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Strange, Jenkins, Jordan confused by census taker?
Does anyone know how the Jordan family of Chesterfield County, VA might be related to the Jenkins and Strange families, FPOC of Virginia?
It appears that the census taker in 1870 confused surnames of related individuals in adjoining households (see census information below). Apparently Jenkins and Strange families are connected by the marriage of Reuben Strange (c. 1835-1900) and Josephine Jenkins (c. 1845-1915) who moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania by 1875, along with Josephine's brother Elijah Jenkins.
The African-American Strange family descends from Reuben Strange (estimated birth year 1765) who was freed in Winchester, VA by Edward McGuire in 1817. Several families in Virginia and Pennsylvania are descended from FPOC Reuben Strange of Winchester, whose known children are Courtney (husband Moses Leonard), Richard (wife Sarah), and Reuben (wife Betsie).
Using the census to trace Philadelphia household head Reuben Strange back to his original family in Winchester, Frederick, VA, I found his namesake grandfather in the census as early as 1820, his parents Richard and Sarah Strange as early as 1830-40, and this younger Reuben Strange by 1850 with his parents and siblings in Winchester; then in 1860 in Chesterfield County, VA in the household of merchant George W. Barnes; and eventually in Philadelphia, where from 1880 to 1930 he and his extended family (descendants and in-laws with Strange, Jenkins, and Scroggins surnames), lived at 1141 Rodman, 901 Lombard, 1705 Norwood, and 1013 S. 18th. (Another Reuben Strange, c. 1855-1920, a Pittsburgh steel worker married to Catherine Williams, c. 1862-1910, is most likely a descendant of the same FPOC ancestor in Winchester. Reuben in Pittsburgh is a son of John and Chloe Strange of Clarke County, VA, home of Reuben Strange, married to Betsie, and Reuben's former master Edward J. Smith.)
At last, I was able to find Reuben in 1870, using the census to trace James and Mary J. Jenkins, most likely parents of Reuben's wife Josephine. In 1860-70 two or three interrelated families, Jenkins, Jordan, and Strange, lived together in Chesterfield County, VA. However, in 1870, Reuben's family name seems to be omitted by the census taker. I've posted information below for comparison.
1860 census: Southern District, Chesterfield, VA
1870 census: Burmuda (Bermuda Hundred?), Chesterfield, VA (City Point P.O.)
1880 census: Bermuda, Chesterfield, VA
1880 census: 1141 Rodman Street, 7th Ward, District 7, Philadelphia, PA
1880 census: 901 Rodman Street, Philadelphia, PA
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