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John "Uncle John" Striffler

John "Uncle John" Striffler

Male 1833 - 1922  (89 years)

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  • Name John "Uncle John" Striffler  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Nickname Uncle John 
    Born 15 Mar 1833  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jul 1922  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 7
    Buried Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Art Peck writes that they were among the first families in Tuscola County, Michigan, moving there about 1860 on land purchased for $2 an acre, land they had never seen. They cleared the land to establish a farm, a mile east and a mile north of Cass City. John was Elkland County, Michigan treasurer from 1868 to 1870, and again from 1885 through 1887.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Cass City, Mich., Friday, July 14, 1922
      Vol. 18, No. 9

      John Striffler has Passed Away
      Settled in Elkland Township 62 Years Ago; Prominent in the Early History of Cass City Community

      On the tombstone we carve the name of our beloved dead and then two dates--the year of birth and the year of death. Between these two lies the history of the dead and yet so few know that history. Between Mar. 15, 1833 and July 12, 1922, lies the life history of John Striffler. He was born on a farm near Lancaster, N.Y. and passed on to his home eternal at Cass City,  Michigan.

      A few months after his marriage to Miss Mary Benkelman at Lancaster on Nov. 14, 1858, Mr. Striffler came to Tuscola county. They resided six months at Watrousville and then completed their journey overland through the timber to Elkland township where they hewed out a home in the woods, and finally saw beautiful farms take the place of the timber tracts. Mrs. Striffler passed away on May 4, 1913. Two children also preceded the father in death, one child at the age of four years, and Mrs. Salome Bien, a daughter, whose death occured but a few months ago.

      Coming into the community when it was sparsely settled and all covered with timber and when it took four days' travel with ox teams to go from Vassar to the cite where Cass City now stands, Mr. Striffler had ample opportunity to test the hardships of early pioneer life in the Thumb district. His services in the early days proved valuable and his neighbors soon placed him with the responsibilities of various township offices.

      John Striffler was a man of generous impluse and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. Friend or stranger never failed to find food and shelter if he sought it at his hands, and he delighted in kind and neighborly deeds. Many a poor family found relief from his storehouse and many people enjoyed his hospitality. His home was always open to all, poor or well-to-do, and many found pleasure in the entertainment provided therein. He had borne adversity bravely and enjoyed prosperity quietly. He had filled the various relations of life as husband, father, brother, friend and filled them satifactorily and his life work was well done.

      He is survived by five children, Mrs. Archie MARK, G.A. STRIFFLER, Mrs. W.R. KAISER, and Miss Martha STRIFFLER, all of Cass City, and David STRIFFLER of Columbus, Georgia, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Since the death of his wife, his daughter, Martha, has been the companion and faithful attendant of her father.

      Funeral services will be held in the Evangelical church which Mr. Striffler attended for many years. It is planned to hold the service Saturday afternoon unless David Striffler, who is on his way home from Georgia, is delayed in his journey from the south.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Spring 2007)
    • (Research):
      Census Information:

      1850 Census
      New York, Erie County, Lancaster
      Enumerated 23 Aug 1850
      Page 200
      1048-1082
      Otil Strifler 59 F $2550 Germany
      Jacob Strifler 30 M Farmer
      Susanna Strifler 27 F
      Joseph Stifler 24 M Farmer
      Christian Strifler 22 m Farmer
      John Strifler 17 Farmer New York (sic)
      David Strifler 14


      1860 Census
      Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland
      58-56
      John Striffler 27 Farmer $280 $75 NY
      Mary Striffler 21 Domestic Wirtinburg, Germany
      The household immediately following theirs was that of Jacob and Louisa Striffler

      1870 Census
      Michigan, Tuscola County
      56-56
      Striffler, John 37 Farmer $5,075 $860 NY
      Striffler, Mary 31 Germ Wirtinburg
      Striffler, Emeline 10 Mich
      Striffler, Albert 6 Mich
      Striffler, Salome 4 Mich
      The households preceding theirs were occupied by Jacob and Louis Striffler (#53), Adam and Catherine Benkelmann (#54), George & Katherine Kolb (#55).

