Hi Evelyn, The monument in Page Co. was erected at the direction of H M Strickler and with the impetus of Benton Strickler. However the info was based on Harry's own misconcieved ideas of the Strickler family. The truth is Abraham was born closer to 1700 than imigrating then. Abraham was most likely a German native. However the movement of the Strickler family in Europe was at times frantic. And depending upon the exact birth of Abraham (which is proven now between 1693 and 1700, with stong evidence supporting a 1693/94 date) he could have been born in Germany, Denmark or in Holland. It is clear however that if the legacy that Abraham married Anna Ruffner is correct then Abraham was in Holland at some point prior to 1720. In 1711 the Ruffner family was exiled from Tsigriswil in Canton Bern Switzerland. They fled up the Rhine and into Holland. Hans Ruffner was married to Elsbeth Thommen. When they fled they took with them 7 children including Anna Maria b. 1696, Verena b. 1697, Christian b. 1699, Dorothea b. 1700, Elizabeth b. 1702 and Peter b. 1705 (immigrated in 1732) and a son not named (believed to be Simon but not close to proving this) With the help of the Amsterdam Mennonite Church Hans Ruffner was able to establish himself as a well-known winemaker, giving some creedence to the oft use statement about Peter Ruffner being the son of a land baron. Ruffner, as with other wealthy Mennonites, would invite other Mennonites to live and work their farms. I suspect that about 1717 or 1718 Abraham Strickler was one of those going to Holland to work in Ruffner's winery. Strickler first appears in America in 1725 when a small tax is levied against him. Since he had crops at that time and was not taxed in 1724 it can be speculated that Abraham immigrated in 1724 and had his first crop in 1725.