Re: STAMPER/LONG in NC
I descend from Tobias Long, my g,g,g grandpa, who is a brother of Anna Long (who married John Tolliver) and John Long, Jr. (who married Susannah Stamper).
Tobias, John (Jr.), and Anna were three of eleven children in the family of John Long, Sr. and his wife. I've been researhing my Long family for about 15 years. There's always been internet statements (rumors) that John Long, Sr's wife was Susannah Vannoy. I recently confirmed that this is not factual. I don't know the identity of his wife, butit's not Susannah Vannoy.
John Long, Sr. lived on the north side of the New River from the mid 1780's until his death in 1836. When he moved there, his farm was in Wilkes County. But, this area became Ashe County in 1799. Today it is in Alleghany County, since Alleghany was carved out of Ashe in 1859.
John Jr. was actualy born in Virginia. Grandpa John lived in present day Grayson for a while before moving a few miles south, just inside the N. C. state line. Anna Long was born in North Carolina, on her father's farm.
I recently visited the grave site of Jonathan Stamper, Jr. and his wife Mary (Polly) Davis. It's just off the road between Sparta and Laurel Springs, on the east side of the road, not too far from Laurel Springs. I also visited the grave site for Susannah Stamper Long. It's just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. She's actually buried in the John R. Long cemetery.
You may know, that Anna Long Tolliver's husband, John Tolliver, died around 1834. A short while after that, Anna took her family and moved to the western part of Owen County, Indiana. Several families from this region of the New River Valley made this trip from as early as around 1820 and well into the later 1830's.