Elijah “Lige” Langford was the patriarch of a strict Presbyterian family of Scots-Irish descent from Mississippi by way of North Carolina (see article “The Knox Family” and song “Nathaniel Knox was an Ulster Man”). His daughter Emily married into a less religious family, the Littlejohns, and eventually along came Levi Hooper.
Emily Lankford was the sweet daughter of Elijah Langford a strict religious man who raised her to certainly not fall in love and marry someone like George Littlejohn. At least he didn’t think he wanted George Littlejohn in his family. But as it turned out George was a good husband to Emily and became someone Lize liked and respected.
The Littlejohns were a family of hell-raisers and Lize Langford wanted nothing to do with them. However, George was not cut out of the same cloth, and Emily saw him for who he really was. George had a good singing voice and the story goes that when Lize Langford would not let him in his house to see Emily, George stayed outside on the porch and sang all night. He usually accompanying himself on a handmade dulcimer.
George and Emily left North Carolina and moved to Mississippi, their daughter Marjy Littlejohn was Levi Hooper’s maternal grandmother.
Anse Littlejohn was Levi Hooper’s great-great-grandfather on his mother’s side. Anse was the patriarch of a family of ner-do-wells. His son George, however, fell in love with Emily Langford, one of the children from a church going family. When George and Emily married these two families merged, softening the Littlejohns but also undercutting the piety of the Langfords.
George Littlejohn, the “lone white sheep in a family of black,” was the son of Anse Littlejohn. While his father, and brothers, were hard-nosed, severe and difficult to get along with North Carolinians, George was pretty much the opposite. However, he was a strong individual, a quality which allowed him to defy his father and marry Emily Langford, the daughter of a strict Presbyterian family.
George and Emily left North Carolina and ended up in Mississippi, they were the great grandparents of Levi Hooper.