Person:William Long (114)

William Long, Sr., of South River and Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
d.Bef. 18 Sep 1781 Augusta County, Virginia
  • HWilliam Long, Sr., of South River and Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA1710 - Bef 1781
  • WElizabeth UnknownBef 1713 -
m. abt. 1730
  1. William Longest 1730-1733 - bef 1760
  2. Dr. Alexander Longest 1735-1745 - aft 1805
  3. Samuel LongEst 1735-1750 - Bef 1814
  4. Capt. Francis Long1742 - Bef 1810
  5. Joseph Long1744 - aft 1805
  6. Elizabeth Longabt 1745 - bef 1782
  7. David Long1746 - aft 1805
  8. Dorcas LongAbt 1755 - 1842
  9. James Long1758 - Aft 1805
Facts and Events
Name William Long, Sr., of South River and Beverley Manor, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? 1710
Marriage abt. 1730 to Elizabeth Unknown
Death? Bef. 18 Sep 1781 Augusta County, Virginia

William Long, Sr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


William Long's land (Beverley Manor SE, 400 & 433 1/2 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 480.--27th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to William Long, 400 acres in Beverley Manor, patent line. Corner John Wilson, crossing South River; Col. James Patton and William Robinson. Corner James Bell. Col Patton's mill place. Teste: James Alexander, Andrew McClure John Black.
  • Page 483.--27th February, 1749. Same to same (From William Beverley to William Long), 433-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor on South River. Corner Gabriel Alexander. Corner John Black (Note: listed consecutively with record above).
  • Page 296.--20th February, 1756. Beverley to William Long, lease 467 acres, part of the Mill tract in Beverley Manor. Beverley's line, cor. Jno. Cunningham, near the old bridge. Also 3 lots in Staunton, Nos. 2, 10, 11, all granted to Jno. David Wilpert, 1st June, 1751, and forfeited to Beverley for non-payment of rent. Term, 96 years from date.
  • Page 99.--28th October, 1766. John and Wm. Long, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, to William Long, Sr., of Augusta County, £10, 400 acres, part of 800 acres in Beverley Manor on Long Meadow, a branch of Middle River; corner tract now Andrew McClure's; corner James Alexander's part of this said tract. Teste: James and Wm. Bell, John and Wm. Long. Delivered: Samuel Long, 29th May, 1783. (Note: it is unclear how William Long is related to John and William Long of Chester County, PA, sons of Francis Long, listed in record below)

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 231.--November, 1759. Wm. Long. of Staunton, to Samuel Wilson, of same place. Lease. 50 acres on Lewis Creek, part of tract leased by Beverley to Long for 99 years, now leased for 94 years, £2 yearly. Delivered Wm. Crow, September, 1767.
  • Page 380.--7th October, 1789. Beverley to William Bowyer, release of lease to William Long, 20th February, 1756.

Will of William Long, Sr.

  • Page 187.--29th January, 1781. William Long's will (of South River, Shanadore)--To wife; to son, Alexander Long, the money that son William had in possession at his decease; to son, William's son, infant; to son, Francis, 100 acres adjoining Jacob Gabhart; to sons, David and Joseph, 400 acres that David lives on; to son, John, if ever he returns home again; to son, James, part of testator's home tract adjoining James Bell; to son, Samuel, other part of tract lying between Francis and James; to daughters, Elizabeth Henderson and Dorcas Barnet, 150 acres on Long Meadow; to grandson, William Long, son of son William, 250 acres on Long Meadow adjoining Andrew McClure and James Alexander. Executors, sons Alexander, Samuel, James. Teste: John Bell, Gabriel Alexander, Joseph Bell. Proved, 18th September, 1781, by John Bell and Alexander.

Possible relation to Francis Long of Chester County, PA

There is a strong possibility that William Long is related (possibly a sibling?) to Francis Long of Chester County, PA. William Long named one of his children Francis, and two of Francis Long's sons, John and William Long sold land to this William Long in 1766 (record listed above) and apparently migrated to Augusta County, VA by about 1760.

