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Extraneus
Volume IV
Book XII
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

alextstr.jpg (10912 bytes)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, and Oregon.

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 Alexander’s 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, Senior’s 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.

Refer to the Table of Contents for Book XII, Strange of the Carolinas, for chapter titles, page numbers, dates covered, surnames, and localities.  For further information regarding the contents of this book, please consult the Introduction to Book XII, Strange of the Carolinas as well as the Preface to the Second Edition, from Boox XI, Strange of Blisland

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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