Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Emma Falconer]
“When I was nineteen years old I married Willis Lang Falconer, he was born in Wayne County Missippi June 27, 1848. He was a son of Hon. Thomas P. Falconer, a planter and a lawyer, also an owner of slave property, who was elevated to the judgeship of his district. He was married twice, (and my husband was a son by his second marraige) to Miss Jerusha Lang, of Scotch ancestry. This second wife was a sister of Captain Willis and William Lang who settled on a plantation between Waco and Marlin on the Brazos Bottom, and was later inherited by the Billingsley's.
“I must pause here to tell you a little about the Langs. Captain Willis Lang, was first a soldier under General Sam Houston when he was governer, just before the war between the sates broke out, and with a company under Captain Ross of Waco went on an Indian scout, hunting the tribes which were giving trouble along the northern border of Texas. After he returned the war was soon declared and he organized a company at Marlin was sent to New Mexico where he met his death at the battle of Val-Verde this company was known an the Fifth Texas Cavalry, Army of the Confederate States of America. The roster of this company contains the names of many ancestors of Marlin residents today.
“His brother William Lang was a master of the State Grange and Patrons of Husbandry for many years. His body lies buried in Cavalry cemetery at Marlin while that of Captain Willis Lang was interred on the Val-Vared battlefield in New Mexico.