William Langhorne

Brief Life History of William

When William Langhorne was born about 1775, in Warwick, Virginia, United States, his father, Major William Langhorne, was 48 and his mother, Elizabeth Scarsbrook, was 40. He died about 1813, in United States, at the age of 40.

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Major William Langhorne
Elizabeth Scarsbrook
Mary Langhorne
Major John Scarsbrooke Langhorne
Judith Langhorne
Anne Langhorne
Martha Cary Langhorne
William Langhorne
Sarah Langhorne
Lockey Langhorne
Major Maurice Langhorne

Sources (2)

  • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. IV, p.395 for Langhorne
  • Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume II Langhorne Family

World Events (8)


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning


apparently from Middle English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘horn’, later modified to Standard English Longhorn. Perhaps the nickname alluded to a long fingernail or toenail, one of the senses of horn in Middle English.

(northern): habitational name from Longthorn Hill in Soulby (Westmorland), possibly named with Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting piece of land’, although the earliest record of this place (Longhorne-crooke, 1693) is very late; it may have been so called after the English surname (see 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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