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John Strong family papers, 1762-1870.
Strong, John, 1738-1816.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 10 (cont'd in MS Size C)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Personal Author : Strong, John, 1738-1816.
Title : John Strong family papers, 1762-1870.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection contains almost 1000 pieces and is heavily weighted towards the legal careers of John and Moses Strong, though there are a few personal letters. Both men were large landholders, and there are 52 deeds for land bought by John and 39 by Moses, plus assorted other deeds. The collection has many letters from clients urging action, or asking that action be stopped. Included are many writs asking sheriffs to order people to appear to pay debts, and to "attach goods or estate". There are lists of names of grantees to lands, treasurer's receipts for granting fees turned in by John Strong, surveyors' reports and bills. The collection also includes correspondence on estate settlement matters, and sworn testimony from out of state on legal matters. As well, the collection contains letters from Adonijah Strong, John Strong's brother, writing from Salisbury, Connecticut, and from several of his children, including Luke Strong and Mabel Strong Seymour.

The collection also includes John Strong's book of accounts from 1771 to 1798, which contains a list of land purchases and who they were sold to, mostly in Panton and Addison. There is a daily account book for 1799 and 1800 for Shoreham, perhaps of a medical nature (?), and a tax book of 1805. There is also a court book kept by Moses Strong which contains a series of notes on land ownership records, and the disposition of Addison and Rutland County cases between 1812 and 1826. The collection also contains a charter for Neshobe (now Brandon) granted in 1762 by George III (MS Size C).

Biographical or historical data :

John Strong, the son of Noah and Deborah Strong, was born in Salisbury, Connecticut, on August 16, 1738. He married Agnes McCure (1739-1829), also of Salisbury, on September 2, 1759. In 1765 he came to Addison, Vermont, to build his house, and the next year moved his family from Connecticut.During the Revolutionary War the family relocated to Dorset, and John represented Dorset from 1779 to 1782, and from 1781 to 1782 he was elected Assistant Judge for Bennington County. In 1783 he returned to Addison, and represented that town from 1784 to 1786. In 1785 he was elected first judge of the Addison County Court, and from 1786 to 180l he was elected Judge of Probate and member of the Council (the equivalent of Senate). In 1791 he was a member of the convention ratifying the U.S. Constitution. In 1801 failing health caused him to give up his positions, and he died on June 16, 1816.

Moses, the seventh child of John Strong, was born June 6, 1772. He married Lucy Maria Smith of West Haven, Vermont, on December 20, 1801. They had ten children, and an eleventh by his second wife, Harriet Woodbridge Hopkins, daughter of Enoch Woodbridge, Chief Justice of Vermont. Moses lived in Shoreham until 1810, when he moved to Rutland. He was a lawyer in Rutland and Middlebury, a large landholder, a state legislator, and a judge of the county court. At one time he was engaged in forging iron and manufacturing. His last child, Agnes, married Samuel Ormsbee, in 1838. His brother, Edgar L. Ormsbee, appears to have worked in partnership with Moses Strong, and by the 1830s the law firm had become Merrill and Ormsbee.

Related Collections : The VHS collection also contains the Ira B. Strong papers (Ira was a great-grandson of John Strong), as well as miscellaneous small collections relating to John Strong's involvement in the state militia.
Personal Subject : Strong, John, 1738-1816.
Strong, Moses, 1772-1842.
Strong family.
Subject Term : Real property Vermont Addison County.
Real property Vermont Rutland County.
Geographic Term : Addison County (Vt.) Archival resources.
Rutland County (Vt.) Archival resources.
Salisbury (Ct.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Deeds.
Writs.
Tax records.
Accounts.
Civil court records.
Letters correspondence.
Charters.
Occupation : Lawyers
Added Author : Strong, John, 1738-1816.
Strong, Moses, 1772-1842.
Strong, Adonijah, 1743-1813.
Strong, Luke, 1768-1807.
Seymour, Mabel, 1782-1839.
Ormsbee, Edgar L., 1805-1861.
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