MAJ Nathaniel Strong


MAJ Nathaniel Strong

Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 6 Oct 1778 (aged 40)
Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York, USA
Burial Washingtonville, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Plot 267, grave 13
Memorial ID 134267762 View Source
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There is a descrepency in the date of death. Possible death date October 6, instead of November 6.

From the "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Nathaniel Strong- Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR Vol 037";

"Nathaniel Strong (1737-1778) served in Col. Jesse Woodhull's regiment. He was murdered by Claudius Smith, a notorious Tory. He was born in Blooming Grove."
Was Major in 1775 Orange Co NY militia.

The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of ..., Volume 1
By Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight

Major Nathaniel Strong (son of Selah Strong, Jr., and Hannah Woodhull), b. Nov. 18, 1737, m. Amy Brewster b. about 1741 (dau. of John Brewster of Blooming Grove).

He had only the commission of a militia officer, but was exceedingly active against the torics in the Highlands, and especially in intercepting parties on their way from Albany to New York; his regiment being under the command of Col. Jesse Woodhull. Claudius Smith, with a band of marauders from New York, waylaid him in the mountains and fired at him without harm; but on Nov. 6, 1778, they went to his house and fired at him in his bed room, through the window, which, though without any shutter, was curtained, and fired without effect. The major's pistols, although loaded, were useless at the moment, from the fact that their priming was covered with paper.

Promising that his life should be spared if no opposition was made to their ingress, they broke into his house and through the locked door of his private room, and shot him dead upon tho spot. The assassins fled to New York, but hearing ere long that they were staying at a certain house on Long Island, a party of the major's friends crossed the Sound at once, captured the villains and brought them to Orange county for trial, where at a Court of Oyer and Terminer,

Smith was tried and convicted, and soon afterwards executed. The principal witness was a sister of Mrs. Matthews, who saw them do the deed. A son of Claudius Smith was executed with him for the same offense, and either then or soon afterwards, another son.

Major Nathaniel Strong resided at Blooming Grove, N. Y.


i. Rachel Strong m. Charles Howell. They had a son Selah and a dau. Clarissa Vho m. William Strong of Blooming Grove, NY.
ii. Selah Strong.
iii. Hannah Strong b. Dec. 25, 1761, m. Capt. Joshua Brown.

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