Samuel Strother's father was likely Jeremiah Strother. Here is a reference to Trimble County, Kentucky Strothers who were local and circuit preachers--George Strother and his three sons John, Jeremiah, and French are mentioned.
http://www.ole.net/~maggie/trimble/bethel.htm, Bethel Methodist Church, by George D. Ewing, " The following is copied from letters written to the Trimble Democrat about 1920. George D. Ewing grew up at Ewings Ford, the son of Fulton and Rachel (Robbins) Ewing. He was a confederate soldier, in company A of the Fourth Kentucky Cavalry. In 1855 he moved to Pattonsburg, Mo. "The first Bethel was only a small hewn log building, which was intended to be only temporary to meet the then present emergencies. The chimney was what was known as a stick of clay chimney. It was a frame of small timbers with the inside structure composed of stone at the bottom with clay mortar so as to make it secure from fire. Often these old ones were called the 'log and mud chimneys'. As I understand, the first Bethel had such a chimney " It was erected early in 1800, and was used for both church and school. There was then no county or school organization. It was not many years until the first Bethel was torn away, and a neat, hewn log building was erected in its stead. This was Bethel number two....In my boyhood days large congregations came at times to Bethel. Many worthy and and able preachers preached there. Among them were George Strother and three of his sons, John, Jeremiah, and French. The father and two of his sons were local preachers, but Jeremiah Strother was for a time in the Conference ministry. I remember hearing Father Strother frequently preach. While now he would not be classed as an educated man, yet his fund of strong common sense, together with his Christian life, made him an acceptable and useful preacher. The same can be said of his three sons. Perhaps there were few families that exerted a greater influence for right living. Jeremiah Strother was pastor of the Bedford circuit. But few, if any, of the ministers were more successful in building a stronger and better religion than Jeremiah Strother. Soon after his pastorate ceased on the Bedford circuit, George W. Crumbaugh was transferred from Louisville Conference and placed in charge of the Bedford circuit. He was a most worthy minister, and during his four years of service he did most excellent Christian work. His was a strong Mind, with that practical ability which enabled him to meet most circumstances and conditions in life. He was very popular with the young people and had their entire confidence."
Strothers in Kentucky History, Trimble/Owen/Jefferson etc [28 June 2009]
From Rootsweb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/jefferson/strother.jc.txt HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIAN, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes, Lewis Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version, Vol. III, pages. 1190-91. [Jefferson County]:
JOHN C. STROTHER--There is no part of a biographical history of more general interest than the record of the bar. It is well known that the peace, prosperity and well being of every community depend upon the wise interpretation of the laws, as well as upon their judicious framing, and the records of those who are connected with this administration are of importance to present the future generations, John C. Strother is one who has been honored and is an honor to the legal fraternity of Kentucky. He stands to-day prominent among the leading members of the bar of the state,a position to which he has attained through marked ability. Mr. J. C. Strother is a native son of Kentucky, born in Trimble county on February 25, 1846. His genealogy is so well defined in direct descent of his ancestry of such unassailable quality that it is only due to give a short sketch of it.
Mr. Strother is descended from four pioneer families of the commonwealth: The Strothers, the Owsleys, the Maddoxes and the Duncans. The Strother family is an ancient one and is supposed to have been of Scandinavian origin, and the name now exists in Sweden and Denmark. It is supposed to have crossed over into Northumberland, England, in the tenth century and has been conspicuous in the latter county for centuries, many members of different generations having held high official positions and belonged to the nobility. The original Strother settler in Kentucky was the Rev. George Strother, grandfather of our subject, who was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, on February 14, 1776, and there in 1796 married Mary Duncan. Immediately following their marriage they came to Kentucky. He was the son of John F. Strother and his wife Ann Strother (cousins; John F. was the son of Jeremiah, who married Catherine Kennerly, of Culpeper county, Virginia, and removed thence to South Carolina about the time of the Revolutionary war. Jeremiah was the son of James, who married Margaret French, of Culpeper county, Virginia, and he was the son of Jeremiah, who was a freeholder of Westmoreland county, Virginia, as early as 1703. He (Jeremiah) was the son of William, who was born in Virginia in about 1665, was a planter, and lived in the original county seat of his father William, who was the original emigrant from Northumberland,England, and settled in King George county, Virginia. His name first appeared in the records of Virginia on July 12, 1763, when he came into Rappahanock Court House and designated the mark of his cattle. Rev. George Strother was a pioneer Methodist minister in Bourbon county, Kentucky, where he first settled. In 1801 he removed to Gallatin county, now Trimble county, where he and his wife lived the remainder of their lives.
