In the 1860 Census, the young couple of Thomas and Mary Lankford appear in Sugar Creek Township, Boone County, Indiana. James and Selina were living in neighboring Franklin Township, Montgomery County in the same year.
|Source: 1860 US Census, Sugar Creek Twp, Boone County, Indiana|
On 10 January 1865, James Vail bought the land he would sell to Thomas and Mary Lankford a month later. James paid $1400 for the land, so he got his money back in February when Thomas and Mary bought the 40 acres. Perhaps he purchased the land only to sell to Thomas and Mary.