Margaret E. “Maggie” Long

Margaret E. “Maggie” Long
birth: 4 April 1860 in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana to John Anderson and Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell Long
death: 15 November 1944 North Liberty, St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: Fair Cemetery, La Paz, St. Joseph, Indiana

marriage: 26 September 1880 South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana
George Frederick Harbaugh
birth: 1 April 1856 in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania to George Henry and Sara Ann Eyster Harbaugh
death: 17 November 1931 in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: Fair Cemetery, La Paz, St. Joseph, Indiana

Children of Margaret E. “Maggie” Long and George Frederick Harbaugh:

  • Oliver Delbert Harbaugh 1881-1949 1st m. Laura Bell Frye 2nd m. Estella May Lawrence
  • Bertha May Harbaugh 1883-1953 Wesley Irvin Berry
  • Don Nelson Harbaugh 1885-1973 Blanche Myrtle Foote
  • Dwight Thomas Harbaugh 1887-1973 Mayme Schroll
  • Infant Son Harbaugh 1889-1889
  • Rose Estella Harbaugh 1890-1980 Emmett Kelly
  • Grover Cleveland Harbaugh 1892-1962 Alma Ida McClelland
  • George Bryant Harbaugh 1894-1954 Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson
  • Mary Ellen Harbaugh 1896-1992 Harold Russell Deavel
  • Grace Alta Harbaugh 1900-1964 1st m. Charles E. Lynch 2nd m. Harold L. Higgins
  • Ralph Henry Harbaugh 1907-1992 1st m. Thelma Belle Shade 2nd m. Marvel Lyons

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Liberty Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Other Information:

Margaret E. “Maggie” Long was the tenth of eleven children and the fifth girl born on 4 April 1860 in Liberty Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana to John Anderson and Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell Long. Her father was a staunch abolitionist and at age 49, joined the U.S. Army as a Private in Company I, Indiana 9th Regiment. Between February 1862 and September 1865, Maggie resided with her single mother and siblings on the family homestead while her father served as a teamster in the Army. He returned after the war ended and resumed farming; he died when Maggie was 14. Maggie’s family attended the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren. On 26 September 1880 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, Maggie wed George Frederick Harbaugh, a neighbor, classmate, and fellow parishioner. The wedding was held at the home of the officiant, Reverend Daniel Whitmer, a member of the German Baptist Church. The couple had eleven children, ten growing to adulthood. Maggie was a homemaker and active in her community by visiting the sick, making wine and bread for church services, and hosting gatherings of family and friends. She was fortunate to have a Missouri “steam washing machine” in 1886 and a sewing machine, which her husband won in a writing contest. With the quilting, setting the hens, making candles and soap, churning butter, assisting with crops and butchering, rendering lard, canning, baking, keeping house, and caring for the children, Maggie did not have much leisure time. During WWI, with two of her five sons serving overseas, Maggie became an active member of the Pine Creek Ladies Aid Society. Although Maggie was a traditionalist, she was found on the voting rolls with several of her daughter-in-laws in Liberty Township in 1921, less than a year after women were finally awarded the privilege. In May 1931, Maggie’s husband was diagnosed with sarcoma of the spleen and died intestate on 16 November. Although the mortgage had been paid off, the personal estate was only valued at $250.00 with real estate valued at $5000.00. Claims against the estate were $2824.99 so the decision was made to sell the property. During that time of the Great Depression, there were no takers and the land value decreased considerably to a selling price of $1600.00. In 1934, son Dwight purchased the property and Maggie’s children all contributed to meet the remaining balance owed to close the estate. Maggie, at age 80, moved in with her daughter Mary Ellen and her family. She later moved in with son Dwight. It was there she died at his home located on RR2, Pine Road, St. Joseph, Indiana on 15 November 1944 of flu leading to myocarditis. Like her husband, Maggie died intestate. She was 84 years 7 month and 11 days old. A funeral service was held on 18 November at 2:00 P.M. at the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren where she had been on member for over 60 years. She was buried next to her husband in Fair Cemetery.

For further information on George Frederick and the Harbaugh family:
Lori Samuelson. Perseverence Amidst Adversity: The Ancestry of Three George Harbaughs. Amazon ebook, 2016.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson


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