An American Family History

James Long

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

James Long was born on May 29, 1772. His father was William Long.

He moved with his family to Barree Township, Pennsylvania about 1774.

James married Margaret Lamb on May 20, 1794 in Pennsylvania. Margaret was born on October 9, 1775. She was the daughter of James and Ann Lamb.

James and Margaret's children probably included:
Elizabeth Long Reynolds (1795, married Burton Reynolds),
Jacob Long (1796),
Abraham Long (1799),
John Long
(1805, married his cousin Bethiah Long),
Anna Long Evans (1807, married David Evans),
Wesley Long (1811, married Elizabeth Lefevre),
Mary A. Long (1813),

James was on the 1806 tax list of Amanda Township, Fairfield County, Ohio.

James appeared on the 1810 tax list of Fairfield County, Ohio.

James died on September 10, 1815 when he was 44 years old.

He is buried at Turkey Run Baptist Church Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio.

According to Allen J. Lamb, after his death, Margaret married Joseph Hilliards.

Fairfield County, Ohio

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.

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


The Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant 160 acres of undeveloped land outside of the original colonies. Anyone who had never taken up arms against the United States could file an application. They had to live on the land and make improvements to receive title.

History of Logan County
Corwin Township
p. 655-656

John Long is one of the settlers of 1852, and has lived on his present farm, on section 28, since 1855. He was born in Amanda Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, November 25, 1805, where he was reared and married Bethiah Long, who although of the same name was not a relative.

In 1852 he removed with his wife and family, consisting of nine children, to Illinois, settling in Hurlburt Township, where he remained two years. He then bought his present farm. There were a few improvements made on the farm when he purchased it, but all his present imporvements in the way of building, fencing, etc., he has made himself. The farm consists of 224 acres, twenty-four acres of which is timber land. Mr. Long is one of those who has made his own way in the world, having but a few hundred dollars when he came to Logan County.

The wife, whom he brought to Logan County with him, assisted her husband in making a home but did not live long to enjoy it. She died in August, 1871, leaving nine children, all of whom lived to maturity. Two sons and three daughters are now living - Wesley, residing in Atlanta, Logan County, married Miss Addie Harrison, of Waynesville, Illinois, daughter of Dr. Harrison; Mrs. Nancy Ritchart, widow of Philip Ritchhart; Ellen, wife of Charles Morse, of Hurlbut Township; John, and Anna, wife of Michael Brinkett.

The father of the subject of this sketch, James Long, was a native of New Jersey, and removed with his parents from his native State to Pennsylvania, where he married the mother of our subject, removing soon after his marriage to Kentucky.

Later he removed to Ohio, where he died. The mother came to Illinois to live with her children and died soon after.

John H. Long, the only child at the homestead of our subject, was born in Ohio, May 8, 1847, and with the exception of six years, four of which he was engaged in business at Atlanta, he had always lived at the homestead. He married Miss Callie Van Meter, born in Ohio, July 8, 1852, daughter of John R. Van Meter, of Logan County, Ohio.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

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