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Andrew STRAUB, Founder of Freeburg
Barbara __?__
WARNING:  some of this family group sheet is tentative.  There is much yet here to prove.
Husband:  Andrew STRAUB / STROUP
Birth:  28 Sep 1770, presumably in Cumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Baptism:  30 Jun 1771, PA
Death said to be:  ca. 1826, Greenwood Twp., Perry Co., PA
Disposition:  memorial monument in Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery, Freeburg, Snyder Co., PA 
Occupation:  land developer, school teacher
Father:  (Johann) Pieter STRAUB II, a.k.a. Peter STRAUB/STROUP, Sr.
Mother:  Catharina Elisabetha __?__
Marriage:
Wife:  Barbara __?__
Birth:  1770-74
Occupation:  homemaker
Children — HIGHLY TENTATIVE:
Based on two deeds, Andrew & Barbara had these children, with Catharine named as the 11th child:
. __ Andrew STRAUB
. __ Henry STRAUB
. __ Peter STRAUB / STROUP, b. 26 Oct 1799
. __ Joseph STRAUB
. __ six more
11. __ Catharine STRAUB
. __ more?


Based on the 1800-1820 censuses, our subjects had 12 children (7 males, 5 females), which I've placed into three groups based on decade of birth:

1790-1800
  1.  (Son A) STRAUB, b. 1790-1800
  2.  (Son B) STRAUB, b. 1790-1800
  3.  (Son C) STRAUB, b. 1794-1800
  4.  (Daughter A) STRAUB, b. 1794-1800

1800-1810
  5.  (Daughter B) STRAUB, b. 1800-1810
  6.  (Son D) STRAUB, b. 1800-1810
  7.  (Son E) STRAUB, b. 1800-1810
  8.  (Son F) STRAUB, b. 1800-1810

1810-1820
  9.  (Daughter C) STRAUB, b. 1810-1820
10.  (Daughter D) STRAUB, b. 1810-1820
11.  (Daughter E) STRAUB, b. 1810-1820
12.  (Son G) STRAUB, b. 1810-1820



Each of the following has been proposed as one of our subjects' children, and I've organized them into the same three age-groups as above:

1790-1800
.  Henry STRAUB
Andrew S. STRAUB / STROUB, b. ca. 12 Aug 1797, PA — to Marion Co., OH 
Peter STROUB / STROUP (Sr.), b. 26 Oct 1799; 1820-30 Censuses, Greenwood Twp., Perry Co.; 1840 Census, Greenwood Twp., Juniata Co. 

1800-1810
Moses STRAUB, b. 1800-1810 — son married a HAAS 
Joseph STRAUB / STROUB / STROUP, b. 1801, PA — to Marion Co., OH 
Benjamin STRAUB / STROUB / STROUP, b. 1802, PA; m. Elizabeth HAAS; — to Marion Co., OH 
Samuel STRAUB / STROUB, b. 1800-1806 — to Marion Co., OH 
Susanna STRAUB, b. 1808/9, PA  — to Marion Co., OH 
Michael STRAUB, b. 1809/10, PA — 1840-80 Censuses, Juniata Co., PA 

1810-1820
11.  Catharine STRAUB, b. 1810-20
Mary Ann STRAUB/STROUB, b. 1814/5; m. Michael William AUMAN; 1840/50/60 Censuses, Juniata Co., PA 
John STROUP, b. 11 Oct 1816 — to Keokuk Co., IA
The problem with John is that we know his mother's name was Eve and that she was born in 1793/4.

