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Strangeways Families Found Overseas

As it says at the beginning this web site aims to cover the mainly English entries for the Strangeways range of surnames. But clearly families that started out in England have, over time, spread to other countries. For some these links to other countries are simply shown within their respective trees. But there are those that simply appear in international records without any clear or obvious links to their origins.

The Strangways family in Ireland is one such case. But there are more. And here are a couple of examples from the United States of America that would benefit from some new clues - in say a family bible - in order to link them back to earlier generations ...

John Strangeway appears in a range of US records - but so far only has a recorded place of birth of England. Mostly he is recorded simply as John but one census transcription gives his name as John H.

Thanks to all the records on FamilySearch and the contributions by researchers to Find-A-Grave it has been possible to build this composite family tree - even though some of the entries (such as Ditter b. 1861) do seem unlikely.

In one of the online records the parents of John are listed. The names given are Calvin Strangeway and Grace (nee Clinton). But neither are names that appear in the English records. In fact no Calvin Strang(e)way(es) has been found anywhere and there are no marriages to any Clintons.

Looking around for possible alternatives there is one person that stands out. Richard Strangeway and Grace (nee Bean) lived in Yorkshire and are recorded as having a son named John in 1830 at Westow. John appears in the 1841 Census but then disappears from the English records. He could, of course, have died but still he looks to be the favourite candidate for resolving the origins of this family tree.

  • 1 John Strangeway aka: John H / John S b: 1830 England d: 25 Dec 1910 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA
  • .. +Rebecca J Burgan b: 1843 Indiana, USA ? m: abt 1860 d: 1869 Minnesota, USA
  • ...... 2 Ditter Strangeway b: abt 1861 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1875
  • ...... 2 Milton William Strangeway b: 12 Apr 1862 Minnesota, USA d: 25 May 1948 Marion, Olmsted, Minnesota
  • .......... +Ida Anna Engle b: 1867 Minnesota, USA d: 01 Dec 1953 Marion, Olmsted, Minnesota Father: Joshua W Engle Mother: Frances Eliza Morris
  • ............... 3 Clara Belle Strangeway b: abt 1888 Minnesota, USA d: 07 Jan 1983
  • ................... +William McCloud Carson b: 13 Mar 1886 Illinois, USA m: 02 Nov 1911 Glenwood, MN d: 22 May 1982 Minnesota, USA
  • ....................... 4 Harold Milton Carson b: 11 Mar 1913 Minnesota, USA d: 21 Dec 1989 Minnesota, USA
  • ....................... 4 Vernon Winifred Carson b: 02 Jun 1915 Glenwood, Minnesota, USA d: 15 Sep 1989 Stewartville, Minnesota, USA
  • ........................... +Lucille L Dittmar b: 01 Jun 1919 Minnesota, USA d: 10 Aug 2011 Minnesota, USA
  • ................................ 5 Marjorie J Carson b: 1939 d: 2008
  • ................................ 5 Richard Carson b: 1941 d: 1941
  • ................................ 5 Sharon Louise Carson b: 1944 d: 1945
  • ....................... 4 Clifford John Carson b: 09 Feb 1917 Minnesota, USA d: 26 Dec 1999 Minnesota, USA
  • ....................... 4 Orville William Carson b: 1919 Minnesota, USA d: 1986
  • ............... 3 Earl Winford Strangeway b: 19 Jan 1891 Minnesota, USA d: 08 May 1979 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota
  • ................... +Olive L x b: 1889 d: 1979 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota
  • ............... 3 Homer Milton Strangeway b: 10 Apr 1894 Minnesota, USA d: 29 Apr 1974 Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota
  • ................... +Anna Francis Christians b: 31 Dec 1900 Illinois, USA d: 20 Apr 1974 Minnesota, USA
  • ....................... 4 Theora M Strangeway b: 25 Jan 1926 Minnesota, USA d: 01 Feb 2004 Leader, Williamson, Texas, USA
  • ........................... +x Murphy
  • ....................... 4 Irene R Strangeway b: abt 1934 Minnesota, USA
  • ........................... +James F Bailey b: abt 1940 m: 05 Aug 1961 Olmsted, Minnesota
  • ............... 3 Frances E Strangeway b: abt 1905 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1910
  • ............... 3 Ruth B Strangeway b: abt 1907 Minnesota, USA
  • ...... 2 Elizabeth L Strangeway b: May 1863 Minnesota, USA ? d: 01 Jul 1868 Marion, Olmsted, Minnesota
  • ...... 2 Maggie Strangeway b: abt 1864 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1875
  • ...... 2 Charles P Strangeway b: May 1864 Minnesota, USA d: 10 Oct 1893 Minnesota, USA
  • .......... +Eva N Engle b: 10 Nov 1868 Minnesota, USA d: 20 Mar 1956 Minnesota, USA Father: Joshua W Engle Mother: Frances Eliza Morris
  • ............... 3 Roy Ernest Strangeway b: 1888 d: 1893 Minnesota, USA
  • ............... 3 Ethel Frances Strangeway b: 1890 d: 1916
  • ...... 2 Mary Strangeway b: abt 1867 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1880
  • *2nd Wife of John Strangeway:
  • .. +Margaret E Phelps b: abt 1840 Pennsylvania, USA m: abt 1874 d: 09 Feb 1887 Minnesota, USA
  • ...... 2 Grace A Strangeway b: abt 1876 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1895
  • ...... 2 Lilian E Strangeway b: abt 1877 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1895
  • ...... 2 Flora E Strangeway aka: Florence b: abt 1881 Minnesota, USA d: Aft. 1905

