Letter from Dr. David Long 1761-1852,
Son of John Long,
Aaron Long Jr., his nephew.
Having stumbled across this account of the Long family I have
decided to transcribe it and donate a few copies to certain
libraries in the United States.
These records are not only important to the Long family
to the Boyd family as well because it shows the connection of
Abraham Boyd of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Wilmington,
Vermont to John Boyd who married Margaret Long in Boston,
Massachusetts in 1731 ( page 16). Perhaps John Boyd came to
Boston from Ireland as John Long did. If not on the same ship
then just before or after.
In transcribing these records I have done my best to decipher
some of the words and names. If mistakes are made, and some
surely are, I apologise. I did not work from the original
but a copy of a copy. Perhaps another person will see
something that I did not (in the original). In any event I have
made this record available to a few more genealogists and family
historians which might prove valuable in future.
An original copy of the letter is at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls,
Massachusetts. Another copy is at the Allen Library in Fort Wayne, IN
Richard G. Boyd
12137 Highland Avenue
Mt. Morris, MI 48458
December 31, 1992
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
SEYMOUR E. LONG, LATE
OF MARGATE, FLORIDA
His dedication to the history of the
Long family and
founding father of "The John Long Family Association"
will be remembered by future generations of Long's
and by all people who are searching their family roots.
John Long, my grandfather and your great grandfather
emigrated from Ireland in the year 1726 bringing in his
family, John Long, Ginny Long, Mary Long. After landing in
America was born, James Long, Elizabeth Long and David Long.
In the same ship Matthew Taft and family emigrated. Robert
Taft, Matthew Taft, John Taft, Mary Taft my mother and your
grandmother and Anna Taft. John Long, my grandfather and your
great grandfather with his family settled in Taunton (Mass.)
where he lived and died. Matthew Taft ventured far away in
the wilderness to a newly settled town, Upton, 30 miles from
Boston & 26 miles from Taunton. A greater adventure then
than now to go to California or Oregon where he located 4
hundred acres of land and settled himself and family in the
year 1727. His sons, Robert, Matthew, & John when received
back a fourth part.......
Our father and grandfather in the year 1741 purchased a
fine lot of land adjoining Matthew Tafts. Ignorant of
crossing the briney ocean in the same ship together. There
and then he beheld the lovely face and beautiful person, Mary
Taft, our mother and grandmother and by patiently waiting
until 1746, John Long and Mary Taft became one and the
following is the fruits of that union.
John Long b. Sept 3, 1747 d. Jan 2, 1805 aged 57y 4m 21d
James Long b. June 27, 1749 d. Aug 9, 1773 aged 24y 2m 12d
Betsy Long b. Dec 11,1750 d. Sept 1756 aged 6y 9m 6d
Ann Long b. June 14, 1752 d. Sept 17, 1756 aged 5y 3m 3d
Matthew Long b. May 8, 1756 d. Sept 17, 1756
Sarah Long b. Apr 2, 1754 d. Jne 13, 1813 Aged 59y 2m 11d
Matthew Long b. Sept 7, 1757 d. Dec 21, 1821 Aged 63y 3m 14d
Robert Long b. Oct 14, 1759 d. Oct 31 1833 Aged 74y 17d
David Long b. Aug 10, 1761
Aaron Long b. Sept 13, 1763 d. Sept 13, 1830 Aged 67y
Mary Long b. Aug 6, 1765
Abner Long b. Sept 28, 1767 d. Sept 29, 1849 Aged 82y 1d
Rueben Long b. Sept 14, 1769 d. Aug 28, 1824 Aged 54y 11m 14d
David Long family 5 sons 3 daughters
John Long b. July 29, 1785 d. Aug 24, 1836 Ae 51y 16d
David Long Jr. b. Sep 29, 1787 d. Sep 1, 1851 Ae 63y 11m 2d
A son b. Aug 9, 1789 d. one day
Hugh Long b. 22 June 1791
Mary Long b. July 21, 1793 d. Aug 30, 1850 Aged 57y 1m 2d
Peggy Long b. July 6, 1796 d. May 28, 1797 Aged 10m
James Long b. Mar 18, 1798
Jane Long b. Oct 26, 1804 d. Aug 8, 1824 Ae 19y 9m 18d
William Long b. Dec 3 1807
David Long b. Dec 13, 1811 d. July 25, 1842 Ae 31y 7m 12d
John Long b. July 1, 1814 d. May 22, 1835 Ae 20y 10m 15d
DAVID LONG Jr's CHILDREN
Solon Long b. Apr 11, 1812 d. Jan 10, 1830 Ae 17y 9m 2d
Harris Long b. Mar 13, 1814 d. Jly 27, 1815 Ae 1y 4m 14d
Mary Long b. Mar 1, 1816 married Soloman Severance has two
sons; Lewis Severance and Soloman Severance Jr. Bright lads.
