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John STRAUB
Elizabeth STEELEY
Please Note:  Two purported descendants of our subject are participating in the STRAUB Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project, but their test results do not match.  One of the tested individuals descends through our subject's son, John STRAUB, Jr. (1821-1905), who ultimately settled in Le Sueur Co., MN, along with his bachelor brother, Daniel.  He is Haplogroup I1-AngloSaxon-5 and a match with the descendants of Johann Pieter STRAUB I, the 1733 immigrant to Philadelphia.  The other tested individual is a descendant of Jonathan Francis STRAUB (1821-1901), thought to be the Jonathan who was son of our subject, but either he is a different Jonathan or there is an NPE somewhere in his line, because he is Haplogroup I1-Norse-D and is a close match with a descendant of John Peter TRAUB, of Perry Twp., Union [now Snyder] Co., PA.
Husband:  John STRAUB
Birth:  ca. 1780s
Death:  ca. 1824, Beaver Twp., Union [now Snyder] Co., PA
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I1*-AngloSaxon-5

Parents unknown, but genetically connected to Johann Pieter STRAUB I, 1733 immigrant to Philadelphia.

Marriage:  ca. 1810
Wife:  Elizabeth STEELEY / STEELY / STEALY / STALEY / STEHLE
Birth:  12 Dec 1795, PA
Death:  17 May 1864, East Buffalo Twp., Union Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Dreisbach United Church of Christ Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union Co., PA
Other Spouse:  m2. Abraham BAY
Father:  Lazarus STEELEY
Children born in PA:
1.  Hannah STRAUB, b. 1811/2
2.  Magdalena "Molly" STRAUB, b. ca. 1813-1818; m. bef. 1834, Benjamin KLICK / FRICK; cannot find in 1850
3.  Elizabeth STRAUB, b. ca. 1813-1818; m. bef. 1834, Jonathan ROYER; cannot find in 1850
4.  Jonathan STRAUB, b. ca. 1820 said to be Jonathan Francis STRAUB, b. 1821
5.  John STRAUB, Jr., b. 21 or 23 Mar 1821 or 3 Dec 1821
6.  Daniel STRAUB, b. 28 Mar 1823; d. 8 Sep 1908; bur. Mound Cem., Le Sueur Co., MN; apparently never married

One document indicates just the above six children, but another document mentions that Daniel had a brother, Elias, who married a Rebecca, then moved to WI and disappeared.  But did Elias actually stay in (or return to) PA?  I know of only one Elias STRAUB/STROUP who married a Rebecca; he was born in PA and is about the right age to be our subject's son:
Elias STROUP, b. 1815-19, PA; m. Rebecca NEWMAN; lived Sullivan Co., PA
There are no other STRAUB/STROUPs in Sullivan County, except Elias's children.

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Sources (n.b., Snyder Co. was formed from Union Co. in 1855):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

3.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

4.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

5.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #25-26 of 32):  Buffalo Twp., Union Co., PA, pp. 270AB, 1460/1535, enumerated 3 Oct 1850 (enumerated by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Straub 29 M   Farmer   Pa
[John's wife and child]
Elisabeth Bay 56 F       "
[next page]
Daniel Strob 28 M   Miller   Pa

6.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 65; online at Genealogy.com, Image #10 of 25):  Lewisburg P.O., East Buffalo Twp., Union Co., PA, Roll 1188 (Book 1), p. 730, PN 132, 832/896, enumerated 18 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Straub 39 M   Farmer 1100 400 Penna
[John's wife and children]
Daniel Straub 37 M   Day Laborer     "
Elizabeth Straub 65 F         "

7.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 14):  Le Sueur P.O., Tyrone Twp., Le Sueur Co., MN, Roll M593_7, p. 555, PN 13, 101/96, enumerated 18 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Straub John 45 M W Farmer 2000 600 Penn
[John's wife and children]
   "   Daniel 44 M W Farm Laborer     "

8.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #51 of 51):  Tyrone [Twp.], Le Sueur Co., MN, Roll T9-0624, p. 228A, PN 50, SD 2, ED 119, enumerated 29 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 11 13 24 25 26
156 158 Strub John W M 58     / Farmer Pa Pa Pa
    _____ Daniel W M 56 Brother /   Farmer Pa Pa Pa
    [John's children]
    Bay John W M 23 Servant /   Servant Pa Pa Pa

