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Jacob Straub (1808-1889) was the first of three brothers to come from Snyder County, Penna., to Carroll County. He came to this country in 1854, and settled on a farm three miles west of Shannon. Later he moved to Manson, Iowa, where he died. In Pennsylvania, he had married Hannah Gordon; and they were the parents of five children: Harriet, the wife of John C. Atkins of Shannon; Lucinda, the wife of John Q.A. Clark of Savanna; Joanna, the wife of Benjamin F. Kramer of Florence in Stephenson County; Sarah; and Wilson Gordon Straub, of Manson, Iowa.

Henry H. Straub (1818-1897) learned the trade of blacksmithing in Penn. After the Civil War, he turned his attention to farming.

Coming to Illinois in the spring of 1867, he first settled in Ogle County. In December of that year he moved to Cherry Grove Township.

His wife, Elizabeth (Adlum) Straub, bore him nine children, but only four of them survived infancy: Peter Wilson; Edward Adlum; Ellen, wife of Alfred Whitacre; and John A.

The brothers all farmed in Carroll County.

Edward, (pictured at the right) who served in the 7th Penna. Cavalry during Civil War, was the author of the book, LIFE AND CIVIL WAR SERVICES OF EDWARD A. STRAUB. A selection from the book describing the author's school days in Spring Valley is found in A GOODLY HERITAGE, pp. 102-4.

George Straub (1820-1913) was employed as a logger in Penna. He came to Illinois in the spring of 1867 and first settled near Georgetown. Later he removed to Fair Haven Township, and settled on a farm one mile east of Chadwick. At the time of his death he was the oldest citizen in that township. Mr. Straub was twice married. His first wife, Mary (Snyder) Straub, bore several children. Only two survived infancy: William H., who came with his father to Carroll County, resided near Manchester, Iowa; and Amelia was the wife of John H. Forry of Rock Creek Twp. His second wife, Susanna (Heiser) Straub, preceded him in death in 1904 after 55 years of marriage. She bore him seven children: Christian, who served as custodian of the Chadwick Public Schools for 33 years; Daniel, who left Carroll County in 1880 to settle in Nebraska; Barbara, wife of John Crockett Moore of Freeport; John, who farmed and worked at carpentry in Chadwick; George and Harrion, who farmed the family homestead one mile east of Chadwick; and Clara, who died at nine years of age.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975

****Important Notice**** From Diana Gale Mattiesen
This bio says Amelia was the daughter of George STRAUB's first wife, Mary SNYDER. It does not appear this can be correct. In the 1850 census, Amelia is living with George STRAUB (and his second wife, Susanna HEISER), and she is surnamed WATT, not STRAUB. In the 1860 census, Amelia is surnamed STRAUB, so apparently George has adopted her. It is most likely that Amelia WATT-STRAUB was a daughter of Susanna's, from a prior marriage to a Mr. WATT, but I've found no proof of her prior marriage. You can check out what I have on their family group sheet online at my web site: Straub / Snyder / Heiser

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