In the early annals of New England this family has borne a reputation for strength of character, as well as physical vigor. Having borne no inconsiderable part of the settlement and development of the United States, its members are still sustaining the virtues which made their ancestors useful in their several spheres.
Rev. Salmon Strong, grandfather of the Strong family now  living in Ogdensburg, was a direct descendant of Elder John Strong, of North Hampton, first American ancestor, who was born in 1605 in Taunton, England, and in company with one hundred and forty persons sailed from Plymouth, March 30, 1630, in the "Mary and John," and after a voyage of seventy days landed in the new world seeking religious liberty. Salmon was the fourth son of Selah Strong, a revolutionary soldier, and was born in Durham, N.Y., March 23, 1790. He graduated from Williams College in 1813 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1818.
He married, April 14, 1821, Rachel Kellogg, in Clinton, New York.
Rev. Addison Kellogg.
Mbr< Edward Kellogg, second son of Rev. Salmon Kellogg, was born in Aurora, New York, Jan. 5, 1826, and graduated from Hamilton College. He married, July 8, 1852, Elizabeth Fine, of Odgensburg, daughter of Judge John Fine, who was a prominent pioneer citizen of St. Lawrence county.
He [Judge Fine] was born Aug. 26, 1794, in New York, and entered Columbia College in 1805, graduating in 1809, taking the second honor of his calss, at the age of fifteen years. He studied law four years with P. W. Radcliff and one year with George Washington Strong, afterward taking one year of law lectures at Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1815 he settled at Ogdensburg and became a law partner of Louis Hasbrouck, this relation continuing until the death of the latter in 1834. In 1824, Mr. Fine was appointed the first judge of the county and filled the position untl March, 1839. He then resigned to enter upon the duties of representative in congress. On the expiration of his term he was again appointed first judge, and held the office until it was abolished by the new constitution of 1847. Only three of his decisions were revrersed in a service of eighteen years on the bench. In 1848 he was elected state senator, and introduced and aided in the passage of laws to protect the rights of married women in property, and to punish seduction, which are still  upon the statute books. He received the degree of Master of Arts from Columbia College in 1812, and of Doctor of Laws from Hamilton College in 1850. In 1852 he published, chiefly for the benefit of his sons, a volume of lectures on law, which has received high praise from authorities on that subject. From 1821 to 1833 he served as treasurer of St. Lawrence county, and was candidate for supreme judge in 1847-49. He was active in founding and supporting the County Bible Society, and was one of the founders of the Presbyerian church of Ogdensburg and an elder during his life. He was the grandson of John Peter Zenger, one of the first printers in New York City, and whose trial in 1754 for libel became a national question, and is said to have resulted in the establishment of the principle of the "free press." One of the interesting floats in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909 was that of John Peter Zenger and his celebrated trial.
John Fine married Martha, daughter of Colonel Francis Gurney, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a prominent citizen of that city and a revolutionary officer.
Edward Kellogg Strong, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1863, leaving his wife and six infant children:
John Fine, see below.
to care for and educate. Mrs. Strong died in Ogdensburg, March 24, 1903. She was a very remarkable woman; reared in luxury, educated in private schools in Philadelphia, she devoted her life to the care and education of her chldren and the result is shown in their lives.
John Fine, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 15, 1853, educated in the public schools of the city of Ogdensburg and Syracuse University. He became identified with the large hardware company of C. A Davis & Company, and on arriving of age was taken into partnership. He died July 2, 1874.
1. Addison Kellogg, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1854, and educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg. He entered the employ of the Ogdensburg Bank at an early age, and for over thirty years past has been connected with that strong financial institution.
2, Thomas Fine, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1856, educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg, and died in Ogdensburg Feb. 5, 1910. For over thirty-four years he was actively connected with Skillings, Whitney & Barnes Lumber Company, the largest industry in that city. Entering the office as a clerk he soon displayed such marked business ability that he advanced step by step until at the time of his death he was the general manager of that large corporation. He took rank as one of the leading men in the commercial and social life of the city.
3. Gurney Salmon, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born in Ogdensburg, Feb. 19, 1858, graduated from Hamilton College and for years past has held a responsible position in the sub-treasury in New York City.
4. Edward Lambert, youngest son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born Dec. 17, 1859, in Detroit, and graduated from the high school in Ogdensburg. He studied law with Arnold E. Smith and Vary and Stone and was admitted to the bar in 1882. For twenty years he continued actively in the practice of his profession at Ogdensburg. Becoming interested in the George Hall Coal Company, he retired from general practice in 1902, and is now  a director and officer of that company. He is a member of the board of education and a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church. Sept. 5, 1888, he married Francis Gualdo, daughter of Lieut. William and Frances Gualdo (Peters) Greeley. She is a granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Hewlett R. Peters, who was born at Hempstead, Long Island, descended from well-known Long Island families, a graduate of Columbia or Kings College, came to Ogdensburg a young man about 1840 as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church and spent his life in that work. A man of scholarly attainments and pronounced opinions, though exceedingly broad-minded and noted for his wit and geniaility as well as his good works. She is a great-granddaughter of Colonel Jacob Ford, of Morristown, New Jersey, whose home was the headquarters of Washington during the revolution. ("The Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey" (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1910) contains a very voluminous narrative of the Ford family.)
