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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 353 - 356.


     JONATHAN LONG, living on section I, Jefferson Township, was born in Noble County, Ohio, September 9, 1836, a son of Samuel Long, a native of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and an early pioneer of Noble County, Ohio, now deceased. Our subject spent his youth in helping his father with the work on the farm, and his education was such as the log-cabin subscription schools of that early day afforded. He has been twice married, his first marriage taking place June 17, 1858, with Miss Harriett Redd, a daughter of Peter Redd who was one of the early settlers of Guernsey County, Ohio, and to this union three children were born Samuel, Dora and Mary. His first wife died in June, 1864, and in August, 1865, he was again married to Rachel Baxter, a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, her father, John Baxter, being born in the same county. To this union have been born nine children Frank E., John B., Nathaniel B., Sadie C., Carrie L., Anna V., Lizzie I., Charles W. and Alice C., all but Alice being born in Guernsey County, Ohio. Mr. Long came with his family to Ringgold County, Iowa, in January, 1880, and settled on his present farm containing 240 acres of well-cultivated land. Mr. and Mrs. Long and their daughter, Sadie, are members of the United Presbyterian church. The father of our subject emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio in a very early day, making the entire journey with his wife and one child with one horse, he leading the horse on which his wife and child sat. The Indians were the principal inhabitants of Noble County at that time, and there they experienced all the hardships and privations of pioneer life. At one time the father paid his last money, 50 cents, for a sack of corn which he took twenty miles to mill to be ground, while the mother and her children lived on parched corn and deer meat. Their nearest neighbor was five miles distant. Both parents are now deceased.

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