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A Long connection
Posted by: Ruth Walker Date: December 19, 2000 at 07:11:22
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A question was asked about some of the names I am researching, having a possible connection to the name, "LONG"....I posted the following at the Long site, as follows:
Well, my "possible" conection is a long story. Basically I am researching "Langwell", in all its many forms. I have found it spelled so many ways that it is unbeliveable. Also researching any shortened form of the name...Lang, Long, Linn, Lynn, and etc. Click on my name at the top of the page and you can see some of the other names I am researching.
Have even found some spelled Langley, possibly Linley. I mainly try to look at the pattern of movement of these lines, and many ended up in Texas. It gets really confusing and tedious at times, so I try to post some of my "far out finds", for others who might be researching the same line. At least then I feel that my research hasn't been in vain...even if I might not be able to use it, someone else might be able to use it.
The area of this James Long was not far from where a lot of my people lived at one time. Many still live in Texas and some have moved on to California.
Richmond, Texas where Jane is supposedly buried is right outside where I grew up in Houston. Also my dad was born in Bay City, and a lot of his people were in the same area as James Long. I am also researching a John Linn, who established Linnville on the Texas coast, in the same time-period as Jane and James Long. (Interestingly, John Linn who donated supplies for those at the Alamo, and the Battle of San Jacinto, fought with two groups, one called the Texas Grays, the other group was called the "Red Rovers"....I think this means something!) A lot of these people go back to Scotland, by way of Maryland, NY, Virginia, NC, and finially Ireland, after fleeing Scotland. I believe I will find that a lot of them might have originated through a Thomas de Longueville of Normandy France c. 1280's who was known as the "Red Rover"...pirate, or privateer, who was taken prisoner by Wallace and taken to Scotland, where he was later befriended by Wallace and Bruce, shortly before Wallace was killed. Longueville later, after gaining his freedom, fought on the side of Wallace and Bruce and Scotland.
It is stated that one of the Longuevilles had 11 sons, which seems a bit much. Probably more likely 7?
There is a town and River of Langwell in Scotland, which I have tried to research. Also some very ancient vitrified forts in that area which go way back, that I have found very interesting.
On the Texas side, I have been very interested, due to research I am presently doing on early Texans, (also known as Texians).....and the French in Texas..from my mother's line, and their connection to the La Salle colony. So I have several reasons to be interested in Texas, and these many names.
Probably you really didn't want to know this much. But there might be something in this that someone might find helpful.
I would love to hear anything you might find on James Long, since they were one of the first families in Texas. Of course there were Spanish and French here by then. So, I am telling myself that they were probably the first Scots, (or English?) here at that time. I find it all very interesting, and would love to find out more about these early Texas families.....Ruth

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