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Benjamin M. STROOP
Ellen HIGGS
Husband:  Benjamin M. STROOP / STROOPS
Birth:  3 Dec 1812, Ohio Co., VA [now Marshall Co., WV]
Death:  20 Aug 1891, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Disposition:  buried Old Ridgeville Cemetery, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Father:  John STROOP
Mother:  Margaret ECCLES/ECHOLS

Benjamin's middle name may be Marsh.

Marriage:
Wife:  Eleanor / Elner / Ellen / Helen HIGGS
Birth:  29 Apr 1810, Ohio Co., VA [now Marshall Co., WV]
Death:  15 Jun 1901, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Disposition:  buried Old Ridgeville Cemetery, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Children:
— born in Marshall Co., WV:
1.  John Henry STROOPS, b. 13 Jul 1837 
2.  Parmenas / Parmenius William STROOP, b. 18 Oct 1838
3.  Jeremiah "Jerry" L. STROOP, b. 9 May 1840 

— born in Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL:
4.  Margaret Jane STROOP, b. 14 Feb 1842; d. 16 Feb 1929
5.  Mary Ellen STROOP, b. 8 May 1843 
6.  Benjamin M. STROOPS, Jr., b. 28 Jul 1845
7.  George Alexander STROOPS, b. 28 Jul 1848
8.  Thomas Jefferson STROOPS, b. 11 Feb 1851

One source says Margaret married a Mr. GIBSON, another source says she married Samuel BOLLMAN.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia

Sources (n.b., Marshall Co. was formed from Ohio Co. in 1834; WV was formed from VA in 1863):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  Marshall County [WV] Property Tax Records for the Year 1840 (online at the Marshall County WVGenWeb site; submitted by Frank Manning):
1 Mar 1840
STROOP, Benjamin — 1 white male age 16+, 2 horses

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.  Apparently Benjamin moved in 1840, before the census in WV and after the census in IL, thus missing both.  Or whatever…

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 21):  Browning Twp. (T2N.R1E), Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M432_128, p. 421B, 23/27, enumerated 7 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
Benjamin Stroup 38 M   Farmer 500 Va
Ellen Stroup 38 F       Va
John 13 M       Va
Parmenas W 12 M       Va
Jeremiah 10 M       Va
Margaret J  9 F       Ill
Mary E  7 F       Ill
Benjamin  5 M       Ill
George A  2 M       Ill

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 31):  Browning P.O., Browning twp., Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M653_228, p. 37, PN 37, 240/245, enumerated 13 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
Benjamin Stroop 47 M   Farmer 1000 350 Va
Ellen       " 48 F         "
John        " 22 M   Farmer     "
Permenius   " 21 M         "
Jeremiah    " 20 M         "
Magaret J   " 18 F         Ills
Mary E      " 16 F         "
Benjamin    " 14 M         "
Geo A       " 11 M         "
Thos J      "  8 M         "

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #40 of 54):  Browning P.O., Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M593_276, p. 66B, PN 41, 201/201, enumerated 10 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
Stroops Benjamin 58 M W Farmer 4000 300 Virginia
_______ Ellen 56 F W Keeping House     Virginia
_______ William 28 M W Farm Hand     Virginia
_______ Benjamin 24 M W Farm Hand     Virginia
_______ Jane 22 F W At home     Virginia
_______ Thomas 20 M W       Virginia
_______ William  2 M W       Illinois
Benjamin, Jane, and Thomas were born in Illinois.  The younger William is their grandson.  Listed two households from son, George STROOPS.

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 36):  Browning, Schuyler Co., IL, Roll T9_250 (Book 1), p. 358C, PN 31, SD 3, ED 264, enumerated 22 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
249 255 Stroops Ben M W M 67     / Farmer       VA VA VA
    _______ Helen W F 70 Wife   / Keeping House   / / VA VA VA
    _______ Parmenius W M 42 Son /   Farmer       VA VA VA
    _______ Margarett J W F 37 Dau /   Keeping House       IL VA VA
    _______ William B W M 12 GSon /   At School /     IL VA IL
William is the son of their son, Jeremiah.  Listed next to son, Thomas J. STROOPS, who is listed next to son, George A. STROOPS.

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

9.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 31):  Browning Town, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL, Roll T623_344 (Book 2), p. 42B, SN 8, SD 9, ED 72, enumerated 8/9 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 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
165 165 Stroops Elen Head W F Apr 1810 90 Wd 8 8 VA MD VA House keeper 0 Y Y Y O F H
    _______ Parmeus Son W M Oct 1838 61 D     VA VA VA Farmer 0 N N Y      
    _______ Jane Dau W F Feb 1832 58 S     IL VA MD House keeper 6 N N Y      
Listed next to grandson, William STROOPS.

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

13.  Email from Ron Day, including the following:
STROUP - STROOPS FAMILY
Recollections of George Alexander Stroops

John Stroup was born in Germany and fought in the Revolutionary War.  His wife and other children are unknown, except John Stroops.  They lived in Virginia and he is said to have brought a ship load of Belgian horses to America when he came.

The name became changed to Stroops after coming to America. John Stroops, a Methodist minister brought his family to Browning township, Schuyler County, Illinois.  His wife was Margaret Eccles, her father was Norwegian.  She had a brother Henry Eccles.  John and Margaret had a family of 12 children - namely - Adam, who fought in the War of 1812, Conrad, John, Thomas, Joseph, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, Almira, Sidney and Benjamin M. who married Elner Higgs from England.  She was supposed to have been entitled to an estate share of Queen Victoria.  George A. Stroops wrote Alexander Higgs in England, but never received a reply.  Benjamin said the family lived in a large two-story stone house in Marshall County, Virginia.  Benjmain M. Stroops and Elner Higgs Stroops were the parents of 8 children.

Neither Elner nor her parents were from England, and the connection to royalty is no doubt fanciful.  The important question is whether George was correct about the identity and history of his great-grandfather. 

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