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Thursday, July 10, 2008

John Langdon Wilder and Lora Massengale

Lewis Wilder married Elizabeth and they had
a son, William Henry Wilder who married Elizabeth "Lizzie" J. ? and they had
a son, James L.A. Wilder who married Nannie M. Floyd and they had
a son, John Langdon Wilder who married Lora Massengale and they had
a daughter, Clara Marie Wilder who married Julian Rhett Prince and they had
a daughter, Peggy who is Stan's mother.



John Langdon Wilder was born 1/14/1880 in Spartanburg, SC to James "Jimmy" L. A. Wilder (b. 1860 in SC; d. 1/26/1930 in Spartanburg, SC) and Nannie M. Floyd (b. 5/12/1842 in ?; d. 11/27/1911 in Spartanburg, SC).


John Langdon Wilder was a grocer and a farmer. He owned a small general store and farm off Reidville Road close to Anderson Mill Road. Later he built a general store on the westside of Spartanburg, SC. They had an apartment in the back. The store is still there and the apartment at the back is still used. Their granddaughter (my husband's mother) said at lunchtime he would close the store and work for several hours in his fields. They were members of the nearby Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Lora Massengale was born 1/19/1888 in Pickens County, SC to Thomas S. Massengale (b. 4/25/1861 in ?; d. 7/19/1942 in Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC) and Susan Brown (b. 11/30/1864 in Pickens County, SC; d. 7/2/1959 in Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC). Lora worked in textile mills and was a homemaker. I'm sure she worked in their general store too.

1900 U.S. Census of Woodruff Township, Spartanburg County, SC, ED 112, T623-1542, Pg 6B, Lines 51-54, "Jas L.A. Wilder", Dwelling 76, Family 76
Wilder, Jas L.A., Head, Male, White, Aug, 1861, 28 years old, Married 21 years, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farmer, Can read & write, Can speak English, Rents his farm
Nannie M., Wife, Female, White, Aug, 1842, 58 years old, Married 21 years, Had 2 children, 2 children living, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Can read & write, Can speak English
John L., Son, Male, White, July, 1880, 20 years old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Laborer, Can read & write, Can speak English
Geo. W., Son, Male, White, Oct, 1884, 15 years old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Laborer, Can read & write, Can speak English

John Langdon Wilder had to register with the government for the draft during World War I. I have a copy of his Registration Card (Serial #299, Order #1119, Date of Registration 9/12/1918, Registrar J.M. Lanford, Registrar's Report 39-2-19)
Name: John Langdon Wilder
Permanent Home Address, 1 R, Enoree, Spartanburg, SC
Age in Years: 38 Date of Birth: Jan, 14, 1880
Race, White: Yes
Citizen, Native Born: Yes
Present Occupation: Farmer Employer's Name: Dr. L. H. Irby
Place of Employment: 1 R, Enoree, SC
Nearest Relative: Lora Wilder (spouse)
Address: 1 R, Enoree, SC
Height: Tall Build: Slender Color of Eyes: Gray Color of Hair: Black
Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye or is he obviously physically disqualified? No
His signature (J.L. Wilder)

Langdon and Lora had 5 children:

1) Clara Marie "Nanny" Wilder (b. 4/27/1906 in Spartanburg, SC; d. 4/2/1992 in Spartanburg, SC) She married Julian Rhett Prince and had 3 daughters. My husband's direct ancestor.
2) William Edgar Wilder (b. 2/22/1913 in Spartanburg, SC; d. 10/23/1980 in Spartanburg, SC) He married Helen L. Wingo and had 2 children.
3) Carl Thomas Wilder (b. 11/15/1907 in Spartanburg, SC; d. 11/2/1973 in Spartanburg, SC). Her married Goldie Reynolds and had 3 children.
4) George Belton Wilder (b. 5/27/1910 in Spartanburg, SC; d. 11/1/1975 in Spartanburg, SC) He married Helen Byrd.
5) John Floyd Wilder (b. 2/6/1926 in Spartanburg, SC; d. 11/18/1942 in Spartanburg, SC) He never married. He was killed in a car accident. The newspaper says, "Deputy Sheriff B. B. Brockman, who investigated, said the youth was injured when a car driven by a companion Guy H. Edge, went out of control on the highway about one-fourth mile west of the West View school and crashed. Both occupants were thrown from the vehicle, it was said, but young Edge was only slightly injured. The Wilder youth was carried to the Mary Black Memorial hospital where his injuries were said to include a fractured skull. The youth was a member of the Oak Grove church and of the tenth grade at Fairforest High School."


