Prof. Samuel Pierpont LANGLEY (IV?) -- did he have
He was quite a famous man: Harvard prof., physicist,
astronomer, early aviation experimenter (his steam-
powered, unmanned "Aerodrome" aircraft was the
first powered, heavier-that-air aircraft to fly - 1896),
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and namesake of
Langley Air Force Base and the NASA Langley Research
Center, both in my hometown of Hampton, VA.
S. P. LANGLEY was b. 1834 in Roxbury, MA and d. 1906 in
Aiken, SC. His parents were Samuel LANGLEY (III ?) and
Mary Sumner Williams -- SUMNER another famous MA name.
If the roman numerals in his name are accurate, the
PIERPONT connection was sometime in the 18th century.
Roxbury was where the 17th c. STOWs and PIERPONTs hung
out and intermarried. J. Pierpont MORGAN, the legendary
financier, and the infamous Aaron BURR Jr. were among the
descendants of John PIERPONT and Thankfull STOW; I am
desc. from Thankfull's brother, the Rev. Samuel STOW;
their parents were John STOW and Elizabeth BIGG(E) who
emigrated to New England from Biddenden, Co. Kent around
Does anyone have SAMUEL PIERPONT LANGLEY's ancestry?
Specifically, I'm trying to find where the Pierpont
middle name came from. Did he have PIERPONT ancestors?
Did he ever marry and have children?
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