Parents and Birthplace.
matter of duty, but by reason of the very elements and
instincts of his nature. So that, at the call of his country,
in the Revolutionary times, he made quick response and
served with such courage and devotion, as to win not only
the military title ascribed to him, but distinction among
her best and bravest sons.
The woman for whom he discovered special attachment
and who, finally, became really the mistress of the Great
House of the plantation, reciprocating the affection of her
owner, winning his respect and confidence, was the one
whom he had taken and held, at first, in pledge for money
borrowed of him by her former owner ; but whom, at last,
he made the mother of his four children, one daughter and
three sons. Her name was Lucy Langston. Her surname
was of Indian origin, and borne by her mother, as she came
out of a tribe of Indians of close relationships in blood to
the famous Pocahontas. Of Indian extraction, she was
possessed of slight proportion of negro blood ; and yet, she
and her mother, a full-blooded Indian woman, who was
brought upon the plantation and remained there up to her
death, were loved and honored by their fellow-slaves of every
class. Lucy was a woman of small stature, substantial
build, fair looks, easy and natural bearing, even and quiet
temper, intelligent and thoughtful, who accepted her lot
with becoming resignation, while she always exhibited the
deepest affection and earnest solicitude for her children.
Indeed, the very last words of this true and loving mother,
when she came to die, were uttered in the exclamation,
" Oh, that I could see my children once more ! "
As early as 1806, as her emancipation papers show, Cap¬
tain Quarles set Lucy and her daughter Maria, then her
only child, at liberty. Subsequently, three other children,
sons, were born to them ; and, though it may be indirectly,
they were certainly and positively recognized by Captain
Quarles, as his children, in his last will and testament.
The emancipation deed of Lucy and her daughter Maria
reads as follows: