Early Life Nancy Witcher Langhorne was born on May 19, 1879, in Danville, Virginia. Her mother, Nannie Witcher Keene, was of Irish descent; her father, Chiswell "Chillie" Dabney Langhorne, had been a soldier in the Confederate army. Ten of their eleven children were born in Danville, a moderate-sized Southern city notable for its tobacco markets and cotton mills. Nancy was the third of five surviving daughters.