Person:John Stroud (18)

John Stroud, of New River
b.bef. 1725
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Name John Stroud, of New River
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1725

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


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From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • 22 Oct 1745. "Leaving Harman's he went to Stalnaker's where he lodged that night. On Wednesday, 23rd he went to -- Bottom, told John Stroud to look out for a piece of land for himself, sold a mare that belonged to [William] Mack's estate to Stalnaker, for a guinea and a buckskin, agreed with Stalnaker for his land and returned to Jacob Harman's"
From this account of Buchanan's travels these people [Israel Lorton (Tom's Creek of New River), Charles Hart, William Mack (deceased), Jacob Harman, John Stroud] were on the west side of the river [New River] and no more than a day's journey apart. Stalnaker was then not even as far west as he was when Dr. Walker met him in 1748. Although he and Hart were settled on land, there seems to be no record of their locations. Jacob Harman lived on Neck Creek at the Big Spring north of Morgan's Glade." [William Mack, Jacob and Adam Harman were Dunkards of the Ephrata Brethren, and this area was where they had settled a few years previous.] [Source: Paraphrased from Col John Buchanan's Journal in the Draper MSS in Kegley's Virginia frontier; the beginning of the Southwest; the Roanoke of colonial days, 1740-1783, F. B. (Frederick Bittle) Kegley, Roanoke, Va., 1938.]
  • Vol. 1 - November 19, 1746. - (130) Road ordered from Reed Creek to Eagle Bottom and thence to top of Ridge that parts waters of New River and those of So. Fork of Roanoke, and these are to work it: George, Ezekiel, William and Patrick Colhoon, Bryant White, Wm. Handlow, Peter Rentfro and his two sons, George the Tinker, Jacob Woolman and two sons, John Black, Simon Hart, Michael Claine, John Stroud, Saml. Starknecker and all the Dunkers that are able to work on the same and all other persons in that precinct. James Colhoon and Charles Hart to be overseers.
  • Vol. 1 - 1749 - We petitioners, being the frontier inhabitants of this colony, labor under great inconveniences for want of a road being opened from our settlement towards the landing, and there being (as we presume) a sufficient number of inhabitants to open one, we therefore humbly pray that your worship will be graciously pleased to take our case under your serious consideration and grant an order for a road to be opened from Zachariah Callhouns, on Reedy Creek, and thence to the Buffalo Lick and from thence the nearest and best way to Woods River, at the upper end of a small island below the mouth of the Little River, and thence towards the forks of Meadow Creek, and thence to the top of the dividing ridge between Woods River and the South Fork of Roanoke, and that John Vance and Alexander Sayers be appointed to mark and lay off said road from said Callhouns to Woods River, and that John Stroud and James Conley mark and lay off from thence to the aforesaid dividing ridge, etc. That John McFarland and Joseph Crockett be appointed overseers to open and clear said road from said Calhoun's to Woods River, with the subscribers and the adjacent inhabitants and that William Crispe and William Pellem be appointed overseers from Woods River to the aforesaid dividing ridge, etc., and we, your petitioners, shall pray. Hendery Battan, Jacob Goldman, Jacob Goldman, Frederick Cadock, John Scott, John Combe, Samuel Stonacie, Robert McFarland, John Stead, Mordecai Early, John Downing, Charles Sincler, Wiliam Sayers, William Hamilton, Robert V(N)orris, Samuel Mountgomery, Andrew Lynam, James Macee, James Heris, Robert Miller, John Miller, Robert Allcorn, William Miller, John McFarland, Joseph Crockett, Val. Wilcher, Humberstone Lyon, James Miller, Stephen Lyon, Thomas Barnes, James Willy, John Vance, Alexander Sayers, Jacob Cassall, John German.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1755. - (496) James Annan, servant of John Stroud.
  • Tues: 24th Octr. 1775; At a meeting of the Commissioners appointed to settle the Accounts of the Militia in actual Service in the late Expedition against the Indians under Lord Dunmore held at Winchester the 20th Day of Octr. 1775. The said Commissioners proceeded to receive Claims. To John Stroud for a gun / ditto. [Source:]
Item I wish and direct my Executors, hereinafter named to dispose of the plantation I purchased of John Stroud, containing my estimation five hundred acres to be the same more or less together with my new mill and the one hundred and thirty acres of land before excepted being below her on the stream, to be by them sold to the best advantage for ready money or upon credit at their discretion and the money arising therefrom to be by them vested in the Baltimore, or Philadelphia bank at the discretion of my executors for the purpose hereinafter named. (Note: likely this John Stroud),

Information on John Stroud

From "National Register of Historic Places", Historic Resources of Montgomery County, Virginia:

German, Ulster, and English settlers from Pennsylvania, the Valley of Virginia, and the east streamed into the region and settled on land in the hope of eventually securing title. By the mid-1750s the best tracts of land in the county had been claimed. John Elswick (and later his widow) grazed horses on Crab Creek. William Ingles, near Ellett, Tobias Bright, near Lusters Gate, and Francis Cyphers were the principal inhabitants of the upper North Fork of the Roanoke River. The rich bottom lands along New River (where Batts and Fallam observed old Indian cornfields in 1671) attracted numerous settlers, among them Frederick Stern, Jacob Snell, Adam Wall, John Stroud (near present-day Radford), and Henry Bingamin. The South Fork of the Roanoke may have been settled early by Ephraim Vause (near Shawsville), James Calhoun, William Bones, and John Brieniger. The southwestern portion of the county appears to have been largely unsettled until the American Revolution, with the exception of Reuben Radcliff at the mouth of Brush Creek on the Little River. In spite of the likely penetration of the area in the earliest days of exploration by the Trader's Path, the land was not seen as desirable by the first settlers, who generally preferred river and bottom land to higher elevations.