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|Frank Bell's Genealogy of the STROOP's of Philadelphia|
|Source: Frank F. Bell II. 1960. BELL-SHARPE: containing
Genealogical and Some Biographical Sketches and Illustrations on BIDELSPACH(ER)-BELL
Families in America and Their Origin, the BEUTELSBACH-BEUT(T)ELSPACHER
Families in Germany with Allied Families of LANGENSTEIN (Germany and America)
and SHARPE and Allied Families in America; Allied Families to BELL: ATTMORE,
EDWARDS, GEORGE, SAUSSAT, RAKESTRAW, STROOP, STULL, ZANE; Allied
Families to SHARPE: GREENE, POLK, REESE, TUMLIN, and Others.
Unpublished typescript, Dallas, TX (online at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com).
Boldface added. The pages are slightly out of order to place the STROOP section first, before the ATTMORE section (not all of the text on Isaac ATTMORE is included).
WARNING: Bell was not a rigorous worker. He made many connections without adequate documentation, not just in this manuscript, but in others works as well. Do not accept anything here without further documentation.
Here is inserted a plate containing three images:
The first image is a head-and-shoulders portrait (in profile), captioned:
The second is a pair of silhouettes of a man and woman standing, dressed in formal attire, facing each other and in profile, captioned:
The third image is of a tankard, and is captioned:
On the back side of the plate are four images, one of which is a full-face, head-and-shoulders portrait, captioned:
S T R O O P
THIS FAMILY TIES INTO THE ATTMORE FAMILY
THROUGH MARGARET STROOP 122, WHO MARRIED
ISAAC ATTMORE 13.12.5.
|Transcriber's Comments: STROOP, with it's characteristically Dutch "double-o" spelling, is a surname originating in the Netherlands (Holland) and adjacent Germany (Westphalia). Although the spelling of this family's surname was largely transformed to STROOP, that is not the original spelling, nor is the family Dutch. The immigrant ancestor was a STRUB, a widespread surname in southern Germany and adjacent German-speaking regions (e.g., Switzerland). And while many "Pennsylvania Deutsch" were Palatines, not all were, nor is this family related to most of the STROUPs in southeastern and central Pennsylvania whose original surname was STRAUB.|
STROOP (STROUP, STRUPP, STRUP, STRUB)
Among the arrivals of German immigrants at Philadelphia (most probably
from the Rhinish "Palatinates") during the Colonial period, the following,
bearing variations of this family name, may be noted:
(NOTE: The uniform spelling of STROOP will hereafter be used, although
most of the descendants of above immigrants probably used the spelling,
STROUP. The spelling, STROOP, is used as it is the form of signature
written by Captain Henry Stroop, one of the main characters in this sketch.)
Of the above immigrants, Wilhalm and Barnats Stroop, who arrived in 1732, are evidently the William and Bernard Stroop referred to in the following administration record.
(Relationship to the family of Stroop, of which this sketch treats,
Letters of Administration on the estate of William Stroop, dec'd., were granted, 4 January (?), 1756, to Bernard Stroop, his son, and Leonard Mel Chor, a son of the widow of the deceased, the widow having renounced.
(Ref: Phila. Administration Book G., p. 42.)
No further record of this family has been discovered.
Returning to the immigrant list, we may identify Johannes Strub (there mentioned) with John Stroop, ancestor of the family now under consideration. He took passage at Rotterdam, in Holland, probably early in the summer of 1751, the ship touching, on the way, at Cowes, England. John Stroop must have brought with him one or more of his children. A comparison of dates of birth of his family suggests that he may possibly have been a widower on his arrival, or shortly after, and that he remarried in Pennsylvania. Of his wife, we know only that her name was Anna Catherina, or Catherine, from 1762 to 1782. At the latter date, she was his widow.
The family of John Stroop attended the First Reformed Church, Philadelphia, from whose registers are obtained most of their baptismal,
marriage and burial records.
