Active Duty Entered
By 1935, John, Elizabeth, their children, and some grandchildren were living in Middlesboro, KY. Esther is listed in the 1940 U.S. Census as John and Elizabeth's daughter. John White supported his family as a farm laborer. John and Elizabeth White owned their home. In 1942, Esther Lee Langham enlisted in the Army according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She enlisted in Cincinnati, OH.
After her military service, Esther L. Langham returned to Kentucky. In her social security record, her name is given as Esther L. Hughes in 1946. Her daughter was born in Kenton County, KY, in 1947, according to the Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry. Esther's grandmother died in Lexington, KY, in 1967. Esther is listed in the obituary by her maiden name Langham, and she and a sister were said to be living in Millersburg, KY.
In 1996, Esther's aunt died, her name was Mary Inez Simmons. Esther Langham is listed in the obituary as living in Cincinnati, OH. In 2002, Esther L. Hughes was living in Detroit, MI, according to the Phone and Address Directories in Ancestry. She died in Detroit in 2005.
Sources: Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); see Gertrude "Gertie" White Langham's Tennessee Death Certificate file #57, registered #61 (Ancestry); "Colored News," Middlesboro Daily News, 08/15/1942, p.4; "Notes and Obituaries: Mrs. Elizabeth White," Sunday Herald-Leader, 04/23/1967, p.10; "Funeral Notices: Mary Inez Simmons," Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/18/1996, p.14.
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|NKAA Source:||National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Middlesboro daily news (newspapers)|
|NKAA Source:||Sunday Herald-Leader (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)|
Cite This NKAA Entry:
“Hughes, Esther Lee Langham,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 3, 2022, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004552.
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