Jervis Langdon
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Jervis Langdon (abt. 1809 - 1870)

Jervis Langdon
Born about in Oneida County, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married 1832 [location unknown]
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Died at about age 61 in Elmira, Chemung County, New Yorkmap
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Son of Andrew Langdon and Eunice King

"Jervis Langdon, a native of New York State, married Olivia Lewis in 1832, and the pair settled in Elmira, New York, in 1845. He became prosperous in the lumber business and then wealthy in the coal trade, which he entered in 1855. His extensive operations included mines in Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia, and a huge rail and shipping network supplying coal to western New York State, Chicago, and the Far West. An ardent abolitionist, Jervis Langdon served as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, and counted Frederick Douglass, whom he had helped to escape from slavery, among his friends. Jervis and Olivia Langdon had three children: Susan (who was adopted), Olivia (“Livy”), and Charles. Jervis approved Samuel Langhorne Clemen’s marriage to Livy despite his marked difference in social status. He lent Clemens one-half of the $25,000 needed to buy the Buffalo Express and gave the newlyweds a house in Buffalo. He died in 1870 of stomach cancer, leaving bequests totaling $1 million. Livy’s inheritance was to remain central in the life of the Clemens family."

Jervis Langdon, born in 1809 in New York,[1][2] was a businessman in coal. He died just a few months after his daughter, Olivia, married Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain).[3]


  1. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2015), Jervis Langdon, 1860.
  2. "New York State Census, 1865," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 March 2017), Jervis Langdon, Ward 02, Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States; citing source p. 10, line 43, household ID 88, county clerk, board of supervisors and surrogate court offices from various counties. Utica and East Hampton Public Libraries, New York; FHL microfilm 850,932.
  3. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Jervis Langdon, 1870; Burial, Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 99801196, Find a Grave,

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