Which “William Strange” in PA?
William Strange in Pennsylvania. The following records identify possibly related individuals with family roots in Virginia who lived in Pennsylvania. They are among many with the name “William Strange.”
1. William Jackson Strange, born Oct. 1870 in Carlisle, PA, a son of VA-born Richard Strange (wives Margaret & Jane). At one time William was employed as a fireman (more likely operating a furnace rather than working as a firefighter). In 1900 William and his probable cousin Reuben Fitzhugh Strange were incarcerated at Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia. By 1910 William had moved to Chicago to work as a railroad porter while his cousin Reuben, son of VA-born Reuben & Josephine Strange, remained in Philadelphia. Another cousin also lived in Chicago in 1910: Emanuel Moses Strange, son of Emanuel and Margaret Strange of VA and Pittsburgh, PA. William Strange, barber, born c. 1869-1871 in Philadelphia (Carlisle?), PA. He enlisted in the army at age 22-23 on 4 Jan 1892 in Newark, NJ. This William Strange served as a private, one of the “buffalo soldiers,” in the U.S. Army, Fort Robinson, NE. He and his wife Florence (daughter of barber David Woodson?) were both born in PA with VA-born parents. In 1930 they lived in Charleston, SC where they worked as domestic servants (butler and maid) for a private family. He died on 4 Oct 1939. William’s widow Florence, born c. 1876/1885, died on 2 June 1940. They are buried together at Philadelphia National Cemetery, Section G, Site 1841, Haines St. & Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, PA 19138. William the buffalo soldier appears to be the same as William Jackson Strange.
2. William Wallace Strange Jr, born Sept. 29, 1875 in Brownsville, PA. During WW I he registered for the draft in Erie, PA. His father, barber and Civil War veteran William Wallace Strange (1840-1909), sergeant of PA USCT Co. E, 6th Regiment, was born in Winchester, VA. The family moved to Oberlin, OH about 1881. William Jr., along with his sister Grace and brother Samuel all attended Oberlin College.
3. William Strange, born about 1880 in VA, a son of Reuben Strange & Catherine Williams Strange of Greenway, Clarke, VA. William was employed as a chef in Pittsburgh. His wife was Cora Louisa Strange.
4. William Douglass Strange, born about 1881-84 in VA, could be related to VA-born Ellen/Elander Strange (widow of Reuben), a Harrisburg resident 1880-90 and Richard Strange, resident of Carlisle, PA 1870-80. William married Malinda about 1905. They lived at 1412 James St. in Harrisburg, PA in 1910; in Susquehanna, PA in 1920. This William Strange worked as a porter at a clothing store and also as a self-employed drayman. He registered for the draft in 1917-18. His children include a son, William Douglass Strange Jr., born c. 1912.
5. William L. Strange, born Feb. 1895/Feb. 12, 1896 in IL (according to available records; however he most likely was born in Allegheny County, PA), a son of VA-born Emanuel & Margaret Strange of Pittsburgh. William could have accompanied his older brother Emanuel & their probable relative William J. Strange (son of Richard in Carlisle; nephew of Reuben & Josephine in Philadelphia) to Chicago, returning by 1920 to Pittsburgh where he lived with his OH-born wife Hazel.
6. William Strange/William David Strange, parents unknown. It’s possible that he was orphaned at a young age, but could be related to Kate and Robert Strange of VA. Born March 19, 1895 in Norristown, PA. (Died September 1969 in Washington, DC?) His wife Anna may be Christiana Lyons, NC-born daughter of Lawson Lyons. They lived together with their son Robert Strange in Philadelphia in 1930. In his 1917-18 draft registration, William claimed as dependents a wife and three children. (Not to be confused with David G. Strange, perhaps a relative, who moved to Pittsburgh, PA from Staunton, VA, perhaps with Kate and Robert Strange who later lived in Woodbury, NJ)
7. William T. Strange, born c. 1898 in VA, was a soldier at Camp Furlong, Luna, NM in 1920. Probably William Thomas Strange, born Nov. 22/23, 1895 in Winchester, VA who later moved to Harrisburg, PA where he worked for the city highway department and at an asphalt plant. His parents could be Alice and Robert Strange of Clarke County, VA.