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Leon S. "Lee" Strong

Leon S. "Lee" Strong

Male 1884 - 1915  (31 years)

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  • Name Leon S. "Lee" Strong  [1
    Nickname Lee 
    Born 10 Apr 1884  Farmersville, Collin County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Dec 1915  Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Although he was shown on the 1900 Census as Leon, his family always knew him as Lee. According to his death certificate, he had lived in Lawton for 14 years.

      Lee's obituary appeared in the LAWTON CONSTITUTION on December 29, 1915:

      LEE STRONG DIES TODAY Man Accidentally Shot Last Night While Wrestling Over A Revolver

      Lee Strong, a farmer residing six miles east of Lawton on the Barber farm, who was accidentally shot yesterday evening, died this morning at ten o'clock at the Southwestern Hospital, following an operation, which was performed in the hope of saving his life, but he was too weak from the loss of blood to withstand the strain. The accident was purely accidental. Strong and the farm hand had finished loading fodder, and had been hunting rabbits with a .38 revolver. It was discharged hitting Strong in the back. Medical aid was summoned from Lawton and later he was brought to the hospital. The deceased leaves a wife and son; one brother in Los Angeles, one brother in Lawton and father in Mexico (sic). He was 31 years old. The remains will be held at the Ritter Undertaking Parlors until they hear from relatives. (As transcribed by Lynell Gentry Cordell).


      The funeral of Lee Strong, who died Wednesday morning from the results of being accidentally shot by a farm hand of the Barber farm, was held yesterday afternoon at the Baptist church at 2:30. Rev. A.L. Leake conducted the funeral services. Relatives of the deceased accompanied the body to its last resting place.

      (Article from Lawton Constitution December 29, 1915)

      Birth Record

      In the Cotton County Oklahoma birth records 1912-1918 Book 14 listed the following:

      Father, Strong, Lee, and A. E. Choate May 30, 1916 by a Dr. Jones

      Since Lee died the prior December, his wife was apparently pregnant.

      In the Comanche County History Volume I, 1985, published by the Southwestern Historical Society, has a historical notation on Junction City and Geronimo, Oklahoma.

      January 1902, 13 miles south of Lawton, Oklahoma, Junction City was platted and lots were sold for as little at $2.00.  It had a few small shops and a saloon, and a Dr. Samuel Makemson.  Two miles north Geronimo was platted prior to the arrival of the Rock Island Line. ( Homer Strong was born in Junction City.)

      Presently, Junction City is completely gone, and there's not much left of Geronimo.  The railroad is gone.  There is one little cafe, a grocery store, and a filling station.  It's a quaint little town.

      Rhodene Frederick found the following burial records for Highland Cemetery in Lawton  (Section 3276):

      Strong, Lee, b. 1884, d. 1915, 31y
      Strong, Leon S., b. 1884, d. Dec 29, 1915, 31y, TX-R.R.
    Person ID I1278  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Ralph Brainerd Strong,   b. 18 May 1857, Bristol Township, Trumbull County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1929, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Mary Ella Hall,   b. Abt 1858, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1905, Comanche County, Oklahoma Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 4 May 1878  Hunt County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Ralph and Mary Ella (Hall) Strong were the parents of nine sons.  They were married in 1878 in Hunt County, Texas.  According to a transcription of Hunt County Marriages, R.B. Strong married Ella "Wall."  Charles Strong examined the actual marriage certificate, and noted that the last name of the bride was clearly HALL. The compiler of "Hunt County, Texas, Marriages 1847-1911" either misread the original, or made an error while transcribing the record. The license was issued on 4 October 1877, the marriage was on 4 May 1878, and the license was filed on 21 May 1878. Ralph and Mary Ella can be found in neighboring Collin County at the time of the 1880 Federal census.

      There were several other Strong bride and grooms listed in the transcription of Hunt County Marriages. R.B. Strong's marriage was the earliest however. It does not appear that any of the other Strong's were related to Ralph. Nor did there appear to be any other Strong families living in Hunt County at the time of the 1880 census,
    Family ID F144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Annie Eva Choate,   b. Abt 1890, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 Dec 1907  Hulen, Cotton County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Charles Strong found the following abstract from the GERONOMO OKLAHOMA ADVOCATE 2 Jan 1908?, page 8

      "Mr. Lee Strong and Miss Shoots (sic) were quietly married at the bride's home, five miles south of Hulen."

      Hulen is 5 miles west of Walthers and about 4 miles north of Five Mile Corner.

      In the PROSPERITY, the following article was found 26 Dec 1907, "Lee Strong and Eva Choat were married Sunday by Rev. Jordan."

      According to the marriage license, found on file in Comanche County, Oklahoma, witnesses to the wedding were Burt R. Strong and Andy E. Choate, by J.W. Jordon, minister of M.E. Church South of Lawton in Comanche County on the 22 of December, 1907.

      Registry of Funerals, Walters Oklahoma:

      (p. 9) Stella L. Strong, Still born on November 21, 1908.  Assumed to a be a child of Lee and Eva. .

      (p. 14) Funeral ordered by L. S. Strong (Has to be our Lee) of one day old un-named child, March 19, 1910.
     1. Stella L. Strong,   b. 21 Nov 1908,   d. 21 Nov 1908  (Age 0 years)
     2. Infant Strong,   b. 11 Mar 1910,   d. 11 Mar 1910  (Age 0 years)
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F882  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Apr 1884 - Farmersville, Collin County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Dec 1907 - Hulen, Cotton County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Dec 1915 - Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Strong, Ralph Brainerd Family ca.1913
    Strong, Ralph Brainerd Family ca.1913
    This pictures appears to have been taken shortly before his accidental death, and is his only known picture
    _Strong, Lee
    _Strong, Lee
    Husband of Annie Eva Choate
    B. 1884 Texas D. 1915 Oklahoma
    Lee was killed in a Hunting accident shortly after his thirteeth birthday.

    Strong, Lee
    Strong, Lee
    State of Oklahoma Death Certificate

  • Sources 
    1. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [ database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.).

    2. [S172] Lawton (Oklahoma) Cemetery, Strong Family Plot.

    3. [S389] State of Oklahoma, Department of Health, Certificate of Death.

    4. [S139] Hunt County, Texas, Marriages 1847-1911, page449 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S496] State of Oklahome, Comanche County, Marriage License., page 225 (Reliability: 3).