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"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Harry B. Stroup

Harry B. Stroup, of Yeagertown, Pennsylvania, descends from a family that has for many generations lived in this state. The Stroup family was among the pioneers of Derry township. Phillip and William Stroup were the first warrantees, and one of their descendants in Mifflin county was John Stroup, father of Martin Luther, and grandfather of Harry B. Stroup.

John Stroup was born in November, 1793. He was a farmer by occupation, and worked with his father for years, subsequently renting a farm in Mifflin county. Inheriting a portion of the farm of his father in Decatur township, he purchased the remainder from the other heirs and made improvements on it. He engaged in stock dealing for years, and in the dual occupation was successful. He married, in 1817, Margaret, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Bowersox) Bair, who were born in York county, Pennsylvania, of German extraction. Children: 1. William, born November 9, 1817. 2. Catherine, born May 16, 1819; married Henry Bridge. 3. John, born November 3, 1821, died young. 4. Elizabeth, born October 2, 1823, died young. 5. Margaret, born September 17, 1824; married Frederick Griminger. 6. Sarah Henrietta, born December 30, 1828, married Jacob Rothrock, of Illinois, 7, Sophia K. 8. Mary, born November 21, 1832, died young. 9. Susan H. 10. Martin Luther, (see below). 11. David Albert. 12. John Levi. 13. Lucinda, born December 18, 1842, married Jacob Strayer, of Indiana.

Martin Luther, son of John and Margaret (Bair) Stroup, was born March 1, 1837, in Decatur township, and was educated in the public schools of the day. He assisted his father on the farm, then he rented one and farmed alone. After his father died and he received his patrimony he purchased a farm in the same township, sold it and bought another in Derry township. He is a farmer of recognized ability, a good neighbor and a progressive citizen. He is a Democrat, a prominent member of the Lutheran church in Decatur, and has served as deacon for years. He is an active worker in the Sunday school, retaining all of his youthful interest in it and church work. He married, October 5, 1857, Caroline, daughter of Jacob W. and Mary Miller, of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. Caroline (Miller) Stroup was born in 1829, and comes from an excellent family of straight English descent. Children: 1. John Miller. 2. Sarah Ann. 3. Katie J., married Clinton B. Silkman and resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. Jacob Warner. 5. Harry Bridge, (see below). 6. Frank Murry.

Harry Bridge, son of Martin Luther and Caroline (Miller) Stroup, was born in Decatur township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, September 5, 1869. He was reared on the farm of his father, and was educated in the public school of the township and at Lewistown high school. He lived on the old homestead until 1898, when he accepted a position with Logan & Company, Incorporated, as general clerk, and has held that place since. He is a Democrat, following the traditions of the family. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Lewistown.

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