m. abt. 1720/1
m. Bef. 20 February 1749/50
Facts and Events
Acquisition of Land in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys:
Records in Virginia
Biography of William Strother
From "The History of Woodford County, Kentucky", by William E. Railey, pub. 1938, pg. 144-48: (Note: partial transcript, additional information is contained in this source).
William Strother of "Orange" was born about 1720, in Orange County, Virginia, and lived in that county until he came to Kentucky. He was twice married, both events occurring in Virginia. His first marriage was to Sarah (Bailey) Pannill, in 1751. She the widow of William Pannill; second to Anna Kavanaugh, widow of Philemon Kavanaugh.* There was no issue from the second marriage. By the first marriage was Susanna Strother, who married first Captain Moses Hawkins, second Thomas Coleman; William Dabney Strother, who was killed at the battle at Guilford Court House while an officer of a company in the regiment of Col. Richard Taylor, his brother-in-law; and he and Sarah Strother, who became the wife of Col. Richard Taylor, were the parents of General Zachary Taylor, who was commander of our armies in the Mexican War, and afterwards elected President.
William Strother was a large land holder in both Orange and Culpeper counties, Va., as various documents of record in these counties disclose, and copies of these records ar in possession of Henry Strother, of Ft. Smith, Ark., who has made many trips to Virginia in research work. In Culpeper County one deed, among others, reveals property deeded by William Strother in 1758 to his daughter Susanna, and his son William Dabney Strother. On August 1st, 1727, Margaret (Thornton) Strother conveyed to her son, Francis Strother, certain slaves, by name, with reversion at his death to his son, William Strother, of "Orange", and these slaves were delivered to William, at the death of his father, Francis, in 1752. When William Strother arrived at the age of maturity he had an uncle in Stafford County whose name was confused with his in business affairs so the one was ever afterward known as William of "Orange", and the other as William of "Stafford", in business and social affairs.