Mrs. Hannah M. Long is one of the oldest residents of Iowa county, having passed the eighty eighth milestone
on life's journey. She was born January 9, 1827, in Newark, Ohio, and is still living in Williamsburg, her residence
being upon what was once the old homestead farm but now included within the corporation limits of the town. On
the 6th of May, 1845, at Newark, Ohio, she gave her hand in marriage to William Long, who was born December 12,
1819, in Columbus, Ohio, a son of William and Margaret Long, the former born July 20, 1744, and the latter in 1750.
Both have long since passed away, William Long, Sr., having died in 1824, while his wife's death occurred in 1789.
Mr. and Mrs. William Long, Jr., began their domestic life in Ohio and there resided for nine years, after which
they came to Iowa county and settled upon what became known as the old Long homestead, Mr. Long entering one hundred
and sixty acres of land from the government, his patent being signed by President Pierce in 1854. For many years
he actively and successfully carried on fanning, following that pursuit until his death, which occurred in Williamsburg
April 14, 1876. In his political views he was a stalwart republican and served for several years as justice of
the peace at Williamsburg. His wife taught the first school in Williamsburg and it is said that she brought the
first piano to the town. The Indians would often gather around her home to hear her play. She long ago retired
from the farm, although the home which she now occupies stands on land which was once within the boundaries of
her husband's farm.
To Mr. and Mrs. William Long were born six children: Mary, who became the wife of John Simmons; Anna, at home;
Lilly, the wife of J. M. McDougal; William, deceased; Ida, living in Seattle, Washington; and Albert
P., who occupies a part of the old home farm. Mrs. Hannah Long, who is today one of the oldest residents of
Iowa county, belongs to the Presbyterian church. Her entire life has been fraught with good deeds and noble purposes
and she commands the respect, goodwill and love of those with whom she has been brought in contact. She has lived
to see many notable changes in the county during the years of her residence here and can relate many interesting
incidents of the early times.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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