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John Levi STROUP
Mary Mathilda DRESSHER
Husband:  John Levi STROUP
Birth:  1841, Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA
Death:  1918, presumably in Max Twp., Dundy Co., NE
Occupation:  farmer
Politics:  Democrat
Father:  John STROUP
Mother:  Margaret BAIR
Marriage:
Wife:  Mary Mathilda DRESSHER / DRESHER DRESSLER?
Birth:  1839, PA
Death:  1924, presumably in Max Twp., Dundy Co., NE
Occupation:  homemaker, spinster
Father:  born in PA
Mother:  born in Switzerland (German-speaking)
Children born in Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA:
1.  John McClellan STROUP, b. Apr 1860; d. by 1870
2.  Margaret Louise "Maggie" STROUP, b. 1861; d. 1906; m. late 1880, George Russell SIGLER (1860-1928) can't find in 1900 census
3.  Laura STROUP, b. 1862/3
4.  Albert S. STROUP, b. 1864/5
5.  Catharine STROUP, b. 1865/6; died young?
6.  James B. STROUP, b. Dec 1869
7.  John Elmer STROUP, b. Apr 1875
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Schweiz; USA, US, United States, Nebraska, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #101 of 424):  Decatur P.O., Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, p. 99, PN 1, 2/2, enumerated 1 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Stroup 66 M   Farmer 20,000 1,600 Penna
Susannah " 62 F         "
John L   " 19 M   Farm Labr     "
Mary     " 20 F   Spinster     "
John M   " 1/12 M         "
The elder John is our subject's father (Susannah is our subject's step-mother).  Back then, "spinster" was an occupation, not slang for unmarried.

3.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #1 of 30):  Lewistown P.O., Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, Roll 1375 (Book 1), p. 281A, PN 1, 5/5, enumerated 5 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Stroup John L 27 M W Farmer 3000 900 Pennsylvania
______ Mary 28 F W Keeping House     "
______ Margaret  9 F W at home     "
______ Laura  7 F W at home     "
______ Albert  5 M W at home     "
______ Catherine  4 F W at home     "
______ James  1 M W at home     "

4a.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 30):  Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, p. 65D, PN 4, SD 7, ED 172, enumerated 7 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 10 13 24 25 26
33 33 Stroup Mary W F 40   / Keeping House Pa Pa Ger
    ______ John E W M  5 Son   Son Pa Pa Pa
    Steele? James W M 25 Boarder   Laborer Pa Pa Pa
Where is John Levi?  Margaret/Maggie, Laura, Albert, and probably James are accounted for below, but where is Catherine?  The tick in Column 10 indicates Mary is married, not widowed.

4b.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 30):  Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, Roll 1156 (Book 2), p. 67D, PN 8, SD 7, ED 172, enumerated 10 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 11 13 14 24 25 26
72 74 Yeager Sophia K W F 48       / Keeping House Asth???? Pa Pa Pa
    Novinger Thos J W M 39       / Farm Manager   Pa Pa Pa
    Stroup Maggie L W F 20 Servant /         Pa Pa Pa
    ______ William F W M 62     /   Laborer   Pa Pa Pa
    Fralich Geo W W M 58 Servant /         Pa Pa Pa
    Yeager George H W M  3 Grandson           Pa Pa Pa
Sophia (STROUP) YEAGER is our subject's sister, and William F. STROUP is his brother.

4c.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 30):  Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, p. 65C, PN 3, SD 7, ED 172, enumerated 7 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 9 10 13 24 25 26
27 27 Fisher F H W M 26       / Telegraph Operator Pa Pa Pa
    ______ Anna M W F 26   Wife   / Keeping House Pa Pa Pa
    ______ Baby W M 1/12 May         Pa Pa Pa
    Stroup Laura E W F 18   Servant /   S (sic) Pa Pa Pa

4d.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #29 of 30):  Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, p. 78A, PN 29, SD 7, ED 172, enumerated 22/24 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 10 13 24 25 26
170 180 Sterrett Saml W M 40   / Farmer Pa Pa Pa
    [Samuel's wife and children, et al.]
    Stroup Albert S W M 18 Laborer     Pa Pa Pa

4e.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 30):  Decatur Twp., Mifflin Co., PA, Roll T9_1156, p. 64B, PN 2, SD 7, ED 172, enumerated 5 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
11 11 Henry Isaac W M 35     / Farmer Pa Pa Pa
    _____ Rebecca W F 26   Wife / Keeping house Pa Pa Pa
    _____ Fanny J W F  6   Dau     Pa Pa Pa
    _____ Walter R W M  3   Son     Pa Pa Pa
    _____ Ada B W F 5/12 Jan Dau     Pa Pa Pa
    Stroup James W M 30?   Laborer     Pa Pa Pa
James's age was initially left blank, then someone later, in a paler ink and at an odd angle, wrote in what may be "30" and James is indexed as being age 30.  In the 1870 census, the only James STROUP in Mifflin County is our subject's son, and in the 1880 census, the above James is the only James STROUP in Mifflin County, so I'm inclined to think this "added" age is wrong and that this is our subject's son.  Not to mention that our subject's son, James, did survive (see his page), so had to be somewhere.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 3):  Indian Creek Pct., Dundy Co., NE, Roll T623_926, p. 28A, SN 5, SD 160, ED 48, enumerated 23-27 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 21 22 23 24 25 27 28
81 82 Stroup John L Head W M Sep 1841 58 M 41     PA PA PA Farmer   Y Y Y R F 75
    ______ Mary M Wife W F Sep 1839 60 M 41 8 4 PA PA Ger     Y Y Y      
    ______ Mary E GDau W F Feb 1891  9 S       NE PA MO   6 Y Y Y      
Listed next to son, James B. STROUP (the father of granddaughter Mary E.).

7.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 7):  Max Pct., Dundy Co., NE, Roll, p. 176A, SN 1A, SD 3, ED 53, enumerated 15-18 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  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 17 18 23 24 26 27 28
11 11 Stroup John L Head M W 69 M1 51     PA Unk PA Eng None Y Y O F H
    ______ Mary M Wife F W 71 M1 51 8 3 PA PA Ger Eng None Y Y      

8.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 9):  Max Twp., Dundy Co., PA, Roll T625_991, p. 52A, SN 1A, SD 6, ED 54, enumerated 13 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings,
please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 17 18 19 21 23 24 25 26
X 5 5 Stroup Mary M Head R F W 80 Wd Y Y PA PA Switzerland L. Dutch Y None

9.  Samuel Sterrett.  1886.  "Decatur Township."  Chap. XVI, pp. 654-659 in Franklin Ellis, ed. History of That Part of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys Embraced in the Counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder. Philadelphia (online in the archives of USGenWeb):
p. 655 The family of Stroup were early settlers in the territory of Derry township (now Decatur)...
p. 656 John L. Stroup, also born on the homestead, in Decatur township, was married to Mary Dressher, of Centre County, Pa.  They have had seven children, all of whom, with the exception of a son, McClellan, are now living.  Mr. Stroup has always been engaged in the employment of a farmer and resides at Paintersville, Mifflin County, Pa.  In politics he has been for years a Democrat.
For full excerpt, see John's father's page.

10.  Archives of the STRAUB-L Mailing List (online at RootsWeb.com).

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

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