John Long

Male 20th day, 3rd month, 1761 - 17th day, 4th month, 1836


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  • Born  20th day, 3rd month, 1761  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17th day, 4th month, 1836 
    Notes 
    • John Long, of Loudoun County, Virginia, who was a Quaker like his father, married on October 13, 1782, at South Fork Meeting House, Mary Clark of Fauquier County, Virginia. On May 24, 1783, John and Mary Clark Long were found "guilty of fornication" (before their marriage), no doubt on the basis of their first child's birth on 27 March 1783, after their 13 October 1782 wedding, and they were dismissed. They offered a paper of acknowledgment and asked re-instatement on November 27, 1784, which was finally accepted September 24, 1785. "Note: When Goose Creek PM was made a MM in 1785, this family was automatically transferred from Fairfax to the said Goose Creek MM, Loudoun County, Virginia (Hinshaw, Volume VI, page 528).

      John came to North Carolina from Loudoun County, one of that state's richest and most prosperous counties, and settled in Chatham County, where his large family grew up and married. John, his wife Mary, and children Ann and John, were received at Cane Creek Monthly Meeting on November 4, 1786, on a certificate from Goose Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, dated January 30, 1786 (Hinshaw, Volume I, p. 405; Volume VI, page 672). He was dismissed on May 6, 1797, and received back on request, on December 2, 1815, after the deaths of his first wife and youngest child (Hinshaw, Volume I, p. 405).

      "10 June 1799, North Carolina to John Long [no residence given], thirty shillings per hundred acres, 20 acres, on waters of Stinking Quarter, adjoins his own land on E, Henry Kyme on S, Guilford Line on W, John Clark on N, begin at a stake in Guilford County Line Henry Kyme's cor., N along Guilford Line 73 p. to Clarke's cor., E 51 p. along his line to a post oak, S 25 degrees 61 p. to a B. oak, S15E 14 p., W 26 p. to beginning; signed: W. R. Davie; witness: Will. White. (Orange County, NC, Deed Book 8, page 100)

      On May 7, 1808, a John Long was dismissed from Cane Creek Monthly Meeting for marrying out of unity. On October 4, 1817, a "John Long, Jr.", was reported as marrying out of unity. On December 6, of that same year, "John Sr."'s second wife, Mary, was received on certificate from New Garden Monthly Meeting. The first incident is probably the son; and the second and third references are probably the father, since John Wesley Long (son of John Long) and Sabra Shepherd Ramsey were married in Cumberland County, NC, on 6 May 1807. Sabra was not a Quaker, and so John Wesley Long was dismissed from the society, and he then joined a local Lutheran church. Their first child was born on or before 1815. Perhaps the father's marriage was considered out of unity until the proper certificate for his wife was produced. (Hinshaw, Volume I, page 405)

      John Long married his second wife, Mary (Wilson) Gardner, on 10 November 1816 in Randolph County, NC. Their son was born in 1818. Mary (b. 13 January 1777) was the daughter of William and Eunice Wilson; and she had two daughters from a prior marriage surnamed Gardner.

      The Long's Mill neighborhood includes parts of Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, and Chatham Counties, comprised a radius of five to six miles, centered by an ancient landmark, John Long's flour mill, from which had been derived the post-office address "Long's Mill, Randolph County." Millers, left alone with the grist and their consciences, were suspected of taking more than their lawful toll. His grandson William John Long once heard a preacher, in his funeral sermon for a miller, declare that the deceased was as "honest as circumstances would permit."

      "In April of 1815, Long's Mill Meeting was begun near Long's Mill on the banks of Cane Creek. Two months prior to this, Friends living in the area of Long's Mill had asked that they be allowed to hold a meeting "amongst themselves." After the traditional visit of a committee, Cane Creek Monthly Meeting granted their request. By 1820 Long's Mill Meeting felt that they were ready to become a preparative meeting, but Cane Creek Monthly Meeting did not agree and their request for preparative status was denied, as stated in the minutes of August 1820. Just how long this group continued to meet is unknown." ("Cane Creek, Mother of Meetings," by Bobbie T. Teague, NC Yearly Meeting of Friends, 1995, p. 29)

      John Long's will is dated 12 January 1836, and proved in November Court 1836 in Orange County (E400-401). It names wife Mary W. Long, son Alphonso (who is to continue at school until he is 18 1/2 years old), "my store is to be kept in operation," with the store going to Alphonso, and he also names Alphonso's sister Flora. He also names his first wife's children as Nancy, John, Rebecca, Sally, Polly, Rachel, who are given $200 with what they have already received. Executors were John Newlin and his son James Newlin; Witnesses are D. Patterson, A. Shearer, and Fred'k Brown.

      John Long is buried at Cane Creek Meeting House.
    Person ID  I861  Benbow Family and Allied Lines
    Last Modified  14 Feb 2009 

    Father  James Long 
    Mother  Ann 
    Family ID  F322  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mary Clark,   b. 30th day, 12th month, 1753, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15th day, 10th month, 1815, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13th day, 10th month, 1782  South Fork Meeting House, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Society of Friends 
    Children 
     1. Nancy "Ann" Long,   b. 27th day, 3rd month, 1783, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Wesley Long,   b. 26 Feb 1785, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1857, Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rebecca Long,   b. 31st day, 3rd month, 1787, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James Long,   b. 5th day, 4th month, 1789, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Sarah Long,   b. 25th day, 4th month, 1790, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Polly Long,   b. 12th day, 9th month, 1792, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Rachel Long,   b. 24th day, 2nd month, 1795, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. James Long,   b. 1815, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 May 2008 
    Family ID  F320  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Wilson,   b. 13th day, 1st month, 1777,   d. 9th month, 1844, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Nov 1816  Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Flora Long
     2. Alphonso W. Long,   b. 24th day, 11th month, 1818, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1845
    Last Modified  25 May 2008 
    Family ID  F321  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    John Long, 1761 - 1836
    John Long, 1761 - 1836
    "In Memory of JOHN LONG, who died on the 17th of the 4th month 1836 aged 75 years -- He was born in Penn. and emigrated to Orange Co. N.C. in 1785"


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