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William Strieby

Male 1811 - 1900  (89 years)


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  • Name William Strieby  [1
    Gender Male 
    Born 23 March 1811  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cemetery Union Cemetery, Row 6  [2
    Residence(s) 1811: Lawrence twp., Tuscarawas Co., Ohio
    1832- 1836: Ohio
    July 1836: VanBuren Twp, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
    Apr 1837: Turkey Creek, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
    1840: Kosciusko Co., Indiana
    1850-1860: Turkey Creek twp, Kosciusko, IN
    1887: 240 acres on Section 29, Turkey Creek twp., Kosciusko, IN  [3
    Died 14 December 1900  [1
    Buried Syracuse, Kosciusko Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Person ID I9197  Angus Saline's Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 January 2012 

    Father John Strieby,   b. 1773, Strieby Town, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1841, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Rishel,   b. 1777, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1797  Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F6388  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Stiffler,   b. 17 March 1814, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 August 1895  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 30 December 1830  Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Wedding Details Vol 001, p 171 
    Family ID F6402  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Strieby, farmer, resides on section 29, Turkey Creek Township, where he owns 240 acres of land. He was born in Pennsylvania March 23, 1811, and the following June his parents moved to Lawrence Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where he resided until his marriage. He was the son of John and Maria Strieby, both being born, reared and married in Pennsylvania. The father died in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1841, aged about sixty-eight years. The mother died in 1839, aged sixty-five years. William never saw his grandparents; they died before his remebrance. They are supposed to have settled in Pennsylvania. Mr. Strieby was married December 28, 1830, in Tuscarawas County, to Elizabeth Stiffler, who was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, March 17, 1814, and when three weeks old her parents removed to Stark County, Ohio, settling in Pike Township, where she was reared and educated. Mr. and Mrs. Strieby lived in Tuscarawas County until their three oldest children were born--Henry, Anna and Andrew. The two sons are living in Turkey Creek Township. Anna died at the age of twenty-four years. She married John Keiser, and at her death left one child. The family came to this county in July, 1836. Mr. Strieby first bought eighty acres of land in Van Buren Township, and lived there until the following April, when he sold and purchased the 160 acres where he now lives. He has since added many acres to his original purchase. When they removed to this county, they came with two yoke of oxen and covered wagon, two milch cows, two yearling heifers, and enough money to pay for his first purchase. He bought one barrel of salt for which he paid $10. He built a round-log cabin, which burned down soon after. He bought his present farm of his father, going to Ohio, and returning on foot, to make his purchase. While he was gone, a boy named Christopher Saunders, who came to the county with them, hewed the logs for a new house. This boy lived with them seven years, then married. Their neighbors were scarce, and venison was plenty. He bought his first corn of Oliver Wright, for which he paid 60 cents per bushel. For the next he paid 75 cents. He used to hunt deer and sell for 3 cents a pound. His family once lived four days on potatoes, venison and pumpkins. Mrs. Strieby was of great assistance to her husband in these pioneer times. She helped to clear many an acre of land, cutting the saplings and smaller trees, piling the brush and burning it, while her husband cut the larger trees. In this way they have worked until they have acquired a competence for themselves and their children. When her son Andrew was a babe, Mrs. Strieby was out in the clearing, and feeling veyr poorly. She took up an old rotten sapling and found a quart of wild peas. She and her son Henry gathered them in a tin pan and carried them to the house. Mrs. Strieby cooke them, and says she never relished a meal better than she did those boiled peas. She frequently went with her husband to hunt deer. One evening after they had retired for the night, they arose at her suggestion and went out and caught two coons. During the first and second summers they all had the fever and ague. In the fall of 1837 they became greatly discouraged, and concluded to sell their cows and return to Ohio. Mr. Strieby went to the prarie to find a purchaser, and saw a man who promised to come in a day or two and buy them. During his absence Mrs. Strieby meditated upon the subject, and finally concluded that they had better remain where they were. She told her husband that they would not sell their cows. He demurred somewhat, but his wife triumphed, and they did not make the change. Mrs. Strieby spun and wove woolen yarn and flax, and for many years they made their own clothing. They used to dig ginsent and lady-slipper roots when no overcrowded with work, as it was always a cash article. One day Mrs. Strieby and her hired girl wen tout and dug lady-slipper roots which they sold to Sam. Chipman for $46. The first wheat Mr. Strieby sold in the county he hauled with an ox team to Michigan City in 1840, and sold for 62-1/2 cents a bushel. The next year he took a load of wheat, and with it 260 pounds of butter, which he sold for 12 1/2 cents a pound. Mrs. Strieby says she has walked to Milford, a distance of eight miles, and carried from twenty-five to thirty-five pounds of butter and sold it for supplies. The following children of Mr. and Mrs. Strieby have been born in this county--William, Joel, Elizabeth, John, Conrad, Sarah, Alfred, Minerva and Barbara. William died in January, 1879; was married and the father of six children. He was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in 1861, and was one of the last ones to come home. His exposures in the army caused the disease with which he died. Sarah married George Gonterman, and died leaving seven children. Mrs. Strieby’s father, Conrad Stiffler, was born in Huntindon County, Pennsylvania, in 1792, and died in this county in 1872, past eighty years of age. Her mother Rachel Stiffler, was also born in Huntingdon County, in 1789, and also died in this county. They were the paretns of thirteen children, of whom Mrs. Strieby was the third. Five of them are now living--Daniel and Anna live in this county; Jacob lines in Michigan; Catherine lives in Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Strieby have fifty-six grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren. They celebrated their golden wedding the 28th day of December, 1880. It was one of the coldest days of the season. There were seventy-four persons present, old and young, including several of their neighbors. Her grandfather, Henry Stiffler, and her grandmother, Elizabeth Stiffler, died in Pennsylvania. Her maternal grandfather, George Fetters, and her grandmother, Elizabeth Fetters, died in Pike Township, Stark County, Ohio. Mr. Strieby has given his children over $11,000 beside their outfit when they were married. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2329] Strieby Genealogy and History.

    2. [S1404] Find A Grave.

    3. [S2539] .

    4. [S2527] Ohio Marriage Index, 1789-1830.

    5. [S2539] 28 Dec 1830.



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