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Jacob Anton Striffler

Male 1779 - 1850  (70 years)


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  • Name Jacob Anton Striffler  [1, 2, 3
    Born 20 Oct 1779  Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Mar 1850  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • According to the Rev. Roy J. Striffler, the Striffler's emigrated from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France to New York State in 1830. They were part of the German-speaking population of Alsace. Some of the older Striffler family members recalled a family joke---there were 11 boys in the family, and all of them had a sister Susanna. She married Christian Oscar Lenzner. Family genealogists have only been able to account for eight of the 12 children however. Two of the boys married Benkelman sisters. One son married Mary Rommel, and as there were several Benkelman/Rommel marriages as well, the two families became further intertwined.

      Although the family originally settled in New York only Jacob's son David remained in New York. Peter pushed further west, to Kansas. Around 1880, most of the others settled in Cass City, Michigan, where they lived until their deaths. They cut off the stumps remaining on the land they built and turned the wilderness into fruitful farm land.

      (Excerpted from Art Peck's THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA. He in turn references a September 4, 1950 article from the "Striffler-Benkelman Broadcast", Volume 13, Cass City, Michigan)

      Both the flyleaf of the Striffler family Bible, and the tombstone of Jacob Striffler in Lancaster, showed him to be be born in Kirrberg, "departmente de Rhein." (Jacobs, p. 164). In the chapter on the Striffler family in her unpublished 1981 manuscript, BonnieMargaret Jacobs noted that widely spread family stories stated that the Striffler family originated in Switzerland (p. 164). It would appear these were either errorneous, or that the family moved from Switzerland to Alsace.


      BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacobs, in an undated family report she prepared for some of the descendants of the Striffler brothers who married Benkelmann sisters, wrote that birth records had been of the children born to Jacob and Otillia "Have been extracted from the French civil records and translated, and show 8 children born in France, two of whom died while still just children (one was only 15 months old, the other just a few months past their sixth birthday). She stated that "these official civil records support the oft repeated family joke, "There are seven brothers and each one has a sister." On page 165 of her unpublished 1981 manuscript documenting the Benkelman family, she repeated this saying, adding however that "one Striffler heard the riddle with 11 brothers and it should be noted that there is still much to be learned about this family."

      With the records in France showing 8 children were born there, and census records show two known children born in the United States, it appears we can account for 10 of the 11. It is possible that records may be uncovered one day to find the final child, or that this final son may have been stillborn or died at a young age, and his memory passed down only through the family joke or riddle.
    Person ID I12721  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Ottila "Odila" "Otil" Zimmerman,   b. 10 Nov 1790, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1863, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 4 Nov 1809  Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Henry Striffler,   b. 4 Aug 1811, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1883, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Peter Striffler,   b. 15 Mar 1815, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1882, Bluff Creek, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Jacob Striffler,   b. 17 Feb 1817, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1818, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Jacob Striffler,   b. 31 Mar 1819, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1895, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Christian Striffler,   b. 17 Jun 1821, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1827, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     6. Susanna Catharina Striffler,   b. 6 Aug 1823, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1905, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Joseph Striffler,   b. 18 Sep 1825, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1902, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Christian Striffler,   b. 8 Dec 1827, Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1911, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     9. 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)
     10. David Striffler,   b. Abt 1836, Amherst, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1872, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    Documents
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    In the mid 1850's, in Erie County, New York, two sons of Jacob & Otilla Striffler married two Benkelman sisters. Shortly after their marriages, the couples moved to the Michigan frontier, many of their brothers and sisters following them. The two families remained intertwined for subsequent generations. At a reunion of the Henry Striffler family in 1930 it was decided to enlarge the scope of the reunion to include descendants of Henry, Jacob, Joseph, Christian, John and Susan Striffler. Members and "in laws" of these families first gathered at the Assembly grounds in Sebewaing for a reunion in 1932. As the Benkelman-Striffler family had remained very close over the years, all branches of the Benkelman family were invited to their Sixth Reunion, and since that time it remained a joint event. This articles from the 1936 "Cass City Chronicle" details one of the earliest joint reunions. Attended by over 170 family members, the reunion was held on the John Striffler homestead northeast of Cass City, with attendees travelling from Ontario, Ohio and many places in Michigan. President W.D. STRIFFLER presided at a business meeting in 1936, and Harry HUNT, Mrs. S.G BENKELMAN (the former Mary Striffler), and Mrs. Ben SCHWEGLER (the former Joanna Mark) were elected officers for the ensuing year. The first volume of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST was published for the September 1936 reunion.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Handbill advertising the annual Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, 1954, featuring Cass City's Main Street. At the fiftieth Striffler-Benkelman Reunion in 1981, Ruth Schenck Esau recalled a time when on Main Street, the owners of the newspaper, a farm implement store, both meat markets, the grocery store, paint store, insurance agency, funeral home, and photography studio were all members of the Striffler-Benkelman clan; not to mention a bank teller, many clerks, the music teacher, and many of the town's farmers.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Group Photo fromthe 30th Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, held September 4, 1961 at the Cass City Evangelical Church, founded by members of the Striffler and Benkelman families
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F1784  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Oct 1779 - Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Nov 1809 - Kirberg, Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine, Imperial Territory Of Alsace-Lorraine, Elsaß-Lothringen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Mar 1850 - Lancaster, Erie County, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Striffler, Jacob Anton
    Striffler, Jacob Anton
    Jacob Striffler
    von Kirberg
    Department
    Rhein Frankreich
    Geb. Oct. 20, 1779
    Died March 3, 1850

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

    2. [S498] Marchetti, Ruth Marie (jmarchetti@acsalaska.net) "Marchetti" Ver. Oct 31 19:05:54 2001 ; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1505327&id=I70122389.

    3. [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. 164 (Reliability: 3).