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STRANGE, Reuben & Josephine, VA to Philadelphia

Reuben Strange (wife Josephine), Winchester, VA to Philadelphia, PA

Reuben Strange (b. 1832-34 VA) could be a son of free African Americans Richard & Sarah Strange of Winchester, Frederick, VA (1850-1870). This family might also be related to Methodist minister Jacklin Strange of VA. Reubenís probable brothers James (wife Ida) & Richard (wives Margaret & Jane) lived in Carlisle, PA & in Chambersburg, PA, where Reuben's son Richard apparently lived in 1910-20. Reuben apparently moved from Winchester, Frederick, VA to Chesterfield Co., VA, and finally to Philadelphia, PA with wife Josephine. Reuben in Philadelphia apparently died circa 1890-1900. His son Reuben (b. 1875-76 in PA) and his nephew William/Willie Jackson Strange (b. 1870-71 in Carlisle, PA) could be two men incarcerated in Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia in 1900.

1850 census:
Richard Strange (b. 1814 VA), laborer; wife Sarah; children or other relatives James (b. 1825), Reuben (b. 1835 VA), Wallace (b. 1840 VA), Richard (b. 1843 VA), John (b. 1845 VA), in Winchester, Frederick, VA

1860 census:
Robbin/Ribbin/Reuben? Strange (b. 1834 VA), shoemaker in household of merchant George W. Barnes, Chesterfield County, VA (Reuben could be son of Richard and Sarah in Winchester. Reuben's African American neighbor Augustus Freeman was a fisherman.)

1880 census:
Reuben Strand/Strange (b. 1832 VA) fisherman, with wife Josephene/Josephine (b. 1842 VA), washwoman & children Richard (b. 1865 VA, at school), Sarah, Mary, James, Reuben (b. 1877 PA), Josephine; 7th Ward, District 7, Philadelphia, PA (Reuben could be son of Richard & Sarah in Winchester, Frederick, VA. Could Reubenís wife be Josephine Rector who lived in Warrenton, Fauquier, VA in 1870?)

1890 Philadelphia, PA City Directory:
Reuben Strange, laborer, 719 Erie; Richard Strange, porter, 719 Erie (Could be brothers, two sons of Richard & Sarah of Winchester, or could be their son & grandson.) Winchester, VA)

1900 census:
John Scroggins (b. 1872 VA), elevator man; wife Sadie (b. VA), no occupation; widowed mother-in-law Josephine Strange (b. 1847 VA), house cleaner; sis-in-law Mary, dressmaker; bro-in-law James Strange, news dealer; widowed sis-in-law Josephine Strange, servant; sis-in-law Eva Strange, at school; bro-in-law Reuben Strange (b. 1882 PA), day laborer; bro-in-law Jacklyn Strange (b. 1867 PA), day laborer; bro-in-law Richard Strange (b. 1865 VA), elocutionist, at 1003 S. 18th St., 30-wd Philadelphia (One child could be named for Methodist minister Jacklin Strange.)

African-American Scroggins families lived in Alexandria, VA and in Scott, Fauquier County, VA in 1880.

1900 census:
Reuban/Reuben Strange (b. 1876 PA), laborer; William Strange (b. 1870, Carlisle, PA), fireman; in County Prison, Holmesburg, Philadelphia, PA. Holmesburg Prison (1896-1995) in far northwest section of Philadelphia

The men in Holmesburg Prison could be cousins: Reuben, son of Reuben and Josephine of Philadelphia; William, son of Richard and Jane of Carlisle, PA. They could be grandsons of Richard and Sarah Strange of Winchester, Frederick, VA (1850-70)

1910 census:
Josephine Strange, widow in household of son-in-law Henry Scrogens/Scroggins, elevator operator at department store

Ruben Strange (b. 1876 PA); wife Emma, 1705 Norwood, 47-wd Philadelphia; Josephine Strange (b. 1839 VA) 30-wd Philadelphia

1910 census:
Richard Strange (b. 1865 VA), widowed sexton for Presbyterian church, 164 Harrison Ave., 3-wd, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA (Could be school-educated former elocutionist son of Reuben and Josephine of Philadelphia)

1917-18 WW I Draft Registration:
Reuben Fitzhue Strange, 1705 Norwood, Ward 47, Philadelphia, b. 27 Dec 1876, nearest relative Emma Strange (Reuben F. Strange of Philadelphia appears to be the same man who was an inmate at Holmesburg Prison in 1900, probably son of Reuben & Josephine Strange.)

1920 census
Ruben Strange (b. 1875 PA), galvanizer in iron foundry, widower, 47-wd Philadelphia

1920 census:
Richard Strange (b. 1851 VA), widowed janitor for church, Harrison Ave., 3-wd, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA (Could be son of Reuben & Josephine Strange, grandson of Richard & Sarah Strange of Winchester, VA.)


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