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Freeburg and Its Founder, Andrew STRAUB
Source:  William Henry Egle, ed.  1897.  Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical: Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania: Annual Volume, 1896. Harriburg Publ. Co., Harrisburg, PA (reprinted in 1970 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD, and again in 1998 as Broderbund CD-19).  Surnames changed to ALL-CAPS and boldface added.
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Freeburg and Its Founder.

The little town of Freeburg, Snyder county, Pa., was laid out by Andrew STRAUB in 1796.  Alive to the importance of mental and religious training, he donated four lots -- the equivalent of an acre -- for school purposes and for a Union church.  Some years afterward it was decided that a Lutheran and Reformed church should be erected on these grounds. Christian BOYER and Jacob ROUSH, Lutherans, and Henry STETTLER and John NAGLE, Reformed, were chosen as the building committee.  Subscriptons were slow and time wore away.  It was the 7th of May, 1812, before the corner stone was laid.  Rev. J. Conrad WALTER, Lutheran pastor, officiated.  The collections on this occasion amounted to $87.50, which, added to the subscriptions, footed up a total of $1,844.17.  A fund of $137.46 was raised for a bell, of which Andrew STRAUB gave $20.  The church was dedicated October 17th, 1815.  It was a stone building, cost $2,789.11½, and stood for fifty-five years, when, in 1868, a new brick church was commenced, finished, and dedicated June 19, 1870.  Strange as it may seem, Andrew STRAUB, after what he had done for the congregation, died poor and was buried by the township and sleeps in the cemetery at Freeburg without a tombstone. J.F.M.

Family Group Sheet of Andrew STRAUB, Founder of Freeburg
Transcriber's Note:  the town eventually erected a stone in his honor.

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