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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893, p252.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

WINSTON LEANDER LONG has been engaged in the mercantile business in Morrisonville for a number of years, being a junior member of the firm of Hewitt & Long. A. M. Hewitt, of the firm, is a brother-in-law of our subject, and they have been in business together since 1885. Mr. Long was born in Christian County, Ky., where the village of Herndon now stands, January 15, 1851.

 John Culbertson Long, father of our subject, was born in Muhlenburg County, Ky., June 19, 1779. His mother, Rebecca Stevenson (McCormick) Long was born in Lincoln County, N. C., September 18, 1812. Her parents removed from North Carolina to Missouri when she was six months old, and from Missouri to Kentucky when she was two years of age. She was married to Mr. Long in Christian County, Ky., in 1837.

Five sons and four daughters blessed their home. The eldest, Andrew McCormick Long, died in infancy. John Turner Long, the second child, now living in Danville, Tenn., is a mechanic; he was married in 1862 to Mrs. Elvira R. Luck, whose maiden name was McCraw, and they have one son, Lucian Clyde.

The third in order of birth, Sarah Ann Long, married Benjamin Scott Pickard in 1859, and four children came to them: Herschel W., Ida May, Minnie Lee and Benjamin Scott. Mr. Pickard died in 1866, and some ten years later Mrs. Pickard married John A. Myers, of Danville, Tenn. Two children, Hattie Belle and Dora Pearl, were the result of this union. Mrs. Myers died in 1888, and Mr. Myers is now living in Christian County, Ky.

James Marion Long, the fourth child, was married to Miss Carrie McCraw, a niece of Mrs. John Turner Long, in 1867; they have four children: Drucilla Ann, Jimmie L., Oscar Woodson and Birch. The greater part of James Long's life has been spent in merchandising, but a few years ago he removed to his farm near Bennettstown, Christian County, Ky., where he resides.

Eliza Long, the fifth child, died at about three years of age. Isabella Washington Long, the sixth in order, married James B. Radford in 1867; they had two children, Edgar Clarence and Viola Mattie. Mrs. Radford died in 1874, and some years later Mr. Radford married Miss Amelia Park, and now resides in Christian County, Ky. Eudora Clementine Long, the seventh child, married William G. Williams in 1877, and died the year following. Mr. Williams died about a year later. Fidella M. Long, the ninth child, died at about one year of age.

Winston Leander Long, the eighth child and the subject of this sketch, passed his boyhood in Christian County, Ky., being reared to agricultural pursuits. After his father's death, which occurred when Winston was only ten years old, he worked on his mother's farm, getting such advantages as the country schools afforded. At the age of fifteen it became necessary for him to take charge of the farm, his elder brothers having gone from home. The war coming on the year of his father's death, the freeing of the slaves, and the depreciation of values generally, consequent upon the war, brought his mother to very straitened circumstances, which financial embarrassment made it trying for so young a farmer.

His opportunities were very limited until the age of eighteen, when he entered the male academy at Garrettsburg, Ky., his teacher being no less a personage than that most profound scholar and instructor, Q. M. Tyler, whose name is dear to so many men who were boys in southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. After continuing here two years, he returned to the farm. For several years after this, our subject aspired to the medical profession, but his education not being entirely satisfactory, and his mother and two sisters still being unprotected, he remained at home.

He, however, began to make arrangements to enter the mercantile business, and in 1874 bought an interest in his brother James' grocery store, at Roaring Spring, Ky., his brother retaining almost entire control. A year or so later it became necessary, according to the terms of his father's will, to sell all real estate belonging to deceased. Winston bought the homestead, but soon sold to his brother James, and in the spring of 1877 he came to Christian County, Ill., and entered into the dry-goods business in partnership with A. E. Boyd, of Palmer, Ill.

On June 19, 1878, our subject was married to Miss H. Lou Hewitt, of
Taylorville, by the Rev. E. P. Rankin, a Presbyterian minister of Morrisonville. Miss Hewitt was the third daughter of William T. and Anna (Gibson) Hewitt. Her eldest brother, Francis M., died in 1872. Olive C., the second child, married Joseph S. Wallace. Aurelius M., the third, married Miss Florence Anderson. James Byron, the fourth, died in 1869. Laura J., the fifth, married J. L. Boyd. Mrs. Long, the sixth, was born in Christian County, Ill., September 23, 1856. Her mother died when she was eight months old. Some three years later her father married Miss Mary R. Wilcockson, a very estimable lady, and daughter of Col. John H. H. Wilcockson, of Sangamon County, Ill. Three children were the result of this union, William T., Lee D. and Homer B. William T., Jr., died in 1872. Lee D. married Miss Ella Russell.

William T. Hewitt, Sr., was born in Stafford County, Va., January 15, 1816. He removed to Christian County, Ky., when yet a young man, and was married there. He moved to Christian County, Ill., in 1842, and became a prosperous stock-raiser, farmer and a man of wealth. He was a good and learned man, and a man of sterling integrity. He died November 24, 1890. Mrs. Long's mother, Anna (Gibson) Hewitt, was born in Christian County, Ky., in 1821. She was a woman of piety, and was noted for her benevolent and amiable disposition, and for her charity to the poor. She died June 8, 1857. Mrs. Long is a Christian lady, being an earnest worker and an active member of the Presbyterian Church. She is of high social standing, a kind and affectionate wife and mother, and makes home pleasant and happy for her husband and little son.

