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    JACOB LONG, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Conover; was born in Pike Township, Clark Co., Ohio, April 13, 1839, and is a son of Joseph Long, a native of Maryland, who married Miss Ollera Clyne; she was a native of Ohio, now deceased; Joseph still lives at the ripe old age of 77 years. Jacob was raised to farm labor, which has always been his occupation, and thereby has accumulated some wealth; he now resides on Sec. 5, Brown Township. In 1865, he married Letitia Clyne, who was born in Elizabeth Township, Miami Co., on July 23, 1840, and departed this life, Feb 19, 1875, leaving a husband and three children, viz., Elizabeth a., born Dec. 10, 1865, who, like her father before her, is a devoted member of the Baptist Church; Roberta E., born Feb. 24, 1873; and William Albert, the second son, was born May 28, 1869. Of him we record the following interesting facts on the pages of this history, that the future generations may look back over the same and read the history of the family. Even though he is what we may term a dwarf, his height is twenty-seven inches an weight twenty-seven pounds at the age of 11 years, he is of good human form, of pleasant countenance and appearance, playful and cheerful; he is an ornament to the family, where he is kindly cared for by his step-mother. She was formerly Mrs. Frances Matthews, whose marriage with Mr. Long was celebrated April 6, 1876. Mrs. Frances Long was born in Miami Co., Ohio, March 27, 1836, and is a daughter of Nezer S. and Priscilla (Sayers) Yates. Nezer S. was born at Cape May, Nov 20, 1801, and his wife in Pennsylvania, March 6, 1807; their marriage was celebrated April 24, 1825; their children were eleven in number; she passed from the stage of life, May 31, 1847. Mr. Yates married for his second wife, Pamela Reed, who was born in Ohio, Dec. 13, 1825, and died Dec. 6, 1864, he dying in 1874. The last named were of the early pioneers of Miami County. Nezer S. Yates' parents, Thomas and Phebe (Smith) Yates, were also of the first settlers of this county. Mrs. Long, in her childhood days, received such education as could be obtained in that day and age; she remained at home with her parents until March 24, 1853, when her marriage was celebrated with Rev. William Matthews; he was born in Warren Co., Ohio, in 1827; he was baptized under the auspices of the Baptist Church about 1850, and underwent the ordination for the work of the Christian ministry of the same at Honey Creek, Ohio, seven years after, to the day. Previous to his death, which occurred May 17, 1862, he labored as a pious and devoted Pastor in Lena and Covington Churches, rendering entire satisfaction to his congregations; none doubting his pious consecration to the cause of Christ. In 1860, he began to suffer from affected lungs; this bodily suffering he patiently endured for two years; then he died in a full hope of happy immortality beyond the grave, leaving a widowed mother, wife, four fatherless children, affectionate sisters, and a large circle of friends; at his request, he was buried with the usual ceremonies of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member; the funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. E. Thomas, of Piqua, who is now deceased; the sermon was an interesting and an appropriate one; the funeral of the deceased was attended by a large concourse of his relatives, members and friends. Thus ended the earthly career of one of the best of men, peaceable, loyal and consecrated to the welfare of his race. Of the children left are John, William C., Ora, Alice, and Nezer Y., of whom all are members of the church of their father and mother, and the last named has received a good education and is now engaged in the ministerial profession of the Baptist Church.

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