Stroud Crest

Stroud Coat of Arms

1779 map of North Carolina showing the location (blue dot) of the Abraham Stroud family home. The home of Abraham would be south of the Deep River located on the Richland Creek. The British would be in North Carolina within two years on the southern campaign of Cornwallis. Cornwallis would push through the area during the winter of 1780, making Abraham and Lucretia both patriots as well as their sons Jesse and John.


Crawford County, Indiana

  In March, 1806, Thomas Stroud became the first settler in Crawford County. He settled on Clear Creek in the northeastern part of Crawford County, not far from the Orange County line. Several families, in 1807, settled on Big Blue River near the eastern boundary of the county. "Big Springs" is on Whiskey Run near the Buffalo Trace. It appears that these settlers came over the Fredonia, the Big Blue River and the Buffalo Trace and settled near the rangers' camp on the Buffalo Trace. The Buffalo Trace rangers who patrolled the Trace east from their camp near the corner of Crawford, Orange, Washington and Harrison counties were in the charge of John Tipton who later took a fighting part in the battle of Tippecanoe, become a general of the Indiana state militia and still later a United States senator from Indiana. Traces in the Crawford County ran from the Ohio River to this camp and thus the junction of the traces became a place of more than ordinary pioneer importance.

By The Buffalo Trace Commission, 1936, Page 34

Document provided courtesy of Roberta Toby

Thomas Stroud's sheep skin deed 19 January 1819
Whiskey Run Township, Crawford County, Indiana
Photo Courtesy of Lance Stroud

Thomas Stroud Land Purchase Record
25 November 1818

Courtesy Lance Stroud

History of Crawford County
by the Federal Writer's Program of WPA
Author Anonymous

From: History of Indiana from Its Exploration to 1922
Logan Esarey, William F. Cronin, and Henry A. Barnhart


Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana 1876 by Forrest L. Appleton

Transcribed Sept. 6, 2008 by: Lance E. Stroud 8668 E. Shoe Tree Ln. Milltown, Ind.

John Stroud to Isom Stroud Deed of Gift


  To all people whom these presents, Shall Come I John Stroud do Send Greeting Know ye that I the Said John Stroud of Harrison County, Indiana Territory the consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do hear towards my son Isom Stroud of this County have given and granted and by these Presents do fully give grant confirm and deliver unto the said Isom Stroud his heirs Executors Administrators or assigns forever all and singular that tracts or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the Center of Said County of Harrison on the Waters of Indian Creek being part of the Northeast quarter of Section Twentieth Twp Second South Range fifth East Beginning at the Center of said Section and running North along said quarter line anchor said Six poles to a Beach on the North bank of said John Stroud's spring trench thence South and hundred and Six poles to the South line of said quarter Section thence West along said quarter line to the beginning. Containing in the whole Fifty acres but he the same more or less together with all the woods, waters mines and minerals and every appurtenance there unto belonging to said person to have and to hold said promising every part there of to the only proper use and be hoof of him the said Isom Stroud his heirs or assigns absolutely and freely by him or them to be possessed in wish out any manner of condition whatever in witness where of I have here to set my hand and Seal this twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and fifteen


      Ebenezer E. Morgan
      (married Lucretia Stroud Johns dau.)

      John (His Mark) Stroud

      Champness Savedge
      (married Catherine Stroud Johns dau)

      Indiana Territory

Transcribed September 6, 2008 by Lance E. Stroud 8668 E. Shoe Tree Lane Milltown, IN

The Document of Captain John Hinds
Jesse Stroud name 4th from the top

Original landholders of Concord Township, Chester county, Pennsylvania in 1682.
George Strode listed here.

George Strode and son Thomas located on this map.

Jesse Stroud Land Purchase. Copy of the Original Land Document.

Copies of Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers for Stroud Men

Abram (Abraham) Stroud's name
is found at the bottom of the list.

Abraham Stroud's name
is found at the bottom of the list.

John Stroud Deed 1847

Map of Great Britain: Cheviot Hills and Tweed River

J.M.Johnson graduated from Indiana University and established the Marengo Academy. This was the only secondary school in the County and students from the surrounding country and towns attended the Academy because there were no high schools. Most of the early businesses and professional people of Crawford County were educated at the Academy. Educational standards were not very high but a thorough drilling in the 3 R's was required in the elementary schools, so students who went on to the Academy were usually qualified to do work of a high standard. Very few of them went on to college after graduating from the Academy, but most of them were successful in the business or profession in which they later engaged.

Many of the students walked several miles each day to attend classes at the Academy. Others, who lived too far away, boarded in Marengo. Professor Johnson lived near the Academy and many students lived in his home. They frequently paid their board and tuition by bringing farm produce or by working for the Johnsons. It was the former students of the Academy who were responsible for establishing the first public high school in Marengo. It was not until 1910 that a 4-year high school was established.

