|LEMUEL AND MARTHA LONG||ELEAZAR AND ESTHER BINGHAM||Grandfathers Family||FUSSELMAN|
SAMUEL AND SUSANNA SHOEMAKER
Karen (Bray) Keeley (email@example.com) writes: Wilson Lumpkin's wife Mary Malinda Long. Her parents LEMUEL LONG & JANE SHOEMAKER were married 17 Dec 1840 at Charleston Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. I have a biography and photo of Lemuel Long, and also a newspaper article written about him when he was past age 90. They interviewed him for the paper because at that time he was the oldest resident of Webster County, Iowa.
Lemuel LONG was born 29 Oct 1813 at Coventry, Tolland Co, Connecticut. His death date was 7 Apr 1903 at Webster County, Iowa. He moved to Michigan as an adult. His parents Reuben LONG & Esther BINGHAM died in Sardinia, Erie Co, New York and didn't go to Michigan.
The name of Lemuel LONG's second wife was Adaline F. HUNT; they had 5 children and she died in 1901. With his first wife Jane SHOEMAKER he had 7 children (12 children total). The names of the children are given in the article below.
Lemuel LONG & Jane SHOEMAKER were married 17 Dec 1840 at Charleston Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
After his marriage, he took up a homestead in Deer Creek Township, Webster County, Iowa and was one of the first settlers there. The newspaper article said that he built the first house (a log cabin) on the prairie in Deer Creek Township.
Lemuel's wife Jane SHOEMAKER was born in 1823 at Tyrone, Cumberland Co, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Samuel SHOEMAKER (SCHUMACHER) and Susanna FUSSELMAN (FOSSELLMANN). They were of German ancestry, also known as "Pennsylvania Dutch." (Deutch mean German, and the "Pennsylvania Dutch" were actually German-speaking people). The SHOEMAKER family moved from Pennsylvania to Lockport, Niagara County, New York, where Samuel started a bank. After it was thrown into bankruptcy by a national financial crisis, they moved to Kalamazoo County, Michigan where their daughter Jane met & married Lemuel LONG.
Jane SHOEMAKER died in 1857 in Iowa. Lemuel remarried after her death but I don't have his second wife's name right now (I could find & send it to you later).
Lemuel LONG (b. 29 Oct 1813 Coventry, CT) was the son of Reuben LONG & Esther BINGHAM. Reuben LONG (b. 29 Mar 1767 Coventry, CT) was the son of Lemuel LONG & Martha BREWSTER. This Lemuel LONG (b. 12 July 1727 Coventry, CT) was the son of Joseph LONG and Sarah EVARTS.
A biographical sketch, from the book THE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF WEBSTER COUNTY, IOWA, p. 380-384, tells of Lemuel LONG (1813-1903) and even has a photograph of him. It says in part, "Mr. Long was born in Coventry, Connecticut on Oct. 29, 1813 and is now the oldest living in a family of ten children, although he was eighth in order of birth. The Long family was founded in the new world by three brothers, who came to this country in early colonial days and settled in New York. One remained in that state, one subsequently removed to Connecticut, and the other to Pennsylvania. [Note: it is doubtful that this information is accurate, since Joseph Long's great-grandfather Thomas Long and HIS father Joseph Long both lived in Massachusetts].
"From the Connecticut branch our subject is descended. His father, Reuben Long, was a native of the Nutmeg State, where he spent his early life engaged in farming...and was among the Continental soldiers who aided the colonies in achieving their independence...his last years were passed in Erie Co., NY, where he located when that region was an almost unbroken wilderness...Lemuel Long passed his boyhood and youth in Erie Co, NY...in 1835 he removed to Kalamazoo, MI, which state was then a territory, and took up a claim of 80 acres..There he opened up a good farm and successfully engaged in its operation for several years. He next went to LaSalle Co., IL in 1854 and bought 160 acres of wild land near Ottawa, which he commenced to improve, but at the end of two years he sold that place at a good profit and came to Webster Co., IA, arriving in Apr. 1856. After purchasing 320 acres of wild land in Deer Creek township, he returned to Illinois for his family...today he owns 220 acres...but has now laid aside all business cares and is enjoying a well-earned rest.While a resident of Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, Mr. Long was married in 1840 to Miss Jane Shoemaker, who was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and died after coming to this country in 1857. By that union 7 children were born, namely; Reuben Long, now a resident of Clarinda, Iowa; Charles Long, a farmer of Nebraska; Eli Long, a resident of Minnesota; Joseph Long, a farmer of Webster County; MARY LONG, WIFE OF WILSON LUMPKIN, A BUSINESS MAN OF LOUISIANA; Martha Long, wife of W.C. Brown of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and Ada Long, wife of George Wright of Connecticut. Mr. Long was again married in this county in 1857, his second union being with Miss Adaline F. Hunt...she died May 26, 1901, leaving five children: Esther Long, now the wife of Samuel Bechtel, of California; Erastus E. Long, who is engaged in farming on the home place; Ellen M. Long, wife of W.B. Miller of Fort Dodge; Pattie May Long, wife of James B. Garrett of Fort Dodge; and George L. Long, who was married in Dec. 1899 to Bertha L. Fuller."
