The surprising mobility of the many Lingo families
The early Lingo families in Georgia predominantly moved from Delaware. Direct ancestor Patrick Lingo 1750–1801 who claimed head-rights land in Washington County, Georgia in 1786-1791 was born in Delaware. The same is true for another branch of the family that ended up in Georgia – Elijah Lingo 1774–1830 was born in Sussex Co, Delaware, moving to Georgia and marrying Mary Hardin Taliaferro 1779–1850 around 1794.
Several early Lingos immigrated into Virginia settling in Accomack County on the Delmarva Peninsula on the east side of Chesapeake Bay. Others settled in or moved north to Sussex County, Delaware, just a short way up the coast on the northeast side of the Chesapeake Bay. On the 1810 census there are 20 Lingo households listed: eleven in Sussex County, DE; three in Virginia; two in North Carolina; and two in Maryland; and one each in New York and Tennessee. There were others known, yet not listed, with at least three Lingo households in Georgia.
By 1840, many Lingo families had moved, with 14 into Ohio, eight in Tennessee. Georgia had seven Lingo families listed. There are three families listed in Missouri, some of which had moved there with the Turners about 1830, including Samuel Sanders Lingo, the brother of prominent Georgian, previously-mentioned, Elijah Lingo.
Starting with one of the Grandson of William Lingo I, consider this string of marriage places:
- Robertson Lingo 1711–1772 married Anna Catharina Smith 1699–1765 in Maryland around 1728
- Their son John Lingo 1732–1806 was one of many who moved to Sussex Co, Delaware (including a Smith Lingo1755–1806)
- Another son, James Robinson Lingo 1738–1781 married Catherine Caty Miles 1737–1789 in Virginia in 1773
- Their son James Robinson Lingo II 1777–1835 married Jane Thompson 1791–1845 in Campbell, Kentucky in 1810
Benajah’s (many, many) siblings died in Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Washington, Texas, Illinois and a few stayed in Missouri.
In and Out of Georgia
Our focus here is on the Lingos living in Georgia. The Father of Charles Allen Lingo Sr, John Asbury Lingo 1865–1938 was born in Clinton, Jones Co, GA, and moved to with his parents to Texas between 1870 and 1880.
Other Lingos, especially around Americus or Morgan in Southwest Georgia, moved across the border into Alabama.