Florance Clinton Fisher and Grace Minette Long

from "Descendants & Ancestors of Cephas Fisher Jr." by J.L. Fisher

Florance Clinton Fisher was born August 8, 1886, in Jewel City, Kansas, the son of Samuel Fisher and Effie Van Tassell. He married Grace Minett Long on November 2, 1907 at Enid, Oklahoma. Grace, born March 14, 1890 at Harper, Kansas was the daughter of Woodford Trennel Long and Susan Kate Harp. Florance and Grace raised their six children at various locations in Oklahoma, first at Sunset, then near Helena, then Haskell, and then at Morris, where the three youngest were born. The marriage record for Florance Clinton Fisher Sr. is Record 7, Book 327. Florance worked in oil fields, and later in semi-retirement managed pumping schedules for wells. After the children were grown, Florance and Grace lived near Henderson, in east Texas, at Mexia, Texas, El Dorado, Arkansas, and at Junction City, Texas.

Florance Clinton Fisher died January 10, 1969, at Joplin, Missouri. Grace Long Fisher died October 5, 1977, at Joplin, Missouri. Both are buried in the Osborne Memorial Cemetery in Joplin. Children of Florance and Grace: Evalyn Effie, Woodford Pascal, Edith Leroy, Ruth Marine, Florance Clinton Jr., and Georgia Marie.

1. Evalyn Effie, b. 19 Nov 1908 Sunset, Okla., mar. 1 Keith Miller, mar. 2 Bob Copenbarger
2. Woodford Pascal, b. 20 Jul 1911, near Helena, Okla., mar. 30 Nov 1931 Dorothy Berneice Kelly at Medicine Lodge, Kansas
3. Edith Leroy, b. 2 Feb 1914, Haskell, Oklahoma, mar. 8 Aug 1934 Edgar Owen Green at Talequah, Okla.
4. Ruth Marine, b. 8 Feb 1918, Morris, Oklahoma, mar. 1 Noble Shaw, mar. 2 Pete Argain
5. Florance Clinton Jr. , b. 2 Aug 1921, Morris, Oklahoma, mar. 27 Sep 1943 Margaret Louise Hillin at Mexia, Texas, d. 13 Jan 1996, Haughton, La.
6. Georgia Marie, b. 18 May 1924 at Morris, Oklahoma, mar. 19 Dec 1941 James Porter Gann.

Grace Long Fisher’s father, Woodford Trennel Long, was born 1855 at Darlington, Montgomery County, Indiana. Grace’s mother, Susan Kate Harp, was born in 1863 at Crawfordsville, Indiana. Woodford and Susan Kate both died at Cleo Springs, Major County, Oklahoma. The Long and Harp direct ancestry has been researched through several generations, by C. V. (Tug) Bailey of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woodford Trennel Long was the son of Hughett E. Long, born 1832 at Darlington, Indiana, and Clementine Taylor, born in Ohio in 1831. Hughett was the son of Oath Long, born 1794 in Pennsylvania, and Sarah Titus, born in Virginia in 1701. Sarah was the daughter of Samuel and Polly Titus, who came from Virginia to Ohio, then to Indiana. Oath was the son of Gideon Long, of Queen Ann County, Maryland, and Elizabeth (Surname Unknown), both born in England. Gideon was the son of John Long, Jr. and Ann Harrington, from Williamsville, Baltimore Hundred, Sussex county, Delaware and later Greene County, Washington County, and Fayette County, Pennsylvania, then in Queen Anne County, Maryland where they died. John and Ann had eight children: John III, David, James, Eliel, Mannoah (Noah), Ann, Gideon, and Jeremiah. The seven sons were all in the Revolutionary War. John Jr.’s father, John Sr., lived in Queen Anne County and died there in 1746. Grace Long Fisher in 1970 says "Hughie" Long was Welsh and Irish and had at least three sons; Woodford Trennel, Paul, and Will. (See the biography of Oath Long later in this section.) According to Grace Long Fisher in 1970, Woodford Trennel Long married a second wife, Hattie Boyd, who had a daughter Blanch Boyd; and Fred Long had 6 children, including son Wayne Eugene. Fred Long died in 1929 at Rankin, Oklahoma.

Woodford Trennel Long died at Ringwood, Oklahoma and was buried in the Square Cedar Cemetery about 10 miles from Helena, Oklahoma.

