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George STRAUB, Sr.
Barbara ZERBE
Husband:  Georg / George STRAUB, Sr.
Birth:  15 Jan 1803, PA
Death:  20 May 1859, Hegins Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Salem Evangelical United Brethren Cemetery, Weishample, Barry Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage:
Wife:  Barbara "Bevvie" ZERBE
Birth:  15 Nov 1803, PA
Death (æ 96):  11 Sep 1899
Disposition:  buried in Williamstown, Dauphin Co., PA
Father:  Johann / John ZERBE, b. 1771/2, PA
Mother:  Margretha "Gretha? Grateful?" SCHNEIDER, b. 1779-82, PA
Children born in PA:
  1.  Johann / John STRAUB, b. 27 Feb 1824; bap. 24 Apr 1824; d. Schuylkill Co., PA is he this John STRAUB?
  2.  George STRAUB, Jr., b. 1825/6; d. Schuylkill Co., PA
  3.  Elias "Eli" STRAUB, b. 1 Jan 1827/8 
  4.  (Dr.) Joseph STRAUB, b. 7 Sep 1831; d. 6 Sep 1884, Girardville, Schuylkill Co., PA; bur. Weishample Cem.; lived in Williamstown, Dauphin Co., PA
  5.  Daniel STRAUB, b. 18 Apr 1834, Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland Co., PA 
  6.  Henry STRAUB, b. 1835/6; died one week after being released from Andersonville Prison; no issue
  7.  Moses STRAUB, died young
  8.  Emanuel STRAUB, b. 5 Nov 1843, Mahantango Valley
  9.  Harriet / Henrietta STRAUB, b. 1844/5 
10.  Tobias J. STRAUB, b. Sep 1848, Schuylkill Co., PA 
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1a.  Marriage Record:

1b.  Howerter's Church Baptisms (an edited extraction from Yoder, 1984; online in the Northumerland County PAGenWeb archive):
George Straub and wf Barbara
Johann Straub
27 Feb 1824 / 24 Apr 1824-L
Johann Zerbe and wf Margaretha

2.  Email from Jane Allen Farmer (14 Mar 1999) stating:
From a (German language) birth certificate:  Lists the parents of Daniel Straub, (born 18 April, 1834, "Ober Machoney," Northumberland Co. PA) as George Straub and Barbara Zerbin...
(ZERBIN is a feminized form of ZERBE.)

3.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I did page-by-page searches of Upper and Lower Mahantango Twps. and Pine Grove Twp., Schuylkill Co.; and Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland Co.

4.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7-8 of 16; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 PA Schuylkill Co. Upper Mahantango Twp. pp. 91B-92A Ln. 20 George Stroup 000 001 - 200 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = George (b. 1803)
2 females 4 or under 1835-1840 = Daughter
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Barbara (b. 1803)
1 person engaged in agriculture
Barbara is in the wrong age class, so either she is fibbing about her age or the enumerator erred.

5.  Census Microfilm Records:  Pennsylvania, 1850 (Broderbund CD-305):  Lower Mahantango [now Hegins] Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA, p. 363, 147/147, enumerated 13 Oct 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
George Straub 47 M Farmer 1300 Penna
Barbara 46 F     Penna
George 24 M Farmer   Penna
Eli 23 M Farmer   Penna
Joseph 20 M     Penna
Daniel 1? M     Penna
Henry 14 M     Penna
Emanuel  7 M     Penna
Harriet  5 F     Penna
Tobias  1 M     Penna
Sarah Maura? 18 F     Penna
Listed next to Barbara's parents (Visitation 148/148):
John Zerbe 78 M None   Penna idiot*
Gratefull 70 F     Penna  
*Back then, the word "idiot" was used to mean senile.  It seems "Gratefull" must be a mis-hearing of mar-GRETHA.  At least, that's the only explanation I can think of.

6.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3-4 of 28):  Lower Mahantongo P.O., Hegins Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA, pp. 523-524, PN 104-105, 767/777, enumerated 27 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Daniel Straub 24 M   Farmer   409 Pa
Lucy An   " 20 F         "
John A    " 4/12 M         "
Barbra Straub 55 F     2000 250 "
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Emanuel   " 17 M         Pa
Henrietta " 15 F         "
Tobias    " 11 M         "

7.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Barbara, and I really looked.  Margaret ZERBY (88, b. PA) is living in Upper Mahantongo Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA (p. 621A), with one of her married daughters.

