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Reuben (Long) Franklin (1714 - 1784)

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Reuben Franklin formerly Long
Born in Essex County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Orange County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Augusta County, Virginia, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 May 2016
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Categories: Franklin Y DNA Project FY01 Group.


Note: Male descendants of brothers Henry & Reuben Franklin who have taken a Y-DNA test match to various members of the Long family of Virginia, including a Broomfield Long and his possible grandson, John Long.[1]

Evidence indicates it is likely that Reuben and his brother Henry may have been adopted by Lawrence Franklin after the death of their parents Henry Long Jr. and Ann LNU of Essex/Spotsylvania County. Henry Long Jr. was born about 1685-90, and was the son of Henry Long Sr. and FNU Churchill. Broomfield Long was the brother of Henry Long Jr. Henry Long Jr. and his wife died probably died in the 1720s or early 1730s, and their children were probably adopted out. Lawrence Franklin may have adopted Henry Long and Reuben Long, and they eventually became known as Reuben Franklin and Henry Franklin. [2][3]

Reuben probably married Margaret Peachy about 1739 in Orange County, Virginia.

When their son Henry Jr. died in 1782, a male guardian was required for each of his minor children. A guardian was financially responsible for the children they took on. In 1782, Reuben Franklin was made legal guardian of minor children Jasper Franklin and Henry Tarlton Franklin , orphans of Henry Franklin.


  1. Y DNA Testing at Family Tree DNA in the Franklin Y DNA Project.
  2. Article from The Virginia Genealogist, pages 118-120, “Henry Long and some descendants of Colonial Virginia" by Paul Buchanan published in
  3. Book, LONG Journey West By JL Brannon, the key reference is on page 19 when the author states: “Henry's wife’s name, Ann____, turns up in a land transaction in 1738, when the land they had been living on was sold [as well a piece of land given Henry by his father in 1716]. There are no further records pertaining to Henry and Ann. It has been found that a “Franklyn” descendant’s DNA matches the Henry Long line. Court records [Spotsylvania 1737/38] have turned up a case with Henry M. Franklin b. 1715 in Essex county cited as aka “Harry Long”, who would have been 21 at the time. Speculating this to have been Henry’s son, it suggests “Harry’s” parents had died and Harry was adopted by the Franklyns. The land sold in 1738 was most likely his inheritance from his father, Henry, which he sold when he reached majority."

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Reuben by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Reuben:

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