son of Dietrich Struble (1714-1807)
was born about 1757, where is not certainly known. Removed to Buffalo Valley, Pa. and settled on a farm adjoining his brother’s (Conrad). He married ____ Hawn. He died Oct. 14, 1814. He is buried in the old “Pontius” Cemetery.
Children were: 1. ADAM( 2 ), 2 . Jacob, 3. Peter, 4. John, 5. Mary (Polly) married David Morrison, 6. Elizabeth (Betsy) married David Lutz, 7. Catharine (Katy) married David Homiler, 8. George married Nancy Reedy.
ADAM( 2 ) was born in Pa. where he lived and died. His homestead was in Mercer Co. Married Catharine Close and is said to have been killed by the kick of a horse.
Children were: 1. Leonard married Judith and lives in Clarksville, Pa., 2. Jonathan married Rebecca Long, 3. Daniel married Catharine Adamson, 4. Levi, 5. ADAM( 3 )
(the following children were listed as children of Adam, but as grandchildren
Julian married Stall, Kansas
Mary married McCreary, Kan.
Lydia married Sheckler, Pa.
ADAM( 3 )
of Adam Sheckler, sister to Conrad Sheckler):
Children were: 1. Leander, 2. Franklin P. married Hannah Gertrude Sweet,
3. Lydia Ann married Hutchinson Cavitt, 4. Mary Alice married Chas. M.Chambers
5. Emma Jane married George W. Willard,
6. William Sherman married Josephine M. Arrandale
In 1902, David Galloway Struble visited the cemetery on the farm of
Mr. John Pontius about 1-1/2 miles east and south of Mifflinburg, Union
County, PA. The cemetery is about 30-35 feet square and is in the
midst of a wheat field and about 200 yards from the highway. The land from
the top of “Limestone Ridge” slopes gently toward the north until
it nears the highway when it reaches a level. I soon found the graves
by reason of the tombstone standing at the head of Conrad’s which bears
the following inscription:
”Conrad Strublo, born Nov.l, l759. died. Feb.19,1837 aged 77 years 3 months 19 days.”
It is in the extreme N.W. corner of the cemetery.
Mr. John Lincoln, cashier of the Mifflinburg bank, had at my request
visited this cemetery about a year ago and. in a letter to me describing
the same he stated that the stone bearing the name of Conrad. Strublo had
some time fallen down and had been evidently picked up and placed against
the fence where it then stood. Having this in mind I was of the same impression
when I first saw the stone, but wishing to see if I could. not find a base
into which the stone would. fit and.
..ontLfy the ~r&ve, ~ undertook to move the slab when thoretir id
to my surprise I found the lower end. firmly imbedded in the earth and a further examination convinced me that it was in the original position except that it had settled so us to lean backward and touch the fence, however I found there was the stump of a large wild cherry tree almost covering the grave, if the stone really was at the head of it, and this again raised a doubt.
By beating down the grass and very carefully examining the ground. I concluded there were originally 3 graves there, side by side, but the slight mounds which I at first thought represented
the graves I found were really spaces between them, and that the depressions were the graves. This I discovered by finding good sized fragments of the stone slabs or “markers” which are still there, scarcely above the ground. In fact I bad to scratch away them. Even then the presence of the large stump made me feel grass, leaves and over quite a surface before I could discover doubtful. After examining the entire cemetery with great care, I made a few exposures with the camera and then proceeded to interview Mr. Pontius before mentioned. He assured me that the
stone bearing Conrad’s name was in its proper place and had never been moved at anytime. He further stated that he was present when Conrad was buried and well remembered the fact: that the stump was that of a wild cherry which had grown up after Conrad was buried in spite of the fact that it was so large, and further that it was his understanding at that time, and he firmly believes that the adjoining graves are those of his brother and father, and he further stated that Conrad and Adam lived beside each other, the farm of Mr. Musser, which is really in sight of the cemetery being the home of Conrad at the time of his death. These things he knows from personal acquaintance with Conrad and from know1edge derived from conversation with his own(Pontius) father, many years ago, the farm having been continuously in their family for more than 125 years.
From the above it seems plain that the “Adam Sheckler” farm which lies not very far from Buffalo Cross Roads, while owned by Conrad was not his home at the time of his death, and indeed never was. It came to Elizaboth Strublo, wife of Sheckler, at the death of her father as her portion of his estate. Conrad’s wife died in 1854, nearly 80 years of ago and is buried in the cemetery. at Buffalo Cross Roads. Had Conrad lived on the Sheckler farm, he undoubtedly would have been buried there as it was quite nearby and had been existence as a cemetery for a long time prior to his death. His wife however appears to have been living with her daughter Elizabeth, Sheck1ers wife, either temporarily or permanently at the time of her death, and that accounts for her being buried at Buffalo Cross Roads in part, at least, and the fact that burials in private cemeteries had also been largely discontinued at that date, furnishes an additional reason. This also accounts for Dietrich’s old. family bible being in the hands of the Sheckler family. Conrad no doubt had it at his death when it naturally became the property of his wife. She living with her daughter Elizabeth in her later years and dying there, it came into the possession of the daughter either as a gift from the mother or by reason of her dying at her house. At her death it went into the possession of her son, Conrad Sheckler and his death to his son, George H. in whose possession it now is.
The tax rolls of Northumberland Co. show that Dietrich Struble paid
taxes in 1781. on 300 acres and in 1784 on 566-1/2 acres. I applied to
the Register and Recorder at Sunbury and he reports that he is unable to
find any record of transfer of property from Dietrich or Richard Struble
nor is there any will of his on record.