We come up with a total of 12 children (9 males and 3 females), so we may not be too far from the truth here.  Of course, I'm assuming all three censuses are accurate, which is rarely the case, so we may be closer to an accurate list than it appears — or further away.  :-(



Five of the above moved to Marion Co., OH, ca. 1821, namely:
Andrew S. STRAUB / STROUB, b. 12 Aug 1797, PA 
Joseph STRAUB / STROUB / STROUP, b. 1801, PA
Benjamin STRAUB / STROUB / STROUP, b. 1802, PA
Samuel STRAUB / STROUB, b. 1800-1806 
Susanna STRAUB, b. 1808/9, PA
Some descendants of these STRAUBs have an oral family tradition of being descended from the founder of "Straubstown" (a.k.a., Freeburg).  Other descendants believe that Andrew and Susanna, at least, are descended from a different Andrew & Barbara STRAUB (of Northampton Co., PA) though I have found no evidence for the existence of such a couple.
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Timeline
abbr: N'land = Northumberland; Wash. = Washington
Year Location Event
1750 PA: Cumberland Co. was formed from Lancaster Co. and unincorporated territory
1767 PA: Cumberland Co: Greenwood Twp. was formed
17?? PA: Cumberland [now Snyder] Co.: Middle Creek Peter STRAUB buys land
1767 PA: Cumberland [now Snyder] Co.: Middle Creek Peter STRAUB sells land
1770 PA birth of Andrew STRAUB
1771 PA baptism of Andrew STRAUB
1772 PA: Northumberland Co. was formed from Bedford, Berks, Cumberland, Lancaster, and Northampton Cos.
    birth of Barbara __?__
1789 PA: Mifflin Co. was formed from Northumberland and Cumberland Cos., which split Greenwood Twp. in two —
part of Greenwood Twp. remained in Cumberland [now Perry] Co. and part went to the new Mifflin [now Juniata] Co.
1790 Census   not found
?   marriage of Andrew STRAUB & Barbara __?__
1792 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penn [now Wash.] Twp.: Heilbrun Tract Andrew's father, Peter STROUP, patents 253 acres
1792 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penn [now Wash.] Twp.: Heilbrun Tract Andrew STROUP buys 253 acres from his father
1795 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Mahantango Twp. was formed from Penns Twp.
1796 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Mahantango [now Wash.] Twp.: Heilbrun Tract Andrew & Barbara STRAUB sell 140 acres to Peter FRIES
1796 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Mahantango? [now Wash.] Twp.: Heilbrun Tract Andrew STRAUB founds Straubstown [now Freeburg]
1800 Census PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penn [now Wash.] Twp. Andrew STROUP, head-of-household
1800 PA: Cumberland [now Perry] Co.: Greenwood Twp. Andrew STRAUB buys 155(?) acres from heirs of Samuel REED
1803 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penn [now Wash.] Twp.: Freeburg Andrew & Barbara STRAUB sell two ¼-acre lots to John RAUSH
1810 Census PA: Mifflin [now Juniata] Co.: Greenwood Twp. Andrew STROUP, head-of-household
1811 PA: N'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penn [now Wash.] Twp: Freeburg Andrew & Barbara STRAUB "sell" two ½-acre lots to church
1813 PA: Union Co. was formed from Northumberland Co.
1818 PA: Union [now Snyder] Co.: Mahantango Twp. ceased to exist, having ceded land to what later became five other townships
1818 PA: Union [now Snyder] Co.: Washington Twp. formed from parts of Penn, Center, and Mahantango Twps.
1819 PA: Cumberland [now Perry] Co.: Greenwood Twp. Andrew & Barbara STRAUB sell 155 acres to Peter STRAUB
1820 PA: Perry Co. was formed from Cumberland Co. and included Cumberland's part of Greenwood Twp.
1820 Census PA: Perry Co.: Greenwood Twp. Andrew STROUP, head-of-household
c1826 PA: Perry Co.: Greenwood Twp. death of Andrew STROUP
1830 Census   not found
1831 PA: Juniata Co. was formed from Mifflin Co. and included Mifflin's part of Greenwood Twp. 
1855 PA: Snyder Co. was formed from Union Co.
The bottom line with regard to Greenwood Twp. is that the one in Juniata Co. is adjacent to the one in Perry Co., so a move between them is a minor one.

