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Early Life

    The lists of the children of William F. Long all show a son younger than James and Jane. Alabama court records refer to him as both William and as Henry. The Texas descendants apparently knew of him as William. They reported he lived in Atascosa County and died on the Nueces [River].
    The Atascosa County tax assessor in 1857 was William Henry Long. His descendants report that he was born 23 October 1830. Records collected by a grand daughter say William was born in Franklin County Tennessee. He married Nancy Ann Forrest 9 February 1859, in Atascosa County, Texas. Their marriage was witnessed by Robert Gale Long. Some believe Robert Gale Long to have been related to the family of Jane Long Gilliland, the eldest daughter of William F. Long. Nothing more than common surnames has been discovered, however.
    Nancy was a daughter of Ephraim P. Forrest and Elizabeth Maria Hill. Nancy Forrest was born in East Feliciana, Louisiana, on 28 October 1839. William H. and Nancy had seven children. They were:
  • William Foster (1860-1902)
  • Lillie Elizabeth (1862-1918)
  • Alice (1865-?)
  • Martha Cora (1867-aft 1920)
  • Georgia Ann (1870-1870)
  • Henry Pomroy (1872-1922)
  • Walter Jackson (1874-1876)
        William Henry and Nancy apparently named their first son for William's maternal grandfather.
        William and Nancy were in Refugio County in the 1860 census. They may have lived for a while in Williamson County, as there is a William H. Long in that county's deed records. William Long was active in civic affairs in Refugio County, serving as Justice of the Peace and county surveyor.
        In 1869, Dempsey Forrest gave his sister, Nancy Forrest Long, 10 acres of land in Atascosa County on Palo Alto Creek. By the time of the census of 1870, the Long family was back in Atascosa County in the Motamosa neighborhood.
        There were two men named William Henry Long in Atascosa County before 1900. The younger one was Samuel Anderson Long's eldest son. The older William Henry Long who was the 1857 tax assessor for Atascosa County was married to Nancy Forrest.
  • Evidence

         A small family burial ground has been found on land next to the old Forrest place. It is within sight of what was once known as Motamosa on the Palo Alto Creek. It was probably William and Nancy's land when the burials were made. One of the tombstones is for William H Long Oct. 23 1830 - May 8 1883. Also buried there are two children and a granddaughter of William H. Long and Nancy Forrest. The burial ground is on the watershed of a creek that empties into the Atascosa and eventually the Nueces River.
        Members of the Fuller, Foreman and Gilliland families of Caldwell County moved to Atascosa County and William F. Long's son may have gone with them. Milton May and his brother, Morris, were assessed taxes on personal and real property on the Atascosa Creek in Bexar County in 1856 when William H. Long was paying taxes on 160 acres of land on the Atascosa. Milton May had married William Henry's sister, Matilda in Caldwell County October 17, 1853. The part of Bexar County located on the Atascosa Creek became Atascosa County in 1857.
        Positive proof is lacking that this is the same William Henry Long, but his place in the family group is considered proven by preponderence of evidence.

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