William Henry STRANGE Caroline Delilah STRANGE Martha Susannah STRANGE John H STRANGE Julia S STRANGE William Mack STRANGE Frederick Inman STRANGE Joseph Elmore STRANGE James FRANCE Joseph Siar SAMPLES Living SAMPLES James Franklin STRANGE Charles Columbus STRANGE Sarah Jane STRANGE Edith Jane EDMONDS Mini tree diagram
Laura Jane STRANGE

Laura Jane STRANGE1,8,9,5,6,10

also known as Laura J SAMPLES2,7

also known as Laura Strange SAMPLES8

also known as Laura Jane FRANCE4

Aug 18761,2,3,4 - 27th Oct 1953

Life History

Aug 1876

Born in Jefferson County, Tennessee.1,2,3,4


Resident in Jefferson County, Tennessee.1,5

30th Sep 1908

Married James FRANCE in Cocke County, Tennessee.10


Resident in Civil District 4, Cocke, Tennessee.4


Resident in Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.7

27th Oct 1953

Died in Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina.2,6

(most likely)

"She has been in failing health for several months and seriously ill for the past few weeks."  --  Newspaper death announcement; on death cert Primary cause of death <unreadable>, contributing fractured hip

29th Oct 1953

Buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina.2



(less likely)

Other facts


Married Joseph Siar SAMPLES


Birth of son Living SAMPLES


  • A Strange Family genealogy gives Laura's names as Laura Frances.Probably because of the error in James' last name in the marriagerecord.  The 1880 census lists her as Laura J.

    1880 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 16 June, CivilDistrict 5, Enumeration District 177, page 32, Hse #263, Fam #267
    Strange, William  W M 44   Farmer TN TN TN
    Strange, Eadie  W F 34 Wife Keeping House Cannot read or write TN TNTN
    Strange, Laura J  W F 3 Dau  TN TN TN

    One genealogy reports the names of Laura's two husbands, but has novital information.  We are told that there were no children of eitherof the Laura Strange marriages.  Death and burial information is notknown.  The birth date of August 1876, reported in the genealogybelow, comes from the 1900 census.  I have not found any independentreport of a birth date for Laura.

    Laura J. STRANGE
    Sex F
    Birth AUG 1876 in Tennessee
    Census 1900 Jefferson Co., Tennessee page 191
    Reference Number WFT Vol. 14, #2932
    Father William STRANGE b 2 FEB 1842 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee
    Mother Edith Jane EDMONDS b 5 AUG 1845 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee
    Marriage 1 James FRANCE
    Marriage 2 Joseph SAMPLES

    She is again listed as Laura J in the 1900 census.  At that time24-year-old Laurie was still living at home with her parents and someyounger siblings.

    1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 13 June, CivilDistrict 17, Enumeration District 55, page 8A, Hse/Fam #131
    Strange, William H  head W M Feb 1848  58 Married 38 yrs TN TN TNFarmer Owns
    Strange, Edie J  Wife W F Aug 1845  54 Married 38 yrs TN TN TN
    Strange, Laura J  Dau W F Aug 1876  23 Single TN TN TN

    With this consistent listing as Laura J, I am wondering how the oldergenealogy (with some good detail but no documentation) got the nameLaura Frances.  As I searched for further documentation in September2009, I noticed again the name of her husband, James France, andwondered if this compiler had confused the married name France with agiven name Frances.  I found that his name was miswritten on theirmarriage record in 1908.

    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    James Francis
    Marriage 30 Sep 1908 Cocke County, Tennessee
    Spouse Laura Strange

    In quick order, I found Laura Jane France with her husband JamesFrance in Cocke County, just across the line from Jefferson County.(The Strange and Gregory families had lived near the county line onthe Jefferson side, but done much of their business on the CockeCounty side, where the county seat of Newport was close to theJefferson County line.)

    1910 Federal Census, Cocke, Tennessee, 21 April, Civil District 4,Enumeration District 12, page 3B, Hse/Fam #99
    France, James Head M W 50 Marriage 2 Married 1yr7mos TN TN TN FarmerOwns
    France, Laura Jane Wife F W 33 Marriage 1 Married 1yr7mos TN TN TN

    Relatives are living all around them.  Next door is Charles France age25, who appears to be James' son.  Next door to Charles is Laura'suncle Greenberry Strange and his wife Sarah France.  Two doors away onthe other side is Joseph Hance, a relative of Laura's brother-in-lawHugh Hance, who married her sister Caroline.

    Laura and her second husband, Joseph Siar Samples, later moved toNorth Carolina, where they spent the rest of their lives.

    1930 Federal Census, Gaston County, North Carolina, 11 April, District16, page 12A, Gastonia, 1026 West Airline Ave, Hse #142, Fam #?
    Samples, Joseph Head Rents M W 53 First married at age 22 TN TN TNCarpenter
    Samples, Laura Wife F W 48 First married at age 20 TN TN TN
    Samples, Rubel Son M W 15 TN TN TN

    Living two doors away from Joseph and Laura is one of Laura'skinfolks, Cephus A Strange.  I have not found this name before finding32-year-old Cephus here in Gastonia, North Carolina, with his withLottie D and their children, Willie M, Clyde E and Bonnie L.  Isubsequently found that apparently this is a son of GreenberryStrange.  In 1920, he and his new wife Lettie are living next door toGreenberry, and Joseph Samples is only a few doors down, recorded onthe previous page of the census.  I have not been able to find Laurain the 1920 census.

    Joseph's death record reports his wife as Laura Strange Samples.

    North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
    Joseph Siar Samples
    White Male
    Age 87, Birth 21 Aug 1877 Tennessee
    Death 26 Oct 1964 Gastonia, Gaston County
    Residence Gastonia, Gaston, North Carolina
    Spouse's Name Laura Strange Samples

    Laura died before Joseph.  A death announcement appeared on the day ofher death.

    "MRS. LAURA JANE SAMPLES Mrs. Laura Jane Samples died this morning atat her horne 304 North Morehead Street.  She has been in failinghealth for several months and seriously ill for the past few weeks."
    --  Gastonia Gazette, Gastonia, North Carolina, Oct 27 1953, viaNewspaperArchive.com

    Her North Carolina Death Certificate provides the following report.

    North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976
    Laura Jane Samples
    Residence 304 N Morehead St, Gastonia, NC
    Occupation Domestic
    Age 77, Birth 1876 Tennessee
    Spouse and informant Joseph S Samples
    Father Bill Strange, Mother Edith Edmonds
    Death 27 Oct 1953 at home Gastonia, North Carolina
    Primary cause of death <unreadable>, contributing fractured hip
    Burial 29 Oct 1953 Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, NC by CarothersFuneral Home, Gastonia
    Certificate #23906 filed 2 November 1953


  • 1. 1880 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee
    • 16 June, Civil District 5, Enumeration District 177, page 32, Hse
  • 2. North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976
  • 3. One World Tree (sm)
    • http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=41293044&st=1
  • 4. 1910 Federal Census, Cocke, Tennessee
    • 21 April, Civil District 4, Enumeration District 12, page 3B, Hse/Fam
  • 5. 1900 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Tennessee
    • 13 June, Civil District 17, Enumeration District 55, page 8A, Hse/Fam
  • 6. Death announcement of Laura Jane Strange Samples, 1953
  • 7. 1930 Federal Census, Gaston County, North Carolina
    • 11 April, District 16, page 12A, Gastonia, 1026 West Airline Ave, Hse
  • 8. North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975
  • 9. World Family Tree Vol. 2
    • Pedigree #2932
  • 10. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002

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