The Harp ancestry is known through Susan Kate Harp’s grandfather, Adam Harp. Susan Kate was the daughter of Washington Harp, born 1823 near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, and Susan M. Smith, born in Kentucky in 1832. Susan Smith was the daughter of Phillip Smith, born 1782, and Susan Black, born 1792. Susan Kate Harp was born about 20 miles from Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. She died at age 32 after having been attended by Dr. Windebager for an abdominal tumor. Her daughter, Grace Long Fisher, who was only five years old at the time, remembered the trauma of her mother’s death throughout her lifetime, and said in 1970 that the family had been reluctant to allow an operation.

In the 1880 census for Montgomery County, Indiana, Union Township, near Crawfordsville, we find Woodford Long, 25, and Kate, 17, married in the year 1880 before the June 5-7 census taking, Kate had attended school in spring. Washington Harp, father of Susan Kate Harp, owned slaves in Kentucky before the Civil War. The family moved to Indiana when Susan Kate was a baby, around 1863.

Children of Washington Harp and Susan Smith were "Babe," Tom, Bud - Married Laura Byrd, Betty Harp Epperson, Annie Harp Watkins, and Susan Kate Harp Long.

The 1870 Census for Montgomery County, Indiana, Union Township, Crawfordsville Post Office shows these children, all born in Kentucky: Thomas b. 1842; William b. 1845; Robert b. 1847; Mary b. 1859; Anna b. 1861; Kate b. 1863; also, two unmarried sisters of Washington Harp: Elizabeth b. 1807, b. Pennsylvania; Ann, b. 1816 Kentucky (Would be 1811 according to 1880 census.) The 1880 census for the same place shows Susan Harp, 47, widow; Robert, 22; Annie, 19; Betsy, 73, and Ann, 69, sisters-in-law.

Susan Smith, mother of Susan Kate Harp, was probably born and raised in Kentucky. She married Washington Harp in 1849 and lived first near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, where at least one of six children was born. The family had slaves until the Civil War, at which time they moved to Indiana. Susan Smith Harp lived with a son-in-law, Albert Watkins, after the death of her husband, near Harper, Kansas. She died at age 81 at Harper, Pilot Knob Township, Harper County, Kansas, and was buried at Danville, Kansas. She was attended by Dr. C. W. Winleigter of Harper. Her mother's maiden name was Black.

The following biography of Oath Long is taken from the “History of Montgomery County, Indiana,” A. W. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis: “No pioneer who braved the wilds of Montgomery county three quarters of a century ago is deserving of remembrance by his descendants and those who came after to share the fruits of the strenuous labors of these self-denying and self-sacrificing men more than Oath Long, who, although long a sleeper in ‘death’s garden where we all shall meet,’ yet has an milnence for good and whose life of industry and honesty is worthy of mutation by the youth who would succeed at his chosen life task and at the same time do some good while passing through this so-called “mundane sphere.”

Mr. Long was born in Pennsylvania on December 13, 1794, and was a son of Gideon and Elizabeth Long, both natives of England, and as all records were long ago lost no data can be had of them, except that they emigrated to America in colonial days and spent some time in Pennsylvania, later invading the wilderness of Indiana and establishing the family home in Union Township, Montgomery County, where they spent the rest of their lives and died here. Oath Long grew to manhood in Pennsylvania, and when thirty-six years old, in the year 1830, he came to Montgomery County, Indiana, and here determined to cast his lot permanently, for although the country was wild, he had the sagacity to foresee for it a great future and he set to work with a will clearing and improving his one hundred and sixty acres of land which he entered from the government near Crawfordsville. He was twice married, first to Martha Vail, in Butler County, Ohio, where he lived for some time after he left Pennsylvania, before coming to Indiana, and in that county she died in early life, leaving two children, Louisa and Abram, both of whom have long since passed away. On June 17, 1823, while still living in Ohio, he married Sarah Titus, who was a native of Virginia, born there on August 29, 1801. She was a daughter of Samuel and Polly Titus, who left Virginia for Ohio in an early day, later coming on to Montgomery county, Indiana, where they established their home and died here. The death of Mr. Long’s second wife occurred on January 6, 1879. Six children were born to this last union, namely: Wilson, born April 24, 1889; his wife died May 16, 1907. Lydia, born January 24, 1823, married W. T. McCoy in 1849, and they are both deceased; Samuel T., born November 23, 1838, died December 8, 1911, HUETT, born November 25, 1832, is now living in Darlington, Montgomery County, William, born October 16, 1835, lives on a farm east of Crawfordsville; Benjamin lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana.” In the “Centennial History of Butler County, Ohio,” B.F. Bowen & Co., 1905, we learn that Noah Long, Gideon Long and David Long were among the first settlers of Madison Township, Butler County, Ohio, in 1805.