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By Byron Williams



CLARENCE G. LONG Mr. Clarence G. Long, a prosperous farmer and successful stockraiser of Sterling township, Brown county, is a representative of a family who for four generations have been prominent in the affairs and enterprises of this section of Ohio.  The birth of Mr. Long occurred near Eastwood, Sterling Township, Nov. 10, 1868, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Widmeyer) Long.
     Thomas Long was born opposite the present home of Mr. Clarence Long, of this review, in the year 1845, and has lived in Starling township all his life thus far, and is by occupation a blacksmith, being considered the best horseshoer in this section.  He is still active in business and resides near Eastwood.  He has always taken an active interest in politics and is in favor of all measures that tend to the advancement of the public.  He is a member of the Masonic order, Harmony Lodge No. 435, Mt. Orab.  He is a son of Joseph R. Long.
     Joseph R. Long was born at Clover, Clermont county, Ohio, in 1821, and died in Brown county, in 1906.  He was a blacksmith by trade, in connection with which he operated a productive farm.  He was also a local Methodist minister of the early days.  He was a son of Thomas Jefferson Long.
     Thomas Jefferson Long came to Clermont county from Pennsylvania some time prior to 1800 and located at Rural.  The trip was made in the usual way by flatboat down the Ohio river.  In 1811 he was conducting a tavern at Williamsburg and a little later secured a farm which he operated and which was near Clover, where he died.  After this event the widow and the family removed to near New Harmony, Brown county.
     Elizabeth (Widmeyer) Long was born in 1846 and is an earnest and active member of the Methodist church.  She is the mother of four children, whose names follow:  Clarence G., our subject; Harriet, wife of Dr. Frank Lewis, a dentist of Quincy, Ohio.  She married, first, Thomas Eggelston, by whom she had one child.  The Egglestons were of Virginia and came to Brown county about war times; Joseph R. resides with his parents; Dotte, wife of Thomas Taylor, a blacksmith, of near Eastwood.
     Clarence G. Long was united in marriage to Miss Pearl G. Bindley, who was born at their present home, the ceremony having taken place on the 25th of December, 1889, at Newport, Ky.  She is a daughter of H. J. and Anna (Collins) Bindley, both of whom are deceased.
     Hiram J. Bindley was born in Pennsylvania, Apr. 23, 1835, and died in March, 1909.  When a young man Mr. Bindley learned the trade of machinist, which he followed until he came to Ohio in 1859.  In 1860 he married Annie S., daughter of Edward Collins, who was born in September, 1834, and to them were born four children:  Ida, wife of Hugh Dyer of Pittsburgh, in the United States mail service; Harry E., of Terre Haute, Ind.; Annie and Pearl, who is Mrs. Long.  Mr. Bindley was extensively engaged in public works of Brown and Clermont counties, also counties adjoining these, for some seven years, in addition to attending his well kept farm on the Williamsburg and Mt. Oreb pike, now the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Long.  He was a son of Edward and Rebecca (Newly) Bindley of English descent.
     The grandfather of Mr. Hiram J. Bindley, who had settled in Pennsylvania, was loyal to the King of England, and on the opening of the war of 1812 returned to England with his family.  As Edward was not yet of age he was also compelled to return with the others, but on the night before his twenty-first birthday he packed up his belongings to return to America, locating at Pittsburgh.  Later his brothers followed him and became wealthy iron and steel operators.  Edward Bindley remained in Pittsburg until about 1840, when he removed to Newport, Ky., engaging in milling and carpentering.  In later life he removed to Loveland, Clermont county, Ohio, where he died, at the age of ninety-seven years.
     John A. Bindley a brother of Hiram J. Bindley, resides at Blanchester, Ohio, where he owns the Bindley block, including the hotel, bank and other business enterprises.  Another brother, Edward Bindley, is a druggist of Terre Haute, Ind. 
     Mr. and Mrs. Clarence G. Long have two daughters, Ida Mabel and Inez Rebecca.
     Mr. Long
is a practical farmer and is thoroughly conversant with all lines of this business.  He is interested in other enterprises also, and has stock in the First National Bank, of Williamsburg, Ohio.
     Mr. Long takes an active part in politics, being a member of the Republican party, and has served in the various local offices.  He has also served on the school board.
     Socially, Mr. Long has membership with the Clermont Social Lodge No. 29, Free and Accepted Masons.
     Mr. Long and the daughters are consistent members of the Methodist church; also active members of the Order of the Eastern Star.