      1880 Census
      Census Place:Elkland, Tuscola, Michigan
      Source:FHL Film 1254607  National Archives Film T9-0607    
      Page 95B Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
      John STRIFFLER Self M M W 47 NY Occ: Farmer Fa: FRANCE Mo: FRANCE
      Mary STRIFFLER Wife F M W 41 WERTENBURG  Occ: Keeping House Fa: WERTENBURG Mo: WERTENBURG
      Emmiline STRIFFLER Dau F S W 19 MI Occ: Without Occupation Fa: NY Mo: WERTENBURG
      George A. STRIFFLER Son M S W 16 MI  Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: WERTENBURG
      Salome STRIFFLER Dau F S W 13 MI Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: WERTENBURG
      Martha STRIFFLER Dau F S W 7 MI Occ: At School Fa: NY Mo: WERTENBURG
      Esther STRIFFLER Dau F S W 2 MI Occ: At Home Fa: NY Mo: WERTENBURG
      Leonard BUEHRLY Other M S W 21 WERTENBURG Occ:Farmer Fa: WERTENBURG Mo: WERTENBURG
      Philipp STRIFFLER Nephew M S W19 NY Occ: Farmer Fa: NY Mo: NY

      19 year old Philip Striffler is likely the son of David and Sophia Striffler of Lancaster, New York. David was said to have died in 1872, and it appears that at least his oldest son left New York after his father died, so perhaps Philip did as well.  Leonard Buehrly was from same village in Germany as Mary, and would later marry the granddaughter of her brother, Frederick Benkelman.

      1900 Census, Michigan, Tuscola, Elkland, ED 110
      Enumerated the 12th of June, 1900 by John Marshall
      SD 8, ED 110, Sheet 6 B
      125-125
      Archie and Emeline Mark and family
      126 126
      Striffler, John Hd W M March 1833 67 M 41 NY France France Farmer
      Striffler, Mary Wife W F May 1839 61 M 41 7/6 Germany Germany Germany 1856
      Striffler, Martha Dtr W F Nov 1871 28 S Michigan NY Germany
      Striffler, Ester Dtr W F May 1878 22 S Michigan NY Germany
      Striffler, David A. W M Aug 1883 16 S Michigan NY Germany Farm Laborer
      Bean, Saloma Dtr W F Sep 1866 22 Ed 3/3 Michigan NY Germany
      Bean, Stanley G.Son W M Dec 1892 7 S Michigan Michigan Germany
      Bean, Paul P. G. Son W M May 1894 6 S Michigan Michigan Germany
      Bean, William D. G. Son W M Dec 1895 4 S Michigan Michigan Germany

      1910 Census, Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp, ED 113, Cass City Village
      Enumerated 13 Apr 1910
      SD 8, ED 113, Sheet No 5 B

      138-138
      Striffler, John Hd M W 76 M1 NY Germany Germany
      Own Income
      Striffler, Mary Wife 70 M1 6/6 Germany Germany Germany
      Striffler, Martha Dtr F W 37 S Mich Germany Germany

