The purpose of this blog is to provide a platform to document and share my research on the life of William Longmire of London, and later, the colony of Virginia. Here I will present various documentation and observations of William’s unlikely rise from convict slave to court scribe and respected citizen, and later, as recording secretary for the court. It is my aim to prove that the William Longmire who wrote a letter in 1725 from Newgate Prison days before his scheduled execution is the same who landed in Lancaster County, Virginia in April, 1726 and eventually became, in effect, a deputy clerk in King George County, Virginia. I will also show that the majority of the ledger entries and accounting work for the periods of 1743 – 1748 found in the Edward Dixon Business Papers at the Library of Congress was the work of William Longmire – convicted hat thief. And for those who are interested in William’s descendants I will include a fair amount of info on his 3 sons, and possible daughter, and other collateral families.
This blog is a work in progress. Others who may have documented knowledge or good secondary sources to add to the body of work, especially any information on William’s wife, Susanna, are encouraged to weigh in. Parts of this blog will be used to correct genealogical misinformation which has taken root on the internet. Though most of the research presented here is my own I wish to acknowledge “those who came before”, namely my cousin Liz Wendelken and Roger E. Barnes, both of whom started me on this path in their own singular ways and whose own research and encouragement has been greatly valued over the years.
Each topic found in the menu bar includes a separate blog platform. Scroll down below each topic summary to read the blog entries for that topic. To see a full document featured here click on it to expand. For those of you who appreciate and demand citations and footnotes please take note that as this work progresses I will insert the appropriate documentation at a later time and will add a bibliography, etc. on a separate menu page. Suffice to say that this compilation will be of the utmost regarding documentation and provable assertions and that many of the documents will speak for themselves. Speculative and other gleanings will most oftentimes be found in the Musings section. This has been many years in the making and I do hope you appreciate and enjoy the contents.