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vendredi 23 octobre 2020

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Philip Long
A German mercenary soldier
(3rd English-Waldeck Mercenary Regiment)
during the American Revolutionary War
of 1775-1783
During the second half of the ARW, Philip Long switched
companies, but they were all cavalry regiments.
I think this picture fits him quite well,
since he was 23 when he set foot in America in 1776.
The birthplace of my ancestor, Philip Long, has been the subject of intense debates for a very long time in my family. In 1923, Mgr Ernest Lang started a research that is still going on today.

In 1976, he published a book titled, L’héritage des Lang (Long). Récit bibliographique, généalogique et historique de John Philip Long (1757-1832). It wasn’t the end of the research: it was rather the beginning! His book contained a shaky hypothesis, but also a ton of historical documents about Philip’s life in Canada.

Since that publication, many members of my family have made colossal efforts over decades to refine the hypothesis of Mgr Ernest. Read about them in section No. 15 of the blog. They are: Ghislain Long, Benoît Long and Gilles Long. They share one particular characteristic that I consider essential to get at some significant result in this kind of research: they work with hypotheses and their conclusions are based of documents. They do what we call a « documentary research ». This kind of research is not done around a kitchen table. A genealogical research is surely an efficient way to learn to deal with frustrations. 

Lately, I have made an effort to find the birthplace of Philip. Time is not on my side anymore and very few younger members of the Long/Lang family seem interested in pursuing this endeavor. Nevertheless, everyone is longing to have this question answered once and for all.

My research lasted two months. I am 99% confident that Philip Long was a German mercenary soldier during the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783 in the  2nd Waldeck Company (Third English-Waldeck Mercenary Regiment). I still need to gather more information to complete my research. Since I’m working with German collaborators, it will take some time to put a definite end to my research. Be patient. That last stretch of the research is time-consuming and expensive. My priority is to get a particular and decisive document in Germany. From his military file, I know where he lived before leaving Germany for America. Till then, get your hand on a history book about the Hessians.

As soon as I will get some new and important information, you will be advised through the Facebook group, Clair, NB. 

Don’t write to me saying that you already had it figured out a long time ago.
But, if you do, make sure that you have adequate documentation to back it up.

Now. Let’s Rock’n roll...

jeudi 13 avril 2017

William H. Long

William H. Long
Son of John R. Long & Sarah Ann Piper
The search for the family of William H. Long was not easy, since there were many individuals by the same name in Michigan from 1860 to 1900. Moreover, some of them were soldiers in the Civil War.

I am not publishing every document pertaining to the Long/Munn family. Using those that I have selected, anyone can easily find the missing ones in order to complete a family tree.

I have, in fact, retained the following ones for various reasons. The main one is the fact that (according to my research…) William’s brother, George Jackson Long, married Aucillia C. Munn in 1869 from Illinois USA. William H. married Mercy Ann Munn (also known as Mary Munn and Mercy Munn in some documents) from Illinois (New York in other documents). So, brothers married sisters.

William H. first appeared in the 1850 Census at Gaines Orleans New York. He was six (6) years old, hence born about 1844.
Ten years later, he appeared in the 1860 Census at Walton Eaton MI. He was 14 years old.
There is more than 10 years difference between these two screenshots. Sarah Ann Piper had died and John R. had remarried with Nancy M. Parker from New York NY.

Up to now, I have found the following members of the family of William H. Long & Mercy A. Munn.
Various censuses about the Long-Munn family
The family appeared in the 1880 Census from Lee, Calhoun MI. The age of William in this document is incorrect.
1900 Census in Lee Calhoun MI
Same event
NB. I think errors were committed on this census
The family is shown in the 1910 Census taken at Lee Calhoun MI. Effie M. & William E. had left the family. The couple had two children under their roof: Tom A. (Thomas Robert) & Howard.
Same event
In the 1920 Census at Marshall MI, only Howard is living with Mercy Ann Munn-Long. William H. died in 1916.
About Effie Long
Marriage of Effie Long to George E. Teachout at 
Harbour Springs MI. in July 03, 1893.
Same event 
Death of Effie M. Long
About Lovina Clara Long
Marriage of Lovina Long to Scott Dalley
in Marshall MI on March 30, 1907
Same event
Marriage of Lovina Long to Ben Chapman
Marriage of Lovina to Ernest Edward Hopkins. 
Same event
About Emma Long
Birth of Emma Long
NB. She was the twin of William Enon.
About Earl H. Long
Enlistment in the Army

Same event

Marriage of Earl H. Long
to Minnie Horton-Counterman

Marriage of Earl H. Long
Same event
Death of Earl H. Long
Same event
About Blanche Long
Birth of Blanche Long
Marriage of Blanche Long
Same event
Same event
Death of Blanche Long
Same event
About Howard Long
Enlistment in the Army
Death of Howard Long
About Thomas Robert Long
Same event
Marriage of Thomas Robert Long
Enlistment in the Army
Death of Thomas Robert Long
About Enon Long
Birth of Enon Long

1920 Census at Lee Calhoun MI

Marriage of Enon Long

Same event

Second marriage of Enon Long

Enlistment in the Army

Death of Enon Long

About Julia Belle Long
Marriage of Julia Belle Long

Death of Julia Belle Long-Sine

Same event

Same event

Death of the husband of Julia Belle & Mary E. Long

About Mary E. Long
Marriage of Mary Long to Luey Sine
in Marshall MI. on April 18, 1908.

Same event

1910 Census at Lee Calhoun for the family of
 Mary E. Long to Louis (Luey) Sine

Same event

William H. Long in the Civil War
Enlistment in the Army in 1861
He was a member of the H-13 Michigan Infantry
Application for a headstone for William H. Long
on February 18, 1927 in Marshall MI.
William H. Long was declared a war invalid on July 29, 1887.
His wife was Mercy Ann Munn. 
He was part of the H-13 Michigan Infantry
He died in August 10, 1916.
Mercy Ann received a disability war pension
 Same event
William H. Long is buried at the Townsend Cemetery
in Marshall Calhoun MI.
Same event
About Mercy Ann Munn

Death certificate for Mercy Ann Munn-Long
on June 21, 1936 in Calhoun MI.
Her father was Abraham (Abel) Munn 
and she was born in New York NY.
This 1860 Census taken in Orleans New York is quite revealing, since John R. & Sarah Ann Piper lived in Orleans in 1850. 
It is, then, reasonable to believe that 
the Long & Munn families met there.