Mary L. Dorcas (Polly L.) Langston
Father: John Langston
Mother: Maldred Livingston
Family 1: Modena Francis (Frank) Woodcock
- Sex: F
- Born: 1845
- Died: 1932
- Move2: 1881 in moved back to AR with 7 children
- Move1: 1874 in From AR to CA
- Reference: 444
Soon after she was five years old, Polly L. was living with her grand mother and two sisters. Grandmother E. Mildred was a sister to Michael Wolf who came to Izard County in 1919. A.C.Jeffery said they were of Dutch extraction and Michael spoke very broken English. E. Mildred had married Willam Livingston. William was a brother of Robert Livingston who came to Izard County in 1814. E. Mildred had been widowed young but she had a black slave, John, to help her take care of the girls. He did the cooking, laundry, etc. and stayed with the girls when E. Mildred had to be away. He would give them brown sugar cubes for treats to keep them happy.
E.Midred's nephew, Colonel Jacob Wolf, built the Wolf log house museum at Norfork.
Polly L. said that her great grandfather signed the Constitution of the United States. This connection has not been documented, yet. She said his name was Robert Livingston.
Polly L. told this story to one of her grandchildren about happenings when she was young. She wanted to go to school but none was close, so she wanted to leave home and go to a Boarding school. They had slaves to do the work, but her grandmother wanted her to stay home and take care of her - so she told her grandmother she would never open a book if she couldn't leave home and go to school - so she never learned to read.
Polly married Modena Francis (Frank) Woodcock. They were living on a farm above Pineville Pineville when Frank joined the Confederate Army in 1862. Their first child was born in 1864, just before the end of the War. On his return from the war, Frank was crippled with rheumatism and other ailments. Gold had been discovered in 1849 in California and shortly thereafter, three of Frank's brothers went out there. They now wanted him to come to California. In 1874, the family rode Matthews freight wagons to Independence, Missouri to board the train for California. They lived near Visalia, California for seven years. Then Frank died of War injuries complicated by pneumonia. By now they had seven children: Luther, Joel, Adeline, Callie, Monroe Samantha, and Dena. Polly L. stayed one year after Frank died then brought the family back to the farm at Pineville. They rode an immigrant train back to Arkansas. It went so slow over the Rocky Mountains that the children jumped off and played in the snow.
On the train, a man asked Polly L. what she was going to do with those children. She replied , "take them to Arkansas". Ah, he said, your goint to rack em and sack em. "Rack em and sack em" was a term being used for Arkansas, in those days.
Polly L.'s eldest son, Luther, was seventeen when they came back to Pineville. Adeline was eleven.
Three years later, Polly L. married Reverend Thomas Robert Hively, a blacksmith and circuit riding Methodist Preacher. He had three children from his first marriage. His first wife was Sarah "Jane" Langston, Nathan's daughter, (Polly L.'s aunt)or some researchers think, she was Absolom's daughter.
Luther set up his own house when Polly L. remarried and the Woodcock children lived there. Martha Langston Allen said that Adeline thought a lot of her step father, Rev. Hively. Polly L. supported Rev. Hively in his work, sitting up with sick people etc- Polly L. and Reverend Thomas Robert had three children: Martha, Janie and Thomas.
He was another Grandfather who told Civil War stories to his grandchildren. Some examples:
Reverend Thomas was twenty three when he rode into the Battle of Pea Ridge. He was Calvary. Pea Ridge is above Harrison, towards Fayetteville. He told how, when the fighting was bad, once his horse and his saddle saved his life. He was backed up against a rail fence, surrounded by Union soldiers. Suddenly, his horse bolted straight up, twisted in mid air and jumped the fence. His saddle had an extra high "roping" pommel and he was able to hang onto it and get away. The saddle was hit by a minnie ball fired by a Union Musket but he and his horse were spared! His saddle, which he also used as a circuit riding Methodist Minister, is in the United Methodist Museum of Arkansas at the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
After the War, men would gather. round to talk, as he worked, at the blacksmith shop. One day, the topic turned to the Civil War. Rev. Tom said, "I did something during the War that bothers me to this day. I knocked a fellow off his horse and pinned him to the ground with my sword, rode off and left him like that. Never knew what happened to him. I get nightmares about it. One of the men started crying. He opened his shirt to show a scar and said, "I was that man." Rev. Hively could never tell this story without crying.
Once Rev. Hively had helped neighbors kill hogs and they gave him some of the fresh meat. He was walking home through the woods when he heard the wolves coming. They had smelled the meat he was carrying. He took off in a dead run, jumped a rail fence in front of the cabin and ran upon the porch hollering, "Polly, open the door!" one jump ahead of the wolf pack!
Polly was remarkably tall and strong. She carried three cedar buckets of water from the spring each way by balancing the third one on her head. One of her granddaughters said, "I would describe her as a very healthy person. Another time, she said, "If one of her daughters said something she didn't like, she sure got them told about it right quick"
Rev. Hively and Polly L.'s grand daughter, Everne Hunter, followed in their pioneering footsteps when she became the first WOMAN Minister ordained by the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Reverend Thomas Robert Hively died in 1917 and Polly L. in 1932.
Apparently, when Polly L. was elderly, she lived with Luther. Polly L. liked best to ride with the teenage daughter who drove the Model A fast. This granddaughter says, "..and she she knew just how far we should get from the house before she would say, "Okay you can step on it, now!" Polly L. 19 liked fast horses. She rode astride, not side saddle, as was thought proper for ladies in those days.
, b. 2 NOV 1830 in Sumner County, TN
- Atlas Franklin Woodcock, b. 30 JAN 1860 in AR
- Martin Luther Woodcock, b. 30 JUN 1861 in Arkansas
- Joel Thomas Woodcock, b. 28 NOV 1866 in AR
- Margaret Adeline Woodcock, b. 25 APR 1869 in Pineville, Izard County, Arkansas
- Lafayette Monroe Woodcock, b. 1 JAN 1872 in AR
- Caledonia Ann Woodcock, b. 7 JAN 1874
- Samantha Ellen Woodcock, b. 18 APR 1877 in CA
- Modena Dorcas Woodcock, b. 7 APR 1879 in CA
- Denia D. (Dena) Woodcock, b. 10 AUG 1880 in CA
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