Thomas Stroud had many descendants who served in the military.

~ The Revolutionary War ~

Abraham Stroud had reached North Carolina by 1765; the treaty of Paris had ended the Seven Years' War in Europe and the French & Indian War in North America. In 1768 Farmers in Orange County organize the Regulator movement, which spreads to surrounding counties including Guilford county where Abraham and family have settled. The movement protests excessive taxation and abuses by public officials. Edmond Fanning is considered the most corrupt official. Herman Husband and William Butler lead the protest. Over the next two years, the Regulator movement gains strength in the Piedmont. By 1770, Regulators storm Hillsborough Superior Court and assault several public officials, including Edmund Fanning. The assembly passes reform measures designed to address some of the Regulators concerns. It also passes the Johnston Riot Act, authorizing the governor to put down the Regulators by military force if necessary. In May of 1771 the Battle of Alamance in Orange county is history and the Regulator movement is ended.

Abraham Stroud was believed to have been part of the Battle of Alamance, fought on 16 May 1771, this occurring 10 years prior to the local events of the American Revolution. The War of the Regulators was recognized as the first struggle for American Liberty and Independence against the heavy yoke of British oppression.

In 1779 Randolph county is formed from Guilford County which now puts the Abraham Stroud family in Randolph County, NC., on the south side of Deep River, near present day Randleman.

During the Revolutionary War, several of the men in or near Randolph County, NC. were American Patriots. Some served in the militia while others provided goods or services to the American cause. Military Pay Vouchers have been found that list the men who contributed to the Revolutionary war effort. Abraham Stroud is found on two pay voucher listings: Book C details payments for militia supplies bought from 1779-1787; Volume XII, page 67, folio 2 reports Special Certificates given in exchange for services provided to the Continental Army and/or American cause. Services could include providing supplies, food, shelter, ammunition, information, etc. While these men may not have been actual soldiers or members of the militia, they did provide support to the American effort in some way, qualifying them as American Patriots.

In 1781, Thomas' elder brother Jesse Stroud (1755-1812) enlisted in the militia under the command of Captain John Hinds, by order of Col. Collier, Randolph County, NC, during the American Revolution. The original document which lists Jesse Stroud along with eleven others serving under Capt. Hinds and Lt. William W. York was located in 1952 by Mrs. P. J. Allen. A stash of old papers had been found in a trunk belonging to a descendent of John Hinds.

Dedication Ceremony of New Memorial Marker

 Photograph of Headstone

~ The War of 1812 ~

Isham Stroud was a veteran of the War of 1812

    During the War of 1812, Isham Stroud (1789-1860), was an early settler of Harrison County, Indiana. On 12 September 1811, less than a month after his marriage, he volunteered in Corydon, Harrison County, Indiana, as member of Spence's Yellow Jackets, so called for the yellow trimmings on their uniforms. They were mounted riflemen of the 4th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Militia, under General William Henry Harrison. He served as a fifer (musician) in Capt. Spier Spence's company and was wounded on 7 November 1811, in the Battle of Tippecanoe and was discharged 23 November 1811, at Shakertown, Indiana. Isham's wound was caused by a bullet which passed though his left hip and resulted in the contraction of the muscles.

    Isham was the eldest son of John Stroud (Thomas' brother). He traveled to Indiana with his father and two uncles in 1806. Isham is buried in Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Indiana. Photograph

    Descendants of Isham Stroud More about Isham Stroud and the Battle of Tippecanoe. Isham's burial place.

    For an enlarged map of the site of the Tippecanoe Battlefield.


~ The American Civil War ~

Annual Stroud served the Union in the Civil War and he had two sons who also served.

    Annual Stroud enlisted 23 April 1961 at Salem, Indiana. He mustered in 19 June 1861, at Indianapolis, Indiana. He was assigned to Co. G, 13th Indiana Volunteers. He mustered out 15 Dec. 1863. Then on 16 Dec 1863, under General Order No. 191, he reenlisted in Co. G.O.S. as Veteran Volunteer (Wagon Master). He was a Pvt. in Co. B, 13th Regiment, Reorganized Indiana Volunteers. He then transferred on 2 Dec 1864 to Co. D, 13th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

    He applied for military pension 29 June 1880.

