An American Family History

Rebecca M. Long Richards


Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885), the 18th President of the United States, was the commanding general who led the Union Armies to victory.

Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.

Rebecca M. Long Richards was born in October 31, 1841 in Fairfield County, Ohio. Her parents were John Long and Sarah Ann LaFever

In 1860, Rebecca and her brother, Thomas Long, were living in the William and Nancy Richards household in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. Thomas was a farm laborer and Margaret was a domestic. William was Margaret's future husband's older brother.

Rebecca and Lewis Clark Richards married November 1, 1861 in Logan County, Illinois. Lewis was born on December 20, 1827 in Champaign County, Ohio. His parents were Josiah J. Richards and Nancy J. Powell.

Their children were:
Lenore Richards Mason (1862, married Thomas E. Mason),
General Grant Richards (1864, married Mary Alice Otto),
Fannie J. Richards Coffey (1866, married Charles Coffey),
Lillie B. Richards Allender (1868, married Ernest Allender),
and John H. Richards (1881, married Emma Zoe Fishburn).

In 1870 they were in Sheridan, Logan County, Illinois. Their post office was Lincoln. The household conisted of Lewis age 32, Rebecca age 24, Lenora age 8, Grant age 6, Fannie age 4, and Lillie age 1.

In 1875 they moved to Kansas, where they settled on a farm near Marion.

In 1880 they had 130 acres. The property was worth $3,500. They had 5 horses.

Lewis died on August 20, 1915 in Marion County and Rebecca died on March 16, 1922. They are buried together in Highland Cemetery in Marion.
Children of John H. Long
and Mary LeFevre:
  • Thomas Long
  • Elizabeth J. Long
  • Rebecca M. Long Richards
  • John H. Long
  • Margaret Long

  • Children of John and Sarah:
  • Jerome Chancey Long
  • Wesley Long
  • Jacob Long

    Children of John
  • and Sarah Freestone:
  • Mary Ann Brinson Marshall Spafford
  • George Long
  • Harry Hurburt Long
  • Rosa May Long Myers
  • Horace Mickel Long
  • David Alvin Long
  • riding saw
    February, 1881

    The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.

    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.



    Fairfield County, Ohio

    Lewis C. Richards was born in Ohio and moved with his family to Logan County Illinois at a young age. It was in Illinois that Lewis met Rebecca and they were married Nov. 1, 1861. In 1875 they moved their family to Kansas, where they settled on a farm near Marion. After two years they returned to Illinois and then two years later, they came back to Kansas where they remained until their deaths (Lewis and Rebecca).

    Their 4 oldest children (Lenore, General Grant, Fannie and Lilly) were all born in Illinois. Their youngest son John H Richards was born in Marion County and lived there most of his life.

    John and his wife, Emma are buried next to Lewis and Rebecca. General Grant Richards is buried in the Haviland Kansas Cemetery in Kiowa County Kansas.

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