William Strangeway appears in the New Jersey records from the 1890’s but simply gives his birth place as England. In one of the records his date of birth is listed as a month and year (Aug 1866). And this should have made it easy to find the corresponding birth in England - but this has not proved to be the case with no close matches that are untraced. In fact the closest match - William James Strangeway b. 07 Aug 1866 - was born in Bovina, New York and appears in several US records; finally dying unmarried in 1939.

Just to complicate matters more - the 1910 census of Passaic, New Jersey gives William as aged 39 - which would mean a 1871 birth. This almost ties in with the 1915 census for Passaic which lists William as born Jul 1870 - however he is now listed as William J Strangeway. The other family details seem to rule out having two different Williams in New Jersey so we have a five year spread on the possible dates of birth.

  • 1 William J Strangeway b: abt Aug 1866 England d: 11 Nov 1922 Paterson, New Jersey, USA
  • .. +Annie E Welch? b: abt May 1872 Ireland m: abt 1892 New Jersey ? d: Aft. 1940
  • ...... 2 William J Strangeway b: abt Jun 1893 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1940
  • .......... +Bertha A x b: abt 1897 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1940
  • ............... 3 William Strangeway b: 06 Feb 1918 New Jersey, USA d: May 1974
  • ............... 3 Anna Strangeway b: abt 1925 New Jersey, USA
  • ...... 2 Edward Charles Strangeway b: 25 Dec 1894 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1930
  • .......... +Josephine x b: abt 1900 New Jersey, USA
  • ...... 2 son Strangeway b: 09 Sep 1896 Paterson, Passaic, NJ, USA d: 09 Sep 1896
  • ...... 2 Arthur Joseph Strangeway aka: Archibald b: 28 Apr 1899 New Jersey, USA d: Dec 1979
  • .......... +Julia x b: abt 1896 New York, USA d: Aft. 1940
  • ...... 2 Margaret M Strangeway b: abt 1902 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1910
  • ...... 2 Anna Strangeway b: 12 Feb 1903 New Jersey, USA d: Sep 1985
  • ...... 2 John J Strangeway b: abt 1906 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1940
  • .......... +Catherine x b: abt 1910 New Jersey, USA d: Aft. 1940
  • ............... 3 John Strangeway b: 01 Aug 1929 New Jersey, USA d: Apr 1973
  • ...... 2 James Strangeway b: 24 Jun 1908 New Jersey, USA d: Apr 1983 Passaic, New Jersey
  • .......... +Genevieve V x b: 21 Dec 1912 New Jersey, USA d: Sep 1984 Passaic, New Jersey
  • ............... 3 William Strangeway b: abt 1940 Clifton, Passaic, New Jersey
  • ............... 3 James Joseph Strangeway b: 15 Mar 1943 Clifton, Passaic, New Jersey d: 09 Jul 1968 Hua Nghia, South Vietnam

Any clues that you can provide - no matter how small - may provide an important breakthrough ...

 

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The above book provides much background information about the Fox-Strangways family, their lives and social connections.

 

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