52 Ancestors: #33 David T. Strausser

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

David T. Strausser, son of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser, was born 30 November 1859 in Pennsylvania. He was most likely born in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania since that is where his parents resided at the time of his birth. His middle name has not been spelled out in any record so far. David is my 3rd great-uncle.

He appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 US censuses living with his parents and siblings.

In the 1900 US census, David is married to Kate. This census records that David and Kate have been married 17, which places the marriage around 1883. Kate’s death certificate states that she was born Kate Bensinger on 6 February to Frank Bensinger and Lucy Bender in Perry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It is not known exactly where the marriage took place.

According to this same census, Kate has had nine children, of which, four are still living.  The surviving children are Merle (1883 – 1943), Laura (1887 – ), Irvin (1890 – 1956) and George (1899 – ).  The deceased children potentially include an infant born January 1892, who died 02 March 1892; Raymond, born 9 April 1893, who died 11 April 1893; and David, born February 1897, who died 25 January 1898.

The 1910 census records fourteen children, of which eight are still living. This census lists four additional children living in the household: Irene (1901 – 1980), Grace L. (1906 – ), Myrtle (1907 – ) and Katherine, who is listed as one month old as of the census date. A child, Leonard was born September 1903 and died on 9 February 1904; and a child, Desna was born 7 March 1910 and died 16 November 1910.  I wonder if Desna and Katherine are the same person or possibly twins.  Katherine is not found in the household in the 1920 US census, when she would have been ten or eleven years old.

I have only identified thirteen of the fourteen children and only five of the six deceased children so far. I have identified all the eight who survived.

According to his death certificate, David died on 20 July 1926, at the age of sixty-six, of an intestinal obstruction in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Ranshaw, previously known as Brady and Johnson City, is now part of the city of Shamokin. David is buried in Shamokin Cemetery, along with many other Strausser families from that area, including his parents, who are my 3rd great-grandparents.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014), entry for David T. Strausser, Cert. #79785 (1926).

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 August 2014), entry for David T. Strausser, Cert. #79785 (1926).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 33 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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