Griffin Long1,2,3

ID# 15444, ( - 1817)

Key Events:

Marriage: Sarah Graham, 27 Aug 1801, Nelson Co., Kentucky1,4,5
Death: between Mar 1817 and Apr 1817, Caldwell Co., Kentucky6

Spouse:Sarah Graham (about 1780 - )
     Children:

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Narrative:

     Griffin married Sarah Graham on 27 Aug 1801 in Nelson Co., Kentucky.1,4,5 On 6 Dec 1802 Griffin was granted 400 acres in Livingston Co., Kentucky, by the county court.7 A survey for a 400-acre grant on Spring Creek in Caldwell Co. was made for him on 16 Nov 1815. Whether this was the same grant or an additional one is unclear (the part of Livingston Co. around Eddyville had become part of Caldwell Co. when that county was formed in 1809). In any case, this appears to be the parcel which was the subject of multiple transactions by his widow and children after his death.8
     He appeared on the 1810 Federal Census of Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, with a household consisting of one male under age 10 (son Philip), one age 16 to 26 (himself), three females under 10 (daughters Maria and Eliza and one unknown), one age 26 to 45 (wife, Sarah Graham), and three slaves.9
     Griffin left a will dated 9 Mar 1817 in which he left possession of his plantation to his wife so long as she remained single and raised and educated the children there; specified that his son Philip was to be raised, educated, and trained in the trade of tannery by his friend Benny Doom who was to receive $75 in exchange; stated that the children were to each receive an equal share of his estate as they come of age; and, in apparent contradiction to the first term, said his wife was to keep possession if she pleased as long as she, or she and her husband if she married, made good use of the property, otherwise the executor was to do as he thought best. He named Col. Samuel Glenn as his executor.2 He died in Mar or Apr 1817, probably in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.6 His will was proved at the Apr 1817 term of the Caldwell Co. county court.2
     There is also record of a survey for a 131-acre grant on Spring Creek made for Griffin on 15 Dec 1818, over a year after his death.10
     Thesettlement of the estate was filed on 10 Feb 1830. No reason for the long delay was given. The executor reported that he had collected $210 from the sale of property and notes payable to the deseased, and $42.50 in rent from his land. He had paid debts and taxes totaling $230.50, leaving a balance of $22. The settlement was examined and approved by the county court at its Feb 1830 term.11
     Twenty years later Caleb Clark Cobb, who would later marry Griffin's daughter Louisa, set about acquiring the rights to the property left by Griffin to his widow and children, apparently expending some effort to do so. On 15 Jul 1836 he purchased from Griffin's daughter Maria and her husband their right as "one of the legatees of Griffin Long desc'd." to 400 ac. on Spring Creek and the waters of Livingston Creek for $50. On 26 Oct 1836 he purchased from Griffin's widow Sarah her right of dower on the same property, for $100, noting that she then lived there. On 26 Oct 1836 he purchased the rights of Griffin's daughter Louisa for $70.12 Then, on 8 Dec 1843, after he had already sold half the parcel back to Louisa, Caleb purchased the rights of Griffin's brother Thomas, of Sangamon Co, Illinois, in a tract on the head of Spring Creek "belonging to heirs of Griffing Long desc'd," for $80. Thomas had obtained those rights from Griffin's daughter Eliza and her husband and from Griffin's daughter Malvilla and her husband.13

Citations

  1. [S2835] Griffin Long and Sarah Graham, marriage bond.
  2. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, A:295-6, Griffin Long, 1918.
  3. [S1829] Clark C. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows Sarah, age 70, and Louisa, age 37, from which I conclude that Sarah is likely either the mother or mother-in-law of Lousia, and thus Sarah had a husband named Long.
  4. [S892] "Kentucky Marriages to 1850," Ancestry.com, record for Griffin Long and Sarah Graham, shows date, county, and state.
  5. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:284, Sally Long to same dated 26 Oct 1836, shows her as selling her right of dower as relic of Griffin Long.
  6. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, A:295-6, Griffin Long, 1918, will dated 9 Mar 1817, proved in Apr 1817 term of county court.
  7. [S2824] Certificates for land granted by the Livingston County Court, 1801-1806,, pg 60, no. 531, Griffen Long.
  8. [S1333] "Kentucky Land Grants," Ancestry.com, record for Griffin Long, bk 21, citing The Kentucky Land Grants, vol. 1, part 1, chapter IV "Grants South Of Green River (1797-1866)," pg 355.
  9. [S2825] Griffin Long household, 1810 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.
  10. [S1333] "Kentucky Land Grants," Ancestry.com, record for Griffin Long, bk 29, citing The Kentucky Land Grants, vol. 1, part 1, chapter IV "Grants South Of Green River (1797-1866)," pg 355.
  11. [S7244] Inventories Books, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, A:382-3.
  12. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:350-1, Isaac Mills & wife Maria to Caleb C. Cobb dated 15 Jul 1836; H:284, Sally Long to same dated 26 Oct 1836; and H:284-5, Louisa Long to same dated 26 Oct 1836.
  13. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, K:247, Caleb C Cobb to Daniel Jarrett, 16 Sep 1841; K:249-52, C. C. Cobb to Robt. L. Cobb, David R Bell & Gideon D. Cobb dated 2 Aug 1841, item No. 14; K248, Caleb C. Cobb to Louisa Long, dated 9 Aug 1841; and O:143-4, John Ball & wife Eliza and William Snow & wife Malvilla to Thomas Long dated 9 May 1836, assigned to assigned to Caleb C. Cobb 8 Dec 1843.
  14. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, A:295-6, Griffin Long, 1918, names a son Philip G. Long.
  15. [S2488] John Ball household, 1860 U.S. Census, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, shows Eliza as apparently John's wife, and Sarah as his mother-in-law.
  16. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, O:143-4, John Ball & wife Eliza and William Snow & wife Malvilla to Thomas Long, 17 Apr 1849, shows them as heirs of Griffing Long, decst.
  17. [S3045] Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, pg 221.
  18. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:284-5, Louisa Long to Caleb C. Cobb dated 26 Oct 1836, shows her as one of the one of the legatees of Griffin's estate.
  19. [S1975] Caldwell Co. Deeds, H:350-1, Isaac Mills & wife Maria to Caleb C. Cobb dated 15 Jul 1836, shows them as one of the legatees of Griffin Long, desc'd.