      Wilson Stroud (1834-1862) served in company I, 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery. Wilson married Mary Ann Funk, 9 August 1856. He is buried in the Old Marengo Cemetery.

      Jeremiah Stroud (1843-?), at age 19, enlisted at Valeene, Indiana, in the 59th Infantry Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. Mustered 11 February 1862, at Gosport, Indiana. He was discharged 19 August 1862, Louisville, Kentucky because of disability. Jeremiah married Martha A. Vance, 16 February 1865, while living in Milltown, Whiskey Run township, Crawford County, Indiana.

Annanias Stroud had a son who served the Union during the War.

    William Riley Stroud (1835-1921) served as a private in the Indiana Legion, Marengo Light Guards, mustered in, 22 December 1862.

    William married Mary Ann Goldman (1836-1918), 31 October 1856, while living in Orange, Indiana. They raised five children: Silas Calvin, Maria Alcora, Edward B., William T., Nora Abigail, and Charlie S.

    William Stroud is buried in Maple Dale Cemetery, Clay County, Illinois.

Riley Stroud had a son who served the Union during the War.

    Aniel Stroud (1840-1920), mustered in, June 1861, served in company G, 13th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; re-enlisted December 1863, company B, 13th Regiment, as wagon master. Later, in December 1864, he transferred to company D, of the same regiment.

    Aniel returned from the Civil War to become a farmer in Liberty Township in Crawford County, Indiana. Aniel and Cyntha Denton Stroud had three children: Gertie, Raymond, and Russell. Aniel is buried in the Milltown Cemetery in Harrison County, Indiana with other family members.

Abraham Stroud had three sons in the War. One was killed and two survived.

     Isaac Stroud (1843-1863), 49th Indiana Infantry, Co. F, killed in action in Carrollton, La., 16 August 1863. Burial place is unknown.

    Simon Stroud (1840-1913), 81st Indiana, Co. A, was honorably discharged 13 June 1865. He then returned home to marry Elizabeth Brown and become a farmer. They had four children. Simon died 8 March 1913.

    Rial Stroud (1828-1902), served in the Indiana Legion, a private in the Marengo Light Guards, mustered in service 1 October 1863. Rial Stroud married Martha Jane Dooley. They had three children: Harry, Thadeus, and Pearl. Rial is buried in Mathers Chapel Cemetery, near English, Sterling township, Crawford County, Indiana.

William Stroud had four sons who served the Union during the War. Two were killed and two survived.

    Elisha Stroud (1841-1863), 81st Indiana, was killed in action at Lookout Mountain, Georgia, 7 September 1863. His body was returned for burial at Walton Cemetery in Washington County near Hardinsburg, Indiana.

    Barnett Stroud (1843-1862) died in General Hospital, Bowling Green, KY., 22 August 1862. He was buried next to his brother, Elisha Stroud in Walton Cemetery in Posey Township, Washington County, Indiana.

    Annel Stroud (1835-1901) Annel served in 13th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. Annel and his wife, Martha, had one child while living in Harrison County, Indiana. Annel's second wife, Elizabeth Moon, gave him 3 children. They resided in Green Springs, Vernon County, Missouri. Annel is buried in the Sandstone Cemetery in Vernon County, Missouri.

    John Stroud (1832-1866). John served in Company C, 13th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted 8 February 1864, and was discharged 5 September 1865. He married Louisa Ott. They had one son, Hezekiah. John Stroud died at home, 18 April 1866.

John Stroud, brother of Thomas, had three grandsons who served the Union during the War.

Wesley and Winifred (Key) Stroud of Patoka township, Crawford County, were the parents of:

    Andrew J. Stroud, (1843-1863) Company A, 49th Indiana Infantry. He died on 10 February 1863 at Young's Point, La. Burial place is unknown.

