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the LONGMAN family

of Dorset and Louisiana

Site last updated: Saturday, January 17, 2004 10:53 PM

The picture above was provided by Elizabeth Fern Harris Mack (Liz).  The picture was taken around 1927 or 1928 at the home of Fred and Rosemond Stull near Jennings, La. For an annotated version of the above photo, click here

This Web site contains information about the descendants of one male Longman, first name unknown, who was born about 1448. He had three sons, John, Nicholas, and Thomas, born between about 1470 and 1480. John, his eldest son, had a son, William Longman born about 1520 in Marnhull, Dorset, England and who died April 25, 1572 in Marnhull.  Today John and William's descendants are spread around the world, including England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

The family tree, in older times, was heavily populated with the given names of William and Robert, which is quite interesting.  Later times have brought about a more diverse set of names, with names such as Sidney and Reginald being very prevalent, but many other namesakes exist also.

At least one branch of the Longmans in the United States was begun by Alfred Longman and his family, who immigrated from Marnhull, Dorset, England to the United States in the early 1880's. Alfred left Liverpool, England on Christmas Day,1881, and immigrated to the US on board the ship R.M.S. City of Paris, arriving in New York on January 30, 1882. His intent was to establish a home for his family and have them join him some time later. Given an adventuresome nature, Alfred went to the Dakota Territory, where he homesteaded 160 acres of land near Jamestown. He sent for his family, and in September, 1884, they left England on the ship Sarmatian, bound for Quebec, Canada. A train ride from Quebec to Stutsman, County, Dakota Territory carried the family to join Alfred. Garfield, the last of Alfred and Phebe's children was born in Stutsman County, North Dakota.  In 1884, while living in North Dakota, Alfred applied for US citizenship which was granted in 1889. According the the US immigration laws of the time, Alfred's naturalization applied to himself, his wife Phebe and children living in the household. At the time Alfred applied for naturalization in 1884, Walter, Alfred's eldest son, was living in another household. In that same year, Walter also applied for US naturalization. Soon after, not desiring to further brave the cold winters, Alfred and his wife and children and Walter traveled as far south (and warm) as they could go, settling in southern Louisiana.  Although modern-day Longmans in the US live in many different states, the descendants of Alfred Longman all derive from this common southern Louisiana ancestry.

I hope you find this web site interesting and informative.  Like any family history,this one will continue to grow with time, both as I learn more to add to it and future generations of Longmans are created.

As with all genealogical information, the information is only as good as the sources and the care taken in collecting the information.  For this reason, and many others, none of this information should be relied upon as entirely accurate, for any purpose whatsoever.  It represents the collective work of myself and many others, to which I owe a great deal..  

Longman Family Tree Obituaries Longman Family Pedigree Charts Maps Scrapbook
Longman Family Tree Obituaries Longman Family Pedigree Charts Maps Scrapbook

A Special Thanks: A special thanks goes to Leslie Nutbrown, the great-grandson of Alfred's sister, Sarah Warren, who in compiling the Nutbrown Family History, did much of the laborious work of linking our Longman heritage to that in England.  Leslie also provided the photograph of Emmanuel and Mary Longman's (parents of Alfred) tombstone taken by Andy Whittle, the great-grandson of Annie Longman, daughter of Jehu & Mary Longman.  I'll forever be in Leslie's and Andy's debt. And a very special mention goes to Dennis Longman of the UK for investing many years of his time, doing an extensive single-surname search for Longman, which provided much of the information about the family back into the 1400's. And Thank You to Alison La-Vine of the Dorset Genealogical Society for her work in identifying family links and obtaining British birth certificates.

A Word about Dates before 1752. Before January 1752, a new year would begin on March 25th. As a result, January of 1750 followed December of 1750 and 1751 didn't start until March 25th. To avoid confusion in genealogical records, both the old and new style dates should be given for years before 1752, e.g. February 1750/1. And March 24, 1750/1 but March 25th, 1751. So 1751 had only approximately nine months, starting on March 25th and ending on December 31st.

The same Act of the British Parliament that established January 1 as the first day of a new year, also replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar, first introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Gregorian calendar is more accurate than the Julian Calendar, but by 1582, was eleven days ahead of it. To bring Britain into line, it was necessary for Parliament to decree that the next day after September 3rd, 1752 would be September 14th, 1752, thereby moving the calendar ahead 11 days. Therefore, 1752 was actually eleven days short, since there were no days of September 4 through September 13. Days of celebration were left unchanged, however. So not only was Christmas Day left on December 25, but Guy Fawkes Day, for example, was left on November 5th, even though it was no longer a true anniversary of November 5, 1605. The bankers, conservative as ever, refused either to change their date or to have a year eleven days short. So the financial year went on until April 5, eleven days after March 25, and has done ever since. From Discovering your Family History by Don Steel. Excerpted by Joan Pitman - Thanks, Joan.

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15400 Manzanita Road
Sutter Creek, California 95685
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