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Charles L. Langham

Charles L. Langham, was a county treasurer of Matagorda Co., and had an active business experience of more than half a century. Mr. Langham was born in Wilcox, County, Alabama, in Sept. 1850, son of Louis and Catherine (Thompson) Langham, both natives of Alabama, where his father was a farmer and planter. There were seven children in the family: James, who died at the age of twenty-five; Charles L.; John, who died when sixty-six years old; Joseph, who died at the age of three years; Olivia, who died at the age of forty-five; Margaret, deceased; and Mary, who died when six years old. The only two to come to Texas were James and Charles. James settled at Navasota in 1867 and died there in 1869.

Charles L. Langham during his boyhood in Alabama attended the common schools and also several boarding schools in different parts of the state. He was only eleven years old when the Civil war broke out, but was given a place in the Confederate army under Gen. Bedford Forrest at the close of the war. For several years he operated a plantation on the Alabama River and then acquired a place on the Yazoo River in Mississippi in 1872. In 1976 he sold out and moved to Louisiana, being a planter and merchant along the Mississippi River in that state from 1876 to 1900.

Mr. Langham located in Matagorda County in 1900, and was identified with farming. He also had a home in the city and filled the office of county treasurer in 1924, was reelected for a term of 1929 and 1930. He was a Democrat in politics, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Langham married Miss Martha C. Dantzler, daughter of Grove and Eugenia (Boggess) Dantzler, natives of Mississippi. They had four children: Charlotte, born in 1903, wife of Jesse Rowen, of San Angelo, Texas; Martha, born in 1905; Rosemond, born in 1907, worked for the Western Union Telegraph Co. at McCamey, Texas; and Constance, born in 1912, who studied at the Kingsville College, Kingsville, Texas.


Texas Under Many Flags, Clarence W. Wharton, American Historical Society, 1930

Matagorda County Genealogical Society Publication, Oak Leaves, Vol. 9 #2, February 1990

Charles Louis Langham

Sept. 20, 1850
May 27, 1935

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Charles Louis Langham Jr.

April 23, 1901
Aug. 8, 1904

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Martha Dantzler Langham

Jan. 9, 1870
Feb. 23, 1921

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Eugene Boggess Dantzler

May 19, 1849
Feb. 18, 1931

Cedarvale Cemetery

Courtesy of Faye Cunningham


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