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John STROUP
Jessie Ava HORINE
Husband:  John STROUP
Birth:  Jan 1876, MO
Death:  1900-1904
Occupation:  laborer

Files at WorldConnect give John middle name, "Austin," but I haven't found any records giving him a middle name or even a middle initial.

Marriage:  30 Nov 1898, Richwoods, Washington Co., MO
Wife:  Jessie Ava HARINE / HORINE
Birth:  3 Mar 1880, MO
Death:  aft. 1930 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 19 Aug 1904, Jefferson Co., MO, Samuel L. CLEMENS (1869/70- ) of MO
Other Spouse:  m3. 18 Jul 1913, Jefferson Co., MO, Charles B. MERCER, b. Oct 1875, Thompson, Sullivan Co., NY brother of the Jane E. MERCER who was Rosie's mother-in-law
Other Children:  Melvin M. MERCER (1914/5-<1930); Edward W. MERCER (1917-); Charlotte B. MERCER (1919-), Ernest D. MERCER (1920-)
Father:  Francis M. "Frank" HORINE (1842-1925)
Mother:  Mary Eliza Adeline MURDICK (1850-1925)
Adopted Child:
1.  Rosa M. "Rosie" STROUP, b. Jul 1895, MO
Biological Children born in MO, presumably in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
2.  Bessie STROUP, b. Nov 1899
3.  Austin STROUP, b. 1901/2
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Missouri, New York

Sources:

1.  Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (index plus scanned images of marriage book pages; online at Ancestry.com; abstracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John STROUP (over age 21) and Jessie HARINE (over age 18), both of Richwoods, Washington Co., MO, obtained a marriage license at Potosi, Washington Co., MO, on 29 Nov 1898.  They were married by Joseph L. Page, J.P., in Richwoods, Washington Co., MO, on 30 Nov 1898. 
Samuel L. CLEMENS (æ 34) of Vineland, Jefferson Co., MO, and Jessie STROUP (æ 24 indexed "Strouf") both of Vineland, Jefferson Co., MO, obtained a marriage license on 19 Aug 1904 in Jefferson Co., MO.
Charles B. MERCER (over age 21) of DeSoto, Jefferson Co., MO, and Jessia A. CLEMENS (over age 18) of Vineland, Jefferson Co., MO, obtained a marriage license at Potosi, Washington Co., MO, on 18 Jul 1913.  They were married by Judge James A. Hen??n on 18 Jul 1913.

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find John, not with any certainty.  Francis HORINE (æ 38, b. MO indexed "Harine") and his wife, Eliza (æ 32, b. IL), are living in Richwoods, Washington Co., MO (p. 95B), with their children.  Charles MERCER (æ 23, b. NY) is living in Thompson, Sullivan Co., NY (p. 320A) with his parents, James D. MERCER (æ 63, b. NY) & Mary (æ 55, b. NY), plus siblings.

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 55):  DeSoto City, Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll T623_867, p. 190B, SN 9, SD 10, ED 61, enumerated 14 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 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
160 164 Stroup John Head W M Jan 1876 24 M 2     MO MO MO Day Laborer 2 N N Y R H
    ______ Jessie Wife W F Mar 1880 20 M 2 1 1 MO MO MO Keeping House   Y Y Y    
    ______ Bessie Dau W F Nov 1899 6/12 S       MO MO MO              
    ______ Rosa Step-Dau W F Jul 1895  4 S       MO MO MO              

4a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Charles MERCER (æ 42, b. Oct 1857, NY) and his wife, Viania, plus six children; they are listed next to James & Mary BRADFORD, whose son, Thomas BRADFORD, will later marry our subject's adopted daughter, Rosa.

5.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  John is apparentlly deceased.  Can't find Samuel CLEMENS, Jessie, Bessie, or Austin, and I really looked, but I suspect a portion of the 1910 Jefferson County census is missing because numerous other families who should be there are also missing.  Rosa is married and living with her husband, Thomas BRADFORD.  Frank HORINE (æ 70, b. MO) and his wife, Liza A. (æ 61, b. MO), are living in Richwoods Twp., Washington Co., MO (p. 264B), with their children Jessie, is not with them.  Charles B. MERCER (æ 56, b. NY) is a widower living in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 256B), two households from his married sister, Jane (MERCER) BRADFORD.

6.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Jessie A. MERCER (æ 41, b. IL/MO/MO) is living in DeSoto, Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 225A), with her husband, Charles B. MERCER (æ 63, b. NY/NY/NY), plus three children, surnamed MERCER: Melvin M. (5), Edward W. (2y4m), and Charlotte B. (1y6m). They are listed next to Jessie's married (adopted) daughter, Rosie (STROUP) BRADFORD.   Bessie is living with her husband, Claude DICKERSON; Austin is boarding with another family. 

7.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Jesse A. MERCER (æ 59, b. MO/MO/MO) is living in Valle Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 262A), with her husband, Charles B. MERCER (æ 75, b. NY/NY/NY), plus three children surnamed MERCER: Edward W. (13), Charlotte B. (11), Ernest D. (10), plus a grandchild, also surnamed MERCER.  Rosa and Austin are living with their spouses; Bessie is deceased.

8.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence Last Benefit SSN Issued Post-em
Jessie A MERCER 11 Mar 1880 15 Jul 1966 63126 (Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO) (none specified) 498-10-9802 MO Yes
Is this Jessie A. (HORINE) MERCER?  She is the only MERCER at that zip code.

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

10.  One World Tree (online at Ancestry.com).  Gives Jessie's birthdate as 3 Mar 1880 and deathyear as 1954.

11.  Messages posted to the Stroup Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum).

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