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Johann Valentin STRAUB
Anna Maria METSCH
NOTICE:  a descendant of our subject has joined the STRAUB Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project.  If you believe you are descended from Valentin, you can now prove the connection with a DNA test.
Husband:  Johann Valentin / John Valentine STRAUB
Birth:  bef. 1802, Baden
Death:  bef. 1860
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  T
Marriage:  by 1828
Migration:  1846, Antwerp [Belgium] to America
Wife:  Anna Maria / Mary METSCH / METSK / MICH
Birth:  8 Sep 1802, Baden
Death:  30 Jan 1882, London Twp., Monroe Co., MI
Disposition:  buried Blue Bush Cemetery, London Twp., Monroe Co., MI
Religion:  Catholic
Parents:  born in Baden

Most secondry sources give Maria's surname as "METSK," but there is no such surname.  On the other hand, METSCH is a very common German surname that is pronounced, "metsk."

Children baptized in the Catholic Church, Wiesloch or Sankt Leon-Rot, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden:
Johannes / Johann (1) STRAUB, the elder, b. 30 Nov 1828
1.  Johann Phillip Wendelin STRAUB, b. 11 Jan 1830 
2.  Maria Josepha STRAUB, b. 7 ??? 1831 
3.  Joannes / Johannes STRAUB, b. 20 Jun 1833; d. Sep 1834
4.  Johann Baptist STRAUB, b. 16 Sep 1834
5.  Joannes / Johannes (2) STRAUB, the younger, b. 29 ??? 1836 
6.  Sophia STRAUB, b. 18 Sep 1839; d. 9 Aug 1840
7.  Ferdinana STRAUB - b. 3 Mar 1840; d. 13 Mar 1841
8.  Johann Philip STRAUB, b. 7 J?? 1842
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRG, Germany, DEU, Deutschland, Baden-Württemberg; USA, US, United States, Michigan

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  Records of the Catholic Church in the town of Wiesloch [13 km S of Heidelberg] or Sankt Leon-Rot [16 km S of Heidelberg], Baden, Germany (LDS FHL Film #1052802; courtesy of Darlene Hiatt translation tentative):
1. [??????] Wendelin 11 Januar 1830
2. M.[Maria] Josepha 7  [????] 1831
3. Joannes 20 Junÿ 1833 - i Sept 1834
4. Joh. Baptist - 16 Sept 1834
5. Joannes 29 Iuz  1836
6.  Søphia -18 Sept. 1838 - 9 Aug 1840
7. Ferdinand 3 M a r z  1840 13 Marz 1841
8. Johann Philipp 17 J??? 1842
This list suggest that "Johann (1) STRAUB, the elder" is not their son, but if not, whose son is he?

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1850 (Broderbund CD-317):  can't find.

4.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #11 of 21):  London P.O., London Twp., Monroe Co., MI, p. 390, PN 86, 676/675, enumerated 29 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Straut 23 M   farmer 500 250 Germany
Mary    " 57 F         "
Phillip " 17 M         "
Listed two households from Paulding WISE, who is listed two households from Mary's son, Wendelin STRAUB

5.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #13 of 26): Monroe City P.O., London Twp., Monroe Co., MI, p. 354A, PN 13, 93/94, enumerated 15 Jul 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Straub Baptiste 37 M W Farmer 1370 500 Baden
[Baptiste's wife and children]
______ Mary 68 F W       Baden
Listed next to son, John STRAUB, the younger, who is listed next to son, Philip STRAUB

6.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 28):  London, Monroe Co., MI, p. 453B, PN 6, SD 1, ED 181, enumerated 3 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 13 21 22 23 24 25 26
58 60 Straub Wendlin W M 49     / Farmer       Baden Germany Baden Baden
    ______ Clara W F 33 Wife   / Keeping House       Hesse Germany Hesse Hesse
    ______ Willie W M 12 Son /   at home / / / Mich Baden Baden
    ______ Mary E W F 78 Mother     no occupation       Baden Germany Baden Baden
"E"?  Is she Anna Maria Elisabetha?

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

8.  Headstone Transcriptions of Blue Bush Cemetery, London Township, Monroe County, Michigan (by Brent Havekost, transcribed by Loretta Dunham; online at the Genealogical Society of Monroe County, Michigan, web site):
Straub, Maria Anna Sep 8, 1802 Jan 30, 1882 wife of Valentin Straub
These are obviously not straight readings of the stones, so caveat emptor.

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

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