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James Garfield STROUP
Jessye Inez PERKINS
Husband:  James Garfield STROUP
Birth:  26 Jan 1881, Bradford, McKean Co., PA
Death (cancer):  11 Oct 1936, South Pampa, Gray Co., TX
Disposition:  buried 13 Oct 1936, Fairview Cemetery, Pampa, Gray Co., TX
Occupation:  driller
Fraternal:  Masonic Lodge
Religion:  Methodist
Father:  James Sidney STROUP
Mother:  Mary Elizabeth ELIOTT
Marriage:  26 Dec 1913, Vincennes, Knox Co., IN
Wife:  Jesse / Jessie / Jessye Inez PERKINS
Birth:  1894/5, Sumner, Lawrence Co., IL
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Stephen William PERKINS (4 Mar 1834 - 6 Jan 1914)
Mother:  Mary Jane (née EDMONDSON) SIMMS PERKINS BILES (15 Jan 1851 - 27 Oct 1928)
1.  James G. STROUP, Jr., b. 1918/9, TX probably James Garfield STROUP
2.  Jack P. STROUP, b. 1920/1, OK
3.  Jerry C. STROUP, b. 1922/3, OK
4.  Hazel STROUP, b. Sep 1925, TX
5.  Joan Harriet STROUP, b. 10 May 1932, Gray Co., TX
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas

Sources (n.b., Warren Co., PA, is adjacent to McKean Co., PA):

1.  Works Progress Administration.  Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 (online at Ancestry.com):
Stroup, James Perkins, Jessie 26 Dec 1913 Knox Co. Book C-25, p. 146

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):--Jacob (sic) & Mary E. STROUP are enumerated in Coleville, McKean Co., PA (q.v.).

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

4.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James G. STROUP (b. Jan 1880, PA) living in Pittsfield, Warren Co., PA, with his parents, James & Mary E. STROUP (q.v.).

5.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, as expected (James is in Burma).  His parents are in Montpelier, Blackford Co., IN (q.v.).  Jessie PERKINS (æ 15, b. IL/IL/IN) is living in Sumner City, Christy Twp., Lawrence Co., IL (p. 114A), with her parents, Stephen PERKINS (æ 76, b. IL/KY/OH) and Mary J. (æ 57, b. IN/IN/IN).

6.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, though based on his obituary, they should be in Oklahoma.  Mary J. (EDMONDSON) BILES (æ 66, b. IN) and her husband, John BILES (æ 59, b. IL), are living in Sumner City, Christy Twp., Lawrence Co., IL (p. 120A).

7.  1925 Kansas State Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 35):  Burden, Cowley Co., KS, pp. 5B-6A, official enumeration date 1 Mar 1925 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1925:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
Abode Name of Each Person Relation Home Personal Description   Occupation Education
4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23
58 Stroup James G Head R M W 4? M Penna Okla Contractor Oil field N Y Y
  Stroup Jessie Wife   F W 3? M Illinois Okla none   N Y Y
  Stroup Jim Son   M W  ? S Texas Okla none   N N N
  Stroup Jack Son   M W  3 S Okla Okla none   N N N
  Stroup Jerry Son   M W  2 S Okla Okla none   N N N
Parts of the image were badly over-exposed and too faint to read.

8.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 26):  305 N Banks [Road?], Pampa City, Justice Pct. No. 2, Gray Co., TX, Roll 2336, p. 93A, SN 7A, ED 90-2, SD 1, enumerated 7 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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30
* 305 159 165 Straup James G Head R 40 N M W 49 M 33 N Y PA PA PA Y Driller oil wells W Y N
      ______ Jessye I Wife       F W 35 M 19 N Y IL IN IL Y none        
      ______ James G Son       M W 11 S   Y Y TX PA IL Y none        
      ______ Jack P Son       M W  9 S   Y N OK PA IL   none        
      ______ Jerry C Son       M W  7 S   Y N OK PA IL   none        
      ______ Hazel Dau       F W 4 6/12 S   N N TX PA IL   none        
*N Banks

9.  Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997.  Texas Department of State Health Services, TX (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Date of Birth Birth County Father's Name Mother's Name
Joan Harriet STROUP 10 May 1932 Gray James G STROUP Jessye PERKINS

10.  Texas Deaths, 1890-1976:  Death Certificate:  James Garfield STROUP (online at familysearch.org):

11a.  Obituary: James Garfield Stroupe (courtesy of Rose Mary Stroup Lankford):
Veteran Driller Dies After Lengthy Illness

James Garfield Stroupe, 55, one of the Panhandle's early drillers, died yesterday morning at the family home at the Standish camp south of Pampa.  He had been in failing health for two years and for the last 14 months had been bedfast.

