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Elizabeth MADISON
Abigail KLINE
Mary Jane RAWSON
Birth:  Nov 1820 [not 1816], Richhill Twp., Greene Co., PA
Death:  27 Feb 1913, LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH
Disposition:  buried LaGrange Cemetery, LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH
Occupation:  shoemaker
Fraternal Organizations:  Mason
Father:  Samuel STROUP
Mother:  Rachel RUSH
Marriage-1:  28 Oct 1841, Medina Co., OH
Wife-1:  Elizabeth MADISON
Marriage-2:  19 Jun 1849, Wayne Co., OH
Wife-1:  Abigail KLINE
Birth:  1817/8, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  17 Jul 1858, Elyria, Lorain Co., OH
Wife-2:  Mary Jane RAWSON
Birth:  28 Jul 1836, Pittsfield, Lorain Co., OH
Death:  26 Feb 1913, LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH
Disposition:  buried LaGrange Cemetery, LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH
Education:  Oberlin College
Occupation:  homemaker, school teacher
Father:  Ropha RAWSON (1806-1860)
Mother:  Elizabeth "Betsie" FULTON (1813-1891)
Child with Elizabeth MADISON born in Medina Co., OH:
1.  Rachel A. STROPE, b. 1842/3
Children with Abigail KLINE born in Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH
2.  Sarah C. STROPE, b. 22 Jul 1850
3.  Candace STROPE, b. 1853/4
Children with Mary Jane RAWSON born in LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH:
4.  Helen "Kitty" STROUP, b. Aug 1861
5.  Silas Legrand "Lee" STROUP, b. Sep 1869 or 10 Oct 1870
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Sources (n.b., Lorain, Medina, and Wayne Cos. are adjacent, in that order from north to south):

1a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Spouse: Elizabeth MADISON
Marriage: 28 Oct 1841, Medina, Ohio
Source: Marriage Records, 1818-1965. Ohio. Probate Court (Medina County)

1b.  Anon.  1966.  Marriage Index:  Ohio, 1789-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-400):
Strouss, Silas Kline, Abigail 19 Jun 1849 Wayne Co.
Apparently a "p" was mis-read as long-s.

2.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #23 of 33):  Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH, p. 437B, 1817/1823, enumerated 16 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Silas Strope 29 M   Shoemaker 400 Penn
Abagil 32 F       Do
Rachel A  7 F       O
Rachel may be Abigail's child from a former marriage.  Listed two households from Silas's brother, Jackson STROUP

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #36 of 37):  LaGrange P.O., LaGrange Twp., Lorain Co., OH, Roll M653_1002, p. 244A, PN 123, 878/901, enumerated 16 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Silas Strope 38 M   Shoe Maker 750 175 Penn
Mary J 22 F         Ohio
Rachel 17 F         "
Sarah 10 F         "
Candace  6 F         "

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 33):  LaGrange P.O., LaGrange Twp., Lorain Co., OH, Roll M593_1235, p. 543B, PN 2, 19/19, enumerated 13 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Stroup Silas 52 M W Shoe Maker 1500 1100 Penn  
______ Mary J 35 F W Keeping House     Ohio  
______ Sarah C 19 F W School Teacher     Ohio  
______ Candis 17 F W       Ohio  
______ Killy  9 F W       Ohio  
______ Legrand 10/12 M W       Ohio Sept

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 30 indexed "Straup"):  Center Street, Village of LaGrange, Lorain Co., OH, Roll T9_1042, p. 532B, PN 22, SD 6, ED 175, enumerated 17 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 21 24 25 26
28 31 Stroup Silas W M 64       / Shoemaker   PA PA PA
    ______ Mary J W F 43   Wife   / Keeping House   OH MA NY
    ______ Silas L W M 10   Son /   at school / " PA OH
  32 Kellner Charles W M 20       / Liveryman   " NY NY
    _______ Kittie H W F 19   Wife   / Keeping House   " PA OH
    _______ Mark M W M   1/12 Son /       OH OH OH
"Kittie" is their married daughter, Helen (STROUP) KELNER.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 36):  LaGrange, LaGrange Twp., Lorain Co., OH, Roll T623_1295 (Book 2), p. 170A, SN 19, SD 13, ED 85, enumerated 25 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 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
222 222 Stroupe Silas Head W M Nov 1820 79 M 41     PA PA PA Shoe Maker 0 Y Y Y O F H
    Stroupe Mary Wife W F Jul 1836 63 M 41 3 2 OH MA NY Keeps House   Y Y Y      

