American Long Families
The following data is extracted from Long Family Records.
One branch of the Long family eminated from the Prieuxwof, France, in 1400. It is well known that the Longs were at the defense of Londonderry. They closed the gates, December 1688, in face of King James' Army until August 1689. Henry Long was Mayor of Londonderry shortly after the siege. For political reasons the Longs, with others, were dispossessed of their property, the king giving same to his favorites along with titles of nobility. Those newly made lords were generally absentees who spent their time in London and on the Continent. As years passed the Longs became again prosperous. The agent of the absentees who spent their time away called to collect the rent. "On hospitable thoughts intent," a fine dinner was served to which he was invited. At the close of the meal, he arose and said, "You seem to be prosperous in every way and you can afford to have silver on your table (which was rare in those days) so your rent will be increased. "The reply was, "No, we will go to America." Samuel, James, and Andrew sailed for America and settled in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania. Samuel, the forefather of Crawford Long, the discoverer of ether as an anesthetic, went to Georgia in 1788.
The first descendants of the Longs were John and Jennie Long who came from Ireland in 1726. They had issue: John, Mary, James, Elizabeth, and David. John Long married Mary Taft and had issue: John (III): b. Sept. 1747; James: b. June 27, 1749; Betsy: b. Dec. 11, 1750; Anna: b. June 14, 1752; Matthew: b. May 8, 1756; Sarah: b. April 2, 1754; Robert: b. Oct. 14, 1759; David: b. August 10, 1761; Aaron: b. Sept. 18, 1760; Mary: b. Aug. 6, 1765; Abner: b. Sept. 28, 1767; Rebuen: b. Sept. 14, 1769.
David Long (1st) stated the Longs emanated from Scotland. John and Jenny Long and sons, John and David, landed at Taunton, Mass. A copy of David's will dated Feb. 10, 1784, gives his children as David, Stephen, William, and John, also Martha, Jemima, Anna, and Sarah, and speaks of John as a minor. He married Martha Woodward, Dec. 17, 1747.
Abner Long, seventh son, eleventh child of John II and Mary Taft Long, born 1767, married, 1788, Diana Shepherd (born 1771). Had issue:
James: b. 1795.
Abner: b. 1796; d. 1849.
Lewis: b. 1801: issue.
Polly: b. 1803; d. 1822.
Diana: b. 1804; d. 1864.
Mercy: b. 1806; d. 1827.
Edward: b. 1809 at Washington Co., N. Y.; d. 1893; m. Elizabeth Ann Briggs; had issue.
Martha Ann: b. 1835; d. 1866; m. Geo. Johnson.
John: b. 1837; m. Mary Ann Sturtevant.
Sterling: b. 1840; m. Ellen Crawford; d. 1926.
David: b. 1842; m. Mary Ellen Nutting; d. 1924.
Charles: b. 1849; m. Mary Keltenburgh.
Edward: b. 1852; d. 1867.
Source: Long Family Records