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

3.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #8 of 9; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1800 PA Northumberland [now Snyder] Co. Penns [now Washington] Twp. p. 744 Ln. 13 Stroup Andrew 31010-10010-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1790-1800 = Peter (b. 1799)
= Son B
= Son A
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = ?
1 male 26-44 1755-1774 = Andrew (b. 1770) 
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800 = Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1755-1774 = Barbara
If Andrew was truly born in 1770, it's unlikely he was even married by 1790, much less that his wife had born a son by 1790.  The fact that we don't find Andrew in the 1790 census supports (though does not prove) he was not married by 1790.

4.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 6; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen — indexed "Ander"):¤•
1810 PA Mifflin [now Juniata] Co. Greenwood Twp. p. 972 Ln. 7 Andw Stroup 31010-11101-00 7-25-0-0-2-0-0-2-0-0-40
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Son E
= Son D
= Son C
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Peter (b. 1799)
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = Andrew (b. 1770)
1 female 9 or under 1800-1810 = Daughter B
1 female 10-15 1794-1800 = Daughter A
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Barbara?
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Catharina? (b. 1731/2)
 7 yds Woollen Cloth
25 yds Flaxen Cloth
 2 Spinning Wheels
 2 Neat Cattle
40 Sugar

5.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 5 — mis-indexed "Stoup"; in 1820, the Perry County census forms were non-standard, see this page for explanation; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤• 
1820 PA Perry Co. Greenwood Twp. p. 362 Ln. 33 Stroup Andrew 110101-31001-100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son H
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = Son G
1 male 19-25* 1794-1801 = Son F
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Andrew (b. 1770)
3 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter E
= Daughter D
= Daughter C
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = Daughter B
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Barbara
1 person engaged in agriculture
*In the 1820 Census, the third column is age class 16-18 and the fourth column is age class 16-25; therefore, any individual in column three is duplicated in column four.  By subtracting the number in column three from the number in column four, you can create an age class "19-25."
Although Greenwood Twp., Perry Co., and Greenwood Twp., Mifflin/Juniata Co., were once one (in Cumberland Co.), this change in location from Mifflin/Juniata (in 1810) to Perry (in 1820) represents a genuine move, not just a name change — though obviously the move was a short one.

6a.  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book E, pp. 444-445 (photocopies courtesy of Shirley Straub Morton).
Summary below; for full transcription, please see this page
Grantor: Peter STROUP, Yeoman,
of Penn [now Washington] Township, Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Grantee: Andrew STROUP, Yeoman,  son of Peter STROUP, 
of Penn [now Washington] Township, Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Original Patent: 30 May 1792, State of Pennsylvania, Book 19, p. 462, to Peter STROUP
Plantation/Tract: Halbourn (a.k.a., Heilbrum or Heilbrun), 253 acres
Adjacent Landowners: Jacob MEYERS, Stophel MEYERS, Jacob YODER, Andrew MORR, William McMURREY
Date Conveyance Signed: 7 Jun 1792
Witnesses: George CREAMER; Simon SNYDER, JP
Date Recorded: 15 Jun 1792
Place Recorded: Deed Book E, pp. 444-445, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Recorder: J. SIMPSON
Andrew turned 21 in 1792, so this would have been his earliest opportunity to own property in his own right.  Peter STROUP, the grantor and Andrew's father, was born in Großgartach, in the Heilbronn District of Württemberg.  Was that the origin of the name of the tract?

6b.  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book M, pp. 29-30 (photocopies courtesy of Shirley Straub Morton).
Summary below; for full transcription, please see this page
Grantor: Andrew STRAUB / STRAUP & wife, Barbara,
of Penns Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Grantee: Peter FRIES,
of Mahantanky [formerly Penns, now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Tract: 140 acres,
in Mahantanky [formerly Penns, now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Adjacent Landowners: George MOOTZ / MOTZ, Michael MOTZ, John WINKELBLACK / WINKELBLOCH
Others Mentioned: George HERROLD & wife, Anna Maria; Leonhard WINKELBLECH & wife
Date Signed: 29 Apr 1796
Witnesses: Names indecipherable
Date Recorded: 29 Nov 1802
Place Recorded: Deed Book M, pp. 29-30, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Recorder: F. EVANS for Jeremiah SIMPSON
The township is Mahantango, not Mahantanky.  Mahantango was formed in 1795 from Penns.  Then in 1818, Mahantango Twp. became extinct having ceded land to five other townships, including Washington. 