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

10.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #20 of 21):  Tyrone Twp., Le Sueur Co., MN, Roll T623_773 (Book 1), p. 193B, SN 10, SD 3, ED 76, enumerated 23 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  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 9 13 14 15 19 22 23 24 25 26 27
169 169 Straub John Head W M Mar 1821 79 Wd PA PA PA Farmer Y Y Y O F F
    [John's children]
    ______ Daniel Brother W M Mar 1823 77 S PA PA PA   Y Y Y      

11.  Court Documents following the death of John STRAUB (transcriptions courtesy of Debbe A. Hagner): 
To the Honorable Seth Chapman Esquire, President and his associate Judges of the Orphans Court in and for the County of Union -

The petition of Adam Winter one of the Administrators of John Straub late of Beaver Township deceased

Humbly Showeth

That the said John Straub deceased died intestate leaving a widow and six children to wit Magdalene, Elizabeth, Hannah, John, Jonathan and Daniel all minors under the age of fourteen years and have no guardian appointed to take care of their persons and estates - Your petitioner therefore humbly prays your Honor to appoint some proper person or persons as guardian of said children, etc.  And he will pray, etc.

To the Honorable Judges of the Orphans Court of Union County of September Term 1832

The petition of John - Jonathan and Daniel Straub

Humbly therewith

That they are minors children above the age of fourteen years of John Straub late of Beaver township deceased - That these present guardians, Henry Swartz and George Good have filed an account of their guardianship on the Registers Office of the said county, and pray your Honor to be discharged from their guardianship as aforesaid - Your petitioners therefore pray the Honorable Court to permit them to choose some other suitable person or person to be their guardian or guardians to take care of their person and estates.

And they will pray etc

John Straub
Jonathan Straub
Daniel His mark + Straus

John and Jonathan choose William Rusko
Daniel choose John Troxel

To the Honorable thee Judges of the Orphans court of the County Union held December Term in and foresaid County this 22nd day of December AD 1834

The petition of William Rashong guardian of John and Jonathan Straub sons and heirs at law of John Straub - late of Beaver Township deceased

Humbly herewith, that the father of your petitioners wards died intestate about fifteen years since in the year eighteen hundred and twenty, leaving a widow named Elizabeth and issue six children, to wit Molly (Who was inter married to Benjamin Klick) - Elizabeth (wife of Michael Gerhart), John and Jonathan (for who your petitioner is guardian) and Daniel for whom John Troxel is guardian, the last three of said children are yet in their minority and that the said intestate died seized in his demean as of fee of and in a certain tract of land - situated in the township and county aforesaid, bounded by lands of Samual Aurand, Adam Winter and John Drees through which Middle Brook runs and containing about twenty acres and some more or less with the appurtenances - Your petitioner therefore prays your Honors to award an inquest to make partitions of the premises aforesaid to and among the children and representatives of the said intestate in such manner and in such proportions as by law of this commonwealth is directed, if such partitions can be made without prejudice to or spoiling of the whole but if such partition cannot be made as aforesaid, then to value and appraise the same and further to inquired and ascertain whether the said real estate with the appurtenances will conveniently accommodate more than one of the children of the said intestate and if so, how many it will conveniently accommodate. And make report of their proceedings to the next general orphans court.

And he will pray

(His signature) Wm Rashong

Transcriber's Note:  it was Hannah, not Elizabeth, who married Michael GEARHART.
Union County Sct

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the Sheriff of the County of Union ---- Greeting ---

