~ Lydia Stroud ~
 Sister of Thomas Stroud

Lydia Stroud was born in Guilford county, North Carolina. She married Jacob Skeen in 1782, at Shenandoah, Augusta county, Virginia. They had nine children: Betsy, Mary, Sarah, Lucretia, John, Abraham, Jacob, Clarissa, and Lydia. Lydia and husband Jacob were believed to have traveled to Indiana from North Carolina in 1810, about four years after brother Jesse, John and Thomas. Their father, Abraham, also may have made the trip with Lydia and family to Indiana, then he passed away in Harrison Co. Indiana, in 1812. Lydia and Jacob Skeen made their home in Boone Co. Indiana near Thorntown.

Later in life, after the death of Jacob, she remarried to Robert Walker. Lydia died in Boone county, Indiana. Lydia Stroud Skeen Walker is buried at Bethel Hill (precinct) Cemetery located at 650N & 400W, near a bend in North Kent Road in Washington township, Boone county, Indiana. Lydia was aged 82 years 8 months 15 days. Born 8 January 1765 and died 23 September 1847.

During the Revolutionary War in North Carolina, Lord Cornwallis was moving through the Piedmonts near the homestead of Abraham Stroud in March 178l. The gentle Quakers of the New Garden Meeting House cared for their seriously wounded soldiers as well as the British wounded. The Stroud's were part the Quaker settlement that stretched along the Deep River.

Abraham Stroud's wife Lucretia Ogle Stroud (mother of Thomas Stroud) is recounted a patriot in the pension application of Ezekiel Croft. Ezekiel was under the command of Captain Hinds in Colonel Luttrell's regiment of horse. Jesse Stroud also served under Captain Hinds in Randolph County by Col. Collier orders in 1781. William Moore (father of Jane Moore Stroud) served under Colonel John Lutrell being mustered in Dec 1780 with service through Mar 1781.

Ezekiel stated on his pension application that after serving under Captain Hinds he joined what was called the Randolph regiment now commanded by Col. Thomas Dougan, Colonel Lutrell having been slain by the Toties. Their numbers and butcheries had multiplied since Gates defeat, and especially the monster David Fanning, at this period a colonel in the British service, was a dreadful scourge upon this colony. The Randolph regiment was mostly stationed at Bell's Mills on Deep River just north of Abraham's home, making various movements against the Tories. Ezekiel Croft stated that.......

 "In one of these, in which Captain Hinds commanded in a attack upon the Tory colonel some distance below the station on Deep River, affiant was desperately cut and mangled and left as dead on the ground, where some females of the Whigs found him and succeeded in preserving his life. He takes the liberty to mention that the hands of Lucretia Stroud and Margaret Bans were employed in that kind office, and have ever had his grateful recollection and blessings. He annexes the discharge of Captain Hinds in regard to the tour."

The noble actions of Lucretia and Margaret were the norm for the eighteen century Quakers who treated all with respect and would expect the same in return. Leaders of the North Carolina militia such as General Nathanael Greene, the "fighting Quaker" had at one time been a member of the Quaker Church. The Randolph County militia had so weakened Cornwallis that by the Fall of 1781, Cornwallis fail to George Washington at Yorktown.

Anson Mills, "I am of Quaker descent through both parents. Mother's father, William Kenworthy, born 22 January 1780 (presumably in Guilford County, North Carolina), lived about a mile and a half from our place, and died at Thorntown, 31 August 1854. In North Carolina, he married Lucretia, the third child of great grandmother, Lydia Stroud. Lydia was born in 1765, near Guilford Court House, Guilford county, NC. She married Jacob Skeen, and had eight children: Abraham, Mary, Lucretia, Jacob, Clarissa, John, Sarah and Lydia."

Anson, a great grandson of Lydia Stroud, in his book entitled My Story, relates the following as told to him by Lydia Stroud.

  "About 1844, my great grandmother Stroud came to live with us. I remember well the stories she told me of the outrages of Lord Rawdon's troops when he invaded North Carolina with the Hessians and destroyed her father's (Abraham Stroud) property. Her father was once arrested for secreting a neighbor rebel in a sack of wool under the bed, discovered by the Hessians sticking their bayonets into the wool and wounding the rebel. They placed a rope around her fathers neck and were taking him out to hang him, when he was rescued by the sudden arrival of some of General Lee and General Sumter's soldiers.

  She described, too, her visit to the battle field of the Cowpens near her father's plantation, to care for the wounded, and told of her three brothers1 who served in the Revolutionary Army, one them being killed. She was so vehement in her denunciation of the English and Hessian soldiers that, all my life, I have been intensely prejudiced against the English.

  Later she (Lydia Stroud) left our house to live with her youngest daughter, Lydia (Mrs. John Frazier) and died there in 1847, aged eighty two." Anson Mills

For a chronology of the Life of Anson Mills

Photos of Anson Mills

1 Brothers believed to have been in the Revolutionary Army were Jesse, John and an unknown third brother.  Thomas would have been too young for soldiering.

Miss Ellie Stroud
7th Great Niece of Lydia Stroud
Gravesite of Lydia Stroud Skeen Walker

12 August 2007 Photo provided by Lance Stroud

Anson Mills

Major Anson Mills
Commander 10th Cavalry

General Anson Mills