Alonzo’s parents were William Augustus Strong and Abigail Crane. He was born in Durham, Connecticut on November 5, 1805, the Strong’s second child. In 1806, when he was one or two, the family moved to Atwater, Ohio and were early settlers. A road from Canfield had been cut through only a 2 or 3 years earlier to Deerfield, the adjacent town.
He was sent back east for schooling. This must have been about 1812 when he was 7 or 8. His mother Abigail returned to Durham about 1809, leaving Alonzo and his brother Luzerne with William. William made a trip back to Connecticut to convince Abagail to return, but she refused. William then remarried without obtaining a divorce as that would have required another trip back east and would have been expensive.
In May 1814, his father enlisted for the duration of the War of 1812 and was sent to Black Rock (now a suberb of Buffalo, NY). He died there in November 1814, leaving Alonzo and Luzerne as orphans. Alonzo was 9 years old at the time. He was “bound out” to Joseph Hartzell a successful farmer living in Deerfield Township, with connections to North Benton.
Normally, arrangements for guardianship required that the orphans be given training for a meaningful occupation. For his training, he was sent to Cleveland to learn wool cloth dressing. Ohio farmers were beginning to breed Merino sheep at the time, which produced a fine quality of wool so this would have been a good trade.
In 1822, he completed his indentured status and then learned barn building skills in Salem, Ohio. In 1828, he married Christine Lazarus. The Lazarus family operated at least two farms in the Southeast corner of Deerfield Township and a grist mill near the mouth of Mill Creek. The site of the mill is now underwater and was just north of the marina at the end of Hartzell Road. He then acquired a 250 acre farm adjacent to the Lazarus property, in Berlin Center, just across the townsship line from Deerfield. (At the time, the entire area was in Trumbull County as Mahoning and Portage Counties were established later.)
Alonzo operated the farm until his death in 1891.
Alonzo's Children with Christina were: (1) an infant that died young, (2) Fredrick, (3) Julia, (4) Lavina, (5) William A. and (6) Levi.
Christina died and he then remarried Elizabeth Whinnery on 18 August 1846. Children with Elizabeth were: (1) Serena M., (2) Edward and (3) Edwin (twins), (4) Louvisa Jane, (5) Ashley Ely, (6) Ophelia Adelaide, (7) Leora Elizabeth, (8) Alonzo Carroll, and (9) Wendell Phillips.
Alonzo and his daughter Lavina created an interesting genealogical puzzle. Lavina married Elizabeth's brother Elijah resulting in some complex relations between the Strong and Whinnery family.
Alonzo applied for and received bounty land for William Augustus’s death during service in the Army during the War of 1812. The land was near Marshall, Illinois. His daughter, Louvisa Jane married Alvin Smith and took on the task of developing 80 acres of that bounty land, beginning the Illinois Strong family.
Text and engravings from "History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties" that accompanies this image.
"William Strong, the father of the subject of this sketch was born in Durham, Connecticut, and in 1806 removed with his wife, whose maiden name was Abigail Carne, to Atwater, township, then Trumbull county, now Portage county, Ohio. There, Alonzo was born in 1805 in Connecticut. William Strong, his father, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was seized with a fatal fever, of which he died in 1814 and he was buried on the shores of Lake Erie.
"Mr. Strong is the only survivor of the three children, one being a daughter names Eliza, and the other a son, Luzerne. After the arrival of the family in Ohio he was sent back east to attend school and remained some two years. He then returned to Ohio and was bound out to Joseph Hartzell for eight years. After his term of service with Hartzell expired he learned the trade of cloth dressing but worked at it only about six months. He learned the carpenter’s trade which he followed some six years, but finally engaged in farming on the place where he now lives. In 1828, he married Miss Christina Lazarus, by whom he had six children, as follows: Lovina, who married Elijah Whinnery and resides in Salem, Columbiana county, William A., who married Miss Annie Marshall and resides in Alliance; Levi (dead), Frederick (dead), Julia, unmarried, and a child that died in infancy. Levi was in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1862, and in 1863 was taken prisoner. He was taken to Richmond, then the Andersonville where he died. Mrs. Christina Strong died in 1842 and in 1845 Mr. Strong was married again, to Elizabeth Whinnery, whose parents were early settlers in Columbiana County, removing from Pennsylvania in 1804. By his second marriage he has had nine children as follow: Serena, wife of William Heckler, resides in Illinois, Edward and Edwin, twins, Edward in living and Edwin is deceased; Lovisa, wife of Alvin Smith, resides in Illinois; Ashley, who married Miss Anne Malmsberry, and resides in North Benton, Ophelia, unmarried; Leora E. wife of Henry Koch, lives in Columbian county; Alonzo C, and Wendell P. Edwin the only deceased member of the family was drowned at the age of eighteen months. Mr. Strong cultivates a large farm of two hundred and fifty acres, and gives particular attention to the raising of sheep. He has served one term as justice of the peace."
History of Trumbull and Mahoning counties (1882), by H. Z. Williams and Brother
(available at www.Gutenberg.com)