A Guide to the Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover Collection of Strickler Family Papers, 1776-1963

Collection Number SC 0098

Compiled by: Pat Paczkowski and Chris Bolgiano

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, October 2013; Tiffany Cole, May 2017

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover Collection of Strickler Family Papers, 1776-1963

Collection No.: SC 0098

Creator: Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover, Strickler Family

Extent: 2 Hollinger boxes, one oversize folder; 1 cubic feet

Language: English

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


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

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: [Identification of item], [box #, folder #] Mr.& Mrs. James Hoover Collection of Strickler Family Papers, 1776-1963, SC 0098, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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

Processing Information: This collection was minimally reprocessed in May 2017 and renamed Mr. and Mrs. James Hoover Collection of Strickler Family Papers, a change from Mr. and Mrs. James Hoover Collection. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2062.

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 of Strickler Family Papers, 1776-1963, consists of two Hollinger boxes and a few oversize materials dealing largely with the Strickler family of Massanutten, Egypt Bend, and Luray, in what would become Page County, Virginia in 1831, 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:

1. Letters & Genealogy, 1776-1963
2. Business & Legal Documents, 1810-1928
3. Miscellaneous, 1865-1904
4. Oversize, 1815-1889

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

Related Material: L. R. Milbourne Papers, 1886 - 1906, SC 0108, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Separated Material: Joseph H. Wenger's History of the Descendants of Abraham Beery was removed from the collection, individually cataloged, and placed in the rare book collection.



Series 1: Letters and Geneaology, 1776-1963 Box: Folder  
Letters, 1835-1860, 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).  

Letters, 1861-1862 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) 

Letters, 1863-1866 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).

Letters, 1867-1869 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.

Letters, 1870-1878 1:5

Friends & Strickler family in VA, WV, OH, NV, IL, MO, KS; two items related to Mill Creek Church (1874, 1879).

Letters, 1880-1882 1:6

Mostly from W.S. Strickler in NV, where he was working, prospecting & mining, to brother Reuben T. & other relatives in VA.

Letters, 1883-1886, 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.

Letters, 1887-1903, undated 1:8
Mostly to Reuben T. Strickler from relatives & Baptist Church members.  
Letters, 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.

Letters, 1919-1944 1:10

Con't previous file; includes documents related to Mary Strickler's husband S.B. (Beery) Hoover; letters to Litha Strickler.

Genealogy, 1776-1963 1:11
Series 2: Business & Legal Documents, 1810-1928  
Business Receipts, 1810-1928  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 2:3-2:11

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, 1821-1826 2:12

Debt/interest ledger (?), Jos. Strickler (?),; bound with store/labor ledger, Jos. & Jos. T. Strickler (?), 1835-1864. See also Oversize.

Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1865-1904, undated 2:13

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.

Series 4: Oversize, 1815-1899 OV: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.