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The Long Family

of Tulsa, Oklahoma 

By Neil A. Boyer



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        Many families were involved in the complex ancestry of the Long Family of Tulsa.  This section focuses on Clarence Ray Long (1889-1935), a journalist and intellectual who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during a period of great liberal activism.  Clarence married Odie Deeta McLaughlin (1888-1976), and they raised four children in Tulsa.  

        This material traces the ancestry of Clarence Long -- back to the Parkers, Vanderfords, Longs and Thompsons of western Pennsylvania -- and of Odie Long -- back to the McLaughlins and McClurgs and Ralstons, also of western Pennsylvania.  It also includes the descendants of Odie and Clarence Long, down to the present day.  The major families covered in this section include:

PARKER
VANDERFORD
LONG
CHADWICK
THOMPSON
JENSEN
LITTLE
ILLINGWORTH
HINES
THOMPSON
McLAUGHLIN
McCLURG
RALSTON
MISCY / MISEY


        The material includes these sections:

This part focuses on the family of Colonel William Parker (d. 1808), who came to America from England in 1754 and fought with the Continental Army, and on Charles Wrench Vanderford (1753-1788), a Revolutionary soldier whose ancestors came to America from Wales and the Netherlands.  Land granted to the Parker family was known as “Parker’s Landing,” on the Allegheny River north of Pittsburgh.

The Vanderfords lived on the eastern shore of Maryland.  A daughter of the Vanderford family, Elizabeth Vanderford (1818-1888), married James Wilson Parker (1817-1897), and they lived in Parker's Landing.   Another child, Henry Vanderford, was a prominent newspaper publisher and legislator in Maryland.

SAMUEL W. LONG
This part focuses on Samuel W. Long (1833-1865), who married Almira Parker (1840-1860) and Abbie Parker (1844-1906).  Both were daughters of James Wilson and Elizabeth Vanderford Parker.  Samuel lived in Ohio and died at age 32 near Nashville, during the Civil War.

SAMUEL PARKER LONG
The first child of Samuel W. Long was Samuel Parker Long (1860-1926), the son of Almira Parker Long.  He was a Methodist missionary in Burma and a minister in Pittsburgh and Duluth.  In retirement, he settled near Naples, New York.  His four sons -- Haniel Clark Long, James Parker Long, Donald Oldham Long and Wendell Partridge Long -- were writers in addition to their regular professions. This section includes information on the Illingworth family of England and Burma and its relationship to the Longs, as well as the Hines family of West Virginia, which was linked a child of the Illingworth family. It also includes a section on Oliver Moulton Chadwick, World War I fighter pilot and brother-in-law of James Parker Long.

WILLIAM GEORGE LONG and MATTIE THOMPSON

This section addresses William George Long (1865-1926), second son of Samuel W. Long and a child of Abbie Parker Long.  He was an oil expert who grew up in Parker’s Landing, Pennsylvania, and worked in the oil industry in West Virginia, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was the father of Clarence Ray Long (1888-1935).

William George Long married Mattie Thompson (1864-1915) .  She was the first of seven children of Wesley and Elizabeth Rose Thompson, of Washington County, Pennsylvania.  Like Mattie’s father-in-law, her father, Wesley Thompson, also died as a result of his Civil War service.  After Mattie's death, Bill Long married Maude Jensen Little. Her father, born in Denmark, had been a U.S. Indian agent in Oklahoma. Her second husband, William Thomas Little, had participated in the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 and later served as a legislator, forestry expert and historian.

CLARENCE RAY LONG
Clarence (1889-1935) was the only child of Bill and Mattie Thompson Long.  Born at Parker’s Landing, he was a muckraking journalist, prolific writer and liberal intellectual.  He left behind more than 150 of his very opinionated letters, plus numerous articles, letters to the editor, and children’s stories.  He married Odie Deeta McLaughlin and they lived in Tulsa.

CHILDREN OF CLARENCE AND ODIE LONG
This section reports on the four children of Clarence and Odie McLaughlin Long, all born in Tulsa, and on their descendants.  The children were:

* William Charles Long (1916-1988), who married Mildred Hipsley
* Vallance McLaughlin Long (1917-1975), who married Faith Flickinger
* John Vanderford Long (1920-2004), who married Nicole Denier
* Rachel Louise Long (1924-2004), who married Edward Misey 

McLAUGHLIN  AND ECKHARDT FAMILIES
This section reports on the family of Charles McLaughlin (1862-1940), born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, also an expert in oil and gas, who lived in West Virginia.  He married Jennie McClurg (see below) and they had two children.  Later he married Mary (Mayme) Eckhardt, and they had three children.  Charles' first-born child was Odie McLaughlin Long. This page also contains information on the ancestors and siblings of Mayme Eckhardt, including her grandfather, George Warner Eckhardt, who was born in Germany about 1808 and became a tavern keeper in Wheeling.

McCLURG FAMILY
This section reports on the family of Jennie McClurg (1862-1895), who married Charles McLaughlin.  She was the daughter of Cyrus McClurg (1836-1883) of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Jennie died at the age of 33.

RALSTON FAMILY
The family of Martha Ann Ralston, (1838-1916), was also prominent in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Martha was the daughter of William Ralston (1796-1867).  She married Cyrus McClurg and was the mother of Jennie McClurg McLaughlin.

MISCY/MISEY FAMILY OF MILWAUKEE
This section reports on the family of John Miscy (1888-1978), who came to America from Zubak, Austria-Hungary, in 1915 and lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He married Pauline Fojut, the  daughter of immigrants from Prussia.  They had eight children, including two nuns and two priests, and at home they spoke Polish.  Their fourth child, Edward Gabriel Misey (b. 1918), married Rachel Long (1924-2004), the daughter of Clarence Long of Tulsa.  Rachel and Edward had one child, Johanna Misey (b. 1961), who married Neil A. Boyer.



GENEALOGICAL CHARTS
Charts are provided on most of the families addressed in this section.

Neil Boyer's Family History Page




        Extensive work was put into assembling the details on these multiple and complex families, and it was done primarily by Rachel Long Misey.  She received substantial assistance from several cousins and many other relatives and interested individuals.

        The author and assembler of this piece is Neil A. Boyer, of Silver Spring, Maryland, the husband of Johanna Misey Boyer, who is the daughter of Rachel Long Misey and Edward Misey.  For more information on Neil Boyer, go here.

Comments, updates, and especially corrections are welcome.  Please contact
Neil Boyer through email at
naboyer@comcast.net

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