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[John] Joel DRESSLER
Hannah __?__
Catharine STROUP
Husband:  [John] Joel DRESSLER 
Birth:  1827/8, PA
Occupation:  laborer, Pennsylvania Railroad; farmer
Father:  Jacob DRESSLER
Mother:  Esther GELNETT
Wife-1:  Hannah __?__
Birth:  1830/1, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Wife:  Catharine "Kate" STROUP
Birth:  1833/4, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1. Mr. ZELLERS
Father:  Moses STROUP
Mother:  Catherine BAUMAN
Children with Hannah born in Juniata Co., PA:
1.  Nancy DRESSLER, b. 1855/6
2.  John DRESSLER, b. 1857/8
3.  Henry DRESSLER, b. Nov/Dec 1859

Said to have had this child, but if so, he died before the 1860 census:
.  Oscar David DRESSLER, b. ca. 1857

Hannah either divorced Joel and took the children with her, or she died, and her kin took the children in, because they do not show up in the 1870 census with their re-married father.  Either that or the Joel DRESSLER who married Hannah is not the same Joel DRESSLER who married Kate STROUP, which appears to me to be a distinct possibility.

Children with Catharine STROUP:
.  Jeremiah Edgar DRESSLER, b. 1866/7
.  Josanna Agnes DRESSLER, b. 1868/9
.  Joel Theodosig DRESSLER, b. 1870/1
.  Louisa C. DRESSLER, b. 1872/3
.  Amelia U. DRESSLER, b. 1874/5
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1860 Census Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #3 of 39):  Thompsontown P.O., Delaware Twp., Juniata Co., PA, p. 499, PN 47, 330/1, enumerated 19 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Joel Dressler 30 M   Lab. P.R.R.   100 Penna
Hannah Dressler 29 F         "
Nancy  4 F         "
John  2 M         "
Henry 6/12 M         "

3.  1870 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #8 of 23):  Mahontengo P.O., Susquehanna Twp., Juniata Co., PA, p. 465B, PN 8, 53/53, enumerated 13 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Dressler Joel 41 M W Farmer 2000 600 Pa
________ Kate 30 F W       Pa
________ Alfred 16 M W L $     Pa
________ Sarah 14 F W       Pa
________ Daniel 12 M W       Pa
________ Jerimiah 10 M W       Pa
________ Agnus  1 F W       Pa
The three eldest children are Kate's by her first marriage, to Mr. ZELLERS by the way, we know that Alfred used the surname ZELLERS, not DRESSLER.  If Jeremiah is 10, as it says here, then he has to be a son of Mr. ZELLERS.  If he is 3 years old, as indicated by the 1880 census, then he is Joel's biological son, not his adopted son.  Living three doors from Michael & Eva Maria STROUP

4.  1880 United States Census and National Index (LDS Family History Resource File: CD-ROM Library):¤
Census Place: Susquehanna, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Source: FHL Film 1255137; NARA Film T9-1137; Pg 360A
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Joel DRESSLER Self M M W 52 PA Farmer PA PA
Catherine DRESSLER Wife F M W 46 PA Keeping House PA PA
Jeremiah E. DRESSLER Son M S W 13 PA Works On Farm PA PA
Jasana A. DRESSLER Dau F S W 11 PA At Home PA PA
Joel T. DRESSLER Son M S W  9 PA   PA PA
Louisa C. DRESSLER Dau F S W  7 PA   PA PA
Amelia U. DRESSLER Dau F S W  5 PA   PA PA
If Jeremiah really is 13, then he was 3, not 10, in 1870, making him Joel's son, not Mr. ZELLERS's.  The fact that Joel calls him "son" is not proof he's Joel's biological son, because I know of many cases where adopted children are not so indicated in the census.  Living next door to John & Susanna CUPP, who are next door to Michael & Eva Maria STROUP

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