Longsworth, Basil Nelson

Male 1795 - 1853  (58 years)


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  • Name Longsworth, Basil Nelson  [1, 2, 3
    Born 13 Nov 1795  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 1PLS-V8R 
    Alt. Birth 13 Nov 1795  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    _UID 02E333B614E14CD0B112469F36E7085F0B19 
    Died 24 Nov 1853  By West Chester, Tuscarawas, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1527  Buyer, Stier and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2007 

    Father Longsworth, Solomon,   b. Abt 1750, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1820, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Nelson, Lucretia,   b. 12 Aug 1758, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1838, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1785  Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • German Reformed Church
    _UID 374C8D4E50AD40E3919E36718ECAA0EA364D 
    Family ID F264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Boyer, Elizabeth,   b. 30 Jan 1800, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1887, Perry, Tuscarawas, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1816  Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage 15 Oct 1816  Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    _UID 0060780C1A024DBEB5D4F88DD1CA3BA6958D 
    Children 
     1. Longsworth, Lucy,   b. 18 Aug 1817, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1888  (Age 71 years)
     2. Longsworth, Mary Ann,   b. 1819, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885  (Age 66 years)
     3. Longsworth, Elizabeth,   b. 17 Jul 1821, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925  (Age 103 years)
     4. Longsworth, Peter,   b. 30 Aug 1823, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1893  (Age 70 years)
     5. Longsworth, William,   b. 21 Oct 1825, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1900, Cambrige, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Longsworth, Basil Nelson,   b. 14 May 1828, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1893, Jefferson, Marion, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Longsworth, Warner,   b. 13 Sep 1830, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1902, Pleasant Hill, Freeport, Harrison, OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Longsworth, Cornelius Shelter,   b. 31 Oct 1833, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1898  (Age 64 years)
     9. Longsworth, Jesse Thomas,   b. 21 Feb 1835, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1920, WVA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     10. Longsworth, Nancy Catherine,   b. 1837, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895  (Age 58 years)
     11. Longsworth, Rebecca Cornelia,   b. 20 Nov 1839, Guernsey, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1920  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2001 
    Family ID F475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Nov 1795 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 13 Nov 1795 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Oct 1816 - Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Marriage - 15 Oct 1816 - Frederick, Frederick Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Nov 1853 - By West Chester, Tuscarawas, OH Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From Minnie Neel Bair's scrapbook.
      The article is from a local paper, probably around the turn of the century- written by T. T. Titus of Divide as shown below, I have kept in all typos as they were written, the writer gets a dramatic at times.
      Margaret Bair Wright was the sister to Rueben Bair.
      Submitted by: Sandy Burgess

      Early Times

      A Glimpse at the Hardships and Scarifies Endured by the Pioneers

      The following is a synopsis of a letter of reminiscence, written by Mrs. Margaret Wright, nee Bair, eldest daughter of John Bair, the progenitor of all the Bairs in the vicinity of Pleasant Hill church, Guernsey county, Ohio, and one of the charter members of that church. This family, with several others, moved to that community in 1832, 71 years ago. The writer of the letter from which this sketch is taken has passed her 80th year. The little colony left Maryland in 1832.

      The writer gives a minute description of their start from their dear old home beyond the mountains. They went up across the orchard to the public road where they joined the train of covered wagons, with large English beds. Each wagon was drawn by from two to six horses. She says, like Lot's wife, she looked back with streaming eyes at the old home, but was not turned into a pillar of salt.

      Think of starting on a journey of 500 miles across the mountains, hills and dales, and rivers without bridges. They crossed the Potomac at Harpers Ferry, but she doesn't say how. She speaks of meeting long trains of six horse teams with bells on the horses except the saddle horse, and stage coaches for the traveling public. To think of merchandise and all kinds of material being hauled by wagon from the seashore to the terminus of civilization five or six hundred miles into the interior is now astonishing. Young America couldn't stand that. She speaks of the long period of traveling, for two weeks, but secured rooms at hotels. Her uncle, Solomon Longsworth being an old wagoner, knew where the best hotels were and piloted them through to their destination in Guernsey county, where the arrived on Saturday at the home of her uncle, William Boyer, who with a few friends had located a few years before.

      Margaret's business in the long wearisome journey, was to care for her little sister Mary who was about two years old. She is now the wife of David T. Owens, of Divide, and living near the Pleasant Hill church. The long journey had been wearisome to the child and she was glad to turn out on the grass to romp and play. After dinner her uncle Basil Longworth and wife, who lived a short distance from the Boyers, came over to see them and there was a happy meeting. The cabins were small and they had to scatter around to get lodging. On Sunday morning all that were not too tired went to the little church school house to meeting. Only a few were present, but they were happy in their church home. These sturdy pioneers all brought their religion with them and set their standard on the sacred spot where Pleasant Hill church now stands and there has been a flourishing Methodist Protestant church there ever since.

      Mrs. Wright describes the church and school house as built of rough logs, daubed with mortar and covered with clapboards , with puncheon floor. The puncheons for the floor were made from straight white oak trees from which boards about two inches thick were split and they made a good floor. The doors and windows were made of the same and the benches were made out of split logs. Many great men began their careers in such school houses. Their wearing apparel was homemade flannel for winter and linen for summer. Tow linen trousers for men and boys and they were happier than many now. They didn't have to work so hard and had more time to visit and go to meeting and get happy and shout. There was more sociability. They had their log rollings, corn huskings, scutching bees, flax pullings, and quiltings, and more fun than you could shake a stick at. In some places they would trip the light fantastic toe at night, go home with the girls and after awhile get married and go on their way rejoicing. In August of the same year a wagon load of them went to a camp meeting on Dunlap's creek south of Cassville, Harrison county. She says it took about a day and a half to get there. A part of them stayed all night at David Rankin's and some with Timothy Titus, my father. The next morning the crowd had increased to a long procession which arrived at the camp ground and proceeded to put up their tents. She says: "our tents were soon in readiness. Dinner was soon announced, after which the campers set about renewing the inner man day by day. Little Maggie being timid, felt lonesome, and wished she were at home, yet it proved to be one of the happiest times of my life. I shall never forget the time of my conversion at that camp meeting. I remember it well, Uncle Basil and Uncle John Ripley came to me and sang, "Good news gone to Canaan, I'm on my way. O! my soul leaped for joy. Many were the conversions at that meeting. Nearly all have gone to that happy land. I am left alone, and yet not alone. My blessed Jesus has ever been with me in my sorest bereavements and deepest sorrows" This old veteran of the cross still lives, sitting in the evening of life, still rejoicing in a Savior's love. She is closing up a devoted Christian life with her son Dalby Wright of Xenia, Ohio, her husband, Thomas Wright, having died several years ago. They formerly lived in Pleasant Hill vicinity.

      T. T. Titus, Divide, O.
      Local newspaper clipping, no date or publication listed.


      AUTH 1PLS-V8R
      AUTH , Fredrick Co., Maryland
      AUTH By West Chester, Tuscarawas, Ohio

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] Ancestral File, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (familysearch.org), AFN: 1PLS-V8R, [Q:3].

    2. [S388] LONGSWORTH.ged.

    3. [S47] Ancestral File, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (familysearch.org).

    4. [S337] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch.org).