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Martha "Mattie" Striffler

Martha "Mattie" Striffler

Female 1871 - 1943  (71 years)

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  • Name Martha "Mattie" Striffler  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname Mattie 
    Born 10 Nov 1871  Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Oct 1943  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Her father's obituary indicated that Martha, the eldest daughter still at home, remained single and in her father's home to care for him, after the death of her mother. She never married. At the time of the 1930 census, she was living with her sister and brother-in-law, Archibald and Emeline Mark, in Cass City Village.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Cass City, Michigan
      Friday, January 23, 1931
      "Thirty-five years ago:  January 24, 1896"

      At the Evangelical church, the following Sunday School officers have been elected for the ensuing year: Supt., Mrs. Lena SCHWEGLER; ass't supt., Mrs. Mary BENKELMAN; sec., J. MAIER; treas., Adam BENKELMAN; librarian, Miss Lillie STRIFFLER; ass't librarian, Miss Maud MAIER; organist, Miss Martha STRIFFLER; ass't organist, Oscar LENZNER.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, October 29, 1943

      Miss Martha Striffler, 71, a lifelong resident of this vicinity, passed away in her home Monday evening after a long illness.

      Miss Striffler, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Striffler, was born Nov. 10, 1871, on the Striffler farm in Elkland township and spent her entire life here.

      She was a member of long standing of the Evangelical Church where she taught a Sunday School class for many years. She was also active in the Woman's Missionary Society and the Ladies' Aid and held offices in both societies for a number of years. She was a very faithful attendant at all Church services as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of the Townsend Club.

      She is survived by a sister, Mrs. W.R. Kaiser of Detroit, and two brothers, George Albert Striffler of Cass City and David Striffler of Columbus, Ga.

      The remains were at the Munro Funeral Home until Wednesday when they were taken to her own home on Houghton Street. At noon Thursday the body was taken to the Evangelical Church where it lay in state until the hour of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Rev. S.P Kirn, pastor of the church, officiated and burial was in Elkland cemetery.

      Pallbearers were Stanley Bien of Lansing, John and Kenneth Kaiser of Detroit and Edward Mark of Cass City, all nephews, and Ben Schwegler and Fred Buehrly, nephews by marriage.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Summer 2007)
    Person ID I12727  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2016 

    Father John "Uncle John" Striffler,   b. 15 Mar 1833, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1922, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother 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, 5
    • BonnieMargaret Jacobs also shows a daughter, Martha, born Nov. 1873???
    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.
    Family ID F5023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Nov 1871 - Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Oct 1943 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Striffler, Martha 'Mattie' ca 1890's
    Striffler, Martha "Mattie" ca 1890's
    Mattie as a young woman
    Striffler, Martha or Esther?
    Striffler, Martha or Esther?
    Martha and Esther were sisters, both daughters of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman. Carole Benkelman has a copy of this photo, and it was labeled Esther Striffler, who later married Rudolph Kaiser. Maggie Bethel also has a copy, inherited from her grandmother, Lena Mark Schwegler. Maggie believes it instead to be a photo of Martha Striffer. The woman in the photo is wearing the same clothing in this photo as in a cameo photo of Martha Striffler, also taken at the Meier studio, possibly taken at the same time. PLEASE HELP US CONFIRM EXACTLY WHO IS PICTURED IN THIS PHOTO.
    Striffler, Martha
    Striffler, Martha
    b. 1871 d. 1943, Michigan
    Martha was a daughter of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman of Cass City.

    This was an unidentified photo from the album of John Adam Benkelman of Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan. Lena Schwegler had an identical copy, but she labeled her copy as "Martha Striffler," who was one of her aunts.
    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 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, Martha 'Mattie' ca 1911 with Esther Striffler Kaiser's children
    Striffler, Martha "Mattie" ca 1911 with Esther Striffler Kaiser's children
    Mattie with her Niece and Nephew, Irene and Kenneth Kaiser
    J. Maier Photographer, Cass City, Michigan
    Striffler, Martha ca 1920's
    Striffler, Martha ca 1920's
    b. 1871 d. 1943, Michigan
    Martha Striffler was a daughter of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman. She remained at home to care for her parents in their declining years, and was a lifelong resident of Cass City.
    Benkelman, Maria Magdalena 'Aunt Lena' ca 1920's or later (Mrs. M. M. Schwegler) and Martha 'Mattie' Striffler
    Benkelman, Maria Magdalena "Aunt Lena" ca 1920's or later (Mrs. M. M. Schwegler) and Martha "Mattie" Striffler
    Appears to be a proof sheet, or novelty strip of photos, featuring elderly Aunt Lena Schwegler and her niece, Martha "Mattie" Striffler.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Striffler, Martha ca 1930's and Emeline
    Striffler, Martha ca 1930's and Emeline
    Mattie Striffler and her sister Emeline Striffler Mark, both daughters of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Striffler Siblings ca 1940's
Adult Children of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman
    Striffler Siblings ca 1940's Adult Children of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman
    A snapshot of the siblings in their later years
    from l to r, George Albert Striffler, Esther Striffler Kaiser, Martha "Mattie" Striffler, Emeline Striffler Mark, and David Striffler
    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.

    Headstones
    Striffler, Martha
    Striffler, Martha

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

    2. [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. 152 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S564] 1930 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.), Michigan, Tuscola, Elkland Twp, Cass City Village Enumerated April 30, 1930 SD 79-11 SD 11 Sheet 11A Stamped 194 East Third 293-310 Home of Archibald Mark (Reliability: 3).

    4. [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).

    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 (Reliability: 3).