The question of similar location-names in Ohio & IL has caused much confusion.But, I believe many of the Longenbaughs & Yantises settled in Pickaway Co, Ohio (near Circleville), and then moved to Pickaway Twp, Shelby Co, IL in the 1850's. I'm a descendant of George Washington Longenbaugh, b. 10-21-1834 in Pickaway Co, Ohio to Jacob Longenbaugh & Catherine Yantis. He moved to Prairie Bird, Ridge Twp, Shelby Co, IL in 1855, married Eliza Cochran(Cockrain)in Flat Branch Twp, Shelby Co, IL in 1858, and they settled (& he died) in Pickaway Twp, Shelby Co, IL. (I live at Findlay, IL about 5-10 miles from all of these locations).
As you indicated, Harry Longabaugh traveled West with his cousin George Longenbaugh.I do not know if George and Harry traveled together from PA/OH to Pickaway Twp, Shelby Co, IL, but Harry (who was only 15 at the time)traveled on to Colorado in 1882 with George & his wife and infant son, Walter, by covered wagon.The rest is history.
Local oral tradition indicates George was already here, and Harry came here to meet him.(Local tradition also indicated that someone else came with Harry, but I don't know who that was.) George had married Mary Yantis, and they had 1 child already (Walter), when the group then traveled from near Obed near the Pickaway / Flat Branch Twps line in Shelby Co, IL, to the Durango, Colorado area. (Obed was one of those small frontier villages that ceased to exist after railroads came, but not to them.)
George and Mary Longenbaugh were believed to have given "sanctuary" to Harry Longabaugh over the later years when he needed a place to stay (concealing a fugitive ?).
There are many unsubstantiated stories here about local connections that continued after they left.A friend of mine's grandfather was (according to my friend) a pretty rough character, born ca 1865.He reputedly seldom worked locally, but always had a lot of money.The grandfather used to leave periodically for "the West", and would return some months later replenished with money.His story was that he had been roping and corraling wild range horses and selling them.But, my friend says his father used to show him pictures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and further stated that a man in the picture (which he identified) was his grandfather. We reviewed your postings tonight, and he is going to see if he can find those materials from his Dad's estate.
Another story, which I can personally verify, involves Mary Yantis's cousin, Harley M. Yantis, with whom she was believed to be acquainted, even though he was much younger. (Note, he was also a distant cousin of George).George Longenbaugh and Mary had named one of their sons Harley Longenbaugh in 1882 (and he named his son George Harley Longenbaugh).Harley M. Yantis was born in 1884 (so it's not known who they were both named after).Harley married Altona Wright (to which I am separately related through my Wright family), but they never had children.And they were pretty wealthy (by local standards, through inheritance).So they had a lot of spending money.They used to go out to the Southwest in the early 1900's, and were believed to have been visiting (among others) George Longenbaugh's family in Cortez, Colorado (near the Ute Indian "Mountain Reser