I am seeking the identity of the apparent unknown first wife of Alexander M. Long, see below. Alexander's first child, Archibald M. Long, was born December 1821, two and a half years prior to Alexanders marriage to Mary Ann"Polly" Montgomery on 19 July 1824. I assume that Alexander was widowed, as apposed to a divorce, sometime between those dates. The first marriage probably occured in 1823 or early 1824, most likely in Caswell County or close by. Your help is very appreciated.
Descendants of Alexander M. Long
1 Alexander M. Long b: 15 April 1783 in North Carolina d: 28 December 1872 in Dade County, Missouri
. +Unknown m: Bef 1824
..... 2 Archibald M. Long, Judge b: December 1821 in North Carolina d: 1902 in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri
........ +Letitia Jane Weir b: 25 November 1826 in Cooper County, Missouri m: Abt 1845 in Dade County, Missouri d: 26 April 1902
*2nd Wife of Alexander M. Long:
. +Mary Ann "Polly" Montgomery b: Abt 1801 in North Carolina m: 19 July 1824 in Caswell County, North Carolina
..... 2 Robert James Long b: Abt 1827 in North Carolina d: Abt 1872
........ +Eliza R. b: 1835 in Tennessee
..... 2 David M. Long b: Abt 1829 in North Carolina
........ +Virginia "Jennie" Coble b: 1835 in Kentucky m: in Virginia
..... 2 Iverson D. Long b: Abt 1831
..... 2 Markes Long b: Abt 1833
..... 2 Arnzi Long b: 1834 in Tennessee
........ +Paulina b: 1839 in Missouri
..... 2 Samuel Long b: Abt 1835
..... 2 William Mitchell Long b: Abt 1836
..... 2 Rufus C. Long b: Abt 1838 in Tennessee d: 1921
........ +Margaret "Mollie" Nelson Gillespie b: 1846 in Missouri
..... 2 Mary R. Long b: Abt 1841
I have not ruled out that my Alexander M. Long may belong in the following family as the son Alexander Moore Long.
Benjamin Jr. Long, born October 08, 1759 in Orange County, N.C.; died Abt 1830. He was the son of Benjamin Sr. Long and Mary Bond. He married Rachel Moore May 24, 1780.
Rachel Moore was the daughter of Rev. Alexander Moore and Marian.
Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files:
''Benjamin, S8851, NC Line, sol was b 8 Oct 1759 in Orange County NC & he lived in Caswell Co NC at enl & also srv as a sub for a John Long (relationship not stated) , after the Rev sol continued to live in Caswell Co NC except for a few months in Pittsylvania County Va, sol m somestimes in May the yr of Gate4s'defeat at Camden (wife wasn't named), he appl 5 Nov 1833 Caswell Co NC & he had also married there...''
He took part in the Battle of Camden, ''the memorable battle of Gen. Gate's defeat, '' and wrote in his pension application, ''Though most of the militia never fired a gun, we fired two rounds before we ran.''
Benjamin Jr. received a share of his father's land (520 acres) on Storey Creek in what is now Person County. This tract included the area presently called Chub Lake.
Children of Benjamin Long and Rachel Moore are:
i. William Gabriel Long, born Abt 1787 in Virginia; married (1) Cora (or Clara); married (2) Bridget (Biddy) Van Hook December 23, 1809; married (3) Bridget (Biddy) Van Hook December 23, 1809.
ii. Elizabeth Gaines Long, married (1) Lawrence Van Hook; married (2) Lawrence Van Hook.
iii. Alexander Moore Long. Became a lawyer. My Alexander's son, Archibald, was very active in Dade County government, and later became a judge.
iv. John Long, married Eunice Lea Rose October 30, 1812.