William Stringer (1826 - 1900/1910) and Anne

William Stringer was born Abt. 30 Apr 1826 in Caledon,  Ireland (Mullaghmossa Townland).  Christened on 30 Apr 1826 in Caledon, Ireland (Aghaloo,  County Tyrone, Northern Ireland).  He was the son of John Stringer  (Abt. 1806, County Tyrone, Ireland - Abt. 17 Apr 1848, Derrykintone, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) and Susanna Collins (Abt. 24 Mar 1804, Caledon, Ireland (Aghaloo, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) - Abt. 07 Jul 1847, Derrykintone, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland).  He died Bet. 19001910 in Calhoun County,  Michigan, USA. His father was John Stringer and his mother was Susanna Collins, both of the area around Caledon.

Anne was born Abt. 1831 in France.

    William was the first sibling of the family to emigrate to the USA in May 1847 - this is before the death of either of his parents, so it was probably planned that the children should seek a life in the New World.  What was unplanned was the death of both parents within a year of his landing.  William and Anne (surname unknown) were married sometime after his immigration in May 1847 and before the birth of their son John, in 1857. They had five children that appear in censes records: 1. John P. Stringer (b. Sep 1857 NY), 2. Sophia Stringer (b. Abt. 1860 Dutchess Co., NY), 3. James F. Stringer (b. Nov 1862 Dutchess Co., NY), 4. William Stringer (b. Abt 1864, Dutchess Co., NY), and 5. George H. Stringer (b. May 1870 Landis, Cumberland Co., NJ).  The family lived in farming country near Red Hook and Barrytown, Dutchess Co., NY from approximately the 1850's to about 1865, when they relocated to Vineland, Cumberland Co., New Jersey, a rural area in southern New Jersey.  Anne died between 1870 and 1880.  Finally, the father and grown sons and their families moved to the Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., Michigan area.  No one from this family moved to Iowa.

While still in New York, c. 1864, William wrote his sister, Jane, who was already located in Iowa.  The letter mentions that an image is included, and, indeed, a cdv of him was found with the trove of photographs and letters in Iowa -  that photo and letter are shown below.

 

Transcription of the letter:
 Vineland March 23rd, 1866

Dear Sister Jane,

                I am happy to hear from you once more.  I hope this will find you and your family well as this leaves me at present.  So you are going to Town in an Ox-cart you will have a mile ride.  I wish I was going to this is a very good country but the ground is hard to clear.  It takes a good deal of money to get started.  I may go West yet myself after Anna gets out and settled.  I did not wish to leave this part of the country on that account  as she would have no person to see to her when she came out.  I had a letter from Susan.  She said she would send her part of her share when she got it.  I have not heard from James or Sarah.  I do not know whether they will give anything or not.  I wish you would write to Sarah.  I would like to bring Anna out in a Steamer so that she would have no trouble cooking.  I received my share this week, $25.  I told the lawyer to give James five dollars out of my share for his trouble.

                Dear Jane if you wish to send anything I do not know of any other way of sending it except putting it in a letter.  you might have it registered if you thought the Post Master was honest.  write soon.  I have only got two letters from you in ten years & my wife and me sends our love to you and family.  I send you my likeness and Johns.  I remain your affectionate brother, Wm Stringer bose 311, Cumberland Co., Vineland, N.J.

Some of the descendents of William Stringer and Anne are given in the outline descendent list for John Stringer and Susanna Collins. However, since they did not dwell in the Benton County, Iowa area and photographs of them are not available, their information will not be further presented in these pages.

Notes for William Stringer and family:

    Church of Ireland Aghaloo, St. John's Caledon Baptisms 1825-1855 (MIC/1/326/A/1-4): Baptised 30 Apr 1826 William to John and Susan Stringer - John is a labourer, residing in the townland of Mullaghmossa.

    Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrival Records, 1846-1851 Name: Stranger, William Age: 21 Gender: Male Embarkation: Liverpool Ship: Burnholm Occupation: workman/woman Passengers: 158 Compartment: Steerage Native Country: Great Britain Destination: USA Arrival Date: 17 May 1847 Transit Type: Staying in the U.S. [database is alphbetical, so no context of William Stringer (possible friends with him) is possible.]

    1860 census, Red Hook, Dutchess, New York: Wm Stringer 34 Carpenter Ireland; A. 29 (f) Ireland; J. 2 (m) NY. Previous page: Robert Boid 30 laborer NY; C. 28 (f) all rest NY; B 12 (f); E. 9 (f); J. 7 (f); J. 4/12 (m).

    Letters from brother John to sister Jane (Stringer) Milne written c. 1864 mention that William lives in Barrytown, Duchess Co. [New York]. Barrytown is on the Hudson River, in Dutchess Co., but just across the river from Ulster Co., about 130km north of New York City.

    1870 census, Landis, Cumberland, NJ: Stringer, William 45 farmer IRE; Annie 39 France; John 12 NY; Sophia 10 NY; James 8 NY; Willie 6 NJ; George 1 NJ.

    1880 census, Landis, Cumberland, NJ: Stringer, William 55 farmer IRE IRE IRE; William 16 son NJ; George 11 son NJ.

    1900 census, Emmett, Calhoun, Michigan: Stringer, William head Apr 1825 Wd IRE IRE IRE immigrated 1847 been here 53y Natruralized; James son Nov 1862 37 S NY IRE IRE milk dealer. Next door: Stringer, George H. head May 1870 30 M 8y NJ IRE France call boy railroad co.; Jennie wife May 1871 29 M 8y 2ch 2liv CAN(Scotch) CAN(Scotch) CAN(Scotch) immigrated 1883 been here 16y; Arthur C. son March 1893 7 MI; Elsie M. dau Oct 1898 1 MI. [interesting that George says his mother was French, while James says Irish]. [not in the 1910 census]

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