Mary Long's children
Margret Long great grand children 8 2 of them dead.
David no issue
Lucinda united in covenent Alden STONE one great g. child
Dewitt Viness united Mrs. William 1 g g child
Adaline companion of Wm. CARTER no fruit.
Jane partner to Oscar Re___? fruitful indeed 3 g g children
Roland Everit Joseph W. Leaver
Hugh Long's children by Mary second wife first wife Mary dead
July (Julie) Long, Mary Long, Chester Long
July Long's children page 12
July Long born May 1, 1815.
Mary Long born June 23, 1817 died March 22, 1842 aged 24
years 2 mts 1 day.
Chester Long born February 15, 1819 had 3 children 1 son and
2 daughters. 2 dead daughters.
James Long's children
Dela morice? born Nov 10, 1823 died Feb 18, 1827 aged 3 years
9 months 18 days.
Darvin Long born April 9, 1825, 1 daughter
Jane Long born June 2, 1827 1 son James and one daughter.
Hugh Long's grandchildren
Hugh Dodge, Mary Dodge, Juliet Dodge, Loyat? Dodge
My brothers family
John Long's family
Lewis Long b. 12 Jan 1779 d. 30 Sep 1800 Ae 20y 7m 18d
Betsy Long b. 5 Jly 1782 d. 14 Sep 1802 Ae 20y 2m 9d
Silas Long b. 1 Sep 1784 his family Osius? Long, Aristis Long
Alfonzo Long, Lewis Long, Edward Long, Ophelia Long, Arabel
Long, Carline Long, Mary Long, From Telagraph History Report
4 told ________ Ester Long on page 7
John Long died young.
Diana Long married Robert SEVERANCE, the fruits of which 4
sons Soloman, Darvin, Orsemus, John,
Ester Long married Adonigah ATHERTON - Large family
Robert Severance, husband of Diana Long died and 5 months
after his wife followed him to the silent house appointed for
all the living, the grave. But before she died she gave her 4
sons before named to David Long's family at Cleveland as his
sons and so far as adoption could constitute sons they became
his sons and truly so for Soloman Severance married his
daughter Mary Long his only child from which sprang Lewis and
Darvin Severance died long since. Soloman Severance died in
the year 1835 or 36 if my memory is correct. Orsemus has a
family and is a much respected business man and citizen. John
Severance is of age, he can speak for himself as he stands on
his own two legs.
Ester Long, daughter of John Long married Adonigah ATHERTON
Large family beyond my history
Sarah Long married Moses WOOD, the fruit of which was 3 sons
_______? Daniel Wood and Rueben Wood, 7 daughters; Betsy,
Hannah, Polly, Rhoda, Anne, Mary, and Melissa? Wood. Some of
the fruits of Rhoda is Almusia? Albert and A_______? P______?
From Hannah Wood stock proceeded? Romain Stewart Long now by
Matthew Long's family
James Long, Ezra Long, Fisher Long, Orlando Long, Nancy Long,
Patty Long, Betsy Long, Polly Long, Mary Long.
Ezra Long`s family; Joel Long, John Long, Rufus Long, Nancy
Long, Lo___? Long, Polly Long.
Fisher Long's Family; Diana Long, Orsemus Long.
James Long's family; Fisher Long, Wm. Long, Matthew Long,
Patty Long, Sally Long, Betsy Long.
Here ends the history of Matthew Long's issue as they all
moved in a joint stock from Vermont to Pennsylvania in 1813
to a place called Sugar Crick. I visited this family of
farmers in 1818 and found them multiplied in number and
stock. Ezra a unionized _______?
Robert Long's family. He married S______? SWIFT
Chester Long, a gospel preacher settled on Long Island here
ends my history of him.
Oren Long, a good citizen has a good partner in life, a good
home, one adopted son. All this is easily proved.
Rueben Long died aged 18 years.
Nancy Long married James GITTREY? 2 children.
Polly Long married Zephaniah SWIFT. No fruit.
Carline Long married Leonard ORMSBY has a large family, John
David Long, himself and children and grandchildren and great
grandchildren before noted.
Aaron Long's family and wife Polly MILLER, fruits:
Polly Long, Mary Long, Anna Long, Melinda Long, Aaron Long
Jr., Anna Long, Lucy Long? Joel Long, Alonzo Long, Joel Long,
Polly Long married ________? BOUWILL? had 1 son.
