Children of William Longley & wife Mary Ann Bodine

Joel Longley (1 Sep 1791-23 Feb 1877),

md. 1st, 26 Dec 1815, Nancy Bodine (ca 1797-13 Sep 1835), 5 children

md. 2nd, Dec 1835, Mary "Polly" Johnston (ca 1801-14 Feb 1870), 2 children

md. 3rd, 13 Dec 1871, Jane P. Lovelady (ca 1840-8 May 1907), no children


 Believed to be Joel Longley (son of Wm.) & wife Mary. He was described on War of 1812 Pension application as Light complexion, light hair, blue eyed, about 5 ft. four or 5 in. tall

Courtesy of Peggy Stilley Morgan. Photo was among Pursley/Stilley pictures of her grandmother, Nancy Pursley Stilley, youngest daughter of James G. and Hannah Longley Pursley

War of 1812 Survivor's Pension, No. 17487 to Joel Longley for service in Capt. J. B. Long's Co., 39th U.S. Infantry

I am grateful to Jean McCullough, Juanima McFarland, Linda Dickey, __ Luckett for sharing their data on Joel's family

SEE LONGLEY Descendats, Gens. 1-4, 5-6

13. Joel3 Longley (William2, Joseph1) was born on 1 Sep 1791 at Rockbridge, Rockbridge Co., VA; "2nd son," date in his sworn statement 22 Nov 1845, Polk Co., TN, in his mother Mary Ann Bodine Longley's Revolutionary Widow's Pension application. He applied for War of 1812 pension on 25 Apr 1871 at Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA. He died on 23 Feb 1877 at Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA, at age 85.

Joel served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. He and his brother Joseph Longley enlisted for one year on 18 Nov 1813 under Capt. A. H. Douglass in Capt. J. B. Long's Co., 39th U.S. Infantry. The brothers fought in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend 27 Mar 1814, and were honorably discharged on 17 Nov 1814 at Fort Montgomery, MS Terr., according to Joel's sworn affidavit in his application for bounty land for his brother Joseph's only minor heir in June 1851 (Martha Jane Longley).

This was also attested to by her uncle John C. Longley, who received a land warrant for 160 acres. Joel gave Martha's date of birth as 22 Feb 1830 (the only record we have), her mother Priscilla's date of death as 1851, and Joseph's date of death as 25 Nov 1829. Elsewhere in the application file their younger brother John C. Longley gave the date of death as 25 Nov 1830, and so later did Joseph's oldest son Campbell Longley in a memoir.

STATE OF TENNESSEE, COUNTY OF McMINN ~ ~ Here comes Joel Longley to make application as guardian of Martha Jane Longley, minor heir of Joseph Longley . . . on 5 May 1851 at McMinn Co., TN . . . (quoted on War of 1812 page).

He was married three times. First, he married his first cousin, Nancy Bodine, daughter of Francis and Winifred ___ (Young?) Bodine, on 26 Dec 1815 at Sentreville, Fairfax Co., VA (her name, date, and place of marriage in his War of 1812 Pension application). Senterville (Centerville) is now in Fairfax Co. (parent of Loudoun Co. in 1757). Joel's mother and Nancy's father were siblings. Joel's parents and family settled in Sevier Co., TN, in 1800, so after serving in the War of 1812 he went back to visit kinfolks in Virginia, fell in love with his cousin Nancy, married there, and returned to Tennessee.

In 1818 Joel Langley and Nancy Langley were listed as members of Providence Baptist Chuch, Little Pigeon, Sevier Co., TN.

He was enumerated on the 1830 census of McMinn Co., TN with 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 30-40; 1 female 5-10, 1 female 30-40 (Nancy); no slaves.

Joel and Nancy had five children, as follows:

i. Hannah4 Longley, b. circa 1823 at Sevier Co., TN; m. James Guyon Pursley.

ii. Son Longley; b. circa 1826 at TN.

iii. Joel Young Longley; m. Catherine Pearson, daughter of Mary _____; b. circa 1830 at McMinn Co., TN; middle name from 1870 Jackson Co. AL census. He appeared on the census of 20 Jul 1860 at Jackson Co., AL; as J. Y. Longley age 30 b. TN, wife Catherine, and Mary Pearson (her mother?) age 52 b. NC; nearby were Charles Pearson and wife Elizabeth (Longley) both age 27, b. TN; James G. Pursley and wife Hannah (Longley); and Lovice Pearson age 52 b. NC living with William Stampes 33 and wife Rebecca E. 30 b. TN; William Pearson 30 and Matthew Pearson 28. Joel Y. Longley appeared on the census of 1870 at Jackson Co., AL. He had an 1882 homestead in Jackson Co. and lived on Sand Mountain:

 Map of Jackson Co., AL, showing Sand Mountain ~ Courtesy of Jean McCullough

iv. Elizabeth Longley, b. 3 Feb 1833 at McMinn Co., TN, m. Charles Mastin Pearson.

v. Andrew William Longley, b. Sep 1835 at McMinn Co., TN; m. Mary Ann Bence; m. Sara Akin.


