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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 353-54


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 [Samuel LONG] 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.

NOTE: Jonathan's father, Samuel Alexander LONG was born in 1787, Pennsylvania, and died in 1865. Mary (?) LONG, Samuel's wife and Jonathan's mother, was born in 1880, and died in 1849. Samuel and Mary were interred at old Sharon Cemetery, Noble County, Ohio.

Jonathan LONG was born in 1835 (according to his gravestone and cemetery transcriptions), and died in 1915. Rachel J. (BAXTER) LONG was born in 1844, and died in 1927. Jonathan and Rachel's daughter Anne Viola LONG's name is engraved on the parent's gravestone with an inscription "Buried in Eugene IA." Anne was born circa 1874, and died circa 1891.

Samuel A. LONG, son of Jonathan and Harriett (REDD) LONG, was born in 1860, and died in 1934, with interment at Oakland Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Franklin Ewing "Frank" LONG, son of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born in 1866, and died in 1949.

John Baxter LONG, son of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born in 1868, and died in 1915.

Nathanel Braden LONG, son of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born September 25, 1869, and died November 15, 1945. He was married October 10, 1900, to Lottie RIDDLE. Lottie (RIDDLE) LONG was born and died They were interred at Oakland Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Sadie Cleone LONG, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born circa 1872, and died in 1954.

Carrie A. LONG, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born circa 1874, and married Josiah FERGUSON.

Charles Milton Long, son of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born in 1877, and died in 1948.

Lizzie Imogene Long, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born circa 1880, and married R. O. FERGUSON.

Alice Christy Long, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (BAXTER) LONG, was born circa 1882, and married Nevin OLIPHANT.

The Gazette
Mitchell County, Kansas
Thursday, May 24, 1894

Peter B. REDD, aged 82 years [born circa 1812, Ohio], died at the residence of his son-in-law, Jacob ZIMMERMAN, six miles southeath of the city [Beloit, Kansas], yesterday morning [May 23, 1894], of general debility and old age. Mr. REDD was an old resident of the county, and leaves many friends who sympathize with the bereaved relatives.

John S. REDD is one of the highly respected residents of the historic city of Moundsville, where he is living a retired life of ease and affluence. He is of ancient lineage, dating his ancestry back for several hundred years, and ever since the middle of the eighteenth century members of the Redd family have been conspicuous in the various activities of the Old Dominion and West Virginia. In the commercial as well as in the military field they have won renown and have at at times held prominent positions in the community.

Nathaniel REDD, the illustrious great-grandfather of John S. REDD, was born in Virginia in 1749, of German parentage, and he became the originator of the family in America; he had fifteen children, one hundred and forty-four grandchildren and sixty-six great-grandchildren. Peter REDD, one of his sons, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1773, and married Hannah DOLMAN in 1816, to which union the following children were born: John, born in 1817; Nathaniel, in 1818; Samuel. 1820: Mary, 1822; Joseph, 1823; Catherine, 1824; Susanna, 1826, Hannah M., 1827; Andrew, 1829; Elizabeth, 1830; Soloman, 1832; George D., 1834: and Harriet, 1838 [who was the first wife of Jonathan LONG].

Solomon, a brother of Peter, son of Nathaniel and father of John S., was born at Pigeon Creek, Washington county, Pennsylvania. In, 1852 he moved to Virginia, there married and became the parent of the following family: Thomas, Samuel, Sarah A., Margaret, Susan, Parker S., Solomon and John S., of which number only the last named is living. Parker S. and John S. were both members of Company C, Twelfth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and the former was killed in action.

John S. REDD was born in 1836, in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and in 1852 he accompanied his father to Virginia. On the 16th of August, 1862, he enlisted as a private in the same company with his brother Parker, and served a period of three years, during which time he engaged in numerous battles of importance, notable among which may be mentioned the battles of Winchester and Newmarket. He has reason to remember the engagement at Newmarket, as in its course he was wounded in the right leg and still carries the bullet in his limb. He was honorably discharged in June, 1865, and has continued to retain an interest in his companions at arms, being a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

In 1858 Mr. REDD married Miss Elizabeth WELLMAN, descendant of an old Virginian family and grand-daughter of one of the heroes in the Revolutionary War. Of the six children who were born to Mr. and Mrs. REDD, Susanna, Melissa and William B. are deceased and Mrs. Mary COX, Lenora and Ionia are living. The family is held in high esteem in Moundsville.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 353-54, 1887.

WPA Graves Survey

WINEGERTER, Charles. Greater Wheeling and Vicinity p. 778. 1912

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

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