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Epcerpt of Feb. 1895 Family Record of Clementine S. Shawbell from interview with Mother, Maria Evans Shawbell and Father, John G. Shawbell.

My Mother's Mother died when she was 7 yrs old 1827 and her Father when she was 14 yrs old 1834. There were five children. Maria (my Mother) and her twin sister Elizabeth, Lewis, Lidia and David, all are dead except Mother and her twin sister who married John Strayer in Feb 1842 and they had 9 children three of whom are dead at the present time. Her sister now lives in McAllisterville, Pennsa. Juniata Co.
John Strayer b.22 Dec 1821 d.11 Mar 1902 G.A.R. married on 2 Feb 1842 to Elizabeth Evans b.25 Dec 1820 d.24 Jun 1896. Research:Barbara Gingerich-Rivas


Re: Betzgen
John Peter Strayer (Streher) came to Pa. from the Providence of Starkenburg, County of Sponheim in 1751.
1st wife: Anna Barbara BURGHAR having died in 1764.
2nd wife: Jacobina STOUCH (Stauch) in 1766. He was nearly as old as her father.





[ Re: Transcription of 1850 Census Info1997 by: Kathleen K. Hale ]

US 1850 Census Fayette Twnshp, Juniata Co. PA :
  • John Strayer, age 60, Occupaton: Tinner b. PA
  • M. E. Strayer, age 57 (wife) b. PA
  • Sarah Strayer, age 16 b. PA
  • Jacob Strayer, age 24 Married. Occupation: Merchant b. PA [a.]
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  • David Strayer, age 25 Married: Within Year. Occupation: Wagonmaker .b. PA
  • Sarah Strayer age 24 Wife. Married: Within Year. b. PA
  • Henry Strayer age 5mos. Son. b. PA

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    [a.] Jacob Strayer---Re: John and Judy Dulles
    Judith Gail Strayer b. 9/23/44) York, York County, PA
    Edwin Milton Strayer b. 1913 York, York County, PA - d. 1986 York, York County, PA
    Eugene Houtz Strayer b. 1886 Freeburg, Snyder County, PA d. 1950 York, York County, PA
    Milton Strayer b. 1854 Freeburg, Snyder County, PA d. 1936 York, York County, PA
    John Strayer b.1827 d. 1902 Freeburg, Snyder County, PA
    A short outline of my Strayer lineage:
    I will start by stating that my 90 year old Aunt (Strayer) Brown of York says that we are NOT related to the other Strayers of York County.

    I know that there are family ties to the Strayers in Juniata County. Milton Strayer kept a Diary in the year 1880, the year of his marriage to Alice Houtz of Freeburg. For the first two months of that year they are in Freeburg and Milton is searching for a job in the area. In March they go to South Bend, IN and he commences working for a AS Kerns Dry Goods store after an absence of three months. In the remainder of the year, each month he borrows $5.00 from Jacob Strayer.
    I have found this Jacob Strayer to be from McAllisterville, Juniata County, PA. He married Caroline Roberts, from McAllisterville who died, then he moved to Miamisburg, OH for several years before settling in South Bend where he had a large grain drill company.
    There is a map of South Bend at the LOC (Library of Congress) that shows his establishment. He married Ada Stroop and had several children and he died in IN in 1909. I have a copy of the newspaper obit. I am happy to report that Milton settled his debt with Jacob Strayer at the end of the 1880 year! They (Milton and Alice) often visit the Strayer during the year but Milton never refers to the relationship whether Uncle or cousin...just as the Strayers.


    [ Re: Transcription from actual 1850 US Census Record images.
    Images from: Barbara Gingerich-Rivas]

    1850 US Census: Fayette Twnshp, Juniata Co., PA: 22 Oct 1850. Enumer: A. K. McClure
    Dwelling: 1693 Family: 1717
  • John Strayer age 19 Pasterer b.PA
  • Elizabeth age 19 b.PA
  • Clementine age 7 In School b.PA
  • Edmond age 6 In School b.PA
  • Sarah age 3 b.PA
  • Ella (Ela?) age 7mos b.PA

  • *McAlisterville Union Cem. Fayette, Juniata Co.,PA
    Edmund W. s/o J. & E. 26 Mar 1852

    1850 US Census: Fayette Twnshp, Juniata Co., PA: 22 Oct 1850. Enumer: A. K. McClure
    Dwelling: 1695 Family: 1719
  • Martha Holladay age 30
  • Mary age 15 In School b.PA
  • Rufsell(Russell?) age 13 In School b.PA
  • William age 10 In School b.PA
  • Iona age 8 In School b.PA
  • Louis Evans age 20 Blacksmith


  • 1850 United States Federal Census Pennsylvania, Juniata Co., Fayette
    Dwelling: 1705  Family: 1724
  • John Strayer age 60  Occupation: Tinner - [ b. 1790 John Strayer b.1821 Father? ]
  • M. E. Strayer age 57
  • Sarah Strayer age 16
  • Jacob Strayer  age 24  Merchant

  • (Re: History of the Susqueannah Valley, Pa: Of merchants who have been in business in McAlisterville since 1835 are the following:
    Hugh Willson from 1835-1856.
    The business was continued by his sons - J.B. Wilson & Co.- for several years, and sold to Feghtly & Strayer.

