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A Collection of Photos 
Submitted by: Nancy Davis, Nancy Elbertson, 
Brenda Heriford & Rebecca Taylor

Benjamin Clark Strattan Family

Back row Left to Right:
Lucy" Seibert "Strattan, Charles Gregg  Strattan, Minnie" Bigelow "Strattan, 
Elmer Frances Strattan (Fred) and Katherine A. Strattan.

Second Row:
Seated Benjamin Clark Strattan seated next to him Adelia" Gregg" Strattan holding 
Hatties baby Helen Adelia and Hattie Marie "Ellis" Strattan. 

Front Row: 
Grace Strattan, Ruth Lenora Strattan, Roy Taylor Strattan, holding 
Leonard Ellis Strattan. and Next to him Russell Strattan.

Russell and Grace are the children of Edward D Strattan and Minnie Bigelow Strattan. 
Leonard, Ruth and Helen are the children of Fred and Hattie Strattan.

Fred and Hattie were the Caretakers of the Mt. Vernon Resevoir for years. 
They rented the boats out and ran the Concession stand.
Benjamin Clark Strattan b April 23, 1841 Wilmington Ohio d. Sept. 5, 1923 Mt Vernon, IL. Married Oct. 13, 1866 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Adelia M. Gregg b. 1844 in Iowa and died 1928 in Mt Vernon. They are both interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co. IL. See Obituary Benjamin See Obituary Adelia Children: 1. Edward D. Strattan (not shown) b.1868 Iowa (?) See Obituary d. May 4, 1933, Interred Oakwood Cemetery Married Minnie Humes Bigelow, b.1869 - d.1942, See Obituary interred Oakwood Cemetery. Children: (1) Russell Strattan b.1892 d.1904 Mt. Vernon, See Obituary Interred Oakwood Cemetery (2) Grace Strattan, b. 1896 My. Vernon, IL. Married A. Tracy Lewis He was an Atty. in Chattanooga Tennessee. 2. Roy Taylor Strattan b Aug 1871 in Iowa. See Obituary d. Mt. Vernon Jan. 28, 1951. Interred in Oakwood Cemetery Married Blanch Musgrave Children: (1) Wilma Strattan, m. Miller 3. Elmer Frances Strattan b. Nov. 4, 1873 Mt. Vernon See Obituary d. Oct. 11, 1945 in Mt. Vernon, IL. Married Feb. 25, 1896 in Mt. Vernon to Hattie Marie Ellis b. Nov. 12, 1877 in Batavia, Ohio See Obituary d. March 28, 1961. Interred Oakwood Cemetery Daughter of Henry L. Ellis and Zella Mae Applegate. Children: (1) Ruth Lenora Strattan b.May 16, 1896,m. Allison Porter (2) Leonard Ellis Strattan b.Dec. 5, 1899 m. Dorothy Skelton (3) Helen Adelia Strattan b.Nov.27, 1901 m. Floy Prather (4) Alice Katherine Strattan b. 7/2/1904, m. Edward Leland Funkhouser 4. Charles Gregg Strattan b. 4/22/1879 d. 1949 Mt. Vernon See Obituary Married Jan. 30, 1902 to Lucy Seibert b. Feb. 1, 1883 d July 31, 1958. See Obituary Both interred in Oakwood Cemetery Mt. Vernon, IL. Children: (1)Seibert Gregg Strattan, (SPEE DEE) See Obituary b. Jan. 25, 1903 Prinston IN; d, Evansville IN 1949. (2) Gertrude Adaline Strattan b. Nov. 27, 1906. d,(?) She married Howard Perry 5. Katherine A. Strattan b 1883 Mt. Vernon, IL. d.1922 in Anna IL. See Obituary Interred in Oakwood Cemetery Mt. Vernon,IL. as Katherine A. Strattan Married abt.1906 to William R. Edwards See Obituary Children: (1) Robert B Edwards, b. 1908 (2) Lewis Edwards b.1910,d. Sept 5, 1925 See Obituary (3) Leland Edwards, b. May 25, 1918 d. Aug. 15, 1993 See Obituary (4) Eleanor Edwards (no dates)

Stephen Thatcher Stratton Half brother to Benjamin Clark Strattan
b. 10/1/1818 Wilmington Ohio
d. 12/18/ 1898 Mt Vernon, IL
Interred in Oakwood Cemetery
He was married at least three times. 

Married 1st  Jan 1, 1840 to Nancy Lauder, 
She was born Aug 14, 1822 and died May 17, 1849
  1. Rynd Lauder Stratton 1841 - 1915
     Married Mary Lovica Jones April 17, 1844 - Aug. 19, 1927
  2. Augusta M Stratton  1845/1902-M.- Anna Mae Wagner  
  3. David F,Stratton 12/20/1842 
  4. Amelia Ruth Stratton 2/3/1847 to 1/29/1921

Married 2nd Nov 11, 1849 to Isabella Pavey   
She was born on Sept 2, 1833 and died Aug 18, 1880
  1. Mary V, Stratton B. 1851  M. Robert F. Pace
  2. Charles T. Stratton  B. 5/7/1853
  3. Emma L. Stratton  B. 1855
  4. Anna G. Stratton  B. 1866/1895

Married 3rd  March 18, 1882 to Eliza Koser 
She was born May 16, 1842 and died Jan 20, 1906 
See Obituary
No children that we know of,

Stephen Thatcher Stratton enlisted in the Civil War, August 25, 1862.  
He was the Captain of Company E, 80th Infantry. After the war he built 
the Stratton mansion that was located at 701 Jordan. He made his fortune 
from sugar during the war. He owned the Hardware at ninth and Broadway 
before the war. The building was 3 stories tall, it had a Drug Store and 
a Dry Goods store on the first floor, The Opera House was on the second 
floor and the Family's living Quarters were on the third floor before the 
war. It was destroyed by the Tornado of 1888. He also had the Crews building 
on the S/W corner of Ninth and B'way at one time. That was also destroyed 
by the Tornado. He rebuilt and on the first floor there was a lending Library 
until the Public Library was built.

Stephen Thatcher Stratton 1818 - 1898
See Obituary

Stephen Thatcher Strattan's Mansion on Jordan Street. Torn down for High School Mt. Vernon A Pictorial History by Thomas A Puckett

Grace Strattan
School Picture 1917 
Daughter of 
Edward D. Strattan and Minnie Humes Bigelow
Born 1896- D -?  
Married Atty. A. Tracy Lewis, Chattanooga TN.

Grace Strattan

Elmer Frances (Fred) Strattan
1875 - 1945
See Obituary
Fred Strattan 2nd from left Other 5 unknown - Singing Group?

Charles Gregg Strattan 1879 - 1949 (on right) Camp Onward, This camp was in Savannah Georgia Spanish American War, 4th IL. Inf See Obituary

Alice Katherine Strattan, age 15 
at Mt. Vernon Resevoir in a row boat.
Alice Katherine Strattan 1904 - 1969 See Obituary



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