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Long Family of North Georgia

William Riley Long

Of Union Co GA and Cherokee Co NC

His parentage is currently unknown but
is clearly related to the Longs of Cabarrus, Burke and Haywood NC

Source: much of the data originated as the research of Charlotte Morrison

1. William Riley Long - born about 1825 in North Carolina (census). Moved his family to Georgia about 1850. Lived near Charles R[iley] Long in 1850 Union GA. Note: Daughter Sarah Long Higdon's death certificate identified her father's name as "Riley".

Married Lucinda ___________ born about 1824 in North Carolina (Death cert of ?son John Thomas Long says his mother was Mary Underwood)

2. Mary Jane Long - born March 1853 [note she is listed as an infant in 1850 Union GA census; therefore she was born about 1849 in NC or GA]

Married Reuben T. Queen 31 JUL 1878 in Graham Co., NC

2. Charles Long - born about 1852 in GA

2. Betsey C. Long- born Oct 1855 GA died 1920 in Cherokee Co

Married James Lafayette Queen Aug 13 1875 in Graham NC

2. George Riley Long - born March 1851 in TN [1900 census] and about 1857/8 in NC or GA according to census when in his father's household. Living at Cheoah, Robbinsville Township in 1900 census. Buried 5 AUG 1916 in Graham Co., NC at Carver Cem.

Married Clementine Hooper 26 OCT 1882 in Graham Co., NC

3. Molly Ann Long, born Sep 20, 1885 in Graham Co., NC; died Jan 29, 1927 in Eatonton, Putnam Co., GA.

3. Frieda Arizona Long, born Aug 12, 1886 in Graham Co., NC; died Jan 11, 1984 in Graham Co., NC. She married Benjamin Posey Hedrick Mar 06, 190546

3. Clara B. Long - born Mar 1891 NC died Dec 13, 1923

3. Arthur Ivan Long, born Mar 17, 1893 in Graham Co., NC; died Aug 13, 1989 in Graham Co., NC

3. John Luther Long, born Oct 27, 1896 in Graham Co., NC; died Mar 04, 1980 in Graham Co., NC

3. George Riley Long, Jr. born about 1897.

2. John Thomas Long - born 13 April 1858 in Blount Co TN (according to death cert). Living in Graham NC in 1880 and Fannin GA in 1900. Died 12 Feb 1937 in Fannin GA (His death certificate says his father William Long was born in Lumpkin Co GA, and his mother Mary Underwood was born in Fannin Co GA)

Married Edwinnie Huffman 3 Nov 1878 in Graham NC

3. George H. Long - born Aug 1879 GA

3. Rufus M. Long - born Sep 1881 TN

3 Mary B. Long - born Oct 1886 Ga

3. Poley D. Long - born Nov 1888 GA

3. Ellen L. Long - born June 1890 GA

3. Liley Long - born Feb 1893 GA

3. Ellmina Long - born Apr 1896 GA

3. Bessie Mae Long - born Dec 1899 GA

2. Sarah Louisa Long - born 19 June 1859 TN [April 1862 in TN according to another source] died Aug 18, 1940 in Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA

Married Tyre Glenn Higdon 17 Oct 1880 in Graham Co. NC

2. Emily Long - born about 1864 in NC. Lived Maryville, Blount TN in 1880 and Jackson NC in 1900.

Married John H. Pace 27 March 1888 in Graham NC



1850 Census - Union Co. Georgia

1860 Census - ???

1870 Census - Cherokee Co North Carolina

1880 Census - Cheoah, Graham Co NC (formed from Cherokee)

Emails (and message board postings)


From: "Charlotte Morrison" <cbmorr@chartermi.net>
Subject: Union Co., GA MATHIS family
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 20:36:13 -0400


Could "Lucinda Long" be from one of the Union Co., GA MATHIS families?

In order to find the maiden name of Lucinda, the wife of William R. Long, I
ordered the death certificate of their daughter, Sarah Louisa Long Higdon
(wife of Tyrus Glenn Higdon).

Sarah's daughter, Mrs. Mae Phillips, was the informant on the death
certificate. Mae gave Sarah's parents as 'Riley Long' and 'Sallie Mathis.'
The father is consistently listed in census as 'William', but I found land
records for him in Graham Co., NC that were signed 'William R.' Sarah had a
brother named 'George Riley' ...so maybe the 'R' in her father's was, indeed
'Riley' and maybe he was frequently called 'Riley,' also.

Sarah's mother's name, as given on the dc, is somewhat more baffling to me.
She is always listed as 'Lucinda' in census records; yet, at her mother's
death Mae says her grandmother's name was 'Sallie Mathis.' Could Mae have
made a mistake about her grandmother's name ...or was her grandmother's
full maiden name something like 'Sarah Lucinda MATHIS?'

I strongly suspect that William R. Long was a brother of Charles R. Long
because they were listed in the 1850 Union Co., GA consecutively (as if
lived next door to each other). I have not been able to find a marriage
record for Wm. R. & Lucinda in either North Carolina or Georgia.

Charles R. Long and his wife, Ruth Honeycutt, eventually migrated to
Alabama. Wm. R and 'Lucinda' settled in Graham Co., NC.

Does anyone have any clues as to who the parents of Sallie Lucinda Mathis
could be?

Thanks so much,

Email: Oct 2012 -

John Thomas Long's death certificate. The certificate definitely says that

John Thomas Long, b 13 apr 1858, Maryville, Blount, TN
d 14 July 1936, Fannin County GA

Father--William Long, b Lumpkin County GA

Mother-- Mary Underwood, b Fannin County GA.

buried Mobile Cemetery

Informant--A.J. Craig, Copperhill, TN


I guess the Lucinda vs. Mary as mother is still not sorted out.