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Harry Jacob STRAUB
Sarah Leah SNAVELY
Helen W. MEASE
Husband:  Harry Jacob STRAUB
Birth:  10 April 1895, Mifflin Twp., Dauphin Co., PA
Death:  5 June 1971, Suedberg, Schuylkill Co., PA
Last Residence:  Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co., PA
Occupation:  seam fitter (plumbing)
Father:  David Norman STRAUB
Mother:  Catharine Rebecca DOCKEY
Marriage-1:  16 Oct 1920, First United Brethren Church, Hummelstown, [South Hanover Twp.,] Dauphin Co., PA
Wife-1:  Sarah Leah "Sadie" SNAVELY
Birth:  Aug 1894 or 1895/6, Dauphin Co., PA
Death:  1930
Occupation:  homemaker
Partner:  in 1913, Wilbert Herman HAWK
Father:  Joseph A. SNAVELY
Mother:  Frances BALSBACH
Marriage-2:  aft. 1930
Wife-2:  Helen W. MEASE
Birth:  26 Nov 1901, Schuylkill Co., PA
Death:  Mar 1993
Last Residence:  Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co., PA
Other Spouse:  m1. William REED
Father:  Henry MEASE
Mother:  Sadie E. __?__
Child from Sarah SNAVELY's prior liaison with Wilbert HAWK — born in Dauphin Co., PA:
1.  Joseph F. HAWK - STRAUB, b. Jul 1914
Although enumerated with surname STRAUB in the 1930 census, as an adult he used surname HAWK.
Adopted children — born in PA:
2.  Richard Kenneth STRAUB, b. 14 Dec 1917
3.  Ruth M. STRAUB, b. 17 Apr 1920
Children with Sarah SNAVELY — born in Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., PA:
4.  Lillian "Dolly" STRAUB, b. 1921/2; m. Lester GIBSON
5.  Pauline E. STRAUB, b. 1926/7; m. Mr. GASSERT
6.  (Son) STRAUB; died young
7.  (Son) STRAUB; died young
Children with Helen (MEASE) REED:
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1.  Marriage Record (courtesy of descendant):
Harry J . Straub and "Sadie" Snavely married at the First United Brethren Church in Hummelstown on 16 October 1920 - license number 450V3
The fact that Sadie married Harry using her maiden name indicates she was not previously married.

2a.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 61):  101 Areba St., Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., PA, Roll T625_1557 (Book 2), p. 51A, SN 7A, SD 12, ED 51, enumerated 6 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1920:  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 7 9 10 11 12 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* 101 113 149 Straub Herbert S Head R M W 31 M Y Y PA PA PA Y Motorman Electrical Railway W
      ______ Mayme Wife   F W 28 M Y Y PA PA PA Y None    
      ______ Herbert Wilson Son   M W 3 1/12 S     PA PA PA   None    
      ______ Harry J Brother   M W 24 S Y Y PA PA PA Y Pipe fitter Candy factory W
      Flory Benjamin Bro-in-law   M W 24 S Y Y PA PA PA Y Factory Hand Candy factory W
*Areba St

2b.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Sarah or Richard, and I really looked (Sarah's son, Joseph HAWK, is living with her parents).

3.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 38):  530 West Main Street, Hummelstown, [South Hanover Twp.,] Dauphin Co., PA, Roll 2027 (Book 2), p. 90B, SN 3B, ED 22-67, SD 19, enumerated 7 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1930:  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 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
* 530 75 78 Straub Harry J Head R 30 N M W 34 M 24 N Y PA PA PA Y Seam fitter Plumbing Co W N 7 Y WW
      ______ Sarah L Wife       F W 34 M 24 N Y PA PA PA Y None            
      ______ Joseph F Son       M W 15 S   Y Y PA PA PA Y None            
      ______ Richard K Son       M W 12 S   Y Y PA PA PA Y None            
      ______ Ruth M Dau       F W  9 S   Y   PA PA PA   None            
      ______ Lillian I? Dau       F W  8 S   Y   PA PA PA   None            
      ______ Pauline E Dau       F W  3 S   N   PA PA PA   None            
*West Main Street
Kinship is supposed to be with reference to the head-of-household, not to the wife.  As Joseph is Sarah's son from her prior marriage (to Wilbert HAWK), Joseph should have been listed as a stepson.  Richard and Ruth were born before Harry & Sarah were married, but it is unknown whether they are stepchildren or adopted.  Y-DNA testing proves that Richard, at least, is not Harry's son.

4.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued Post-em
Harry STRAUB 10 Apr 1895 __ Jun 1971 17963 (Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA) 176-01-9339 PA Yes
Helen W STRAUB 26 Nov 1901 __ Mar 1993 17963 (Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA) 166-03-3274 PA Yes

5.  Miscellaneous Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Obituaries (online at www.obitcentral.com).

Ruth M. Straub Lenker, 83, of Elizabethtown and formerly of Grantville and Hershey, passed away Friday, May 30, 2003, in the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown. 

Born in Derry Township on April 17, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Harry J. and Sarah Snavely Straub...

She is survived by... three sisters, Pauline Gassert, Lillian “Dolly” Gibson wife of Lester Gibson, and Edie Fisher all of Pine Grove; one brother, Joseph Hawk of Hershey...

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Straub, and a sister, Helen Keesey... 

Ruth's relationships to her siblings are in need of documentation.  Edie FISHER is Mrs. Edith S. (REED) FISHER, daughter of Mrs. Helen (MEASE) REED STRAUB, our subject's second wife; Mrs. Helen (REED) KEESEY is also Helen's daughter.  Joseph HAWK is, at most, Ruth's half-brother, son of Sarah Leah (SNAVELY) HAWK STRAUB and her first husband, Wilbert Herman HAWK

6.  Birth Certificate (#2127700-1917), filed with the State of Pennsylvania on 20 Dec 1917:  shows Richard STRAUB as son of Harry J. STRAUB, born Dauphin County, and "Sadie" SNAVELY, born Dauphin County.

7.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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