Abraham Strickler and family, with a group of about 5 other families (Miller, Selzer, Long, Rinehart, Rhodes and Kauffman), was one of the first settlers of the Massanutten area of the Shenandoah Valley. This group had relocated from Lancaster, PA in 1729 and petitioned the VA government for land. They established the first settlement in the area on the "Massanuting" tract, so named by the indians in the area who created the large opening by burning the forest to allow grass to grow, thereby attracting game. The settlement was located along Massanutten Creek. I have the descendants of Abraham and the Longs if any one is interested. Mike
By the way, most of the Rev. Rhodes family, who helped establish this settlement, were killed by indians.