Sebastian Strope

West Camp, Ulster County, New York, USA
Death 4 Jun 1805 (aged 61)
Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Sebastian [Bastian] Strope [Straub], pioneer settler of Wysox Twp. Moved from Catskill on the Hudson in 1773 to Indian Meadows (Wyalusing, Bradford Co, PA), then to Wysox. Married Lydia VanValkenburg, daughter of Isaac Van Valkenburg & Jannetje "Jennette" Clement. Joined the patriot army, was at Wyoming (PA) Massacre when family carried away by Indians to Ft. Niagara, kept for 3 yrs. See daughter Jane Strope's narrative. Upon negotiated release of wife and children, returned to Wysox. Died June 4, 1805. Buried on his property near the mouth of Wysox Creek, among first burials in Wysox. Remains moved 1869 to Wysox Presbyterian Church Cemetery when railroad was built through cemetery site. Mrs. Strope was killed by a fall from a wagon about 1814. Children: Heinrich "Henry", Jannetze "Jane", Mary, Ann, Isaac, John, Elizabeth, Hannah. Parents: Johann Heinrich Straub/Straup & Anna Maria Catharina Speichermann. Birthdate based on church baptismal records. Some sources give 1735.

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History and geography of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 1615-1924
Chapter XX. Wysox Township Page 257

Sebastian Strope, who married Lydia Van Valkenburg, joined the patriot army in defense of the common interest, was in the Battle of Wyoming and escaped from the fearful slaughter by hiding in a patch of thistles.
He died in Wysox, June 4, 1805, aged 70 years.  His wife was killed in 1814 by a fall from a horse.
Their Children: Henry, John, Isaac, Mary (Mrs Henry Tuttle), Jane (1st Mrs Jeremiah Wite, 2nd Mrs Whittaker), Elizabeth (1st Mrs Vanhorn, 2nd Mrs W F Dinanger) and Hannah (unmarried, drowned by capsizing of a canoe)

History and geography of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 1615-1924
Chapter XX. Wysox Township  Pages 256 to 257

The Pioneers - The Van Valkenburgs and Stropes were the first white settlers in Wysox.  In 1773, they emigrated from Catskill on the Hudson and located first at Indian Meadows in Wyalusing, where they remained until early in 1776, when, having purchased a right in the Susquehanna Company, came to Wysox and located on the west side of Wysox Creek near its mouth.

These settlers consisted of Isaac Van Valkenburg, his wife (Jennette Clement), his brother, Herman Van Valkenburg (a bachelor), three daughters, Eva (unmarried), Mrs Sebastian Strope and Mrs John Strope, their husbands and children.    Here, in the wilderness, these hardy Dutch people, struggled and prospered until 1778, when on the 20th of May, they were surprised by a band of Indians, who after burning their houses and driving off their cattle, carried all into captivity, with the exception of Sebastian Strop, who had started for Wyoming.

The men separated and sent to various posts in Canada, while the women and children were kept successively about Tioga, Niagara and Montreal.  After being in captivity nearly 3 years, arrangements were made for their exchange, which was effected near Whitehall, NY.

Here, they were met by Sebastian Strope, and the whole family except John Strope, who was not included in the cartel, were re-united and returned to their old home on the Hudson.  

In 1784, Sebastian Strope and son, Henry, returned to Wysox, rebuilt their house, planted corn and potatoes, and in the fall were joined by the rest of the family to begin life anew and retrieve their misfortunes   Here, Mr and Mrs Van Valkenburg died a few years after their return.

Herman Van Valkenburg is believed to have died in Wysox before the captivity of the family.

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