Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to post here. I enjoyed your detailed website and will need to spend more time there. It's wonderful how well documented your information is for the rest of us.
I wasn't aware of the citation from the Hochstetler book as far as Maria's maiden name. Since I previously posted, I found a 1939 obituary for a sibling which confirms that Maria was a MOCK from the family that is clearly related to me. It seems surprising to me that with 11 children that no one is researching these STRAUBs. If you come across anyone in the future who is, please direct them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paint Lutheran cemetery records are online at the PA Rootsweb site for Somerset County. They show Jacob STROUB July 29, 1865 aged 89 yr 5 days and Margaret STROUB November 15, 1856 age 57 yr 1 mo 18 day. There are also a few of their STRAUB descendants buried there as well as well as my MOCK ancestors.
I too haven't found my MOCKs in the 1870 Paint Township census and believe that they would've been living in one of the homes marked unoccupied in that census. As I recall there were about 7 in a row marked unoccupied. I did find them in the 1870 agricultural census and from land records my family was still in that township at that time (as I'm sure the STRAUBs were as well) So perhaps there was just a sloppy collection of that data in 1870 or that those families were elsewhere for an occasion of some sort on census day. In 1850 my MOCKs were in adjacent Richland Township, Cambria County and yes they are my MOCKs that you discovered on the 1860 census.
Thanks again for all your help. I'm so glad you decided to adopt these STRAUBs even though they aren't related to you. I see where many of these STRAUBs have obituaries in the Johnstown newspaper which someday I'll get and post.
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