Mildred L. ELLIS
(1868-After 1930)


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Rev. John Richard STRONG

Mildred L. ELLIS 2

  • Born: Dec 1868, Maries County, Missouri 2
  • Marriage: Rev. John Richard STRONG on 28 Nov 1894 in Vienna, Maries County, Missouri 1
  • Died: After 1930 3

bullet  Research Notes:

A history of the Ellis family can be viewed at Per this undated and unattributed chapter from a larger history, Mildred's parents are identified as T. J. (Jeff) Ellis and Susan M. Hoops. About Mildred, it says at page 410:

"Millie L. Ellis, the oldest child living to maturity, married J. R. Strong in Vienna November 28, 1894. Reverend Strong was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and died in western Missouri August 3, 1921. His widow lives in Denver with her son, Donnan E. Strong, a minister in the Episcopal Church. Her daughter, Nora Elizabeth, who is a teacher lives at Salina, Kansas. The third child, Mary Frances, died in infancy."

Note that Mildred, Donnon and Elizabeth were enumerated together in the 1930 census for Saline County, Kansas, but that Donnon had moved to Denver for health reasons by 1934 and died there in 1938. Thus it would appear the source for the above quoted passasge may have been written between 1934 and 1938.


Mildred married Rev. John Richard STRONG, son of Eli STRONG and Elizabeth K. BARRY, on 28 Nov 1894 in Vienna, Maries County, Missouri.1 (Rev. John Richard STRONG was born on 22 Feb 1861 in Cole or Moniteau County, Missouri,4 5 died on 3 Aug 1921 in Blue Township, Mt. Washington, Jackson County, Missouri 6 and was buried on 6 Aug 1921 in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Jackson County, Missouri 6.)



1 Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 ( database on-line).

2 1900 Census, Henry County, Missouri, Roll T623_858, Page 5A, E. D. 90 ( Census Image 9 of 37).

3 1930 Census, Saline County, Kansas, Roll 719, Page 3A, E. D. 17 ( Census Image 5 of 43).

4 Strong Family Bible. It would appear the Strong Family Bible may have originally belonged to Eli and Elizabeth Strong, for the births of their children appear to have been entered before the births of the children of J. R. and Polly Strong. This bible may have been the bible that was purchased in 1876 from the Estate of Eli Strong, Dec'd by Sarah Legg, mother of Elizabeth (Barry) Strong and Polly (Legg) Strong, which upon her death probably passed to Polly. Beginning with the birth of Eli and Elizabeth's daughter, Betty, in 1873 (Elizabeth died a week later), the entries appear to have been made by Polly until she died in 1916, at which time the handwriting noticeably changes and thereafter is presumed to be that of Bertha (Strong) Young, Polly's youngest daughter and the possessor of the bible, or at least the Family Record pages, at the time of her death in 1963. It thus appears that before Polly started maintaining the Family Records, the bible only contained entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth Strong. Once Polly took over, she appears to have added the entries for the J. R. and Polly Strong family. [While Elizabeth's and Polly's handwriting is similar, there are some subtle differences. For example, the "B" in "Born" begins with a loop in the case of the entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth, while it begins with a straight stroke for the family of J. R. and Polly. Also, the names of J. R. and Polly's children are listed separately in a column on the first page that was originally intended for deaths.] One possible exception to this scenario concerns the marriage information for Eli and Elizabeth - that may have been added by Polly at the same time she added her own marriage information. The handwriting for both marriage entries seems to be identical and it also matches the death entries for Eli and Elizabeth, which were probably made by Polly. Moreover, both marriage entries spell "married" as "maried." The Family Record pages have been removed from the bible, which appears to no longer exist. Originally, these pages immediately followed the end of the Old Testament. It is not known when or by whom the Family Record pages were removed. They may or may not have still been part of the bible when Bertha Dell Young nee Strong died in 1963. After Bertha's death, only the Family Record pages were passed on to her grand-nephew, Robert E. Strong, Jr.

5 Certificate of Death for Rev. John Richard Strong, Missouri State Board of Health File No. 20487 (viewable online at Missouri State Archives website at Informant was Elizabeth Strong, who was mistakenly identified as his widow instead of as his daughter.

6 Certificate of Death for Rev. John Richard Strong, Missouri State Board of Health File No. 20487 (viewable online at Missouri State Archives website at

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