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Adam STROOP
Cynthia M. BREWSTER
Husband:  Adam STROOP
Birth:  1807/8, Ohio Co., VA [now Marshall Co., WV]
Occupation:  river boat pilot
Father:  John STROOP
Mother:  Margaret ECCLES
Marriage:
Wife:  Cynthia M. BREWSTER
Birtth:  1808/9, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Children:
born in Ohio Co., VA [now Marshall Co., WV]:
1.  Margaret J. STROOP, b. 1828/9
2.  Cynthia or Sarah M. STROOP, b. 1831/2
3.  John M. STROOP, b. 1835/6
4.  Mary J. STROOP, b. 1837/8

born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA:
5.  Wilson Conrad STROOP, b. Jan 1840 

Adopted? Child:
6.  Louella / Ella STROOP, b. 1860, PA

This child appears with our subjects in the 1870 and 1880 census.  In 1880, she is listed as a "Daughter."  The problem is, Cynthia is too old to be her mother.  So, is she adopted?  Is she a granddaughter, mis-labeled in the 1880 census?

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Sources (n.b., Marshall Co. was formed in 1834 from Ohio Co.; West Virginia was not formed from Virginia until 1863):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #103 of 120 list roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 VA [now WV] Ohio Co. Roll 198 p. 248 Ln. 8 Stroop Adam 000 010 - 100 010 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Adam (b. 1807/8)
1 female 4 or under 1825-1830 = Margaret (b. 1828/9)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Cynthia (b. 1807/8)

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #23-24 of 82; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 PA Allegheny Co. City of Pittsburgh (East Ward) Roll 441 pp. 424B-425A Ln. 13 Adam Stroop 110 001 - 120 001 0000010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Wilson (b. 1840)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = John (b. 1835/6)
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Adam (b. 1807/8) 
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Mary (b. 1837/8)
2 females 5-9 1830-1835 = Sarah (b. 1831/2)
= Margaret (b. 1828/9)
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Cynthia (b. 1807/8) 
1 person employed in navigation of canals, lakes, and rivers

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1-2 of 51):  Peebles Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M432_747, pp. 306A-306B, 9/9, enumerated 29 Jul 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Adam Stoops 42 M   Polit   Virginia
S M      " 40 F   Wife   Penna
Synthia  " 18 F       Virginia
John     " 14 M       Do
Mary     " 12 F       Do
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William Stoops 10 M   Laborer   Penna

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22-23 of 78):  Pittsburgh P.O., Pitt Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M653_1066, pp. 867-868, PN 73-74, 488/489, enumerated 7 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Adam Stroop 52 M   Coal Boat Pilot 400 50 Virginia
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Cynthia Stroop 52 F   Wife     Penn
Margaret J  " 31 F   housekeeper     Virginia
Sarah M     " 28 F   Seamstress     do
John M      " 25 M   Coal Boat Pilot     do
Mary J      " 22 F   Seamstress     do
Wilson C    " 20 M   Carpenter     Penn
This record was difficult to read; my extraction may not be 100% accurate.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 34):  Pittsburgh P.O., Pittsburg (Ward 23), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M593_1298, p. 231A, PN 13, 91/91,  enumerated 31 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1870:  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 19
91 91 Wilson Chas. 28 M W works at ???   England / /  
    ______ Matilda 22 F W Keeps house   Penna      
    ______ Jonathan  4 M W at home   Penna /    
    Stroop Adam 62 M W Farm hand   Virginia /   /
    ______ Sentha 62 F W Keeps house $3000 Penna /    
    ______ Ella 10 F W at school   Penna /    

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #26 of 37 indexed "Stoop"):  South Fayette Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T9-1091, p. 312B, PN 26, SD 9, ED 88, enumerated 21 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 7 8 10 13 24 25 26
223 244 Stroop Adam W M 72     / at home WV WV WV
    ______ Cynthia W F 71   Wife / Keeping House PA PA PA
    ______ Luella W F 18   Dau / at home PA WV PA
Cynthia is too old to be Luella's biological mother, so is she a mis-labeled granddaughter?  Or adopted?

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

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