(II) John (2) Strong, eldest child of Elder John (1) Strong, was born 1626 in England, and died Feb. 20, 1698 in Windsor, Connecticut. He was a tanner, residing at Windsor, and a man of importance in the community.
He married (first) Nov. 26, 1656, Mary, baptized Sept. 30, 1638, died April 28, 1663, daughter of Joseph and Frances Clark, of Windsor. (Joseph Clark, father of Mary, died early, and his widow became the wife of Thomas Dewey of Westfield, Massachusetts, from whom sprang many descendants).
John Strong married (second) in 1664, Elizabeth Warriner, who died June 7, 1684.
There were two children of the first marriage:
Mary and Hannah.
Those of the second were: John, Jacob, Josiah, and Elizabeth.
(III) John (3), eldest son of John (2) and Elizabeth (Warriner) Strong, was born on Christmas day, 1665, in Windsor, Conn., where he passed his life and died May 29, 1749.
He married Nov. 26, 1686, Hannah, daughter of Deacon John Trumbull of Suffield, Conn.
2. Elizabeth, died young.
7. Deacon David.
8. John W.
(IV) John Warham, fourth son of John (3) and Hannah (Trumbull) Strong, was born Sept.30, 1706, in Windsor, and died Sept. 25, 1752. He married (first) Nov. 30, 1727, Abigail, born May 13, 1708, daughter of Captain Timothy and Sarah (Allen) Thrall, of Windham; she died within seven years after the marriage; leaving three children.
He married (second) March 27, 1734, Azubah, born Aug. 2, 1710, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Cook) Griswold.
3. Colonel John.
5. Elijah, died young.
(V) Elisha, youngest child of John W. and Azubah (Griswold) Strong, was born Dec. 1, 1748, and died Feb. 28, 1826, in Windsor, where he resided. During the revolution he was appointed agent of his native town to clothe the Connecticut troops in the Continental army, and was authorized to borrow three thousand pounds, lawful money, on the credit of the town.
The first board of trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church in Windsor was organized at his house, June 13, 1823, and he was made one of the board.
He married, May, 1781, Mary, daughter of David and Mary (Dibble) Beebe; she was born Oct. 13, 1759, in Salisbury, Conn., died April 21, 1834, at New York.
3. John Warham.
5. Elisha Beebe.
9. General Oliver.
10. William Augustus.
Besides an infant daughter who died unnamed.
(VI) John Warham (2), eldest son of John Warham (1) and Mary (Beebe) Strong, was born July 21, 1785, in Windsor, and died Aug. 10, 1855, in Detroit, Michigan. He was a merchant, located sucessively at Catskill, N.Y., Windsor, Conn., West Brownfield and Rochester, N.Y., and after 1832 at Detroit. He located at West Brownfield in 1816 and at Rochester 1819. For many years he was a forwarding and commission dealer, served as justice of the peace, and retired from business and lived at Washington, D.C. three years before his death. While on a visit to Detroit, he ruptured a blood vessel, which cause his demise. A man of kindly nature and polished manner, he made and retained friends wherever he went.
He married (first) Sept. 12, 1808, Mary Banks, born Sept. 16, 1791, at Hartford, Conn., died April 19, 1824, daughter of Jesse and Rebecca (Fish) Root. Mr. Strong married (second) in Dec. 1830, Emily Caroline Talbot, daughter of Samuel C. and Eliza (Truxton) Cox. After her father's death her mother married a Talbot, and she always went by that name. She died Dec. 9, 1840.
One child was born of the second marriage: Eliza Truxton.
Those of first wife:
(VII) Julia Elizabeth, eldest child of John Warham (2) and Mary B. (Root) Strong, was born July 2, 1809, in Windsor; was married June 5, 1827, to Egbert N. Fairchild, later a prominent citizen of Ogdensburg, N.Y. (see Fairchild VI).
The surname Strong or Stronge is a corruption for Straunge or Storange, branches of the family were at an early period seated in various counties in England. In the Calendar Inquisition Post Mortem we find Hugo Straunge (Henry V.) having estates near York. Baldewin Straunge was in the coutnyof Strafford in the time of Henry VI., and Johannes Straunge was armiger in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk in the fifteenth year of the same reign. Gage's History of Suffolk contains an account of John Straunge bequeathing certain lands in that county a century earlier, 1378. The will of Johannes Strange of Coventry bears date 1522. Nether Stronge in Somersetshire seems to have been the "cunabilia gentis", the name occurring frequently in the records of that and adjoining counties after this date.
Rev. Dr. Strong, rector of More Critchfield, in Dorsetshire, afterwards a famous preacher at Westminster Abbey, buried there July 4, 1654, was probably of the Neter Stronge family. Melancthon Strong, of the Nether Stronge family was living in 1659, and had two daughters, Mary Gosforth, and Elizabeth, born 1687, married Samuel Sandeforth, and had Anne, who married April 12, 1742, Robert Streatfield. His son, Melancthon Stornge, who according to an entry in the books of the Haberdahsers Company for 1694 was apprenticed for several years to a London trandesman, subsequently settled in Garrott, near Waudsworth, county Surrey, and died March 28, 1750. Melancthon Stronge, born 1706, married Eleanor Sanders, daughter of Thomas of Hockwood, in Charlwood, of the ancient family of Sanders of Sandersfield.
