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Biography of Stroud Family, Ransom Stroud and sons Hardy and Byrd.
Caldwell, Catahoula, Natchitoches, Sabine, West Feliciana and Winn Parish La.
Submitted by: Leatha Ann Betts
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Seeking descendants of these families and any oral histories.
Leatha Ann Betts
There was a Thomas Stroude (English-may have come out of Devonshire or Essex
Co. -See Strodes) who served as a Halberdier (Battleax weilder) in a seige
of Londonderry, Antrim, N. Ireland, which routed Irish people, under command
of King of England, 20 Sep. 1622. Received the Irish
land in town of Coleraine, Antrim, N. Ireland, Serj. Joseph
Strawde/Stroude served in the Seige of Londonderry 15 Apr. 1657, listed in
Antrim, N. Ireland Census, Down, Antrim Ireland, 1689. Could be ancestors of
William Stroud, father of William Stroud who migrated to America.
1st Gen. in America
William Stroud b. 1730-31, Ireland, served in French Indian Wars in S. Car.
Rangers, July 1762, Charlestown, South Carolina. He returned to Ireland to
collect his family, returning on ship "Snow Betty Gregg" which left Larne,
Antrim, N. Ireland 4 Oct 1767, arrived before 2 Feb.
1768, Charlestown, S. Car. William Stroud received a Royal land grant from
Lord Govenor Granville, for 450 acres of land on Rockey Creek, Craven Co. S.
Car. (Which later became Camden District and after Revolution, Chester Co. S.
Car.) 100 acres was given to head of household, 50 acres for wife and
children over age 12. William Stroud's was surveyed in 1768, but he did not
take it over until 1771, probably working off indenture for passage ( 2-4
pounds stirling each).
He had also been sued in 1767 for a debt of 26 pounds stirling in Berkeley
Co. S. Car. (he was not in S. Car. to appear in court) probably incurred
during his Ranger services, signing for supplies for the Rangers, from a
Peter Robertson, land owner.
William Stroud is listed as a Jr. with wife Sarah on land records in Craven
Co. S. Car.. He sold his first land aquisition to the Rev. William Martin,
who helped bring 5 boatloads of Scotch-Irish Pesbyterian Covenantors from
Ballymoney and Vow, Antrim, N. Ireland. Catholic
Presbyterian Church was built on this land. William Stroud then purchased
two plots of land from the Grimm Brothers (immigrated with Rev. Martin), 450
acres, and was Irish Certified to do so.
The Rev. William Martin recorded the names of William Stroud's sons.
Will (William III), Jack (John), Tom (Thomas) Hamp(Hampton), Hardy
(who was born on the boat coming over), Irby (Yerby, Erby), Ransom, and Anzil
Two sisters are also noted but not named.
Rev. Martin stated the Strouds, Wilsons and Kitchens were heathens, meaning
they did not attend church regularly but were the bravest of his
congregation, signing up to revolt against the British rule. He stated that
William Stroud had found some Tories in their midst and had punished them
William Stroud Sr. served in the Revolution as a wagoneer, bringing munitions
to rebel troops. He was wounded in the left shoulder with a musket ball,
which migrated to his hip and he had surgery to remove it.
His eldest son William Stroud Jr. (III) entered the War in June 1780, and
singlehandedly killed more of the enemy than any other soldier in S. Car. He
was captured and hung by the British, August of 1780. His body was left to
hang for 6 weeks, as travelers rode by, left as a warning.
His mother Sarah, one sister, and Captain Lacey cut him down and buried him
beneath the tree he was hung on, on a dark, moonless night. (A plaque on Hwy.
95 in Chester Co. S. Car, just outside of Richburg...honors his sacrifice,
erected in 1934.)
Next son John Stroud served honorably and was paid for services.
Next son Thomas Stroud served honorably and was paid for services.
