Bob Cihla passed away at 4 am this morning. I’ll pass along more detail as I hear it. Funeral arrangements will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Today Bob was moved to Mercy Hospice House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Our association President, Bob Cihla, has transitioned to hospice care. He is in end stage COPD with the complication of interstitial lung fibrosis. The doctors tell us that there isn’t anything medically to do to make him better so they are doing palliative care.
Please keep Bob and the Cihla family in your thoughts and prayers.
THE BANNS HAD been posted on the Meeting House door. Young Joseph Parsons was to wed Elizabeth Strong. In Northampton, when the eldest son of a wealthy man married the daughter of a church elder, the whole town was invited to the celebration. Because of its nearness to mown meadowland with room enough for townsfolk to ramble, all parties agreed that Joseph Parsons’ house was the best location for the wedding feast, though some in the town planned to stay away in protest.
I was delighted to discover the book My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton by Karen Vorbeck Williams includes the wedding of Joseph Parsons and Elizabeth Strong, daughter of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford. The book goes on to state that the bride’s family was not opposed to a little merry-making, and we continue the wedding through Chapter XVI.
I was walking through Barnes & Noble last week and noticed there is a new book out from Brooke Shields, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. Brooke has written several book, and her ancestry has been featured on Who Do You Think You Are.
Brooke is a 10th great granddaughter of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford, through the Thomas line:
1-John Strong ( — ) + Abigail Ford ( — )
2-Thomas Strong ( — ) + Rachel Holton ( — )
3-Joseph Strong ( — ) + Sarah Allen ( — )
4-Phineas Strong ( — ) + Mary Parker ( — )
5-Ozias Strong ( — ) + Susanna West ( — )
6-Susanna Strong ( — ) + John Baker ( — )
7-Thirza Baker ( — ) + George Sheffield ( — )
8-Betsey Sheffield ( — ) + John Keyes Campbell ( — )
9-Mary Campbell ( — ) + Charles Arthur Moore ( — )
10-Mary Elsie Moore ( — ) + Marino Torlonia ( — ), 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi 11-Marina, Princess Torlonia ( — ) + Francis Xavier Shields ( — )
12-Francis Alexander Shields ( — ) + Teri Schmon ( — )
13-Christa Brooke Camille Shields (1965– )
Here is the book description from Amazon:
This article is from an SFAA member, and will be in an upcoming book.
A 7th generation Vermont Yankee, born in Montpelier VT to a Methodist family, Father Ron Lawson has led a fascinating life…. And continues to do so.
Graduating with the class of 1956 from Middlebury College, taking his degree in Russian, he had a two-year commitment to US Army Intelligence in the field of counterespionage. He stayed with the Army for another two years attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Assigned to West Berlin after completing a special dual language course (German and Polish) taught in the Hawkins Barracks in Oberammergau, Bavaria, he continued as a “spy catcher”.
Orville Nathan Strong (1857–1936)
Orville Nathan Strong was the grandfather of J. E. Gilbert, our SFAA President.
Born 23 January 1857 in Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY.
Died 8 December 1936 in Jasper, Walker Co., AL.
|Diana Frances Spencer, H.R.H. The Princess of Wales (1961–1997)
A beautiful young woman, and one of the most beloved people in history. She died in a tragic automobile accident in France. However, the legacy of her Strong heritage lives on though her two sons; Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales (1982-), heir to the throne of England, and Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales (1984-) Lady Diana was a 9th great — granddaughter of Elder John.
Descendants of John Strong can claim almost 100 notable kin from the more than 250 whose lines of ascendancy are presented in Gary Boyd Roberts’ “The New England Ancestry of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales”
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Grave marker submitted
We just received a picture of a grave marker in Geneva, New York. It was submitted by a person that was very moved by the inscription. Apparently we can still influence people after we are gone. Josiah Strong (b. Jun 17, 1758, d. Nov 14, 1841) served our country in the first years of the struggle for independence. He is descended from the Samuel line and is listed in Dwight’s History on page 1422.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Samson Strong Reunion
The Strong Family reunion for descendants of Samson Strong (Jedediah Strong line) of Tama Co., Iowa, will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2007, at the Carlton Brethren Church fellowship hall, Garwin Iowa. The church is not in Garwin, see directions below. For more information, please call Dean Fisher at 641–750-3594 (cellphone).
Directions to the church: From Garwin, Iowa, go west on the Garwin Road, E-27, to B Ave. (appr. 3 miles). Go left, (south) on B ave. appr. 3 miles to the church.