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John STROOP
Margaret ECCLES
Mary __?__
Husband:  John STROOP / STROUP
Birth:  1776/7, VA [now WV]
Death:  5 May 1855, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Occupation:  farmer

Some secondary sources say our subject's parents are…
Father:  Conrad STROUP
Mother:  Margaret __?__

While another source says our subject's father is…
Father:  John STROUP, b. ca. 1740s, Germany

I don't know which is correct.

Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Margaret ECCLES / ECHOLES / ECHOLS
Birth:  1780-90
Death:  30 Aug 1845, Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL
Brother said to be:  Henry ECCLES
Probable Kin (exact relationship uncertain):  Abraham T. ECHOLES, b. 1750s
Marriage-2:  26 Oct 1851
Wife-2:  Mary __?__
Other Spouse:  m1. Mr. STEDMAN
Children with Margaret ECCLES — born in Ohio Co., VA [now Marshall Co., WV]:
1.  Adam STROOP, b. 1807/8 
2.  Sidney STROOP, b. 1810; d. Dec 1887; idiotic, never married
3.  Benjamin M. STROOP / STROOPS, b. 3 Dec 1812
4.  Sarah STROOP, b. 1814/5
5.  Thomas STROOP, b. 1816/7
6.  Almira / Elmira / Elmyra STROOP, b. 1820; d. 1874; idiotic, never married

.  Conrad STROOP
.  John STROOP
.  Joseph STROOP
.  Margaret STROOP
.  Elizabeth STROOP
.  Mary STROOP

Children with Mary:
-
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.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  the entire VA census was lost.

3.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #29 of 46; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1810 VA [now WV] Ohio [now Marshall] Co. Elizabeth [now Moundsville] Roll M252_70 p. 1063 Ln. 13 John Stroep 20200-00100-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Adam (b. 1807/8)
2 males 16-25 1784-1794 = ?
= ?
0 males 26-44 1765-1784 = John (b. 1776/7)
= ?
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Margaret (b. 1780-90) 
John is tallied in the wrong age class, but surely this is our subject because we know he was in the county at the time.  Also in Ohio County:  presumed brother, Henry STROEP.

4.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #29 of 34 — indexed "Straup"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1820 VA [now WV] Ohio [now Marshall] Co. Roll M33_140 p. 26 Ln. 33 Stroup/Straup John 310111-30011-0-102 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = ?
= Thomas (b. 1816/7)
= Benjamin (b. 1812)
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = Adam (b. 1807/8)
1 male 19-25* 1794-1801 = ?
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = John (b. 1776/7)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = ?
3 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Almira (b. 1820)
= Sarah (b. 1814/5)
= Sidney (b. 1810)
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Margaret (b. 1780-90)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = ?
1 person engaged in agriculture
2 persons engaged in manufacture
*In the 1820 Census, the third column is age class 16-18 and the fourth column is age class 16-25; therefore, any individual in column three is duplicated in column four.  By subtracting the number in column three from the number in column four, you can create an age class "19-25."

5.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #103-104 of 120 — list was roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1830 VA [now WV] Ohio [now Marshall] Co. Roll 198 p. 248 Ln. 8 Stroop John 202 100 010 - 022 100 100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830
=
2 males 10-14 1815-1820
= Thomas (b. 1816/7)
1 male 15-19 1810-1815 = Benjamin (b. 1812) 
1 male 50-59 1770-1780 = John (b. 1776/7)
2 females 5-9 1820-1825
= Almira (b. 1820)
2 females 10-14 1815-1820 =
=
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Sidney (b. 1810) 
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Margaret 
Listed one line below son, Adam STROOP; also in Ohio County:  presumed brother, Henry STROOP.

6.  Marshall County [WV] Property Tax Records for the Year 1836 (online at the Marshall County WVGenWeb site; submitted by Frank Manning):
1 Feb 1836
STROOP, John — 1 white male age 16+; 4 horses

7.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image mis-grouped in Precinct 5; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1840 IL Schuyler Co. Precinct 6 Roll 69 pp. 124B-125A Ln. 5 John Stroup 011 000 010 - 001 110 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 5-9 1830-1835
1 male 10-14 1825-1830
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = John (b. 1776/7)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Almira (b. 1820)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Sidney (b. 1810)
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Margaret
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed one line below son-in-law, Charles ORUM, who married their daughter, Sarah, in 1836.

8.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #5 of 21):  Browning Twp. (T2N.R1E), Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M432_128, p. 422A, 30/34, enumerated 7 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
John Stroup 73 M   Farmer 600 Va  
Sidney 40 F       Va  
Almira 30 F       Va Insane
Listed next to son, Thomas STROUP.

9.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 27):  Poor Farm, Buena Vista Twp., Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M653_228, p. 130, PN 130, 872/876, enumerated 12 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
Sidney Stroop 60 F         Va Idiotic, Pauper
Elmira   " 40 F         Va Idiotic, Pauper

10.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #29 of 29):  Rushville P.O., Buena Vista Twp., Schuyler Co., IL, Roll M593_276, p. 88A, PN 29, 208/214, enumerated 25 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
Stroop Sidney 62 F W Pauper     Virginia Insane
Stroop Elmyra 50 F W Pauper     Virginia Insane
Not so labeled, but apparently resident in some kind of institution (see 1860); they are two of many.

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

12.  Messages posted to the Stroops Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.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.

ECCLES is a Scots/English/Irish surname, not Norwegian.  If Margaret's father was Norwegian, then ECCLES is a misspelling of some other surname.  Elner (HIGGS) STROOPS and her parents were born in Virginia, not England; 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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