John Longman Dates unknown
William Longman 1757 - 1836
Hannah Longman (Pearce) Dates unknown
Celia Longman 1760 - 1844
JOHN LONGMAN: A respected man who fell foul of the law
John Longman 1784 - 1856
Ag Lab, Master Butcher
Sarah Longman (Ormsbury)
1828 - Date unknown
Mary Ann Longman (Godwin) 1828 - Date unknown
George Longman 1848 - 1933
Mariner, Railway Fireman
John Longman 1872 - 1916
Cabinet Maker, Merchant Seaman
Eliza Longman (Bridgman) 1852 - 1926
Olive Blanch Longman (Shallis) 1875 - Date unknown
Robert Francis Longman 1904 - 1995
Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy
Irene Longman (Bond) 1907 -
Glove Factory Manufacturer
Gerald Francis Longman 1934 -
Sergeant, Grenadier Guards
James Ballantyne Longman 1962 -
Corporal, Territorial Army
Stella Rose Longman (Ballantyne) 1935 - 1997
Moira Catherine Longman (O'Shea) 1966 -
Daniel Longman 1988 -
This summer, I decided to make contact with Thornbury & District Museum - the local archives of my ancestral home. I wrote a polite letter asking if they had come across any references to the Longman family, who I knew had been living in the area for nearly 300 years. A few weeks later I got a reply from one of the helpful volunteers stating that they did have a number of documents, and one in particular relating to a Mr John Longman.
John lived and worked in Thornbury, a small market town in South Gloucestershire, about 11 miles north of Bristol. I used the internet search engine Google to look for his occupation. I found the last will and testament - on www.genuki.co.uk - of a man called George Cossham who was a carpenter in the town. In it John Longman is mentioned as a peruke maker and it is revealed he had a tenement in the High Street.
As a peruke maker, he fashioned wigs (perukes/periwigs) which complemented the fashion of many 18th century gentlemen. This was a common profession all over the British Empire, but it gradually died out in around 1800 after the 'Powder Tax' - a duty of one guinea per annum levied on hair powder - was introduced five years previously by Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger.
John Longman had his own shop situated right at the heart of the community in the High Street. Here he helped meet the demands of the local town's people who wanted to dress in smart and suitable headgear. He must have been well respected and seen as a
THORNBURY MUSEUM: The staff helped Daniel unravel John Longman's story
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