1. John (9) STROOP, (born 9/__/1725, in Germany, buried 4/17/1781, at First Reformed Church, Philadelphia, aged 55 years, 7 months). Married ANNA CATHERINE _____ (living 1782).
(Letters of Administration on the Estate of John Stroope, dec'd., were granted 26 April, 1782, to Catharine Stroope.)
(Phila. Administration Book "I", p. 41.)
Bond, dated 26 August 1782, signed by Catharine Stroope (mark), Georg Wack and Henry Stroop, Amount £ 1000.
"An account of Goods in Mrs. Stroop's House after the death of her Husband," includes among household effects, "1 German Bible," "8 Delf Plates," etc., Total, £ 26: 12: 0. Sworn to by Georg Wack, 30 May, 1783.
(Phila. Administration Papers 1782, #94.)
John Stroop, Sr., saw active service in the Revolutionary War, how
much it is difficult to record in detail, as his son, John II (possibly
others by same name which is spelled Stroop, Stroope, Stroops, Stroupe,
Stroub, Strub, etc., for the same individual at different times), was very
active in the conflict, so records are confusing.
It is reasonably certain he had the following service and probably more: The returns of the 3rd Battalion Philadelphia Militia when called to active service in 1777, show a John Stroop in Capt. Geo. Esterly's Co., 6/25/1777, and in Capt. Peter Mehring's Co., 7/1777, with the notation, "above age as per appeal." (Pa. Archives, 6th Series, Vol. I., p. 192.) Again in Capt. Geo. Esterly's Co., 8/14/1779; but it is possible that the later return was of John II, although at the same time in 1777 we find a John Stroop in Captain Isaac Austin's Co., 4th Bn., so it is reasonable to presume that services in the 3rd Bn. were of John, Sr., as John, Jr., could not have been "above age -------." (Pa. Arch., 6th Series.)
CHILDREN, born probably in Germany and Philadelphia, as follows:
|11. JOHN (8) STROOP II, John (9), born probably in Germany - died 3/6/1831 at P. Married first, 4/11/1768 at 1st Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pa., bu a license, RACHEL KEPHART. He married second, 7/2/1801, in Pennsylvania, HANNAH WINTWORTH (born 1768 - living 3/23/1855 at P., age 87). (It is possible that there were two John Stroops of about the same age in|
|Transcriber's Note: based on other sources, Rachel KEPHART was born in 1749 — pushing John8's birthyear back to ca. 1745 — and the couple lived in Westminster, MD. I see no compelling reason to make a connection between him and the husband of Widow Hannah WENTWORTH in Philadelphia, but given Hannah's age when she married John8, it is almost certain that both John and Hannah had a prior marriage. For the present, I will follow Bell in having the same man marry both women, but if so, then Anna Catharina was almost certainly too young to be John8's mother, meaning John9 had a prior wife back in Europe.|
|Family Group Sheet of John STRUB & Rachel KEPHART & Hannah S. WENTWORTH|
Philadelphia at this time, both having Revolutionary War Service, and that the above marriages indicated the wives of each. However, after carefully considering all the data, it is thought most probable that the situation actually was as first stated above. His second wife, Hannah, was allowed 160 acres bounty land on Warrant #40,923 on account of his war service.)
JOHN STROOP was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary Army, and was granted an invalid's pension beginning 9/4/1794 of $30.00 per annum, which was increased in 1816 to $48.00. (Ref: "Report from the Sec. of War, 1835.") His name is on a list of disabled officers and soldiers of the Revolution who were residents in Pennsylvania in 1789. (Pa. Archives, 2nd Series, Vol. XI, p. 758.)
