Strange of the Carolinas
Third edition published October 1999
Author: John R. Mayer
Edited by: Barbara Jean Way née Mayer
and Floy Marie Mayer née Strange
Alexander Taylor Strange (1850-1932),
great-grandfather of the author, John R. Mayer
Strange of the Carolinas continues a two-book series on the largest
Strange family in America, by describing the Strange lineages from New Kent County,
Virginia that migrated through several southern regions, through the Carolinas, into
Tennessee and Georgia, and then to destinations as distant as Illinois, Michigan, Texas,
Volume IV, Strange Virginians
Peregrine, has been reserved for some rather grand lineages of English Stranges who
settled in Virginia, as early as the seventeenth century. Having collected together many
lines that seem to all be related to one another, and which all seem to have proceeded
from one common colonial progenitor, this editor would like to believe that all the
individuals discussed in Book XI, Strange of Blisland, and
Book XII, Strange of the Carolinas, are related, and belong to the same Virginian
phratry that first appeared in New Kent County, Virginia, with reliable records from 1689.
The Virginian families Strange arose from Alexander Strange, Senior
(circa 1661-1725), and dispersed westward from the Jamestown area, finding farmlands along
the James River and the Roanoke River. The Blisland families arose from Alexanders
third child, Alexander Strange, Junior (1691-1745), the father of the twins Joseph
and Benjamin Strange, and they mostly migrated westward into Kentucky, and northwesterly
into Indiana, and several other states. The twin brothers Joseph Strange, Senior
(1716-1749), and Benjamin Strange, Senior (1716-1760), grandsons of Alexander
Strange, Senior, founded most of the families described in Book XI, Strange of Blisland.
Alexander Strange, Seniors first and eighth
children, Henry Strange (circa 1685-1746) and Robert Strange (circa
1707-circa 1765) founded the families in Book XII, Strange of the Carolinas.
Thus, the grand and omnipresent trunk of these Virginian families would appear to be
composed of the descendants of Alexander Strange, Senior, of New Kent County, Virginia,
through his three sons Henry Strange, Alexander Strange, Jr., and Robert Strange.
Book XII contains the charming reminiscences of Alexander Taylor Strange
about Cherokees, domestic life, and many pioneer topics. Contained herein are war records
of veterans of the War of 1861, the Great War, and many other conflicts. The story is one
of evolution, from impoverished, agrarian, pioneer life, to lives greatly enriched by
professional training, travel, and education. Strange of the Carolinas also
contains the Epilogue to the Narratives.
The third edition, contains five more chapters and more pages than the second edition; plus, because of condensing page formatting, the book actually contains about 30% more data than the second edition.
Extraneus, Book XII,
Strange of the Carolinas, by John R. Mayer, third edition, 1999, ISBN
978-0-9638665-9-2, hardcover, 8-1/2" x 11", xxiv, 596 pages including
bibliographic references, illustrations, and index, Library of Congress Catalog
Card Number: 00503649
Price: $65.00 plus shipping
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