Howard Strong Passes Away

Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 15, 2006

Howard Strong passes away.

With much sor­row we announce that Howard S. Strong, Jr. passed away in Nes­bitt, Mis­sis­sippi.  His wife was the host­ess for the 2004 Reunion in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee.  He lost his bat­tle with can­cer this week.

To view his obit­u­ary you can go to this site:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

More About Our Heritage

Tues­day, July 11, 2006

More about our heritage

While enter­ing some back­ground geneal­ogy for an update that one of our fam­i­lies sent in I found the fol­low­ing state­ment:  “Sarah Chap­man was  remark­able for her indus­try, cheer­ful­ness and glad­ness of heart in the Lord, abound­ing in good words and deeds, call­ing duty a plea­sure and work pas­time, and scat­ter­ing sun­shine every­where all along her path­way in life.  The mem­ory of the life and love of such a mother is the best of all heirlooms.”
Paul Strong mar­ried this woman in April 1800.  They were the par­ents of eleven chil­dren (includ­ing one set of twins).  Their sec­ond child died at the age of two and yet she was known for this cheer­ful spirit.
What a won­der­ful her­itage we can enjoy, and such indi­vid­ual spirit gives a mighty foun­da­tion for our very lives.

Jarvis Has Moved!

Thurs­day, July 6, 2006

Jarvis has moved!

Jarvis & Molly have suc­cess­fully moved into a home that they have waited for about 7 years.  It was a thin­ning out crunch, but they are in their new home.  He just e-mailed me to say that he is finally back on line, too!  So many con­nec­tions, so lit­tle cable anymore.

Attending the August Reunion

Fri­day, June 30, 2006

Attend­ing the August Reunion

We have just signed up for the reunion.  It was in the mid 80’s when we attended three (Northamp­ton, Flint and Wind­sor)  We look for­ward to Aug. and being with Fam­ily again.

Carol and Al Mann, John Jr. line.

Clapp Connections

Thurs­day, June 8, 2006

Clapp con­nec­tions

I just heard from a Clapp rel­a­tive still liv­ing in Eng­land.  They con­tacted the Strong fam­ily to offer help if needed for any­thing in the Old Country!

I was thrilled to hear from them.  I am related to the Clapp line through my Ebenezer link.

How excit­ing to hear from a cousin 400 years removed!

I enjoyed your website, I’m a 10th generation descendant to John Strong

Fri­day, May 26, 2006

I enjoyed your web­site, I’m a 10th gen­er­a­tion descen­dant to John Strong

I descend from Samuel Strong and Esther Clapp

Through Nathaniel Edwards and Mary Strong

Through Ebenezer Edwards and Lucy Warner

Through Dr. Samuel Porter and Lucy Edwards

Through Samuel Rhoades and Lucy Porter

Through Dr. Fordyce Sylvester Rhoades and Mar­garet Nutting

Through William Porter Rhoades and Lucy Adella Hays

Through Fordyce Warner Rhoades and Birdie Meta Winchell

Through Rex Vance Rhoades and Doris Louise Bellows

me, Jonathan Rex Rhoades

Mailing to Strong Relatives

Tues­day, May 23, 2006

Mail­ing to Strong Rel­a­tives

Momma (June Brown) and I are putting the fin­ish­ing touches on the mail­ing that is going out to the local Strong fam­i­lies and their descen­dants to pro­mote the upcom­ing Strong Reunion in Auburn, Indi­ana.  We are get­ting excited as the date draws nearer and nearer.

How­ever, when Daddy announced yes­ter­day that the date within a cou­ple of months, I admit my palms started to sweat.  I tried to quell the pan­icky feel­ings that rose to the sur­face when I pon­dered the numer­ous fine details that are still dan­gling.  Oh, well, what’s the worst that can hap­pen?  Maybe they won’t let us be host­esses for another one!  We’re doing our best to make it a won­der­ful occasion!

Chardstock Cottage Trips!

Mon­day, May 15, 2006

Chard­stock Cot­tage Trips!

I have heard from 2 dif­fer­ent mem­bers that plan to visit the Strong Cot­tage in Chard­stock, Eng­land this sum­mer.  What an excit­ing trip.  I would love to get some pic­tures of those trips and will plan to put them up on the web-site.  The first trip is planned in July and the sec­ond in August.  Let me know if any of you are plan­ning the same excur­sion.  It might turn out to be a rather busy sum­mer at the ances­tral cot­tage in England.

Payment received — It works!

Sat­ur­day, May 6, 2006

Pay­ment received — It works!

Well, we just received our first on-line pay­ment.  Every­thing worked slick.  A Tote Bag was ordered and Pay­Pal only kept .88 cents.  Con­sid­er­ing that is about the price of a phone call or a cou­ple of stamps I think it is well worth it.  Quite a great addi­tion to the Fam­ily site, I think.

Happy May Day!

Mon­day, May 1, 2006

Happy May Day!

Our Pres­i­dent, Mar­lene Lang­behn has started their trek north from Texas.  If you need cor­re­spond with her, please use the Min­nesota address.

We have tree blos­soms every­where.  It’s a lit­tle cool, but it is a typ­i­cal Spring day in north­east­ern Indi­ana.  When the wind sends the blos­soms swirling, how­ever, it looks like a ver­i­ta­ble blizzard.

I received an e-mail from Susan Strong.  Her hus­band, Howard is suf­fer­ing with can­cer.  A note to that fam­ily would be appre­ci­ated.  He was diag­nosed with can­cer a few months ago and has been tak­ing treat­ments as his sys­tem will allow.  It is a rough road.

Haven’t heard from Jim Gilbert in a month.  I imag­ine they are all very tired with the demands of emo­tions and energy tak­ing their toll.  When I called the hos­pi­tal last week, Gay was still listed in Inten­sive Care after her trans­plant.  We are still keep­ing that fam­ily in our prayers and will up-date the Fam­ily Blog as soon as I hear anything.