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STRANGE family in northern VIRGINIA

I'm researching Hannah A. Strange of northern Virginia (1832-1925). This is not the wife of Methodist minister Jacklin Strange, although there might be a family relation. My Hannah could be related to other Strange families in FAUQUIER and/or FREDERICK counties. Their surname may be a variant of the German "Strang" (sometimes spelled "Strong"). Those families included members who were free in 1860. Hannah married URIAH WISE of Virginia after the death of her first husband, WILLIAM BERRY. Family oral history insists (perhaps erroneously) that "Hannah was never a slave," but a conflicting story from DOROTHY MILLER HESSER says that "Aunt Hannah's" freedom was purchased by Dorothy's grandfather JOHN MILLER, a white farmer/innkeeper of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 1870, Hannah and Uriah Wise lived near and possibly worked for JOSEPH T. RECTOR (from German "Richter") of Scott (Upperville) in Fauquier County, Virginia. By 1878, they had settled permanently in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. They lived near the Miller family and Hannah worked for Dorothy's parents WILLIAM and MARY C. MILLER in 1900.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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