REVEREND HOWARD DAVIS STRATTON was born September 12, 1888 at Woodbury NJ to George and M. Ella Stratton. The elder Stratton was carpenter by trade, and soon moved the family to Camden NJ. The Strattons lived at 599 Carman Street when the census was taken in 1900. The family later moved to 918 Penn Street, where the resided when the census was again taken, in 1910. Howard Davis Stratton was then working as a salesman in a department store at that time. The following year, he entered the ministry. Reverend Stratton married around the same time. There were at least two children, Gladys and Elmer.
Reverend Stratton served at a variety of posts in Burlington, Monmouth, Mercer, and Gloucester counties before returning to Camden to pastor at Bethel M.E. Church on Westfield Avenue at 39th Street in 1932.
Reverend Howard Davis Stratton died in June of 1977 in Philadelphia.
|Camden Courier-Post - March 19 28, 1932|
PASTOR FETED BY BETHANY M.E.
A reception was tendered Rev. Howard Davis Stratton and his family. by the congregation of Bethel M. E. Church, Thirty-ninth Street and Westfield Avenue, last night.
Addresses welcoming the new pastor were made by Rev. Wilbur N. Pike, pastor of St. George's M. E. Church, in behalf of the community; George A. Cramer, secretary of the official board, in behalf of the church, and Miss Kathryn Shisler, president of the Epworth league.
Mrs. Martha B. Todd, chairman of the reception committee, presented Mrs. Stratton with a pewter set, the combined gift of the Ladies' Aid Society, the Ladies' Bible Class and the Epworth League.
A musical and. literary program was followed by refreshments.
Rev, Stratton began his ministry in the New Jersey Conference in 1922, with a pastorate at Wall, and served at Keyport from 1923 until 1927, then transferred to Broad Street M. E. Church, Trenton, He had entered the ministry from Bethany M. E. Church, Camden, serving from 1916 to 1921, at Victoria, Jacobstown, Cookstown, Crosswicks and Ellisdale, Cross Keys and Downer.
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