Children: Melancthon, died young.
Clement Samuel, married Ann Streetfield, and resided at Sedgefield, near Durham.
Thomas, second son of Melancthon, was born Nov. 1733, married 1764, Sophia, daughter and sole heir of Robert Alsop, of Great Marlboro street, lord mayor of London, 1752, and sheriff 1747, the year in which Lords Lovatt and Radcliffe, the titular Earl of Derwentwater, were beheaded. This family intermarried with that of Sir Francis Drake. The old coat-of-arms of the family is described: Gules an eagle displayed or. Crest: An eagle displayed or.
A prominent branch of the family resided in Dublin and county Armagh, Ireland.
(I) Thomas Strong, immigrant ancestor of this family in America, was born in England, probably in or near London, whence he came to New York early in the nineteenth century. He married Maria, daughter of Henry and Ann (Ogden) Peers. It is family tradition that he left home on account of a family disagreement over the distribution of his father's estate. He settled about 1790 on a farm near what is now Central Park, New York City, where he passed the rest of his life. He was a man of good repute. He died in 1827.
1. John, born Jan. 2, 1821; mentioned below.
2. Rev. James., D.D., L.L.D., born 1823, a Methodist Episcopal clergyman of Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, died at Flatbush, Long Island; was engaged several years in editing the Bible Cyclopedia, in association with Rev. Dr. McClintock of New York; he wrote to the compiler of the very exhaustive Strong Genealogy that his father died when he was four years old, and taht there had been no communication maintained with his father's relatives in England, so that he knew of no way of tracing his ancestry. Thomas Strong had brothers John and James in England.
(II) John, son of Thomas Strong, was born in New York City, Jan. 2, 1821. He was educated in Fitch's Academy, Bloomingdale, New York, near which he lived until seventeen years old. He settled in Turin, Lewis county, N.Y. in 1838, and followed farming all his life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church twenty-five years. In politics he was a Republican, and held various public offices. He was for some years assessor and selectman of the town of Turin. He lived a quiet, well-ordered life, characterized by great industry, firm integrity and honor, and much common sense and ability. He owned real estate in New York City, and acquired a comfortable competence.
He married (first) June 22, 1841, Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Sylvester Foster, of Turin. She was born at Islip, Long Island, Aug. 16, 1823, and died Feb. 14, 1869. He married (second) Sept. 29, 1869, Mary E. House, born in Houseville, N.Y., March 5, 1836. (See House).
Children of first wife:
1. Amelia, born July 23, 1842; married, June 14, 1865, Dr. Robert D. Rhodes, of Marcellus, N.Y.
2. Francis Dewey, Sept. 4, 1844; died Nov. 27, 1872; married, Feb. 2, 1867, George Gary Bush, teacher, Montpelier, Vermont.
3. John Henry, Oct. 29, 1846; married Lamoine Whittaker, Oct. 30, 1869.
4. Elizabeth Foster, April 2, 1850; died June 12, 1861.
5. Maria Abigail, April 9, 1852; married, Nov. 28, 1878, Levi N. Mogg.
6. Sylvester Foster, Sept. 6, 1855.
Only child of second wife:
Louis Thomas, April 20, 1875.
He married (third) Feb. 3, 1891, Lucy A., daughter of Carroll and Fannie House.
(III) Louis Thomas, son of John Strong, was born at Turin, N.Y., April 20, 1875. He attended the district schools, the Turin Union School and the Cazenovia Seminary. He was engaged in the retail grocery business in his native town six years, and for one year bookeeper for the Black River Telephone Company at Lowville. After three more years as bookkeeper for the Turin Canning and Pickling Company of Turin, he engaged in his present occupation as a farmer. He has a large and well-tilled farm about a mile from Turin village, on which he resides.
In politics he is a Republican. He was assessor of the town of Turin foru years, and is now county superintendent of poor for Lewis county, elected Nov. 3, 1908. He is active and influential in his party and in town and county affairs, and is one of the best known of the younger men in public life in Lewis county.
Of attractive personality and kindly manner, he counts among his friends men of all political parties and of every class. He is a prominent Free Mason, a member of Turin Lodge, No. 184, of which he was for two years junior warden and is now serving his second term as senior warden. He and his family attend the Presbyterian church. He is a member of the Lowville Club.
He married, May 1, 1895, at Elmira, New York, Cora Jessie Atwood, born at Herrickville, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, may 1, 1874, daughter of George Charles Atwood and Henrietta (Taylor) Atwood. Her father was a farmer and merchant.
Children of Mr and Mrs. Strong:
James Louis, born July 18, 1896.
Mary Kathleen, Dec. 21, 1897.
Carol Georgiana, Jan. 25, 1899.
Marjorie, Nov. 3, 1902.
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