      They were living in the household immediately preceding that of Mary's nephew, Benjamin Benkelman, Sr.
    Person ID I11992  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Jacob Anton Striffler,   b. 20 Oct 1779, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1850, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Ottila "Odila" "Otil" Zimmerman,   b. 10 Nov 1790, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1863, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 4 Nov 1809  Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Documents
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    In the mid 1850's, in Erie County, New York, two sons of Jacob & Otilla Striffler married two Benkelman sisters. Shortly after their marriages, the couples moved to the Michigan frontier, many of their brothers and sisters following them. The two families remained intertwined for subsequent generations. At a reunion of the Henry Striffler family in 1930 it was decided to enlarge the scope of the reunion to include descendants of Henry, Jacob, Joseph, Christian, John and Susan Striffler. Members and "in laws" of these families first gathered at the Assembly grounds in Sebewaing for a reunion in 1932. As the Benkelman-Striffler family had remained very close over the years, all branches of the Benkelman family were invited to their Sixth Reunion, and since that time it remained a joint event. This articles from the 1936 "Cass City Chronicle" details one of the earliest joint reunions. Attended by over 170 family members, the reunion was held on the John Striffler homestead northeast of Cass City, with attendees travelling from Ontario, Ohio and many places in Michigan. President W.D. STRIFFLER presided at a business meeting in 1936, and Harry HUNT, Mrs. S.G BENKELMAN (the former Mary Striffler), and Mrs. Ben SCHWEGLER (the former Joanna Mark) were elected officers for the ensuing year. The first volume of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST was published for the September 1936 reunion.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Handbill advertising the annual Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, 1954, featuring Cass City's Main Street. At the fiftieth Striffler-Benkelman Reunion in 1981, Ruth Schenck Esau recalled a time when on Main Street, the owners of the newspaper, a farm implement store, both meat markets, the grocery store, paint store, insurance agency, funeral home, and photography studio were all members of the Striffler-Benkelman clan; not to mention a bank teller, many clerks, the music teacher, and many of the town's farmers.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Group Photo fromthe 30th Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, held September 4, 1961 at the Cass City Evangelical Church, founded by members of the Striffler and Benkelman families
    Family ID F1784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Maria "Mary" Benkelman,   b. 22 May 1839, Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1913, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1858  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 8
    • BonnieMargaret Jacobs also shows a daughter, Martha, born Nov. 1873???
    Children 
     1. Emeline Striffler,   b. 5 Sep 1860, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1939, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. George Albert Striffler,   b. 16 Mar 1864, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1945, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. Salome Striffler,   b. 19 Sep 1866, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1922, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     4. Edward Striffler,   b. 19 Jun 1870, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1874, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     5. Martha "Mattie" Striffler,   b. 10 Nov 1871, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1943, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Infant Daughter Striffler,   b. 10 Nov 1872, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1872, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Esther A. Striffler,   b. 4 May 1878, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1965, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     8. David A. Striffler,   b. 3 Aug 1883, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1964, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Photos
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family
    A family photo of John and Mary Striffler with their children. Their eldest child, Emeline stands behind her parents, and son George Albert is to their right. Daughter Salome sits on her father's lap and based on the birth order of their remaining children, it is assumed that Mary is holding son Edward on her lap. Edward was born a year before daughter Mattie, and died at the age of four.
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family, ca 1890
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family, ca 1890
    This photo, taken around or before 1890, is of John and Mary (Benkelman) Striffler and their six surviving children: Emeline (b. 1860), George Albert (b. 1864), Salome (b. 1867), Martha (b. 1871), Esther (b. 1878), and David (b. 1883). Based on their ages, and comparision to numerous other photos, Maggie Battel Bethel (a descendant) has identified each person as follows:
    Seated in the front, John Striffler and wife Mary Benkelman, with son youngest son David in front and youngest daughter Esther slightly behind them. Standing in the back, l to r, Emeline, George Albert, Mattie and Salome.
    Striffler, Uncle John Home
    Striffler, Uncle John Home
    The original John and Mary Striffler farm home on Schwegler road, nearby the home of his brother-in-law Adam Benkelman
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendant's ca 1920's
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendant's ca 1920's
    A gathering of relatives in front of John Striffler's home

    Maggie Bethel thinks the following individuals are pictured:

    Front: (children) Marjory Schwegler, Alice Buehrly, Keith Buehrly, UNKNOWN, Ruth Schenck Esau, Fern Schwegler, UNKNOWN little blond girl

    Middle: David Striffler, Mattie Striffler, Martha Mark Darling, Mary Ida Thompson Striffler, Esther Striffler Kolb, UNKNOWN, Emeline Striffler Mark, UNKNOWN, Lena Mark Schwegler, UNKNOWN women holding baby, Ben Schwegler, Louis Krahling (to the right of the tree)

    The Man barely visible in the very back row is UNKNOWN

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US CONFIRM THIS



    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    A snapshot identified by Lena Mark Schwegler as "Some of John Striffler's descendants" Her granddaughter, Maggie Battel Bethel, has identified most everyone after comparision to other family photos labeled by her mother and grandmother.

