Tuesday, January 14, 2014

John Michael Long Sr 1718-1786

Dan's 7th great grandfather (Maternal Line)

John Michael Long
son of Elias Long
Born 1718
Died Dec 1786
Maria Barbara LaBar
Daughter of

Barbary (Maria Barbara)

I'm sorting through a lot of opinions and records.  It appears that every researcher has different documentation/opinions on when John arrived here. Some list him as born here, some list him as coming from Scotland, some from Germany, and some from England.  This might take some time to sort out.

You can see some of my research/weeding out at the bottom of this post.

May 14 1747 - Land Warrant
John Long, a miller from Mount Bethel, gains possession of Hugh Patterson's warrant involving 50 acres of land in the township. A warrant for the same property had been issued to Hugh Patterson on May 19, 1747.

12 March 1764 - Listed in His Father's Will

 "first I give and bequeath unto my eldest Son John Michael Long and to his Heirs and Assigns the full Sum of Ten Pounds of lawful money of Pennsylvania before out and then I give and bequeath all the Remainder of my said Estate unto my nine children..."  see the full Will of Elias Lang here: http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2014/01/elias-lang-1764.html

February 24 1773

Will was handwritten in 1773 and signed by John with his mark. John Long Jr. was named executor, and estate was left to his wife Maria and all of his 12 children. The six male children were to receive ten pounds more than the six females. A codicil made several years later removed John Jr. as executor. John died in 1786 and the will was proven then. This will is on file in the Northampton County Court House Annex, and was viewed and photographed by Janet Long and Jody Miller on 9 June 2012.

John Long, a miller from "Montbethel" Township, begins his Last Will and Testament by claiming to "being Partly in my Health ordinary full of sound mind understanding and memory." He wishes to be buried in a "Christian Manner Decently."

"I do...give and Bequeath unto my Beloved wife Mary Long all my moveable and Immoveable Estate real and Personal whatsoever to be and Remain under her Duridiction [sic] for her only use...during all the term of her Natural Life That is to say, "all my land and Plantation situated in Montbethel about five Hundred acres...Together with all the Cleared Land and all and Every Appurtenance...Chattles household good and Tools."Mount Bethel Township, Northampton, PA, USAHowever, should she remarry, "She Shall have an Equal Share with one of my Children." 

After her death or remarriage, "all my...Estate...is to be Divided amongst my [twelve] Children."The 6 boys are to receive 10 pounds more than the 6 girls. "Farther it is my Will that if any child dies before marrying that their share shall be divided equally amongst the rest." [A]fter my Decease...the Children shall have full power to Sell and dispose of my Estate but not until after Mary's death or Marriage." Money "already lent...shall be added to the Estate before division be Made [and be] accounted part of their share."

John appoints his son John and Henry Dildine "to be my sole Executors." He then sign his Will with his "X." 

The witnesses to this signing are John Long, Henry Dildine, and Michael Whn:Masterson.

John includes a list of the names of his 12 children: 

Barbary (Maria Barbara)

Should any child want to keep the Estate, the property must be appraised and "the rest shall wait for their parts" until one year after John and Mary's deaths. The oldest gets his share first. A year later, the next oldest gets his share, etc.

A Codacil is Written

February 10 1784

If any child dies without issue or before the issue reaches the age of 21, their share is to be divided among the surviving sons and daughters and their heirs.

John discharges his previously appointed Executors and replaces them with sons Elias and Joseph Long and his son-in-law John Dietreck. 

John signs the Codacil with Christopher Bowman and Hugh Paterson as witnesses.1786 23 NovNorthampton County Courthouse, Easton, Northampton, PA, USAChristopher Bowman and Hugh Paterson appear before the Register of Wills to swear they witnessed John Long write and sign his Codacil. So, John Long, Sr. has died prior to 11/23/1786?

 Will abstract from Northampton, PA
 Written in 1773. Probated in 1786
LONG, John Sr. Mt. BETHEL miller
24-2-1773 - 8-12-1786
wife Mary
Children: Elizabeth, Margaret, John, Catherine, Elias, Mary, Joseph, William, Jacob, Abraham, Sarah, Barbary, son in law John DIETRICH
Ex son Elias, son Joseph and son in law John DIETRICH
Wit: Henry DILDINE, John LONG and Michael-William MASTERSON codicil
Wit: Hugh PATTERSON and Benjamin DEPUE.

