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Wilson Conrad STROOP
Anna E. __?__
Emma Lenora FORKUM
Husband:  Wilson C. STROOP
Birth:  7 Jan 1840, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
Death:  6 Apr 1911, Allegheny Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Greenwood Cemetery, O'Hara Twp., Allegheny Co., PA
Occupation:  carpenter
Military Service:  Civil War:  Sgt., Co. B, 102nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Father:  Adam STROOP
Mother:  Cynthia M. BREWSTER
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Anna E. __?__
Birth:  2 Mar 1844, PA
Death:  7 Mar 1872, presumably in Allegheny Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse(?):  m1. Mr. NOBLE?
Other Children(?) born in PA:
1?  Samuel NOBLE, b. 1864/5
2?  John NOBLE, b. 1867/8
3?  Cynthia NOBLE, b. 1868/9
Marriage-2:  1873/4
Wife-2:  Emma Lenora FORKUM
Birth:  21 Dec 1841, PA
Death:  1 Feb 1927, Allegheny Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Sisters:  Mary E. FORCUM (b. 1844/5, PA); Arabella FORCUM (b. 1846/7, PA); Matilda FORCUM (b. Dec 1849, PA)
Father:  William FORCUM, b. 1818/9, DE
Mother:  Louisa __?__, b. 1817/8, PA
Children with Anne(?) born in Allegheny Co., PA:
1?  Samuel STROOP, b. 7 Mar 1865; d. 1948
2?  John A. STROOP, b. 9 Dec 1866
3?  Cynthia Cora STROOP, b. 22 Aug 1868
4?  Maria F. STROOP, b. 22 Aug 1868; d. 22 Feb 1870
5.  Annie Mae? STROOP, b. 20 Apr 1871; d. bef. 1880
Children with Emma born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA:
4.  Rutherford Birchard / Burchard Hayes STROOP, b. 17 Mar 1877 
5.  Thomas Wilbert STROOP, b. 21 Jan 1879; m. Edith __?__; m. Mary __?__
Grandchildren:
.  Emma S. STROOP, b. 1902/3, PA
.  Cora STROOP, b. 1906/7, PA
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  in Pittsburgh (Ward 4), Allegheny Co., PA (Roll M432_745, p. 210B), there is an Emma L. FORCUM (æ 8, b. PA) living with her parents, William FORCUM (æ 31, b. DE, manufacturer of white and red lead) and his wife, Louisa (æ 32, b. PA), plus three sisters, Mary E. (5), Arabella (3), Matilda (5m).

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Emma.

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 34):  Pittsburgh P.O., Pittsburgh (Ward 23), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M593_1298, p. 226A, PN 13, 19/19, enumerated 26 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Stroop Wilson C 30 M W Carpenter     Penna
______ Anne E 26 F W Keeps house     Penna
______ Samuel  5 M W At home     Penna
______ John  3 M W At home     Penna
______ Centhia  1 F W At home     Penna
Although it appears from this record that the three children are Wilson & Anne's, the 1880 census indicates they are step-children surnamed NOBLE, presumably from a prior marriage of the now deceased Anne, in which case, Wilson & Anne would have only recently have been married in 1870.  Here's where you really tear your hair that PA didn't institute county marriage licenses until the 1900s, because we really need the marriage records here!

3.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #47 of 66):  Second Avenue, Pittsburgh (Ward 14), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T9_1093 (Book 1), p. 134C, PN 47, SD 9, ED 131, 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 13 14 21 24 25 26
331 403 W C Strong W M 40     / Carpenter /   PA VA VA
    Emma     " W F 38 Wife   / Keeps house     " PA DE
    Rutherford " W M  3 Son /   At home     " " "
    Thos W     " W M 1 4/12 " /   "     " " "
    Saml Noble W M 15 StepSon /   "     " " "
    John    " W M 13 " /   At School   / " " "
    Synthia " W F 12 " /   "   / " " "
This record doesn't make sense, unless the three "NOBLE" children were Anne's from a prior marriage and she is now deceased.  Or unless the use of the NOBLE surname was enumerator error.

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 34):  1035 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg Borough (Ward 1), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T623_1372, p. 98A, SN 4, SD 18, ED 527, enumerated 4 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 22 23 24 25 27
* 1035 67 77 Stroop Wilson C Head W M Jan 1840 60 M 26     PA PA PA Collector (Insur) Y Y Y R H
      ______ Emma L Wife W F Dec 1841 58 M 26 2 2 PA DE PA   Y Y Y    
*Wallace Avenue

6.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 35):  Wilkins Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T624_1298 (Part 1), p. 258B, SN 5B, SD 23, ED 267, enumerated 21 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 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
86 92 Stroop Wilson C Head M W 70 M2 36     PA WV WV Eng Laborer Private Family W N 0 Y Y   R H
    ______ Emma L Wife F W 68 M1 36 2 2 PA DE DE Eng None         Y Y      
    ______ Emma S GDau F W  7 S       PA PA PA   None             Y    
    ______ Cora GDau F W  3 S       PA PA PA   None                  

7.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 29):  883 Inwood? Street, Pittsburgh City (Ward 12), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T625_1521, p. 253B, SN 11B, SD 24, ED 517, 195/255, enumeraed 9 Jan 1920:  Emma L. STROOP (æ 78, b. PA) is a roomer with the MOWREY family.¤

8.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

9.  Civil War Veterans Tombstone Inscription, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (online at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com):
Surname First Name Death Date Cemetery and Section Other
STROOP Wilson C. 6 Apr 1911 Woodlawn Garrison Div Sgt, Co B, 102nd PA Vol, Civil War

10.  Anon.  1999.  Compiled Civil War Military Service Records from the United States National Archives.  Ancestry, Inc., Provo, UT (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Company Unit Rank - Induction Rank - Discharge Allegiance
Stroop Wilson B 102 Pennsylvania Inf. Corporal 1 Sergeant Union

11.  Civil War Pension Index (index and images online at Ancestry.com):
Name of Soldier Stroop, Wilson C
Name
of
Dependent
Widow Stroop, Emma L
Minor  
Service B 102 Pa Inf
Date of Filing Claim Application No. Certificate No. State from which Filed
1891 July 20 Invalid 1042850 776022 Pa
1911 Apr 15 Widow 962790 724370 Pa
  Minor      
Pension applications often contain valuable genealogical information, so it would be well worth obtaining both Wilson's application for an Invalid's pension and Emma's application for a Widow's pension (from the National Archives).  Most pension applications have the applicant list the names and birthdates of their children and all spouses, so the applications should clear any confusion over Wilson's children.

12.  Messages posted to the STROOP Surname Board and to the Virginia Reunions Board (online at Ancestry.com).

13.  Emails from Kaye Mushalik.

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