|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1813|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 1856|
A man of some ability and commanding presence, Strang joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly before the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and his brother Patriarch Hyrum Smith at Carthage, Illinois.
Strang then claimed that an angel appeared and annointed him Prophet, presenting a letter to have been written by the Prophet Joseph Smith just before his death delegating Strang as his own successor.
The membership of the Church had always been instructed by the Prophet to follow the majority of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Strang was rejected by all the Twelve, except for William Marks who would later join Strang's sect after his apostacy from the Church.
Strang gathered a following of the discontented in Nauvoo and removed to Beaver Island on Lake Michigan. He was later crowned "King of Beaver Island," however, in 1856 he was shot by a member of the Strangite sect.
Strang died at his home in Vorhee, Racine County,Wisconsin about 6 weeks after being shot and then buried at Vorhee Cemetery. His remains were later moved by his descendants to Burlington Cemetery.
His death caused even more fragments of the LDS faith to blossom, including several members who convinced the Prophet Joseph Smith's son, Joseph Smith III, to take the lead which created The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now known as The Community of Christ.
Elizabeth McNutt Strang (1820 - 1897)*
Evangeline Strang Denio (1853 - 1915)*
Abigail Utopa Strang McNutt (1857 - 1921)*
Created by: Chad Stowell
Record added: Mar 28, 2002
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