I am looking for information on my great-3-grandparents Johan C Swangel and Elizabeth Stroup.
A little history:
Johan C Swangel and Elizabeth Stroup were married on 3 Jan 1833 in Harrison County Ohio.
They had 3-children:
Sarah Ann born Apr 1833 (my great-2-grandmother)
Nancy born Jun 1834
Benjamin Franklin born Mar 1836
Elizabeth died sometime between Benjamin’s birth and 1839. I have never found a verifiable record of her death or of where she was buried.
On 21 November 1839 Johan married Agnes Suddeth also in Harrison County, they also apparently had 3-children.
The 1840 USA census has Johan at Rumley, Harrison, Ohio, age 50-59 with a young wife and 3-children in the household. The wife would have been Agnes, the children would have been the 3 mentioned above.
Johan supposedly died in 1849 in Harrison County. I have never found a verifiable record of his death or of where he was buried.
No Swangel’s show on the 1850 census in Harrison County, Ohio or the neighboring counties.
Daughter Sarah next shows up in Greene County Ohio in the 1850 census. Exactly one year after Johan supposedly died.
Daughter Nancy's next appearance was when she was married in Carroll County in 1853; I do not know where she lived until she married.
One unverified source has Johan & Elizabeth buried at Waynesburg/Wainsburg, Stark, Ohio.
My great-2-grandmother Sarah A Swangel-Johnson indicated on all census records but one that both of her parents were from Pennsylvania except for the 1900 census where she puts her father as born in Germany.
One thing that has always puzzled me is the fact that Elizabeth Stroup was 6-months pregnant, with Sarah, when she married Johan Swangel. This of course raises several questions,
1 Was she a widow – is the Stroup name from a deceased spouse?
2. Was this an illegitimate child from another man besides Johan Swangel?
3. Was Johan the father and this was a shotgun wedding?
4. Was this a marriage of convenience, where an older man married a much younger pregnant woman?
5. Was this an elopement? There are no records of either one prior to 29 December 1832 that I can find.
I am not positive but it is possible that Elizabeth Stroup was the widow of John Christian Stroub / Stroup who purchased 80 acres from the U.S. Government, just east of Waynesburg, Stark County, Ohio in 1826. John Christian Stroub was from York County PA according to the US Government land patent. This property is now in Brown TWP, Carroll County, Ohio approximately 1 mile from Waynesburg, Stark, Ohio. If he was Elizabeths husband and the father of Sarah he would have died between July & December 1832. This would mean the odds are he was buried in Waynesburg eactly where Johan and Elizabeth are supposidly buried.
An old puzzle still unsolved.
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