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Rolla Jefferson Strong

Rolla Jefferson Strong

Male 1894 - 1980  (85 years)

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  • Name Rolla Jefferson Strong  [1, 2
    Born 17 Oct 1894  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Aug 1980  Porterville, Tulare County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Rolla served in the Navy during World War I. In 1910, he was living with his brother Walter's family in Prague, Comanche County, Oklahoma. He had moved to Oklahoma City prior to the 1920 census, where he was residing in a boarding home. He later homesteaded around Portales, New Mexico, eventually moving to Greystone, Colorado where he also patented land. Charles Strong spoke to some old time residents of Portales, New Mexico on a research trip. One such resident, J. B. Bates, remembered that Rolla worked for his father durign the winters.

      His Colorado land patent was subscribed and sworn on October 17, 1929 at the Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado. J.C. Thomas and A.H. Strong were witnesses. The land was W 1/2 E 1/2, W 1/2 Section 13, NE 1/4 Sec. 14 Tp. 8 N. Range 102 West 6th Principal Meridan, containing 640 acres. He used to land to raise catlle.

      His last move westward was to California, where he continued to ranch.

      California Death Index:

      STRONG  ROLLO  JEFFERSON  10/17/1894  HALL    M  OKLAHOMA  TULARE    08/29/1980

      His death certificate indicated that he was the son of Ralph Strong-Ohio and Mary Hall-Missouri. It also shows that he never married. His occupation was shown as a self employed rancher of 40 years. His address at the time of his death was 237 So. Alta Vista, Porterville. It was indicated that he died as the result of a two car collision on Highway 65 and Avenue 128 in Porterville, in which he was the driver.
    Person ID I1282  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, 3
    • 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

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1894 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Aug 1980 - Porterville, Tulare County, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    _Strong, Rolla
    _Strong, Rolla
    B. 1894 Texas D. 1980 California
    Served in the U.S. Navy During World War I
    Strong Brother Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941
    Four of the nine sons born to Ralph Strong and Mary Ella Hall, (l to r) Rolla Jefferson, Burt Rodney, Walter Winfield and Augustus Homer 'Gus'. This was taken at the Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941.
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This photo was one of a series of photos taken in the early 1940's at Medicine Park, Oklahoma, on the edge of the Wichita Wildlife Refuge, with Mt. Scott as a backdrop. This park began its life in 1908, the year following the return of the bison to Wildlife Refuge. It was the first planned resort town in Oklahoma, the red round cannonball sized stone is an unique naturally formation occurring in the Wichita Mountains. Pictured are (Left to Right) Back Row: UNKNOWN (Possibly Roy West), Leroy Weaver, Bob Strong, Barney Strong Middle Row: Burt Strong, Cecil Lewis holding Tommy Lewis, Gus Strong, Walter Strong, Rolla Strong Front Row: Jerrell Holt, Charles Lewis (Note: Identifications are not positive in all cases, but were based on the opinions of Jerrell Holt, Barney Strong and Benny Strong, who made some assumptions based on ages and family makeup).

    POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brother Reunion, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This was one in a series of photos taken at the Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941. From L to R: Lucy (Brannan) Strong, Burt Strong, Robert Strong, Walter Strong, Rolla Strong, Gus Strong and an unknown girl.

    PLEASE HELP US INDENTIFY THE GIRL IN THIS PICTURE.
    Strong Brothers in hats, Medicine Park Reunion, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brothers in hats, Medicine Park Reunion, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This was one in a series of photos taken at the Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941. From L to R: Rolla, Burt, Walter and Gus. They were sons of Ralph Brainerd Strong.
    Strong Brothers with hats in hand, Medicine Park Reunion, Oklahoma, around 1941
    Strong Brothers with hats in hand, Medicine Park Reunion, Oklahoma, around 1941
    This was one in a series of photos taken at the Strong Family Reunion in Medicine Park, Oklahoma around 1941. From l to r: Rolla, Burt, Walter, and Gus. They were sons of Ralph Brainerd Strong.
    Strong Brothers, Mid 1940's
    Strong Brothers, Mid 1940's
    (L to R): Gus, Walter, Burt and Rolla Strong, sons of Ralph Brainerd Strong.
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1940's, with his nephew, Robert
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1940's, with his nephew, Robert
    Rolla Strong (l), with his nephew, Robert Strong (r). Robert was the son of Walter Winfield Strong and Stella Crouch.
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1950's, with his brother Gus
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1950's, with his brother Gus
    Rolla and Gus Strong were ranchers later in their lives. Rolla's Colorado land patent was subscribed and sworn on October 17, 1929 at the Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado. J.C. Thomas and A.H. (Gus) Strong were witnesses. The land was W 1/2 E 1/2, W 1/2 Section 13, NE 1/4 Sec. 14 Tp. 8 N. Range 102 West 6th Principal Meridan, containing 640 acres.
    Strong Brothers, California, Early to mid 1950's
    Strong Brothers, California, Early to mid 1950's
    (L to R): Earl, Rolla and Gus Strong were self employed farmers and ranchers most of their adult life. This picture of them was taken in the mid 1950's, most likely in Porterville, California. All three were sons of Ralph Brainerd Strong.
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1950's
    Strong, Rolla, Early to mid 1950's
    Rolla served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. He never married.
    Strong, Augustus and Rolla in California, Early to mid 1950's
    Strong, Augustus and Rolla in California, Early to mid 1950's
    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE BOY ALSO IN THE PHOTO. Perhaps he is a grandson of Earl Everett Strong? Earl was also in photo with Gus and Rolla that appears to have been taken at the same time.

    From L to R: Gus, Unknown, Rolla
    Strong, Burt and Rolla, April 1959
    Strong, Burt and Rolla, April 1959
    Burt and his brother Rolla, April 1959
    Strong, Earl Everett and Family late 1960's
    Strong, Earl Everett and Family late 1960's
    This photo of Earl Everett Strong and some of his family was taken in California in the late 1960's, when Homer Strong came from Oklahoma for a visit. Top Row, L to R, his brothers Rolla and Homer, his wife Willie Jane (Jones), Earl Everett; Bottom Row, Sharon Strong (granddaughter) and Lee (son).
    Strong, Rolla and Gus
    Strong, Rolla and Gus
    Rolla J. Strong (l), along with his brother Gus, at their ranch in Greystone, Colorado

    Documents
    Strong Brother's--Claude, Augustus and Rolla--Colorado Ranch, Fence Line
    Strong Brother's--Claude, Augustus and Rolla--Colorado Ranch, Fence Line
    Claude, along with his brothers Rolla and Gus, jointly operated this ranch near Greystone, Colorado, starting in the late 1930's. After Claude died in 1942, Rolla and Gus continued to operate the 560 acres until they sold it to R. F. Brown on May 10, 1956.
    Strong Brother's--Claude, Augustus and Rolla--Colorado Ranch, Horizon
    Strong Brother's--Claude, Augustus and Rolla--Colorado Ranch, Horizon
    Claude, along with his brothers Rolla and Gus, jointly operated this ranch near Greystone, Colorado, starting in the late 1930's. After Claude died in 1942, Rolla and Gus continued to operate the 560 acres until they sold it to R. F. Brown on May 10, 1956.
    Strong, Rolla Jefferson
    Strong, Rolla Jefferson
    State of California Death Certificate

  • Sources 
    1. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com 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. [S379] State of California, Certification of Vital Record, Certificate of Death.

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