William Augustus Strong was my great great grandfather. He came to Ohio as a pioneer to of Atwater, Ohio in 1806. Roads were built to the adjacent Deerfield Township the year before. He had owned several properties in Durham, Connecticut but sold them invest in the new Connecticut Territory now known as the Western Reserve.
He and his wife Abigail (Crane) arrived in Atwater with two children, Alonzo and Eliza. Eliza died soon after they arrived and was the first to be buried in the town cemetery. According to a memo left by one of his grandsons, he built the first frame house iin the Atwater. Luzerne was born after they moved.
At the beginning of the War of 1812, William joined in the militia when the English were invading Sandusky and western Ohio. Twice he marched with his unit to meet the British but probably was never in combat. In May of 1914 he enlisted in the regular army for the duration of the war and served at Black Rock, now part of Buffalo, NY. He died from sickness in November 1814 and was buried there. Records indicate that he was ill for much of his time in the service. There are no records of cemeteries and it must be assumed that his grave site is under the streets and parking lots of the area.
His son Alonzo was the initial land owner of the large (250 acre) farm in Berlin Center, where my father Albert was born and raised. Alonzo raised a large family of 16 children. One of his sons, Edward took over the farm after Alonzo's death and that is where Albert and Ola grew up. Albert bought the adjacent farm in Deerfield where he and Belle (McConoughey) Strong raised 3 children, Dora, Merle and Ralph (the site owner). Edward would have been 70 years old when Albert and Belle married and was unable to manage the form, so Albert operated both farms until about 1940.
Other family names on Strong's side of the family include Henry, Whinnery, and Carrol. Alonzo's first wife was from the Lazarus family who operated a water driven grist mill on Mill Creek adjacent to the Strong farm. The lazarus family were Pennslyvaniia Germans. Winnery and Whinery are from the same line. They debated the issue of how to spell the namd in the late 1800's and some chose on "n" and others chose 2 "n's".
Alonzo's second wife was Elizabeth Whinnery (my great grandmother). Whinnery's were Quakers who migrated from Northern Ireland through Pennsylvania along with the Ulster Irish (Scotch-Irish).
Edward married Clara Henry, another neighbor. The Henry's were also Scotch Irish who had migrated from Northern Ireland and settled in Pennslyvania.
My mother, Belle Helena was from the McConoughey family. The McConoughey's migrated to America from Northern Ireland to New England and later migrated to Solon, Ohio.