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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