|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1820|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 1902|
Joseph Decatur Longacre was the son of Richard & Elizabeth Longacre, of the Pleasant Hill area of Cass county.
Joseph was the grandnephew of Benjamin Longacre, the first Longacre to enter into Missouri. Ben moved to Bluff Springs, north of present day Kingsville, in 1827.
Joseph was the third great grandson of Anders Peterson Longacre, born 1657, and Magdalena Cock Longacre, born 1659, the first Longacre's born in America.
We believe it is possible that Joseph was a guerrilla during the war, as was his brother Andrew.
From the Douglas County Law Library, Lawrence, Kansas.
This from the August 22, 1865, edition of the Kansas Daily Tribune. They reported that a Joseph Longacre had been taken into custody in Lawrence, Kansas. He had been recognized as being one of the men who had followed William Clarke Quantrill in his deadly raid on Lawrence on August 21, 1863, in which over 150 unarmed men and boys had been killed and most of the town burned to the ground. Longacre admitted to knowing Bushwhackers, guerrillas from Missouri who raided into Kansas during the Civil War, but denied that he had participated in the raid. The paper reported that his neighbors in Kingsville, Missouri, insisted that he was, in fact, a raider. The next day's edition of the paper reported that Longacre had been captured by an unnamed black man. Further reports of Longacre's fate in Lawrence have not been found, but, considering the hatred felt in town for Quantrill and his men, he was in a very dangerous situation indeed. Apparently, he somehow must have survived his predicament and made it home, as records show that a Joseph Decatur Longacre, born in Roane County, Tennessee, on February 26, 1820, died in Johnson County, Missouri, on January 6, 1902, and was buried in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Kingsville, Missouri. One wonders how well he got along with his Kingsville "neighbors" after he got back home. (From: Incidents of Reports of Violent Crimes from the Lawrence Area from 1861 to 1865, by Sarah Martin. Unpublished manuscript, 2002).
Quite a bit of confusion exists between Joseph Decatur Longacre, son of Richard Longacre and Joseph D. Longacre, son of Ben Longacre, who is mentioned in the book "The history of Johnson County.".
Records would show that one of them was wounded during the Mexican American war. We would tend to believe that was Josie Longacre, son of Ben, and that he is buried in Centerview Cemetery or somewhere else in Madison township. The wound left him incapable of farming, he was living with relatives in Madison TWP when he died, and was probably buried with a small stone that has disappeared or with no marker.
Richard M. Longacre (1791 - 1871)
Elizabeth J. Longacre Longacre (1790 - 1867)
Mary Jane Paul Longacre (1825 - 1896)*
Annie Elizabeth Longacre Soule (1843 - 1889)*
William Thomas Longacre (1846 - 1927)*
Archie Mumford Longacre (1850 - 1918)*
Andrew Jackson Longacre (1814 - 1899)*
Benjamin Isham Longacre (1816 - 1860)*
Joseph Decatur Longacre (1820 - 1902)
Pleasant Isaac Newton Longacre (1830 - 1892)*
His tombstone inscription is Joe D. Longacre.
Bluff Springs Cemetery
Maintained by: Go Longacre
Originally Created by: Steve Jones
Record added: Sep 10, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5756159