Pierce LONG of Limerick County, Ireland

Pierse-1 LONG was born in Limerick, Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1730 from Limerick, Ireland and settled in Portsmouth NH. In about 1732 he married Miss Abigail Walton*, dau of Col. Shadrach & Mary (Nutter) Walton. They had one son and two daughters. Pierce died 1740 in Portsmouth NH. He was a prominent merchant of Portsmouth, who was born in Ireland and came to American in 1730. He built up a large trade with the West Indies and acquired great wealth. Mr. Long d. in 1746, and his widow was appointed administratrix of his estate on Sept 24 of that year, John Cutt, gentleman, and Daniel Jackson, shopkeeper, being her sureties. An inventory, showing an estate of L4666, made by William King and Henry Sherburne Jr. was filed Aug 26, 1747.
Children of Pierce & Abigail (Walton) LONG:
1. +Col. Pierce Long [Pierse] b. 1739 Portsmouth NH; he married Elizabeth Janvrin
2. Mary Long, died 1800
3. Abigail Long, died young

*Note, parentage of Abigail from page 90 of "The ancestry of Lydia Harmon, 1755-1836 : wife of Joseph Waterhouse of Standish, Maine" by Walter Goodwin Davis; Boston, Mass., 1924: Stanhope Press

Second Generation

Col. Pierce-2 [Pierse] LONG (Pierce-1) b 1739 in Portsmouth, NH; died 13 Apr 1789 Portsmouth, NH; He married Elizabeth Janvrin, daughter of Capt. George & Elizabeth (Mendum) Janvrin. She was born abt. 1740 in Portsmouth NH and died 1764 in Portsmouth NH. He was a merchant; delegate to the New Hampshire Provincial Congress 1775; Col. of First New Hampshire Regiment 1775-76; commander at Fort Independence, Lake Champlain 1776-7; distinguished himself in action at Fort Ann, 1777; delegate to Continental Congress 1784-6; member of New Hampshire executive council, 1786-9; delegate to the Constitutional Convention 1788; appointed collector of customs at Portsmouth by President Washington 1789; d. April 3, 1799. He m.2nd) 21 Jan 1766 to Mary Jackson.
Children of Pierce & Elizabeth (Janvrin) Long:
1. +George LONG, 4 Jul 1762 Portsmouth, NH; married Marcy Hart [only son]
2. Pierce LONG, bapt.2 May 1764, died in infancy
Children of Pierce & Mary (Jackson) Long:
3. Pierce Long, bapt. 15 Jan 1767
4. Mary "Polly" LONG, bapt. 13 Aug 1769 in Portsmouth NH and died 1805 in Philadelphia PA possibly of yellow fever; she m. Col. Tobias Lear, private secretary to General George Washington. He was born 17 Nov 1779 in Portsmouth NH. They had one child, a son, Benjamin Lincoln Lear.
5. Abigail, bapt. 20 Feb 1771 in Portsmouth NH

Third Generation

Capt. George-3 LONG (Pierce-2, Pierce1) was born 4 July 1762 in Portsmouth NH and died 8 Apr 1849 Exeter, NH; he married May 13, 1788 to Marcy/Martha Hart. She was born in Portsmouth, NH, baptized Oct. 24, 1774, third child of Richard and Mercy (Collings) Hart. Capt. George Long was for many years actively engaged in mercantile pursuits, and accumulated considerable property He lived to be over seventy years old, and his wife attained an advanced age. They reared severals sons and daughters. George Long is shown in the 1790 US Census of NH, Rockingham Co., Portsmouth (Township)
Children of George & Marcy/Martha (Hart) Long:
1. Mercy Elizabeth Long, bapt. Sept. 4, 1791; m. 23 Jan 1839 to Henry Hurd Ladd, son of Henry & Hannah (Hurd) Ladd. He b. 10 May 1810 and d. 1888, and is buried "South" Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (also called Proprietor's Burying Ground where this family and the Longs are buried). Unknown if they had children together.

2. George, Long Jr.; d. June 28, 1819 in Havana, Cuba.
3. Samuel Pierce Long, Esq., born 6 Jan 1797 in Portsmouth NH and died 24 April 1879 in Boston MA; His early education was in Portsmouth NH, and preparatory to his entering Harvard College he attended the Portsmouth Academy. He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1819. He entered the office of Judge Pitman of Portsmouth, and later with the Hon. Jeremiah Mason. He was admitted to the Rockingham County [NH] bar at the end of his 3rd year and he took an office in Portsmouth. After 6 years he turned his studies to literature and pursued these studied abroad for 3-4 years, mostly in London, but later in Paris. He returned home in the spring of 1832. He took a room in the Academy Building in Portsmouth NH and for many years studied writing for the press. He married in 1851 to Hannah W. Lyman, daughter of Isaac and Lucretia Lyman. She was born about 1817 in York ME, and resided in Boston MA after his death. In the 1870 US Census he was living in Boston MA, his occupation being listed as a "portrait painter." Harvard College graduate, and distinguished maritime lawyer. Studied art and literature abroad. Artist and publisher. No known children. [Additional information on Samuel Pierce Long can be found in the NEHGS records under "Necrology of Historic, Genealogical Society"].
4. Commodore (aka Capt.) John Collings Long, b 5 Sept 1795 in Exeter, NH; died 2 Sep 1865 Conway NH. He entered the U.S. Navy when fourteen years of age. Three years after came the War of 1812, wherein he played his humble part. He had the honor to serve as midshipman under the brave Commodore Bainbridge on the famous frigate, "Constitution," and was in the naval battle off San Salvador, Brazil, between the "Constitution" and the "Java." In 1849 Mr. Long was appointed Post Captain, and the eleven years following he was in active service continuously. He circumnavigated the globe on the frigate, "Saranac"; and it was he who brought the Hungarian patriot, Louis Kossuth, to this country in 1852. Shortly after this he was assigned to the "Powhatan," which made a cruise to Rio Janeiro, and subsequently joined the squadron in the Mediterranean. His last command was as flag officer of the "Merrimac," the highest a sailor could attain at that time. On the "Merrimac," he cruised in the Pacific for two years, rendering valuable service to the government and to the Sanwich Islanders. In 1860 failing health at length compelled him to resign his commission, and retire to the privacy of his home. The Commodore in his youth had pledged his lifelong support to the government; and, when the Rebellion [Civil War] broke out, it was a source of the deepest regret to him that he was unable to engaged once more in active service. He died at age seventy years. A man of active benevolence and deepseated piety, he was universally esteemed. Commodore Long was married June 1, 1829, to Mary O. Gilman, who was born in Exeter NH March 9, 1810, daughter of Nathaniel and Dorothy (Folsom) Gilman. Dorothy Folsom was Mr. Gilman's second wife. The maiden name of his first wife was Miss Odlin. Mrs. Long, who was an only daughter, had six brothers--Nicholas, Samuel, Daniel, John T., Charles Edwin, and Joseph T. She is the sole survivor of her parent's family, and, at eighty-six years of age was well preserved in her mind and body. She has had no children of her own. Their residence which the Commodore erected over forty years ago, is one of the pleasantest in Exeter [NH]. [Info taken from "Biographical review: biographical sketches of leading citizens of Rockingham County, New Hampshire," Boston: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1896, page 362-363.
5. Charles Edward Long, d. June 23, 1821
6?. Maria Long, m. 24 Sep 1809 to Charles Tappan, son of Benjamin Tappan. Charles was b. 8 Aug 1784 and d.at Washington DC 8 Apr 1875.