Next son Hampton Stroud, was wounded by a sword cut to the wrist, and a
musket ball to his left shoulder, was captured and imprisoned by British, in
a ship off the coast of S. Car. where he was kept until the end of the
The other sons were too young to serve.
Thomas Stroud married Sarah Wilson
John Stroud married Unknown
Hampton Stroud married Mary Wilson
Erby/Irby/Yerby Stroud married Jane Kitchen
Hardy Stroud married Christiana Long
Nancy Stroud married _____Wall and John Morris
Ransom Stroud married Sarah Wall
James Ancil/Anzel Stroud married Salley Heath.
William Stroud Sr. applied for a S. Car. Rev. War pension, which he
tells of service under Gen. Sumter, who signed he could receive the
pension. The application was signed 1811, but William Stroud died Dec.
1812, before he could receive it. Son Hardy Stroud, asked for it to pay
of illness and burial expenses, the pension was granted for that year.
The other Stroud brothers remained in Chester Co. S. Car. where
descendants still live today.
Erby/Yerby/Irby Stroud and wife Jane Kitchen migrated to Henry Co. Ga.
where they stayed.
James Ancil Stroud and wife Salley Heath migrated to Pulaski Co. Ky.
where he died of nose cancer.
Hampton Stroud and Mary Wilson migrated to Wilkenson Co. Miss., Caldwell
Par. and Catahoula Par. La. where he applied and received Rev. War
Pensions. Descendants still live in above Parishes also, Bossier and
Winn Parish, La.
Ransom Stroud and wife Sarah Wall along with his widowed sister Nancy
Wall, migrated to Wilson Co. Tennessee, where she married 2nd husband,
John Morris in 1807. Then they all migrated to Feliciana Parish, La.
where they appear on 1820 Census. John Morris died there before 1830.
Ransom Stroud and Sarah, and Nancy Morris and their families migrated to
Natchitoches Parish, La. and appear in land and census records
Ransom Stroud and Sarah Wall had children:
Parthenia Bird Stroud married Jesse Perry
Hardy Pickett Stroud married Lavinia Perry, Mary Morris, Elizabeth Hodge
Sarah Lea Stroud married Benjamin Clinton Arthur
Byrd/Bird W.(all) Stroud married Mary (Polly) Cook
Sister Nancy Stroud and _____Wall Children:
Christopher Wall married Nancy Davis
Levinia Wall married Joseph Turner Mongomery
Widowed Nancy Stroud Wall and John Morris Children:
Mary Morris married Hardy Pickett Stroud (1st cousins)
Hardy Pickett Stroud had conveyance records in Natchitoches Parish 1843
and lived there until it divided into Sabine Parish. Listed on BLM
Glorecords as receiving land from Natchitoches land office, 1 June 1860.
Children by Lavinia Perry:
Bird W. (Wall) Stroud married Carolyn Wade
William Henry Stroud married Jane Damewood, Elizabeth Blanchard from
Boston, Mass. and Mary Ronald, migrated to Texas.
Children by Mary Morris:
Hardy Pickett Stroud Jr. married Elizabeth Grissett migrated to Texas.
Luberry Stroud died before 1860 Census.
Children by Elizabeth Hodge:
Phillip F. Stroud
Brother Byrd Wall Stroud and Mary (Polly) Cook Children:
W. H. Stroud married Louisa_____
James C. Stroud married Matilda Salter
Ransom Taylor Stroud
Mary M. Stroud married Amos Miller
Nathan Richard Stroud married Sally Carter
Bird Albert Stroud married Drucilla R. _____
Matilda E. Stroud married J.H. Byrd
Elizabeth (Nancy) Stroud married Larkin F. Corley
Angeline Stroud (found living in B.C. Arthur's home 1860 Census)
Benjamin Clinton Arthur (son of Thomas and Elizabeth Arthur) and sister
Sarah Lea Stroud Children:
William H. Arthur
Benjamin F. Arthur
Isabella Promethia Arthur
Mary Evelyn Arthur married John Washington Hanchey
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