Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” DeLong


Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” DeLong

Johnson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 9 Apr 1933 (aged 65)
Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Matthew, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 123759051 View Source
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"Auxier-DeLong - Brown - Allied Families" by Ova O. DeLong (son of our subject) -Page 47


Thomas Jefferson, T. J., 'Jeff'' Delong, 7 Sept. 1866 - 10 Apr. 1933, the eldest child of William Isaac, Sr. & Rebecca (Alley) Delong, was reared on the Flatwoods-Branch Farm near the Nero Post Office, on John's Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky. He said that he left school at the end of the sixth grade, and went to work on the farm. At an early age he became an expert teamster, and was able to supplement the farm income by hauling goods. Eight miles away Paintsville was a rail-head from which general stores in several surrounding counties received their goods. We were told that it was on one of these wagon trips to stores in Morgan County that he met my mother, Sarah Magdalene "Maggie" Brown, 26 Mar. 1874, the daughter of James Monroe & Louisa Margaret (McGuire) Brown, who lived at the mouth of Rockhouse Creek and kept the Matthew Post Office (which my grandmother organized). He made frequent calls in the area, and on one such trip, we were told, my mother, being the third eldest child, and Grandfather, being crippled since grammar-school days was, when Popa passed, plowing and attired in over-alls. Mom's three younger brothers, Andrew, Ben & Harlan were playing near-by and when asked the whereabouts of their sister, Maggie replied: "She saw you coming and hid in the woods".

On the 14th of Jan. 1891 my parents were married, with the bride's Grandfather, Judge Samuel McGuire, officiating. Actually they were distantly related, as they were descendants of two sisters, Nancy Ann (Auxier) Brown & Mary Barbara (Auxier) Delong, two daughters of Samuel, Sr. & Sarah (Brown) Auxier.

Grandfather Delong had died in 1888, and when Popa married and settled in Morgan County, his next elder brother, David P. became the head of the house, providing for his widowed mother and a large family of brothers and sisters. Grandmother Delong died in 1895. Mary Louise married shortly thereafter. Uncle Dave married couple of years later, but remained on the farm, living in the big log house until 1911. By this time he and Aunt Mary Etta had two sons and a daughter.

Prior to this time Alex Webb, a travelling-salesman neighbor and friend, had interested Uncle Dave in a fine farm he had seen for sale near Tollesboro, Ky. Uncle Dave purchased the farm, and in 1911 he and Aunt Mary Etta and their three young children moved to their new home.

In the meantime Uncle Ben & Aunt Sarah (Sammons) Delong had four children, and as Dave & Mary Etta moved out of the big log house, Ben and Sarah moved in. Eventually all the children married and left the nest, some before marrying stayed with older brothers, and with their Uncle Marion & Hala Delong. Eventually, the homestead was sold. Uncle Ben purchased land adjacent to the home place and built a new house. When the writer was a boy of Grammar school age he was privileged to spend two nights in the log house that had quite a history. In 1980 Thelma and I drove into the drive way to take some pictures. A new modern house has replaced the log house. Not only the shed, but the barn was gone. Only the well remained. We stood there and looked across the flat land at the cemetery on top of 'tater hill' about which we had heard so much. The present owner purchased the place for 4,00 dollars and now he is being offered $3,000 for a house seat.

After their wedding my parents lived in a small house on Grandfather Brown's farm. During those years six children were born.


Also during those years Popa was purchasing land on Keeton Branch, once called Maiden Branch, supposedly so named for and Indian maiden often observed in the area. the three parcels composed a cross section beginning with the Steward McGuire Line on the northern water-shed, formerly Elijah and Sarah 'Sallie' (Nickell) McGuire, and later Ulysis S. "Grant' & Rissie (Conley) McGuire Line and running southward across Keeton Brand, across Ditney Ridge, the southern water-shed, and continuing down the southern side of the hill to Sioux Branch (sometimes pronounced Sow Branch, supposedly derived its name from the Sioux Indians who camped there.

