Tombstone Tuesday: John Long Has Two Stones

With a common name like John Long, it would be easy to confuse two people as one. However, I’m 95% certain that my 3rd Great Grandfather John Long has two stones.

Here’s what I know about John W Long:
b. 16 February 1805 in Lycoming, Pennsylvania
d. 8 October 1870 in New Haven, Huron, Ohio

The recorded family story by John’s granddaughter Elizabeth Long (the family historian of sorts) is this:

On 8 Oct 1870, John W. Long was stricken with a heart attack.  He did not die immediately so William, his third oldest son, was able to get home before he died. William had taken grain to the mill earlier in the day.

In a letter from Elizabeth, she said her grandfather was buried in New Haven. The Cemetery is believed now to be called the New Haven Cemetery in Willard, Huron, Ohio.

I found this stone in the cemetery:

John W and Charles Long Gravemarker
New Haven Cemetery
Memorial # 97722636, Photographer SavingRecordsForOurFuture

The inscription is hard to read but the name does say John W Long died 8 October 1870. The other name sis Charles Long with a date date of 1861. The ‘how old’ statement looks like the child was less than one year old. A better read of the stone would warrant greater information. What I do know is that John and his wife Hannah had a son named Charles who died as an infant in 1861 in Huron County.

There are no other stones currently listed on for Long family members in the New Haven Cemetery.

However, by coincidence, I found a stone for John W Long in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth, Richland County, Ohio. Having many family members buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, I mistakenly assumed this was the same place. However, I know the Long family was from the Huron and Richland county areas.

The stone in this cemetery looks like this:

John W Long Monument
Greenlawn Cemetery
Memorial #44669082  Photographed by Bill Miller

The part that leads me to believe that John has two stones is the fact that his wife Hannah has a similar small stone inscription in this cemetery. She does not have one in the New Haven Cemetery that I know of. Additionally, Charles has a similar stone to go with this large monument. Another child named Clara (Long) Sillman is buried in this cemetery. So, the family does have gravemakers in the Greenlawn Cemetery.

The question is if there are any more Long photos in the New Haven Cemetery as I truly believe John had two stones.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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