Whereas at our Orphans Court held at New Berlin in and for the County of Union the 22nd day of December AD 1834 before the Judge of the same court --- William Rashong, guardian of John and Jonathan Straub sons and heirs at law of John Straub, late of Beaver Township deceased, presented his petition to the said court, stating that the father of the petitioners ward died intestate about fifteen years since in the year of eighteen hundred and twenty, leaving a widow named Elizabeth and issue six children, to wit, Molly (Who was intermarried to Benjamin Klick) Elizabeth (the wife of Jonathan Royer) Hannah (the wife of Michael Gerhart) John and Jonathan (for whom your petitioner is guardian) and Daniel for whom John Troxel is guardian, the three of said children are yet in their minority, and that the said intestate died seized in his demean as of fee of and in a certain tract of land, situated in the township and county aforesaid, bounded by lands of Samuel Aumand, Adam Winter and John Drees, through which Middle Creek runs and containing about twenty acres, more or less with the appurtenances.  Your petitioner therefore praying the court to aware an inquest to make partitions or evaluations of the premises according to law. We therefore command you that taking with you four honest and lawful men of your bailiwick, you go to and upon these premises aforesaid, and there by their oaths or solemn affirmation, that you make partitions thereof to and do among the widow and children of the said intestate in such manner and do the such proportions as by the laws of this commonwealth is directed, if such partitions can be made without prejudice to and spoiling of the whole; but if such partitions cannot be made thereof as aforesaid, that then you value and do appraise the same according to law: And further that you cause the said inquest to enquire and to ascertain whether the said real estate with the appurtenances will conveniently accommodate more than one of the children of the said intestate, and if so, how many of the said children it will conveniently accommodate.  That due notice of the terms of making such partition or valuation be given to all the parties interested, and that you make returns of your proceedings herein to the next general Orphans Court Witness the Hon. Ellis Lewis at new Berlin this 27th day of December AD 1834

(His signature) Joseph Stillwell   Prothy

John Straub deceased
Feb 1835
Court of Inquest

February 16, 1835 John Cummings Jr. Esq. High Sheriff of the County of Union made return of a writ to him directed returnables here this day, commanding him to summon on an inquest to make petitions of the real estate therein mentioned whereas John Straub, the intestate, therein named lately died seized, to and among his children and representatives at the said deceased, according to law if such partitions could be made without prejudice to or spoiling of the whole thereof, otherwise to value and appraise the same and make returns accordingly.  Which returns being read and heard I give the words following to wit, Inquisition and taken at the dwelling house late John Straub deceased in the township of Beaver in the County of Union and state of Pennsylvania on the 10th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five before John Cummings Jr. Esq., high Sheriff of the County of Union, by vendue of a writ of partition or valuation to him directed and to this Inquisition annexed by the Oaths and affirmations of Thomas Youngman, J. Hightly, H. Bickel, J. Aurand, J. Saylor, C. Bonney, G. Rangler, G. Bollender, H. Gilbert, S. Aurant, J. Smith, and J. Bowers, twelve free and lawful men of his bailiwicks, who on their oath and affirmation aforesaid they went to and up on the lands and tenements of which John Straub in the said writ mentioned, died seized and then and did find that the same land and tenements could not be parted and divided to, an spoiling the whole.  Thereof, but will accommodate one of the said children in the said writ named, and therefore this Inquest aforesaid on their oaths, and affirmations aforesaid have valued and appraised the same at the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars lawful money of Pennsylvania aforesaid this inquest aforesaid upon their oaths and affirmation aforesaid do value and appraised the same. In Testimony thereof, as well the said Sheriff as this inquest aforesaid have to this Inquisition interchangeably set their hands and seal, dated the day and year above written.

(Signed by each man)
Jn Cummings Jr. Sheriff (seal)
H. Bickel (in German) (seal)
George Rangler (in German) (seal)
H. Gilbert (in German) (seal)
John Sailor (seal)
John Aurandt, Senior (seal)
Christian Bonney (seal)
George Bollender (seal)
Thos. Youngman (seal)
John Hightly (seal)
Samuel Arandt (seal)
Jno. Bowers (seal)

Whereupon it is, upon due consideration, confirmed, consider and adjudged by the court  - that this Inquisition, so as aforesaid made be and remain firm and stable forever, and none of the said heirs appearing to accept or refuse to take the same at this valuation thereof, Thereof, February 21. On motions of Mr. Weirick a rule is granted by this court, on his heirs and legal representatives of the said deceased , to appear at the next Orphans Court to accept or refuse to take the same at the valuation, or they show cause why it should not be sold, and notice whereof is directed to be given in the Union Times and Harrisburg paper.

