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Michael STROUP
Ms. __?__
Julia Ann PAXTON
Husband:  Michael STROUP / STROOP (Jr.)
Birth:  7 Jan 1816, Alsace, FRA
Death:  6 Apr 1891
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Michael STROUP
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Marriage-2:
Wife-2:  Julia Ann __?__
Birth:  1826/7, OH
Occupation:  homemaker
Child with Wife-1 born in IN:
1.  Mary STROUP, b. 1841/2; d. by 1860

Unless Julia is fibbing about her age in the censuses, she is simply too young to be this child's mother.  The difference in age between Michael and Julia also argues for an earlier wife.

Children with Julia:
born in IN:
2.  Lydia STROUP, b. 1847/8; d. by 1860
3.  John STROUP, b. 1848/9; d. by 1860

born in Miami Co., IN:
4.  Barbara STROUP, b. 1852/3
5.  Elizabeth STROUP, b. 1854/5
6.  Michael Aaron STROUP, b. 1856/7
7.  Louisa J. STROUP, b. 1858/9

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRA, FR, France, FR-A, Alsace; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Ohio

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #60 of 64 indexed "Nucuet Stroup" [it's hard to blame the indexer, this enumerator's handwriting is awful):  Deer Creek Twp., Miami Co., IN, p. 216B, 1938/1968, enumerated 8 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Michel Stroup 36 M   Far 1000 Ger
Julia 23 F       O
Mary  8 F       I
Lydia  2 F       "
John  1 M       "
Julia is too young to be Mary's mother.  The six-year gap between Mary and Lydia also suggests Mary may be the child of a prior wife, and the age difference between Michael and Julia further supports the probability that he had a prior wife.

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #299 of 436):  Peru P.O., Pipe Creek Twp., Miami Co., IN, p. 301, PN 15, 107/107, enumerated 5 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Michael Stroup 44 M   Farmer 4700 600 Elsas Ger.
Julia A    " 33 F         Ohio
Barbara    "  7 F         Ind
Elizabeth  "  5 F         Do
Michael A  "  3 M         Do
Louisa J   "  1 F         Do
Elsass is the German name for Alsace, then in Germany, now in France.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #30 of 31):  Peru P.O., Pipe Creek Twp., Miami Co., IN, Roll M593_343, p. 228B, PN 30, enumerated 10 Sep 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤()
1870:  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 15 19
234 231 Stroop Michael 53 M W Farmer 11000 2750 * / /   /
    ______ Julia 43 F W Keeping house     Ohio        
    ______ Barbra 16 F W       Indiana     /  
    ______ Elizabeth 15 F W       Indiana     /  
    ______ Michael 13 M W       Indiana     /  
    ______ Louisa 11 F W       Indiana     /  
    ______ Julia M?  3 F W       Indiana        
    Hoffman?/Hassman? John 29 M W Works on farm     France / /    
*The enumerator had written "France," then someone came back and wrote over it, "Pennsylvania."

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #
 

U.S. Passport Application (online at Ancestry.com):
Seeming to support that his surname was originally STROUP, but since converted to STROUP, and confirming he was born in Alsace.

Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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

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