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Valentine STRAUB, Sr.
Elizabeth RIEHM
Husband:  Valentine STRAUB, Sr.
Birth:  18 Oct 1749, Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
Baptism:  16 Apr 1750, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA
Death:  1824/5, Berks Co., PA
Occupation:  inn keeper/owner, Three-Mile-House (later owned by his son-in-law, Jacob SHILLING
Father:  Andreas STRAUB I
Mother:  Anna Catharina SPRINGER
Married:  11 Mar 1777, Berks Co., PA, by Rev. WALDSCHMIDT
Wife:  Elizabeth RIEHM
Birth:  1750-55
Death:  1840-50, presumably Berks Co., PA
Father:  George RIEHM
Mother:  Anna Maria __?__
Children born Cumru Twp., Berks Co., PA, except possibly for the firstborn:
.  George STRAUB, b. 1774-84
.  Valentine STRAUB, Jr., b. 1784/5; d. 1860-70; blind, never married
.  Elizabeth STRAUB, b. bef. 1790; d. bef. 1825?
.  Esther STRAUB, b. bef. 1790; m. John BOYER
.  Mary STRAUB, b. bef. 1790; m. Peter HERTZLER
.  Susanna STRAUB, b. bef. 1790; d. bef. 1825?
Christian STRAUB, bap. 22 Apr 1791? 
.  Catharine STRAUB [twin], bap. 22 Aug 1793 
Hanne/Hanna/Hannah STRAUB [twin], bap. 22 Aug 1793 
Sarah STRAUB, bap. 26 Apr 1796 

Their son, George, is possibly this George STRAUB


Sources:

1.  F. Edward Wright.  1993/4.  Berks County Church Records of the 18th Century.  Vol. 3.  Family Line Publ., Westminster, MD (Broderbund CD-166):
Records of Rev. Waldschmidt
Valentine Straub, m. Elizabeth Reihm, daughter of George Riehm, March 11, 1777, in my house.

2.  John T. Humphrey.  1997.  Pennsylvania Births, Berks County, 1710-1780.  Humphrey Publ., Washington, DC (1998, Broderbund CD-196):
Child: Christian Straup; 
Birth/Baptism Date: 22 Apr 1791;
Location: First Reformed Church, Reading; County: Berks; State: Pennsylvania;
Father; Valentin Straup; Mother: Mrs. Elizabeth Straup.
Child: Catharine Straup; 
Birth/Baptism Date: 22 Aug 1793; 
Location: First Reformed Church, Reading; County: Berks; State: Pennsylvania; 
Father: Valentin Straup; Mother: Mrs. Elizabeth Straup.
Child: Sarah Straup; 
Birth/Baptism Date: 26 Apr 1796; 
Location: First Reformed Church, Reading; County: Berks; State: Pennsylvania; 
Father: Valentin Straup; Mother: Mrs. Elizabeth Straup.
Census records show Christian to be younger, so this date may be wrong.

3.  Statewide index of tax lists from Pennsylvannia for 1780, in the Denver Public Library (extracted by Jim Burnell):
1780 Tax List Straup, Valenn PA Berks Co. Reading p. 176

4.  1790 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 9 mis-indexed "Straul"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1790 PA Northumberland Co. Cumru Twp. p. 62 Ln. 2 Valentine Straub 5-2-5-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
5 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Valentine, Sr. (b. 1749)
= ?
= ?
= ?
= ?
2 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5)
= George
5 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Elizabeth (b. 1750-55)
= Elizabeth
= Esther
= Mary
= Susanna
The four eldest boys are too old to be sons of Valentine and Elizabeth, nor can they be accounted for among the ten children mentioned in Valentine's will.  Best guess is that they were other kin or hired help.  Listed one line below David STITZER and four lines above George MERKEL.

5a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database.  The numerical data have the genders switched. 
1800 Shaub, Valentine PA Berks Co. p. 586 32101-1110100

5b.  1800 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 6; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1800 PA Berks Co. Cumru Twp. p. 586 Ln. 23 Valentine Shaub 11101-32101-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1790-1800 = Christian (b. 1799/1800)
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5)
1 male 16-25 1774-1784 = George
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Valentine, Sr. (b. 1749)
3 females 9 or under 1790-1800 = Sarah (b. 1796)
= Catharine (b. 1793)
= Hannah (b. 1793)
2 females 10-15 1784-1790 = Daughter C or D
= Daughter B or C
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Daughter A or B
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Elizabeth (b. 1750-55)
The four oldest boys/men are gone.  One of the four daughters b. bef. 1790 has married.

