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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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ORON LONG, who has carved his own way to a comfortable competence, was born in Perry county, Pa., Aug. 17, 1854, son of Lewis and Sarah (Brandt) Long.

Lewis Long was a native of Greenwood township, Perry county, where he attended the public schools. At the age of twenty years he began the practice of medicine, and for about twenty years followed that calling in Perry county. In 1868 he began the mercantile business in Greenwood township, which occupied his attention until his death, Nov. 4, 1894. When he was twenty he was married to Sarah Brandt, daughter of Abraham and Mary Brandt, of Perry county. Mrs. Long still survives and carries on the business left by her husband.

Oron Long attended the public schools of his native township until he attained his majority. In 1873 he engaged in the iron ore mining business, and the following year he began well drilling. In 1875 he moved from Perry county to Cumberland, and here continued his business of well drilling until 1884, when he entered the machine business, which proved most remunerative. In 1894 he located in Dickinson township, purchasing the old George Line farm, about four miles from Carlisle. He has since found general farming to his liking, and has made his place one of the attractive farms of the township.

On Jan. 13, 1881, Mr. Long was married to Rebecca J. Line, daughter of George and Rebecca Line, and five children were born to them: Howard L., assisting on the farm; Iva J.; Jay E.; William O.; and Sarah, who died at the age of nine years. Mrs. Long died July 5, 1903, and was buried in the home cemetery in Dickinson township. She was an earnest Christian woman, a member of the Evangelical Church. Mr. Long was reared in the faith of the Dunkard Brethren. He is an advocate of temperance in all things, and in his politics is a stanch adherent to Prohibition principles.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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