Records of William Long in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 1.--Robert Willson, in Shanadore in Virginia, will dated 3d November, 1745. Wife, Jane; estate except such as is nominated of the hole head to son John. Son, John; daughter, Jannet Holmes, 20 shillings; daughter, Catrin Bell, 20 shillings; nephew (?), Robert Holmes; daughters, Elizabeth, Jane, Frances. Executors, Wm. Long and James Alexander. Teste: Jno. Patterson, Gabriel Holmes, James Bell. Proved, 11th February, 1745, by John Patterson. Proved, 16th April, 1745, by Gabriel Holmes.
  • Page 122.--10th March, 1746-7. Robert Wilson's appraisement by Jno. Black, James Alexander, Wm. Long. Debts due to John Holmes, Wm. Darlington, Wm. Branston.
  • Page 526.--32nd February, 1749 (prob. s/b 22nd February, 1749). Same to same (From William Beverley to James Patton), 432 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner to the Christies, William Long's line. Joseph Mills' line. William Robinson's line. Teste: James Lockhart.
  • Page 435.--27th February, 1749. Same to Gabriel Alexander, 423 acres in Beverley Manor. Line of Beverley Manor crossing South River; James Bell's line. Corner William Long. Teste: James Gilaspey, James Bell.
  • Page 275.--31st May, 1749. William Beverley to John Black, of Beverley Manor. 738 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner William Long. Beverley Manor line. Teste: James Alexander, William Long, James Bell.
  • Page 275.--15th September, 1750. John Greer's nuncupative will--Debts to be paid to William Long, William Nul, John Kennedy, Nathaniel Patterson; son Alexander to be bound to a trade; one child to be bound to John Mitchell; one child to be bound to S D; oldest girl to go to some descent woman to learn housewifery. Executors, John Mitchell and Samuel Doak. Teste: James Cowin, Jno. Mitchell, Saml. Doak, Francis Beatey. Proved, 28th November, 1750, by Cowin and Beatey.
  • Page 331.--17th June, 1752. Beverley by &c. to Robert Moffet, planter, 490 acres. In Beverley Manor; corner James Patton's Mill place; William Long's line; James Bell's line; Wm. Christian's line; John Christian's line.
  • Page 503.--15th August, 1753. Michael Rady's appraisement by James Bell, William Long, Thomas Stewart, and vendue, to William Bishop, Ezekiel Eurman, Wm. Carr, Jacob Gray, Wm. and James Robinson, John Cunningham, James Gilespy, due by John Black. Received from Edward Hall.
  • Page 197.--21st March, 1754. Robert Moffet, planter, to Jacob van Lear, farmer, 490 acres in Beverley Manor. Cor. to James Patton, Co. Lieut. his mill tract on Christian's Creek; Wm. Long's line; James Bell's line; Wm. Christian's line; John Christian's line. Teste: James Price.
  • Page 141.--4th August, 1755. John Glass' appraisement by James Caldwell, Andrew Alexander, John Shields. John Glass' estate due to Patrick Kenan, Thomas Shields, Robert Moody, Wm. Long, Jas. Moody, Jno. Bigam. Samuel Downy, Thos. Brown, Jas. McLong, Arthur Hamilton, Wm. Karr.
  • Page 188.--26th January, 1757. Robert Sawyer's appraisement, by Robert Christian, William Long, James Alexander.
  • Page 210.--11th September, 1757. Joseph Long's will--To son Samuel, tract at the Welch cabins; to son Henry, tract near place called Billar Spring; to son Joseph, infant, tract where testator lives; to son John, tract at the Big Spring known as Island Ford. (All these tracts now are in one, and these are appointed to divide, viz: Richard Woods, John Hannah, James Beats, James Alexander); to wife Anna; to daughter Agness Cohoun, 5 shillings; to daughter Gennet Long; to daughters Gennet, Elizabeth, Ann, Ruth. Executors, wife Anne and son Henry. Teste: John Long, Wm. Long, Thos. Stewart, James Alexander. Proved, 16th November, 1757, by Wm. and Jno. Long, and James Alexander. Henry Long refuses to execute. Ann qualifies with Richard Woods, Robert Young, Alex. Ritchey.
  • Page 158.--Joseph Bell's appraisement, 23d November, 1758. Appraised by James Huges. Saml. Wilson, and Wm. Long. (Note: this record appears on a page with several records from 1773).
  • Page 367.--22d March, 1760. Alexander Wright, merchant, in Fredericksburg, to James Bratton, blacksmith, £75, 334 acres in Beverley Manor; Mr. Lewis' corner; Maxwell's line. Teste: Patt. Couts, Wm. Long, Chas. Lewis, Wm. Preston, Thos. Bowyer, John Neil.
  • Page 378.--16th April, 1760. William Long's will, of Staunton--Wife, Margaret; son, William, lands and lots in and about Staunton and Jackson's River; brothers, Thomas Lewis and Charles Lewis, to be executors. Teste: William Lewis, William Stewart. Proved, 20th May, 1760. Executors qualify, with Andrew and William Lewis. (Note: this William Long is the SON of William Long, Sr.).
  • Page 21.--18th November, 1760. James Alexander to John and Wm. Long, heirs of Frances Long, deceased, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, £5, 400 acres, part of 800 on Long Meadow of Middle River; cor. Andrew McClure's; cor. James Alexander. Delivered: John Long, 23d October, 1766. (Note: unsure of how this William Long is related to the Long's listed in this record, same as listed in acquisition above in 1766).
  • Page 432.--19th November, 1760. William Long's appraisement, by David Stewart, Robt. Breckinridge, Felix Gilbert. (Note: this William Long is the SON of William Long, Sr.).
  • Page 225.--9th December, 1760. John Black to his son William Black, £10, 369 acres on South River of Shanandoe, part of 738 acres whereon John now lives; cor. William Long, Samuel Black's part of said tract. Teste: Thomas Stewart, James and Gabriel Alexander, Samuel Black. Delivered: William Black, 19th July, 1787.
  • Page 87.--16th November, 1761. James Patton's executors to Robert Armstrong, £60, 432 acres on Beverley Manor; cor. to the Christian's land, Wm. Long's line, Joseph Mill's line, Wm. Robinson's line. Delivered: Wm. Armstrong, September, 1765.
  • Page 178.--20th March, 1770. Andrew Johnston to Joseph Bennet, £38, on North Fork of South Branch of Potomac, near the Great Clover Lick, patented to said Andrew, 20th July, 1768. Teste: John Madison, Jr., William Crow, William Long.
  • Page 353.--21st November, 1770. Thomas and Charles Lewis' bond (with John Bowyer, John Madison) as guardian to William Long, orphan of William Long. (Note: this William Long is the SON of William Long, Sr.).
  • Page 509.--21st August, 1772. John Caldwell to Thomas Stuart, yeoman, tract conveyed by Joseph Lane and William Teas to Samuel Caldwell, father to John, in whom the property is become invested by being heir-at-law to devise the said land, and joining that part of said tract belonging to William Long; mortgage. Delivered to John Caldwell by Stuart's order, March Court, 1778.
  • Page 54.--25th August, 1778. Gabriel Alexander's will (of South River of Shanandore)--To wife, Dorcus; to son, James, 5 shillings; to son, Francis, 5 shillings; to daughter, Dorcus Lackey, 5 shillings; to daughter,Margaret; to son, John, 60 acres on South River, part of home plantation joining John's other land and William Long; to son, Gabriel, tract owned by locator and James Bell. Executors, sons Gabriel and James. Teste: Samuel and David Long, John Bell. Proved, 16th March, 1779, by John Bell and Samuel Long. Executors qualify.
  • Page 262.--__ _____, ____ (date not listed). John Lewis' will--To wife, Margaret, Warm Spring tract, and after her death to son Thomas. Executrix, wife. Teste: Margaret McFarlane, Agatha Frogg, Wm. Long. Proved, 21st September, 1790, by Agatha Stuart (late Agatha Frogg) and Wm. Long. Margaret qualifies. (Note: since William Long died in 1781, this will was most likely written before that date).
  • Vol. 2 - Long's devisees vs. Long's executor, &c.--O. S. 58; N. S. 20--Bill filed 29th June, 1803. Orators, viz: Francis, David, Samuel and James Long are children of William Long, who died testate in Augusta. Wm. had also other sons, viz: Alexander & Joseph. A devisee was grandson William (son of son William), who died before December, 1797. John and Wm. Thompson answer that in 1788 they lived in Rockbridge. Alexander Long was Doctor Alexander Long. He had two sisters in 1788, viz: Elizabeth Henderson, wife of Samuel and Dorcas Barnet, wife of Alexander.
  • Vol. 2 - Long's executor vs. Long's executor--O. S. 317; N. S. 113--Bill, 19th October, 1815, by Joseph and James Long, that their brother, Samuel Long, of Augusta made his will 5th December, 1805, but died January, 1814, unmarried. Also Francis Long, another brother, made his will 12th February, 1810, and died shortly after having neither wife nor children. Defendants are, viz: Wm. and Saml. Long, executors; David Long, Alexr. Barnet and wife Dorcas, William Henderson, Mitchell and Nancy, his wife, Saml. Henderson, of whom William, Nancy and Saml. are heirs and representatives of Elizabeth Henderson, late Long, all of whom except the executors and David Long reside out of the Commonwealth.