6.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #86 of 181; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1810 PA Berks Co. Cumru Twp. p. 119B/698 Valentine Stroup 01211-02201-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 =
2 males 16-25 1784-1794 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5) 
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 =
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Valentine, Sr. (b. 1749)
2 females 10-15 1794-1800 = Sarah (b. 1796)
2 females 16-25 1784-1794
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Elizaeth (b. 1750-55)

7.  1820 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #4 of 12; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1820 PA Berks Co. Cumru Twp. p. 5B Valentine Stroup 000011-01101-0-000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Valentine, Sr. (b. 1749)
1 female 10-15 1804-1810 = ?
1 female 16-25 1794-1804 = ?
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Elizabeth (b. 1750-55)
Listed one line above their daughter, Hanne, wife of Jacob SCHILLING

8.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #11 of 32; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 PA Berks Co. Cumru Twp. p. 484 Ln. 7 Elisabeth Straub 000 000 100 - 001 110 000 100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5)
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = ?
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = ?
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = ?
1 female 70-79 1750-1760 = Elizabeth (b. 1750-55)
Listed three lines below Elizabeth's daughter, Hanne, wife of Jacob SCHILLING

9.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #30 of 33; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 PA Berks Co. Cumru Twp. p. 377B Ln. 7 Elizabeth Stroup 000 000 010 - 000 000 100 010 _______
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Valentine, Jr. (b. 1784/5)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = ?
1 female 80-89 1750-1760 = Elizabeth (b. 1750-55)
Listed one line below Elizabeth's daughter, Hanne, wife of Jacob SCHILLING

10.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #13 of 92):  Cumru Twp., Berks Co., PA, p. 337A, 96/100, enumerated 7 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen).  For full record, see Daniel ALLENBAUGH's family group sheet.¤ 
Daniel Allenbaugh 65 m farmer   Penna  
[Daniel's wife and children]
Valentine Straub 60 m none   " blind
Saml Shilling 29 m none 8000 "  
Joseph Schlebaugh 20 m none   "  
Samuel SHILLING is Valentine's nephew.  Listed four households from Samuel's brother, Ephraim SHILLLING. 

11.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #30 of 33 indexed "Strauk"):  Morgantown P.O., Cumru Twp., Berks Co., PA, p. 175, PN 61, 450/446, enumerated 7 Jul 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen).  For full record, see Samuel SHILLING's family group sheet.¤ 
Samuel Shilling 40 M   Farmer 10,000 2,789 Pa  
[Samuel's wife and children]
Valentine Stroup 75 M         Blind
Valentine's blindness explains why he had a guardian and had a special bequest in his father's will.  Samuel is Valentine's nephew.

12.  Jacob Martin & John P. Smith.  n.b.  Abstracts of Berks County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1800-1825.  Family Line Publ, Westminster, MD (Broderbund CD-209).  "When two dates are given in an abstract, the first date is normally the date that the will was written; subsequent dates are usually dates on which witnesses appeared to attest to the validity of the will or the date the court proved the will."  Cumru is a township in Berks Co., PA.
STRAUB, VALENTINE, Cumru.
March 9, 1824 - September 24, 1825.
Provides for wife.
Children: Valentine, George, Christian, Hannah wife of Jacob SHILLING, Catharine, Sarah wife of John LAMBERT, Esther wife of John BOYER, Mary wife of Peter HERTZLER, Susanna, and Elizabeth (the latter 2 probably deceased) as their shares go to their children.  To John BOYER, a son-in-law £1000 as the trustee of Valentine, a son, the interst to be paid to him during life and the principal at his death to other heirs.  Son George to receive his share whenever he returns to Berks County.
Exrs: Jacob SHILLING, son-in-law.
Wit: Christian MILLER, Joseph WARNER and Elijah DECKERT.
Letters granted Jacob SHILLING April 10, 1827.
Letters granted to Michael KRAEMER March 18, 1864 (sic).

13.  Anon.  1911.  Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County.  J.L. Floyd & Co., Chicago. Biographical sketches of Jacob Straub and his kin.  Valentine settled on the Tulpehocken Creek (which is in Cumru Twp.), Berks Co., PA.  Valentine's father settled in Columbia and is said to have lived out his days there, with the implication that all of his children were born there. 

14.  John Updike.  1989.  Self-consciousness: Memoirs.  Knopf, NY.
The soft warm air had turned humid again, and I craved rain, remembering how one could walk and stay dry under trees that no longer existed.  I was on the even-numbered side of Philadelphia Avenue, the side across from my own house and hence slightly foreign.  Near the corner, the Gehrets' house of gray fieldstone was the oldest house in Shillington, built in 1742 and, for a time, the home of Samuel Shilling, who in 1860 laid out lots along Philadelphia Avenue and called the development Shillingsville, a name upgraded in 1884, when a post office was established.  A series of men had married into this land.  Samuel's father, Jacob, in 1816 had married the daughter of Valentine Straub, who in 1777 had married the daughter of George Riehm, who had bought two hundred eighty acres from Jacob Weiss and Thomas Jones; they, in 1733 and 1734 respectively, had purchased their holdings directly from William Penn.  In 1761 Riehm had built the Three-Mile House, an inn three miles from Reading on the Lancaster Pike. 

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