Anna R. Tatman was born on 15 April 1839, in Ohio. Her parents Loyd and Sarah came from Maryland and had settled in Ohio by the time of Anna’s birth. Sarah was 12 years older than her husband, and when little Anna was only one year old, Loyd died. We do not know when Sarah passed on, but in 1860 she was still alive, so Anna was most likely raised by her mother, of whom we otherwise know precious little. For a while the family thought that Anna was of Cherokee descent, apparently from her mother’s side, but no conclusive information has been found yet.
When Anne was 19, she married Isaac E. Long on 26 April 1858 in Hocking County, Ohio. They had nine children, two boys and seven girls, one of whom was our 2nd great-grandmother Susannah Long who married Harvey Hamilton Lindsey. Between 1862 and 1864, Anna’s husband Isaac fought in the Civil War on the Union side, mustering into “I” Co. 90th Ohio Infantry on 28 August 1862.
Anna died on 6 October 1916 at the age of 77 in Indiana, where she was also laid to rest. Her husband Isaac had passed on 7 years previously, and the two are buried in the same grave.
Rest in Peace, Great-Grandma Anna.