Abraham STRICKLER

Male 1670 - 1746


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  1. 1.  Abraham STRICKLER was born 1670, Horgen, Zurick, Switzerland; was christened Emigrated @1693 (son of Jacob STRICKLER and Katherine Anna UNKNOWN); died 28 Apr 1746, Egypt Plantation, Page County, Virginia; was buried Opposit Mouth Of Mill Creek, Page County, Virginia.

    Notes:

    ABRAHAM STRICKLER
    of "Mesenuttin on Gerundo."
    From the Book Forerunners
    by HARRY M. STRICKLER
    Abraham Strickler, the ancestor of most of the Stricklers in Virginia, was born in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, most probably in the town of Horgen, on the west shore of Lake Zurich. He was born before 1700, probably as early as 1670, and died in Virginia in 1746. The church records at Horgen might disclose the exact date of his birth, as I understand they date back to 1550. Abraham came to the Province of Pennsylvania about 1700. locating in the County of Chester (now Lancaster), near the Susquehanna. Before 1730--probably as early as l7261 he migrated to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia,-locating at "MESENUTTIN ON GERUNDO," a place now known as Massanutten, in Page County, about four miles west of Luray. William Penn came to America in 1682 to establish his Holy Experiment. Abraham was one of those kindred spirits who followed him across the Atlantic to assist in establishing that glorious undertaking. He was of a different nationality, he spoke a foreign language, but he was Penn's brother in spirit. Their religion, stripped of the name, was one and the same.2

    Adam Strickler says that Abraham was an expert weaver. This fact would indicate that he grew to maturity in the land of his birth and learned his trade there. It is not likely that he learned this trade in America. He was probably thirty years old when he left Switzerland, and he may have resided in Holland for a time as many of the Swiss emigrants did. Perhaps he learned his trade in Holland. The Dutch were great weavers. These Swiss immigrants soon made Germantown, we are told, famous as a center of cloth industry. They, no doubt, were experts along other lines also, as almost all of them were artisans. (3)

    The Swiss first settled in 1710 on Pequea Creek in Lancaster County (then Chester), but some had arrived with Daniel Pastorins as early as 1683 and had become a part of the settlement of Germantown, near Philadelphia. Abram Strickler arrived, no doubt, about 1700, as Adam Strickler says, and was one of the first Swiss settlers in America. (4)

    Abraham Strickler may have had other children than the four named by Adam; in fact, he says that there may have been others but that he only knew of four, all of whom came to Virginia. I am very much inclined to the opinion that he had a son Abraham, as it was a very favorite name in the family. In 1782 when the first census was taken in Virginia, there was living in the neighborhood of Massanutten an Abraham Sprinkler Jr. with six white persons in his household. there were two Abram Strickler in the same neighborhood, with six an eight white persons, respectively, in their household. Abraham Jr., I am inclined to think, was the son of Abraham the first. further investigation might disclose this fact.

    There is a tradition in the family that Abraham married Peter Ruffner's only sister, Mary. (2) Ruffner was the ancestor of the well known family who located in the Massanutten neighborhood in 1739. Some of the Ruffners became prominent in education. (3) In 1746 Peter Rufnough (Ruffner) qualified as administrator of the estate of Abraham Strickler, dec'd. This fact strengthens the tradition.

    Adam Miller is now conceded to be the first white settler in the Shenandoah Valley(4) He located near Massanutten in 1726, as shown by his naturalization certificate. Abraham Strickler and other Swiss settlers came with him to the Valley, no doubt, as they purchased land from Jacob Stover, the Swiss land agent, at the same time in the same locality, and joined in the same petition in 1733 to the Governor of Virginia for the purpose of having title to lands purchased from Stover confirmed.
    As the name Massanutting Town was so early applied to the place, the supposition is that it was an old Indian trading post long before the first settlers purchased land there. This might explain why Wm. Beverly, on Apr. 30, 1732, wrote to a friend in Williamsburg asking him to secure for him a grant of 15,000 acres "Including a place called Massanutting Town." Beverly also refers to it as an "Old Field," which indicates that there were no trees on the land. Probably the entire river bottoms were devoid of trees. Kercheval .,in his history of the Valley, says that great areas of the valley were covered with grass when the first settlers arrived. John Lederer, a German explorer, visited the valley in 1669 and drew a map of it, marking the valley "Saranac" meaning prairie. (Wayland's Rock. Co. Hist. p. 33; Wayland's Ger. El., p. 17).