Some of his war service in detail was probably with the Philadelpia Militia from 1777-1781 in 2nd Phila. Art. Bn., 4th and 5th Inf., Bns., 3rd Regt. of Foot, and in Col. Jonathan B. Smith's Regt., Capt. Adam Faulk's Co., where a John Stroop was appointed Corp. 8/2/1777. (Pa. Archives, 6th Series, Vols. I & III.) After the war, John Stroop was active in militia affairs, being in 4th Co., Art. Bn., Philadelphia Militia, Lt. Col. Thomas Mifflin, 1787 (Ibid, Vol. II); 8th Co. Art. Bn., Lt. Col. Jos. Marsh, Esq., Capt. Andrew Summers, 1784 and 85; and in 4th Regt., Capt. Lewis Rush's Co., 1794. (Ibid, Vol. V.)
John Stroop seems to have followed the trade of blacksmith, living 388 N. 3rd St., 1804-1810, and on Spring Garden Street, 1816, and Franklin Court 1825.
(NOTE: The descendants of John Stroop by first and second wives could, no doubt, be carried down by searches in Philadelphia Church and public records; but it is not the purpose of this sketch to go into collateral lines unless furnished or encountered in course of search.)
12. HENRY (8) STROOP, John (9), born 1753 probably in P. - died 2/16/1843 near Darby, Delaware Co., Pa., age 90 years. Married 11/17/1774 at 1st German Reformed Church, Philadelphia, SUSANNA GEORGE (born 1753 probably at P. - living 1820 Delaware Co., Pa.), daughter of JOHN GEORGE of Phila. (See George Genealogy, Family 113.)
After Capt. Henry Stroop's service in the Revolutionary War (of which more in detail later), he followed his trade of house carpenter and builder in Philadelpia, living at 209 Sassafras (Race) Street until about 1800, after which the residence was occupied by Isaac Attmore and family until about 1804 (Philadelphia Directories). He then removed to Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle Co., Del. In 1805, he bought a farm in Darby Township, Delaware County, to which he again removed and passed the remainder of his life in that neighborhood.
Deed, 23 Feb., 1805. Edward Horne, Township of Darby, County of Delaware, yeoman, and wife Mary to Henry Stroop, of Mill Creek Hundred, County of Newcastle, State of Delaware, yeaoman, $3600. Messuage and tract in Township of Darby, adjoining lands of Andrew Boon, William Horne, Samuel Shaw, heirs of Joseph Boon, dec'd., Daniel Rice, Lewis Painter, Heirs of Charles Justis, dec'd., said Edward Horne, heirs of Joseph Merin, dec'd., Spring Run, and Muckinipates Creek, containing 69 acres and 4 perches. Part of a tract which Sketchley Morton, executor of Andrew Culin, deceased, granted 7 April, 1783 to said Edward Horne.
|Family Group Sheet of Heinrich STRUB & Susanna GEORGE|
Witnesses: John H. Attmore (also "John Atmore"), William D. Horne, Hugh Lloyd.Deed, 28 October, 1818, Henry Stroop, Township of Darby, County of Delaware, yeoman, and wife Susannah, to George Burge, District of Southwark, County Philadelphia, Confectioner, $4920. Messuage and tract in Township of Darby, adjoining lands of Andrew Boon, William Horne, Samuel Shaw, heirs of Joseph Boon, dec'd., Daniel Rice, Lewis Painter, heirs of Charles Justis, dec'd., Edward Horne, heirs of Joseph Merin, dec'd., Spring Run, and Muckanipates Creek; containing 69 acres and 4 perches. Same premises which Edward Horne, of Darby Township, and wife Mary, granted, 23 February, 1805 to said Henry Stroop.
Witnesses: John Bonsall, Sam I. Curtis.
Captain Henry Stroop's first Revolutionary War services...
...on February 16, 1843, Captain Henry Stoop
(Stroop), a Revolutionary officer, died at Darby, ninety
(90) years of age...
(Henry G. Ashmead: History of Delaware County, p. 511.)
April 10, 1843. "Letters of Administration on the Estate of Henry Stroop, late of the Township of Darby, deceased, were this day granted in due (form) of Law to George Stroop, he having given security according to Law in the sum of one hundred dollars and after being qualified well and truly to comply with the Laws of this Commonwealth relating to Collateral Inheritances, $3040.