6c.  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book R, pp. 394-396 (photocopies courtesy of Shirley Straub Morton).
Summary below; for full transcription, please see this page
Grantor: Andrew STRAUB, Yeoman, and wife, Barbara,
of Penns [now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Grantees: John RAUSH, Tanner,
of Freeburg, Penns [now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Tract: Lots 8 and 9, ¼ acre each, in Freeburg (from Heilbrun Tract)
Original Patent: 30 May 1792, State of Pennsylvania, Book 18 (sic), p. 462,
to Peter STROUP, 230 acres called "Heilbrun" Plantation/Tract
Original Conveyance: 7 Jun 1792, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Book E, p. 444
Peter & Catherine STRAUB to son, Andrew STRAUB, 230 acres called "Heilbrun"
Date Indenture Signed: 30 Apr 1803
Witnesses: F. EVANS, P? HACKENBERG
Date Proved: 15 Jun 1803 (witness, F. EVANS)
Date Recorded: 23 Mar 1813
Place Recorded: Deed Book R, pp. 394-396, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Recorder: Jno. L. FINNEY

6d.  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book R, pp. 230-232 (photocopies courtesy of Shirley Straub Morton).
Summary below; for full transcription, please see this page
Grantor: Andrew STRAUB, Yeoman, & wife, Barbara
of Greenwood Twp., Mifflin [now Perry] Co., PA
Grantees: Peter HILBISH, Yeoman, of Penns Twp., Northumberland Co., PA;
Peter GERMAN, Yeoman, of Mahontongo Twp., Northumberland Co., PA;
Trustees of the German Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Congregations of
Freeburg, Penns [now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA
Tract: two half-acre lots (Nos. 84 & 85) on New Street in Freeburg,
part of original, larger tract known as Heilbrum (a.k.a., Heilbrun or Halbourn)
Conveyed by Patentee: 5 Jun 1792, from Peter STRAUB to son, Andrew STRAUB
Date Conveyance Signed: 11 Nov 1811
Witnesses: Valentine HAAS, Joseph FEEHAER
Date Recorded: 17 Aug 1812
Place Recorded: Deed Book R, pp. 230-232, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Recorder: Jno. L. FINNEY

6d.  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book ?, pp. 102-103 (photocopies courtesy of Shirley Straub Morton).
Summary below; for full transcription, please see this page
Grantor: Andrew STRAUB / STROUB / STROUP, & wife, Barbara,
of Greenwood Township, Cumberland [now Perry] County, Pennsylvania
Grantee: Peter STRAUB
of Greenwood Township, Cumberland [now Perry] County, Pennsylvania
Tract: 155 acres
in Greenwood Township, Cumberland [now Perry] County, Pennsylvania
Adjacent Landowners: McCONNELS, MAGAHAYS, Leonard PFOUTS
Provisions: Joseph STRAUB to have access to spring (for drinking water)
Prior Conveyance: n.d., Edward QUIN to Samuel REED
Prior Conveyance: 2 Sep 1800, heirs of Samuel REED to Andrew STRAUB
Date Indenture Signed: 8 Nov 1819
Witnesses: Jno. CRAINE, J. HUGGENS
Date Proved: 1 Jan 1820 (witness, J. HUGGIN)
Date Recorded: 13 Apr 1820
Place Recorded: Book ?, pp. 102-103, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Recorder: David Milliken
As Andrew's father is deceased, this Peter STRAUB is presumbed to be his son.  However, the date makes me wonder if we don't have Peter's birthyear wrong.  It appears Peter bought the land as he came of age, which should have been 26 Oct 1820, as he was born 26 Oct 1799.  So, was it really 1798?

