Hoover, Mr. & Mrs. James Collection of Strickler Family Papers, 1770-1963

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Strickler Family
Title:
Mr. and Mrs. James Hoover Collection of Strickler Family Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0098
Date:
1776-1963
Extent:
2 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
This collection deals mainly with the Strickler family of Massanutten, Egypt Bend, and Luray, Virginia, along with a few other related families.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for 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).

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.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

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.

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Index Terms

Personal Name

  • Hoover, Anna B., 1937-2008
  • Hoover, James B., 1934-

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Letters and Genealogy, 1776-1963

Title/Description Instances
Letters, 1835-1860, 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 Rogue River. Includes an autograph copy of a letter from A. Strickler at University of VA to Dr. Thomas (Dec. 10, 1835).

box 1 folder 1
Letters, 1861-1862

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)

box 1 folder 2
Letters, 1863-1866

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).

box 1 folder 3
Letters, 1867-1869

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.

box 1 folder 4
Letters, 1870-1878

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

box 1 folder 5
Letters, 1880-1882

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

box 1 folder 6
Letters, 1883-1886, undated

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.

box 1 folder 7
Letters, 1887-1903, undated

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

box 1 folder 8
Letters, 1907-1918

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.

box 1 folder 9
Letters, 1919-1944

Con't previous file; includes documents related to Mary Strickler's husband S.B. (Beery) Hoover; letters to Litha Strickler. Genealogy, 1770s

box 1 folder 10
Genealogy, 1776-1963 box 1 folder 11

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Series 2: Business Legal Documents, 1810-1928

Title/Description Instances
Business Receipts, 1810-1928 (bulk 1890) (bulk 1890)

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.

box 2 folder 1
Seven Railroad timetables, 1880s

Includes Shenandoah Valley Route and several other Virginia routes.

box 2 folder 2
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 3
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 4
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 5
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 6
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 7
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 8
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 9
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 10
Lists of land and property taxes, 1815-1827, undated

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.

box 2 folder 11
Ledgers, 1821-1826

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

box 2 folder 12

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Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1865-1904

Title/Description Instances
Miscellaneous, 1865-1904

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.

box 2 folder 13

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Series 4: Oversize, 1818-1889

Title/Description Instances
Oversize, 1818-1889

Store/labor ledger, John Mauk (?), 1818-25; unknown, 1866-1889. List of property taxes, 1815. Broadside advertising estate sale of J.T. Strickler, 1889.

box OV folder 1

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