Search for Strockbine

by on Feb.22, 2010, under Uncategorized

I did a search on the “Strockbine” name at and got the hits below.  But I think the Strockbines were in this country already.  Wasn’t one of our ancestors a ferry boat captain.  Grandma Neil would know all this stuff.

I did a search on the “Strockbine” name at and got the hits below.  But I think the Strockbines were in this country already.  Wasn’t one of our ancestors a ferry boat captain.  Grandma Neil would know all this stuff.

Strucklin 92%
Strecklin 91%
Struckbein 90%
Strackbein 89%
Streckbein 89%
Stricklin 89%
Strockran 89%
Strockton 89%
Strackbeim 88%
Stracchino 87%
Strakbein 86%
Strelczin 86%
Strotschin 86%
Schockton 85%
Strakbeim 85%
Stricklan 85%
Strickleme 85%
Stricklen 85%
Strucklin 92%
Strecklin 91%
Struckbein 90%
Strackbein 89%
Streckbein 89%
Stricklin 89%
Strockran 89%
Strockton 89%
Strackbeim 88%
Stracchino 87%
Strakbein 86%
Strelczin 86%
Strotschin 86%
Schockton 85%
Strakbeim 85%
Stricklan 85%
Strickleme 85%
Stricklen 85%
Strickson 85%
Schatsdine 84%
Shracklin 84%
Strackham 84%
Struchbein 84%
Schochlin 83%
Schostrin 83%
Schuckram 83%
Straekbein 83%
Straschim 83%
Strattcon 83%
Strazkrun 83%
16 comments for this entry:
  1. William Alfred Strockbine

    John and his wife Florentine Strockbine came from Germany in about 1820. They had nine children, one of whom, a daughter, was born during the voyage. They were the ancestors of the Strockbine families on Long Island. Another Strockbine came to Philadelphia as an indentured servant and was the ancestor of the families in the Atlantic City and south Jersey areas.

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  2. William Alfred Strockbine

    Regarding the ferry boat captain tale, it likely arose from the fact that Preston Strockbine was a crew member for many years on the Cross Sound Ferry Co. boats between Orient Point, L.I. and New London, CT.

  3. William Alfred Strockbine

    I would be grateful if someone would let me know how I might contact Grandma Nell or anyone else interested in the genealogy of the family. Thank you.
    Will Strockbine

  4. Christopher Burke Strockbine

    Preston Sebastian Strockbine was my Grandfather. He was a diesel engineer for the Lewis Oil Company in Port Washington, Long Island, New York. He served as a Merchant Marine during the second World War. Following that he was a ferry boat captain on the Sound and resided in New London with his wife, the former Grace Lewis. The two of them are survived by my father Maj. Richard Lewis Strockbine,(USAF, Ret.). Currently he is Director of Athletics at the University of Dallas and serves on the NCAA Division 3 Management Council.

  5. Jennifer Ann Strockbine

    John Sebastian Strockbine who married Mary Emma Erickson was Preston Sebastian Strockbine’s father and mother of Adams Street (or Road) in Port Washington, New York. They had two other son’s Irving and Allen. One of them is also known by Pete.

    Very interesting information that W.A. Strockbine provided about John and Florentine Strockbine from Germany (1820) – because surely they are my decendants as well as my brother Christopher who also has made an informed entry here.

  6. Walt Strockbine

    I am one of the Long Island Strockbines. As I understand it there were 3 Sebastian Strockbines, the first of whom was born on a boat enroute (in 1822 I believe), followed by 3 Walters. My grandfather was Walter Sebastian — still clinging to that name! He was listed as a stockbroker on the 1920 census, but not a stockbroker in the 1930 census. Think 1929 had anything to do with that? My father was Walter Clement, a retired NYC fireman, and I’m Walter Raymond, retired Msgt, USAF. Oddly, someone with my exact name passed away in upstate NY in the mid 90′s. There’s also a ‘Walt Strockbine, Ssgt, USAF’ buried in Ft Sam Houston, Tex, cemetary. Apparantly we Strockbines are Air Force kind of people! I have talked to Dick Strockbine via email and found it was his son, Erich, who arrived at Ramstein AB, Germany shortly after I left there in 1994. I searched for the family name, including variants, while in Germany but didn’t find anything remotely close. The Germans sure did get a kick out of our name however – they said it means “stiff-leg”! And of course they corrupted that is a vulgar but friendly way!!

  7. David Orr

    Just wanted to add:

    Maria Elizabeth Ristein – indentured servant 1797, from Hamburg Germany

    Henry Strackbin – indentured servant 1796, from Hamburg Germany

    Both served as indentured servants to William Cooper.

  8. Bethann Strockbine Kozempel

    I am part of the Strockbine family from Philadelphia. My father was George and his father was George Jr and my great grandfather was George Sr. Though I did know that Strockbine meant “stiff-leg” I often wonder he story behind that one! I know my aunts have done some research and tried to put together a family tree. This site is so interesting bc we much be related somehow….right?

  9. Stephen

    Hi Bethann,

    I’ve been working on researching the Strockbine family tree on I don’t have as much information as I would like but there is more still out there. I don’t know which generation your father George fits into, however I would guess that if he were old enough, he was probably Captain George Strockbine’s grandson, if not great-grandson.

    Captain George (1801-1877) had a son whom he named George, Jr. who was born in 1832. I know that Captain George’s wife, Sarah, lived until 1883 but I have no further information regarding George, Jr. other than having seen a record of where he lived in 1850.

