HOOVER, MR. & MRS. JAMES. COLLECTION. SC# 2062
CARRIER LIBRARY, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY,
HARRISONBURG, VA 22807
Compiled by Pat Paczkowski and Chris Bolgiano, Feb. 1994
SCOPE AND CONTENT. This collection consists of two Hollinger boxes and a few oversize materials, 1770-1963, dealing largely with the Strickler family of Massanutten, Egypt, and Luray, in what in 1831 became Page County, VA, and a few related families. Abraham Strickler was one of the original settlers of the Shenandoah Valley at Massanutten (now Page County) in the 1720s. His descendants figured prominently in the life of the region. There are scattered documents relevant to related families, especially the Civil War correspondence of the Kauffmans, but the bulk of the collection documents parts of the lives of two Mary Stricklers (1860s, 1907-1940s); Joseph and Joseph T. Strickler (1810-1856, 1890s); and Baptist Elder Reuben T. Strickler (1881-1903). There is also some correspondence concerning the Strickler land claim and experiences in Oregon and Washington Territory (1860s-1880s).
Another collection, SC# 2088, Milbourne, L.R. Letters contains materials relevant to Virginia Strickler in the 1880s.
Donated to Carrier Library by Mrs. James Hoover of Harrisonburg in May, 1993.
Strickler, Harry M. Forerunners: a history or genealogy of the Strickler families, their kith and kin. 2nd ed. Harrisonburg, VA: C.J. Carrier Co., 1977 (c. 1925). CS 71.S9170 1977.
______________. A short history of Page County Virginia. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 1952. Spec. Coll. F232.P2S7
______________. Massanutten, settled by the Pennsylvania pilgrim 1726. 1924. Spec. Coll. F232.S5S8.
Note. Carrier Library holds items inscribed by Jacob Strickler in the late 1700s & early 1800s:
Biblisches Lust... Spec. Coll. BS538.B5
Geistliches Blumen... Spec. Coll. BV4834.T38 1769
Eines Christen Reise... Spec. Coll. PR3330.A5 1776 and 1785
Leben und Sterben... Spec. Coll. PR3329.L4 1782
Evangelium Nicodemi... Spec. Coll. BS2833.G31 1791
Von der Historia... Spec. Coll. BS2833.G32 1764
In addition, the following book was inscribed by Abraham Strickler & contains Strickler genealogy in the late 1700s (in German with transcription inserted): Biblia das ist... Spec. Coll. BS239 1762 B4
BOX 1 Series 1: Letters & Genealogy, 1770s-1963.
Folder 1. 1835-60 & undated. From surnames Coffman, Ward, Crim, & others, mostly to Strickler family in Luray; mention of land purchases in the Valley, typhoid fever, farm & financial news. A few from Oregon concern prospecting in Rouge River. Includes an autograph copy of a letter from A. Strickler at University of VA to Dr. Thomas (Dec. 10, 1835).
Folder 2. 1861-62. Mostly between Robert G. Mauck in Page Cty & nephews Joseph F. & E.V. Kauffman & brother John W. Mauck, all in the 10th VA Reg., who wrote from various camps of camp life & troop movements. R. Mauck writes of farm news and "excitement and rumors of all kinds" (June 24, 1861).
Folder 3. 1863-66 & und. Several from E.V. Kauffman from camp. Most of rest are to Mary Strickler from grandson Will concerning death in family. Mention of Cambellites (Sept. 1, 1866).
Folder 4. 1867-69. Mostly to Mary Strickler at Massanutten, including from grandson Will in Washington D.C. Details of W.A. Strickler's land claim in Washington Territory and his disappearance.
Folder 5. 1870-78 & und. Friends & Strickler family in VA, WV, OH, NV, IL, MO, KS; two items related to Mill Creek Church (1874, 1879).
Folder 6. 1880-82. Mostly from W.S. Strickler in NV, where he was working, prospecting & mining, to brother Reuben T. & other relatives in VA.
Folder 7. 1883-86 & und. Mostly from W.S. & J.G. Strickler in NV & Dakota to relatives in Page Cty; a few from Joshua Ruffner in ID & MT to VA. Several items related to Mill Creek Church.
Folder 8. 1887-1903 & und. Mostly to Reuben T. Strickler from relatives & Baptist Church members.
Folder 9. 1907-18. Mostly from family & friends with news of home to Mary Strickler, in Page County & later in Washington, D.C. One of Mary's school compositions (1913?) mentions gypsies in Page Cty. Some items incomplete.
Folder 10. 1919-44. Con't previous file; includes documents related to Mary Strickler's husband S.B. (Beery) Hoover; letters to Litha Strickler.
Folder 11. Genealogy, 1770s-1963 but mostly und. Separated page from Bible with Brewbaker genealogy, 1700s; fragment of Pulliam genealogy, 1770-1820s; Strickler genealogy incl. facsimile of 1885 statement of Adam Strickler; Hoover and Ridgeway families by Media Research Bureau of Washington, D.C.; Cornwell family by Mary Hoover, 1947, & other Cornwell items; 1905 book, History & Descendants of Abraham Beery by Jos. W. Wenger.
BOX 2 Series 2: Business & Legal documents.
Folder 1. Business receipts, 1810--1928. Property tax receipts of Jos. Strickler, 1810-1827; property tax receipts of Mary Rooff (adm. Jos. Strickler), 1810-1832; 1813 birth verification of Negro girl; inventory of Jos. Strickler estate, 1856; inventories & receipts for estate of Jos. T. Strickler, 1890 (see also Oversize); misc. other items.
Folder 2. Seven Railroad timetables (some with route maps), 1880s. Includes Shenandoah Valley Route and several other Virginia routes.
Folders 3-11. Lists of land & property taxes in district of Jos. Strickler, Commissioner of Revenue for Shenandoah Cty, 1815 (see also Oversize), '17, '19, '21, '22, '23, '26 (?, with list of licenses issued), '27, & und.
Folder 12. Ledgers. Debt/interest ledger (?), Jos. Strickler (?), 1821-26; bound with store/labor ledger, Jos. & Jos. T. Strickler (?), 1835-1864. See also Oversize.
Series 3: Miscellaneous.
Folder 13. Includes religious pamphlet by J.G. Strickler (2 cop.), Minutes of Ebenezer Baptist Assoc. sessions (65,68,69,76, 1893-1904), Luray & Bridgewater newsletters (1885-93), & unidentified printed German poem.
FLAT BOX 1 Series 4: Oversize.
Folder 1. Store/labor ledger, John Mauk (?), 1818-25; unknown, 1866-1889. List of property taxes, 1815. Broadside advertising estate sale of J.T. Strickler, 1889.