Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


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Col. Thomas Snyder Strohecker and Catharine Bachman




Husband Col. Thomas Snyder Strohecker 1 2

           Born: 12 May 1829 - Lewisburg, Union Co, PA 1 3
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           Died: After Sep 1909
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         Father: Jacob Strohecker (1800-Bef 1890) 1 3
         Mother: Susanna Snyder (Abt 1800-After 1890) 3


       Marriage: 12 Jun 1850 or 1851 1 3

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Residence: : Cooperstown, Jackson Twp, Venango Co, PA.




Wife Catharine Bachman 1 3

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Children
1 M Winfield S. Strohecker 3

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2 F Susan M. Strohecker 3

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         Spouse: George W. Bower (1847-      ) 3 4 5
           Marr: Abt 1870


3 F Mary Etta Strohecker 6

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         Spouse: Leonard L. Ray (1852-      ) 7
           Marr: 26 Mar 1878 1 7


4 F Gertrude Strohecker 3

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General Notes: Husband - Col. Thomas Snyder Strohecker


He received his education at the Lewisburg Academy. In 1858 he moved to a farm in Jackson Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. In 1861 he recruited Company I., Fifty-Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, of which he became captain, and was subsequently promoted to the lieutenant colonelcy. He retired from the service in consequence of a wound received at the battle of Fredericksburg, and thereafter devoted his attention to farming and oil producing. He was a well-known writer on agricultural subjects and ranked with the most progressive and successful farmers of the county. He was a member of the G. A. R., and was the first commander of the post at Cooperstown.

At a very tender age he was left fatherless and was reared on a farm near Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, by a widowed mother. He was educated in the public, county and town schools and Lewisburg Academy, later Bucknell College. In 1849 he left the farm to go into the tanning business and followed it for ten years. In 1859 he bought and migrated to a farm, situated two miles north of Cooperstown, Venango County.
When he came to Venango county it had no military organization and he organized what was then known as the Scott Artillery Company. He was elected its captain and later brigade inspector of Venango County, with the rank of Major. When the Civil War broke out he raised Company I, of the 57th Regiment, and became its captain, being commissioned Sept. 3, 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, but on account of wounds received in the battle of Fredericksburg was disabled from further service. He was the first commander of Albert H. Jackson Post, G.A.R., and served as its Quartermaster.
In 1875 he had Cooperstown Grange organized and became its first Master, was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania State Grange and as such helped to secure a charter for a State Grange. The master of the State Grange then appointed him Deputy Organizer. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed him statistical correspondent of the county for crop reports, and as such, he served many years and resigned. He took an active interest in agriculture meetings in the county and in one of those meetings, introduced for dis-cussion the subject of "Preventing the Running at Large of Cattle". This was very much opposed by those who championed the rights of the poor man's cow, but he was ably backed by the late R. L. Cochran. Their united pleas finally induced Hon. George Mapes to introduce a bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature repealing the old fence law of 1800, making it distinctly a Venango county measure, thus bringing thousands of acres of rich soil into cultivation previously covered by old fences.


General Notes: Wife - Catharine Bachman

from Middleburg, Snyder Co, PA

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Sources


1 J. H. Newton, History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Columbus, OH: J. A. Caldwell Publishers, 1879), Pg 604.

2 History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk, & Co., Publishers, 1890), Pg 1073, 1075.

3 History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk, & Co., Publishers, 1890), Pg 1075.

4 J. H. Newton, History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Columbus, OH: J. A. Caldwell Publishers, 1879), Pg 631.

5 History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Its Past and Present (Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk & Co., Publishers, 1888), Pg 1047.

6 History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk, & Co., Publishers, 1890), Pg 1072, 1075.

7 History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: Brown, Runk, & Co., Publishers, 1890), Pg 1072.


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