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PATRIOT BURIALS

Program
Patriot Burials
Subject
Cemetery, People
Location
405 Loonenburgh Turnpike, Cobleskill, NY 12043, USA
Lat/Long
42.717934, -74.541944
Grant Recipient
Sons of the American Revolution Schoharie Leatherstocking Chapter
Historic Marker

PATRIOT BURIALS

Inscription

PATRIOT BURIALS
STROBECK CEMETERY
REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN
PVT. JOHN STROBECK BURIED HERE
IN 1845. WOUNDED AT BATTLE OF
SHARON. FOUGHT AT JOHNSTOWN.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2024

The origins of the American Revolution can be traced back to 1775, when the first shots were fired between colonial and British forces at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Soon after, the American Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the newly formed United States went to war with Great Britain, hundreds of men across the Thirteen Colonies joined the fight. These men came from different walks of life; some were farmers, others were tradesmen, lawyers, doctors and merchants. Despite their differences they desired the same thing: freedom and independence. Colonial forces faced severe challenges, including lack of supplies and military training; however, in the face of obstacles they were undeterred. After nearly 8 years the colonies defeated Great Britain and successfully achieved their independence. It is important to remember the lives and sacrifices made by those who fought for American freedom.

Strobeck Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the community’s early residents and members of the Strobeck family. Among those buried here is Revolutionary War Veteran private John Adam Strobeck, who was interred in 1845.

Born in Canajoharie, Strobeck was living in Sharon in Schoharie County by 1781. There, he would fight in one of the British army’s final campaigns against northern states during the Revolutionary War.

In 1781 he volunteered and served for nine months in Colonel Marinus Willett’s New York Regiment. During this stint, he fought in the Battle of Sharon (or Dolach) where, according to his pension testimonial, he was “wounded with a bullet and two buckshot though his back and left arm.” Strobeck recovered from his wounds and, in two months, “being able to handle his musket he marched with his said Col. Willett to Johnstown at which place and time was in a battle.”

He then went to serve nine more months in 1782. Following the Revolutionary War, he qualified for a pension.

As of 2024, ongoing efforts have been made to clear and preserve the Strobeck Cemetery, which has revealed additional gravestones and markers at the site.

Note: The Strobeck Cemetery is located on private property. The owner is open to visitors to the cemetery with proper notification.