8.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #39 of 49):  Shamokin Borough (Ward 4), Northumberland Co., PA, Roll T9_1164, p. 171C, PN 39, SD 3, ED 148, enumerated 15 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 14 21 23 24 25 26
287 327 Straub Elias W M 52     /   Coal Miner 6     PA PA PA
    ______ Mary W F 33 Wife   /   Keeping House     / PA PA PA
    ______ Ida M W F 10 Dau /     At School   /   PA PA PA
    ______ Barbara W F 76 Mother     / At Home     / PA PA PA
Listed next to Joseph STRAUB (æ 33, b. PA).

9.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

10a.  Anon.  1911.  Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County.  J.L. Floyd & Co., Chicago.
p. 199 JAMES H. STRAUB, president and general manager of the Croninger Packing Company, is an active and successful business man of Shamokin, where he has made his home since 1894.

The Straub family originally came from Germany.  George Straub, grandfather of James H., lived in Schuylkill county, Pa., where he was engaged in farming in the Mahantango Valley, owning a farm of 260 acres of good land.  He died in Deep Creek Valley, in that county, in 1858, aged fifty-three years, and was buried there.  His wife, Bevvie Zerbe, daughter of John Zerbe, died aged ninety-six years, and was buried at Williamstown, Dauphin county.  They were the parents of ten children, as follows: John, who died in Schuylkill county; George, who died in Schuylkill county; Elias, who died at Shamokin; Joseph, who died at Girardville, Pa.; Daniel, living at Williamstown; Moses, who died young; Henry, who served in the Civil war and died one week after his release from Andersonville prison; Emanuel, born in the Mahantango Valley Nov. 5, 1843, who served as a private in Company D, 48th, Pa. V.I., in the Civil war, and now lives in Shamokin; Harriet, who married David Crone and died in Schuylkill county; and Tobias, living at Wiconisco, Pennsylvania...

p. 984 HARRY J. STRAUB, of Shamokin, foreman of the Croninger Packing Company, was born at Trevorton, Pa., Feb. 16, 1873, son of Tobias Straub, and a descendant of good industrious German ancestry.

George Straub, his grandfather, was a farmer in the Mahantango Valley, in Schuylkill County, where he had 260 acres of excellent land.  He died in Deep Creek Valley in 1858, aged fifty-three years, and is buried there.  He married Bevvie Zerbe, daughter of John Zerbe, and she died aged ninety-nine years, and is buried at Williamstown, Dauphin county.  They were the parents of ten children, as follows: John and George, who both died in Schuylkill county; Elias, who died at Shamokin; Joseph, who died at Girardville, Pa.; Daniel, living at Williamstown.  Moses, who died young; Henry, who served in the Civil war and died one week after his release from Andersonville prison; Emanuel, born in the Mahantango Valley Nov. 5, 1843, who served in the Civil war in Company D, 48th Pa. V.I., and now lives at Shamokin; Harriet, who married David Crone, and died in Schuylkill county; and Tobias...

11.  Emails from John Irwin Zerbe (26 Apr 2002; 31 Oct 2007):
George Straub
Birth - 15 January 1803 from grave stone on Salem EUB Cemetery, Weishample, Deep Creek Valley, Schuylkill Co., PA
Death - 20 May 1859 (from grave stone)

Barbara Zerbe
Birth - 15 November 1803 (from her Taufschein)
Death - 11 September 1899 (from death record)
Her mother - Margreta Schneider (from Barbara's Taufschein) - Margaret Zerbe was living with Adam Rebuck in 1870 Census, and was 88 years old. Census said she was living with her daughter.

Joseph Straub
Birth - 7 September 1831
Death - 6 September 1884 (from grave stone) Joseph has a recent grave stone at the Weishample cemetery...
Joseph was a doctor.

12.  Salem Evangelical United Brethren Cemetery, Schuylkill Co., PA (online at Stephen Straub's web site; primary data are not distinguished from secondary sources, so confirm what you find):
Name Birthdate Deathdate Parents Spouse Source
Straub George Sr. 15 Jan 1803 20 May 1859 - Barbara Zerbe Combination of secondary sources

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