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Langston Surname History

Domesday Book: 1086 AD
The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the Rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time). Go here for the Domesday Map http://www.pbase.com/daveb/image/36505736 The name Langstone is listed in Dorset.

Medieval England: http://www.britannia.com/history/medtime.html
Magna Carter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Langton
1207 - Pope Innocent III appoints Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury (Langton is the man who divided the books of the Bible into chapters); King John refuses to let him take office. Langton helped draw up the Magna Carta.

Manor of Langstone, Dorset England: http://www.weymouth-dorset.co.uk/langton-herring.html Langton Herring is a small historic village known for its right to claim wreck of the sea. The name was originally derived from Langstone in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Scotland: 1296 AD (NO LANGTON NAME FOUND) For Discussion Only
NAME ON MAP: LEVYSTONE (in the old county of) West Lothian DATE: c.1290 MEANING: a territorial name: "Leving's or Leuing's OLD ENGLISH tun `settlement, village'". An Anglo-Saxon, he came to Scotland in the first half of the 12th century. William Levystone witnessed a grant of land in c.1290 and Sir Archibald de Levingestoune rendered homage in 1296. Click here for the History of Scotland. http://www.gwp.enta.net/scothist.htm This name is not confirmed to be later known as Langton/Langstone but is the closest name listed in the early Scotish records. Additional research is needed in this area.

Scotland Ragman Rolls: 1296 AD http://www.rampantscotland.com/ragman/
Among the signatures on the Ragman Rolls of 1291 and 1296 were Aleyn de Langeton, Vicaire de Johan Lanegton, and Alanus de Langeton. In 1291, there were a number of claimants to the Scottish throne and King Edward I of England "volunteered" to hear their case and decide who had the most valid claim. Those involved met Edward at Norham on Tweed in 1291. Edward insisted on all the nobles signing an oath of loyalty to him. Some declined but many signed what was the first (and smaller) of the "Ragman Rolls"

When Balliol began to resist the demands of Edward in 1296, the English King over-ran Berwick-upon-Tweed and defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar. He then marched across Scotland as far as the Moray Firth, capturing castles and removing such precious items as the Stone of Destiny, the Scottish crown and huge archives of Scotland's national records.

On 28 August, 1296, Edward held a "parliament" at Berwick. All the prominent Scottish landowners, churchmen and burgesses were summoned to swear allegiance to Edward and sign the parchments and affix their seals, many of which had ribbons attached. In addition to such prominent people as Robert Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale, his son, the 2nd Earl of Carrick and William Wallace's uncle, Sir Reginald de Crauford, 2,000 signatures were inscribed, making it a most valuable document for future researchers.

It is suggested that the term "Ragman Rolls" derived from the ribbons attached to the seals on the parchments but the name may also have been derived from an earlier record compiled for the purposes of Papal taxation by a man called Ragimunde, whose name was corrupted to Ragman.
The list of names is based on those published by the "Bannatyne Club" in Edinburgh in 1834.

Manor of Newton/Newton-Le-Willows
1286: http://www.dowd.co.uk/n-le-w.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=History2&file=index
In 1286 the Langton family took over the Manor of Newton. Robert Banastre's heiress, Alice, married John Langton who became the Lord of the Manor, and it was he who obtained the charter of 1301 from King Edward I. The Langtons held the manor of Newton for over 300 hundred years, except for a brief time when they were punished for supporting the wrong side in the Wars of the Roses.

In 1604 the Langtons were succeeded by the Fleetwoods who only held the Manor for 56 years. Documents indicate that this Langton family line died out.

Harvard Law Library: Langton http://www.law.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/search
Deeds 151
Confirmation, ca. 1170. 1 item : parchment ; 23 x 19 cm.

SUMMARY: Confirmation by Robert, son of Robert de Langhetona, with the assent of his brother William, to God and St. Mary and the nuns of Sempringham and their brother clerks and laymen of all the gifts of his father, namely 20 acres of arable land in the territory of Bolebi (Lincs.) with common pasture of the same vil as much as belongs to his fee, to wit 10 acres in the east part of a cultura called Sneitherswany, 10 other acres in the east part of a cultura called Sunhouwany, 1 croft in Estbolebi of 1/2 acre and 1/4 perch, and in the field 1 perch of arable land on the west side of that vil. Confirmation also to them of the whole gift of Ralph, son of Spraclus, and William his brother, namely 17 acres of arable land in the fields of Hawertorp on the west side of that cultura which of old was called Semildeshaghe, of the dower of the grantor's mother with her assent, and commonage of pasture of the same vil.