The father of our subject was the Rev. French Strother, son of Rev. George, and was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, in April, 1811, and died there in October, 1870. He married Lucinda Owsley Maddox, who was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, in April, 1823, and died in that county in March, 1883. John C. Strother was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, on February 25,1846. He attended the common schools and read law under the preceptorship of the late Hon. W. S. Pryor, chief justice of Kentucky, and the late Joseph Barbour, of the Kentucky superior court, was graduated from the law department of the University of Louisville with the class of 1869, and that same year began the practice at Owenton, Kentucky.
During his first year at Owenton he was elected school commissioner of Owen county, a position he held for seven years. In 1873 he was one of five candidates for the nomination of commonwealth attorney of the Owenton district, and after a heated contest was second in the convention and but for a dispute which arose over the nomination of judge would have been first, as he went into the convention with votes enough pledged to give him success. He took high rank at the bar of Owen and adjoining counties and maintained it as long as he practiced there. In 1885 he removed to Louisville to become chief deputy under the late Attila Cox, collector of internal revenue. In July, 1889, Mr. Strother returned to the practice of law, this time in Louisville, and in 1890 formed a partnership with Thomas R. Gordon under the firm name of Strother & Gordon, which continued for over ten years. In 1901 Mr. Strother and his son Shelby French Strother formed the firm of Strother & Strother, of which later on Rowan Hardin became a member under the firm name of Strother, Hardin & Strother. In 1903 Shelby Strother withdrew from the firm and entered Harvard University, and the firm continued as Strother & Hardin until November, 1904, when it was dissolved,since which time our subject has practiced alone.
Mr. Strother was for a number of years chief attorney for the Louisville Title Company. He was one of the organizers of and attorney for the Louisville Savings, Loan & Building Association, which loaned several million dollars and was very successful. The firm of Strother & Gordon was attorneys for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of Kentucky. Mr. Strother has been prominent and successful at the Louisville bar and has appeared in many celebrated cases. He was attorney for J. G. Mattingly & Company,against J. G. Mattingly, which suit involved valuable trade marks; the case was carried to the Kentucky court of appeals, which enjoined Mr. Mattingly from the use of his own name, one of two instances of the kind ever occurring in the United States. Another celebrated case was that of John Loree against William Abner and others, which suit was brought to recover patent for over thirty thousand acres of Kentucky land, and in which noted case Mr. Strother was council for the defendants. The case was tried before Judge W. H. Taft, now president of the United States, was won by Mr. Strother, then carried to the United States circuit court of appeals, where the lower court was reversed and the case sent back for retrial. The story of this case reads like a romance and is very interesting. In the second trial before Judge Taft, Mr. Strother won a decided victory and the suit ended. Mr. Strother also defended John Etly, indicted for the murder of his wife, which was one of the most celebrated criminal cases ever tried in Kentucky. Mr. Strother has always taken an active interest in politics, but has never sought nor held office since coming to Louisville except that of member of the Board of Education of the city under the new school law, to which he was elected in 1910 without solicitation. Mr. Strother is a member of the Jefferson County and Kentucky State Bar Associations and is a Mason and Odd Fellow, a member of the Filson Club, Sons of the American Revolution and of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.
He married Mary Frances Greenwood, who was born in Bedford, Trimble county, Kentucky, the daughter of Isaac S. and Catherine Morton (Young) Greenwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Strothers are the parents of the following children: Catherine Pryor, Shelby French, Eugene Thomas (died in December, 1903) and Ralph Greenwood.