8.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #24 of 29):  North Main Street, LaGrange Village, LaGrange Twp., Lorain Co., OH, Roll T624_1206 (Part 1), p. 282A, SN 13A, SD 13, ED 119, enumerated 5 May 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
299 304 Stroup Silas Head M W 94 M3 53     PA PA PA Eng Own income Y Y O F H
    ______ Mary J Wife F W 74 M1 53 3 2 OH MA NY Eng None Y Y      

9.  Index to:  Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio (compiled by Lorain County Historical Society, 1980; index online at the Lorain County OHGenWeb site).
Lagrange Cemetery, Lagrange Twp., Lorain Co., Ohio...
    Silas, 1816-1913 
    Mary Jane, wife, 1836-1913 

10.  Anon.  Friday, 28 Feb 1913.  "Silas Stroupe Follows Wife to the Grave."  Elyria Evening Telegram (Elyria, Lorain Co., OH), Vol. XV, No. 116, pp. 1 + 7 (; online at Ancestry.com):

LaGrange Laments Death of a Dearly Beloved Couple.


Pioneer Residents of Nearby Village Will be Laid to Rest Together, the Maker of the Universe Having Been Kind to Them in Life Permits Not a Few Hours to Intervene Between Their Deaths.

The same divine providence which guided and protected Silas Stroup and wife Mary Jane, of LaGrange, summoned them from this world with but a few hours intervening between calls to the hereafter, their noble spirits not being deprived of each other's company for more than two days.

The end came peacefully to Mrs. Stroup, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening the soul of Lorain County's oldest resident departed on that mysterious flight to its maker.

United in Death

For 55 years Silas Stroup and his wife, the parents of Judge Lee Stroup, of this city, had fought life's battle together with Christian fortitude and during the last few days had imagined that they were on their way home, little realizing that the threshold they hoped to cross, ere the spark of life vanished, would be their eternal resting place.

The home that had sheltered them for over half a century, was a haven of refuge and and a resting place for all the unhappy or distressed souls in the little village, who sought out the humble domicile, for the comforting words and good advice which abounded therein.

Loving Couple

Silas Stroup and his wife were father and mother to the young folks of the village and took as much interest in their welfare as they did in the lives of their own kith and kin.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Stroup were the eldest of large families of broth-


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ers and sisters, Mary Jane Stroup being the oldest of nine children born to Ropha and Betsie Rawson, pioneers of Pittsfield.

She was married to Silas Stroup, of Green county, Pa., in 1858 at the age of 22, he having been born in 1816, the eldest of a family of ten children.

Three children, Mrs. Helen Kelner, of LaGrange and Mrs. Sarah Metcalf Fulton and Judge Stroup of this city, survive their parents.

Mrs. Stroup taught school in LaGrange for a number of years, following a course study at Oberlin college and she was a woman more than ordinary intelligence and her affections for those whom she loved knew no bounds.

For years Silas Stroup conducted a boot and shoe store in LaGrange, retiring from active business about six years ago when ill health called a halt to his business activity.

Silas Stroup was probably the oldest Mason in the state, he being 96 years old last November, having affiliated himself with King Solomon's lodge of this city in 1863.

Charter Member

He demitted from that order in 1886 to become a charter member of the LaGrange lodge and he was a member in good standing when the grim reaper removed him from a life of usefulness.

The deceased was married three times, two of his life helpmates having died when he was a comparatively young man.

He was one of the few men who possessed an optomistic disposition and one of his many virtues was the faculty of seeing the cheerful side of life and dispensing good cheer and kindly advice to those in the shadow of despair, a valued asset he carried to the grave.

Loyal Friend

He was a man who valued a friendship as much as he did being loyal to those about him and he was a good man in every accepted sense of the word, ever helpful to those in distress and he never turned a deaf ear to those needing assistance.

The aged couple will be laid to rest in the family lot in the LaGrange cemetery, Saturday afternoon, the funeral services to be conducted at the Baptist church at 1:00 o'clock and the Masonic lodge will be in charge.

The 1816 birthyear is incorrect.  Silas is, indeed, the eldest son of Samuel & Rachel (RUSH) STROUP, but the 1830 census shows they had no children born before 1820, nor were they even enumerated in the 1820 census.  The earliest census where ages are given (1850) shows Silas born 1820/1; and above all in the 1900 census, Silas gives his birth mo/yr as "Nov 1820."

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

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