James Huston, Register."-
April 20, 1843. Administration Bond signed by George Stroop, Samuel Trivet (Tribit) and Casper Hahn, all of the County of Delaware. $150.
Witnesses: Saml. Fairlamb, C. C. Larkin.
Inventory, April 20, 1843, by Saml. Trivit and Casper Hahn, Amount $72.07½, (Ibid). (See correspondence 1942 in reference to Stroop tankards - one in possession of Helen Bell Priester, one belongs to Frank F. Bell.)
CHILDREN, all born in Philadelphia, as follows:
(Ref: First Reformed Church, Philadelphia Records.)
121. CATHERINE (STROOP) (7) TRIVIT (or Tribit) (Mrs. Samuel), Henry Stroop (8), John (9), (born 8/4/1775 at P.). Married 4/30/1797 at First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, SAMUEL TRIVIT (living 1843).
(NOTE: The descendants of Catherine Stroop and Samuel Trivit (or Tribit) could no doubt be found by searches in Philadelpia and Delaware County, Pa. (near Darby) records; but it is not the purpose of this sketch to go further into collateral lines unless furnished. -F. F. B.)
122. MARGARET (STROOP) (7) ATTMORE (Mrs. Isaac), Henry (8), John (9), born 12/28/1777 at P. or vicinity, perhaps near Valley Forge -
|Family Group Sheet of Carl STRUB, a.k.a., Charles STROOP & Rachel __?__|
died 8/20/1865 at Mathew's Hollow on Darby Creek, Delaware County, Pa.; probably buried in Old Mt. Zion, Darby, Cemetery. Married Sunday evening, 11/4/1797, at First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, ISAAC ATTMORE, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Mason) Attmore, of Philadelphia.
(Ref: First Baptist Church, Philadelphia Records; Pa. Archives and Pa. Historical Society, "Dome Deaths in Delaware County and Vicinity.")
(For further information in detail and descendants, see ATTMORE Genealogy, Family 13.12.5.)
124. SUSANNAH (STROOP) (7) NORRIS (Mrs. George), Henry Stroop (8), John (9), born 2/12/1782 at P. - died 9/18/1858 probably in Delaware County, buried Quaker Hill Cemetery. Married 4/24/1808 at First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, GEORGE NORRIS, of Delaware County, Pa.
CHILDREN, as follows:(NOTE: It is not certain that the above children are in chronological order; nor is it certain that all the children are included. A further search of records would no doubt work out these uncertainties.)
The above family is said to have resided in Manayunk, Pa.
1242. GEORGE (6) NORRIS, Susannah (Stroop) Norris (7), Henry Stroop (8), John (9). Dates and marriage data not known - said to have had a son WILLIAM and probably others. William married and had a son GEORGE and probably others. George Norris supposed to be living in Frankford, Pa., 1927. (NOTE: Search of records would no doubt complete and verify the above.)
1243. MARY S. (NORRIS) (6) HALL (Mrs. James M.), Susannah (Stroop) Norris (7), Henry Stroop (8), John (9), (born 3/23/1820 - died 10/12/1897 in P., buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, P.). Married JAMES M. HALL (born 7/9/1818 - died 9/12/1897, buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, P.), son of ROBERT HALL by first wife. Robert Hall and first wife came from England to America. The family lived at Marcus Hook Pa. He married second, Catherine ______.
CHILDREN, as follows:12431. JOHN ANDREWS (5) HALL, Mary (Norris) Hall (6), Susannah (Stroop) Norris (7), Henry Stroop (8), John (9), born 4/2/1832 at Darby, Pa. - died 3/9/1915 in P., buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, P. Married MARY JANE HALL (born 3/17/1843 in P. - died 2/15/1910, buried Mt. Moriah Cemetery),
daughter of JOSEPH HALL.