    Back row, l to r, Mattie Striffler, Emeline Striffler Mark, Mary Ida Thompson Striffler, UNKNOWN, Aunt Lena Benkelman Schwegler, Archie Mark, Esther Striffler Kaiser, David Striffler, UNKNOWN, George Albert Striffler, UNKNOWN, Stanley Bien

    Front: Paul Bien, Salome Bien, William Bien

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU HAVE CORRECTIONS OR CAN IDENTIFY ANY OF THE UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS.
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F5023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Mar 1833 - Lancaster, Erie County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Nov 1858 - Lancaster, Erie County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jul 1922 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Striffler, John ca 1910-1920
    Striffler, John ca 1910-1920
    John Striffler was one of the earliest settlers in Cass City, Michigan. "Uncle John" arrived in the late 1850's, along with his wife, Mary Benkelman, They acquired a farm one mile east and one mile north of the village of Cass City, and addition to farming he was a carpenter, blacksmith, and lumberman. Just south of his house he had a sorghum mill to make maple syrup. Three of his brothers and a sister, as well as various Benkelman in-law's, followed he and Mary to Cass City
    Striffler Reunion Photo, bet. 1908-1910
    Striffler Reunion Photo, bet. 1908-1910
    Members of the John Striffler and Mary Benkelman family, around 1908-1910

    Standing in the Back row, l to r, UNKNOWN woman in black, Esther Striffler Kaiser, Rudolph Kaiser, Cora Horn Striffler, George Albert Striffler holding his son Irvine, Pastor Schweitzer, Mattie Striffler, Archie Mark, Billy Bien

    Seated in the Middle row, l to r, Salome Striffler Bien, Paul Bien, the wife of Pastor Schweitzer, Mary Mark Buehrly, Aunt Lena Benkelman Schwegler (sister of Mary), Martha Mark Darling, Emeline Striffler Mark

    Front row, l to r, Mary Rommel Striffler (sister-in-law of John), Christian Striffler (brother of John), John Striffler, Mary Benkelman Striffler, Leonhard Benkelman (brother of Mary), Louisa Benkelman Stiffler (sister of Mary and widow of Jacob)

    Seated on ground, l to r, Alma Mark Krahling Seegar, Stanley Bien, Lena Mark Schwegler

    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE UNKNOWN WOMAN IN THIS PHOTO
    Striffler/Mark Four Generation Photo Collage, ca 1911, Cass City, Michigan
    Striffler/Mark Four Generation Photo Collage, ca 1911, Cass City, Michigan
    Left Side, seated, John and Mary (Benkelman) Striffler, standing, and Emeline (Striffler) and Archie Mark. Emeline is a daughter of John and Mary.

    Right side, Standing, Mary Jane (Leitch) and Edward Mark, daughters Stella and Ruth. Edward is a son of Archie and Emeline Mark, and grandson of John and Mary Striffler.
    Stella and Ruth are the two eldest of 11 children born it Edward and Mary Mark.
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    The family gathered at Uncle John's farm after the felling of a particularly large pine tree on March 8, 1905. The tree was 112 feet tall and 4 feet, 7 inches in diameter. Lena Mark Schwegler identified the women standing to the left as Esther Striffler, Miss Klump, Lillian Striffler and Mattie Striffler. Just to their right, with the long white beard, is John Stiffler, the family partriarch. The youngest boys are Stanley, Paul and Will Bien.

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU KNOW WHICH OF THE TWO LILLIAN STRIFFLER'S THIS IS (they were cousins, close in age) OR IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY ANYONE ELSE IN THE PHOTO.
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    The family gathered at Uncle John's farm to harvest a particularly large pine tree on March 8, 1905. The tree was 112 feet tall and 4 feet, 7 inches in diameter. Written on the back of the photo, in handwriting not familiar to Maggie Battel Bethel who received the photo from her grandmother's collection, are the names Fred Schaf, Albert Striffler, David Striffler, Solomon Striffler, Uncle John Striffler, younger boys Stanley, Paul and Will Bien, and Frank Striffler (l to r). Several unknown men are pictured as well. PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US BETTER IDENTIFY EACH PERSON PICTURED. Please also note that Uncle John had two nephews names Solomon, one the son of his brother Jacob and the other the son of his brother Christian. It is not known positively WHICH Solomon Striffler was present at this event.

    Headstones
    Striffler, John
    Striffler, John

  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.

    2. [S498] Marchetti, Ruth Marie (jmarchetti@acsalaska.net) "Marchetti" Ver. Oct 31 19:05:54 2001 ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1505327&id=I70122389.

    3. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 151, 153, 157 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, July 14, 1922 Vol. 18, No. 9 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, July 14, 1922 Vol. 18, No. 9 Shows date of birth as 15 March 1833 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 157, Shows date of birth as 13 March 1833 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 153, 157 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 151, 157 (Reliability: 3).