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Bernard STROUP
Mary Martha Melissa LAKE
Husband:  Bernard STROUP / STROPE / STROOP
Birth:  1830/1
Death:  27 Nov 1862
Disposition:  buried Hyde Stevens Cemetery, Paw Paw Twp., DeKalb Co., IL
Marriage:  18 Sep 1861, DeKalb Co., IL
Wife:  Mary Martha Melissa LAKE
Birth:  1842/3, Paw Paw Twp., DeKalb Co., IL
Occupation:  seamstress, homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 21 Dec 1869, DeKalb Co., IL, John BLAIR
Father:  John LAKE (1799-1877)
Mother:  Catherine VAN TASSELL (1803-1874)

I have no explanation why our subject flipped from using given name Martha to Melissa to Mary M. to Melissa, but clearly it is the same woman.

Children:
-
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois

Sources:

1.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
Strope, Bernard Lake, Mary M 18 Sep 1861 Book B, p. 279 De Kalb
Blair, John Stroop, Melissa Mrs. 21 Dec 1869 Book C, p. 563 De Kalb

2.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  in Paw Paw Twp., DeKalb Co., IL (p. 348A), there is a John LAKE (51, ME) and wife Catharine (47, NY) with these children:  Miron? (22, NY), Almon (20, NY), Edwin (19, NY), Albert (17, NY), Eleanor (13, NY), Hulburt (10, IL), Martha (7, IL).

3a.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com):  can't find Bernard.  In Paw Paw Twp., DeKalb Co., IL (p. 430), there is a John LAKE (60, ME) and wife Catharine (57, NY) with sons Edwin (28, NY) and Hulbert (20, IL), but no daughters.

3b.  1860 Census Index (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):  can't find Bernard.

3c.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #10 of 19):  Van Buren P.O., Victor Twp., DeKalb Co., IL, Roll 173 (Book 1), p. 394, 3020/70, enumerated 10 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Samuel Swan 60 M   Preacher Bapt 3200 2000 S America
Mary A Do 44 F   House Keeper     Pa
[Samuel & Mary's children]
Melissa Lake 17 F   Seamstress     Ill

4.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #8 of 26):  East Paw Paw P.O., Town of Paw Paw, DeKalb Co., IL, Roll 215 (Book 1), p. 489B, PN 8, 57/61, enumerated 18 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Blair John 36 M W Farmer   200 Ireland
_____ Melissa 28 F W Keeping House     Ills
_____ Nancy 47 F W at Home     Ireland
Nancy appears to be John's sister.  Listed three households from Melissa's parents, John LAKE (æ 69, b. NY) and his wife, Catherine (æ 67, b. NY).

5.  Hyde Stevens Cemetery, Paw Paw Township of Dekalb County, IL (transcribed by Jim Niewold; online at the Dekalb County ILGenWeb site):
Surname Name Born Died Aged
STROUP Bernard b. d. 27 Nov 1862 31y

6.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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