Sometime prior to 1903 our parents moved to Keeton branch living first in a small house which stood at the lower end of the small bottom below where Ernest Elam's barn later stood. Brother Estill was born there. We were told they moved in the winter while the river was frozen over without breaking the ice. While there Popa and Moma & the older children were preparing buildings farther up the branch. After clearing land they enlisted the services of a distant cousin, Jim Ross, the son of Will and Louelyn (Lacy Ross, built first a house, and the following year a barn.

Our parents subdued the forest, built roads, planted orchards, corn, wheat, oats, sowed grass, grew vegatables(sic), and otherwise provided for our family until we were all on our own. There was a time when additional land was needed. Three of my brothers and one son-in-law purchased the ______ if Keeton Branch water-shed and allowed our parents to use as they chose,

The house was ell-shaped with two large rooms with a double fire place between a porch across the front, a large dining room on the left, a kitchen beyond the dining room and an ell-shaped porch off the dining room, near which was a water well. Off the kitchen was a large smoke house. There was a cellar behind the kitchen and later an additional bedroom was added of the rear porch.

The barn consisted of three sheds and a drive-way and a hay-oft overhead.

The writer being # ten of eleven children, came up on the scene after several events had transpired, barely remembering a pair of mules called Bill & Hanner. To avoid being bitten the latter had to be mounted while twisting her ear, and dismounting the same way, or by jumping off as she ran. These mules were led by a yoke of oxen called Buck & Bright. In addition to the buildings several fields had been cleared and in cultivation. The square timber had been cut transported across the Western water-shed on a narrow-gage rail-road on its way to Caney and the O & K Railroad. I did however, witness the decay of the narrow-gage rail-road, and other events mentions elsewhere.

The writer is the only surviving child of Jeff & Maggie (Brown) Delong. Only three of their daughters-in-law survive (1984), Vada, Flossie and Bessie. The farm remains intact, with only the water well remaining, and gone back to the forest, as our parent found it. As the children each found more profitable employment, as did the children of all our neighbors. In the mail today came a request for me to mark the boundaries. The State of Ky. is making aerial photo maps of the Co.

1. VERGIE DELONG, 20 Dec. 1891 - 20 Jan. 1970, buried in Deborde Cemetery, Malone, Morgan County, Kentucky, married Frank Conley.

2. CLETIS EVERETT DELONG b. Jan 31, 1894 in KY; d. Oct 8, 1976 Sellersburg, Clark Co., IN; married Vada Lacy

3. JAMES "JIMMY" DELONG, ca 1896, twin with William.

4. WILLIAM "WILLIE" DELONG, twin with Jimmie. Both died as infants and are buried in Brown Cemetery.

5. VERNA "VERNIE' DELONG, 3 April 1898, Matthew - Nov. 1963, Ohio; buried Brown Cemetery, Matthew, Morgan County, Kentucky, married Rance Stambaugh.

6. ROLLIE DELONG, 26 February 1901. Matthew - 15 Nov 1943 Lexington, KY.; Buried Elam Cemetery, Florress, Morgan County, Kentucky, married Flossie Lee Elam.

7. ESTILL CLARK DELONG, 30 July 1903, Matthew, Morgan County, Kentucky, married Anna Lillian Stephens. Both are buried in Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky.

8. BROWNLOW 'BROWNIE' DELONG 7 May 1907, Matthew - 8 Dec. 1964, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky; buried: Brown Cemetery, Matthew, Morgan County, Kentucky, married Bessie Prater.BETTY

9. MAE DELONG, b. ca 1909; died young from Diphtheria(sic); buried: Brown Cemetery, Matthew, Morgan County, Kentucky.

10. OVA OAKLAND DELONG, 18 Jan. 1912 - present, married Thelma Louise Kouns.

11. UNNAMED MALE CHILD stillborn, ca 1918


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