Per: Minnis-Yates, Freer-Bent, Ruggles, and other relations;Entries: 36847 Updated: 2005-09-15 23:45:14 UTC (Thu);Contact: Lee Minnis; ID: I2804;Name: George STROTHER, Birth: 14 FEBRUARY 1776 in Culpeper,VA; Death: 30 JUL 1864 in Trimble,KY;Father: John French STROTHER b: 1745; Mother: Nancy Anne STROTHER b: 1755 in Culpeper,VA Note also from Minnis Yates reference above: (George Strother):Served in the army in the Whiskey Rebellion after residing with his grandparents John and Mary Wade Strother having lost his parents in youth . He went to Bourbon Co, KY, in 1796, and Gallatin Co, KY, in 1802, which became Trimble Co in 1837, where he was a Methodist minister; 1796 MAR: Culpeper Co, VA, 28 February. George Strother and Mary Duncan; min, Lewis Corbin, Baptized.
[Brøderbund Family Archive #312, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800, Date of Import: Sep 1, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.312.1.2989.16]; Individual: Strother, George; County/State: Bourbon Co., KY; Year: 1800; Census type code: Tax List. Also: 1810 CEN: Gallatin Co, VA, George Strother, WM 3<10, 1x26<45, 1x45+; White female 1<10, 2x10<16, 1x26<45; Slaves 4. Also: 1820 CEN: Port William, Gallatin Co, KY, George Strother, WM 2<10, 2x10<16, ix16<19, 3x16<26, 1x26<45, 1x45+; WHITE FEMALE 1<10, 1x10<16, 1x16<26, 1x26<45; Slaves M 1x26<45; F 1x14<26, 1x26<45. Also: 1830 CEN: Gallatin Co, KY, George Strother, WM 1x10<15, 2x15<20, 1x20<30, 1x60<70; WHITE FEMALE 1x10<15, 1x20<30, 1x50<60; 1840 CEN: Trimble Co, KY, George Strother, WM 2x20<30, 1x60<70; WF1x20<30, 1x60<70; also: 1850 CEN: Dwelling 233, District. No. 2, Trimble Co, KY, George Strawther, WM74, farmer, RE $8,104, VA; Mary, WF74, VA; KY; Sarah, WF32, KY; Slave BF65; 1860 CEN: Dwelling 881, Trimble Co, KY, Wm. B. Duncan, WM50, farmer, RE $4,600, PE $3,800, KY; Catharine, WF42, KY; Sinnet, WM19, farmer, KY; Lucy C, WF17, KY; Caroline, WF15, KY; Vernetta, WF13, KY; William W, WM9, KY; George Strother, WM83, minister M.E.C., RE $1,200, PE $2,000, VA.
This quote was included on Minnis-Yates site: "I was greatly surprised to find this old Marshall home to be the identical old John Sibley place I visited over fifty years ago(about 1860), with my good old grandfather, Rev. George Strother, who was born in Culpeper County, VA, February. 14, 1776, and died in Trimble County, KY, July 30, 1864......This William Marshall, and Samuel Pryor, (the grandfather of my old friend and kinsman, Judge Wm. S. Pryor, of New Castle, Henry Co., KY., who will be 88 years old on the 1st. day of next month, as above stated,) were among the 12 jurors who were appointed by the County Court of Henry Co, KY, to assess the damages to adjoining property owners, by reason of the mill race, dam, etc, of George Strother's mill site on Corn Creek, Henry County, KY. The jury reported on Aug. 24,1802, that there were no damages to other property owners, as the race and dam were on the lands belonging to said George Strother." This George Strother was the writer's (Henry Strother) grandfather. ( FTM CD-162, Gen. of VA Families, Marshall Notes, pages. 302-304). Father: John French STROTHER b: 1745; Mother: Nancy Anne STROTHER b: 1755 in Culpeper,VA; Marriage 1 Mary DUNCAN b: 27 FEBRUARY 1776; Married: 28 FEBRUARY 1796 in Culpeper,VA; Children: Nancy STROTHER b: 6 NOV 1798 in Culpeper,VA; Polly STROTHER b: 20 MAY 1800 in "Park Forest," Berkeley,VA; Jeremiah STROTHER b: 26 NOV 1802 in Culpeper,VA; Seney STROTHER b: 10 JAN 1805; John Fletcher STROTHER b: 25 JAN 1807 in Gallatin,KY; George Duncan STROTHER b: 13 JAN 1809 in Culpeper,VA; French STROTHER b: 20 APRIL 181; Oliver Calvert STROTHER b: 3 DEC 1814 in KY; Sarah Catherine Kennerly STROTHER b: 1818 in KY--Marda Godsey 11:57, 28 June 2009 (EDT)