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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John Long was born in Granger County, Tenn., May 7, 1839, and is a son of John Long (deceased). The latter was born in Pennsylvania in 1791. He removed from his native State to Granger County, Tenn., where for many years he operated a large flour and saw mill and carding machine. John Long, Jr., was reared at the home of his parents, and liberally educated in the common schools of Tennessee. For several years he managed his father’s carding machine, but as his taste and inclination turned toward agricultural pursuits, he abandoned the former occupation in 1868, and engaged in the latter, which he has since followed. In September, 1860, his marriage with Sarah J. Butcher was solemnized, and to them have been born twelve children. Those living are Jacob M., Nancy E., Lucy A., Joseph S., Patrick H., Mary J., Levi P. and Elbert A. One daughter, Rebecca C., married Marshall Campbell, and died leaving her husband and one child, James M. Jacob married Sallie C. Ryan, and lives in Union County, Tenn. They have two children, Mossie and James. Nancy married Samuel Skaggs, of Claiborne County, Tenn., and who moved to Missouri in 1882. They reside in Christian County, Mo., and have three children: Oscar, Della and Sylvester. Lucy married William Maness, of Newton County, Mo. Mr. Long came to McDonald County, Mo., in February, 1883, settling where he now resides, in Richwood Township. His farm contains 200 acres, and is well improved. While in Tennessee he served three years as highway commissioner. For twenty years he has been a deacon in the Baptist Church. His wife, who died on September 6, 1887, was a daughter of Jacob Butcher (deceased). She was an earnest Christian worker and a member of the Baptist Church.

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