From ( http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kbkeeley&id=I2076 ):
BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD AND PORTRAIT ALBUM OF WEBSTER AND HAMILTON COUNTIES,
Iowa (1888), p. 448-449:
"Lemuel Long, a pioneer of Webster County, resides on section 34, Deer Creek Township, where he settled in 1856. He was born in Connecticut, October 29, 1813, a son of Reuben and Esther Long, members of old families of that State. Reuben Long was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving toward the close of that struggle. In 1816 the family moved to Erie County, New York, then the western frontier of civilization, and there the parents died. They had a family of ten children, three of whom are living -- Nancy, widow of Eleazer Hunt, now of New York; Lemuel and Charles, who resides on the old homestead in Erie County. Lemuel Long was reared in Erie County, and remembers when that county was still a wilderness. In the spring of 1835 he started, in company with a schoolmate named John Flint, for Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and there entered eighty acres of land, paying for it with money he had earned. He took with him to Michigan a team, which he had also bought with money he had earned, buying them as colts when but a boy of fifteen years. He cleared this land and made for himself a good home. In 1840 he married Jane Schumaker, a native of Pennsylvania. He lived in Michigan twenty years, when on account of ill-health he changed his location and moved to LaSalle County, Illinois, but receiving no benefit, two years later he concluded to remove to Iowa, intending to go to the vicinity of Council Bluffs, but on reaching Des Moines found the high water had washed away the bridges, and, by the advice of two young men he met in the stage, concluded to come to Webster County. He purchased a half section of land, which had been claimed, at Government price, 220 acres of which is his present home. Here he has since lived, and now has one of the finest farms in the township. His wife died September 7, 1857, leaving seven children, four sons and three daughters, all of whom are living. In December, 1857, he married Adeline Hunt, a daughter of Eleazer and Florilla Hunt. She was born in Monroe County, New York, April 30, 1828, and when thirteen years old her parents moved to Branch County, Michigan, and thence to Kalamazoo County, where her mother died when she was nineteen years old. Her father afterward married Nancy Long, a sister of our subject. Mr. Hunt and his family accompanied Mr. Long to Iowa, but subsequently returned to New York, where he died, and where his widow still lives. Mr. and Mrs. Long have five children, two sons and three daughters. They are numbered among the prominent pioneers of the county, where they have lived so many years, and have assisted materially in its development. They are members of no religious denomination, but are believers in the Christian religion, and live pure, honorable and upright lives."
Farmed 160 acres eight miles from Fort Dodge. The first year the Long family arrived from Michigan, there occurred the famous Spirit Lake Massacre. "Every day the Long Family hurried to get the chores done before sunset and, gaining the shelter of the cabin, hung quilts at the windows so that lights wouldn't shine out across the prairie and attract marauding Indians. Guns and crowbars were kept handy for defense."
Lemuel Long built the first house on the prairie in Deer Creek Township (1856). There were others already living in the Deer Creek Township portion of Webster County when he arrived, but these families were living along the creek and river bottoms rather than on the prairie.
Lemuel Long died at age 89, after a hernia operation on the kitchen
Lemuel Long purchased 80 acres at the Bronson Land Office in Michigan on September 1, 1838. document #4878, with his signature (see Ancestry.com database "Michigan Land Records")
1850 Census, Ross Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan (date: 14 Nov
p. 154; dwelling #2208; family #2224:
Lemuel LONG; age 37; male; birthplace: Conn.
Jane LONG; age 27; female; birthplace: Penn.
Reuben LONG; age 9; male; birthplace: Mich.
Charles LONG; age 6; male; birthplace: Mich.
Mary LONG; age 5; female; birthplace: Mich.
Martha E. LONG; age 6mo.; female; birthplace: Mich.