CHILDREN, as follows:124312. FRANK HALL (4), John Andrews Hall (5), Mary (Norris) Hall (6), Susannah (Stroop) Norris (7), Henry Stroop (8), John (9), born 7/30/1871 - living 1927 at P. Married 6/22/1910, ANNA GRAUF (born 3/29/1885 - living 1927 at P). Frank Hall served in Spanish-American War in Pa. Nat'l. Guards. He is member of Masonic Order.
(NOTE: This family possesses an old desk purported to have been the property of Capt. Henry Stroop. However, it might have belonged to George Stroop, Henry's son, as it carries the latter's name; but George Stroop settled Henry's estate and could have thus come into possession as Henry mentions a desk in his pension inventory.)
CHILDREN, as follows:127. JOHN (7) STROOP, Henry Stroop (8), John (9), (born 3/22/1791). Served in the War of 1812, being in the Muster Roll of Delaware Co., Fencibles under Capt. James Serrill, 1st Regt., Col. Clement Biddle, Penna. Vol. in U.S. service 9/21/1814 - 1/4/1815. This later became 32nd Regt., Pennsylvania Militia.
(Pa. Archives, 6th Series, Vol. VIII, p. 560, 774, 780, 163.).
128. GEORGE (7) STROOP, Henry Stroop (8), John (9), born 6/27/1797 at P. - died 1868 at New Castle, Delaware. Married 6/8/1826 at First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Elizabeth Earle, daughter of Isaac and Susannah (Ball) Earle of Upper Darby, Pa., and probably relaeted to George Lybrand. George Stroup was a resident of New Castle, Delaware.
The will of Elizabeth Ball, of Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pa., dated 6/24/1832, codicil dated 1/28/1833, pr. 9/19/1833, mentions brothers, Thomas Ball, of OHio, and Nathan Ball; sister, Susanna Earl, and (her) daughter, Elizabeth Stroopes; nephew, John Lobb; Colored woman, Phebe Norris, Sarah Powell.
Executor: Halliday JacksonWill of George Stroup of New Castle, mentions daughter, Elizabeth Negandank Rand and niece, Elizabeth Ridgeway.
Executor: A. Lewis Smith, Media, Pa.
1281. ELIZABETH B. (6), married first, 4/22/1858 at Parsonage of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Athensville (now Ardmore) Pa., WILLIAM NEGANDANK (a German), both of Upper Darby, Del. Co., Pa., by Rev. Timothy T. Titus, Pastor. Witnesses: M. E. Titus, Rachel Blithe. The first husband probably died and Elizabeth married second, _____ RAND.
17. CATHARINE (8) STROOP, John (9), (died _____ 1825, unmarried).
Letters of Administration on the estate of Catharine Stroop, deceased, were granted, 31 May, 1825, to Henry Stroop and John Stroop. Sureties: Rudolph Bartlen, County Philadelphia, stone-cutter, and Joseph Murrell, City Philadelphia, hatter. Bond, $1200.
(Philadelphia Administration Book N, p. 46.)
Bond signed by Henry Stroop, of Delaware County, farmer; John Stroop, City of Philadelphia, blacksmith; Rudolph Bartlen (Bartle), County of Philadelphia, stone-cutter, and Joseph Murrell, said city, hatter. Amount $1200. Estate of Catharine Stroop, late of City of Philadelphia, single-woman. Dated 31 May, 1825.
Inventory sworn to, November (?) 4, 1825, by John Maley and John Stroop. Amount $25.85. "Cash on hand, $502.50." (Philadelphia Administration Papers, 1825, #155.)
NOTE: As previously stated no attempt has been made to carry down collateral lines except where the records were encountered in the search and where furnished by descendants. - F. F. B.