    (1) *Adam Miller's naturalization paper states that he came to Virginia about 1726. Wayland's History Rock Co,.., p. 35. Strickler and Miller were both interested in the Massanutten Patent and doubtless came to Virginia about the same time.
    (2) The Swiss and Dutch were kindred spirits. The Swiss Mennonites were also called Holland Baptists (Holland Taufer). Penn's mother was Dutch. So wo see a kinship between Penn. the Quaker. the Holland Baptists and the Swiss Mennonites.
    (3) Some one has said that while Queen Elizabeth, of England, was put to bed" in a state of nature the Dutch were retiring in fine linens. The Swiss and Dutch were pineer weavers.
    {4) Kuhns, p. 47. German and Swiss Settlements of Pa.
    Abraham Strickler may have been a member of the Dutch Reformed Church and may have resided early with the Dutch colony of Northampton and Southhampton Township, Pa.
    From p. 61, Orange County Va. Deed Book No. 1, 15,16 DEC 1735 Jacob Stover sells tp Abraham Strickler of Pennsylvania for 84 pounds, 5 shillings, for 1,000 acres at "Mesenuttin on Gerundo" probably on the north side of the river.
    On 12 jun 1747, there was entered into records a survey done by George Hume on behalf of Abraham Strickler and his brothers; it was drawn in two plats 263 & 384 acres, res[ectively, and was at the "Misonuttin", being part of a patent atent formerly granted Jacob Stover for 5,000 acres on 15 dec 1733, on the north side of the Shenandoah River. Presumably the new survey was to divide the land of their father, recently deceased, according to his will or to the decision of the courts. The division was as follows: on the 262 acre tract, to Joseph Strickler- 102 acres, to Jacob Strickler- 201 acres & to Isaac Strickler 183 acres. On the 384 tract, to Benkamin Strickler - 201 acres, & to Isaac Strickler - 183 acres. Orange County p. 32.
    On 19 Feb 1749 another survey by George Hume for an additional 208 acres, part of the 5,000 Strover grant was entered for Abraham Strichler. It was situated on the South Branch of the Shenandoah River & the dividing corner between Jacob acob Strickler and Joseph Strickler & Abraham Strickler. Orange Co. p.32
    The following is by Frank W. Duff, 2056 Lynhurst Road, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980-5226 Phone (702) 943 5420 July 25, 1994
    ABRAHAN STRICKLER THE FIRST

    The Stricklmr family was first estab1lshed in the United States by Abraham Strickler who immiarated from Switzerland about 1700. He was the first of six brothers and a sister to immigrate. Abraham's father is Jacob Strickler, son of Conrad Strickler, Jr. and grandson of Conrad Btrickler, St. whom was persecuted in Zurich Switzerland because of his religion. His mother was named Anna. Each of the brothers came to America because of one reasonl religous freedom. The Striokler family was one of the founding members of the Quaker and Mennonite religion(s) (in Germany and Switzerland they are considered the same).
    The heritage of the Strickler family is nearly endless as are the legacies that they have created.

    Abraham was born in Hombreichton, Switzerland now a suburb of Zurich. He grew to early adulthood in Zurich where he became known as one of the greatest weavers and craftsmen of the city. His craftsmanship however, was superceeded by his religous convictions. A professed Mennonite he was often persecuted by others. Eventually he surcumed to the pressure and decided to leave his homeland. He packed his bage and his bible (see the pages that follow) and left with his family for the New World. His brothers Hans Jacob, Henrich, Ulrich, Conrad and Johannes would follow in the years that followed (see the Volume II The Btrickler's In Pennsylvania).
    Abraham probably ported a boat from Rotterdam and most likely arrived at the docks of Philadelphia. No immigration records have been found. He immigrated before Immigration records were required in America. Abraham first settled in Chester County (which later became Lancaster) along the Sesquhanna River. There are no deeds for property that he may have purchased until 1728 when he bought 160 acres from John Daughtery. This does not go to say that he did not already own land before this time. In fact prior to 1725 most land transactions were never registered. Other deeds show up in 1732, 1733 and 1734.
    Abraham Btrickler was a mennonite preacher, a expert weaver and an Indian trader. It was Abraham's participation in the Indian fur trade which brought him to Virginia. An old passport is still in possession of the family which gave him permission to trade with the Indians of Virginia. As early as 1710 Abraham was traveling to the Valley of Virginia.
    In 1735 the beauty and splendor of the Great Valley had won him over. Personally I think that he was moved by a knob that juts out from the Massanutten mountains which resembles ths Matterhorn of his native Switzerland. Abraham bought his land under this knob. Today the knob is known as Strickler's Knob. He called his plantation Fort Egypt.

