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Re: echoes of the past--VA, PA, OH

Thanks, Art, for sharing your memories and the lovely photograph of the Whispering Echoes Youth Choir of Piqua, OH. One of my ancestors from Virginia could be a cousin of Reuben Strange, the VA-born Civil War veteran who married Maria Smith and raised a family in Warren County, OH. In my search of the census I've found several men named Reuben Strange in Virginia and Pennsylvania who may all be descendants or relatives of the same namesake, Reuben Strange, born c. 1767, who was freed in Winchester, VA in 1817.

Reuben Strange, former home, 118 E. Piccadilly, Winchester, VA: “At an early day it was occupied by old Reubon (sic) Strange, a colored man who belonged to the estate of Edward Smith. Having been a good servant, he was sold to his wife for a small sum. The law would not permit the master to emancipate a slave, and they were often sold at a small price, and sometimes to irresponsible persons. Old Reuben kept cakes and beer, and sometimes oysters and other eatables, and the house was so well conducted that it secured very respectable custom.” Source: Garland R. Quarles and Lewis N. Barton, eds. WHAT I KNOW ABOUT WINCHESTER. RECOLLECTIONS OF WILLIAM GREENWAY RUSSELL 1800-1891 (Staunton, VA: McClure Publishing, 4d 1984; original by Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society) Published originally in Winchester News, 1876.


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