The earliest know Long ancestor is John Long. He married Grace Parris on 15 February 1781 in the parish of Yarcombe, Devon. John and Grace had nine children. The fifth child, Charles Long, was baptised on 3 February 1793 in Yarcombe. Grace died on 5 May 1837. No further information is known about John.
Charles Long was baptised on 3 February 1793 in Yarcombe, Devon. On 28 October 1818, he married Mary Loosemore in the parish of Yarcombe. Their eldest child, John Long, was baptised on 7 February 1819. By 1841 Charles was a farmer the family was living in a farm called Stodbeer, in Yarcombe. Mary died between 1841 & 1851, however Charles was living at the farm until after 1861.
John Long was baptised on 7 February 1819 in Yarcombe, Devon, and on 9 December 1841 he married Mary Lenthall in the parish of Yarcombe. John worked as a carpenter and in 1851 was living in the nearby village of Upottery, Devon. In 1861 they were living in the village post office and in 1862 John was the sub-postmaster until his death in 1881. John and Mary had eight children. Their fifth child, Mary Elizabeth Long, become the sub-postmistress in 1886 and continued until 1942. Their sixth child, Eliza Long was born on 11 September 1859. Mary died in 1902.
Eliza Long was born on 11 September 1859 in Upottery, Devon. Eliza left Devon and worked in various workhouses, finally arriving in London where she worked at the Whitechapel Union Workhouse, where she met Vincent John Green. They got married on 2nd July 1896 at the Register Office, Mile End Old Town. He was living at 7 South Grove, adjacent to the workhouse, and she was living at 40 Maplin Street – the next street along. On 17th August 1898 they had twins - a boy and a girl. The girl was called Nellie Green and the boy was called Vincent John Green; however, he died at 8-months. Their next child was Kate, born 16th August 1899. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living on the first floor of 16 Albion Street, parallel to South Grove. On 28th July 1902 Vincent John Green (1856) died, aged 45. Being pregnant, Eliza moved back with the children to Upottery, to be with her sister Mary Elizabeth Long. Eliza died on 23 November 1937.