Mary Long m. had 1 daughter who married Hugh MILLER.
Melinda Long married Lewis STEWART, had 1 son Romain STEWART.
Aaron Long Jr. married Nancy COOLEY will find their record on page 20.
Anna Long married Solan COOK has 2 daughters.
Robert Long married Anna LACEY, 1 child.
Mary Long born Aug 6, 1765 is the wife of T.L. ENSWORTH,
Clinton, Oneida County, New York. One son L.W.L ENSWORTH.
Known as Col. ENSWORTH.
Abner Long's family
James Long, Abner Long Jr., Walter Long, Edward Long, Lewis
Long, Polly Long, Mary Long, Diana Long. Adaline Long, Lovice
James Long lives in Michigan, his family is Shepard Long,
Permedo Long, Ensign Long, Deborah Long, Diana Long, Almira
Long, Margaret Long, Sarah Long, Lovice Long
Edward Long's family; he married Betsy BRIGGS; children
Martha Long, John Long, Edward Long, David Long, Charles Long
Edward Long's charactor and standing in life and society
gives honor to the name of Long. He is a citizen of Erie
County and as a magistrate doth honor to himself and the
office he fills. His arm is the sword to protect the law for
the safety of life. Long may he live in life and in office.
Diana Long is the wife of Enos CATHCART and she has one
beautiful adopted daughter, Loviah CATHCART and in addition a
good partner and to wind up the story a good home.
Adaline Long is the partner in life with Silas Topliff? He
would be great if he knew how has a large family beyond my
Josiah Long is the wife of Jonas KENNY, has 1 son and 1
Rueben Long has one son, Franklin Long and daughter Nancy
July (Julie?) Long's children: 2 sons 5 daughters.
Hugh Dodge, Violet Dodge, ________ Dodge.
Born August 10, 1845. Jane Dodge, Mary Dodge, Anna Dodge,
James Long, My father and your Grandfather's brothers family
had three sons and 4 daughters. James Long, Stephan Long,
Josiah Long, Mary Long, Elizabeth Long, Ginny Long, Sarah
Long- in the early age of his family he moved from _______?
where they were born to Hopkinton, New Hampshire. (Mass.?)
The following is their history small and short.
James Long had two sons, Wm. Long and James Long, 3 daughters
Patty Long, Abigail Long, Rachel Long. Abigail Long became
the wife of Col. Bruce. Both her husband and father fell
victims in the cause of liberty in the war of 1775 in the
memorial battle of Monmouth.
Stephan Long's history is of public notarity, he graduated at
Cambridge in 1799. He is the partner of Clark in the survey
of our mountains and hills of our western world. He yet lives
or did live in 1847. Was president of a courtmartial at
Washington. I hope yet lives.
James Long is a rich farmer in New Hampshire, has 3 sons,
David Long, John Long, Ebenezer Long, 2 daughters Abigail
Long, Hannah Long.
Joseph Long, 1 son, Orin Long, 2 daughters, Mary Long, Nancy Long.
Stephan Long has 2 sons & 1 daughter, Grace Long, Harris
Long, Washington Long. These are the descendants of James
Long, brother to John Long, my father and your grandfather.
David Long, my father and your grandfather's brother; his
family; David Long, Stephan Long, Wm. Long, John Long, Nancy
Long, Mary Long, Anna Long, Hannah Long, Sarah Long.
David Long became a preacher of the Baptist order, had
several sons and daughter Zilpah Long, married Nathaniel
MERRILL, has a grandson 4 miles on our route this side
Batavia. David Long's sons emigrated to the south. Stephan
had 3 sons, Lawson Long, Wm. Long, Stephan Long settled and
last account of him was in Shelburne.
Stephan Long in Shelburne family. Joseph Long, a military man
a Colonel. David Long, wagon and carriage maker.
Stephan Long, a lawyer of note.
Franklin Long, large family, young.
Washington Long, a platform? saying for him??
Abigail Long, Mary Long, Nancy Long.
Uncle David Long's sons.
William Long's family, Wm. Long, Osias Long, Oratio Long,
Zilpha Long, Mehata Long, Betsy Long, Sarah Long.
John Long's family
Orin Long, John Long, Polly Long, Betsy Long
Orin Long married Hannah WILSON, has 3 sons, 1 daughter.
John Long never married. Polly married Rueben SMITH.
