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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES STR

ber 12, 1759; buried in Elzey family burying ground
at "Almodington" on the Manokin River in Som-
erset County. His remains were later moved to
All Saints' Church at Monie, Somerset County.
LAND: ca. 1,226 acres in Somerset County, 150
acres in Worcester County (now Sussex County,
Delaware), plus a lot in Princess Anne Town.

STRAWBRIDGE, WILLIAM (?-by 17%). BORN:
in Manokin Hundred, Somerset County; of age
by 1759. NATIVE: at least second generation. RE-
SIDED: in Manokin Hundred, Somerset County.
FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: James Straw-
bridge (?-1743), a planter of Somerset County.
MOTHER: Jane, daughter of William Polk (?-1739/
40). FIRST COUSINS: Josiah Polk (?-1784), William
Polk (1752-1812); Gillis Polk (?-1793); and John
Williams (1739-1797). CHILDREN. DAUGHTER. Jane
(?-by 1796). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Presbyterian,
Manokin Presbyterian Church, Somerset County.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., by 1759. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: physician; planter. PUBLIC
CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Somerset County, 1777-1778, 1778-1779. LO-
CAL OFFICES: trustee, Washington Academy,
Somerset County, 1779. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed Value

£1,489.0.0, including 32 slaves and 36 oz. plate,
1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 1,241
acres and one third of lot 2 in Princess Anne,
Somerset County, ail inherited from his mother.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH: in 1789 Strawbridge took
out warrants of survey on 3 additional tracts of
land totaling 69 acres, but died before the patents
were issued. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between
1789 and 1796, probably in Somerset County.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: size of estate unknown.
LAND. 1,241 acres and one-third of lot 2 in Prin-
cess Anne, Somerset County.

STRICKER, GEORGE (1732-1810). BORN, in
1732 in Winchester, Virginia. IMMIGRATED, to
Frederick County by 1774. RESIDED: in Catoctin
Hundred, Frederick County, by 1774; Frederick
Town, Frederick County, from 1775 to at least
1781; "McMechen's Bottom," near Wheeling,
Ohio County, Virginia (now West Virginia), 1793
until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. Parents were
Swiss immigrants who settled originally in North
Carolina. MARRIED first, Catherine Springer, of
Frederick County (? -alive in 1771). MARRIED sec-
ond, (first name unknown) McMechen (Mc-

Mahon), a widow. CHILDREN. SON: John (1759-
1825), who married Martha (1763-1816), daugh-
ter of Gunning Bedford of Philadelphia. A resi-
dent of Baltimore, John was an anti-Federalist,
a brigadier-general of the Baltimore City Militia,
and served as naval agent of Baltimore City for
several years. He was elected to the state Senate
in 1821, but declined to serve. STEPSON: George
McMechen. DAUGHTERS: Mary, who married Ni-
nian Beall; Elizabeth, who married (first name
unknown) Bell. Both daughters resided in Brooke
County, Virginia (now West Virginia). PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION, literate. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: innholder, 1770; possibly planter. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Frederick County, 1779-1780. LOCAL OFFICES:
Committee of Observation, Frederick County,
elected September 12, 1776; committee to pro-
mote subscriptions for arms and ammunition, Ca-
toctin Hundred, Frederick County, ca. 1776;
commissary for horses, May 1781. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, 9th Company, Light Infantry,
Smallwood's Regiment, commissioned January 3,
1776; lieutenant colonel of the German Battalion,
commissioned July 17, 1776, resigned commission
April 29, 1777, three weeks after Gen. George
Washington wrote a letter to Governor Johnson
saying that Stricker's character did not justify his
promotion to command a battalion. OUT OF STATE
SERVICE: collector of revenue for Wheeling Dis-
trict, Virginia, 1796. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION. 305 acres in Frederick

County. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN
FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: Sold 121 acres in

Frederick County, 1791; purchased ca. 400 acres
around the Ohio River in the western part of
Virginia, after 1793. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: No-
vember 29, 1810, at "McMechens Bottom,"
Wheeling, Virginia. LAND: probably 184 acres in
Frederick County and ca. 400 acres in Virgina
(now West Virginia).

STRONG, LEONARD (?-by 1659) IMMI-
GRATED: by 1651, as a free adult. RESIDED: in
Broad Neck Hundred, Anne Arundel County;
returned to England ca. 1655. CHILDREN. DAUGH-
TER: Elizabeth (ca. 1653-?), who married Charles
James (?-1698). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION:
literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant, per-
haps Quaker. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: au-
thor of pamphlet "Babylon's Fall in Maryland,"
1655; died in England while serving as "Agent
for the people of Providence in Maryland." OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, planter. PUBLIC

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