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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
of Calverley. In the neighboring towns of Ilkley, Guiseley, and Horsforth lived many Longfellows, mostly yeomen: some of them well-to-do, o by tradition and by documents, that the poet's ancestors were in Horsforth. In 1625 we find Edward Longfellow (perhaps from Ilkley) purchasing Upper House, in Horsforth; and in 1647 he makes over his house and lands to his son William. This William was a well-to-do clothier whoaughters. William was baptized at Guiseley (the parish church of Horsforth), October 20, 1650. The first of the name in America was this William, son of William of Horsforth. He came over, a young man, to Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1676. Soon after, he married Anne Sewall,o his brother in England: Brother Longfellow's father Wm lives at Horsforth, near Leeds. Tell him bro. has a son William, a fine likely chilows, etc. The year before, he had made a visit to his old home in Horsforth. He is spoken of as well educated, but a little wild, or, as anot