Martha M Long

Whitley, Indiana, United States

The Life of Martha M

When Martha M Long was born on 13 February 1842, in Whitley, Indiana, United States, her father, Christopher Ware Long, was 40 and her mother, Mary Jane McBride, was 35. She married Ephraim Ranck on 25 August 1859, in Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Decatur Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1860. She died before 1878, at the age of 34.

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Martha M Long
Ephraim Ranck
Marriage: 25 August 1859
Jessie Annetta Ranck
Nellie B. Ranck
Minnie Estelle Ranck

Spouse & Children

  • Female1842–1878Female

  • Ephraim Ranck


25 August 1859
Decatur, Iowa, United States


  • Jessie Annetta Ranck


  • Nellie B. Ranck


  • Minnie Estelle Ranck


Parents & Siblings

  • Christopher Ware Long


  • Mary Jane McBride




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World Events (8)


Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 9

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 14

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 English and French: nickname for a tall person, from Old English lang, long, Old French long ‘long’, ‘tall’ (equivalent to Latin longus).2 Irish (Ulster (Armagh) and Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Longáin ( see Langan ).3 Chinese 龙: from the name of an official treasurer called Long, who lived during the reign of the model emperor Shun ( 2257–2205 bc ). his descendants adopted this name as their surname. Additionally, a branch of the Liu clan ( see Lau 1), descendants of Liu Lei , who supposedly had the ability to handle dragons, was granted the name Yu-Long (meaning roughly ‘resistor of dragons’) by the Xia emperor Kong Jia ( 1879–1849 bc ). Some descendants later simplified Yu-Long to Long and adopted it as their surname.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (2)

  • Martha M Rancke in household of Ephraim Rancke, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mattie Long in entry for Minnie Covert, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

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