George Long finally proven as a Patriot and recognized by DAR

Dear Long Family,

I wasn’t sure we would ever prove it, but finally after years of piecing together bits of facts and records, we have finally received the exciting news that George Long (born 1755 and died in 1810)
has been proven as a bona fide Revolutionary War Patriot. He was formerly considered an Unknown Patriot that DAR did not recognize.

It has taken over 237 years for George Long to be recognized as American Revolutionary Patriot.

Up until now, we only knew that one of our George Long’s ancestors (there are multiple generations with the exact same name) had been acknowledged on the New Hope Presbyterian Church cemetery granite memorial as a Revolutionary War Patriot. We did not know which George Long served and in what capacity.

My 4th Great Grandfather George Long ( 1755-1810), grandson of early pioneers from Scotland in the 1730’s did in fact work to promote independence for his birth nation.
George Long served in various capacities during the Revolutionary War years as:
Grand Juror
He was Paid for Services Rendered and receive North Carolina Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers.

The Bell to rally the pioneers to attack the British in the very first skirmish of the pre-revolutionary period, The Battle of Alamance was protected by the George Long family for over 100 years before being donated to the North Carolina Museum of History in Chapel Hill where you can see it on display today. It is known as the Regulator Bell.

Here is a LINK to see George Long now showing as a Known Revolutionary War Patriot in the DAR Database.
To see more about George Long and his life- click here.

For those of you that are curious about the process of proving an unknown patriot, it took a number of submissions to DAR with various proofs that eventually built our case that George Long did indeed serve and was a Revolutionary War Patriot. The types of records that were provided included Tax Records, Census, Land Deed, Marriage and Birth records, Pages of books, stories from people that knew George Long, historical references to determine the exact George Long that would have served and more.

I am very proud of this recognition, albeit long overdue, for George Long. I could not have achieved this outcome without the help of many people. In particular Robyn Manzini and Sally Ann Kinley at my DAR Chapter at The Meadows in Las Vegas, Nevada and the conversations I had with New Hope Presbyterian Church Historian Boyd Switzer. I am very grateful to each of them for their support, questions and guidance.

The best part for me personally was getting to know that the Long Family Farm remains a robust working farm today and remains in the family, 274 years since its inception. My husband John and I, with the hospitality of my Cousins Betty Ray and Linda Ray (present owners of the family farm- now known as Cates Corner Farm) hosted the 1st ever Long Family Reunion in 2015. People came from all over the United States and Europe eager to reconnect with our mutual family roots.

The Journey continues as I seek to resolve other family mysteries.

Wishing you Pride in our Heritage and Inspiration for your own life,
Your Cousin
Suzanne Long O’Rourke

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2 Responses to George Long finally proven as a Patriot and recognized by DAR

  1. Paulette Johnson-Powell says:

    Hello Suzanne,
    I recently saw your post on Margaret Logan and George Long. I may possibly be a relative of Margaret. In your research, did you discover very much information on her? My 6th great grandfather was William Logan b. act 1709. We know in the 1720’s he was living in Spostsylvania County, VA. We do not know where he was born. Some trees in Ancestry say her father was Archibald Logan.

    I have access to Ancestry DNA matches for myself and seven Logan cousins. I have found 33 trees in Ancestry where at least one of us are related genetically to the person who took the DNA test and this Margaret Logan is in their tree. I do not know if my William is her brother, but I know there must be some kind of connection.

    If you have any information, I would really like to hear from you.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Suzanne Long says:

      Hi Paulette, I hope you received my email. No one as far as I know in our Long branches has done the DNA test. I also provided you with access to my Ancestry Long Family tree. I hope you found it helpful. Wishing you success in your search, and hope we can help fill in details for each other. Suzanne

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