Welcome to the ‘STRASSER’ website
by Ebenezer Ekundayo Strasser-
It is about time we trace the members of the wider Strasser family and identify our links and relationship with this clan.
Our fore parents established us in Sierra Leone over generations, but ignorance as to our history/roots created a cloud to our origin and the links between the Strasser branches/families.
A larger percentage of the older population of Freetown came to know, respect and admire the Strasser clan because we epitomized humility, hard work, contentment, respect for mankind and, above all, we were rooted in religion and fearfulness for God. These have always been the guiding principles to our survival.
How did this family come about?
Sometime between 1843/44, Rev. Christopher Frey was appointed priest for the CMS church at Waterloo, St. Michael and All Angels, which had just been extended to accommodate 900 worshipers, from the previous 250. Rev. Christopher Frey was a European missionary on a supporting mission to the spiritual development of both settlers and indigenous Waterloonians of the post slave -
He recruited a servant, who was a freed slave of Gold Coast origin (original name unknown), and baptized him into Christianity. Mrs. Frey, the wife of German origin, gave ‘the baptized’ the name Hans Strasser, in memory of her late brother, a soldier who was killed during the war.
Hans Strasser occupied pride of place in the Waterloo community and got several children, in and out of wedlock. These children and their offspring metamorphosed to the Strasser, Strasser-
One notable thing about the children of Hans is that when the daughters, married or unmarried, bore their own children, they kept the Strasser and compounded it with the husband’s or boyfriend’s name, thus the explanation for the double-
It is incumbent on us, the surviving generation, to develop our direct family trees to be posted to the site.
Any useful pictures, document or write-
Let us collectively preserve our family heritage with pride and gratefulness to our ancestors.
~ by Christopher Williams
ROAD SIGNAGE -
STOP – The 8 faces of the octagon represents our plurality. The many sides are distinct but can all be connected in the center and thus share a common core. It reminds us to Stop and remember that we all share the same root and nucleus and that family unity is critical. If the core is compromised we all are. This core holds the clan together.
SQUARE – Information is normally written on square and rectangular road signs. This symbolizes our educational tradition, growth and learning. It speaks to a commitment to tireless self-
CIRCLE – This has a number of uses in road signage and this versatility embodies the universe and the world that we live in. We do not live in it alone and it reminds us to be open-
YIELD – The inverted triangle reminds us to yield to God. It positions us in respect and thanksgiving. It clarifies that we are not in control all the time and He has right of way. The triangle also refers to the trinity, representing our family's religious commitment and religious tradition.
Family Matriarch -
Introduction by Emmanuel Adebeyi George (Snr.)
Janet, Mammy K, Strasser-
She was a strong woman as well as a disciplinarian. One of the legacies she left us is our strong Christian values. O yes, her boys were not saints but they, in their own ways, "caused their lights to shine before men". Her first and last born, Esawacho and Ebun, became fully ordained ministers of the Gospel.
Those of us who spent much of our formative years with her, participated in the making of ogiri, agidi, soda soap. The oldest grandsons at the time, Fijabi and Eku; Eku especially, was the CEO. I remember how Eku used to cook the corn chaff into a very delicious meal.
As the picture depicts, she was blessed with five sons who wound a five strand cord that will never be broken. Blessed be memory of a great African woman.
I Am From
~ adapted from Rose M. De Leon
I am from my mother's stomach
I am from the love of my family.
I am from "I got your back" and "You're one of a kind."
I am from love and harmony and everyone around me