52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #17 – Ora Simpson Strait

Relationship: Great-grandfather

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Depending on what documents that are examined, Ora Simpson Strait has a number of possible birth dates. His tombstone only has a year, 1879, on it.[1] Examination of census information yields the following information:

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The most direct piece of evidence comes from Ora’s United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America membership statement. It states he was born on 26 January 1879. His membership booklet (privately held) is pictured to the right and is dated 20 October 1917.Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 2.19.56 PM

So, you may ask, what does a carpenter do compared to what a joiner does? Well, the carpenter worked from a building’s foundation to its roof ridge. He laid floors, chiseled mortise-and-tenon joints, framed walls, raised rafters, carved moldings, hung doors, and nailed weatherboard.

A joiner is a sub-specialty of the field of carpentry. Joiners would finish interiors by joining together pieces of wood and might work on door and window frames and staircases and other wood pieces within a house or building.

Before he was a carpenter though, Ora worked as a school teacher for a time.[5] He is shown here (one of the men in the back row) with his class in Vernon taken about 1897, in front of the old building which formerly stood next to the Methodist Church.[6]

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Ora was 28 years old when he married Audrey Romine Hunt (http://wp.me/p4WHi0-1G), daughter of William H. Hunt and Hannah J. Longcor, on 17 June 1907 in a ceremony conducted by the Rev. E. E. Lowans at Audrey’s home in Branchville Junction, Sussex, New Jersey.[7]

Announcement - STRAIT-HUNT

Audrey and Ora Strait were the parents of the following children:

  1. Bernice Strait, born on 05 December 1908 in Lafayette;[8] died on 28 April 1979 in Newton.[9] She married Robert William Wood.[10]
  2. William Charles Strait, born on 17 July 1910 in Lake Grinnell, Sussex County, New Jersey;[11] died on 29 May 1961 n Newton.[12] He married Beatrice Irene Repsher on 12 October 1935 in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey.[13]
  3. Carl Hope Strait, born on 20 December 1913 in Branchville Junction;[14] died on 07 August 2001 in Andover Township, Sussex County, New Jersey.[15] He married Sarah E. Decker.[16]
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Ora Simpson with Bernice, William and Carl and his mother-in-law Hannah Jane (Longcor) Hunt.

Besides working as a school teacher and before taking up carpentry, Ora worked on a farm. He was doing general work on a farm according to the 1910 census.[17]

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Ora Simpson Strait taking care of the yard work.

Ora Simpson Strait died on 07 Sep 1918 in Newton, Sussex, New Jersey, of carcinoma of the liver[18] at a very young 39 years of age. He was interred in the North Hardyston Cemetery.[19]

STRAIT Ora S. and Audrey R.


[1] North Hardyston Cemetery (Rt. 94, Hamburg, New Jersey), Ora S. Strait and Audrey R. Hunt marker; photo taken by Jodi Lynn Strait, July 2006.
[2] New Jersey. Sussex County. 1880 U.S. census, population schedule. Ira Strait. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005.
[3] New Jersey. Sussex County. 1900 U.S. census, population schedule. Ira W. Strait. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005.
[4] New Jersey. Sussex County. 1910 U.S. census, population schedule. Ora Strait. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005.
[5] New Jersey. Sussex County. 1900 U.S. census, population schedule. Ira W. Strait. Digital images. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005.
[6] “Out of the Past,” news article, July 1956 newspaper clipping of a re-printed photo, unidentified newspaper [most likely New Jersey Herald or The Star Ledger].
[7] “STRAIT-HUNT,” marriage announcement, Sussex Register, 20 June 1907, p. 5, col. 5; Bound newspaper stacks, Sussex County Historical Society, Newton, New Jersey.
[8] Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index (SSDI),” database, Rootsweb.com (http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com), entry for Bernice Wood, 1979, SS no. 136-12-4625.
[9] “Bernice Wood,” obituary, undated newspaper clipping, unidentified newspaper [most likely the New Jersey Herald]. Also: Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index (SSDI),” Database, Rootsweb.com (http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com), entry for Bernice Wood, 1979, SS no. 136-12-4625
[10] “Robert Wood,” obituary, undated newspaper clipping, unidentified newspaper [most likely the New Jersey Herald].
[11] New Jersey, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Registrations, birth certificate (1910), William Charles Strait. Parents are listed as Ora S. Strait and Audrey R. Hunt.
[12] St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cemetery (Woodside Avenue or Rt. 206, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey), William and Beatrice Strait marker; photograph taken by Jodi Lynn Strait, July 2006.
[13] Marriage certificate for William Strait and Beatrice Repsher, church issued certificate, family papers collection, 1935; privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ.[14] Social Security Administration, “Social Security Death Index (SSDI),” Database, Rootsweb.com (http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com), entry for Carl H. Strait, 2001, SS no. 136-16-1618.
[15] “Carl Strait,” obituary, newspaper clipping, 09 August 2001 (penned), unidentified newspaper [most likely New Jersey Herald]; Strait family newspaper clipping, privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, 6961 W. West Arrow, Tucson, AZ, 2011.  Inherited in 2010 by Ms. Strait from her grandmother Beatrice (Repsher) Strait Guirreri of Newton, New Jersey.
[16] “Sarah Strait,” obituary, newspaper clipping, 02 November 1986 (penned), unidentified newspaper [most likely New Jersey Herald].
[17] 1910 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Sparta, ED 182, p. 1A (penned), dwelling 7, family 9, Ora Strait; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 909.
[18] New Jersey, Department of Health, Death Certificate, death certificate no. 593 (penned), Ora S. Strait (1918).
[19] North Hardyston Cemetery (Rt. 94, Hamburg, New Jersey), Ora S. Strait and Audrey R. Hunt marker; photo taken by Jodi Lynn Strait, July 2006.

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