    Abraham married Mary Anna RUFFNER 1710. Mary (daughter of Jakob RUFFNER) was born 1690, Hanover, Germany Or Switzerland; died Aft 1746, Egypt Plantation, Page County, Virginia; was buried Opposit Mouth Of Mill Creek, Page County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Abraham STRICKLER was born 1713, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; died 1759, Lurary, Page County, Virginia; was buried Spitler Burial Grounds Near Luray, Page County, Virginia.
    2. Isaac STRICKLER was born Abt 1715; died 1 May 1759.
    3. Benjamin STRICKLER was born Abt 1718; died 11 Apr 1791.
    4. Jacob STRICKLER was born 1719; died 1784.
    5. Mary STRICKLER was born Abt 1724.
    6. John STRICKLER was born 1727; died 1806.
    7. Joseph Strickler was born 1 Sep 1731; died 3 Aug 1795.
    8. Joseph STRICKLER was born 1 Sep 1731, Egypt, Shendanoah County, VA; died 1795; was buried Egypt Plantation.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Jacob STRICKLER was born 1639, Switzerland (son of Conrad STRICKLER and Magdelina UNKNOWN); died Switzerland.

    Notes:

    Had a least six childern, maybe eleven.
    Jacob was born in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was raised and taught the trade of weaving. He met his wife in Horgen, the ancestral home of his father. Jacob inherited the great-bible from his father Conrad. Jacob, as was most of the family, was Mennonite. It was the persecution of the Mennonites by the Catholic Church which would eventually force the Strickler's out of Germany and Switzerland.

    Jacob — Katherine Anna UNKNOWN. Katherine was born 1642, Horgen, Zurick, Switzerland. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Katherine Anna UNKNOWN was born 1642, Horgen, Zurick, Switzerland.
    Children:
    1. Han Jacob STRICKLER
    2. Conrad STRICKLER was christened Emigrated @1700/1705; died 1782.
    3. Andreas (Andrew) STRICKLER was born 1661; was christened Emigrated 11 SEP 1728.
    4. Ulrich STRICKLER was born 1665; was christened Emigrated 8 OCT 1737.
    5. 1. Abraham STRICKLER was born 1670, Horgen, Zurick, Switzerland; was christened Emigrated @1693; died 28 Apr 1746, Egypt Plantation, Page County, Virginia; was buried Opposit Mouth Of Mill Creek, Page County, Virginia.
    6. Henrick STRICKLER was born 1674; was christened Emigrated @1674.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Conrad STRICKLER was born 1594, Zurick, Switzerland (son of Conrad STRICKLER and Anna Elizabeth UNKNOWN).

    Notes:

    Had a least one child, some say eight.

    Conrad — Magdelina UNKNOWN. Magdelina was born 1598. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Magdelina UNKNOWN was born 1598.
    Children:
    1. 2. Jacob STRICKLER was born 1639, Switzerland; died Switzerland.
    2. Conrad STRICKLER was born 1640.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Conrad STRICKLER was born 1571, Zurick, Switzerland (son of Hans Jacob STRICKLER); died 1646, Zurick, Switzerland.

    Notes:

    Had a least one child, some say seven.

    Conrad — Anna Elizabeth UNKNOWN. Anna was born 1580; died 1680. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Anna Elizabeth UNKNOWN was born 1580; died 1680.
    Children:
    1. 4. Conrad STRICKLER was born 1594, Zurick, Switzerland.