Joel married, second, Mary "Polly" Johnston in Dec 1835; the date of marriage stated by Joel in his War of 1812 pension application.

He was enumerated on the census of 1840 at Polk Co., TN, with 4 girls and 3 boys -- should be 4 boys? -- 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 50-60; 2 females under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40 (Mary); Joel was in agriculture.

Joel and Mary were enumerated in the census taken 10 Oct 1850 at 3rd Civil Dist., Polk Co., TN; as Joel 55 farmer b. TN, wife Mary 49 VA, son Joel 18 TN, dau. Elizabeth 17 TN, son William 14 TN, Nancy A. 14 TN, Matilda 9, TN. (William was 15, Nancy's last child.)

He appeared on the census of 23 Jun 1860 at Catoosa Springs, Catoosa Co., GA; 102-108, as Joel Longley 69 farmer $1000 $150 VA, M. Longley 60 VA, Nancy 19 TN, Matilda 16 TN.

Joel3 Longley and Mary "Polly" Johnston had two children, as follows:

i. Nancy Ann4 Longley, b. 13 Nov 1836 at McMinn Co., TN; m. Levi G. Ward.

ii. Matilda Longley; b. circa 1841 at Polk Co., TN; was age 9 in 1850 census, 15 in 1860 census; m. David M. Roberts 5 Nov 1865 at Catoosa Co., GA.


Joel Longley married third, Jane P. Lovelady on 13 Dec 1871 at Catoosa Co., GA (her name from DAR applications, date from LDS IGI (AFN: 838Z-3S). He and Jane lived at Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA, during the six years of their marriage, 1871-1877, except for 10 mos. in Jackson Co., AL.

There were no children of Joel3 Longley and Jane P. Lovelady.


Some Photos of Children of Joel Longley & Nancy Bodine

Hannah Longley, oldest child of Joel Longley & Nancy Bodine, born abt 1823, md. James G. Pursley. She died the last year of the Civil War near Catoosa Springs, GA. They had three children: Sarah Elizabeth Pursley Brady, Joel Thomas Pursley, & Nancy Ann Pursley Stilley.

Joel Thomas Pursley, shown here, was born 1854, TN; died 1917, Cameron Co., TX.

Courtesy of Juanima McDonald; her great-grandfather when he a young man -- to her knowledge, the only photo ever made of him


Elizabeth (1833-1889, dau. of Joel Longley & Nancy Bodine) & Charles Mastin Pearson (1833-1893) moved from TN to MO with her Longley aunts & uncles abt 1857, but returned to Polk Co., TN. had one daughter born in Jackson Co., AL, another in TN, another in Bates Co., MO. Abt 1875 they joined a wagon train of families moving to Millerville, where they are buried, near Hico, Hamilton Co., TX.

Courtesy of Michael Hodnett



 Elizabeth & Charles, courtesy of Jim Luckett; he said she had Parkinson's and cradled her chin to control tremors when photographed. Illustration from a book about Millerville.

 Elizabeth Longley, daughter of Joel Longley & Nancy Bodine

wife of C. M. Pearson
born Feb 3, 1833
died Sep 19, 1889
A place is vacant in our home
which can never be filled.

Elizabeth & husband C. M. Pearson's Tombstones in Millerville Ceme. near Hico, Hamilton Co., TX

Born Apl 2, 1833
Died Mar 5, 1893
A loved Father has gone from our circle of earth we shall meet him no more. He has gone to his home in heaven and all his afflictions are over.



 Photos courtesy of Jean McCullough

Andrew Wm. Longley (1835-1904), youngest child of Joel Longley & 1st wife Nancy Bodine ~ abt 1900 at Catoosa Springs Resort, GA, setting up to rob bee hives

Photo Courtesy of descendant Linda Dickey

 Nancy Ann Longley Ward (1836-1912), daughter of Joel & 2nd wife, Mary Johnston.

Courtesy of Juanima McDonald; her family knows
of no other photo of her.



Some Grandchildren of Joel Longley & Nancy Bodine


1. National Archives, Revolutionary Widow's Pension file.
2. National Archives.
3. Ibid., War of 1812 application SO 13155.
4. p. 120.
5. Catoosa Co., Georgia, Marriages, Book A, p. 56.
6. p. 120, #185-816.
7. Ibid., p. 121, family 820-821.
8. Catoosa Co., Georgia, Marriages, Book B.
9. Ibid., Book A, p. 361.
10. 1880 U.S. Census for Catoosa Co., Georgia.
11. Catoosa Co., Georgia, Marriages, Book B.
12. Ibid., Book A, p. 31.
13. Matthews Addah Longley, Genealogy: Curd - Longley - Cantrell - Barnes (North Newton, KS, 1966), p. 25.
14. Catoosa Co., Georgia, Marriages, Book B.
15. 1900 U.S. Census for Catoosa Co., Georgia.
16. Social Security Death Index, on-line.