Erastus Burton Strong was born December 2, 1823 probably in St.Francis Co.,Ark., the son of William and Mourning (Cooper) Strong. He attended the United States Academy at West Point, New York and graduated as a second lieutenant in the class of 1844. He was the first West Point graduate from the State of Arkansas. He served in the Mexican War and was killed in action on September 7, 1847 at Molina Del Rey. His body was removed from Mexico and buried November 22, 1876 in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee. Per Loyd N.Sybert Research.
Lt. Erastus Burton Strong was the son of Mathilda Hampton Strong and William Strong. I believe his birth was what eventually led to the death of Mathilda. Mathilda died shortly after Erastus Strong's birth.
Per Unknown Person, May 2011.