Saturday, February 23, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Long of Charlestown, Massachusetts

Charlestown, Massachusetts seen from Boston Harbor
Robert Long was an innkeeper in England before coming to America.  He boarded the ship Defence In London on 7 July 1635 with his second wife and ten children.  He came to live in Charlestown, Massachusetts, next to Boston.  Robert Long owned the “Three Cranes Inn” also known as the “Grand Ordinary” in Charlestown at the foot of town hill.   The building stayed in the Long family for 100 years until it was burned on 17 June 1777 when Charlestown was set ablaze by the British upon their evacuation of the town.

It is thought that Robert Long named his son, Zechariah, after the Charlestown pastor, the Reverend Zechariah Symmes.  Rev. Symmes arrived in Boston in 1934 aboard the ship Griffin with his wife and seven children, along with the Rev. John Lothrop and the famous Quaker Anne Hutchinson.   He was pastor at Charlestown until his death in February 1670, when he was buried with honors at the town’s expense.
You can read more about Robert Long and his family in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Volume II, by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston: NEHGS, 2001, pages 316 – 320.  I pieced together my line with help from the vital records and Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Volume 1.  Please see my post on my Converse lineage at this link: 

My Long genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Long, son of John Long and Marie Unknown, born 1590 in St. Alban’s, Hertfordshire, England, died on 6 January 1663 in Charlestown, Massachusetts;  married first on 3 October 1614 in St. Alban’s to Sarah Taylor, daughter of John Taylor and Margaret Willmot.  She died on 12 December 1631 in England.  He married second to Elizabeth Unknown about 1635.  He had ten children by his first wife born in England, and three more by his second wife, all born in Charlestown.

1.) Michael Long, b. about 1615, d. 12 January 1689 in Charlestown, m.  Joan Unknown
2.) Sarah Long, b. 13 October 1616, m. Abraham Hill
3.) Robert Long, b. about 1619, m. Elizabeth Hawkins
4.) Elizabeth Long, b. about 1621, m. James Parker
5.) Ann Long (see below)
6.) Mary Long, b. about 1627, m. Simon Kempthorne
7.) Rebecca Long, b. about 1628, m. Elias Rowe
8.) John Long, b. about 1628, m. Abigail Norton
9.) Zechariah Long, b. 1630, m. Sarah Tidd
10.) Joshua Long, b. after 1630,
11.) Hannah Long, b. 2 March 1637, m. Henry Cookery
12.) Ruth Long, b. 3 June 1639
13.) Deborah Long, b. 10 August 1642

Generation 2:  Ann  Long, born 1 June 1623 in St. Alban’s, died 10 August 1691 in Woburn, Massachusetts; married on 24 October 1643 in Woburn to James Convers as his first wife.

Generation 3: James Converse m. Hannah Carter
Generation 4: Robert Converse m. Mary Sawyer
Generation 5:  Susanna Converse m. Caleb Simonds
Generation 6:  Ruth Simonds m. Andrew Munroe
Generation 7:  Luther Simonds Munroe m. Olive Flint
Generation 8:  Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 9:  Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. My husband has Longs in his tree, but I wouldn't guarantee they are even close to being related to this Long family. Sigh.

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  3. Elizabeth Long is my 7th ggrandmother.