Mistress of the Ring and the Power of History – Celia Langston

A gold ring was passed down from mother to daughter.  That daughter passed it to her son who in turn gave it to his daughter. The cycle of the ring being passed from mother to daughter continued for three more generations and exists today.

Celia LANGSTON STYLES wedding ring

Wedding ring of Celia LANGSTON STYLES

The ring has power.  The power to bring history to life.  Imagine yourself as Celia LANGSTON ready to marry Samuel STYLES just a few years after America declared it’s independence.  What would you wear to your wedding?  Who would be there?  What celebratory events would follow?  These are unknowns.  But the existence of a gold ring with Celia’s name engraved on the inside testifies that she was real.  Even though the ring has seen a lot of change in events and hands, the small circle of gold has not changed. It was hers . . . Celia’s.    We can imagine Celia wearing it as her skirt hem brushed the plank floor of her home;  as she cooked cornpone and pine bark stew on her fire stove;  and as  she nurtured and raised her eleven babies.

Celia was born to Solomon LANGSTON 1732-1825 and Sarah BENNETT 1734-1810 in Laurens County, South Carolina in the year 1771.

The history of the ring was shared by Charlotte Johnson on Ancestry.com in 2011.  She writes, “Wide gold wedding band confirmed by jeweler to be from the early 1800’s or before. Ceilia Langston would have be married to Samuel Stiles in South Carolina in the early 1790’s. Their daughter Holly Berry was born in 1795.”


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