Abraham Sawyer Longley

1830–1895 (Age 65)
Maine, United States

The Life of Abraham Sawyer

When Abraham Sawyer Longley was born in 1830, in Maine, United States, his father, Abraham "Abram" Longley, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Hathorn, was 32. He married Elizabeth Jane Morrin on 28 May 1876, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Carlin, Elko, Nevada, United States in 1880. He died on 2 January 1895, in Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in IOOF Cemetery, Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon, United States.

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Abraham Sawyer Longley
Elizabeth Jane Morrin
Marriage: 28 May 1876
Frank Melville Longley
Glennie N Longley
Leni Bell Longley

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28 May 1876
Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 0

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 2

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 21

In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for "medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated "purchaser", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire): variant of Langley .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • A S Longley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Abram L Longley in household of Abraham Longley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Abraham S. Longley, "Find A Grave Index"

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