Joseph C. Strong Journals
The first of the journals in this collection recounts Joseph C. Strong's service in the U. S. Navy aboard the warship Trumbull as it escorted other ships from London to the Caribbean in 1800 and 1801. It tells of capturing ships, taking prisoners, and relieving them of their money. It also mentions eating a tasty fruit called Mamgeneele that turned out to be poisonous. Strong's tour was cut short because Thomas Jefferson was elected president and a Treaty of Peace was signed between the U.S. and France on October 18, 1800. Strong resigned his commission in May or early June of 1801 and visited his mother in Massachusetts.
The second larger journal tells of Strong's activities in and around Knoxville in 1816 as he helped to establish a Bible Society. It mentions many people by name, among them James White, David Crockett, and James Ervins. In addition to his efforts on behalf of the Bible Society, Strong treated many illnesses as he traveled around the Southeast. Both of these journals are typewritten copies of the originals.
- 1800-1801, 1816
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The first of the journals in this collection recounts Joseph C. Strong's service in the U. S. Navy aboard the warship Trumbull as it escorted other ships from London to the Caribbean in 1800 and 1801. The second larger journal tells of Strong's activities in and around Knoxville in 1816 as he helped to establish a Bible Society. Both of these journals are typewritten copies of the originals.
Joseph Churchill Strong was born on October 3, 1775 in Bolton, Massachusetts to Judah and Martha Strong. He served in the U.S. Navy as a surgeon's mate aboard the frigate Trumbull and moved to Knoxville in 1801 after resigning his commission. He married Catharine Neilson on December 6, 1804, and the couple had three children: Robert Neilson (1805-1829), Martha Alvord (Strong) Ready (1807-), and Joseph Churchill (1808-). Catharine (Neilson) Strong died on May 13, 1810 and Joseph Strong married Jane Kain in 1811. He had six children with his second wife: Catharine (Strong) Wallace Fleming (1812-1898), Mary (Strong) Hazen (1815-1897), Jane (1818-1838), John Claiborne (1821-), Benjamin Rush (1824-1915), William Kain (1827-1835), and Ann Elizabeth (Strong) Rayl (1830-1895). Strong was a physician and surgeon in the area around Knoxville and was a charter member of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. He joined First Presbyterian Church in 1816. In 1819 he began the first of six terms as a city alderman and then served as mayor of Knoxville from 1828 to 1830. Joseph Strong died on November 3, 1844.
This collection consists of a single folder.
Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA