I am fortunate to have a photo of my 3rd great grandmother, Hannah Eliza Willson who married Samuel Longcor in Sussex County, New Jersey, where they lived their whole lifetime.
I like the photo because she seems to have a slight smile on her face and her eyes are clear and looking directly out at you. She has no earrings. Her hair is parted in the middle and arranged neatly in a braid at the back of her head. A light, ruffled collar peaks out from the dark top she’s wearing.
Like a lot of women of her generation, most of her life is tied to her husband, Samuel. However, I do know more about her than some other female family members. Hannah Eliza was born 10 August 1828 in New Jersey to parents John Willson and Mary Ayers. I haven’t yet found any siblings but it seems highly unlikely that she was an only child.
Hannah Eliza married Samuel Longcore sometime before their first child, Hannah Jane, was born in January of 1851, before the distant rumblings of the Civil War. Hannah and Samuel had three children:
- Hannah Jane Longcor, born January 1851
- Mary F. Longcor, born about 1858
- George W. Longcor, born about 1861
Hannah lived the life of a farmer’s wife in rural Sussex County with all the hard work that meant at the time: preparing the meals, lugging wood into the house, tending the fire, keeping the family’s clothing clean and in good repair, cooking the meals, milking the cows, cultivating a garden, etc.
Hannah passed away at 63 years old, about five years before her husband Samuel. She got to meet her grandchildren; Belle, Charles, Samuel, Nellie and Audrey Hunt, all children of her daughter Hannah Jane and her husband William Henry Hunt. Hannah Eliza died 19 June 1892 of paralysis although it is unclear from the death certificate what sort of paralysis it was. Dr. J. C. Strader, M.D. was the medical attendant and was also the same family doctor mentioned in many of the pension documents for Hannah Eliza’s son-in-law William Henry Hunt in his quest to get an invalid pension related to his service in the Civil War.
Hannah Eliza (Willson) Longcor was was 63 years, 10 months and 9 days old at the time of her death. She was laid to rest in the Newton Cemetery.
 New Jersey Department of State, death certificate L58 (1892), Eliza Longcor; New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.
 1900 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Lafayette Township, ED 169, p. 7B (penned), dwelling 159, family 170, William H. Hunt; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 September 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 995.
 1870 U. S. census, Warren County, New Jersey, population schedule, Frelinghuysen, p. 22 (penned), dwelling 166, family 179, Samuel Longcor; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 892.
 New Jersey Department of State, death certificate L58 (1892), Eliza Longcor.