Alma Prescott Langford was the daughter of a minister and the granddaughter of a Cherokee chief. Alma was a serious woman, but would display uncommon compassion given the right circumstances. Those circumstances arose concerning her daughter Emily Langford.
Her maternal grandfather was a Cherokee chief, Franklin Largo, who married a white woman, Hilary Cosgrove, and helped her operate the general store her father started. The Prescotts were a Calvinist Presbyterian family whose men were often called to preach.
People said she got the “Italian” look from the Indian side. It’s true she had her grandpa’a’s black eyes and prominent cheek bones but she got her mama’s fair skin and height.
When George Littlejohn came to court her daughter Emily, it was Alma who softened up Lige Langford enough to allow the match to proceed. She had a keen understanding about love cropping up in places that a straight-laced Calvinist community frowned upon (see song “The Langfords and the Littlejohns“).