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:
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.
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Tax Records, Census, Land Deed, Marriage and Birth records, Pages of books, stories from people that knew George Long, historical references to determine the exact George Long that would have served and more.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,
Suzanne Long O’Rourke