A Civil War Soldier: Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: 9 November 1843 in Tomkins Co., New York (possibly in the Town of Caroline)

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: Ambrose J. (1835 – 1864); George Washington (c. 1838 – 1863); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); and Maryette STRONG (b. c. 1841). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederick W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: Cordelia C. [–?–] (b. c. 1851) before 1867

Children: Cora B. (b. c. 1867), William B. (b. c. 1871) and Fanney M. STRONG (b. c. 1876)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Hermon A. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 9 August 1862 at the Town of Candor, Tioga Co., New York; private. Enlisted 11 August 1862 in Co. B, 109th New York Infantry.

Side Served: Union

Mustered Out: 4 July 1865 at Delaney House, Washington, DC

Biography or Information of Interest: Herman enlisted nine days before his older brother Ambrose and George enlisted in the 137th New York Infantry with Charles ROCKWELL. In Herman’s company was Rufus ROCKWELL, Charles’ younger brother. The younger brother of Ambrose, George and Herman (Charles STRONG) would eventually marry the sister of Charles and Rufus ROCKWELL (Ann), and that couple would become my 2nd-great-grandparents.

Herman was the only one of the three STRONG boys that came back from the war. His father, it seemed, never recovered, and died six years later.

Died: 8 October 1930 at Freeville, Tompkins Co., New York

Buried: in Willow Glen Cemetery, Dryden, Tompkins Co., New York

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A Civil War Soldier: Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: 9 November 1843 in Tomkins Co., New York (possibly in the Town of Caroline)

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: Ambrose J. (1835 – 1864); George Washington (c. 1838 – 1863); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); and Maryette STRONG (b. c. 1841). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederick W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: Cordelia C. [–?–] (b. c. 1851) before 1867

Children: Cora B. (b. c. 1867), William B. (b. c. 1871) and Fanney M. STRONG (b. c. 1876)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Hermon A. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 9 August 1862 at the Town of Candor, Tioga Co., New York; private. Enlisted 11 August 1862 in Co. B, 109th New York Infantry.

Side Served: Union

Mustered Out: 4 July 1865 at Delaney House, Washington, DC

Biography or Information of Interest: Herman enlisted nine days before his older brother Ambrose and George enlisted in the 137th New York Infantry with Charles ROCKWELL. In Herman’s company was Rufus ROCKWELL, Charles’ younger brother. The younger brother of Ambrose, George and Herman (Charles STRONG) would eventually marry the sister of Charles and Rufus ROCKWELL (Ann), and that couple would become my 2nd-great-grandparents.

Herman was the only one of the three STRONG boys that came back from the war. His father, it seemed, never recovered, and died six years later.

Died: 8 October 1930 at Freeville, Tompkins Co., New York

Buried: in Willow Glen Cemetery, Dryden, Tompkins Co., New York

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. George Washington STRONG (1838 – 1863)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: c. 1838 in Ontario Co., New York

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: Ambrose J. (1835 – 1864); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); Maryette (b. c. 1841); and Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederick W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: name of wife unknown (see biographical info)

Children: none known

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of George W. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York; private. Enlisted 23 August 1862 in Co. G, 137th New York Infantry.

Side Served: Union

Discharged: Died of wounds on 8 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Biography or Information of Interest: On 18 August 1862, George and his older brother Ambrose enlisted together in Company G of the 137th New York Infantry. Only nine days, earlier, brother Herman joined Company B of the 109th New York Infantry. One day later (19 August), Charles H. ROCKWELL joined the same company as George and Ambrose. Charles’ sister Ann and George and Ambrose’s younger half-brother Charles STRONG would marry eleven years later, and become my 2nd-great-grandparents.

Ambrose was a musician; George an infantryman. Together they served in the company until George was killed at Gettysburg. Ambrose died of disease in Alabama a mere seven months later. I had no idea that George had married until I saw his pension index card and noticed that a pension application had been made by his widow. Not having access to his actual pension file, I don’t have further information on her or any possible children (not likely, as no pension application for a dependent minor was made).

Died: of wounds sustained in battle, 27 July 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Buried: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; memorial marker also at Baptist Cemetery, Willseyville, Tioga Co., New York

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. George Washington STRONG (1838 – 1863)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: c. 1838 in Ontario Co., New York

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: Ambrose J. (1835 – 1864); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); Maryette (b. c. 1841); and Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederick W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: name of wife unknown (see biographical info)

Children: none known

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of George W. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York; private. Enlisted 23 August 1862 in Co. G, 137th New York Infantry.

Side Served: Union

Discharged: Died of wounds on 8 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Biography or Information of Interest: On 18 August 1862, George and his older brother Ambrose enlisted together in Company G of the 137th New York Infantry. Only nine days, earlier, brother Herman joined Company B of the 109th New York Infantry. One day later (19 August), Charles H. ROCKWELL joined the same company as George and Ambrose. Charles’ sister Ann and George and Ambrose’s younger half-brother Charles STRONG would marry eleven years later, and become my 2nd-great-grandparents.

