An American Family History

Sarah Elizabeth Freestone Brinson Long


In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

The Civil War had more casualties than any other American war. Disease and infection were the biggest killers.

Sarah Elizabeth Freestone Brinson was born on June 4, 1841 in Madison, Indiana. Her parents were Zachariah Freestone and Mariah Jane McCarty.

She married David A. Brinson. David was born in 1839 in Ripley Indiana. His parents were John Brinson and Elizabeth Wade. John and Elizabeth Brinson were charter members of the First Christian Church in Winterset in 1853.

Sarah and David's son John Brinson was born in May 1859 and their daughter, Mary Ann Brinson Marshall Spafford was born June 12, 1861.

David enlisted on August 21, 1862 as a private in Company F of the 4th Iowa Infantry. He died of disease at Young’s Point, Louisiana on February 7, 1863.

On October 21, 1866 she married John H. Long. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on John and Sarah Long.

Sarah died May 28, 1903 in Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska.

Children of John H. Long
and Mary LeFevre:
  • Thomas Long
  • Elizabeth J. Long
  • Rebecca M. Long Richards
  • John H. Long
  • Margaret Long

  • Children of John and Sarah:
  • Jerome Chancey Long
  • Wesley Long
  • Jacob Long

    Children of John
  • and Sarah Freestone:
  • Mary Ann Brinson Marshall Spafford
  • George Long
  • Harry Hurburt Long
  • Rosa May Long Myers
  • Horace Mickel Long
  • David Alvin Long
  • Hamilton County, Nebraska was formed in 1870.
    Nebraska was not settled by many European-Americans until 1848. In the 1860s, the government took Native American land and opened it for homesteaders. Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1, 1867,


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