In the fall of 1878 the firm of Boyd & Long dissolved, the former partner retiring and the latter continuing in business. In 1884, Mr. Long sold out and moved to Sully County, S. Dak. In 1885, he returned to the Prairie State, and has since been located in Morrisonville. Socially, he is connected with Morrisonville Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M., and is a member of Mound Lodge and Chapter of Taylorville. In politics he is a Democrat, first, last and all the time, and is at present serving as Supervisor of Ricks Township. Mr. Long is quiet and retiring in manner, but he has a host of friends and acquaintances who consider him a man of integrity and of a high sense of honor. Mr. and Mrs. Long had only two children, the elder of whom died in infancy. The other, Troy Lovell, was born December 27, 1881. He is now a lad of twelve, healthy, but of a delicate frame.

John Culbertson Long, the father of our subject, was the eldest of ten children, the second being William; the third was Robert F., who married Lucretia Boyd; the fourth Joseph; the fifth William; the sixth Isaac, who married Sarah Vincent; the seventh Agnes A.; the eighth Mary, who married Collins Calvert; the ninth Rebecca, who married Wilson Cates; and the tenth Elizabeth, who married Jacob Gish. John Culbertson Long was a temperate man and a Christian, being an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for a number of years, or up to the time of his death, which occurred July 11, 1861. The grandfather of our subject, Samuel C. Long, was born in the State of Pennsylvania, and married Joanna Culbertson.

Rebecca S. (McCormick) Long, the mother of our subject, was one of a family of six children. The eldest, Joseph Manson McCormick, married Miss McKenzie. Immediately after their marriage, in Christian County, Ky., they moved to Texas, which was not yet admitted into the Union. The opportunities being favorable, he became a wealthy man.

They had only one son, Andrew Phelps McCormick, who is now United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit in Texas. He also sits in the Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans from the middle of November to the following June of each year. Eliza McCormick, the second, married Joseph Causey. Juliet McCormick, the third, married James Boyd. Zillah A. McCormick, the sixth, married Alfred Boyd, a brother of her sister Juliet's husband. Both of the Boyds and their families moved from Christian County, Ky., and settled in Christian County, Ill. They reared large families, many of whom are well-known and prominent business men of this county and State. Rebecca S. McCormick, the mother of our subject, had a twin brother, whose name was John, but he did not survive infancy.

She was a very large lady, and at one time weighed nearly three hundred pounds. She was a woman of considerable force of character, was a great reader, and was a Christian, having joined the Presbyterian Church when quite young, and she remained in it until she died, March 16, 1881.

Mrs. Long's father, Andrew McCormick, was born in Lincoln County, N. C., in 1780, and married Sarah Steele, who was born in the same county in the year 1775. The latter's family were people of wealth for their time, and had great force of character. For some cause they opposed their daughter Sarah's marriage to Mr. McCormick, hence little is known of her ancestors. She had three brothers, however, one of whom was named Henry.

Andrew McCormick having died in Christian County, Ky., in 1822, she married a man by the name of Howard. He died some four years after their marriage, and she went to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Long, where she spent her declining years. She died at the age of eighty.

Andrew McCormick had an older brother, Joseph, who moved from North Carolina to Washington County, Mo. One of his sons, James Robinson McCormick, now lives at Farmington, St. Francois County, Mo. He is a physician by profession, and has twice been elected State Senator, has three times been elected to Congress, and was a General in the Union army. He is a wealthy man and has retired from public life and from active business.

Andrew had two other brothers, David and John, who died without heirs. He had three sisters, Elizabeth, Catharine and Mary. Elizabeth married Enos Sherrill. Catharine married John Alexander. Mary married A. T. Alexander, a brother of Catharine's husband. The families belonging to these three sisters were people of prominence.

The great-grandfather of our subject was also named Andrew McCormick. He emigrated to this country from Ireland some time between 1746 and 1750. Information is not definite as to where he was born, but the impression is that he was born in Scotland. But if not born in Scotland, it may be stated with some degree of certainty that he was of Scotch descent.

He met and married Catharine Adams in Pennsylvania. She, Catharine Adams, had three brothers, John, Peter and Jacob, and two sisters, Mary and Hannah. Mary married a man named Groves. Hannah married Mr. Lowrance. Catharine (Adams) McCormick 's father, John Adams, is the earliest of the common ancestors, so far as the knowledge of the subject of our sketch, or family tradition, reaches. This John Adams was born in Holland or in one of the German States.

While still a youth, he and a sister of his came with a colony of Calvinist Protestants to New Jersey. He married and settled on or near the Delaware River, not far from Philadelphia. Here he resided with his family until the fall of 1776.

He was an early and ardent supporter of the patriot cause, and when Earl Cornwallis overran the Jerseys in 1776, John Adams moved his family into Pennsylvania, then into Virginia, and about the close of the next year, 1777, reached and permanently settled in what is now Rowan County, N. C. The McCormicks, kindred of our subject, have been farmers, stock-raisers, merchants, bankers and lawyers, with an occasional physician and Presbyterian preacher, but few office-holders, either civil or military. Very many have been Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church.



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