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William P. STRAUB
Elizabeth FRITZ
Husband:  William P. STRAUB
Birth (according to tombstone):  8 Jul 1809, PA
Death (according to tombstone):  21 May 1888
Disposition:  buried Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA
Occupation:  carpenter
Father:  Andrew STRAUB

William is said to have died in 1888, but his wife is a widow in the 1880 census.  So, was his tombstone mis-read?

Wife:  Elizabeth FRITZ
Birth:  5 Aug 1813, PA
Death:  1 Jan 1890
Disposition:  buried Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in PA
Children born in Allison Twp., Clinton Co., PA:
1.  Harriet STRAUB, b. 1839/40
2.  Summerfield STRAUB, b. 1841/2
3.  Laura STRAUB, b. 1844/5
4.  Charles Melchior "Melchie" STRAUB, b. Nov 1847 
5.  Martha STRAUB, b. 1848/9
6.  William STRAUB, b. 1854/5
7.  Agnes Jane STRAUB, b. 1 Aug 1858 
8.  Mary STRAUB
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3-4 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 PA Clinton Co. Allison Twp. Roll 450 pp. 308B-309A Ln. 10 Wm Stroub 000 020 - 210 030 0002000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 20-29 1810-1820 = William (b. 1808/9)
= ?
2 females 4 or under 1835-1840 = Harriet (b. 1839/40)
= ?
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = ?
3 females 20-29 1810-1820 = Elizabeth (b. 1811/12)
= ?
= ?
2 persons employed in manufactures and trade
William is in the wrong age-class, and there is obviously another family living with them, but surely these are our subjects.

3.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 10 indexed "Stranuter"):  Allison Twp., Clinton Co., PA, Roll M432_768, p. 67B, 71/71, enumerated 12 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Wm Strauube?/Straunter? 41 M   Carpenter 1000 Penna
Elisabeth 38 F       "
Hariett 10 F       "
Sommmerfield  8 M       "
Laura  5 F       "
Melchi  3 M       "
Martha  1 F       "
Heaven only knows what the enumerator thought he was trying to spell.

4.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #1 of 18 indexed "Strout"):  Mill Hall P.O., Allison Twp., Clinton Co., PA, Roll 1097 (Book 1), p. 1, PN 225, 1561/1554, enumerated 10 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
William Stroub 51 M   Carpenter 500 100 Penna
Elizabeth   " 48 F         "
Summerfield " 18 M         "
Melbia?     " 15 M         "
Martha      " 10 F         "
William     "  5 M         "
Agnes       "  1 F         "

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com):  can't find, but Allison Twp. and Castanea Twp. are missing at both sources.

6.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 27 Elizabeth is indexed "Stranb" and James is indexed "Nestleron"):  Castanea Twp., Clinton Co., PA, p. 546A, PN 24, SD 7, ED 245, enumerated 11 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 24 25 26
42 43 Straub Elizabeth W F 66       / Keeping House PA PA PA
    Nestleroe James W M 24     / / Laborer PA PA PA
    _________ Agnes W F 24 Wife   /   Keeping House PA PA PA
    _________ Edgar A W M  2 Son /       PA PA PA
    _________ Maud C W F 4/12 Dau         PA PA PA
Agnes (STRAUB) NESTLEROAD is Elizabeth's married daughter.  Listed next to Elizabeth's son, Charles M. STRAUB, and his wife, Sarah E. NESTLEROAD, who are listed next to Lore [Lorenzo] & Ellen (__?__) NESTLEROAD.

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

Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton 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 William P 8 Jul 1809 21 May 1888   Elizabeth Fritz  
Straub Elizabeth 5 Aug 1813 1 Jan 1890   William P. Straub  
William appears to have died before the 1880 census (where his wife calls herself widowed), so is this even our subject?  Or was William's death date on the stone mis-read?  There is no other William STRAUB in all of Pennsylvania who is a likely candidate to be this one buried in Lock Haven.

9.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Volume 33, Pedigree No. 1390.  Says Summerfield married Arvilla MYERS and Priscilla MEYERS, but the widow applying for his Civil War pension was Mary E. STRAUB.

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