STRAUB, Abraham

Male 1794 - 1864  (69 years)


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  • Name STRAUB, Abraham 
    Born 9 Dec 1794  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • ABRAHAM STRAUB was born in Milton, Northumberland county, December 9, 1794, son of Andrew Straub and twin brother of Isaac Straub. He received the ordinary education of that period, learned the tanner's trade, and carried on a tannery in Milton until 1824, at which time he sold out and joined his brother Isaac in what were known as the Birchwood Mills, on the island opposite Milton, where they were engaged in the lumber and milling business a number of years.

      They invented and introduced into their mill the first reaction water wheel probably ever used in the State. They also had a railroad track to their mill and yard. In 1832 and 1883 they erected the first bridges over the West Branch of the Susquehanna at Milton, which were carried away by the flood of March 17, 1865.

      In 1834 Isaac retired from the firm and went to Lewistown, where he engaged in merchandising. Abraham continued to operate the mills until 1840, when be took down the grist mill and moved it to Muddy Run, two miles above Milton, where he continued the milling business until 1853, when he sold the same and erected a bridge across the Susquehanna river at Uniontown. After the completion of this undertaking he turned his attention to the invention of a centrifugal pump.

      He was a self-educated surveyor, and became one of the foremost in this section of the State. November 29, 1821, he married Nancy Balliet, whose father was a native of Lehigh county, Permsylvania, and a settler in Limestone, Montour county. They were the parents of the following children: John Andrew, deceased; Ambrose White, who died in infancy; Stephen Daniel, of Hagerstown, Maryland; Elizabeth Caroline, wife of Rev. William Goodrich; Clement Calvin, of Milton; Ambrose White, of Philadelphia; William Alfred, of Cumberland, Maryland, and Mary Louisa, deceased. He died, August 21, 1864.

      Isaac Straub left Lewistown in 1838 and went to Cincinnati, where he died, December 17, 1875. Christian Straub taught school and engaged in merchandising in Schuylkill county, where he served as sheriff; he was also elected to the Pennsylvania legislature and to Congress, but died before the expiration of his term, and was buried in the congressional burying ground at Washington, D. C.
    Census (desc) 1830  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census (desc) 1840  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    working as a surveyor 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    working as a surveyor 
    • His home was at the SE corner of S Front and Lower market Streets, and can be seen on the map of 1858.
    Widowed 25 Dec 1861 
    _UID 7D49A83A2766A24297C92883C3F5774598E9 
    Died 21 Aug 1864  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Harmony Cemetery 
    Person ID I458  Milton Families
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2013 

    Father STRAUB, Andrew,   b. 14 Feb 1748, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1806  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother WALTER, Mary Eveline,   d. 20 Feb 1823 
    Married 1 May 1787 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BALLIET, Nancy,   b. 26 Oct 1804,   d. 25 Dec 1861, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1821  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. STRAUB, John Andrew,   b. 21 Jun 1823,   d. 6 Feb 1843  (Age 19 years)
     2. STRAUB, Ambrose White
     3. STRAUB, Stephen Daniel,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. STRAUB, Elizabeth Caroline,   b. 1830, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. STRAUB, Clement Calvin,   b. 23 Nov 1833, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1896, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     6. STRAUB, Ambrose White,   b. 1838, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. STRAUB, William Alfred,   b. 1840, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. STRAUB, Mary Louisa,   b. 1844, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1850, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 1, 240.

    2. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 970.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 7.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 5.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 30.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 8.

    7. [S4] Gravestone.