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Lawson Sidney STROUP
Mary Essie BRIDGES
Husband:  Lawson Sidney "Doc" STROUP
Birth (date according to 1900 Census):  Oct 1879, Cherryville Twp., Gaston Co., NC
Birth (date according to family bible and WWI registration card):  27 Dec 1879, Cherryville Twp., Gaston Co., NC
Death:  30 Mar 1924, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL
Occupation:  farmer
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  R1b1
Father:  Mr. SELLERS
Mother:  Elizabeth STROUP

We have three records giving our subject a birthyear of 1879, although the months do not agree.  We also have the fact that our subject was not in the 1880 census with his mother.  Thanks to these discrepancies, we can never be entirely certain which date is correct or, for that matter, that Lawson is Elizabeth's biological son.  Elizabeth may have adopted him, after the 1880 census.  However, an adoption seems highly unlikely as an unmarried woman is not a prefered candidate for adopting an orphaned child.  It is far more likely that, as an unwed mother, she was hiding Lawson's existence from the census taker.

Marriage:  23 Dec 1903, Gaston Co., NC
Wife:  Mary Essie BRIDGES
Birth:  13 Mar 1884, Fallston, Cleveland Co., NC
Death:  24 Sep 1960, Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Jesse J. BRIDGES (1854-1884)
Mother:  Sara "Sally" HOMESLEY (1856-1901)
Children (according to family bible and, yes, they did go back and forth, seasonally, between NC and FL):
born in Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC:
1.  Susan "Soonie" Edith STROUP, b. 15 Sep 1904; d. 22 Oct 1990, Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC
2.  Lizzie May STROUP, b. 6 Jul 1906; d. 1 Jul 1908, Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC
3.  Jessie Vera STROUP, b. 10 Dec 1908; d. 25 Sep 1918, Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC
4.  Ava Darling STROUPE, b. 23 Nov 1910; d. 20 Mar 1942, Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC

born in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL:
5.  Jonnie Vida STROUPE, b. 29 Apr 1913; d. 11 Oct 2004, Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC

born in Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC:
6.  Ruby Fern STROUPE, b. 11 Aug 1915; d. 25 Oct 1997, Mt. Holly, Gaston Co., NC

born in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL:
7.  Lawson Sidney STROUPE, Jr., b. 1 Feb 1919; d. 9 Dec 1999, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

born in Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC:
8.  Wade Hector STROUPE, b. 2 Dec 1922; d. 14 Oct 1997, Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC

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Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 58):  Bridge Road, Cherryville Twp., Gaston Co., NC, Roll T624_1112, p. 16A, SN 16A, SD 9, ED 52, enumerated 25 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 19 20 23 24 25 26 28 29
280 282 Stroup Lawson S Head M W 31 M1 6     NC NC NC Eng Farmer own Farm OA Y N   R F 57
    ______ Mary E Wife F W 26 M1 6 3 2 NC NC NC Eng None     Y Y        
    ______ Susan E Dau F W  5 S       NC NC NC   None         N      
    ______ Jessie V Dau F W 1 4/12 S       NC NC NC   None                

3.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #39 of 43):  Valentine Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL, Roll T625_215, p. 46B, SH 20B, SD 4, ED 10, enumerated 21 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).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* X 489 502 Stroup Lawson S Head R M W 40 M   N N NC NC NC Y Laborer Farm W
      ______ Mary E Wife   F W 35 M   Y Y NC NC NC Y None    
      ______ Soonie Dau   F W 15 S Y Y Y NC NC NC Y None    
      ______ Ava Dau   F W  9 S Y Y Y NC NC NC   None    
      ______ Jonny V Dau   F W  7 S Y Y Y FL NC NC   None    
      ______ Rubie F Dau   F W  4 S   N N NC NC NC   None    
      ______ Lawson S Jr Son   M W 11/12 S   N N FL NC NC   None    
*Valentine Ave

4.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 31):  George Avenue, Cherryville Town, Cherryville Twp., Gaston Co., NC, Roll 1691, p. 16A, SN 3A, ED 36-2, SD 7, enumerated 4 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 28
* 48 50 Stroupe Mary Essie Head O 2500 R N F W 45 Wd 19 N Y NC NC NC Y None    
    _______ Soonie Dau         F W 25 S   N Y NC NC NC Y None    
    _______ Ava Dau         F W 19 S   N Y NC NC NC Y Book-Keeper Hwd Store W
    _______ Vida Dau         F W 16 S   Y Y FL NC NC Y None    
    _______ Ruby Dau         F W 14 S   Y Y FL NC NC Y None    
    _______ Lawson S Jr Son         M W 11 S   Y Y FL NC NC Y None    
    _______ Hector Son         M W  7 S   Y N NC NC NC   None    
*George Avenue

5.  State of Florida.  1998.  Florida Death Index, 1877-1998.  Florida Health Dept., Office of Vital Records. (online at Ancestry.com):
Name: Stroup, Lawson Sidney
Place: Broward [County]
Sex: M
Col.: W
Vol: 210
Number: 3224
Year: 1924

6.  Obituary of L.S. STROUP (online at Ancestry.com):
On March the 30th, 1924 God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to call Mr. L. S. Stroup from mortality to mmortality (sic) at the age of 44 years 3 months and 3 days.  He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, six children, two sisters, one brother and many relatives and friends...

7.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Roll | Serial No. | Order No: 1765643 | 2793 | 3339
Name: Lawson Sidney Stroup
Permanent Home Address: Cherryville Gaton NC
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 39 | December 27 1879
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Farmer
Employer's Name: Own Farm
Place of Employment: Cherryville Gaton NC
Nearest Relative: Name: Mrs. Essie Stroup
Nearest Relative: Address: Cherryville Gaston NC
Signature: Lawson X Sidney Stroup
      mark
Height (tall, medium, short): Medium
Build (slender, medium, stout): Medium
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Blue | Black
Physically Disabled: no
Date of Registration: Sep 12 1918
Draft Board: -

8.  Sid Stroupe.  2007/2008.  Abner A. STROUP Family of Cherryville, NC (Public Member Tree online at Ancestry.com).

9.  Email from descendant.  Shared family bible page for this family.

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