Sarah Long married John MERRILL. His family is away from my
Ginny Long (1) , my father & your grandfather's sister, married
John Boyd. From the fruits of this union sprung all
the numerous families of Boyds, John Boyd, David Boyd,
Abraham Boyd, Samuel Boyd, William Boyd. From Samuel Boyd
sprang the great Kentucky Boyd (2) member of Congress (3) ____?
no credit to one drop of Long blood but later the 3rd generation
Robert Boyd, owner of the best horse ever slept upon the
Plank Road, is a good whig. John Boyd (3) member of Congress
once and agin from Washington County is a grandson of Samuel
Boyd, good whig.
Here I leave Aunt Ginny's family.
Aunt Mary Long's family.
Mary Long married James Woodard, had one son. One daughter
died young. This family early settled in Shelburne (Mass).
Lived and died there. His son Samuel had no family.
1. "Ginny" was the nickname ofMargaret Long who married John
Boyd in Boston, 1731.
2. Lynn Boyd Congressman b. Nashville, Tenn Nov 22, 1800 son
of Abraham Boyd. (I have since found that this Lynn Boyd was
a son of Abraham who was a son of James, born in Virginia and
thus not closely related to our Boyds. RGB)
3. John Huggins Boyd, Congressman, born in Salem, NY., July
31, 1799. (See "Who was Who" 1607-1897 page 136.) [J.H.
Boyd not traced by this compiler.]
Aunt Elizabeth Long married Nathan Babbit, settled in
Braintree?, Mass. had two daughters. He fell a victim for
liberty at Yorktown in the capture of the British Bull DOG
Cornwallis. Having giving a short history of the ancient as
well as our modern relations I think it may be of some use to
know the union of several families by marriage.
Marriages of my fathers family and descendants.
John Long married Mary Taft 13 children
John Long Jr. married Esther Haws 8 children
Sarah Long "do" meaning "ditto" Moses Wood 10 children
Matthew Long " " " " Betsy Haws 11 children
Robert Long " " " " Lorinda? Swift 6 children
David Long " " " " Marget Harkney? 8 children
Aaron Long " " " " Polly Miller 9 children
Mary Long " " " " Ansil Hustons 10 children
married 2nd. JW Levin
Abner Long " " " " Diana ?? 10 children
married 2nd Abigal Stone
Rueben Long " " "
" Ginney Wilson 2 children
David Long's children;
John Long married Martha BROWN. children 3
David Long Jr., married Juley? WALWORTH " 3
Hugh Long married _______? HASTINGS 2nd Lorry COBB " 4
Mary Long on the last page back.
James Long married Mary CATHCART " 3
John Long family, none
David Long Jr. family one Mary has two sons, Lewis Severance
and Solon Severance.
Hugh Long, 1 son, Chester Long 2 daughters, July Long, Mary
Long died 22 March 1842.
Chester Long married Harriet LEE, has 1 son 1 daughter dead.
July Long married Josiah DODGE has 3 sons, 4 daughters.
G. Children G. Grandchildren Living Dead
John Long 1 2
Solan Long 1 2
Mary Long married Soloman SEVERANCE 2 sons 2
July Long married Josiah DODGE had 7 children 6 1
Mary Long married Jackson HASTINGS
Chester Long married Harriet LEE 3 children 1 2
Margaret Hastings m. Wilson DODGE had 8 child. 6 2
David L. Hastings
Lucinda Hastings m. Alden STONE 1 child 1
Viness? Seaver m. July WILLIAM 1 child 1
June Seaver m. Ovil REED 4 children 4
Josiah W. Seaver
Jane Monica Seaver
Darvin Long m. Catherine COLE 1 daughter 1
Jane Long m. Lester MORGAN 1 son 1 dau. 2
Aaron Long, Self and family.
Aaron Long married
Charles Levant Long
Sarah Chapman Long
Ann Judson Long
Mary Miller Long
Frances Amelia Long
Ellen Mae Long
Harriet Lacy Long
Harriet Adelle Long
Laura Mitilda Long
Francis Anna Long
(Traced over pencil notations by
P.M. Long Jr.)
(no number for this page in original)
1851 Living or dead
Grandchildren Great G. Children Living Dead
John Longs William Long
David Long 1
John Long 1
David Long Solan Long
Harris Long 1
Mary Long living 2 G. Grand 2
Hugh Long July
Mary Long dead
Chester Long 2
Mary Long's children
Nancy Hastings 8 children, G. Grand 6 2
David L. Hastings
Lucinda Hastings 1
Viness Seaver 1
Jane Seaver 4
Solan Leaver, Everit Leaver, Josiah Leaver
James Long's family
Darvin Long, Dela Marie Long
Grandchildren living 16, dead 6
Parley Long, uncle to John Long, my father, came to America
in the year 1732, settled in Uxbridge, lived there until
1780, at which place and time I became acquainted with him he
had moved to Salem, Washington County when I moved to Hebron
in 1784. He died aged 89 years. His family consisted of three
sons. Edward Long; Captain Long was the most active business
man in town. Samuel Long was killed in the Bennington battle.
