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Re: Long Family in Orange & Randolph County, North Carolina
Posted by: Katherine Dick Benbow (ID *****8477) Date: May 30, 2004 at 19:18:46
In Reply to: Re: Long Family in Orange & Randolph County, North Carolina by Georgia Kruse of 1317

I have been busy with family things the last few days, and had not yet found the time to check the Randolph census records, so I'm glad you have those handy.

I would agree that it seems that your Osmond T. Long is a son of Dr. John Wesley Long, Jr., and Nancy Margaret Troy. It would be good to find additional information to supplement the census record, and I'll see if I can track down some of that this summer. I will check with the state archives about JWL#2's will/estate. I've been so busy with my responsibilities as historian for the Benbow family, and researching the land records for my own father's line, that I have barely scratched the surface on this particular group. Mary Alves Long did not detail JWL#2's line in her book on the Long family, and so I was unaware of OTL's existence until now. I've been meaning for some time to get into the Randolph County records, but I have not found the time to do that yet.

So, you and my husband are cousins, since you share John Wesley Long, Jr., as an ancestor. Dr. John Wesley Long, III, had a daughter, Marjorie Long, who was my husband's paternal grandmother. I have photos of several Long and Troy family members, plus the old Long family home (which was pulled down just a few years ago, due to being beyond repair), which I can share with you. I can also tell you the particulars on two different books which detail some of the Long family history. One is the autobiography written by Mary Alves Long, and the other is a book on Dr. John Wesley Long, III. They can be found on the secondary book market.

You may be interested to know that Nancy Margaret Troy was a descendant of Col. Andrew Balfour, a Revolutionary War hero of Randolph County. The Troy family also has an interesting history in the area, and the man who still lives on the old Troy property near Liberty treats me as the unofficial historian for the Troy family (I put everything from his paper files into my computer file). I have shared much of what I have on that family with the person who runs the website for Col. Andrew Balfour, but she does not have the photos that I have collected from a few different sources.

I would be very interested in getting detailed information on your line, and I do assure you that I do not post vital data on living individuals to the internet or share it with anyone else. I will contact you privately to see if we can exchange information.

I'm very glad I decided to rummage around on the GenForum Orange County page a few days ago, when your posting from last summer caught my eye!

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