Mr. Stroupe was born at Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1881.  In 1913 he married Miss Jesse Perkins at Vincennes, Indiana.  Soon after their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Stroupe moved to South America where he worked in several oil fields. 
Preceding his marriage, Mr. Stroupe spent several years drilling wells in parts of India.

In 1926, Mr. & Mrs. Stroupe moved to Pampa to make their home.  He had been with the Phillips Petroleum company for several years.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Amarillo and of the Methodist church here.

Surviving Mr. Stroupe are his wife, a daughter, Joan, three sons, James Jr., 
Jack and Jerry, five sisters, Mrs. Bell Shumaker, Mrs. Laura Leckron and Mrs. Adaline Schile, all of Warsaw, Indiana, Mrs. Edith Van Orman, Kilgore, Mrs. 
Leona Thomas, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and two brothers Sheridan Stroupe
California, and William R. Stroupe, Pampa.

Funeral services will be read by the Rev. Will C. House in the First Methodist church at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.  Burial will follow in Fairview cemetery in charge of Pampa Mortuary.

The Missionary Societies of the First Methodist church will have charge of 
flowers, assisted by Boy Scout troop 80 of which all of Mr. Stroupe's sons are members.  R.B. Fisher will be in charge of music.

Pallbearers will be the following fellow employes:  C.L. St. Clair, Charles De Long, Harry Stanley, Everett Mann, G.H. Whisenand & Gabe Garrett.

11b.  Obituary:  J.G. "Jim" Stroup (jpg courtesy of Rose Mary Stroup Lankford):
Obituary of James Garfield Stroup, with portrait.
J. G. "Jim" Stroup

J.G. "Jim" Stroup, of the production department of the Phillips Petroleum Company, died recently at Pampa, Texas.  He first became connected with the oil industry at the age of 15 years, after finishing high school in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and first worked for his father, J.S. Stroup, who at that time was superintendent of the McCallimate Oil Company, which had large holdings in the old Bradford, McKean County, Pa., field.  From there the family moved to Montpelier, Indiana, where he worked as a cable tool driller.  In 1907 he went to Bridgeport, Illinois, at the opening of the oil excitement there.  Shortly thereafter he made his first trip on foreign service to Burmah, India, where he was engaged as a driller with the Burma Oil Company for five years.  He returned from Burmah in 1912, immediately signed for work in Venezuela.

Returning to the United States the following year he went to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he worked as a driller for Phillips Petroleum Company until 1915, when he became connected with the Boggs Drilling Company. Later he made another foreign trip, working first in the Trinidad fields, British West Indies, and later in Venezuela.  Returning to the United States in 1918 he formed, with Hal Gruber (now vice-president and sales manager of the Union Wire Rope Corporation) the Tiduoute Drilling Company, doing contracting work in Oklahoma for the Phillips Petroleum Company.

After selling out in 1927 he then pushed tools for Hinerman Bros. until the following year when he went to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for the Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Company.  Because of his wife's ill health he was there only a year, going to Pampa, Texas, in 1928.  From that time he had been employed by Phillips Petroleum Company.

12.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Roll | Serial No. | Order No: 1643426 | 1719 | 5506
Name: James Garfield Stroup
Permanent Home Address: Gen. Del. Augusta, Butler, Kans.
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 37 | Jan. 26, 1881
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Driller
Employer's Name: Boggs Drilling Co.
Place of Employment: Augusta, Butler, Kans.
Nearest Relative: Name: Jesse Inez Stroup, Wife
Nearest Relative: Address: 4946 Columbia Dallas Texas
Signature: Jas Stroup
Height (tall, medium, short): Tall
Build (slender, medium, stout): Slender
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Blue | Light
Physically Disabled: third finger on left hand missing
Date of Registration: Sept 12, 1918
Draft Board: Eldorado, Butler County, Kansas