NOTE: George Stroop took possession of inventory of Capt. Henry Stroop's estate, and most of the Stroop antique collection probably found its way into the Pennsylvania Governor Pennybacker collection through George's daughter, Elizabeth Rand. When the collection was disposed of, the Stroop portraits, cups, etc., went into other collector's hands. His camp cups were purchased by Frank F. Bell II and Helen Bell Priester, his portrait by Frank F. Bell II, and the Stroop and wife silhouettes by Helen Bell Priester with photographic copies to Frank F. Bell II.
|Now jumping back to earlier in the book, to the ATTMORE section…|
13.12.5. ISAAC (7) ATTMORE, Jonathan (8), Thomas (9), William (10), (born ca. 1774 at P. - died about 1845 at P.). Married Sunday evening 11/12/1797 by Rev. Wm. Rogers at 1st Baptist Church, Philadelphia, MARGARET STROOP (7) (born 12/28/1777 at P. - died 8/20/1865 in what is now known as Burmont near Lansdowne in Upper Darby Township, Del. Co., Pa., but at the time of her death known as Kellyville, her residence at that time being at place below Kellyville known as Mathews Hollow on Darby Creek; she was probably buried in old Mt. Zion Cemetery, Darby, on side of hill in old grounds).
The records for the old cemetery have been lost and many of the graves obliterated. (Ref: Her birth, Records of 1st German Reform Church, Philadelphia, Pa. - death, Pa. Hist. Soc. Pub. "Some deaths in Del. Co. and Vic." - marriage record, Pa. Arch., 1st Baptist Church and Pa. Mag. XIX, p. 515.)
122. MARGARET (STROOP) ATTMORE was the daughter of Capt. HENRY (8) and SUSANNAH (GEORGE) (8) STROOP. Capt. HENRY STROOP was a First Lieutenant, Art. Artificers in the Contl. Line in Revolutionary War, and had previously served as an enlisted man, being later commissioned. (For further details of parents of MARGARET (STROOP) ATTMORE and War Records of HENRY STROOP, see STROOP Genealogy, family 12 and ancestry; also GEORGE Genealogy, family 11.)
Family tradition has it that during the Revolutionary War, when the Liberty Bell and Philadelphia Christ Church chimes were removed from their places, taken by night out of Philadelphia and secretly transported to Allentown, Pa., at the approach of the British Army in November 1777, Henry Stroop was in the detachment removing the Christ Church Chimes. At that time the Continental soldiers whose homes were in Philadelphia took their families along with them on evacuating the city, the women marching along by the wagons with their husbands and children who could walk, and carrying the little ones or transporting them by any means available. In the latter part of 1778, after the British had evacuated the city, the Continentals marched in and their families returned to their homes. Henry Stroop, now a
Lieutenant, had charge of the return of the Bell and Chimes. On bringing the Chimes back in hay wagons, Margaret, then an infant less than a year old, was placed in one of the chimes in the wagon to sleep during the night part of the trip. (For official orders on above removal, see biography Captain HENRY STROOP.) The above tradition is probably at least partly true, as indicted by the orders.
ISAAC ATTMORE was as a boy apprenticed out to learn the trade of a carpenter, most probably with Henry Stroop. After he became of age, he conducted some building operations around Philadelphia, and was also a farmer in Delaware Co., where he seems to have moved about 1805. Tradition has it that he was not very successful in business affiars, being constantly imposed upon by his friends, loaning them money, etc.; that he went on one of his friend's bond for $4000.00 (a substantial sum at that time). The friend left for parts unknown and Isaac had to forfeit.
Immediately after their marriage, ISAAC and MARGARET are shown living at 209 Sassafras (now Race) Street, which is the same address given for Lieutenant Henry Stroop from 1791 to 1800, and not far from the Betsy Ross House. Then they moved to Del. Co...
CHILDREN, probably born in Philadelphia and part in Delaware County, as follows:NOTE: Due to loss of records, it is not certain that the above children are in chronological order. It is also possible that there were other children, or equally possible that there were no children by names of John and Susan.
(Ref: Family Bibles, Will of Caleb Attmore (5), Affidavits Harvey McClester and Helen Bell Decker.)...
|Family Group Sheet of Isaac ATTMORE & Margaretha STRUP|
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