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From Vernon Herridge - Date sent: Sun, 8 Jul 2001
Lynn Strange married me at Bathford church, St Swithins in June 1977. We have two sons, Graham (1980) and Neil (1983).

Lynn has two sisters, Ann Kathryn (now Wade) and Melanie Jane (was Book, now Verrall). Lynn is the middle sister.
Lynn's father was in the forces so Ann was born in Singapore (1956), Lynn in Bath (1959) and Melanie in Wegberg, West Germany (1969).
Lynn's parents are Kenneth Montcalm Ralph Strange (born Gibraltar 1934) who married (1955) Shirley Blanchard from Bathford, near Bath. Again Ken's father was in the forces.
Ken's siblings are Alan Percival Strange, Margery, Betty Noreen Strange, Bernard Frank Strange, Robert Leslie Strange, Monica Daisy Strange (who died on 25 June 2001 in Australia), and Susan Pauline Strange.

Apart from Ken, we think all the others were born in Bathford, Somerset, or possibly Monkton Farleigh which is up the hill from Bathford but is in Wiltshire. All are between 60 and 70 years of age.  Some migrated to Australia but the others still live locally in and around Bath.

Their parents were Perival Frank Strange and Margery Gladys Packer who married in Lansdown, Bath in 1924.  Their siblings were Mary, Dorothy, William, Percival, Frederick, Heather, Gwen and Lilian. We believe all up to Frederick were born in Otago Terrace, Larkhall Bath. The family then moved to Perfect Place, top of Camden in Bath, then to SunnySide, Eastborne Avenue, Bath.  Their father (Lynn's great grandfather) was Frederick Strange who married Daisy.


From Betty Judge: Newspaper Cuttings:

Date Name/Surname Reason Location. Town
SHERBORNE/YEOVIL MERCURY 1773-1778
22 Feb 1773 Grace STRANGER Sale of Estates, Stoke Fleming.
10 Jun 1776 Grace STRANGER - tenant Lower Woodbury, Stoke Fleming tenant sale
14 Nov 1774 STRANGE & Saltren- Bideford, Devon
05 Dec 1774 Messers. STRANGES - Bideford Sale
07 Apr 1777 Edward STRANGER Hexworthy Withercombe tenant

TAUNTON COURIER 1810-1812
22 Aug 1811 John Brown STRANGE burgled. Somerset Lamans or Lamass Assizes.

BATH CHRONICLE
February 1990, it is titled "A Strange old family gathering!".
"MEMBERS of an old-established Bath family travelled to the city from all parts of the country at the weekend for a special reunion in the Pump Room. The event was organised by Mrs Heather Stopp, of Fairfield Park, Bath, who had originally been Heather Strange. She was one of nine children in the Strange family but only four were left to attend the gathering.  They travelled from around the country with their families and old family friends to dance until the wee, small hours swapping new stories and telling old ones.  Mrs Stopp said: "Some people have not seen each other for a long time so it seemed like a good idea to get everyone together again."  Altogether between 80 and 100 family and friends attended the reunion.  There is also a picture of "Sisters Dorothy Prentice, Heather Stopp and Betty Morley, whose maiden name is Strange, at their reunion in the Pump Room"

Bridgwater
Baptisms: 1720-1750
1770 Apr 01 William STRANN son of John & Mary
1730-1750? Elizabeth STRANG daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth.
North Petherton
From Craig Rowberry (Rowberrymx[at]aol[dot]com) in November 2006
I am descended from John Strange (1801) in North Petherton in the 1841 Census:
John Strange abt 1801 No (Wiltshire)
Mary  Strange abt 1801 No (Wiltshire)
Ann Strange abt 1831 Yes (North Petherton, Somerset)
David Strange abt 1836 Yes (North Petherton, Somerset)
Eliza Strange abt 1827 No (Wiltshire)
John  Strange abt 1826 No (Wiltshire)
Thos Strange abt 1834  Yes (North Petherton, Somerset)(who I descend from)
Wm Strange abt 1839 Yes (North  Petherton, Somerset)
1861 Census RG9/1622, F42, P7, S43
John STRANGE Head M 65 Cooper employing 1 man WLS Peerton
Mary STRANGE Wife M 64 Cooper's wife WLS Wooten Bassett
William C STRANGE Son S 21 Cooper SOM North Petherton
Norton St Philip
Marriage:
1734 Jul 29 Thomas STRANGE & Mary OTRIDG (OATRIDGE), both of the parish of Kington St Mary
Thomas born c1710 Kington St Michael, Wilts; Mary bap 21 Jul 1717 Westwood, Wilts
Samford Brett
Baptisms: 1691-1737 no STRANGE 
Marriages: 1692 -1737 no STRANGE
Burials: 1692-1737
1656 Feb 23 John STRANGE son of John STRANGE.
1702 Apr 02 Joan STRANGE widow
1729 Sep 12 Joseph STRANGE
Wilton
Transcribed from the original register.
Baptisms:1558-1837
Marriages: 1559-1837 (Nil)
Burials: 1558-1837
1673 Jan 21 James Strang the soone of James Strang born 1672
1715 Jun 05 Joane Daughter of John Strange
1717 Mar 31 Mary daughter of John Strange
1723 Apr 28 Joane Daughter of John Strang by Anne his wife

Burials:
1723 Oct 13 Peter Strang
1726 Dec 18 James Strang
1729 Feb 08 Anne Strang
1729 Feb 17 John Strang

Abstracts of Somerset Wills
p. 66 - George STRONGE, of Stogursey, Somerset, Gent.  Will dated 28 March 1654, proved 8 Feb. 1655/6, by his brother John STRONGE.  [41 Berkeley]  My brother John STRONGE, Jane, Elinor & Joane, my sisters, 100 pounds each. My land to my sisters.


From Valerie Fairbrass Feb 2006 - part of her family
I have lots of info about all these:

1 Thomas STRANGE
+ Mary SLARK
2 William STRANGE born 1836 Swindon, WIL; died after 1901
  + Susan DATE Q4 1864 in Williton, SOM, born 1842 St Decumans, SOM; died after 1901
    3 Thomas STRANGE born c1866 Taunton, SOM
3 Mary STRANGE born c1867 Old Cleeve, SOM
    3 William Richardby STRANGE born c1869 Old Cleeve,SOM;
died 27 Feb 1948 Newport, Monmouthshire.
    3 Bertha STRANGE born c1870 Old Cleeve, SOM
    3 Maud M. STRANGE born 1872 Old Cleeve, SOM
    3 Percival Slark STRANGE born 1873 Old Cleeve, SOM; died 27 Jul 1955 Taunton, SOM
    3 Vincent O. STRANGE born 1874 Old Cleeve, SOM; died After 1948
    3 Edgar S. STRANGE born 1875 Old Cleeve, SOM; died After 1901.
3 Gertrude Annette Rickarby STRANGE born 1877 in Watchet,SOM, died After 1915
    3 Ida W. STRANGE born 1880 Watchet, Somerset; died after 1901
    3 Henry J. D. STRANGE born 1884 Taunton, SOM; died After 1901.