Probably born in Germany, birth date may be 17 Feb. 1713.
Arrived Port Philadelphia 11 Aug.1732 on Ship Samuel from Rotterdam.
Transcription of Orphan's Court Proceedings in Berks Co., PA, dated 14 Sep 1790, naming the living heirs:
Strasser, Nicholas - 14 Sep 1790
Berks Co. Orphan's Court Proceedings Vol. 4, pg. 133:
Upon petition of John Strafser eldest son and heir at law of Nicholas Strafser late of the Township of Albany in the said County, yeoman deceased, Setting forth that his said Father lately died intestate leaving issue eight children to wit:
• the Petitioner John,
• Catharine the wife of George Drum,
• Elizabeth the wife of George Stump,
• Barbara the wife of Jacob Stump,
• Magdalena the wife of Jacob Petry and
• Margaret the wife of Jacob Daubenspeck,
that Anna Maria and Christena, two of the daughters of the said intestate died in the lifetime of their father,
• the said Anna Maria leaving issue by her husband, Nicholas Schwenk, five children to wit:
o John George,
o Catharine the wife of John Shuman,
o Elizabeth the wife of Abraham Smith, and
o Christina the wife of Casper Camp;
• and the said Christena leaving issue by her husband, Conrad Strasser, seven children to wit:
o John Nicholas,
o John George,
o and Henry,
the five last named of whom as also the said John Schwenk are minor under the age of one and twenty years (21) and that the said intestate died seized in his demesne as of fee of and in A certain Mefsuage or Tenement and three hundred acres of warrant land, be the same more or less situate in the Township of Albany aforesaid. John Strasser, the eldest son, purchased the land for 780 pounds after appraisement, paying each heir their share.
The complete record of the proceedings can be found at:
Johann Nicholas Strasser
Naturalization: 11 April 1763
Husband of Maria Elisabeta, her stone still remains. I feel Johann is also buried here in one of the many graves that are not marked next to his wife.
On March 21, 1761 J. Nicholas Strasser and wife donated the land that New Bethel Church now rests upon.
I have been informed by Delp Monument Company, the completed Strasser Monument is scheduled for placement today August 18, 2014 aside Maria's existing headstone in the New Bethel Church Cemetery near Kempton, Pa.!
Many thanks are due to Mr. Bart Delp; whose expertise in creating the striking statuesque monument; has made this historic event possible
Many thanks are also due to all who have made this land-donation recognizing monument possible, with time and donations from the Strasser Family; and especially Albany Township Historical Society; being instrumental in coordinating efforts with New Bethel Church Congregation and Cemetery Committee in this project fruition!
Should anyone feel led to donate toward cost completion of this event, please consider contacting the Albany Township Historical Society for instructions on how to do so. The ATHS website is online for googling as well as the contact phone number; and also Delp Monument Co.; whose phone number is also online.
The beautiful stone monument is large enough to be viewed from New Bethel Church Road; which it will face upon placement; and will become the visual landmark for Maria's headstone location hereafter, negating the current need to search church records for that info; where visitors will then easily locate the exact spot of the Strassers who donated the land the church was built on circa 1750 or thereabouts.
As a side bar of interest; online research completed by Strasser Family members; consulting the Pennsylvania Archives; has revealed both Nicholas and John; (son of Nicholas and Maria) were members of George Washington's Continental Army; which qualifies Nicholas for a headstone; where currently none exists; aside his wife Maria; paid by the Veteran's Administration; "In Memory Of";( as shall be inscribed on the top of that individual marker;) along with the Lutheran symbol: as approved by the Veteran's Administration.
It was Nicholas' desire to continue the Lutheran philosophy as a way of worship and faith; as he and Maria indicated in the land donation documentation affixed to the monument.
Maria Elisabeta Stagern Strasser (1721 - 1783)
Maria Catherine Strasser Drum (1740 - 1817)*
Johann Christian Strasser (1744 - 1810)*
Maria Elisabeth Strasser Stump (1747 - 1828)*
Eva Barbara Strasser Stump (1752 - 1836)*
John Nicholas Strasser (1754 - 1814)*
Maria Magdalena Strasser Petri (1761 - 1838)*
New Bethel Union Cemetery
Created by: Jack Strasser
Record added: Sep 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11700982