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Hoover collection

Hoover collection, 1770-1963
Hoover collection
Inclusive dates
  • Contains items dealing primarily with the Strickler family of Massanutten, Egypt, and Luray, in what in 1831 became Page County, Va.; and a few documents relevant to related families such as the Kauffmans
  • Selected documents in Box l, Series I include: Folder l: Letters from Coffman, Ward, Crim family members, mostly to Strickler family; mention of land purchases in the Valley, typhoid fever, farm & financial news; also a few from Oregon concerning prospecting at Rouge River; and an autograph copy of a letter from A. Strickler. Folder 2: Civil war letters from Mauck and Kauffman members, all in the 10th Va. Reg., about camp life and troop movements. Folder 3: More Confederate camp letters; most of the rest to Mary Strickler from a grandson; mention of Campbellites. Folder 4: Cont. of letters (lts.), mostly to Mary Strickler at Massanutten; details of W.A. Strickler's land claim in Washington Territory and his disappearance. Folder 5: Lts. from friends & Strickler family members in various states including those out West; two items related to local Mill Creek Church. Folder 6: Lts., mostly from W.S. Strickler in NV and CA where he was prospecting & mining. Folder 7: Lts., mostly from W.S. and J.G. Strickler in NV and Dakota; a few from J. Ruffner; several items related to Mill Creek Church. Folder 8: Lts., mostly to R.T. Strickler from relatives & Baptist Church members. Folder 9: Lts., mostly from family & friends to Mary Strickler. Also, a school composition by Mary which mentions gypsies in Page Cty. Folder 10: Con't of previous file incl. documents relating to Mary's employment in Washington during WWI, also documents related to Mary's husband S.B. (Beery) Hoover. Folder 11: Genealogy, incl. page from Brewbaker family bible; fragment of Pulliam genealogy; Strickler, Hoover, Ridgeway, Cornwell, A. Beery genealogies
  • Selected documents from Box 2, Series II. include: Folder 1: Business (property tax) receipts; 1813 birth verification of Negro girl; inventories for Jos. Strickler and Jos. T. Strickler (see also Oversize) estates. Folder 2: Valley and other Va. railroad timetables, some with route maps, 1880s. Folders 3-11: Lists of land & property taxes in Shenandoah Cty. district where Jos. Strickler was Comm. of Revenue, 19th century. Folder 12: Ledgers (debt/interest; store/labor), Jos. & Jos. T. Strickler (see also Oversize). From Series III: Religious pamphlet by J.G. Stricker (2 cop.); minutes of Ebenezer Baptist Assoc. sessions; Luray & Bridgewater newsletters; printed German poem
  • Selected documents from Flat Box 1, Series IV: Store/labor ledger (Mauck?); list of property taxes/ broadside advertising estate sale of J.T. Strickler, 1889
Biographical or historical data
Abraham Strickler was one of the original settlers of the Shenandoah Valley at Massanutten (now Page County) in the 1720s. His descendants figured prominently in the life of the region. The bulk of the collection documents the lifes of two Mary Stricklers (1860s, 1907-1940s); Joseph and Joseph T. Strickler (1810-1856; 1890s); and Baptist Elder Reuben T. Strickler (1881-1903)
Cataloging source
Hoover collection
Also referred to as the Mr. & Mrs. James Hoover collection; Hoover collection
Series I. Letters & Genealogy (Folders 1-11, Box 1: 1770s-1963 and undated); Series II. Business & Legal documents (Folders 1-12, Box 2: 1810-[1890]-1928; Series III. Miscellaneous (Folder 13: 1865-1904); Series IV. Oversize (Folder 1, Flat box 1: 1815-1889)
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Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid. Bibliography of related sources on the Strickler family and other books inscribed by Jacob Strickler and Abraham Strickler included with the guide.
2 Hollinger boxes (24 folders) and part of 1 flat box (l folder); ca 210 items.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian




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