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Chapter 1 - Early History of Loftin Family
There is somewhat strong evidence that the "Loftins" are descendents of the fair skinned, blonde haired, Scandinavian Islands people that are of Teutonic ancestry. The fair skin and blonde hair that are common among the present day Loftins strongly support this supposition.

The "Lofoten" family name of the people living on the chief island group along Norway's western coast (Lofoten Islands) is strikingly close to the present day "Loftin" name.

In the 800"s the Normans (a group of Scandinavians also known as "Vikings" or "Norsemen") began the conquest and colonization of a territory near the mouth of the Sein River in France. This area, due to the Norman influence, is now known as Normandy.

The first authentic records of the "Loftin" name show "Loftinghs" (later anglicised to Loftin) living in Normandy and Flanders France in the 1500's. "Lofotens" probably were a part of the early Norman colonies in France and the later "Loftinghs" or "Loftins" could be descendents thereof.

Records show that some Protestant Loftin families along with other families left France and moved to England, Ireland, Holland and other places during the 16th and 17th Century. These Protestant families (called "Huguenots") due to persecution were seeking refuge away from the religious wars between the Catholics and Protestants in France.

It has been reported that Leonard Loftin of Kent, England was the first Loftin to come to America (no definite record). It is also reported that Leonard eventually settled near Philadelphia, Penn. and had three sons - William, Cornelius and Leonard. There are now approximately 9,000 Loftins living in the United States that are mostly descendents of Leonard Loftin.

Due to the freedom used in spelling of names, especially in the early times, the "Loftin" name was also spelled - Loftus, Loftaine, Loffting, Lofton, Loften, Loflin, Loftis, and etc.

There are several towns and places in England named Lofthouse (house with an attic) dating in the 1400's and 1500's. Some researchers conclude that the "Loftin" surname came from these places.

In England John Loftin, a tailor, invented the "Thimble" which at that time was worn on the thumb and called a "Thumble".

There is a French as well as an English "Loftin Coat Of Arms". A full description of the "Loftin Coat Of Arms" is on file in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

by Lester Loftin

1616 - Birth of Leonard Loftin
It is recorded in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 5, page 343, that a Leonard Laughton sailed from Kent, England, July 12, 1636, aboard the ship "West" along with six other whites and two negroes to work a plantation located on the Charles River in Henrico County, Virginia, owned by Elizabeth Parker.

Elizabeth Parker, a widow owned 500 acres in the County of Henrico, between Curles and Varinas, bounded on the south by this main river and on the east by Four Mile Creek, due in the right of her late husband, Sergeant William Sharpe, who, as appears by Certificate of Henrico Court, dated 25 April 1636, transported nine workers and two negroes by West 12 July 1636.

As with so many other Englishmen, of the time, he had agreed to work off his debt of passage, on the Parker plantation. Not only did he pay his obligation but he managed to obtain acreage in Henrico county by 1668. In l642 Leonard and his wife had traveled to Pennsylvania, where they raised 4 sons, the oldest of which, John, seems to have died shortly after marrying.

Children:
William
Cornelius
LEONARD

1654 - Birth of Leonard Loftin
Leonard Loftin was born in Pennsylvania - moved to N.C. and proved rights to land on Yewpim River, Chowan Precinct. In 1688 he took out letter of importation for himself and wife Elizabeth the same year
Justice - of the Court, Chowan Precinct
Member - General Assembly
Member - St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Chowan Precinct
Church Warden
Overseer - of roads
Collector - of thiteables

Leonard, a lawyer, was a man of education and refinement and
was prominent in North Carolina
Died in Craven Co. - Buried at Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.

Children:
Cornelius
Leonard
Dorcelly
BENONI
Jane
Mary
Joyce

1705 - Birth of Benoni (Benonia)
Born in Chowan County, N.C. Moved to Craven Co., N.C. on Neuse River near Kinston (land willed by father). Served as Justice of Court, Craven Co. Member of Craven Co. Militia in 1751

Children:
Thomas
Elkanah
John
Leonard
Fredrick
Elizbeth
Francis
Samuel
EZEKIEL

1750 - Birth of Ezekiel
Born in Dobbs Co. (now Lenoir Co.), N.C. Rev. War Vet. - Volunteered in 1771 as Minuteman under Capt. Zeke Cobb and served on month. In 1772 enlisted under John Tillery, Quartermaster General, Dobbs Co., N.C. Fought under Zeke Cobb.
Fought under John Tiller, Quartermaster General, North
Carolina (Dobbs Co).

After the war - lived two years in S.C. and 17 years in GA. - Settled in Lawrence Co., MS about 1813.

Children:
ASA
Ezekiel
John
Adah
Giles
Elizabeth

1784 - Birth of Asa
Asa was born in Dobbs Co. (now Lenoir Co.), N.C., lived in S.C. and GA. Moved to MS before 1816. He was a farmer and mechanic.

