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Re: Longs of Long's Gap in Grayson County, VA
Posted by: Dave Welch Date: January 29, 2002 at 04:49:40
In Reply to: Re: Longs of Long's Gap in Grayson County, VA by Roderick Coates of [an error occurred while processing this directive]

If anyone has evidence of a connection between the Longs of Rock Creek/Elk Creek/Peach Bottom Creek area, and those Longs in Augusta County some 30-40 years earlier, could you let me know in general what you have confirmed?

While not a Long descendant, I have wondered whether the Longs near the Wythe-Grayson line were somehow related to Joseph Long, whose will was probated Augusta County. (See Chalkley's Chronicle excerpt below.) 1) The "Welch cabins" mentioned in the Joseph Long will could be the home of Nicholas Welch, mentioned in Dr. Walker's Journal during this same period. The exact location of the Welch whom Dr. Walker's party obtained corn for fodder is not clear, but it may be near New River (then called Woods River). But I have not pinpointed the location yet. 2) There is an "Island Ford" on New River, only a couple miles west of now Independence. Island Ford is mentioned as the location of a tract in Joseph Long's will. 3)There are several land patents to a William Long for tracts in the vicinity, including one on the upper reaches of Rock Creek near Point Lookout. This is on a southeast side of Iron Mountain. (My ancester John Welsh (Welch) also owned land on Rock Creek near Point Lookout.)

A Samuel Long is apparently allied with the William Long seen on or near Rock Creek or Elk Creek region. I have seen a reference that suggests Samuel may have been injured or handicapped in some way.

AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA CHALKLEY'S CHRONICLES; Vol 3, PP 30 49Page 210.11th September, 1757. Joseph Long's will -To son Samuel, tract at the Welch cabins; to son Henry, tract near place called Billar Spring; to son Joseph, infant, tract where testator lives; to son John, tract at the Big Spring known as Island Ford. (All these tracts now are in one, and these are appointed to divide, viz: Richard Woods, John Hannah, James Beats, James Alexander); to wife Anna; to daughter Agness Cohoun, 5 shillings; to daughter Gennet Long; to daughters Gennet, Elizabeth, Ann, Ruth. Executors, wife Anne and son Henry. Teste: John Long, Wm. Long, Thos. Stewart, James Alexander.
Proved, 16th November, 1757, by Wm. and Jno. Long, and James Alexander. Henry Long refuses to execute. Ann qualifies with Richard Woods, Robert Young, Alex. Ritchey.

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