Posted By:Katherine Dick Benbow
Subject:Re: Long Family in Orange & Randolph County, North Carolina
Post Date:May 28, 2004 at 17:38:17
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Forum:Orange County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I have not researched this family in depth, and so I will not promise you that this information is complete or totally accurate. And I do need to make a trip to Randolph County to get some records on them. This Long family moved to NC as Quakers. They belonged for a while to the Cane Creek Meeting in SW Orange County, but they actually lived "over the line" in an area that became part of Guilford County in 1771 and then became part of Randolph County in 1785. The known family line starts with James Long of New York, and his son John Long, who married first Mary Clark and then Mary Wilson. John is buried at Cane Creek Meeting in what is now Chatham County, NC. His gravemarker is shown on their website.

The man you call John Long, Jr., is known (by the family here in NC) as Dr. John Wesley Long. He was born in 1785 in Loudoun County, Virginia, a son of John Long and his first wife Mary Clark. Dr. John Wesley Long married Sabra Shepherd "Sibby" Ramsey of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC.

JWL & SSR first known son, Dr. Osmond Fitz Long (born 1808) married Frances Helen Webb (called Helen) of Hillsborough, Orange County, NC. They had three daughters. Helen was a daughter of Dr. James Webb and Annie Alves Huske of Hillsborough.

The second son of JWL & SSR was William John Long (born 1815), who became an attorney. He married Mary Webb, a daughter of Dr. James Webb and Annie Alves Huske. They had 8 children.

The third son of JWL & SSR was James Allen Long (born 1817), who was also an attorney. He married Agnes C. Caldcleugh of Davidson County. They had 7 children. They both died young of tuberculosis in 1864. The older children, Lizzie, Eleanor, and Agnes, went to live with their grandmother Sibby. The younger children Edwin, Loraine, Alex, Mary Shepherd, and their aunt Lizzie Caldcleugh, went to live with their uncle William John Long.

The fourth son of JWL & SSR was Dr. John Wesley Long, Jr., born 1824. He married Nancy Margaret Troy of Randolph County. They had at least 3 children.

There was a fifth son, whose birthdate I do not know. His name was Edwin Long, and he married Phoebe Fitch. They had two sons and a daughter.

JWL#1 & SSR could have had more children who died young, but I don't know whether or not that is true. JWL#1 left the Quaker congregation when he married Sibby, because she wasn't Quaker, and he never looked back, although he stayed a close friend and associate of his Quaker kin and neighbors. He and his wife and most of his children are buried at what was Richland Lutheran Church near Liberty, Randolph County, NC. I've been to that cemetery and have photos of the graves. The church is now known as Richland Gospel Church.

Back to Dr. John Wesley Long, Jr....

JWL Jr. or JWL#2, and his wife Nancy Margaret Troy, had at least a daughter Alice, and a son Thomas Preston Troy, who both died in infancy. Their son, Dr. John Wesley Long, III, was born in 1859. Whether there was another son named Osmond T. Long, I don't know. It would take a check of Randolph County census and other records to ascertain that, and I've not gone up this particular family tree when I've dug in the census records for the area.

Dr. John Wesley Long, III, married Mary Elizabeth Woollen, and he became a prominent surgeon in Guilford County and was well known throughout the state. He died in 1926. He was my husband's great-grandfather.

I would certainly be interested in finding out whether you belong to this Long family group. You can access my e-mail address by clicking on my name link at the top of this posting. I do not post it "out in the open" for fear of increasing junk mail.