WITNESSES: William and Ralph, clerks of Sempringham, John de Maringes, Robert son of Eudo, Roger de Milhai, Philip de Maringes, Alexander and Warinus de Rahnalthorp, sons of Ralph, William son of Pagam de Haketorn, William de Pumfol, Benedict de Lincollun, the man of the nuns of Bulintun, Aghemundus son of Durant, Geoffry de Eboraco, Richard de Appelbi, John and William and Swane, Geoffry and William, servants of Master Gilbert, William le Franceis, Geoffrey Piungnant, Ulf the stableman. With 1 seal (5 cm.) of brown wax: an equestrian figure with a hawk on the left hand and bearing the legend: +SIGILLUM ROBERTI FILII ROBERTI DE LANGTVNA.

NAMES: I. Gilbert, of Sempringham, Saint, 1083?- 1189. II. De Langeton, William. III. De Langeton, Robert, the Elder. IV. De Langeton, Robert, the Younger. V. De Maringes, John. VI. De Milhai, Roger. VII. De Maringes, Philip. VIII. De Rahnalthorp, Alexander. IX. De Rahnalthorp, Warinus. X. De Rahnalthorp, Ralph. XI. De Haketorn, Pagam. XII. De Haketorn, William. XIII. De Pumfol, William. XIV. Benedict, of Lincoln. XV. Geoffrey, of York. XVI. De Appleby, Richard. XVII. Le Franceis, William. XVIII. Puingnant, Geoffrey. XIX. Bullington Convent. XX. Sempringham Abbey

SUBJECTS: 1. Gilbert, of Sempringham, Saint, 1083?-1189. 2. Sempringham Abbey (England) 3. Monasteries--England-- Sempringham. 4. Deeds--England-- Lincolnshire. 5. Deeds--England--Bulby. 6. Lincolnshire (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 7. Bulby (England)-- Charters, grants, privileges. HOLLIS number: -BBQ5519

c. 1170 Charter of conWrmation of Robert de Langton
ConWrmation by Robert son of Robert de Langhetone, with the assent of his brother William, to God and St. Mary and the nuns of Sempringham and their brothers, clerical and lay, of all the donations of his father given in perpetual alms ... namely, twenty acres of arable land in the territory of Bolebi (Bulby, Lincs.) with common pasture in the same vill, as much as belongs to his fief (boundaries described). This also confirms to them the entire donation of Ralph son of Spraclus and William his brother, namely seventeen acres of arable land in the Weld of "Hawerstorp" (= Huvertorp in No. 5) of the dower of the grantor's mother with her consent and assent. A lengthy list of witnesses follows, beginning with the names of William and Ralph, clerks of Sempringham, and continuing down to Benedict de Lincollun "[serving-]man of the nuns of Bulint'" and to John and William and Swane, Geoffrey and William, servants of Master Gilbert (founder of the convent), with Ulf the stableman bringing up the rear. It is extremely probable that Ralph the clerk of the witness-list is the same Ralph the Sacristan who wrote The Book of Saint Gilbert (see No. 31).
Equestrian seal in high relief, bearing the legend: +SIGILLVM ROBERTI FILII ROBERTI DE LANGTVNA

Deeds 136 Grant ca. 1260. 45 Henry III. 1 item : parchment ; 9 x 18 cm.
SUMMARY: Grant by Thomas the prior and the convent of Sempringham to Richard, son of Robert de Langetun, of 2 bovates of arable land with the loft and croft and meadows which Martin used to hold and all their appurtenances; except 2 lofts which belonged to the said 2 bovates, lying in the territory of Boleby (Lincs.) which bovates Robert Cocke and Amfredus the smith once held, all of which they had as gift of William, son of Robert de Langetun. The grantee to pay a yearly rent of 12 d. Indenture, with 1 seal of brown wax (40 mm) bearing a three leaf clover inscribed in a circle and the legend "Sigillum Ricardi De Langetun".

NAMES: I. Thomas, Prior of Sempringham. II. De Langeton, Richard. III. De Langeton, Robert. IV. De Langeton, William. V. Cocke, Robert. VI. Amfredus, the smith. VII. Sempringham Abbey (England)

SUBJECTS: 1. Sempringham Abbey (England) 2. Monasteries--England--Sempringham. 3. Deeds--England--Lincolnshire. 4. Deeds --England--Bulby. 5. Lincolnshire (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 6. Bulby (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. HOLLIS number: -ANW6408

c. 1260 Grant of convent land for use by Richard de Langton
Indented grant by Thomas the prior and by the convent of Sempringham to Richard son of Robert de Langeton of two bovates of arable with toft and croft and pasture, which Martin used to hold (tenere solebat), with all their appurtenances except for two tofts in the said two bovates lying in the territory of Boleby which Robert Tocke and Amfredys the smith once held; all of which the convent had as the donation of William son of Robert de Langetun. The grantee is to pay a rent of 12d. every Christmas. This appears to refer to a pious gift subsequent to that described in No. 143 above, made perhaps by William the brother of Robert named therein.

