1867 Stone: Allen STROUD, Second Sheriff of Williamson County Texas

Unless or until proven otherwise.  I have found no closer match to this stone.

Allen Stroud was born in North Carolina ca. 1797.  His will was probated in Bosque County Texas 7 September 1867, where his son Samuel lived.  I have found a Bosque County Texas deed dated 12 October 1867 in which the executor (son Samuel A Stroud) of “Allen Stroud, dec’d” and “surviving wife Arza” is selling their homestead in Williamson County Texas.  So, Allen Stroud died by 7 September 1867, likely in Williamson County.  Arza (Aston) Stroud (born in North Carolina ca. 1807, married Allen Stroud in Orange County Indiana 10 February 1825), died after 7 September 1867 and is found nowhere in 1870.  I believe Arza died 1868-1870 and is buried back in Williamson County next to her husband of 42 years.  Their son Samuel migrated on to Fresno California in 1868, and that is where he is found in 1870.   For a really good bio (not written by me, was submitted to an Ancestry Family Tree), click here  I really like the stories of how apparently Arza, who had a twin sister who also married a Stroud on the same day, was a meticulous housekeeper.

Deed dated 12 Oct 1867

Deed dated 12 Oct 1867

“Feb 1 1867”. This was found about halfway down the stone, below ground level. Click on the image to enlarge.

Close up of the 1867 stone, 2006. This is the uppermost portion of the stone.

1867 stone on the right; assumed spouse is on the left.

– Suzanne

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  1. Allen Stroud (#37) and my G-G-G-G Grandfather, Isom (Isham) Stroud were first cousins. Both were born in North Carolina before their families migrated to Indian Territory (Indiana). Isham was a hero in the Battle of Tippecanoe, giving aid to Captain Spier Spencer of the Yellow Jackets. Allen migrated to what became Milam County, Texas after pioneering in Iowa. He was one of the signers of the petition to the Texas Legislature to carve a new county out of Milam County. Hence, Williamson County.

    I have lived in Williamson County now for over 33 years, passing by Pond Springs Cemetery hundreds of times, not learning until recently that Allen is buried there. Thank you for your great work maintaining this important landmark of Texas and Williamson County history.

    Please notify me of the next clean-up day.

    Don Stroud

    • Dear Don,
      To meet you. That 1867 stone called to me since first viewing it in 2005. I ASSUME it is your ancestor, as the blog says. I can show it to you. Arza is right next to him (I assume it’s Arza).

      As your bad luck would have it, our next Monthly Mowdown is tomorrow at ca. 10 am. I’m not sure there’s that much to do out there, but there’s a monthly opp to check out Our Beloved Acre to be sure.

      Our Monthly Mowdowns are the second Sunday of November, December, January, February, and March. 10 am. For an hour or two. Weather permitting. The winter months are the time to do the chopping and cutting of eyesores that could appear/reappear in the spring. Also the grass is mowed if/where needed, weed-eating, trash pick-up & hauled away, haul away limbs, touch-up paint if possible. We also gab a lot lol. We welcome any help of course. I also take the opportunity to photograph/catalog the numerous Unknowns. If you have a particular talent/passion, believe me we could use it 🙂

      Our Clean Up DAZE are different than our Monthly Mowdowns. Clean Up Daze are for an entire weekend, sunrise to sunset, the second Saturday and the Second Sunday in April and October. However in 2018, for the October one, it is the FIRST Saturday and the First Sunday due to my birthday lol I allow myself to be selfish. Hope this makes sense. Anyway, if you can only make one day/part of one day, we take that too. I’m sure you’ve seen the fabulous photos on the blog. We work hard but have a lot of fun.

      We are on Facebook. We have a Video of which I am particularly proud. The 1867 stone is highlighted there for a bit. You might want to check it out.

      Lastly, kindly consider joining our Association ($25). I would be delighted to have the STROUD family finally represented.

      Kindest Regards,
      – Suzanne

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