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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] William Longley
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 19:15:31 EDT
Subject: William Longley
Source: Appendix of the book:
Epitaphs of the Old Burying Ground, Groton, MA.
full book online at:
William Longley was among the earliest settlers of Groton, MA and was the
owner of a thirty acre right. He was the son of Richard Longley of Lynn, MA
where in town records the name is sometimes spelled Langley. He had been one
of the selectmen of Lynn and was clerk of the writs in the year 1655. He re-
moved, about the year 1660 to Groton, where he was one of the selectmen in
the year 1665 and town clerk in 1666. He d. Nov. 29, 1680 leaving a will
six days before his death.
His widow Joanna (Goffe) Longley afterward married Benjamin Crispe whom she
survived; she died at Charlestown MA in the year 1698.
The following is a list of his children, thought probably not in the order
of their birth:
John Longley b. abt 1640 m. Hannah_____ and had several children.
Elizabeth Longley married Sept. 7, 1669 James Blood She d. abt 1677 leaving
two daughters: Mary Blood and Elizabeth Blood who married brothers named
Torrey - p.644
Mary Blood m. John Shattuck b. 1666; died 1709.
Elizabeth Blood b. 1675; d. 1759 - m. Samuel Shattuck b.1673
Anna Longley (or Hannah) who m. June 30, 1666 Thomas Tarball, Jr., (d.1678)
1680, and had several children.
Mary Longley (d.1714) who married July 30, 1666; Samuel Leman (d. 1699) of
Sarah Longley b. Oct l5, l660 m. June l7, l679 Thomas Rand of Charlestown. MA.
He died 1695 and she m. (2) Benjamin Watts, 1701.
Lydia Longley who married James Nutting on May 15, 1672, and had six children.
He born 1653.
William Longley Jr. (-1694) married (1) May l5, 1672 Lydia___? He m. (2)
Crispe? Peace? (-1694) widow of Jonathan; Groton. He was town clerk in the
and from l692 til his death in 1694.
William Longley lived on the east side of the Hollis road abt a mile from the
village of Groton. A melancholy interest is connected with the site, as it
was here that
he and his wife with five children were massacred by the Indians in their
assault on the town, July 27, 1694. Three more of their children: Lydia, John
Betty were carried off by the savages and taken to Canada. Lydia was sold to
French and placed in the Congregation of Notre Dame, a convent in
embraced the Catholic faith and d. July 20, 1758 at age 84 yrs.
Betty died soon after her capture from hunger and exposure and John, the 3d
remained with the savages for more than four years when he was ransomed and
brought away. He was known by his captors as John Angary. Their grandmother
the widow of Benjamin Crispe in April l3, 1698 made her will which was
probate on the 28th of the following December and remembered the three
John Longley returned to Groton abt the time his grandmother died. (Dr.
Samuel A. Green)
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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