Zeoletes B. Delong, born in Port Hope, Ontario on September 3, 1823 - son of Reuben Delong and Sybil Decker - built many homes near Elgin, Wisconsin and St. Charles, where he lived with wife Harriet Peterson.

2008 Delong Family Reunion and Picnic

Our reunions serve two main purposes: 1) to bring together long lost or seldom seen relatives. 2) to exchange Delong genealogical information.

The environment is informal - a picnic shelter in the Park. The Park contains a zoo, a playground, a bandshell and is located on the banks of the Otonabee River.

Bring photos, lawn chairs, documents, and possibly a lunch. A photocopier, scanner and printer will be on hand to aid in the sharing of documents and photos.

We can post queries on this web page related to Delong family searches (see below). Send photos as well.

Here is the four page, folding, 2008 Invitation as a PDF file (2.5 MB).

The Delong Family Newsletter for 2004 as a PDF file (an update for 2008 is not expected).

Photos from the 2004 Reunion Picnic and a few more Photos from the 2006 Reunion Picnic (the wet one!).

Or, reach way back to the Photos from the 2002 Reunion.

Map and Location:

Shelter#2, is adjacent to the beach and the children’s playground (with a water spout).
The 2008 Reunion location should provide activities for all age levels. The zoo is popular with both tourists and local citizenry for its variety of animals, kids' playground, picnic facilities, gardens, disc golf, and min-train tours across the Otonabee River.

Here is a current Google Maps location.

Click for large map.
  • Signs will be posted at the entrance.

1981 1982 Reunion Photo

What to bring:
  • the Family!
  • a picnic lunch (although a snack bar is on the grounds)
  • family trees
  • old photos, documents, and heirlooms
  • lawn chairs!
  • balls, bats, Frisbees, etc.
  • cameras
  • bathing suit for kids, life jacket for little kids if near the river
  • fishing gear and fishing license for adults

Who should come:
If a DELONG appears anywhere in your family tree we are eager to meet you.
Our reunions are informal gatherings that allow anyone with a family connection, from near and far, to become reacquainted, share stories, take photos, and enjoy picnic fare. Delong genealogists may wish to photocopy documents/photos, share computer files and revise the family tree charts. Perhaps your grandmother or great-grandmother was a DELONG. If so, please join us; you may find out more about your family and help others do the same.
Everyone is encouraged to bring information to share, to mingle and to have a pleasant day.
It is not necessary that DELONG be your last name.

Please, bring photo albums, old bibles, documents and heirlooms to the reunion.
How You Can Help:
Please, pass copies of the invitation to to those who would enjoy making or renewing family friendships, and folks who may be interested in finding out more about the history of the DELONGs.
On a few occasions we have published a newsletter. The deciding factor in making a newsletter is whether or not enough new material is donated. So, if you have stories, some photos - anything of interest - send them along by mail or e-mail. Newsletters are re-published on the website.

If you have information about new additions to families or newly discovered relatives, who should be included in our family tree display, you may write, phone, send e-mail, or visit the home page of Dan and Anne Delong. (See the box in the right hand column.) Doing so will allow the large family group charts to be updated before the reunion.
Queries from afar (3 of them below) Send in more for 2008.

Query 1

My husband's paternal grandmother was Marie Lorene Delong who came to California as a 6 year old orphan supposedly to live with a sister. She has proved to be one of those "paperless" persons, who leave NO tangible paper trail regarding birthplace (rumored to be Bordeaux, France) or names of her parents, residencel, etc. Marie grew up, attended St. Mary's of the Mts. convent in Virginia City, Nevada, taught school in Ward, Nevada and later
married Edwin Joseph Murray. That much of her history has been researched plus all of her descendants. It's her ''beginnings" that are so elusive and we have wondered if her French parents perhaps emigrated to Canada and then succumbed to the rigors of the frontier life there, leaving Marie an orphan. Any clues will be welcomed with deep gratitude.

