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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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James Long has contributed his full share to the development of the mineral resources of Washington County, as well as its commercial interests, and no one occupies a more creditable position. He was born in that part of Washington County now included within the limits of St. Francois County, August 2, 1830. His father, Samuel Long, was a native of Culpeper County, Va., and was born in 1794. In early life he learned the trades of tanning and shoeing, which he followed after his location in Washington County, in 1811. In 1816 he married Miss Mary Whaley, also a native of Culpeper County, Va. Samuel Long became a prominent citizen, and accumulated a comfortable competency. During the late war he was brutally assassinated. Of a large family born to Mr. and Mrs. Long, five sons survive: William, Alfred, John, James and Samuel. James Long became connected with the mining and smelting business in early life, which, in connection with general merchandising, he has continued to the present time. He is one of the largest taxpayers in the county, and owns one of the choicest tracts of land in the Moses Austin Grant, which includes 3,400 acres. He served as sheriff and collector of the county four years, and was treasurer six years. He was married in 1862 to Miss Bettie M. Poston, of St. Francois County, a daughter of Richard and Martha Poston. Their family consists of three daughters, viz.: Lillie A. (now Mrs. Nichols), Mattie D. and Minnie H. In his business relations Mr. Long enjoys, in an unusual degree, the confidence of the community.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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