Person:Adam Stroud (2)

Adam Stroud, of South Branch, Potomac River
b.bef. 1736 Germany
  • F.  Stroud (add)
  1. Peter Stroudest 1730-1740 - 1772
  2. Adam Stroud, of South Branch, Potomac Riverbef 1736 - abt 1804
  • HAdam Stroud, of South Branch, Potomac Riverbef 1736 - abt 1804
  • WMary Unknownbef 1739 -
m. bef. 1756
  1. Adam Stroudbef 1756 - 1824
Facts and Events
Name Adam Stroud, of South Branch, Potomac River
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1736 Germany
Marriage bef. 1756 to Mary Unknown
Death? abt. 1804 Illinois Territory, USA

Adam Stroud was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 82.--26th May, 1761. Peter Horse to Adam Stroud. £20, 275 acres on South Fork of Potomac, part of 700 acres of Postle Hover's, Michael Kynes' cor. Teste: Mathew Patton, Robert Ralston, Postle ( ) Horse. Delivered: Adam Stroud, March, 1769.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 340.--30th March, 1769. Adam ( ) Stroud (Strowd) and Mary ( ) to Bastian Hover, £24, 275 acres, part of 700 acres above said Hover's other line on South Fork of South Branch of Potowmac. Teste: Archibald Reaugh. Delivered to Mr. Hover.

Processioning List of 1767/8

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:

  • Vol. 2 - Page 445.--1767-68: Processioned by Henry Stoon and Henry Pickle, Sr., viz: For Honnical Simmons, for Hannah Hawse, for Posley Hover, for Mark Swadley, for Henry Pickle, for Adam Stroud, for Jacob Roleman, for Christian Roleman.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - 1749. - To the Honorable Court of Augusta. Petition of inhabitants and subscribers of the South Fork of the South Branch of Pattomuck are very much discommoded for want of a road to market and to Court if occation but espetily to market. We have found a very good way for a road: Beginning at John Patton's over the mountain to Cap. John Smith's; we begg that you will take this our petition unto your consideration and grant us a briddle road to Court and a road to market where it will sute most convenient, and will ever pray, etc. Costian Huver, Adam Stroud, Christian Evan, John Evan, Peter Haap. German names follow and paper torn so that names are illegible. John Smith, John Patton, Samuel Patton, Mathew Patton, William Jimson, William Dayer, Claude Evens, George Donther, Roger Doyer, John Wa(l)ker, Abraham Smith, Benjamin Kinley, Daniel Smith, Isaiah Shipman, Henry Smith, Jacob Gillespy, Gabriell Pickens, John Smith, William Logan, John Melkem, John McCluer.
  • Page 324.--22d March, 1764. Michael Rhine's vendue recorded--To Nicholas Havener, Henry Flesher, Jacob Rolman, Frederick Opp, Thos. Miller, John Davis, Adam Stroud, Henry Stone. Castle Hover, Wm. Robinson, Jacob Bour, Paslin Hover, Elizabeth Rhine, Leonard Props, Jno. Dunkle, Peter Smith, Geo. Bush, Nicholas Summers, Mark Swatley, Henry Pickle, Francis Evick, Leonard Simmons.
  • Page 833.--15th March, 1765. Peter Horse to Bastian Hover, £5, 100 acres, part of 750 acres on South Fork of Potomac, between the lands of Postle Hover and Adam Strowd. Teste: Mathew Patton, John Davis. James Dyer. Delivered to Mr. Hover, March, 1786.
  • Vol. 2 - 1766--Mr. Patton's list: Boslin Slone, not in County, one; Mich'l Bush, no estate, one; Conrod Good, runaway, one; David Grady, not found, one; Wm. English, one; Adam Stroud, no estate, two; Austin Scolcrafts, no estate, one; Mathias Scolcrafts, no estate, one; John Scolcrafts, no estate, one; Peter Vanniman, Constable, one; Andrew Little, one; John Bennet, twice charged, one; Geo. Cuts, not found, one; Wm. Gibson, not found, one; Jas. Hambleton, runaway, one; Barnets Mathews, not found, one; Jas. Stephenson, twice charged, one; Thos. Willmouth, one. Allowed 98 delinquents; Silas Hart.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 22, 1769. - (86) Adam Stroud naturalized.
  • Chalkley’s Vol. 2 - Berry and Riddle's heirs vs. Clendennin's heirs and Huston--O. S. 262; N. S. 92--Bill, 1815. Complainants are, viz: George Berry and Michael Gabbert, Stephen, John and Andrew Riddle, Clara, wife of Adam Rader; Deborah, wife of Thomas Rutledge; Catherine, wife of James Craig, children and heirs of Cornelius Riddle, deceased, of Augusta. In 1779, Gotlieb Gabbert, father of Michael, owned Adam Stroud's settlement and preemption of 1,400 acres on Gauley River, then in Greenbrier, now Kenawha, and in that year agreed with Cornelius to give him half the 1,400 acres if Cornelius perfected the title. Cornelius came to an agreement to divide with George Clendennin, who was then a member of the Virginia General Assembly. Clendennin had 3,000 acres surveyed, including Gabbert's 1,400, on 6th June, 1785. Gotlieb Gabbert died 18__, testate, devising his lands to his nephews, John and Michael Gabbert. Cornelius Riddle, son of Stephen (plaintiff), deceased, deposes 15th June, 1818. Certificate,by the Commissioners for Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier, dated 8th June, 1782, that the heir of Peter Stroud is entitled to 400 acres by right of settlement prior to 1st January, 1778, on a branch of Gauley River adjoining Adam Stroud; also preemption of 1,000 acres adjoining. Commissioners are Wm. McKee, Robert Davis, Thos. Adams. Similar certificates to Adam Stroud, same amount. Assignment dated 23d May, 1771, by Adam Stroud to John Tackett of an improvement between Elk and Gauley Rivers, assigned by Tackett to Gabbard.

About Adam Stroud

From West Virginia County Histories:

In 1772, a series of incidents between settlers and Indians in West Virginia ended what had been nearly eight years of peace. During the spring of that year, several Indians were murdered on the South Branch of the Potomac River by Nicholas Harpold and his companions. About the same time, Bald Eagle, an Indian chief of some notoriety, was murdered while on a hunting trip on the Monongahela River. In the meantime, Captain Bull, a Delaware Indian Chief and five other Indian families were living in Braxton County in an area known as Bulltown, near the falls of the Little Kanawha River, about fourteen miles from present day Sutton. Captain Bull was regarded by most of the settlers in the region as friendly. But some settlers suspected him of providing information to and harboring unfriendly Indians. While away from home in June 1772, the family of a German immigrant named Peter Stroud was murdered, presumably by Indians. The trail left by the murderers led in the general direction of Bulltown. Peter's brother, Adam Stroud, had a cabin nearby and seeing smoke rising into the sky, raced to his brother's cabin. He gathered up what was left of the bodies and buried them. He then headed for Hacker's Creek where he met with several other settlers who agreed to join him in an attack on Bulltown. They killed all of the Indians in the village, including Captain Bull, and threw their bodies into a nearby river. News of Captain Bull's murder quickly spread across the western frontier.