Father UNKNOWN Thomas Meldridge STROUD Martha Louellen CAIN Elefair STROUD Mini tree diagram

Joseph Thomas STROUD1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

1st May 18591,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 15th May 19323,10

Life History

1st May 1859

Born in Alabama.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

1887

Married Martha Louellen CAIN in Elba, Coffee, Alabama.2,4,6

23rd May 1891

Birth of son Thomas Meldridge STROUD in Alabama.11,4,8,1,12,13,2,14

1900

Resident in Victoria, Coffee, Alabama.4

15th May 1932

Died in Victoria, Coffee, Alabama.3,10

after 15th May 1932

Buried in Pleasant Ridge Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Coffee County, Alabama.3

Notes

  • Initial evidence indicated that Joseph Thomas Stroud was the son ofJames W (or James H in some records) Stroud and Sarah Frances Wiggins. But there were loose ends.  One Stroud genealogist clarifies thatwith a critical bit of family information.

    Child of James W. Stroud is not Joseph Thomas Stroud
    "The child of James W. Stroud was Joseph Edward Stroud who marriedFrances Cordelia Sanders. This Joseph was born about 1859. I don'tknow when he died. My great grandfather was Joseph Thomas Stroud whomarried Martha L. Cain. He, too, was born about 1859. Joseph ThomasStroud did not know who his father was. His mother was Elefair Stroud(probably the sister of James W. Stroud).
    --  Ancestry Comments, Ann Vaughan Richards richardsaealaweb.com, 21Mar 2013,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/4831210/person/-382986715?ssrc=&ftm=1

    A marriage record for a Joseph Stroud appears to be for thisindividual.

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Joseph Thomas Stroud
    Birth 1859 AL
    Spouse Name Martha Louellen Cain
    Spouse  Birth 1862 AL
    Marriage Year 1887

    This International Marriage Register has only the year of marriage;One or more genealogies add the exact date and location of Elba,Coffee, Alabama, but with no additional documentation.

    1900 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama, 1 June, Victoria,District 50, page 1A, Hse/Fam #3
    Stroud, Joseph T Head W M Sept 1859 41 Married 12 yrs AL Unknown SCFarmer Owns
    Stroud, Martha L Wife W F  Mch 1861 39 Married 12 yrs 3 children/1living AL Unknown Unknown
    Stroud, Meldridge Son W M May 1891 9 Single AL AL AL

    In 1910 Joseph T is enumerated as J Thomas.

    1910 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama, 26 April, Victoria,District 58, page 5B, Hse/Fam #89
    Stroud, J Thomas Head  M W  49  married 21 years  AL US SC Farmer
    Stroud, Martha L Wife F W 48 married 21 yrs 3 child/1 living AL SC SC
    Stroud, Meldridge T Son M W 18 Married 0 yrs AL AL AL Farmer
    Stroud, Ethel May Dau-in-law F W 17 Married 0 yrs AL AL AL

    In the 1920 census, Joseph and Martha's son is enumerated in his homenext door to them with his second wife Ola.  Meldridge's son Eldridgeis enumerated in their home.

    1920 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama, 10 January, Victoria,District 59, page 6A,  Shaws Still Rd, Hse/Fam #108
    Stroud, Thos M Head  Rents M W 28 Alabama Alabama Alabama Farmer [abt1892]
    Stroud, Ola Wife F W 18 AL AL AL [abt 1902]

    1920 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama, 10 January, Victoria,District 59, page 6A,  Shaws Still Rd, Hse/Fam #109
    Stroud, Joseph T Head  Owns M W 28 Alabama Alabama Alabama Farmer [abt1892]
    Stroud, Martha Wife F W 56 AL AL AL [abt 1864]
    Stroud, Eldridge Grandson M W 9 AL AL AL [abt 1910]

    In 1930, Thomas' wife has passed away, and he is living in the home ofhis son Thomas Meldridge.

