Lucenda Beach Largent, Illinois Farm Widow

Lucenda Beach Largent lived from July 12, 1808 to Nov. 26, 1875.

Lucenda A. Beach married Archibald Largent (Thomas Largent’s father, George Washington Largent’s grandfather, Claude Christopher Largent’s great-grandfather) in North Carolina in April, 1825, when she was 17. Before Thomas’s death in 1838, she bore five children: Thomas W., Eveline, Mahala Caroline, Archibald, and John. Lucenda was born in North Carolina, and died in 1875 in Illinois, living in Bond County. The Bond County federal census for 1830 lists Archibald and Lucenda with one child, the firstborn Thomas. As Thomas was born in Tennessee in 1828, we can assume that Lucenda and Archibald had lived in Tennessee until recently, moving to Bond County, Illinois. Nothing is known of her parents.

In the 1850 federal census for Fayette County, Illinois, Lucenda (spelled Lucinda) was a 41-year-old widow owning real estate valued at $600. She had living in her family the following: Eveline Merryman, age 20, Caroline, age 17, Archibald, age 15, John, age 13, and James, age 1. Archibald is listed as a farmer. Caroline, Archibald and John attend school. Several interesting items about this census: First, Eveline is called Merryman, and there were two families living next to the Largents with the last name Merryman. Second, James is 1 year old, but Lucenda was a widow, her husband Archibald having died twelve years before; either James was born out of wedlock, the father unknown, or he was a relative or neighbor’s child living with them. Third, Thomas, her first born, and his wife Narcissa and child Naney live nearby on their own farm worth $150. What is most interesting about this census is that there are ellipses next to all children listed in order after Eveline Merryman—the iimplication being that their names are Merryman. But why? There is no male head of family named Merryman. It is a mystery.

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