History of the Marengo Academy

Crawford County Folk Lore compiled by Olive Poe in 1961
 Home Demonstration Clubs, Marengo, Indiana

Abraham and Lucretia Stroud were married in the Holy Trinity (Old Swede's) Church, Wilmington, Delaware, by Israel Acrelius, minister and historian. He wrote the book "Swedish Churches in New Sweden/New Netherlands (now Pennsylvania) and adjacent places on the River De La Ware and West Jersey, and New Castle County in North America", published in Stockholm, Sweden in 1759.

Quaker (Friends) Church, on 6 January 1753, at the Newark Meeting, complained of his (Abraham's) marriage by a priest. Abraham was subsequently removed from this church.

After their marriage in 1752, they accompanied the Ogle family (Lucretia's father, John Ogle) on the beginning of their trek westward. They first settled in Grayson County, Virginia, close to the North Carolina border, but encountered problems with Indians and went further south into North Carolina. Abraham and Lucretia settled in Roane County (what is now Randolph County.) Some of the Ogle family traveled back to Grayson County, Virginia, and settled there.

Marriage of Abraham and Lucretia Stroud Photograph

Compiled by Philip Belanger, 1997

Ancestral link:
Lance Stroud and John H. (Pete) Ross

 Letitia (Letty) Stroud was born 30 August 1725, to parents Edward James (c1695-1789) and Eleanor Shepherd Strode (c1699-?) both of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England. Edward James' parents were Edward William Strode (1629-1697) and Susannah Hatchet Strode (c1671-?).

The Strode family fled England to Holland during the Monmouth Rebellion with traditions given in numerous accounts saying that they were descended from Edward Strode, Esq. of England. Reports vary as to the destination and exact date of departure of the fleeing Strode family, with a likely destination of New Jersey on the ship Paysay.

Edward James Strode was part of some of the Strode families and others that apparently left Chester county, Pennsylvania in 1734-35, when they secured a 100,000 acre grant in Frederick County, Virginia (later to become Berkeley County, Virginia).

The children of Edward James Strode were Susannah I, Edward IV, Letitia (Letty), James, John V, and Jeremiah I. The birth place of these children may have been Chester County, Pennsylvania. Edward James Strode is believed to have died in Fredrick County (now Berkeley County), Virginia, 1789.

In 1758 Edward James Strode supplied provisions for the army in the French and Indian War and during this time became known as Captain James Strode. The Strode family had settled in Virginia, along the Opequon Creek at it's juncture with the Potomac River. Here they built a stone fort known as Strode Fort Farm. Stories of heroism on the part of the Strode women have been told concerning Indian attacks in times when their men were off fighting elsewhere.

Letty married Jacob Van Meter, Sr. on 30 August 1741, in Frederick County, Virginia. The Van Meters, a leading Virginia family, was not in agreement about the marriage of their son Jacob to Letitia Strode because of her religious beliefs and on moral grounds. The family felt that the first born child of Jacob and Letitia (Eleanor Clyne, 1742-c1811) was not Jacob's.

The couple remained in Virginia until about 1769, then relocated to Muddy Creek, Greene County, Pennsylvania. In 1779 they traveled via flatboat to their new home in Severns Valley, Nelson County, Kentucky (present day Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky). Jacob and Letitia Van Meter were involved in the founding of present day Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They were also involved in the founding of present day Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown.

Children of Jacob and Letitia were: Eleanor Clyne; Abraham; Rebecca; Elizabeth; Susannah; Rachel; Mary; Isaac; Margaret; Jacob Jansen; John; Alsey; and William. All born in Frederick County, Virginia. Jacob and Letitia Strode Van Meter both died in Hardin County, Kentucky. Their gravesite is located in the Elizabethtown Cemetery.

Edward James Strode was a brother to George Strode III, who is a direct ancestor of Lance Stroud. Edward James Strode was the 5th great-grandfather of John Harlow (Pete) Ross. Jacob and Letitia Van Meter were the 4th great-grandparents of Pete.

Source in part: The Gosney Family by Georgia G. Winda
 and The Ross Family by Pete Ross. March 2008

Ben F. Taylor
Great Grand Son of Jesse and Jane Stroud Who are Buried Here
New Castle, Indiana
22 August 1960

Schrader's Cemetery near Greenville, Indiana, 2007

Photo Courtesy of Lance Stroud

Isom Stroud, Bonding Record for Constable of Whiskey Run Township,
Crawford County, Indiana

Document courtesy Roberta Toby

John Stroud, Sheriff of Crawford County
From the Book of Bonds
Crawford County, Indiana

Document courtesy Roberta Toby

The Town of Marengo c1900
(Marengo Cemetery can be seen to the far right.)

Photo courtesy Lance Stroud

Famous Uncle Sam (Walter Bott)
Photo courtesy Lance Stroud

"Last Letter Home"
from Clarence Stroud to his sister.

Courtesy of Art Dillman

The Courier-Journal Friday, 30 Jan 2009

Courtesy Lance Stroud

Land Record of William Moore,
father of Jane Moore Stroud,
wife of Thomas Stroud

(Note the name of William H. Harrison contained on the same record)

Courtesy of Lance Stroud