John Langdon "Lang" Wilder died 12/20/1965 in Spartanburg, SC. Lora died 3/15/1970 in Columbia, SC. They are buried at Oak Grove Baptist Church.



Spartanburg Herald, 12/21/1965, Pg 24,
"Obituaries, John L. Wilder"
"John Langdon Wilder, 85, of 144 S. Blackstock Road, died Mary Black Hospital 10 a.m. Monday after long illness."
"Retired grocer, member of Oak Grove Baptist Church; son of the late Jimmy and Nannie Floyd Wilder."
"Survivors: wife, Mrs. Lora Massengale Wilder, daughter, Mrs. Clara Prince, sons, Carl, Belton and Edgar, all of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren."
"Services 3:30 Wednesday Oak Grove Baptist Church, the Rev. J. T. Lake, Ray Linville, D. B. Webber; burial church cemetery. Body at J. F. Floyd Mortuary. Family to recieve friends there 7 to 8 tonight."
"Pallbearers are Bobby, Kenneth__________, Johnny Roberts, Billy Harris, R. E. Newman, Bobby Gregory" (Note: Johnny Robertson, Billy Harris and Buzz Newman were his sons-in-laws.)


Spartanburg Herald, 3/16/1970, Pg 17
"Mrs. Langdon Wilder"
"Mrs. Lora Massengale Wilder, 81, of 144 S. Blackstock Road, widow of Langdon Wilder, died at 8:15am Sunday in a Columbia hospital after a long illness."
"Native of Pickens County, retired textile employee; member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church; daughter of the late Tom and Susan Brown Massengale."
"Surviving: daughter, Mrs. Clara Prince of Spartanburg; sons, Carl, Belton, and Edgar Wilder, all of Spartanburg; sisters, Mrs. Carrie Hall of Columbia, Mrs. Ila Roddy and Mrs. Lizzie Perry, both of Greer; brother, Walter Massengale of Greer."
"Services 3 Tuesday at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel by Revs. Floyd Loudermilk and D. B. Webber; burial in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery."
"Family to recieve friends 7-9 tonight at the chapel."
"Grandsons to serve as pallbearers."

Her granddaughter (my husband's mother) remembers how Lora would make big sugar cookies and lay them out on a big white cloth to cool. She would make them lay down for a couple hours nap in the afternoons. One day a plane landed on the road outside and her little granddaughter tried to get her up but Grandmother Wilder didn't believe her. Lora would let her little granddaughters rearrange her living room.

After her husband died, Lora was living with one of her married granddaughters (my husband's mother). The granddaughter had 6 children and was taking care of her mother, Grandmother and working fulltime. One day Lora fell and broke her arm. Her granddaughter took her to the hospital but had to leave her and go to work. Lora's sister came and got her and had Lora committed to Kraftsfarrow Hospital in Columbia. It was a hospital for old people who had dementia. Lora may have had Alzheimmer's Disease but back then they didn't know what caused dementia. Her granddaughter and family would drive to Columbia to see her and things weren't good. She thinks Lora died from being in that place.

Here are the different spellings of the Massengale name:
Massengale, Massingale, Massingill, Massengill, Masengall, Massengall, Marshingell, Marshingill, Marsingell, Marsingill, Marsingall, Marsengale, Marsingale, Marsengill, Marsengall, Massengall, Massingall,

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