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William STROUP
Sarah EARWOOD
Husband:  William STROUP
Birth:  1805/6, Lincoln Co., NC
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Michael STROUP
Mother:  Jane GOODSON
Marriage:  15 Dec 1824, Lincoln Co., NC
Wife:  Sarah "Sally / Salley / Sallie" EARWOOD
Birth:  1800/1, NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Children born in Lincoln Co., NC:
1.  Isabella STROUP, b. 1825/6
2.  Mitchell / Michael STROUP, b. 1828/9
3.  Martha STROUP, b. 1830/1
4.  Jane STROUP, b. 1832/3
5.  William STROUP, b. 1834/5
6.  Matthew STROUP, b. 1836/7
7.  Cynthia STROUP, b. 1838/9
8.  James STROUP, b. 1841/2
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Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William STROUP
Marriage: 15 Dec 1824, Lincoln, North Carolina
Spouse: Salley EARWOOD
Source: Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives. North Carolina. Division of Archives and History
Michael STROUP
Birth: 14 Jan 1826, Buncombe, North Carolina
Death: 02 Dec 1878, Buncombe, North Carolina
Father: William STROUP; Mother: Sarah or Sally EARWOOD
Source: patron submission
I don't know what to make of this birth record because there's no room for this son in the 1830 census.

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #155-156 of 214; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 NC Lincoln Co. Roll 122 p. 232 Ln. 24 William Stroup 100 010 - 200 010 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1825-1830 = Mitchell (b. 1828/9)
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = William (b. 1805/6)
2 females 4 or under 1825-1830 = Isabella (b. 1825/6)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Sally (b. 1800/1) 
Listed three lines below Philip STROUP.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #35-36 of 84; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 NC Lincoln Co. Lower Regiment Roll 364 pp. 117A-117B Ln. 2 William STROUP 211 001 - 110 101 0200000 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = Matthew (b. 1836/7)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = William (b. 1834/5)
1 male 10-14 1825-1830 = Mitchell (b. 1828/9)
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = William (b. 1805/6) 
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Cynthia (b. 1838/9)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Jane (b. 1832/3)
= Martha (b. 1830/1)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Isabella (b. 1825/6)
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Sally (b. 1800/1) 
2 persons employed in agriculture
We are short one female in the 1830-35 age class.  Is this enumerator error, or is Jane or Martha not their daughter?  Listed three lines above Catharine (MASTERS) STROUP, widow of Philip, who is two lines above Moses STROUP.

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #179 of 276):  Buncombe Co., NC, Roll M432_622, p. 284A, 1187/1187, enumerated 11 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Wm Stroupe 44 M   Farmer 300 NC
Sally 49 F       "
Isabella 24 F       "
Mitchell 21 M   Laborer   "
Martha 19 F       "
Jane 17 F       "
Wm 15 F       "
Matthew 13 M       "
Cynthia 11 F       "
James  8 M       "

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #52 of 213):  Shufordville P.O., Buncombe Co., NC, Roll M653_889, p. 260A/521, PN 27, 193/193, enumerated 21 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
William Stroup 54 M   farmer   350 N Carolina
Sarah     do 65 F   Domestic     do
Jane      do 21 F         do
Cyntha    do 20 F         do
Jas       do 18 M   farm Laborer     do
Listed next to son, M. [Michael] STROUP.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 18):  Asheville P.O., Lime Stone Twp. No. 6, Bunscombe Co., NC, M593_1125, p. 190B, PN 9, 58/60, enumerated 22 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Straup William 60 M W Laborer   100 North Carolina
       Sally 68 F W Keeping house     North Carolina
       Pheletus 14 M W Farm Laborer     North Carolina
       Willie 12 M W at Home     North Carolina
       Jane 36 F W Without Occupation     North Carolina
       Fedelis  8 M W       North Carolina
Philetus is Jane's (presumably illegitimate) son, but where was he in 1860?  Ditto Willie and Fedelis.

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