Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ISAAC HUSTON LONG is a descendant
of an ancient Baptist family of Ireland, who, upon the persecution of their
religion in the British Isles, took passage on the famous Mayflower and
came to America, landing at Plymouth Rock. He was the son of Thomas,
and grandson of Isaac Long, the latter a noted Baptist minister of Virginia.
The family down to the present generation still clings to the old religion
of its forefathers.
Mr. Long is a farmer of Moscow, Washington,
born October 1, 1833, in Anderson county, Tennessee, his father also being
born in the same state, and comes of a family noted among other things
for its longevity. Thomas Long, the father, was eighty-seven years
old when he died. The mother of Mr. Long was Charlotte Taylor in
maiden life, and a native of Tennessee. Mr. Long is one of a family
of twelve children, having had six brothers and five sisters; two of the
former and four of the latter are living. The names and addresses
of those living are: Francis M., a Baptist minister of Creston; Thomas
J., near Greenville, Illinois; Mrs. Telitha J. Irick, Mrs. Nancy E. Strader,
Mrs. Mary Roberts, and Mrs. Amanda McHaffe, of Knox county, Tennessee.
The names of those dead are: George W.; Christopher C. and John S., both
of whom died in the Andersonville prison during the Civil war; William
J. Long, and Mrs. Rachel M. Hudson.
Mr. Long was married in December, 1854, to Betsy A. Morton, a native
of Knox county, Tennessee, born August 2, 1833, a descendant of the Mortons
who came to the colonies from England in early days. Her father and
mother were George and Delilah (Turner) Morton.
Mr. Long served in the army during the Rebellion,
enlisting August 7, 1861, in Company C, East Tennessee Infantry, which
company was included in the Army of the Cumberland. He was in the
hottest of many battles, including Stone River, Monticello and Mill Springs,
in skirmishes almost without number, and though having his clothing pierced
many times with bullets, never received a wound. He was once taken
prisoner, and for thirteen months languished in the Belle Isle and Andersonville
prisons. After experiencing all the hardships and trials of a soldier's
life he was mustered out February, 1865, and returned home. In June,
1870, he came to Albany, Oregon, by way of San Francisco and Portland.
Here he was engaged in farming and buying and selling horses until 1883,
when he came to Moscow, in Lincoln county, near which point he still lives
on a farm. He owns a quarter section of land here and a drove of
Mr. Long is a member of Jerry Rusk post, G.
A. R., and is an uncompromising Democrat. His family consists of
four children: Alfred Washington, of Mondovi; Ulysses Sheridan, at Moscow;
Prior Thomas, of Linn county, Oregon, and Cynthia J., wife of M. M. Thompson,
a farmer near Moscow, Washington.