13.  Obituaries (online at the Lawrence County ILGenWeb site; submitted by Rose Mary Lankford):
Obituary of Stephen W. PERKINS, published in Jan 1914
Oldest Native Born Citizen Passes Away 
   S. W. Perkins, the oldest native born citizen of Christy township, passed away at his home of this city Tuesday morning at about 8:30 o'clock.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis one day last week and on account of his advanced age he gradually sank until released by death at the above hour. 
   Everyone in the city and community knew "Uncle Steve" as he was familiarly known to all who spent as much as a few weeks in our city.  He was born in this township in the early 30's and spent his entire life here except a couple of weeks at one time when the family moved to St. Louis a couple of years ago.  The city did not suit him and they moved back to their old home here and Mr. Perkins said his home community and people were good enough for him.  In some ways Mr. Perkin's life was remarkable.  He never was seriously ill during his long life and but once or twice did he deem it necessary to take any kind of medicine and never consulted a physician until his last illness.  Being born and reared within the township and never having lived elsewhere in nearly eighty years is a record left by but few persons.  He was of a genial nature and always seemed happiest when surrounded by his family and friends and everybody enjoying life as he always did. 
   For a number of years Mr. Perkins was proprietor of a saw mill here but of later years he has been conducting a boarding house which was a popular place among the people.  He served the township in a number of official ways and for some time was city marshal of Sumner.  In all these offices he was always found trying to do his duty to the public as best he could. 
   Funeral services were held from his late home Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. E. Butler of the Christian church and interment made in the city cemetery.  The following obituary was read during the services: 
   Stephen William Perkins was born in Lawrence county, March 4, 1834; died January 6, 1914, aged 79 years, 10 months, and 2 days.  He was married to Emily James, June 19, 1857.  To this union were born two children -- Margaret and Ed -- the latter having preceded him to the other world, July 11, 1912.  Emily, his first wife, died April 28, 1880. 
   Later he married Mary Edmondson Simms.  To this union were born six children -- two having passed on before, May, aged 4, Frances aged 20.  The surviving children -- Mrs. Margaret Martin, Mrs. Carl B. Teagarden, Mrs. __?__ Walters, Jr. of St. Louis, Mrs. C. L. Wooton of Birmingham, Ala. 
Based on the obituary above, the six children born to Stephen & Mary were:
May, Frances, Mrs. Margaret MARTIN, Mrs. Carl B. TEAGARDEN, Mrs. WALTERS, Mrs. WOOTEN

Based on the obituary below, the six children born to Stephen & Mary were:
Mrs. Harriet WALTERS, Mrs. Jennie WOOTON, Mrs. Emma TEAGARDEN, Mrs. Jesse STROUP, May and Frances.

We know that Jessye is a daughter, so the question is whether Margaret is a mistake or the total of only six children is a mistake.  I suspect the latter.  My interest here is STROUP, so I'm not pursuing this further.

Obituary of Mary Jane (EDMONDSON) BILES, published in Oct/Nov 1928 
Passes Away - Former Resident of Sumner Dies in Lawrenceville 
   Mrs. Mary J. Biles, 77 died at the home of her son-in-law, George May on South Tenth Street, Lawrenceville, Saturday afternoon.  Death followed a prolonged period of suffering from cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Biles formerly lived in Sumner where she made many friends who are grieved at her going.
 Mrs. Mary Biles, the daughter of Esquire and Mary Jane Edmondson; was born January 15, 1851 and departed this life October 27, 1928; age 77 years, 9 mo. 12 days.  She was married to Hezekiah Simms in 1865 and there were born to this union 5 children.  Mrs. Cora Dickerson of Lawrenceville, Nobel Simms of Sumner, Carl and Vergie, both of which died in infancy, Mrs. Jenette May of Lawrenceville.  After the death of her first husband she was married again to S. W. Perkins in 1881, and to this union six children were born.  Mrs. Harriet Walters of St. Louis, Mrs. Jennie Wooton, deceased, Mrs. Emma Teagarden of Dallas Texas, May and Frances, also deceased, and Mrs. Jesse Stroup of Amorilla Texas.  After the death of Mr. Perkins she was again united in marriage to John Biles in 1917 who also preceded her in death.  No children were born to this union.  She leaves, also to mourn her departure, 19 grand children, 26 great grand children, other relatives and a host of friends. 
   She professed faith in Christ at an early age, united with the Christian Church and later in life placed her membership in the First Methodist Church in Sumner, and was a faithful member of same until her death; always availing herself of every opportunity to attend and help in its services. 
   The large family of children which she has mothered and loved through to manhood and womanhood is evidence that she has done her work nobly and well. 
   Funeral services were held at the First M. E. church of Sumner Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. M. Lane of this city.  Interment in the Sumner cemetery. 
Past 75
   Mary Jane Biles was born in Indiana, January 15, 1851, and with her family James Edmondson, came to Lawrence county, in 1853, and settled in the neighborhood know as Olive Branch.  Her first husband was Hezikiah Simms who died soon after the close of the Civil War.  Her second husband was S. W. Perkins, who spent his long life of 80 years in Lawrence county, where they reared a large family.  For twenty years they operated a hotel in Sumner.  This was during the time of the oil boom in Lawrence county and this place was a popular home for the oil men.  Mrs. Perkins' biscuits were as famous in those days as the development of the wells themselves. 
   While Aunt Mary, as she is better known in Lawrence county, is in poor health, she still follows the custom from the days when Mr. Carlton was editor of the Press until present time, of laying everything aside on Thursday morning until the paper is read.  She had been a life long reader of it and country, still cling to it and consider it a red letter day when the Press arrives. 
   After Mr. Perkins death in 1914 she was united in marriage to John Biles, also an old pioneer settler of Lawrence, who passed away in 1925.  Mrs. Biles is now past 75 and enjoys visits from the old neighbors and friends. 

14.  Messages posted to the STROUP-L Mailing List (online at Ancestry.com).

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