    1930 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama, 16 April, JusticePrecinct 10, District 11, page 14A, Victoria Rd, Hse #298, Fam #294
    Stroud, T M Head M W 38 First married at age 18 AL AL AL Farmer
    Stroud, Ola Wife F W 28 First married at age 17 AL AL AL [mar T M abt1921]
    Stroud, Eldridge Son M W 19 AL AL AL Laborer
    Stroud, J T Father M W 71 Widowed AL AL AL

    Several genealogies report a date of death for Joseph, but provide nodocumentation.
    15 May 1932 - Age: 73 Victoria, Coffee, Alabama, USA

    With this date I found an Alabama death record, but it has only themonth, not the day.

    Alabama Deaths, 1908-59
    Volume 19, Roll 3, Page #9324
    J. T. Stroud
    Death May 1932 Coffee County

    A transcription of information on the death certificate has the fullinformation.  But that record also reveals something else.  This seemsto be a different Joseph T Stroud, because the mother's name isreported as Ella Stroud, whereas the Joseph T Stroud we are reportingon is the son of Sarah Frances Wiggins and James W Stroud.  Our Josephis documented with his mother in this 1860 census (see above) and withhis widowed mother in 1870.

    His mother is reported as Frances in 1860 and Sarah in 1870 (seeabove).  Thus it seems several genealogies have the death informationfor the wrong Joseph T Stroud attached to the son of Sarah FrancesWiggins and her husband James W Stroud.

    The death record cited here does not report his father for somereason.  My tree does not have an Ella married to a Stroud in thisline, so I have not yet (as of August 2013) identified this EllaStroud and her son Joseph T.  The actual image of the deathcertificate is not available for viewing on Ancestry.com, only theirtranscription

    Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974
    J T Stroud
    Birth Date abt 1866
    Death 15 May 1932 Victoria, Coffee, Alabama
    Death Age 66
    Married, Male
    Mother Name Ella Stroud
    Spouse Name Martha Stroud

    A memorial in Find a Grave provides a photo and information on aThomas Stroud with the matching birth date for our Joseph ThomasStroud in 1859.  But the death date is the same as that on the deathcertificate above.  The wife's name on the double grave also matches,Martha  Stroud, born March 2, 1862, Died Dec 25, 1950.  The presenceof his wife until 1950 is a new problem here, since in the 1910census, J T was reported as being widowed.  Was later married toanother woman also name Martha?  Not likely if he died in 1932.

    This Thomas Stroud is also buried with other Strouds of our family inthe Pleasant Ridge Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Coffee County, Alabama. These facts may indicate that this Thomas Stroud is the same as ourJoseph Thomas Stroud, but the name of his mother was recordedincorrectly on the death certificate.  I cannot account for the nameElla Stroud nor the report that he is widowed in 1930..  It seems tobe a different Thomas Stroud, but I cannot find another individual ofthis name..

    Thomas Stroud
    Birth May 1, 1859
    Death May 15, 1932
    Burial Pleasant Ridge Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Coffee County,Alabama
    Created by JH Jun 02, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #37839752,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Stroud&GSiman=1&GScid=25564&GRid=37839752&

    Gravestone of Thomas and Martha Stroud, Pleasant Ridge PrimitiveBaptist Cemetery, Coffee County, Alabama
    Stroud
    Thomas
    May 1, 1859
    May 15, 1932
    Martha
    Mar 2, 1862
    Dec 25, 1950

Sources

  • 1. 1930 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 16 April, Justice Precinct 10, District 11, page 14A, Victoria Rd, Hse
  • 2. 1910 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 26 April, Victoria, District 58, page 5B, Hse/Fam #89
  • 3. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #37839752,
  • 4. 1900 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 1 June, Victoria, District 50, page 1A, Hse/Fam #3
  • 5. 1870 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 2 August, Township 6, PO Elba, page 62, Hse/Fam #68
  • 6. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • 7. Ancestry Comments
  • 8. 1920 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 10 January, Victoria, District 59, page 6A,  Shaws Still Rd, Hse/Fam
  • 9. 1860 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 3 August, p 122, Hse/Fam #816
  • 10. Alabama Deaths, 1908-59
    • Volume 19, Roll 3, Page #9324
  • 11. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #43170703,
  • 12. Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974
  • 13. 1940 Federal Census, Coffee County, Alabama
    • 8 April, Elba, District 16-9, page 4B, Samson Hwy, Hse #72, Rents $5
  • 14. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

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