    George W. Stroud, (1844-1929) Musician, Company A, 49th Indiana Infantry. He was honorably discharged with a disablility at Young's Point, 7 March 1863. George and Sarah Holiday Stroud were married 7 Oct 1866. They had two children: Cynthia and Benjamin M. The family lived in Southeast Township, Orange County. Later they resided on Marengo, Crawford County, Indiana. George was a farmer by trade. He died in 1929. His funeral was held at Rock Springs Baptist Church, near Valeene, Indiana under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which he was a member.

Isaiah and Alia Ann Highfill Stroud were the parents of :

    Henry Stroud (1844-1926), served in the 53rd Regiment of Indiana Infantry. He lived near Taswell, in Patoka township, Crawford County. After his discharge from the regiment, Henry married Rachel Eastridge on 5 April 1866. They had four children: Mary, James, Samuel and Ida.

Julian and Mariah Blackburn Stroud were the parents of :

    William H. Stroud (1842-1901), (grandson of Isham Stroud) served in company C, 23rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Mustered in, 29 July 1861, New Albany, Indiana. He was wounded at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was mustered out, 28 July 1864, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. William was a resident farmer of Patoka township, Crawford County. He married Rachel Tucker. They had four children: Jessie, Isom, Mary and Mariam. William is buried with family members in Highfill Cemetery near Taswell, Indiana.

    Samuel J. Stroud (1845-1907), served in Company G, 23 Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He enrolled 16 Aug 1862 in New Albany, Indiana. Mustered in, Indianapolis, 23 Aug 1862. He was honorably discharged. He married Margaret A. Jenkins on 12 Aug 1872. This couple had three children: William H., Charles Walter, Elizabeth and Rose Ada.

    Samuel's mother, Mariah, applied for his pension in June, 1878. Samuel was a farmer in Patoka Township, Crawford County, Indiana. Samuel is buried in the Old Section of Marengo Cemetery. Grave is unmarked. Photograph of Samuel and Margaret.

Jesse Stroud, brother of Thomas, had five grandsons serving in the army during the Civil War. Three were in the Confederate Army and two served the Union.

Allen and Arsa Askin Stroud were the parents of:

    Samuel Aston Stroud, (1836-1883) Company A, 30th Regiment Texas Cavalry, (Gurley's 1st Texas Partisan Rangers) was organized at Waco, Texas, during the summer of 1862. It was formed with about 800 men from Waco, Round Rock, and the Hill County. Assigned to D. H. Cooper's, Gano's, and Parsons' Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, it fought in Arkansas and later in the Indiana Territory.

    Samuel returned from the war to live in Bell County, Texas, where he became a farmer and stock raiser. Later he moved to Fresno County, married Tabitha Jane Lawler on 22 February 1851. They had no children.

    Samuel later married Martha Jane Moss in McLennon County, Texas, on 30 April 1866. Children born of this union were Harriet, Samuel, Martha, Laura, and Ira Wesley Stroud. After wife Martha passed away, Samuel died on 31 December 1883, age 54. He is buried in Academy Cemetery, Clovis, California.

    Stephen Brooks Stroud, (1836-1914) Company A, 1st Texas Partisan Rangers; was a farrier and kept his own horse, Sealum, during the war. Stephen was a rancher and raised cattle and racehorses after the war. He lived in Los Angeles, California around 1869. He died in 1914 and is buried in Artesia Cemetery. Photograph

    George W. Stroud, (1844-1870) lived in Texas, serving in Co.G, 15th Baylor's Regiment, Texas Cavalry (2nd Regiment Arizona Brigade); Burial in the Academy Cemetery in Fresno Co. California.

    On 7 November 1861, George married Delilah Ratliff of Arkansas. They raised two children in Williamson County, Texas: Mahalia & Georgeann.

Allen Stroud and wife Arza Aston were married 10 February 1825 in Orange County, Indiana. In c1839, they moved their family of four children by wagon train from Orange County to Williamson County, Texas. Allen became the second sheriff of Williamson county in the years 1850-1851. Two more children were born in Texas, raising six children: Ira, Samuel, Stephen, Laura, George, and William.

