Quite a find & also quite a mystery you have on your hands. This Jacob Strickler has persistently been one of the few Stricklers that has defied being placement back into the Strickler family tree.
What I know....
Jacob Strickler was born between 1806-1815. Origins unknown (See below)
By 1831 resided in Stark Co., OH
29 Jun 1832 married Elizabeth Winders in Stark Co., OH
1833 moved to Columbus, OH
1843 Columbus City directory Jacob Strickler stonecutter & builder, resided on Front St.
1850 still residing in Columbus
1852 in the Columbus City directory; Owner of the new steam mill of "Strickler & Company".
abt 1855 family relocated to Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA
1856 enumerated in the Des Moines County census (a special census)
1860 still residing in Burlington
Jacob possibly died by 1870. Was definitely deceased by April 1874.
April 1874 His wife was a resident of Chicago, IL.
The origins of Jacob Strickler have remained a mystery. The 1856 Burlington census states that Jacob was from Fayette County, PA.
However there is also evidence that suggests Jacob was from Shenandoah County, VA (in the area of Present day Page County)
Michael Bixler's will (proved 8 Oct. 1827, Will Book O, page 168, Shenandoah County, VA) left to "Molly Winders, wife of Clem Winders" a piece of land "whereon John Strickler now lives." To date, we have not found the estate records by which the children inherited this property, but Louis Bixler found quit claim deeds recorded in Page County in 1874, whereby Owen W. Huff, the husband of Molly and Clement's daughter, Julia Huff, purchased the property of his siblings, then sold the tracts in 1876.
April 6, 1875, an Indenture from Elizabeth Strickler, "daughter of Molly Winders deceased & widow of Jacob Strickler deceased of Cook County, State of Illinois, party of the first part and Owen W. Huff of the County of Lasalle, State of Illinois," whereby Julia sold Owen her interest in the two tracts for $25.00. The Indenture was made on September 28, 1874.
DB S: 188-190, Page Co., VA 4 Mar 1876. Owen W. Huff and Julia A. Huff, his wife, of LaSalle, IL sold to George Sedwick of Page Co., VA for $400 the same two tracts. This deed names Molly Winders six heirs and children as follows: 1. Michael Winders; 2. John Winders; 3 A.J. Winders (Andrew); 4. Elizabeth Strickler; 5. Nancy Ann Dixon; and 6. Julia A. Huff.
The land description of the two tracts is as follows: First tract - Commencing at the river opposite the mouth of the lane leading from Luray to the ferry thence running through the middle of the lane near the Still House and continuing along to a black oak sapling near the corner of the new field thence on a straight line up to the corner of the school house near the big road, thence down said road to Col. Daniel Strickler's line, thence with said line to the river, thence with the river to the place of beginning. Second tract - Beginning at Strickler's, Stovers and Lichliter's corner running with Lickliters line to the hollow thence up the hollow to the lime Kiln, thence straight from the lime Kiln to the road leading from the Ferry to the furnace, thence straight up to the tract of land whereon John Strickler now lives, thence with this line to the place of beginning, being the same lands bequeathed Michael Bickler deceased to Molly Winders deceased by his last Will & Testament produced & approved by the proper court in & for county of Shenandoah in State of VA on 8 day of Oct. 1827.
All of these records suggests that Elizabeth Winder's hsband was a member of the Strickler family in Page County, not of Fayette Co., PA. Col. Daniel Strickler, was a son of an older Jacob Strickler (b.1728). Col. Daniel Strickler had a son named Hiram J Strickler born 1810 and who disappeared after 1845. Many have suggested that Hiram was really Jacob Strickler who went to Ohio. Daniel's will seems to suggest that Hiram was still in VA in 1845....
It might be worthy to mention that many of the Page County Stricklers were noted stone & brick masons.
Of the Fayette Co. Stricklers, some have suggested that Jacob was a son of Henry Strickler & francs Balsley. Henry died about 1812. He had one son John Samuel b. c 1803 who went to Ohio. Perhaps he had another son Jacob born about 1810 who went to Ohio.
As for Elizabeth Winders Strickler... she died 3 Jun 1890 in Chicago, IL aged abt 76 years. Her parents were Clement & Maria Magdalena "Molly" (Bixler) Winders
Jacob & Elizabeth Strickler had 8 children:
1) Caroline 1833-1835 2) Isaac 1836-1836 3) Daniel E Mar 1838- 4) Mary Elizabeth Jan 1840- 5) John b. 1842 6) Annette "Nettie" 1845- 7) Amanda Jane 1848- 8) Jacob, Jr. 1851-5 May 1893
Jacob Strickler of Burlington, IA was probably a brother of Mary (Strickler) Howard of Columbus, OH. Mary was born in 1807 and died in 1867 in Greenlawn Cemetery near the oldest two children of Jacob & Elizabeth (Winders) Strickler
I hope I have been able to help you out a little bit. If you turn up anything further on this family please let me know.