1860 Census, Douglass Township, Webster County, Iowa (date: 12 June
p.580; post office: Fort Dodge; dwelling #258; family #258:
Lemuel LONG; age 46; male; occupation: Farmer; value of real estate:
$1600; value of personal estate: $600; birthplace: Connecticutt
Adaline LONG; age 32; female; birthplace: New York
Reuben LONG; age 18; male; birthplace: Michigan; attended school within the year
Charles LONG; age 16; male; birthplace: Michigan; attending school
Mary LONG; age 15; female; birthplace: Michigan; attending school
Martha LONG; age 10; female; birthplace: Michigan; attending school
Eli LONG; age 8; male; birthplace: Michigan; attending school
Ada LONG; age 5; female; birthplace: Illinois; attending school
Joseph LONG; age 3; male; birthplace: Iowa
Esta LONG; age 1; female; birthplace: Iowa
Charlotte HURST; age 22; female; birthplace: New York
1870 Census, Deer Creek Township, Webster County, Iowa (date: 15 June
Post Office: Fort Dodge; p.425; dwelling #39; family #39:
LONG, Lemuel; age 57; male; white; occupation: Farmer; value of real
estate: $3000; value of personal estate: $1920; birthplace: Conn.
LONG, Adaline; age 42; female; white; birthplace: New York
LONG, Eli; age 16; male; white; birthplace: Michigan; attending school
LONG, Ada; age 14; female; white; birthplace: Illinois; attending school
LONG, Joseph; age 12; male; white; birthplace: Iowa; attending school
LONG, Estur; age 10; female; white; birthplace: Iowa; attending school
LONG, Erastus; age 9; male; white; birthplace: Iowa; attending school
LONG, Patty; age 4; female; white; birthplace: Iowa
1880 Census, Deer Creek Township, Webster County, Iowa (date: 12 June
Enumeration District #214; p.418A; dwelling #70; family #70:
LONG, Lemuell (Husband); white; male; age 66; married; occupation:
Laborer; birthplace: Conn.; father's birthplace: Conn.; mother's birthplace:
LONG, Adline (Wife); white; female; age 52; married; occupation: Keeping House; birthplace: NY; father's birthplace: Conn.; mother's birthplace: Conn.
Eli LONG (Son); white; male; age 26; single; occupation: Laborer; birthplace: Mich.
Erastus LONG (Son); white; male; age 19; single; Attending School; birthplace: Iowa
Ellin LONG (Daughter); white; female; age 18; single; Attending School; birthplace: Iowa
Pattie LONG (Daughter); white; female; age 13; single; Attending School; birthplace: Iowa
George LONG (Son); white; male; age 7; At School; birthplace: Iowa
1900 Census, Deer Creek Township, Webster County, Iowa (date: 27 June
Enumeration District #176; p. 105; dwelling #206; family #206:
LONG, Lemuel (Head of family); white; male; born Oct. 1813; age 86;
married; age at marriage: 48; birthplace: Connecticut; father's birthplace:
Germany*; mother's birthplace: England*; occupation: Farmer; owns farm,
LONG, Adeline F. (Wife); white; female; born April 1828; age 72; married; age at marriage: 43; mother of 6 children (5 still living); birthplace: New York; father's birthplace: Connecticut; mother's birthplace: Connecticut
LONG, Joseph (Son); white; male; born Sept 1857; age 42; single; birthplace: Iowa; father's birthplace: Connecticut; mother's birthplace: New York; occupation: Farm Laborer
LONG, Erastus E. (Son); white; male; born Jan 1860; age 40; single; birthplace: Iowa; father's birthplace: Connecticut; mother's birthplace: New York; occupation: Farm Laborer
LONG, George (Son); white; male; born June 1872; age 28; married; birthplace: Iowa; father's birthplace: Connecticut; mother's birthplace: New York; occupation: Farm Laborer
LONG, Bertha (Daughter-in-law); white; female; born Nov 1875; age 24; married; mother of 0 children; birthplace: Iowa; father's birthplace: Scotland; mother's birthplace: New York
JOHNSON, Lenas? (Servant); white; female; born Feb 1881; age 19; single; birthplace: Norway; father's birthplace: Norway; mother's birthplace: Norway; year of immigration to U.S.: 1899; occupation: Servant Girl
*the information for the birthplaces of his parents is incorrect in this census. His ancestors on both sides were actually born and raised in America for at least 4 generations back.
born 12 Dec 1845 at Charleston Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.