Holt County, MO Biography

Henry C. LONG, Justice of the Peace for the people of Bigelow

Mr. LONG'S father was from North Carolina; he emigrated to Tenn. where he married a lady of Tenn. birth. (neither the name of the father or mother is given in the atlas.) Henry C. LONG was born in Powell's Valley, Claiborne Co., Tenn. Jan. 20, 1819. Available schooling was of ordinary quality and the old-fashioned subscription schools furnished the rising generation of that period the only chances to secure an education.

He lived there in Claiborne Co. until 1832, then emigrated with his father to Morgan Co., Ill. where they settled on a farm near Jacksonville. Henry LONG married Susanna MATTHEWS on June 4, 1840. She was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. He farmed in Ill. until 1855, not following his father and younger brother to Texas in 1850. He moved to Mo., arriving in Holt Co. April 6, 1855. He settled in Benton township 4 miles south of Mound City along the bluffs above the Mo. River bottomland. He was in the militia during the Civil War and assisted in the organizing of one of the first companies of militia ever raised in Holt Co. for co-operation with the Federal forces.

In 1864 he returned to Morgan Co., Ill., but returned to Holt Co after 6 months. He settled on the Mo. river bottomland 5 miles south of Bigelow and bought an interest in a steam mill which he ran from 1866 to 1867. He farmed after selling his interest in the mill. In 1869 he moved to his present residence 3/4 of a mile west of Bigelow. His first wife died Feb. 28, 1866. He married Mrs. Ruth TITUS in Oct. 1868; she died in the fall of 1871. The people of Bigelow township elected him to magistrate in 1870 and again in 1874. His decisions have invariably been upheld in higher courts. He is also postmaster at Bigelow, receiving his commission April, 1875 under the administration of President Grant. In politics, he was raised a Democrat; he acted with the Democrat party up to the time of the Civil War and has since been a Republican.


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