|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1843|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 1928|
Elbert was the son of Benjamin Isham Longacre and Hannah McCamish. It is not know if his mother died in Tennessee or in Missouri. Hannah died when Elbert was about 18 months old.
Ben married Nancy in Missouri in 1847 when Elbert was 5 years of age.
Elbert had two brothers, John Richard and William , and a half sister, Mattie and a half brother, Tom .
Elbert was the great-grandson of Benjamin Longacre, the first Longacre to enter into Missouri. Ben moved to Bluff Springs, north of present day Kingsville, in 1827.
Elbert was the forth great-grandson of Anders Peterson Longacre, born 1657, and Magdalena Cock Longacre, born 1659, the first Longacre's born in America.
Elbert was with Co. G, 12th MO Cav, CSA during the War between the states ( A Shelby man). The following letter to his brother John R. Longacre, date unknown helps explain his feelings at the time.
"Yes twenty years since we parted - I had not thought how long the time was till you mentioned it and now when I think back it seems but a short time since we were boys together. Still I have seen many sights and heard solemn sounds since that time. I saw the lights of forty houses that were burned in one night around our old home. Forty families turned out in the snow by Kansas Jayhawkers or thieves. I saw houses pillaged and robbed as though the red men of the woods were again among us. I heard the moaning of women and children whose husband, father, or son as the case might be, had been attacked in the field at church or perhaps dragged from the sick bed and shot.
I helped to bury the old gray-headed father and son (old Uncle John Longacre and Wiley) both in the same grave, they having been called to the door and shot by trash that should have been neighbors. But enough of that I grew sick of it and resolved to go where if blood was shed it was a two handed game; where man might at least have some chance to avenge his wrongs. And then I saw blood sure enough a little band we contend with from one to ten times our number on more than a hundred battlefields. If I had room I would tell more of the tiresome all night march, the charge, the retreat of dead and dying soldiers, of twice feeling the pang of the merciless lead. If I could see you I could tell more and more and I hope you will come. Write soon and often."
Pleasant Hill Times, Jan 18, 1918;
In the Civil War a great many of the men from the vicinity of Pleasant Hill who took the side of the South in the great "family fuss" which disrupted the Union for five years, went out as members of Company G, Second Missouri Calvary, C. S. A., one of them being E. S. ("Pleas") Longacre.
When they came straggling home after the war, the first thing that happened to Longacre was that he was arrested at the instigation of Federal sympathizers in Pleasant Hill and a charge of theft lodged against him.
But Longacre's companions, the boys of Company G, rallied to his side and proved that on the day of the alleged theft Longacre was with Company G at Helena, Arkansas, in a "devil" of a fight.
So, of course, Longacre went free. He drifted away in time and had not been heard of here in years until The Times received a communication from him a few days ago written from Riddle, Oregon.
We learned that John Walker was one of Company G and it was from Walker we got the story of the attempt to shanghai Longacre.
Mr. Longacre is seeking information of members of Company G and has resorted to poesy, thus:
If you were in Dave Shank's regiment and fought with Company G,
I'm sure you. are a friend of mine and you I'd love to see.
I'd like to talk of days gone by when we tried the South to free.
Of how we went to dare and die with brave old Company G.
Dave Shanks our captain was at first and a daring one was he,
But then he was a rising man and did not stay with G.
And soon we had another leader as brave as brave could be.
As fine a man as ever drew a sword-His name was Dick Dupree.
He bravely led through thick and thin till eighteen sixty-three,
And then a bullet pierced him through while leading Co. G.
James Franklin then our captain became and fine young man was he -
No task was ever too hard for him while leading Company G.
He bravely led us to the end and then he set us free
And soon I lost all trace of the boys who made up Company G.
I've wander much o'er this wide world by railroad and by sea,
But never have found better friends than those of Company G.
So if you were among those men please drop a line to me
And tell me all you know of members of dear old Company G.
The 1880 census shows Elbert in Collins, Texas. Although Elbert was on the 1870 census in Johnson County Missouri, he married Mary Biggs on Sept 14, 1870 in Celina Texas. Their first daughter, Marguerite, was born in Celina in 1876.
Elbert attended William Jewell College in Missouri and he taught in the same school for a number of years before moving to Texas and to Oregon in 1886 at his brother's urging.
Elbert's daughter married a import / exporter that was based in San Francisco and lived in Shanghai, China for a number of years. According to Molly's Obit, Elbert & Molly traveled to Shanghai to visit their daughter and continued on around the world.
Benjamin Isham Longacre (1816 - 1860)
Mary Anne Biggs Longacre (1853 - 1934)
John Richard Longacre (1839 - 1928)*
William Aken Longacre (1842 - 1871)*
Elbert Severe Longacre (1843 - 1928)
Thomas Jefferson Longacre (1848 - 1889)*
Martha Jane Longacre Baker (1850 - 1932)*
Seen with (on same stone) Mary A. Longacre
Maintained by: Go Longacre
Originally Created by: Katie Baptiste Garrison
Record added: Jun 22, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6536312