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THOMAS S. LONG


Was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1807, and remained there until 1832, when he married Miss Franey Deemer and removed to the state of New Jersey, remaining there three years, when he left that state and moved to Illinois, and settled on section 20 in Pearl township, Pike county, making the first improvements on that section. Here he remained until 1857, when he purchased a part of section 16, in the same township, upon which he moved and improved, and upon which he still resides. Mr. and Mrs. Long have had born to them nine children, six sons and three daughters, five of whom are still living all married and settled near their parents, except one daughter Mary Ann, the wife of Geo. S. Marks who lives in Missouri. Mr. Long is the grandfather of twenty-four children, twenty of whom are living. He has always been engaged in farming and stock raising and is doing well. He commenced life in limited circumstances, but by applying himself closely to business he has succeeded in places himself in easy circumstances, and is now receiving the benefit of his labor. In 1861, Jacob, the youngest son of Mr. Long, enlisted in the 8th Illinois regiment for three months. After serving his time he again enlisted, this time in the 50th Illinois infantry, and was promoted to orderly sergeant. He fell on the 6th day of April, 1862, at the ever memorable battle of Shiloh. His body was brought home by his father and buried in the family burying ground. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and died as he had lived a noble, brave, and patriotic young man. He died that his country might live.