Mary wrote a letter at age 81
to her cousin James Posey Alford in Gonzales, transcribed in
1965 by Doris Ross Johnston's mother, Mrs. Reta Wilks Ross, from
the original written by Mrs. Mary Longley Hooker, daughter of
James Stockton Longley, son of Campbell Longley:
Colorado City, Texas
July 30, 1964
Mr. James Posie Alford ?
My Dear Cousin Posey as my
good Grandfather Longley spelled his brother's name.
In Grandfather's records,
It gives Posy Longley b. 1829 d. in Paul's Valley, Okla, 1896.
We know one of Posy's
grandsons, Major Orbra Longley. He was located in Lubbock for
awhile during WW 2. The meeting with my brother Herbert was
by accident. My brother walked up to Orbra's back, slapped him
on the back and said, "Hello Buck!" Herbert said "My
name is Longley too." So they traced their kinship from
them on they were very close. Orbra's wife had a little girl
while they lived at Lubbock. They named her Bonnie Lillian for
Herbert's wife. Orbra was transferred to San Antonio and on
to Europe. He spent a long time in Germany. They had a nice
family of little children in Lubbock. Since that, the children
have grown up and married.
I was so very glad to get
In the records I copied
of Grandfather Longley's, he gave Mary as one of his sisters.
I know he had a sister who m. an Alford.
We have met many of the
Alfords and loved them all, because they were half Longley in
the grandmother and grandfather families, and that Grandmother
could have been "Martha Elizabeth" as Ida Alford always
said. Now that "Mary" was born 1822, died 1866. Grandpa
had a Mary, Martha, Elizabeth and a Callie. Grandpa's records
were far from complete. He did not say to whom his brothers
and sisters married.
Here is all I copied from
the family Bible. Now owned by Uncle Cam's son Leon Longley
of San Saba, Texas.
Caleb (Cale) Longley b. Sevier Co. Tennessee in 1815.
Wm. B. 1820.
Preston b. 1818.
Mary b. 1822 - d. 1866. This must be "Mary Elizabeth."
Grandpa was old when he wrote these records. He could have
mixed that up with his daughter "Mary."
George W. Longley: b. 1824 - d. 1844.
Caroline Longley: (Aunt Cal she was m. 5 times) We met knew and
loved cousin Mat Singleton Johnson in Caldwell in Burleson Co.,
where she died in 1897. We were there for her funeral. We surely
loved her. She was Aunt Cal's daughter by one of the husbands.
Aunt Cal was a real character, full of wit, fun and spunk, and
they told us really beautiful.
Posy Longley b. 1829 d. in Paul's Valley, Okla 1896.
Cale Longley was John Longley's Grandfather. Uncle Bill was
named for William and Preston Longley, "William Preston
Longley." We never knew Uncle Bill, but our father and
Grandfather Longley told us so much about him, and his varied
I do hope you get your
Grandmother down as a Longley for I Know that she was.
I have that letter from
Mrs. Henderson wrote to my sister Mrs. Jack Blackshear in Houston.
She didn't know as much as I know of all the Longleys, as she
is the baby of our family. I am the oldest child and remember
a lot of the things they told me.
I've not written Mrs. Henderson
[Posey Alford's mother-in-law], for my sister Claudia who lives
with me has been seriouisly ill. She was taken to hospital with
a bad heart attack. 3-1-1964, was there 24 days. I locked my
house, went and spent day and night in hospital with her. Since
then she has not been too well. For the past 4 or 6 weeks she
has suffered with a kidney infection, but is much improved now.
Mrs. Henderson's letter
was written Mar. 23, and I've had my hands and heart full of
anxiety, so not much writing.
This sister of your mother-in-law
being in Georgia surely is near a nest of Longleys and Alfords.
I have letters written by Mr. T. M. Longley in Jan. 1918. He
was son of John Longley, the youngest son of William, a brother
to Joseph Longley. My great grandfather William Longley and
his son Joseph were in Revolutionary War.
Also I have a letter from
F. P. Longley, written Oct. 31, 1931 telling me of his father
and himself. They were both lawyers. F. M. Longley's letter
head was "Longley and Longley" Lawyers in La Grange,
Georgia. F. M. Longley compiled family records. F. P. (Frank)
Longley's letterhead was "F. P. Longley - attorney at Law,"
La Grange, Ga. I don't know whether he is still living, but
his father had passed away. At one time his father was Circuit
Judge there, went to his grave full of honors and years.
I am helping Mrs. Roger
Matthews in Monette, Mo. Get up Longley records. She says she
has traced "William Longley" born in Virginia, and
thinks she may get something back of this (him). Inclined to
think Wm's father is one James Longley.
I am also helping a cousin
in Hileah, Florida, Mrs. Martha Draper Gilbert. She is getting
records on Drapers. They are my mother's people.
I'm behind on both, as
I'm writing a Record on Longley and Draper for my brother H.
J. Longley of Lubbock. I started them the first of the year,
and they are (Wm. & Joseph or Joel) (were your grandfathers
too maybe) snagged on my neglect. When I do get all the Longley
Records finished from Wm. down, I'm sending to Herbert in Lubbock.
He will send to his son Jerry in Los Alamos, N. Mex. Jerry
will use machine and make many copies for relations. I will
include you with a Longley Record.
Please be patient. I try
but get no where. I guess I'm plain lazy, but I just don't know
it. You squeeze out time and come to see my sister and me.
We will talk you down telling "Longley tales." Besides
we just want to see you Posy - for you are Longley kin and we
love all of them.
I have 3 sisters in Houston.
Mrs. Blackshear, Mrs. Berta Standefer, and Mrs. Rose Masterson.
Also a nephew Dr. Will. B. Longley and his sister Mary Longley.
Mary lives with Dr. Longley to care for his children (2). Neill's
wife has passed away. Mary was there in Houston University,
and she stayed on with Neill. Her home is Andrews, Texas with
her father D. B. Longley, her mother and brother John (soon 17).
Now I've tired you out
and perhaps left you feeling vacant as far as records are concerned.
If I live, you will get the records.
Remember we love our Longley
Kin. We are proud of each one.
Mary L. Hooker
638 Elm, Colorado City, Tex.
How is Aunt Ida?
Our father was James Stockton Longley, born Washington County,