Levi Long married, had a family, 1 son was drowned in the
river near Glen Falls. He had two daughters, Mary Long
married Thomas McClarey? had 1 son 2 daughters. One daughter
married Wm. Seaver from whom proceeded Wm. Seaver Jr, ______?
_______? ________? _________? Daniel Seaver, Overseer of
Railroad baggage. James makes, Wm. Seaver and son Tipers of
the frothey times????????
Edward Long settled in Cambridge, Washington County, New
York, purchased Old LARKINS checkered house. He has a small
family. One son of his name as a stand by, Israel Long family
John Long, Matthew Long. John Long was killed at the battle
of the burning of Buffulo in the late war with Great Britain
of 1812-13-14 and 1815. The result of which I hope and pray
may be the means of opening their eyes to see their danger of
ever again insulting the American eagle and flag.
Doctor Ebenezer Long, Brandon, Vermont, second and third
cousin. He was and is a worthy good man, Phyisian. David
Long, great family at Greenfield, Mass. I expect to soon able
My mother's sister, Anna (TAFT) married John ROCKWOOD, had a
large family of 5. Hezekiah Rockwood, Josiah Rockwood, Elisha
Rockwood, John Rockwood, Amamill? Rockwood. 3 daughters,
Hannah, Deborah, and Comfort Rockwood. Hannah married Daniel
FISK a Baptist exhorter making much noise, all wind like
carbonic gas. down! down!
Josiah Rockwood born the same day as my sister Sarah Long,
April 2, 1754, had a large family. The fruits of this large
family occopied a large population, standing in their parent
state. This aunt Rockwood, after the death of her husband,
John Rockwood, married Deacon Joel ADAMS, brother to John
ADAMS second ruler of America.
(This ends Dr. David Long's Letter)
Research paper of Emilene Rice Long (1970's)
John Long and his wife Sarah came from Ireland to America in the year
and settled in Taunton, MA. They had six children; John b. 1720, Jenny, Anna,
James, Margaret and David b 1724 d. 1784 who is ancestor of the other branch
of the Long's in town. (Shelburne)
John II born in 1720 and Mary TAFT whom he married were both born in
came to America at the same time. Their marriage intentions are recorded in the Upton
town records September 21, 1746. The came from Upton to Shelburne in 1780 and
purchased the farm which has ever since been occupied by his descendants, his son
Aaron bringing a load of goods with an ox team.
They had thirteen children, John the oldest was a surgeon (authored
Dr. John Long's
Diary) in the Revolutionary army. He settled in Shelburne and lived south of the the E.
Ruddy place. He had a son Silas who was a doctor and lived in the same place.
(I) Have no records of the others only David who married Margaret Hastings
and died in Corfu, New York. (He authored "Dr. David Lon's letter, 1851)
Research letter of Paul Manley Long, 1970
First Generation and Children
John Long born in Ireland about 1700 and died in Taunton -- date unknown.
married Sarah Jane in Ireland. Sarah Jane died in Taunton Dec. 9, 1763. The
John Longs emigrated from the Londonderry area in 1726 and settled in Taunton, MA.
It has not been resolved what the names of the daughters of John were
nor where all
the children were born.
A letter dated September 20, 1850 from David Long, grandson of
John and son
of John II states, "My grandfather emigrated to America from the Protestant part of Ireland
in the year of the Christian era, 1726. My grandfather's family consisted of three sons and
three daughters, the three oldest born in Ireland, and the three youngest in America, John,
James and Genny in Ireland and Sarah, David and Anna in America."
At the time David wrote the foregoing he was 89 years of age. One year
later he wrote
an account of all the descendants of John that he was able to account for. In this account he
wrote as follows:
"John Long, my grandfather emigrated from Ireland in the year 1726 bringing
John Long, Genny Long, Mary Long. After landing in America was born James Long,
Elizabeth Long, David Long."
"The Long Family History" by J. Montgomery Seaver states:
"The first descendants of the Longs were John and Jennie Long who came
in 1726. They had issue John, Mary, James, Elizabeth and David."
As stated above David was 89-90 years when he wrote his account of the
Long family. He was
born in 1761 so he never knew his grandfather or grandmother. His account was based on
memory of conversations with his father (and perhaps others). Therefore the listing of
John's children and birthplaces are subject to correction.
Paul M. Long, 1970.