Jordan F. LONGMIRE, sheriff, was born on Powell River, Campbell County, March 30, 1826, the son of Elijah and Mary (Moss) LONGMIRE, the former of English origin, born in Granville County, N.C., in 1777, and deceased in Anderson County, Tenn., February 7, 1849, and the latter was born in the former county, about 1786, and deceased in Anderson County, January 1, 1862. Both were Methodists. The father was a successful farmer and stock dealer, and came to this county when young, then to Campbell County, when our subject was nine years old, and finally to Anderson County. He was a Whig, and of a pioneer family.
Our subject, the tenth of eleven children (four now living), worked for his father until November, 1853, when he bought, and came to his present farm. In 1883-84 he became deputy sheriff, and in 1886, sheriff, as a popular Republican. He is a Methodist.
March 9, 1849, he married Mary, a daughter of Laban and Anna (Moyers) SHARP, who was born, November, 1829, in Campbell County, and has been a Methodist for many years, and is mentioned by her husband as the chief cause of his success. Their children who are deceased are William H. and an infant. He has a large family.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.