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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barry 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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Simeon H. Long, a farmer and a stock raiser of Barry County, Mo. was born in Greene County, Ind., in 1820, and is the second child of Hiram and Anna (Lakey) Long. Hiram Long was born in East Tennessee on May 20, 1796 and was reared on a farm. He emigrated from his native State to Indiana, and was there married on February 11, 1814. His wife was born in Ohio on March 19 1798. They became the parents of eleven children, four of whom are living. Hiram Long came with his family to Missouri in 1834, locating in Ripley County. He afterward removed to Barry County, where he was brutally murdered in 1862. During the Civil War he tried hard to remain with his family in peace taking no part then in the contest between the North and South. A band of Southern men came to his home and made inquiry as to his principles. Upon finding him a Union man they took him and one of his sons out and shot them. After the murder of his father and brother, Simeon H. Long enlisted in the Federal army, joining the Eighth Missouri Cavalry, with which he served three years, being mustered out of service at Little Rock, Ark., on July 20, 1865. He was paid off at St. Louis the following August. On September25, 1842, he was united in marriage with Tabitha James, who was born in Indiana on March 15, 1826. Eleven children have been born to them, seven of whom, Serilda J., Eliza, George W., Franklin H., Samantha C. (Mrs. James Burtchett), U. S. G. and Dora, are living. Their eldest son, S. J. Long, served in the Civil War in the same company with his father. He died in the hospital at Bloomfield, Stoddard Co., Mo., from sickness contracted while in the service. After the war Mr. Long returned to the remainder of his family, whom he had left for security at Springfield, Mo., and in February, 1866, came to Barry County, where he has since been engaged in farming. He and wife are consistent members of the Christian Church, and the family are highly respected. He is a Republican, and a member of the G. A. R.

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