Ambrose was a musician; George an infantryman. Together they served in the company until George was killed at Gettysburg. Ambrose died of disease in Alabama a mere seven months later. I had no idea that George had married until I saw his pension index card and noticed that a pension application had been made by his widow. Not having access to his actual pension file, I don’t have further information on her or any possible children (not likely, as no pension application for a dependent minor was made).

Died: of wounds sustained in battle, 27 July 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Buried: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; memorial marker also at Baptist Cemetery, Willseyville, Tioga Co., New York

A Civil War Soldier: Musician Ambrose J. STRONG (1835 – 1864)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: c. 1835 in Cattaraugus Co., New York

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: George Washington (c. 1838 – 1863); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); Maryette (b. c. 1841); and Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederic k W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: Matilda Jane [–?-] (b. c. 184) about 1858, probably in Tioga Co., New York

Children: Mary STRONG (b. c. 1859)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Ambrose J. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York; musician. Enlisted 23 August 1862 in Co. G, 137th New York Infantry

Side Served: Union

Discharged: died of disease 28 February 1864 in Stevenson, Jackson Co., Alabama

Biography or Information of Interest: Ambrose was one of three sons who served in the Union Army, and tragically, one of two of those who died during the war. I doubt his father ever recovered. In fact, Zeri died at only age 64, six years after the close of the war.

(Ambrose’s brother George Washington STRONG served in the same company, as well as Charles ROCKWELL. Ambrose and George’s younger half-brother Charles FRISBE and Charles ROCKWELL’s sister Ann would someday marry and become my 2nd-great-grandparents. Curiously, a Joseph B. STRONG also joined Co. G and is buried in Upper Fairfield Cemetery. He must be a cousin, and although I have extensive Strong Family Tree information, his name does not appear in my records.)

Died: 28 February 1864 of disease in Stevenson, Jackson Co., Alabama

Buried: unknown

A Civil War Soldier: Musician Ambrose J. STRONG (1835 – 1864)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: c. 1835 in Cattaraugus Co., New York

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 – 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 – aft. 1880)

Siblings: George Washington (c. 1838 – 1863); Paula (c. 1839 – 1842); Maryette (b. c. 1841); and Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 – 1930). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 – 1921) – my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 – 1918); Frederic k W. (c. 1856 – 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 – 1878)

Married: Matilda Jane [–?-] (b. c. 184) about 1858, probably in Tioga Co., New York

Children: Mary STRONG (b. c. 1859)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Ambrose J. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York; musician. Enlisted 23 August 1862 in Co. G, 137th New York Infantry

Side Served: Union

Discharged: died of disease 28 February 1864 in Stevenson, Jackson Co., Alabama

Biography or Information of Interest: Ambrose was one of three sons who served in the Union Army, and tragically, one of two of those who died during the war. I doubt his father ever recovered. In fact, Zeri died at only age 64, six years after the close of the war.

(Ambrose’s brother George Washington STRONG served in the same company, as well as Charles ROCKWELL. Ambrose and George’s younger half-brother Charles FRISBE and Charles ROCKWELL’s sister Ann would someday marry and become my 2nd-great-grandparents. Curiously, a Joseph B. STRONG also joined Co. G and is buried in Upper Fairfield Cemetery. He must be a cousin, and although I have extensive Strong Family Tree information, his name does not appear in my records.)

Died: 28 February 1864 of disease in Stevenson, Jackson Co., Alabama

Buried: unknown

Edwin Floyd STRONG

Source: Strong, Edwin Floyd. Photograph. C. 1916. Original photograph in the possession of Avis Strong Russell, Italy, Texas. 2008.

This handsome young man is Edwin Floyd STRONG, the youngest son of my maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Frisbe STRONG and Mary Lucy WRIGHT. He was the eighth of their ten children, and just older than my great-grandmother, Lillian Fern STRONG. Edwin was born 9 February 1893 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan and with his parents and many siblings spent much of his childhood moving back and forth between Western Michigan and Tioga County, New York, his parents’ birthplace. His father seemed to have an itchy foot, and whether he couldn’t keep a job or simply didn’t like living in one place too long, the family was constantly on the move. My great-grandmother wrote that she attended 15 different schools in her lifetime, and it’s likely that Edwin, just four years older, attended as many or more.

The family eventually migrated west, with their mother and sisters cooking for threshers. They spent one very cold winter in Saskatchewan, Canada–probably in Fiske, where older brother Archie was living–residing in a sod home. It was so cold that a little pet calf they had froze its ears. At last they arrived in Seaside, Clapsop Co., Oregon. Edwin was working as a laborer for a door and sash company when the 1910 federal census was taken. Part of the family returned to Grand Rapids and it was there that Edwin married Margaret Viola McELHENY on 10 September 1916, just ten days before my great-grandmother Lillian married my great-grandfather John Martin HOEKSTRA. The two young couples were very close and spent much time together. My great-grandparents had three little girls, and Ed and Vie had four all around the same age as their cousins. It must have been quite a ruckus for those seven girls to get together and play!

I believe Ed and Vi spent the rest of their lives in Grand Rapids as my great-grandparents did (the Strong siblings were probably glad to be settled in one community for a good long time!). Edwin died two days before his 90th birthday on 7 February 1983 in Grand Rapids and is buried in Graceland Memorial Park in that city.