Children:
John
Ezekiel
James
Major
Asa
BENAGH
Mary
Anna
Rachel
Fannaty
Delilah
Markus
Avaline
Amaline
Cynthia

1820 - Birth of Benagh
Named spelled Benagh in Asa Loftin family Bible - Benaga in personal family Bible - B.A. and Benajah in Census Records - grandson named Benajah - also known as Benjiah, Benja, Ben Ajah, Ben Agh and etc. Born in Lawrence Co., MS, he worked as a blacksmith and gunsmith in Sliverina County, MS. Moved to Jasper Counties prior to moving to Bundicks Creek area (about 15 miles west of Sugartown), Calcasieu Parish (now Beauregard Parish), LA shortly after 1860. Moved to Vernon Parish, LA on Sabine River near Evans, LA with son William in 1894. During the Civil War worked as blacksmith and gunsmith in Sylverenea, MS. He was a farmer and at one time was overseer of about 75 slaves on a large plantation in MS.

Children:
Martha
Murdock
WILLIAM N.
Mary
Benjamin
Leonard
Rachel
Nancy
Norman
Willis
Wilson

1846 - Birth of William N. Loftin
Born in MS - moved to Bundick Creek area of Calcasieu Parish (now Beauregard Parish), LA with father's family shortly after 1860. Moved to Sabine River near Evans, Vernon Parish, LA in 1894. Homesteaded 160 acres of land and was a farmer. He and son, William Murphy operated the "Loftin Ferry" across the Sabine River near Evans, LA for a number of years. William joined the Confederate Army and was in training when the War ended.

Children:
SOLOMON(Sol)
Albert
Benajah (Age)
William (Murph)

1872 - Birth of Solomon David (Sol)
Born in Calcasieu Parish (now Beauregard Parish), LA seven miles southeast of DeRidder on Bundick Creek. In 1894 moved to farm on Sabine River near Evans, Vernon Parish LA with father's family to homestead 160 acres of land adjacent to Sabine River. Floated log rafts from land clearing operations down the Sabine River to sawmill at Orange, TX. Moved to DeRidder in 1899. Butchered livestock for market. Worked at Bon Ami sawmill. In 1905 he bought Robert (Rob) Welborn farm eight miles west of DeRidder in pujo Community, Calcasieu Parish (now Beauregard Parish), LA. Farming the rest of his life, he was known as being very honest, hard working and successful farmer and rancher.

Children:
Zillia
Rillia
Nathan
Victoria
William Asse
Winfred
Annie Cecilia
Beatrice
Albert Otis (Dutch)
Solomon Herbert
M. D.
Elsie Augusta (Gussie)
Lester Lee
Pershington Louis

1896 - Birth of Zillia Loftin Grantham
Children
Fayrene Grantham Allen
Lois Grantham Simmons
Eugene Grantham
Addie Mae Grantham Sweikert
Robert Earl (Grantham) Loftin
1898 - Birth of Rillia Loftin Grantham
Children:
Denese
Elaine Grantham Snell
1901 - Birth of Nathan Loftin
Children:
Fred Gill (reared but not adopted)
Eloise Loftin Buckholtz
Willie Mae Loftin Balka
1903 - Birth of Victoria Loftin Townsley
Children:
Dorthy Townsley Powell
Victor
George
Solomon
Melba Townsley Branch
Fate
Mitchel "Mitch"
Patrick
Thayrel Townsley Burks
1909 - Annie Cecilia "Cecil" Loftin Snapp
Children:
Annie Louise Snapp Rothering
Mary Elsie Snapp Earles
Linda Rose Snapp Reid
David Orville, Jr.
1910 - Birth of Beatrice Loftin Bertschy
Children:
Patricia Ann Bertschy Smith
Velmer Lenora Bertschy Smith
1912 - Birth of Albert Otis "Dutch"
Children:
Robert Earl Grantham (son of Charles
and Zillia Grantham) - adopted at age
two after death of mother
1914 - Solomon "Herbert "
Children:
Wanda Lou Loftin Bennett
Francis Loftin Kees
Marilyn Loftin Massey
Herbert, Jr
Margaret Loftin Bergman
1917 - Elsie Augusta "Gussie" Loftin Townsley
Children:
Pauline Townsley
Barbara Townsley Alston
Roland
Kenneth "Raymond"
James
Rex
1919 - Birth of Lester Lee
Children:
Lester Lee, Jr
Nancy Loftin Bryant
Albert
1921 - Birth of Pershing Louis
Children:
Pershing, Jr
Nathan Eugene
John David
Page Links
 Home Page  Chapter 9 - Cecelia Loftin
 Chapter 2 - Loftin Coat of Arms  Chapter 10 - Beatrice Loftin
 Chapter 4 - Solomon Loftin  Chapter 11 - Albert "Dutch" Loftin
 Chapter 5 - Zillia Loftin  Chapter 12 - Herbert Loftin
 Chapter 6 - Rillia Loftin  Chapter 13 - Elsie "Gussie" Loftin
 Chapter 7 - Nathan Loftin  Chapter 14 - Lester Loftin
 Chapter 8 - Victoria Loftin  Chapter 15 - Pershing Loftin
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