Reply to Lucille Murray

Thanks a million! Incidentally, most Delongs seem to be in areas like Ohio,
Kansas and everywhere but California but there are a few in Novato, CA and
our Murray branch with a Delong beginning. Best Regards, Lucille

Query 2

I am from the Joseph DeLong family who came to Wisconsin from Russelltown, Quebec. Joseph died there in 1857 from blood poisoning. His widow, Anna Hannegan, and the rest of the family came around 1859. We think that Joseph's father was Ezekul and he may have been born in Clinton County, New York or in Vermont. Ezekul's wife may have been Mary. If anyone would know about Joseph or Ezekul, I would be interested in hearing from them.

I could send you a print out of what I have on the DeLong family. My line goes from Joseph to William Frederick to Edgar, to Earl, then my mother Lonaverne and me Marilyn Galoff.

Thank you
Marilyn Galoff

Query 3: I am doing the Delong family tree and may need your help, if you can help? Here is what I have so far:
1. James Phillip Delong (son of Justus K. Delong and Mathilda Phillip) b. 3 Nov 1833 in South Crosby; d. 18 July 1870 ?; married 14 Feb. 1856 ?; wife: Sarah Candace Merrill (daughter of John B. Merrill and Martha Blake - no information on her). Sarah remarried John P. Purcelle (no other information on this).
2. Justus K. Delong (son of George Delong and Triphina Ketchum) b. 1808 in Vermont; d. ?; m. 16 June 1828 ? to wife: Mathilda Phillip (daughter of James Phillip and ?) b. 8 Oct 1810 - and second wife: Maria Louise Day (daughter of ??) m. 13 Oct. 1841 in South Crosby, Marie L. died 1870.
3. John B. Merrill (son of ?? b. 1809) and married in Frontenac ?Martha Blake (daughter of Daniel Blake and Hannah Cronk) b. about 1813 in Canada; d. 1890 in Brant Co., Ontario.
This is my ggreat grandfather line - George Wallace Pennock (son of Philemon Pennock and Chloe Brown) married to Harriet Armintha (Arminte) Delong (daughter of James Phillip Delong and Sarah Candace Merrill).
Sure hope someone can help me in this matter because I am really stuck there and cannot seem to open anywhere.
Thank you,
Monique Barlow

Query 4: Put your query here!










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Peterborough, Ontario 
Sunday, August 10, 2008 
Riverview Park and Zoo 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
 picnic shelter #2

Water Street North (Hwy. 29)
Peterborough, Ontario

Dan and Anne Delong,  67 Scugog Street,  Bowmanville, Ontario,  Canada,  L1C 3H9

Only in the case of severe, inclement weather will the picnic be canceled.
If necessary, we will make last minute arrangements for an indoor display of genealogy information, and set up the computer, large family charts and the photocopier. Use the numbers above or, as last resort, call the Peterborough home of Betty Delong 1-705-742-4585

About the DELONG Family (reprinted from the 1998 invitation)

The genealogy of the DELONG family has been traced back to the late 1600s, when Arie Fransen de Lange married Rachel Jansen Pier (an immigrant from Amsterdam, Holland) in the Kingston (New York) area. The three sons and seven daughters from their marriage have produced thousands of descendants living all over North America.

After the American Revolution, many members of the DELONG family left the United States and came to Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Information about these early pioneers is scarce, since there were few government or church records kept at that time.

Other DELONGs came later to take advantage of opportunities to purchase inexpensive farm land.
Many of the children of these farming families later migrated to western Canada and the United States as new land opened up.

Christina and Sandi Aug 2004

A Photo CD has been available at previous reunions. We can now make copies of the 2006 CD during the reunion. If you obtained a CD, and you notice inaccuracies, please send corrections in advance of the reunion.

In 2008, the number of photos will likely exceed the capacity of a CD, hence the need to move to the DVD format. So far the photos are heavily weighted toward the Peterborough area families. If you wish to broaden the scope of the Delong photo collection further, please send them along by mail, or e-mail. Large files can be sent via a free Web service called "YouSendIt".

Here is an example: John DeLong, Simon's grandson, sent in by Don Christian