Hi: I think that my Long family is probably connected to the Dake family. I have been doing genealogy for about 40 years and know better than to guess, because usually a guess is wrong - but I'm guessing.
My 3rd great grandfather was named John Dake Long, and he was a son of Hiram and Anna (Lakey) Long. I've researched the Lakey family in great depth and know that they had Surry Co., NC roots with no relatives that I can find anywhere that were named Dake. It's likely that the Long family was also from NC but went to McMinn Co., TN, after they left NC.
Hiram and Anna Long were married in White Co., IL, in 1818, went were there for the 1820 census, from there to Greene Co., IN by 1830, then they went on to Ripley Co., MO and were there before 1840, then they went on to Newton Co., MO and were living near Barry Co., but in Newton before 1850, and they were in Barry Co., MO before 1860, where they still remain today.
According to Goodspeed, Hiram Long was killed in Barry County by bushwhackers along with one of his sons, the son we think to presumedly have been John Dake Long, because his estate was probated about that time.
But that's not all- I noticed that in Barry County, MO, in 1860 that the Dake connection popped up again. Living next door and neighbors to the Long families was the Riddle family - and the mother of this clan was a Dake from McMinn Co., TN.
My Hiram Long was born in East Tennessee, according to Goodspeed, but we do not have a county. I am inclined to think that he was probably born in McMinn County and that his mother was a Dake and maybe his grandfather was named John Dake. I have no records and am not sure that this could be, so I am hoping some one will be able to tell me if they have found this connection.
In 1818 when Hiram Long married in White Co., IL, according to land records, living next door was a family named George Long, and the only Long family nearby. On the other side was another family, which that of Anna Lakey's parents.
I have no idea if this George Long was a brother or a parent to my Hiram Long. But my guess is that he was the father of Hiram Long and was married to a Dake. I have no record of who this George Long was and if he was related to my Hiram Long or not. I hope that some of you will know who he was and how or if he was married to a Dake.
Searching those early years of Tennessee is so very difficult because of the lack of records so I am hoping that some of you might know something more about these families and perhaps can tell me more about the Dake and Long - and the Dake and Riddle connections and how they related to the McMinn County, TN, Dake families.