Strawbridge, William

Born: 1794-06-XX Ireland, United Kingdom

Died: 1851-12-XX New York, New York

Strawbridge came with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1810 and moved to Clark County, Ohio, the following year. In 1823, he and his family relocated to Sangamon County, Illinois, where Strawbridge served as county commissioner in 1826. Strawbridge fought in the Black Hawk War alongside Abraham Lincoln. He married Mary Ames in Jo Daviess County in 1834, with whom he had four children, and settled in Sangamon County. In 1838, they moved to Jo Daviess County, where he became a prominent lead smelter. Strawbridge followed the Gold Rush to California in 1849 and died in New York City while on his way back to Illinois.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 693-94; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 50; Muster Roll of Captain Jacob M. Early’s Company of Mounted Volunteers.