    Even though I have not be there, I have heard that Captain George and his wife Sarah are buried in the old Palmer Cemetery in Philadelphia. Since I believe that George, Jr. was part of a big move out to the West with 3 other brothers, I doubt he would be there too. I have searched for anyone that may have taken a photo of their headstones, however I haven’t found any. A comment from someone who has researched that cemetery said that some of the headstones are un-readable. I would guess the office would have records though.

    I’d be glad to give you and your aunts any information I have, or will have in the future. I’ve recently been able to give Greg Strockbine some photos and documents which he’s posted in new albums. If you have any, I know we’d all love to see them.

    If you’d like, you can email me at the Smith-Strockbine Project: if you have any questions about some of the things that have been recently posted in an album, which I haven’t sent Greg the notes for yet.

    In answer to your last question, I’d say you were right! :-)

  10. bernadette Strockbine mclear

    My dad, Joseph Strockbine 4th, told me that Strockbine was a derogatory term for mercenary soldiers.
    In the historic album, at this web site is an newspaper clipping about the philadelphia ferryboat captan george strockbine. Also indentured servant papers are in this album.
    when the Joe Strockbine Family Lived on Long Island we visited the Strockbine Family in Port Washington in the early 1950′s.
    Since the Philadelphia Strockbines came from Hamburg, Germany it was decided the Port Washington Strockbines were not directly related to the Philadelphia Strockbines.

  11. bernadette Strockbine mclear

    the article about the george strockbine ferry boat captain is on page 1 of the historic album. you have to go to gallery & then search for historic album.
    Love all the info, thanks stephen

  12. Stephen

    Anyone interested in the finding out more about the Strockbine family name can go to and for $19.95 buy this book:

    I hope it’s money well spent! (There are no reviews yet.)

  13. Stephen

    As I look at the entries here, I am guessing that there hasn’t been follow up with some of the comments. Please allow me to add this:

    To William Alfred Strockbine… Grandma Neill, (my great-grandmother) passed away in 1976. You can contact me regarding genealogy information at:

    Regarding the ferry boat captain tale, Captain George Strockbine (1801-1877) was the son of Henry who was indentured to William Cooper, of Cooper’s Ferry, New Jersey. William’s son Joseph was a good friend of George. A letter from Joseph to George (using the name “Strock” at the time he was with his uncle Valentine in Harrisburg, PA.) was recently added to the Photo Gallery and the first part can be seen here: (Click the “Next” button to see more.)

    The Cooper’s hired George and while he worked for them, he was their first Steam-powered ferry boat Captain. (The Kennsington. Which was also the part of Philadelphia where Captain George lived.)Captain George was known to play the violin to entertain the passengers during the trip between Camden and Philadelphia.

    To Jennifer Ann Strockbine… I have scanned a business card for a “J.S. Strockbine & Sons – Builders.” The card was among papers of my Grandmother, Mary Strockbine-Smith. My Aunt told me that she remembered their having met Mr. Strockbine one day back in the 50′s or early 60′s. The card shows a phone number of “Port Washington 7-1142.” The address was “15 Adams Street, Port Washington, NY.”

    Regarding the larger question of how and through whom we may all be related, I must say that technically, there was no “Germany” till 1871. So finding things or even saying someone was from “Germany” is difficult.

    Things were a mess back when our families were leaving there to come here. There was also the issue of a good number of Hessian soldiers who fought for the British, thereby making many immigrants of Germanic origin likely to change their name.

    While my ancestor Henry Stockbine came here in 1796 and became an indentured servant. I do not believe that he was brought here as one. The ship’s manifest for the Brig Mary shows that he arrived (18 years of age) with his father, mother and brothers and sisters. Also some uncles and aunts were on that ship. His indenture may have been a way of paying for passage after the fact. He was reportedly born in Hamburg. Though there’s no record of that, and due to the instability in that area of the world at the time, people were moving from their homes and heading for cities where they would be able to buy passage to the “Land of Freedom.”

    While I have no records and information is hard to come by from back then, it does seem that almost all the people who are named “Strackbein” come from an area about 250 miles South-south-west of Hamburg called, “Wunderthausen, Bad Berleburg, Germany.”

    Eventually, I do hope to find information which will provide the links that everyone is looking for. :-)

  14. Stephen

    Hi Bernadette,

    You’re very welcome and thank you for all that you’ve added here too. :-)

    I find it very interesting that your family visited with the Port Washington Strockbines, while my Grandmother and Aunt had a chance encounter. You say that it was determined that there wasn’t any direct relation but do you remember where in Germany they were from?

    Bill Strackbein who mentioned his family in Texas was from Frohnhausen, Germany may not have known that Frohnhausen is in the same area as Wunderthausen. Which seems to be a common area for Strackbeins, with quite a few still living there.

    Regarding what your father told you about the Strockbine name and mercenaries, I’d never heard that before. Certainly an interesting detail to follow up on! :-)

  15. Bethann Strockbine

    Hi Stephen:

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. So my father was born in 1949 in Philadelphia. His parents were George Jr. and Elizabeth (Graff) Now my grandfather died early in life…I want to say my dad was around 20. I don’t know much about him except he was in the Navy. My dad passed in 2003. His 4 siblings are still alive (Marie, Catherine, Robert and Fannie) I have seen some Strockbine graves in the cemetary on Philmont Ave in Philadelphia. Though not sure how they are related. My grandmother and grandfather are burried in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and my father is burried in Beverly National Cemetary in Beverly, NJ. I will keep checking back I didn’t realize other comments had posted. Thanks for getting back!


  16. Bethann Strockbine

    Correction…my father was born in 1946.

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