An American Family History

Wesley Long


In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

Wesley Long was born August 22,1851 in Indiana. His parents were John Long and Sarah Ann Lefevre.

When he was only 16, Wesley Long married Rosilla Best on October 15, 1867 in Lee County, Iowa. Her parents were John George Best and Rebecca Arnold. She was born April 24, 1848 in Lee County, Iowa. She had a twin who was named Priscilla.

Wesley was living with Thomas and Louisa Long in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois at the time of the 1870 census.

Wesley Long married Laura Jane Gates on December 25, 1872 in Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska. Laura was born on June 14, 1857 in Nemaha County, Nebraska. Her parents were Milo Gates and Alice Kennedy.

Their children included:
Rose Francis Long (1874, married Johan Adolf Anderson),
John L. Long (1875, married Sarah Elizabeth Kinsley),
Arthur Chauncey Long (1877, married Fannie Mae Bender),
Lillie Mae Long (1879, married Louis Napoleon Lolcama),
Mamie A. Long (1884, married William Lolcama),
Vera Della Long (1887, married Chester Orcutt),
Mable Bell Long (1893, died age 13),
Maud L. Long Reese (1893, Theron Greenville Reece and George Elmore Grider),
Edward T. Long (1896), and
Frank W. Long (1899).

Rose was born in Nebraska in 1874 and John was born in 1875 in Missouri.

In 1880 the family was living in Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska. The household consisted of Wesley, Laura, Rosa, John, Arthur and Lillie (Tilla). Wesley was a farmer.

They were in Kansas when Vera, Mable and Maud were born in 1887 and 1893.

By 1900 they were living in Eastonville, El Paso Colorado. The household consisted of Wesley L. age 48, Laura J. age 41, Mamie A. age 16, Vera D. age 13, Twins Maud L. and Mable B. age 6, Edward T. age 3, and Frank W. age 1. Wesley was farming.

In 1906 Mabel died in Weister, Washinton County, Idaho.

In 1920 they were in Middle Weiser, Washington, Idaho. Only Maud, Edward and Frank were still at home.

Wesley died October 23, 1915 when he was 64. He was thrown from a horse. Laura died in March, 1917 of heart trouble. They were buried together in Weiser cemetery.
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
  • Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.
    Indiana became a state in 1819. The north was settled by people from New England and New York, the center by people from the Mid-Atlantic states and Ohio, and the south by people from Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.


    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,

    Weiser American, Weiser, Idaho
    Thursday, October 28, 1915

    Was Just Leaving Neighbor's Ranch Where He Had Been to See About Getting Threshing Done

    Wesley Long, for ten years a resident of Weiser, died Saturday evening just after being brought here from Thousand Springs valley where he had been fatally injured late Friday afternoon by being thrown from a horse. Long moved from here to Midvale about a year ago but had a farm in Thousand Springs valley and had been there to see about some work. He had gone on horseback to the Brady ranch about three miles from his place to find out when he could get a threshing crew. Leaving there he had gone only a short distance when his horse stumbled and fell. Long evidently struck on his head and was badly trampled by the horse as the animal was struggling to get up. People at the ranch went to his assistance at once and it was seen that his injuries were serious. He was taken back to Brady's and a doctor called but there was little to be done and on Saturday it was decided to bring him to the home of one of his daughters, Mrs. Anderson, who lives on East Court street, Weiser.
    Death came just after arrival here.

    Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church Tuesday forenoon in charge of Rev. A. T. Hemphill of the Presbyterian church and the interment was in Weiser cemetery.

    The deceased was born in Indiana in 1851 and was a few months over 64 years of age. He was married at Broken Bow, Nebraska, December 25, 1872, to Miss Laura Gates, the wife who survives him.

    Eight children are living,
    Mrs. Rose Anderson, Weiser;
    A. C. Long, Emporia, Kansas;
    Mrs. Wm. Lolcama, Eastonville, Colorado;
    Mrs. Ralph Wallace, La Grande, Oregon;
    Mrs. Chester Orcutt, Thousand Springs;
    Mrs. Maud Reese, Weiser;
    and two sons, Edward and Frank who made their home with their parents.

    A daughter, Mabel died in 1907 and a son John, was drowned at Winona, Kas. only a couple of months ago.


    Weiser American
    Weiser, Idaho
    Thursday, March 15, 1917

    Mrs. Laura Long, relict of Wesley Long, who died about a year and a half ago passed away Monday morning at her home 806 East Court street. Deceased was aged 59 years, death resulting from heart trouble. Two sons survive, also three daughters; Mrs. Rose Anderson and Mrs. Ralph Wallace of Weiser, and Mrs. Orcutt of Thousand Springs Valley. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Hemphill officiating. Interment was in the Weiser cemetery.

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