Seal of the grantee (this is the priory's half of the chirograph) bearing a palm frond with three branches and the legend: SIGILLVM RICARDI DE LANGETVN

Deeds 128 Grant, 1510, February 1. 1 Henry VIII. 1 item : parchment ; 12 x 28.5 cm.
SUMMARY: Grant by John Childeson to John Norton, esquire, of 1 bovate and 2 acres of land and meadow in the territory of Hetton in Cravyn (Yorks.); with appointment by the grantor of Stephen Proktour and Robert Langton as his attorneys to deliver seisin. With 1 seal of red wax.

NAMES: I. Childeson, John. II. Norton, John. III. Proctor, Stephen. IV. Langton, Robert.

SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--England--Yorkshire. 2. Deeds--England--Hetton. 3. Deeds-- England--Craven. 4. Yorkshire (England)-- Charters, grants, privileges. 5. Hetton (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 6. Craven (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. HOLLIS number: -APW5820

Deeds 615 Grant, 1520 June 9. 12 Henry VIII. 1 item : parchment ; 9.5 x 27.5 cm.
SUMMARY: Grant by John Norton of Rilleston, esquire, to William Watson of Medehop, for a certain sum of money of 2 messuages, 2 gardens, 5 1/2 bovates and 2 acres of land with its appurtenances in Hetton and in Craven, which he lately purchased of John Childeson of Hetton aforesaid; with 2 other messuages, 2 gardens, and 1 1/2 bovates of land in Hetton which he had of the feoffment of Richard Smythes of Copgrave. With customary services to the chief lords of the fee. Dated at Hetton on 9 June, 12 Henry VIII. Note of livery of seisin on reverse. Witnesses to livery of seisin: Robert Langton, Gilbert Tempest, chaplain, Christopher Lowde of Gargrave, John Lambert the Elder, "writer of this charter." With 1 seal (1.5 cm.) of brown wax, bearing a device: a bird.

NAMES: I. Norton, John. II. Watson, William. III. Childeson, John. IV. Smythe, Richard. V. Langton, Robert. VI. Tempest, Gilbert. VII. Lowde, Christopher. VIII. Lambert, John, the Elder.

SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--England--Yorkshire. 2. Deeds--England--Hetton. 3. Deeds-- England--Craven. 4. Yorkshire (England)-- Charters, grants, privileges. 5. Hetton (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 6. Craven (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 7. Rylstone (England) 8. Copgrove (England) 9. Gargrove (England) 10. Medehop (England).
HOLLIS number: -BDE7329

Deeds Hale 51 Lease, 1639, February 13. 14 Charles I. 1 item : parchment
SUMMARY: Lease of the manors of Boxley cum Cheshunt in Cheshunt (Herts.) and Langton in Stevenage (Herts.) by (1) John Belassis of Worlabye (Lincs.), second son of Thomas lord Fauconberg, Henry Belassis, eldest son of same, Sir Henry Slingesby of York, and Sir William Belassis of Morton (Durham) to (2) John Harvey of Cheshunt and Stevenage. Indenture, with 4 seals pendant on tags.

NAMES: I. Belasyse, John Belasyse, Baron, 1615- 1689. II. Belasyse, Henry. III. Belasyse, William, Sir. IV. Slingsby, Henry, Sir, 1602-1658. V. Harvey, John.

SUBJECTS: 1. Deeds--England-- Hertfordshire. 2. Deeds--England-- Stevenage. 3. Deeds--England--Cheshunt. 4. Hertfordshire (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 5. Cheshunt (England) --Charters, grants, privileges. 6. Stevenage (England)--Charters, grants, privileges. 7. Worlaby (England) 8. York (England) 9. Morton (Durham, England).
HOLLIS number: -BGX1388

Langston Surname History by Marvin Langston
: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/2932/origin1.html

Isle of Wright & Nansemond Co. VA 1704 Tax Rolls
: http://www.powow.com/sandyhodges/METES/Mapdraw/iownan.htm
No records of Langston

Map of Nansemond Co. VA
: http://www.pbase.com/daveb/image/37768563/original

See LANGSTON-L
: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/LANGSTON/2004-12/1103688515
#10 & #12 Langston and Boyt (Freeholders for the Vestry)


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