A Guide to the Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover Collection, 1770-1963

Collection Number SC 2062

Compiled by: Pat Paczkowski and Chris Bolgiano

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, October 2013

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover Collection, 1770-1963

Collection No.: SC 2062

Creator: Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover

Extent: Two Hollinger boxes, one oversize folder

Language: English

Abstract: This collection deals mainly with the Strickler family of Massanutten, Egypt, and Luray Virginia, along with a few other related families.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: Mr.& Mrs. James Hoover Collection, 1770-1963, SC 2062, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Donated to Carrier Library by Mrs. James Hoover of Harrisonburg in May, 1993


Bio/Historical Note: Abraham Strickler was one of the original settlers of the Shenandoah Valley at Massanutten (now Page County) in the 1720s. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He first settled in America around 1700 in the province of Pennsylvania. He then migrated to Virginia and settled about 4 miles west of Luray. His descendants figured prominently in the life of the region. Abraham is credited as being the ancestor of most of the Stricklers in Shenandoah County.


Scope and Content: The Mr. and Mrs. James Hoover Collection, 1770-1963, 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. 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).

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in four series:


Bibliography: Strickler, Harry M. Forerunners: A History or Geneaology of the Strickler Families. C.J. Carrier Company. Harrisonburg, VA. 1977

Related Material: SC 2088 L.R. Milbourne Letters



Series I: Letter and Geneaology, 1770s-1963                                                                 Box: Folder     

1835-60 & undated:                                                                                                               1:1

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 Rogue River. Includes an autograph copy of a

letter from A. Strickler at University of VA to Dr. Thomas (Dec. 10, 1835).       

1861-62                                                                                                                                1:2

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)      

1863-66                                                                                                                                1:3

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).

1867-69                                                                                                                                 1:4

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.

1870-78                                                                                                                                1:5

Friends & Strickler family in VA, WV, OH, NV, IL, MO, KS;

two items related to Mill Creek Church (1874, 1879).

1880-82                                                                                                                                 1:6

Mostly from W.S. Strickler in NV, where he was working, prospecting

             & mining, to brother Reuben T. & other relatives in VA.

1883-86 & undated                                                                                                                 1:7

              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.

1887-1903 & undated                                                                                                               1:8

              Mostly to Reuben T. Strickler from relatives & Baptist Church members.

1907-1918                                                                                                                              1:9

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.

1919-44                                                                                                                                   1:10

Con't previous file; includes documents related to Mary Strickler's husband

S.B. (Beery) Hoover; letters to Litha Strickler.

Geneaology, 1770s-1963                                                                                                         1:11

Series II: Business & Legal Documents

Business Receipts, 1810-[1890]-1928                                                                                        2:1

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.         

Seven Railroad timetables, 1880s                                                                                              2:2

               Includes Shenandoah Valley Route and several other Virginia routes.         

Lists of land and property taxes                                                                                                2:3-11

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.

Ledgers, 1821-26                                                                                                                     2:12

              Debt/interest ledger (?), Jos. Strickler (?),; bound with

store/labor ledger, Jos. & Jos. T. Strickler (?), 1835-1864.

See also aversize.

Series III: Miscellaneous                                                                                                       3:1

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.

Series IV: Oversize                                                                                                                4:1

Store/labor ledger, John Mauk (?), 1818-25; unknown, 1866-1889.

 List of property taxes, 1815. Broadside advertising estate sale of

 J.T. Strickler, 1889.