles and Meta were divorce. 
Record states that Meta LANKFARD married Hanceford Beard.
 Hanceford was born on Oct 12, 1889
 and he passed on July 9, 1970 in KS at the age of 80
Charles Lankford passed sometime around 1937 and before September of 1954.
There is no record of his death in MO. 
 He wasn't listed on his brother, Leo's obituary in 1954.

Note about Charles Lankford / Lankfard
He wasn't listed on the U.S. WWII Registration Card in 1942.

The last known record of Charles
He was listed in the U.S., Social Security Applications
and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
His name was  Charles Edward Lankfard.
His parents names were Robert L. Lankfard and Charlotta Dade.
Note on photo: His first name was spelled Charlie. a. k. a. Charles Edward Lankfard
 It appears that Charles' surname was LANKFARD.
I hope that some of Charles' descendants could addmore to the family history.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley 

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