7.  Monument reading by Mark & Lois Hross (of Rainbow City, AL) at the "cemetery across from Lutheran and Reformed Church of Freeburg, PA":
In grateful remembrance of Andrew Straub founder of Freeburg, Pa., A.D. 1796, and donor of these grounds.

8.  William Henry Egle, ed.  1897.  Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical: Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania: Annual Volume, 1896. Harriburg Publ. Co., Harrisburg, PA (reprinted in 1970 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD, and again in 1998 as Broderbund CD-19).  A very brief sketch of the "Founder of Freeburg." 

9.  Charles A. Fisher.  1938.  Snyder County Pioneers.  Self-published, Selinsgrove, PA, p. 90 (reprinted 1991 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; color and boldface added):
ANDREW STRAUB is believed to have been an older son of Peter Straub (1724-1804).  When or where he was born or when he died is unknown to the compiler.  However, it is known that about 1796 he laid out the village of Freeburg, Snyder County, PA, which at first was known as 'Straubstown' but later changed to Freeburg (probably from Freiburg, the supposed ancestral home in Germany of his father Peter).  When the plot of Freeburg was surveyed, Andrew gave several acres of ground for a church and cemetery in the center of the town.  This is today known as St Peters Lutheran and Reformed Church.  He is buried in the cemetery which he donated to the church, and a grateful posterity has erected a small monument to his memory.
Fisher's statement that "Freeburg" is derived from "Freiburg… in Germany" is mere supposition, repeated countless times since only because the statement is in print, not because there is any evidence for it.  The fact of the matter is that we do not know, and will likely never know for certain, the actual origin of the name of the town, nor even who changed the name from Straubstown to Freeburg.  But at the very least, we should stop repeating as fact something that was only a guess to begin with. 

Also, "Freiburg" and "Freiberg" are not just the names of several cities in several German states (not just Baden-Württemberg), "Freiburg" is also a Canton in Switzerland, and a great many STRAUBs in America emigrated from Switzerland.  So, even if "Freeburg" is derived from "Freiburg," we are still left uncertain of Andrew STRAUB's geographic origin. 

It is equally possibly that "Freeburg" literally meant, "free burg."  We had, after all, just fought a Revolution to free ourselves from the rule of kings, a feat we were very proud of having accomplished.  Remember, too, Andrew was born in America in 1796; it had been over 60 years since his father, as a child, had emigrated from Europe.  Why would Andrew have named the town for a place he'd never been and his father had barely known?  He may have, but my point is that you can't assume he did, especially as we don't know who changed the name from Straubstown to Freeburg.

UPDATE:  It has now been proven through DNA testing that the Snyder County, PA, STRAUBs descend from Johann Pieter STRAUB, 1733 immigrant to Philadelphia from Großgartach, Württemberg.

10.  George W. Wagenseller & Edwin Charles.  "Snyder County History Outlined by Public Roads."  Pages 2-15 in Snyder County Annals, No. 1, Middleburgh Post, Middleburgh, PA (online at GoogleBooks):
p. 4

Selinsgrove to Richfield
...
p. 5 ...
One and one-half mile more and we come to the beautiful town of Freeburg, whch has a reputation far and wide as a musical town.  For many years there was a musical school conducted at this place and students from all over the state were educated in music here.  The village was founded in 1796 by Andrew Straub and was called Straub's town for many years.  In 1874, an unsccessful effort was made to incorporate the town into a borough, but the majority of the citizens were against it, and the project failed...