Information on William Long

1. William1 Long birth date unknown.

He married Margaret Lynn Lewis. Margaret was born 1726 Donegal Co., Ireland. Margaret was the daughter of John Lewis and Margaret Lynn.

William Long and Margaret Lynn Lewis had the following child:

2 i. Maj. William2 Long Jr. was born Augusta Co., VA October 1755. Maj. died BEF 1797. He married Mary Blair 1793-94. Mary was the daughter of James Blair. 

From query:

From: Steve Deitz <> Subject: [LONG-L] Long family of Augusta Co. VA Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 08:30:09 -0700

Dear Group: Does anyone know about the Wm. Long family in Augusta Co. VA? Wm. Long received two grants in the Beverly Manor, Augusta Co. VA in 1749. His death and the distribution of his estate sparked a couple of lawsuits. His children are (in no order): Joseph, Francis, David, Samuel, William, Elizabeth who married a Henderson, and Dorcas who married Alex. Barnett. I have no knowledge beyond this. I am trying to connect my William Long who made it down to Washington Co. VA and married a Rebecca (d. 1822) and had daughters Sarah and Ann who married Snodgrasses.


Steve Deitz

From Chalkley's Augusta County, VA Records:

36. Augusta County Deed Book 13, page 99. 28th October, 1766. John and Wm. Long, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, to William Long, Sr., of Augusta County, £10, 400 acres, part of 800 acres in Beverley Manor on Long Meadow, a branch of Middle River; corner tract now Andrew McClure's; corner James Alexander's part of this said tract. Teste: James and Wm. Bell, John and Wm. Long. Delivered: Samuel Long, 29th May, 1783. [Chalkley's Chronicles, Volume 3, page 446.]