 Release, 21 May 1788, for 5s subject to arrearage of purchase money, interest, fees due.
Grantors; John Long, Lower Smithfield twp. 
Grantors; Elias Long, Joseph Long, Jacob Long, William (Wilhelm) LaBar and wf. Elizabeth, John (Johannes Dietterich and wf Margaret (Anna Margreta), Abraham LaBar and wf Mary, Philip Weitman and wf Sarah and William Reimell and wf. Barbara, all of Upper Mt. Bethel twp.

 Land Warrant History; 
1) 19 May 1747, warrant issued to Hugh Patterson, John Long, Mt. Bethel, miller, gained possession of Patterson’s warrant
2) 24 Jan 1753, warrant issued to Edward Robeson
3) 12 June 1753 warrant issued to John Long
4) 26 June 1776 John Long made application for another 100 acres
5) 24 Feb 1773 John Long wrote his will; added a codicil on 17 Feb 1784, exrs/
Elias Long, Joseph Long, and John Dietterich; left his estate to his children,
John, Jacob, Catherine, wf of Elias Dieterich, Elias, Abraham, Mary wf of Abraham LaBar, Joseph, Elisabeth, wf of William LaBar, Sarah, wf of Philip Weitman, William, Margaret, wf of John Dietrich, Barbara (Barbary) wf of William Reimell.
6) son William died after his father, without issue, his share went to his siblings


Problematic Research - Other John's

Christina marries Wilhelm Stober

Wilhelm Stober, the eldest son of Valentine and Eva Elizabeth Stober, was born in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County. His birth was recorded at the Lutheran Church at Brickerville as April 29, 1746. Linn's "History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania" states that William Stover married Christina, daughter of John Michael Long, and had one daughter, Catherine, born on August 25, 1777, in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County. John Michael Long emigrated from Germany on March 16, 1752, with his wife and two children. Immigration records show that he arrived in Philadelphia on the "Beulah" on September 10, 1753. The records of the Hill Church in Pike Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, show that Anna Christina was born February 15, 1754, to Michael Lang and wife Christina. The records of the Brickerville Reformed Church confirm that Catherina was born August 25, 1777, to Wilhelm and Christina Stover of the Lutheran religion. Sponsors at the baptism the following month were sister Margretha Muller and her husband, Leonard. Another daughter, Christina, born January 9, 1780, must have died, if the statement in Linn (above) is correct. (Indeed the 1790 census of Cocalico shows William with only one child.) Linn continues that "William Stover was twice drafted during the Revolution, and was with the militia at Trenton in 1776, and at Brandywine and Germantown in 1777. He removed first to Centre Township, now Snyder County, and thence, in 1810, with his family and four grandchildren, to the oil - mill farm in Haines Township, now John Haines', where he died. He had over fourteen hundred dollars of Continental money, which proved a total loss to him." Records show that Lt. George Stober and privates Valentine and William Stober were in Captain John Jones Company of the Lancaster Militia on August 15, 1776. Wilhelm Stober died in 1824 according to his tombstone in Wolf's Chapel Cemetery in Haines Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Christina Stober was born February, 1754, and died June 19, 1827, according to her tombstone in the same cemetery. Their daughter, Catherina, married Johan Graf.


There is no Christina listed in John Michael Long's will.  John Michael Long was married to Margaretha, not Christina & and our John Michael Long could not have arrived here in 1753, there are land warrants issued to him here before that date.

So there must be at least two John Michael Long's?

John died in Northampton County, Pa. Church records of the St. Pauls Lutheran church, Red Hill, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania list that John Michael Lang and wife Maria Barbara had Anna Sara on March 20, 1759. What a discovery as Sara married Philip Weidman and moved to Ontario in 1801. At the Ottawa archives, in Ontario, I found the Philip Weidmann family bible pages that are in german script and they say that Anna Sara Langin was born March 20, 1759


Read The History Of The Long Family In Pa by William Gabriel Long, online here:http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89061956058;view=1up;seq=5

No Mention Of Our John Michael Long in the above book.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there was another John Jr Long in Upper Mount Bethel, the son of John Adam (1688-1789—101 yrs old) who moved from Swatara, Lebanon, to Rowan NC. John stayed behing while the rest of the family moved on to NC. John Jr (1718) arrived in Phila in 1733, I’m doing deep research in Bethel. Soon, I’ll be able to separete them, the rwo John Jr in Bethel. I’ll keep you informed.