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Kids! They can be so ungrateful!

I'll bet that this was at least one of Calvin STRONG, Sr.'s thoughts when he placed this notice about his runaway son, Calvin D. STRONG.  

I was surprised to be able to acquire this old newspaper, a very early 1843 example from Coldwater (Branch County),  Michigan. But I was even more surprised that I immediately heard from a family member of the young runaway rascal! 

David Bickford of Texas writes,

"Calvin Daniel Strong is related to my 2nd great grandmother Sabrah Thompson. It was great to see a add placed in a newspaper by a parent who was greatly concern about their child being a runaway. You don't see that much anymore.
Calvin was born 1826, Andover, Allegany Co., N.Y.. He died in Coldwater, Michigan Sept 5, 1864 after contracting a lethal disease while serving the Union Army during the Civil War. He had two enlistments with infantry units from Michigan.
 
#1. Residence not listed; 34 years old.
Enlisted on 4/24/1861 at Coldwater, MI as a Private.
On 5/1/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. MI 1st Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 8/7/1861 at Detroit, MI
 
#2. Residence Kinderhook MI; 36 years old.
Enlisted on 8/9/1862 at Coldwater, MI as a Private.
On 9/5/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. MI 19th Infantry
He died of disease on 9/5/1864 at Coldwater, MI
 
Calvin married Lois Elizabeth McInstry in Kinderhook, Branch Co. on July 4, 1853.
Calvin was one of eight children, being 6 boys and 2 girls. His parents were Calvin Strong and Stephania Strong."

Of course, Connections like this are always a thrill for me, but making a link with a story so old is a special thrill

David, thank you so much for letting me know, and for sharing the family information with us!!

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