An American Family History

William Long

Fairfield County is in central Ohio. The county seat is Lancaster.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.


William Long was born in Barree Township, Huntington County, Pennsylvania. At that time it was in Bedford County. His father was William Long.

The Long family moved on to Fairfield County, Ohio in 1806.

He married Sarah (Rachel) Cole on October 6, 1812. Sarah was born on January 19, 1786. Her parents were Thomas Cole and Elizabeth Stevens.

William and Sarah had at least four children;
Bethia H. Long (1814, married her cousin John Long),
William Long (1815),
Harrison Long (1815, married Lucinda), and
Mary Long (1820).

At the time of the 1830 census the William Long, Jr. household consisted of:

one man between 40 and 50 - William born 1780-1790
one woman between 30 and 40 - Sarah
two boys between 15 and 20 - William age 15
one boy between 10 and 15 - Harrison age 13
one girl between 10 and 15 - Bethia age 16?
two girls between five and 10 - Mary age 10
one girl under five

Barree Township, Pennsylvania was formed in 1767 and was originally part of of Cumberland County, then it became part of Bedford County until 1787 when it became part of Huntingdon County.

Shays's Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices.

Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck
from Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack

Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created on March 9, 1771 from part of Cumberland County.

In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.




from Will Book 3, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Last Will and Testament of William Maffet

In the name of God, Amen, I William Maffet of Barree Township in the County of Huntingdon and State of Pennsylvania . . .

In the fifth place I give and devise unto my son John Maffit 50 acres of land part of my old tract including and to include the old meadow to the partition fence at the foot and I order and direct 100 acres of land part of a tract in the name of William Long to be taken off the east end of said tract to have and to hold the same his heirs and assigns forever.

In the sixth place I give and devise unto my son William Maffet ... also seventy of land part of a tract in the name of William Long beginning at the north east corner of the old tract to be taken off on both sides of the creek, thence up the creek along the south line of said land and down again to the east side of the old tract to have and to hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever....

Also I give and devise to my son James his heirs and assigns 100 acres of land part of a tract in the name of William Long to be taken off the east end of said tract.


Bauman & Dreisbach

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