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Melchor STRUPE
Mary E. __?__
Husband:  Melchor / Malchor STRUPE / STROOP / STROOPE / STROPE
Birth:  ca. 1750, Frederick Co., VA [now Berkeley Co., WV]
Death:  11 Jun 1833, Cabell Co., VA [now WV]
Disposition:  buried Merritt Family Cemetery, Barboursville, Cabell Co., WV
Military Service:  Revolutionary War:  Pvt., Virginia Militia
Father:  Wilhelm STRUB, a.k.a., William STROOP I
Mother:  Maria Elisabetha __?__

The correct spelling of our subject's given name is Melchior (one of the "Three Wise Men" from Christian mythology).

Wife:  Mary E. __?__
Birth:  9 Jun 1755, Germany
Death:  by 1820

Some secondary sources say she is Mary Ann WALTMAN; others say she is Mary Ann WALTON.  The only primary source I have found is son William's marriage record (see below), which calls her Mary E.

Children — born in VA [now WV?]:
Undoubtedly several, but identities unknown, except for…
1.  Catharine STROUPE, b. ca. 11 Dec 1784/88; d. 8 Oct 1850; bur. Merritt Cem., Cabell Co., WV
2.  William Franklin STRUPE, b. ca. 24 Nov 1792; d. 17 Apr 1771; bur. Merritt Cem., Cabell Co., WV
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1a.  Marriage Record:

1b.  Cabell County, (West) Virginia, Marriages, 1853-1899.  KYOWVA Genealogical Society, Huntington, WV (lookup courtesy of Lorna Marks):
9 Aug 1857  William Strupe, 64 (wid) s/o Melchor & Mary E. Strupe; & Frances Adams 16 dau. of Nancy Adams

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
1777 Rent Roll Strope, Melchor VA Berkeley Dist.
Also on Berkeley District Rent Rolls were Melchior's brothers:  Jacob, William, and Henry. 

3.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the entire 1790 Virginia census was destroyed.

4.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the entire 1800 Virginia census was destroyed.

5.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

6.  1815 Cabel Co VA/WV Tax List (online at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com):
Stroop, Melchor 1 0 2 15 one bureau, one looking glass, .50 cents
Numbers mean: one male age 16+, two horses, 15 cattle.

7.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #20 of 24; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1820 VA Cabell Co. Guyandotte Roll M33_130 p. 89A Ln. 16 Stroope Melchor 100011-00200-0-200
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = Grandson?
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Son? Son-in-law?
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Melchior (b. ca. 1750)
2 females 16-25 1794-1804 = Daughter-in-law?
= Daughter?
2 persons engaged in agriculture

8.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #61 of 70 — indexed "Mileen Stripe"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
1830 VA [now WV] Cabell Co. Roll M19_190 p. 32 Ln. 2 Strupe Melcor 000 000 001 - 000 010 000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 60-69 1760-1770 = Melchior (b. ca. 1750)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = ?
The female is too young to be the Catharine in the 1840 and 1850 censuses.

9.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31-32 of 81; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 VA [now WV] Cabell Co. Roll M704_555 pp. 39B-40A Ln. 4 William Stroupe 000 000 100 - 000 000 110 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = William (b. 1792/3)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Margaret (b. 1798/9)
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Catharine (b. 1787/8)
1 person employed in agriculture
Melchior not found, as expected.

10.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #53 of 141):  District 10, Cabell Co., VA [now WV], Roll M432_938, p. 27A, 367/379, enumerated 13 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
William Stroupe 57 M   Farmer 1500 Va
Margaret   " 51 F       "
Catharine  " 62 F       "
Catharine could be William's widowed sister-in-law, not his sister, but she has not children, so I'm betting on the latter.  Or, she could even be Melchor's widow, a second wife he married between 1830 and 1833.

11.  Merritt Family Cemetery, Barboursvlle, Cabell Co., WV (online at the Cabell County WVGenWeb site; submitted by Candie Freeman & Barry Huffstutler):
Jun 11, 1833
84 year of
his age
Footsone: M.S.
OCT. 8, 1850,
65 Yrs. 9 mo.
27 days.
Footstone: C.S.

12.  Birthdate calculated using Ben Buckner's Birthdate Calculator.
Name Deathdate Age at Death Result
Catharine 8 Oct 1850 27d 9m 65y 11 Dec 1784
(Calculated birthdates should always be prefaced with "ca." — you can't be certain the person who calculated their age did it correctly.)

13.  John H. Gwathmey.  1979.  Historical Register of Virginians in the Revoluton: Soldiers-Sailors-Marines, 1775-1783.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Genealogy.com):
p. xiii pet.-Petitioners: preceded by the name of a county. Petitions presented to the Legislature. A loose collection of manuscripts in the State Library filed by counties and indexed...
p. 747 Strupe, Malcher, Cabell pet...

14.  Ross B. Johnston.  1978.  West Virginia Estate Settlements:  an Index to Wills, Inventories, Appraisements, Land Grants, and Surveys to 1850 (excerpted from West Virginia History, Vols. XVII-XXIV, 1955-1963).  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Genealogy.com):
p. 49 STROPE, MELEHON, App., 8-20-1782.
Is this a different Melchior?  Or does this note simply mean Melchior appraised an estate?  Certainly, our subject is not the deceased!

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

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