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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
FRANCIS M. LONG, who is gardening and fruit-growing in Taylorville, is one of the worthy citizens that Ohio has furnished to Christian County. He is native of Belmont County, of the Buckeye State his birth having there occurred on the 16th of January, 1852.

He comes, however, from an old Pennsylvanian family. His grandfather, William N. Long, was a native of the Keystone State, and served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He reached the advanced age of eighty-four year.

His son, William Long, the father of our subject was born in Pennsylvania, but in his youth emigrated to Ohio, where he became acquainted with and married Miss Susanna Sears. Nine children were born of their union, six sons and three daughters, but only three are now living: F. M., William N. and Albert. In 1866 William Long left Ohio and emigrated with his family to Wayne County, Ill., locating upon a farm, where he made his home until 1877.

He then came to Christian County, where he has since made his home. He served for a short time in the Civil War, and was ever a loyal citizen. His wife died in May, 1891. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was an active worker in its interests. We now take up the personal history of Francis M. Long, who is widely and favorably known this community, and his sketch therefore will prove of interest to many of our readers.

The first fourteen years of his life were spent in the State of his nativity, and he then came with his parents to Illinois. He remained upon the home farm until he had attained man's estate, and to his father gave the benefit of his services. The district schools of the neighborhood afforded him his educational privileges. On starting out in life for himself, he followed the occupation to which he had been reared, and for a number of years carried on agricultural pursuits in southern Illinois.

An important event in the life of Mr. Long occurred on the 3d of April, 1873, when was celebrated his marriage with Miss Julia Jones, a daughter of Thomas and Emma (Andrews) Jones, who are natives of this State. Five children have been born of their union: Elma, Edward, Cora, Charlie and Edith. The family circle yet remains unbroken, and all are still under the parental roof.

The parents are members of the Christian Church, and are highly respected people, whose true worth has gained them many friends. Socially, Mr. Long is connected with Camp No. 30, M. W. A. and politically he is a supporter of the Democratic party. Mr. Long has a good home in Taylorville and three and a-half acres of land, upon which he raises garden vegetables and all kinds of fruit. In the market he finds a ready sale for his products, and is now doing a good business, which he well merits.


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