Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ezra Strong

My last blog was meant to be about Ezra Strong, but somehow I took a left turn and wrote about one of my great-grandfathers! The Town of Ledyard Historian that I mentioned, Judy Furness, wrote a recent article about the Strong family published in the Genoa-King Ferry Tribune of March 12, 2008.
If you check my blog for March 6th, 2008, you will find page 9 of the 1800 census. On it are Ezra Strong and Epaphroditus Strong. According to Judy's research, Ezra's family lived in Scipio for a time. And so they did at least in 1800 at census time.
Many early pioneers had no other means to move themselves and their worldly goods but their feet, and the Strong family was no exception. Judy tells a tale of their move to Rochester, in Monroe County, NY, by foot, a distance of about 75 miles that can be accomplished today in not much more than one hour on our Thruway.
The Strong family became prominent in Rochester; Alvah became editor of the newspaper and a founder of the Rochester Theological Seminary. His son Henry Alvah partnered with George Eastman of Kodak, a mainstay of Rochester. According to the story as conveyed to Judy Furness, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester is so named after Henry Alvah. This Scipio family indeed went on to contribute to their community in a big way.
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1 comment:

Roger A. Post said...

Epaphroditus Strong was a brother of Ezra Strong. There seem to have been 15 children in this family, including an earlier Ezra (1st) who died young, and whose name was recycled for the later Ezra (2nd). The parents were Phillip Strong and Rhoda Payne, who resided in Warren, Litchfield Co., CT when their younger children were born.

Epaphroditis Strong (b. 8 April 1778 at Warren, Litchfield Co., CT) married Anna Morgan (b. 24 April 1787 at New Milford, Litchfield Co., CT) before 1806. Of their eight children, at least the first two were born in Scipio. One of their children, Rhoda M. Strong (b. 25 May 1812) married Henry Johnson (b. ca. 1810), son of David P. Johnson and Eliza Clinton, on 31 December 1829. By 1840, Henry and Rhoda were in Genesee Co., NY, eventually establishing themselves at Le Roy in that county.

Henry's father, David P. Johnson, was a weaver and Henry, among others of David and Eliza's children, also followed that profession until it became obsolete. Henry was still censused as a weaver in 1850, but by 1860, Henry was censused as a farmer.

It is interesting to consider that men worked as weavers in the early 19th century (and before). We usually think of women as operating looms now that hand weaving is a hobby or craft. The early settlers of Scipio must have used the services of local weavers to obtain locally produced cloth. This could be an interesting topic for further exploration, if documentation of the trade exists for Scipio's early days.