Monday, April 28, 2014

FOUND: Photo of Jesse STRYCKER of Elkhart & St. Joseph Counties

Shelley Cardiel (cardiels@comcast.net) has found 3 photos belonging to the STRYCKER family of northern Indiana and Missouri. The first photo (shown at left) is identified as Jesse STRYCKER and was taken at the Iden Studio in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana. This photo appears to have been taken in the 1880's or 1890's, with Jesse likely in his 20's at the time. The second photograph is also identified as Jesse STRYCKER taken at the age of 5 years, likely in the early 1900's - perhaps the man in the first photo is the father of the Jesse in the second photo.

The third photo is identified as being Mildred May (or Mary) STRYCKER of 1815 Norton Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, age 5 years. This photo was also taken in the early 1900's. Based on limited research, Shelley was able to gather the following information regarding this family:

Christian Jesse STRYCKER was born 5 February 1873 in Elkhart, Indiana to parents William Henry Harrison STRYCKER (born 1836 or 1837 in Canada; died 1900 or 1901) and Nancy STOUDER or STROUDER (born 1841 in Elkhart, Indiana; died 1915). Jesse was one of 10 children born to this couple including: Jacob H.; Amanda; William S.; Angelina; George; Jesse; Lavina Jane; Louvina; Katie Ann; and Nancy STRYCKER, all born between 1858 and 1880. Jesse’s first marriage was to Zephina E. HOFF (1876-1909) with whom he had three children including, Ethel O.; Jesse S.; and Glen W. STRYCKER all born between 1894 and 1901.

Jesse’s second marriage was to Anna E. CONRAD (born 5 May 1871) on 27 March 1930. Information on the FindAGrave website suggests that Jesse died 10 August 1896 in Mayville, North Dakota and is buried in the Mayville Cemetery there, though that doesn’t match with the birth of children or marriage records?

Son Jesse S. STRYCKER was born 30 July 1898 in Elkhart and was living at No. 2 New Paris, Elkhart when he registered for the World War I draft in 1917 or 1918. His father Christian signed as the closest relative and Jesse listed his occupation as farm laborer at the time. Mildred STRYCKER was born March 1899 in Kansas to parents Irvin STRYCKER (born 1876) and Kate E. STRYCKER (born 1876). Mildred married Milford Louis SAMPSON (1899-1922).

Census records provide the following details:

1880 census of Concord, Elkhart County, Indiana:
Henry STRYCKER, age 43, a Farmer, born Canada, parents born PA
Nancy STRYCKER, wife, age 43, Keeping House, born IN, parents born PA
Jacob STRYCKER, son, age 21, a Farm Laborer, born IN
William STRYCKER, son, age 16, a Farm Laborer, born IN
Angeline STRYCKER, dau, age 11, at Home, born IN
George STRYCKER, son, age 9, born IN
Jessie STRYCKER, dau, age 7, born IN (believe this should be son!)
Corrvina STRYCKER, dau, age 3, born IN
Nancy STRYCKER, dau, age 1 month, born IN

1900 census of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana:
Christ J. STRYCKER, age 27, born May 1873, married 2 years, born IN, parents born Canada/PA, a Day Laborer
Zephina STRYCKER, wife, age 24, born May 1876, married 2 years, 2 children/2 living, born IN, parents born OH/PA
Jesse STRYCKER, son, age 1, born Jul 1898, born IN
Ethel J. HOFF, step-dau, age 6, born Mar 1894, born IN, parents born IN

1900 census of Kansas City, Missouri:
Irvin STRYCKER, age 24, born Apr 1876, married 3 years, born IL, parents born IL, an Operator
Kate E. STRYCKER, wife, age 23, born Dec 1876, married 3 years, 1 child/1 living, born KS, parents born KY
Mildred M. STRYCKER, daughter, age 1, born Mar 1899, born KS

1910 census of Middlebury Township, Elkhart County, Indiana:
Christ J. STRYCKER, age 37, a widower, born IN, parents born IN, a Farm Laborer
Ethel J. STRYCKER, daughter, age 16, born IN, parents born IN
Jesse S. STRYCKER, son, age 11, born IN, parents born IN
Glen W. STRYCKER, son, age 9, born IN, parents born IN

1910 census of Kansas City, Missouri:
Irvin F. STRYCKER, age 33, married 13 years, born IL, parents born IL/IN, a telegrapher
Kate E. STRYCKER, wife, age 33, married 13 years, 1 child/1 living, born KS, parents born KY
Mildred M. STRYCKER, daughter, age 11, born KS
John L. STRYCKER, father, age 71, a widower, born IL, parents born NY, a house carpenter

1920 census of Elkhart Township, Elkhart County, Indiana:
Chrsyt STRYCKER, age 48, a widower, born IN, parents born Canada/OH, a Factory Laborer
Jesse STRYCKER, son, age 21, born IN, parents born IN, a Factory Laborer
Glen W. STRYCKER, son, age 19, born IN, parents born IN, a Factory Laborer
David HOFF, father-in-law, age 72, a widower, born OH, parents born PA
+ 1 Roomer

1920 census of Kansas City, Missouri:
Irvin F. STRYCKER, age 43, born IL, parents born USA, a Commercial Trucker
Kate STRYCKER, wife, age 43, born KS, parents born KY
Milford SAMPSON, son-in-law, age 20, born MO, parents born USA, an Asst. Buyer
Mildred SAMPSON, daughter, age 20, born KS

1930 census of Kansas City, Missouri:
Irving F. STRYCKER, age 63, born IL, a Factory Draftsman
Kate E. STRYCKER, wife, age 63, born KS
Mildred M. SAMPSON, daughter, age 41, a widow, born KS

1940 census of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana:
Chryst STRYCKER, age 66, born IN, a Church Janitor
Anna STRYCKER, wife, age 71, born IN
Jesse STRYCKER, son, age 43, born IN, a Woodworker, divorced
+ 2 Lodgers

Shelley is hoping to locate someone from this Strycker family so that the photo can be returned to the care of family. If you are a descendant of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact her directly.

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