Neil D. Stroud and Mary Lewis Stroud were the parents of:

    Joab Stroud (1836-1907), served as private, Co. D, 16th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. Joab enlisted in Mitchell, Indiana, 9 August 1862; mustered in at Indianapolis, 17 August 1862. He was wounded in Richmond, Kentucky, then discharged 31 November 1862. Joab was somewhat unlucky in marriage, having married three times, the last to Mariah Moore in 1896.

    Jesse Garrett Stroud (1828-1881) Jesse enlisted 6 Dec 1861. He was a private in Co. K, 50th Regiment, Indiana Infantry commanded by Capt. R. McCormick; discharged at Lewisbury, Arkansas, 1 March 1864. Jesse reenlisted 2 March 1864, Co. C, 52nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry; discharged 10 Sept 1865. Jesse was in both the Mexican and Civil War. He lived about 4 miles NE of Harrisonville, Indiana. Jesse and Elizabeth McCameron Stroud had 10 children. Jesse and Elizabeth are buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery, Lawrence Co., IN. Photograph

    Washington Stroud (1838-?) Enlisted in Co. A, 24th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. Enlisted as a Corporal, Promoted to Full Sergeant, 31 July 1861. Mustered out of Company A, 24th Infantry Regiment, 30 July 1864.

The Neil Stroud family moved from Floyd County, Indiana to Marion township, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Thomas Stroud Jr. and Eliza Aston Stroud were the parents of:

Ura Stroud (1831-1889) Co. H,. 32nd Regment, Illinois Volunteers. Returned from the war to live in Union Township. His first marriage on 20 February 1831 to Sarah Jane Kethers (1838-1862) Sarah is buried in McQueen cemetery, South Muddy Township, Jasper County, Illinois.
Second marriage on 11 February 1863 to Elizabeth Hanley (1838-1879). Elizabeth is buried in Bailey cemetery, Jasper Co. Illinois.
Third marriage in 1868 to Martha A. Cassidy (1838-1880). Martha is buried in Bailey cemetery, Jasper County. Illinois.
Fourth marriage in 25 January 1881 to Elizabeth Tucker.
Ura died on 25 January 1889. He is buried in Mt. Zion cemetery, Effingham County, Illinois.

Ner Stroud (1841-1918), in June, 1861, enlisted in Co. L, 5th Illinois Cavalry. Ner served in Co. L until Oct. 1865. The last three years, he served as Quartermaster Sergeant, and was involved in forty battles and skirmishes. The company was organized September 1861 at Effingham, Illinois. Company commander was Capt. H. D. Caldwell. Ner mustered out at Camp Butler, Illinois, October, 1865.

Nathaniel S. Stroud (1845-1864), private in Co. D, 54th Illinois Infantry. Arrived at Camp Dubois, Anna, Illnois, as a part of the Kentucky Brigade, and mustered in February, 1862. Moved to Cairo, Illnois, 24 February 1862. Fought in the siege of Vicksburg, June 1863. Killed in battle of Brownsville, Arkansas, 18 May 1864. Buried in Mt. Zion cemetery, Lucas Township, Effingham Co. Illinois.

Ephriam Joy Stroud (1847-1918) He served in Company K, 48th Regiment. Illinois Infantry. Mustered in 5 November 1863, Mustered out 15 August 1865.

The Stroud Family clearly paid a heavy price with many of its young men lost,
fighting in the great battles of the American Civil War.


~ The First World War ~

Clarence Alva Stroud (1894-1918) son of William and Mary Ann Stroud.

Private First Class, Company L, 58th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Entered service 19 September 1917, St. Francesville, IL. Trained at Camp Taylor, KY, and Camp Pike, Ark. Embarked from New York, April 1918. Died: 26 September 1918. Buried at Plot F, Row 31, Grave 30 in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, Romagne, France. Clarence was killed in action on the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive which began on 26 September 1918, and ended with the conclusion of the war on 11 November 1918.
Survived by widow, Ruth Ridgely Stroud, St. Francesville, IL. Photograph Last Letter Home

Information provided by Art Dillman