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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Joseph Martin Long, sheriff of Pulaski County, Mo., was born in Greenup County, Ky., March 19, 1855, and is a son of George W. and Mary Ann (Gray) Long, and grandson of Martin Long, who was born in Botetourt County, of the “Old Dominion,” and by occupation was a sailor in early life and a cooper in later years. He moved to Kentucky at an early date, his son, George W., being born in Greenup County, of that State, in 1824. The latter was married in his native county, and in the fall of 1855 moved to Hancock County, Ky., and sixteen months later to Spencer County,, Ind., residing there until 1867, when he took up his abode in Pulaski County, Mo., locating three miles south of the county seat. Here he died in 1877. He was of French and German descent. His wife was also born in Greenup County, Ky., in 1834, and is the daughter of Joseph Gray. She is yet living, and since 1885 has been the wife of J. O. R. Reeves, and is residing in Wright County, Mo. To her marriage with Mr. Long three children were born: William P., Francis M. and Joseph M. The latter was about twelve years of age when he first became a resident of Pulaski County. His early days were spent in following the plow and attending the common schools, and on the 23d of August, 1874, he espoused Miss Matilda, a daughter of John J. and Catherine Laughlin. She was born in 1859, and died in 1877, having become the mother of one child, Luther. Mr. Long afterward wedded Miss Margaret J. Logan, a daughter of Anthony and Margaret Logan. Her birth occurred in Pulaski County, Mo., in 1858, and their union has resulted in the birth of three children: Sarah Ann, Henry Martin and Lydia Adelia. Until 1885 Mr. Long was engaged in husbandry, at which date he moved to Waynesville, and began keeping a grocery, but sold out at the end of two years, and engaged in blacksmithing. After a short period he discontinued this business, and resumed the sale of groceries, forming, in 1887, a partnership with J. J. Clark in the general mercantile business, which partnership continued until they were burned out. After this Mr. Long became a salesman for Mr. Clark. In 1888 he was elected on the Democratic ticket, whose principles he has always espoused, as sheriff of Pulaski County, and is the present incumbent of that office. During 1886-87 he served as deputy sheriff of the county, and gave good satisfaction. In the fall of 1883 he moved to Jack County, Tex., where he resided eleven months, and then returned to Missouri. He and wife worship in the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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