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Re: [OH] Gabriel & Moses Strange, Cincinnati & Ind

Related surnames: Bybee (KY-TX-IN), Jenkins (VA-PA), Smith (VA-LA-OH), Strange (VA-PA-OH)

Thanks, Art, for this additional information. The city directory listing you posted lines up with what I found in the census. It seems likely that Moses Strange, a farmer in Indiana who also worked as a porter and shoe shiner in Cincinnati, OH, is a son of Gabriel and Mary A. Strange, and a brother of William Strange of Cincinnati, as well as father of OH-born Leonidas Strange in Indianapolis. At this point I’m wondering whether this family is related to the one headed by Maria (Smith) and Reuben Strange in Warren County, OH. Gabriel was a little older than Reuben. Both were born in Virginia and it appears that both arrived in Ohio around 1840.

It's interesting that Gabriel and William were shoemakers and Moses made a living, for a time, shining shoes at the courthouse in Cincinnati. Another Reuben Strange, born c. 1835 in Winchester, VA, also worked as a shoemaker in Chesterfield County, VA before he became a fisherman, and finally an urban laborer in Philadelphia, PA, where he and his wife Josephine (Jenkins) Strange headed a large family. This Reuben Strange most likely is a son of Richard and Sarah Strange of Winchester, VA; therefore a grandson of the elder Reuben Strange, born c. 1767, who was freed in Winchester in 1817. Reuben's father Richard worked as a whitewasher/painter, an occupation that Leonidas Strange, born c. 1859 in OH, also practiced in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Their similar occupations may simply reflect the range of employment open to skilled African-American workers.

I'm intrigued by the career path of Moses Strange, born c. 1825 in IN or VA, who worked for a time as a farmer in Indiana before returning to Cincinnati with his wife Frances. Moses had a namesake son, born c. 1861 in OH. Perhaps the younger Moses stayed in Indiana when the elder returned to Ohio. Census records indicate that for several decades this family maintained dual households in Ohio and Indiana. In 1900 Frances/Fanny/Fannie Strange is counted with her husband Moses and/or their daughter Maria/Mary/May in both Ohio and Indiana. As late as 1910, Leonidas Strange apparently was counted with his wife Ella (Bybee) Strange in Indianapolis and also as a lodger in the Cincinnati household of Mattie Weaver. It seems that Leonidas and Ella had a son also named Moses Strange, born 1899 in OH or IN.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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