11a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Andreas STRAUB
Birth: 18 Sep 1770
Christening: 30 Jun 1770, Saint Lukes Evangelical Lutheran or formerly Heideschaefferst, Schaefferstown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Father: Peter STRAUB; Mother: Cath.
Source: Film/Fiche #0823858: St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, formerly known as the "Heidelberg Congregation," Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania: Parish Register [1763]-1834. Frederick S. [Sheely] Weiser, 1935- 
Andrew cannot have been baptized before he was born.  Also, the location is wrong.  See next source:

11b.  In the Achives of the STRAUB-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com), there is a post stating:
Rev. Muhlenberg, St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church (formerly Heidelberg Congregation) located Schaefferstown, Lebanon Co, PA (from LDS, Gettysburg) p. l4
"on a trip to Shamokin, I baptised these children:  Andreas b. 28 Sep 1770, bpt 30 June 1771, parents: Peter & Cath. Straub, sponsors:  Andr. Moor & Catharina"
(Note: Archivist Pastor Weiser said that Muhlenberg was ministering to his flock, many of whom had left Schaefferstown to settle Freeburg, Snyder Co.)
The problem of the dates is resolved, but we are left not knowing the location of either the birth or even the baptism because we don't know where along the way — on his "trip to Shamokin" [Northumberland Co., PA] — Rev. Muhlenberg stopped to perform the baptism.  Note also that Freeburg was not founded until 1796.  The bottom line is that we know only roughly where Andrew's family was living at the time he was baptized. 

12.  A.L. Guss.  1886.  "Chapter XXI: Greenwood Township." Pages 885-891 in F. Ellis & A.N. Hungerford, eds.  History of That Part of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys Embraced in the Counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Everts, Peck & Richards, Philadelphia. 
... The Seven Star Tavern was built in 1818 by Peter Stroup.  It has been kept by several, and since 1860 has been kept by Thomas COX...

SCHOOLS.—The earliest school-house said to have been in the township was built of logs on the Stroup farm, in 1788, and taught by ___ Elder.

About 1810 a house was built at the Seven Star Tavern, in which school was taught by Archibald Steward and Peter Dawson (who was blind in one eye and very much of a humorist), William McComb and his wife, Frank Luke, Samuel Dimm and Andrew Stroup.

In 1814 a school-house was built near Cargill's mill (now Dimm's), not far from the present one. 

In 1828 a house was erected near where James Cox now lives, which was used until the school system was accepted, in 1836.  The township at present has four schools,— Dimm's, Wilt, Dressler, and Ferguson,— which contain one hundred and forty-eight pupils.

Guss is a secondary source.

13.  Ralph B. Morr, Calvin Fisher Moyer, & Henry Meyer.  1971.  Supplement of the Genealogies of the Morr and Myers Families.  Akron Craftsman Print Co., Akron, OH (fragment online at GoogleBooks):
p. 23 ...and schoolhouse along the hill, about a mile north of the present town of Freeburg, Pa.  The building was never fully completed.  Freeburg was laid out by Andrew Straub in 1795, and he gave two squares in the town site for a church and cemetery, and in 1811 a log church was erected and the congregation abandoned it's first building about a mile north of town.  The...

14.  Charles Lewis Maurer.  1932.  "Early Lutheran Education in Pennsylvania."  Pennsylvania-German Society, Vol. 40, 294 pp.  Printed by Dorrance & Co., Inc., Philadelphia (fragment online at GoogleBooks):
p. 141 ...county.  Here they erected a schoolhouse which was also used for Church servies.  Zion's Church was erected in 1787, about a mile out from the town, but the building was never finished.

In 1796, Andrew Straub donated four lots in the town for school purposes, ad a union Church.  Zion's was too far out so St. Peter's was erected in 1815.  The school was conducted regularly in the old building until the new building was erected in the town...

15.  Archives of the STRAUB-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).  Andrew & Barbara are said to have had these five children:  Andrew, Henry, Peter, Joseph, and Catharine.  Daughter Catharine is mentioned in a deed as the 11th child, so there are at least six others.

16.  Messages posted to the STRAUB Surname Board (fonline at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

17.  Emails from Shirley Straub Morton; Mark, Lois, & Carey Hross; and others.

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