An article on pages 563-564 in "The History of Mahaska County, Iowa" published in 1984 by the Keo-Mah Genealogical Society, located in Oskaloosa, IA, contains an interesting introductory paragraph.The article is titled "DeLong Family" and was authored byAdah DeLong Hoit (Mrs. Robert Hoit), daughter of Leo Sylvester DeLong, and granddaughter of Edward DeLong (1790-1848) who settled in Iowa about 1843.Edward's father was George DeLong, who was born about 1745 and died 1818-1819 in Ohio.To date, the identity of George's parents is unknown, but some sources say George was born in PA.We know that he lived in Franklin Co., PA in 1786.
The article is a typical biographical sketch such as is normally found in county historical books.The introductory article says:
"Three DeLong brothers sailed from France with DeLaFayette and came to the United States (year unknown).Two of the brothers were devoured by wild beasts, the other made a home in Pennsylvania, married and raised a family."
The next paragraph begins with, "Edward DeLong was a descendant."
Presumably this introductory portion of the biographical sketch would have been traditional family knowledge passed down to Mrs. Hoit by her parents or grandparents.Now the chore is to determine if it is based on fact.