By the Court
 

Union County

At an Orphans Court held at New Berlin in and for the County of Union on the 10th day of may AD 1835 before Hon. Ellis Lewis and his associate Judges of the same court, The Sheriff of Union County, to wit, John Cummings Jr. Esq. Having at an Orphans Court held at New Berlin on the 16th day of February AD 1835 returned an Inquisition taken by the Oaths and affirmations of twelve free honest and lawful men of his Bailiwick by which it appears that a certain message and tract of land situate in the township and county of aforesaid bounded by lands of Samuel Aumand, Adam Winter, and John Drees, through which middle creek runs and containing about twenty acres more or less with the appurtenances - of which John Straub lately died seized in his demean as of fee could not be parted and divided to and among all the heirs and representatives of the said deceased without prejudice to and spoiling of the whole, and that the inquest aforesaid had valued and appraised the same at and for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, and the court having confirmed the same, and none of the representatives of the said deceased having appears to take the said messages to at the evaluation aforesaid this court granted a rule on all the heirs and legal representatives of the said John Straub deceased required them to appear at the next Orphans court to be held on the 18th day of May there next to accept or refuse to take the same at the said valuation or they show caused why the same should be sold -- At which time due proof being made of the service and publications of the same rules according to the act of assembly, and none of the said heirs or representatives appearing to take the said estates at this valuation aforesaid, it was considered by the court, that they had relinquished their respective rights to take the farm, and thereupon, at the instance of William Roshong, Guardian of John and Jonathan Straub minor children of the said deceased, the said courts do rules and do order that Adam Winter and Daniel Winter Administrator Of said deceased do on Saturday the 12th day of September next expose To sale by public vendue or outcry, the said messages, and sell the farm to the highest and best bidder. That bids public and timely notice of the times and place of sale be given accordingly to law and that the said Administrator -- make reports of their proceedings herein as to the next general Orphans Court after such sale.

By the Court
J. Stillwell
for Tho. Stillwell

12.  Death Notice.  Union County Star & Lewisburg Chronicle.  20 May 1864.  On file at the Union County Historical Society in Lewisburg (courtesy of Terry Straub):
Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Bay, and former wife of John Straub, born December 12, 1795, died May 17, 1864 at Driesbach United Church of Christ Church, May 17, 1864 in East Buffalo.

13.  Emails from Terry Straub, including:
According to Le Sueur County Courthouse records, Daniel Straub purchased 160 acres in Tyrone Township, Le Sueur County, Le Sueur, Minnesota in August 27, 1857.  Family legend says Daniel returned to Pennsylvania as the natives warned him about a coming conflict between settler's and the natives.  As you know, he's in the 1860 PA census; Daniel's also in New Berlin, PA around January 28, 1864 as I have a letter from a filing office saying that his land record is on file.  Also, I have a copy of Elizabeth Bay's estate settlement dated August 20, 1864 -- Daniel Straub acts as attorney on the document; payments are made to John and Nancy Straub...

In the August 1864 estate settlement I have for Elizabeth it mentions that $375.80 will be distributed among 6 heirs.  Sadly, those heirs are not listed.  However, in the Final Decree in Probate Court for Daniel Straub filed on November 3, 1909, Elias Straub, Henry Bay, Franklin Bay and Emanuel Bay are listed as "brothers of the deceased."  John Straub died in 1906.  You'll note a new name to stew -- Elias Straub -- Daniel's final decree is the only "official" document I've found with him mentioned; I do have a letter that mentions Elias having a wife Rebecca that moved to Southern Wisconsin, but there they disappear.

14.  John Dalby.  2003.  Minnesota Burials.  MyFamily.com, Inc., Provo, UT (online at Ancestry.com):
Township: Ottawa
County: Le Sueur
Name: Daniel STRAUB
Birth Date: 28/Mar/1823
Death Date: 08/Sep/1908
Cemetery: Mound
Comments: -
Section: C

15.  Archives of the STRAUB-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).

16.  Messages in the Straub Family Genealog Forum (online at GenForum.com).  Messages there have our subject as John Philip STRAUB, immigrant to Philadelphia arriving 1 Nov 1771, but see my queries in reply asking for evidence supporting the assertion.

17.  Messages in the Bay Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

18.  Family Group Sheet compiled by Terry Straub.

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