John J. Stribbling was born on March 15, 1842 in England, probably the son of William (1818-1899) and Mary Ann (b. 1818).
Sometime between 1841 and 1849 William and his family immigrated to the United States and by 1850 John was living with his family in Royalton, Niagara County, New York, where his father was working as a laborer. The family eventually settled in Michigan. Widower or divorced, William apparently remarried to one Alvira (1816-1898).
John stood 5’10” with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion and was a 19-year-old farmer possibly living in Delta, Eaton County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company G on August 27, 1862, at Detroit or Lansing for 3 years, crediting Delta, and was mustered the same day at Detroit. He joined the Regiment on September 8 at Upton's Hill, Virginia, and was wounded slightly on July 2 or 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was discharged “by order” on either May 31 or June 2, 1865, near Washington, DC.
John returned to Michigan, probably to Delta, after his discharge from the army.
He married to New York native Adell (b. 1847) and they had at least two children: George (b. 1868), Eugene (b. 1870) and an unnamed infant which died the day it was born in 1871.
By 1870 John was working as a farmer (he owned some $2000 worth of real estate) and was living with his wife and two children in Delta, Delta Township, Eaton County. John’s parents lived near by with the family of Joseph Woolf.
John was struck by lightning and killed in Delta, Eaton County, on July 15, 1872, and was buried in Delta center cemetery.
His widow was living in Delta in 1890. She eventually remarried a Mr. Randolph. In 1917 Adella applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 871175).