    1860 United States Federal Census Pennsylvania, Juniata Co., Fayette, PO McAlisterville
    Dwelling: 764 Family :1
  • John Strayer  age 40  Mas. Plaster [ he could have done this first ]
  • Elizabeth Strayer age 41
  • Clemantine age 16
  • Sarah C. age 13 [named after John's sister-the C. throws me a loop,
    I can only think of Sarah Clemantine..which really gives me a looper]
  • Elizabeth age 10
  • Lewis age 8
  • Thomas age 6
  • Margaret age 4
  • John age 2 [Horace J.]


  • 1870 United States Federal Census  Pennsylvania, Juniata, Fayette, PO Mifflintown
    Dwelling: 334 Family: 330
  • John Strayer age 48 Wagon Maker
  • Elizabeth age 49
  • Sarah age 20
  • Frances age 15 [not in 1860 age 5]
  • Margaret age 12
  • Horace age 9 [Harry J. {Horace a Tinner all his life.
    1900 Census he has his own Tin Shop business.}
  • Annie age 7
  • Timothy Wilson age 75 Township Charge

  • Clementine die 1862?

    1870 United States Federal Census  Pennsylvania > Juniata > Fayette
    Dwelling: 327 Family 323
    Bashore Famiy
  • Lewis Strayer age 19 Farm Labor


  • 1880 United States Federal Census  Pennsylvania, Juniata, Fayette, District 132
    Dwelling: 8 Family: 9
  • John Strayer age 58 Wagon Maker b.PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • Elizabeth age 59 b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • Sarah C. age 30 Dressmaker b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • Harry J. age 19 Tinsmith b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • Annie L. age 17 b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • Timothy Willson not listed

    1900 United States Federal Census  Pennsylvania, Juniata, Fayette , District 113
    Dwelling: 12 Family: 12
  • John Strayer age 78 [born Dec 1821] Widower. Occupation: Plasterer. b.PA Fb.PA Mb.PA
  • [ wife: Elizabeth died 24 Jun 1896 ]
  • Lost Creek Presbyterian Churchyard Fayette Township, Juniata County, PA

    1900 United States Federal Census Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia
    Ward 32, District 802, 1829 N. 11th St.

    Dwelling: 41 Family: 36
  • Sarah C. Strayer age 47 [born July 1860] Boarder. Single. Dressmaker. b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA [John's Daugh.]


  • 1900 United States Federal Census  Pennsylvania, Juniata, Mifflintown, District 115, 112 Bridge Street
    Dwellling:37 Family: 36
  • John H. Strayer age 39 Single. Tinsmith. b. PA Fb.PA Mb.PA [John's Son]


  • 1910 US Census: Pennsylvania, Juniata Co., Fayette Township. 19 Apr 1910: Enumr: John H. Shellenberger
    Dwelling: 71 Family 74
  • Sarah Arnold age 32 Head. Widow. 3 Births 3 Survived b. PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: Land Lady - Hotel Owner
  • Helen L age 13 Single. b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes/Attends School
  • Robert D. age 5 Single. b.PA Fb PA Mb PA.
  • *Harry Strayer age 49 Boarder. Single. b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: Tin Smith- Tin Shop Owner [ Sarah's brother ]
  • E.A. Smith age 50 Head. Married: 29yrs.(M1) b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: Merchant - General Store - Owner
  • Barbara Smith age 67 Wife Married: 29yrs. (M2) 7 Births 4 Survived b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: None
  • Margaret Smith age 35 Stepdaughter. Single. b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: None
  • Charles Smith age 35 Son Single b.PA Fb PA Mb PA. Reads/Writes. Occupation: Clerk - General Store [poss. works for Father]


  • 1910 United States Federal Census: Pennsylvania: Juniata Co.: Fayette: District 92
  • Harry Strayer - boarder


  • 1920 United States Federal Census: Pennsylvania: Juniata Co.: Fayette: District 97
    Dwelling: 139 Family: 142
  • Harry J. Strayer age 59 Single. Lodger. Tinsmith-Custom Shop. b.PA Fb PA Mb PA.


  • 1930 United States Federal Census: Pennsylvania: Juniata Co.: Fayette: District 3
    Dwelling: 294 Family: 306
  • Harry J. Strayer age 69 Single. Tinner - Own Shop b.PA Fb PA Mb PA.