* Source:  History of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio - Volume II - By Byron Williams - 1913 ~ Page  526
LOUIS LYONLouis Lyon, a retired farmer residing in Georgetown, Brown county, has spent his entire life in Pleasant township, and is one of the substantial citizens of the community.  He comes of an old family of that region and one that has always been identified with its best interests.  He was born on his father's farm in that township, Feb. 8, 1845, son of Robert and Rachael (Printy) Lyon.  Robert Lyon was born in the same place, in 1803, and died in 1854.  He was a son of William Lyon, who came to pleasant township in 1796.  Robert Lyon became the owner of nine hundred and twenty-one acres of land in Brown county, part of it on what was known as "Free Soil."  In 1841 he married Rachael Printy, daughter of Jesse Printy, who came to Lewis township in 1810, and died in 1882, thus being able to watch the progress and growth of the region from a dense wilderness to a beautiful prosperous country.  Jesse Printy's father, William Printy, was born in Ireland and served in the Revolution.  Mrs. Lyon was born in Lewis township, Brown county, in 1819, and died in 1912.  Mr. Lyon was a farmer and large land owner and he and his  wife had six children, all born in Brown county:  William, a retired farmer of Higginsport; Louis, of this sketch; Mary, wife of Col. Charles D. Thompson, of Georgetown; Dan, who died at the age of twenty-eight years, some thirty-three years ago; Ruth, the wife of U. G. Rese of Georgetown; and Anna, the fourth child, died in early childhood.
     Mr. Louis Lyon attended the public schools of his native township, spent one year at Fulton, Ill., and a short time in school at Athens, Ohio.  He then engaged in farming and after the death of his father took great interest in what he was able to do on the home farm.  After marriage he settled on part of the home place, and about thirty-three years ago went to live with his widowed mother, remaining with her until her death.  He managed the large place of three hundred and ten acres of choice land to excellent advantage.  In November, 1912, he purchased the old Henry Loudon place, with all modern conveniences.  Mr. Lyon taught school with success in early youth, in Brown county, and has always kept himself well informed on general topics and issues.  He showed energy and foresight in conducting his farm and made a specialty of raising tobacco.  He is Democratic in politics and took great interest in township affairs.  He and his wife belonged to the Christian church at Higginsport.  He is a man of quiet habits and simple tastes, and he and his wife have a large circle of friends.
     On Jan. 28, 1868, Mr. Lyon was united in marriage with Miss Rachael Amanda Dougherty who was born in Union township, Brown county, Mar. 12, 1848, daughter of Rev. J. P. Daugherty and his wife, Jane (Barnes) Daugherty.  Rev. Daugherty was born in Brown county in 1819, and died in 1903, and his wife was born in Tennessee in 1810 and died in 1889.  He was a minister in the Christian church in Brown county and remained in active ministry until his death, being a man who did much for the upbuilding of the community.  He was highly regarded and did a noble work among his fellows.  He and his wife had six children:  Martha, wife of Carey Mitchell, deceased; Sarah, widow of John Pangburn of Ripley; Lucinda, deceased, who was the wife of Dr. D. S. Guthrie of Mt. Orab; Amanda, Mrs. Lyon; Emma L., deceased, who was the wife of A. P. Cahall of Georgetown; Ella, wife of Lewis Miranda of Hamersville, Ohio.  Mrs. Daugherty, by a former marriage with William Denniston had two children - William Maxwell and Mary Ann.  William Maxwell Denniston married Elvina Savage, and both are now dead.  Mary Ann Denniston married Josiah Richey, now deceased, and she lives on Pisgah Ridge, near Ripley.  Mrs. Louis Lyon has been a temperance worker for many years, and was one of the Ohio crusaders.{
     Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lyon have had two children, born in Pleasant township; Ira J., born Nov. 30, 1868, died Dec. 10, 1868; Jesse Daugherty Lyon, born Apr. 10, 1870.  Jesse D. was married, Feb. 5, 1897, to Miss Mary Hervey Moore, and he is a mechanical engineer and he and his wife are now living in Cincinnati, on Walnut Hills.  They have a daughter, Dorothy, born Dec. 16, 1897.
     A brother of Mrs. Lyon, William Maxwell Denniston, served in the Civil war, as a member of the Eighty-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served in all over four years, being discharged after the war was over and having spent seventeen months in Andersonville and Libby prisons.  William Lyon grandfather of the subject of this sketch, a native of Ireland, was with Gen. masse when the latter made several important surveys, and in 1802 came with him to Brown county, so he was in this region before a county was organized and was one of the oldest settlers here.  He bought one of the surveys from General Massie and his grandson has in his possession the deed made out to him by General Massie.   Mr. Lyon prizes this document very highly, as well he may.
* Source:  History of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio - Volume II - By Byron Williams - 1913 ~ Page




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