Sailer-Strawbridge Family History Book

One of the reasons I set up this site and its predecessor was to share some of the family documents and photographs that have accumulated in my home over the years. Some were passed down through several generations to my mother and then to me, and some others I have been fortunate to have had passed on to me by thoughtful cousins and others.

I wanted to find a way to preserve some of these items for future generations, and it seemed to me that a website may not be the best way to do that. So I decided to put together a book that contains copies or the text of some of the more interesting items, along with a basic family history.

As of June 2019, the book is complete, and I am posting it here for anyone who is interested. The book is in PDF format and is free to download for personal use. If anyone sees errors in the book or has other comments, please let me know. My email address is

Here is the link to download the PDF version of the book. The PDF file was last updated on July 20, 2019, though the changes in that version are minor, involving deleting two family tree charts and replacing them with a single chart at page 3, as well as revising the Table of Contents slightly.

As of July 23, 2019, the hardcover, printed version of the book is available for sale through, with a retail price of $27.95. It eventually will be available through some other online sellers, such as and other Amazon site, along with a few other sellers.

Here is a link to the book’s page at

Update: A reader of the book has advised me that the reference to “Elizabeth Bishop” at page 127 of the book is mistaken. In fact, the person in question was Emily Clayton Bishop, a very accomplished young sculptor, who unfortunately died quite young, possibly from heart disease. She lived from 1883 to 1912, and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She was a contemporary of Anne West Strawbridge and Beatrice Fenton, among other.