The historic William Lindsay Long log house in St. Louis County is linked to a lot of family history

CJ Coombs
Photo byHistoric American Buildings Survey, creator, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

This historic dwelling is located at 9385 Pardee Road in Crestwood, Missouri (St. Louis County). It's been on the National Register of Historic Places since December 12, 1978. When this log house was nominated, the owner was St. Louis County.

The William Lindsay Long two-story rectangular log house has a one-story porch along the front facing the south and a one-story lean-to across most of the rear. A lean-to is a structure added to an existing building and its rafters lean against another wall.

The log house consists of heavy logs with window and door frames of wood. It has two large limestone chimneys. The portions made of wood were stained a dark brown shade. This house is important because it represents an example of the type of farmhouses of the early settlers dwelling in St. Louis County.

The Longs

John Long, William Long's father, was born in 1755 in Port Royal, Virginia. He fought in the American Revolution. He married Elizabeth Fenton Bennett in 1781. Elizabeth was from Philadelphia and was born in England.

After the Revolution, John Long was the captain of a ship known as Dolphin which traveled between the ports of Philadelphia and Liverpool.

In 1794, the Long family lived in Kentucky and two years later, moved to St. Louis County. They lived northwest of the log house and in a place called Bonhomme close to the Missouri River. In 1797, a Long family member named Laurence acquired some property near them. He could have been John's brother as he was also born in Virginia in 1747.

According to Find-a-Grave records, while Laurence's parents were unknown, DNA connected him to "the family of Jeremiah and Frances Long, who lived near Golden Vale Creek in Port Royal, Virginia" from the mid-1600s. John Long was born in Port Royal.

Laurence built a saw and grist mill which became an important part of the settlement of Chesterfield. After he died in 1803 at age 55, he left nine children and a widow, Priscilla Cogswell.
South front and west side of the log house taken ca. 1927.Photo byHistoric American Buildings Survey, Creator/Library of Congress.

Priscilla remarried a man named George Gordon who was shot and killed in 1809 at the mill. John Long, one of Laurence and Priscilla's sons, was tried, convicted, and executed that year for the killing. He was the first to be hanged in the county.

John and Elizabeth Long had four children. Their oldest child, Isabella, married James Mackay in 1800. Mackay was a Scotsman who arrived in Missouri around 1795. He was a deputy to the Spanish commandant, Zenon Trudeau, and had a large Spanish land grant on the Gravois Creek. This could have been why John Long moved to that area in 1807.

Long was able to acquire more land from the American government. He died in 1826 at age 70. A second child of his, Nancy, was married to Eli Musick. He founded the First Baptist Church in St. Louis and the Concord Baptist Church in 1809, which was close to Gravois. His relatives, Thomas and William Musick, were well-known and respected Baptist missionaries in Missouri.

Their son, also named John Long and not to be confused with Laurence's son, also named John Long, was born in 1791 or 1792. He was lost in the War of 1812, in a possible drowning at Cap au Gris in 1814. Their fourth child, William, died in 1849 at age 60. According to Find-a-Grave records, William and his wife, Elizabeth Sappington Long, had 10 children.
The north rear and east side of the log home ca. 1927.Photo byHistoric American Buildings Survey, Creator/Library of Congress.

Inside the home

On the first floor, a thin wood partition divides the space into two rooms. An L-shaped staircase is in the southwest corner of the east room and isn't original.

There are fireplace hearths of stone in each room. To the north of the shed in the rear, a kitchen was installed. A small bathroom was also built.

On the second floor, a more modern partition divides the space into two bedrooms. There's also a central hall, bathroom, and closets. After repairs were made in 1977, the house was said to be in good condition.

The original Long Farm is a little less than 2.5 acres now. Since World War II, the property surrounding the Long property was developed into a residential district in the City of Crestwood.

When the house was nominated for the National Register, it was occupied by a caretaker.

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