Jacob Stroup
Revolutionary War Honor Guard at Jacob Stroup's Grave

Palatine passengers Johann Hans Pieter Straub and his wife Anna Maria Barbara with sons Pieter Straub and Jacob Straub arrived on the ship "Pensilvania" (note spelling) Merchant, John Stedman commander, from Rotterdam in Holland to Philadelphia. Qualified Sept 18, 1733 (qualified meaning the act of the German immigrants taking or swearing allegiance to the British Crown.) There is no clear record of the exact arrival date but passengers normally "qualified" within a day or two after arrival.

"Palatine passengers" was explained by Mr. Hocker as being those people from the Palatine region in lower Rhine country- Frankfurt-on-the-main, below Cologne. Because the boats are recorded as having sailed from Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Holland most people believed these people came from Holland. However, that is not the truth. The "Palatine Passengers" were natives of Germany. Under the then government of Palatine Princes, there were many small provinces which were constantly being overrun by wars and these Palatine people fled Germany, not because of religious persecutions, as is the popular belief, but for economic reasons and to escape wars. They sailed from Holland because it was the easiest avenue of escape, since they could get from Palatine into Holland and take a boat at Rotterdam, it being the nearest port from the Palatine region.

About 1734 the Straub family settled in Colebrookdale Twp. In 1744 the Straub family moved to Maiden Creek (Berks Co.)

Jacob had 22 children, 7 of them sons, by 3 wives, from lore, and 6 sons were named in his 1800 Lincoln Co., NC will, his second son Peter having died ahead of him.

By 1750 he owned land in Jacob's Choice, a huge tract owned by the Dorsey family, wealthy iron merchants who founded early iron works at Elk Ridge about three miles east of where Jacob lived, south of the Patapsco river in what is today Howard County, Md. He was there until about the 1765 tax list, then may have moved for a short time to Pennsylvania, and then for a short time "in Frederick Town", Frederick County, Md. before coming to North Carolina. His Royal Land grant on Hoyle's Creek was dated 1770.

Jacob had three wives. His first wife, Maria Catherina Frensch, died at about age 27. His second wife was Catherine Birkhover Master (Le Meister) . Third wife was Nancy RHYNE.

Jacob Stroup in 1746 lived at Major's Choice, three miles south of Baltimore in South Patapsco Hundred. According to 1750 Baltimore tax list, he owned land in Major's Choice and Jacob's Lot. These tracts are about three miles south of the Patapsco River, and about three miles west of Elk Ridge, MD - Old Baltimore, modern Howard Co., MD. In or about 1769, he moved with his third wife, Nancy Rhyne Stroup, who was probably a young widow, to "The Grove" Hoyle's Creek, NC. In 1780 he was issued three Revolutionary War vouchers for provisions to the American Army (Vouchers in NC State Archives). According to lore, he also fought alongside his two eldest sons. This would have been Adam, who fought at Camden, and Peter who died before 1800. Adam's war service verified by his 1834 Lincoln Co., NC pension application. Jacob had twenty-two children, including seven sons, by three wives. His farm between Alexis and High Shoals, NC is still owned by descendants.

He resided in Baltimore, MD 1745-1766. He resided York Co. PA abt 1766. Apparently Jacob rented a farm near his brother Adam in York Co PA then stayed a while in Frederick Town before moving to NC. He resided at Hoyle's Creek on the Catawba. On 14 Nov 1771 he received a Royal Land Grant and eventually owned about 1000 acres growing wheat from seed brought from Maryland. "Jacob was a 46 year old Grandfather when he brought his family by horse and wagon east of the Catawba's south fork, receiving a Royal Land Grant on Hoyle's Creek." Jacob served in the Military Lincoln County about 1781. Jacob fought alongside his 2 eldest sons. Jacob was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census Lincoln, Co 2 males under 16; 3 males over 16; 2 females. Listed under "ninth company" in census index. When Jacob was 76, he drew up his will on March 27,1800 signing it clearly as "Stroup" in English script. Although he had 7 sons and 22 children by 3 wives his will did not name ten daughters who died young or "stayed behind".

Surprise Kin

The Stroup Family Tree