Off the chartz; things you won’t see on the family tree chart

19 Jun

Edited  to add:

I originally stated my intention to blog about my family history research. I will continue to do so, at some point.  A few have noticed that my recent blogging has rambled off into related but separate subjects which will continue as well as including other ramblings, as the notion strikes me. I didn’t name it ‘off the chartz’ for nothing! 🙂
Thanks for reading. Happy blogging. BLS 6-30-2014


These pages will contain information gathered in genealogical research of the descendants of Thomas and Emilia Stroud. Though a family tree website does exist for this and related families, I needed  a different type of space to share information with those who are interested. Thus, I have arrived  at this blog spot which I dub “off the chartz“. (‘charts’ was taken, hence the misspelling).

Thomas and Emilia Stroud were the parents of my great great grandfather John Stroud (md to Susannah Drew) in addition to Thomas (md. Martha Rich), James (md. Sabra Drew) Sarah (unmarried) and Mary M. (md.  ** Scott).

Thomas & Emilia Stroud are hard to track down, in fact, they are my genealogical ‘brick wall’. As of today, the earliest located date of residence is for Thomas Stroud in Jefferson County, GA. He is listed in Jefferson County, Ga and some surrounding areas, Land records Vol. I Mid 1700s – mid 1800s by Daniel Crumpton. Whew! That’s quite a long title isn’t it? The book explains that some people were listed in the tax digest without owning land, and indeed Thomas shows up with lots of blanks beside his name. This is usually because the individual has either just moved into the area and/or had just come of age (21) to be a taxpayer or landowner. Since Thomas Stroud was born appx 1774-1780 the latter is probably true in his case.

Thomas also shows up on land plats in Jefferson County Ga dated 1817, as a ‘cc’ or chain carrier. The property he was assisting in survey of belonged to  William Daniel,  was adjoined by Nathan Bostick, and consisted of 58 acres in Williamson Swamp on the Ogeechee River between Louisville, Ga and NE of Coleman’s Lake.

Thomas next shows up in the 1820 census of Jefferson County ga which lists in household: males 45+ one, males less than 10 yrs old 1, females 45+ 1, females less than 10- 1, females between 10-16 – 1. This would place Thomas year of birth at least 1775, and Emilia about the same, though hers is debatable since later census records indicate her year of birth to be about  1786.

By 1830 the family had moved to Emanuel  County near Blun, in the the pine forest, wiregrass meadows  and brier creek swamps.  Emanuel County census of 1830 shows:


  0-05   1

  5-10   1

10-15   1

20-30   1

50-60   1


15-20   1

20-30   1

40-50   1

While it is not known the exact location of their homestead, it would be a good guess that it was somewhere -or anywhere- near the area between Blun, Old Dellwood, and  the Summertown-MIdville areas towards the Ogeechee river.

*****10-8-11: I have done a bit more research into the ‘nearbys’ of the 1830 Emanuel County census. Preliminary results indicate that Thomas & Emilia’s earliest home place in Emanuel county was in the general area of the property that their son John later acquired and lived on with his family and is buried there. To be more specific, between John Stroud’s  ‘old home place’ and  the Summertown/Midville area.

By 1840, Thomas had passed away.  Emilia is listed in the 1840 census with one other female in the household.

*****10-8-11: After reviewing more records, I’m comfortable with stating that Thomas likely died before the Georgia land lottery of 1832, since the ‘boys’ were listed as orphans both in the record of lottery winners and later as described below.*

The sisters were over 18 years old and where therefore ineligible to participate in the 1832 lottery.

Mary born abt 1808-1810 and living in her own household was married at the time to John Scott.

Sarah born abt  1812, living at home with Emilia , John, Thomas and James until such time as the boys likely were sent to stay with friends and/or relatives until they came of age  (James, Thomas and John do not show up in the 1840 census-John Stroud shows up again in the 1850 census in the household of White {aka Whit} Smith).

*Robert Higdon was appointed guardian of the boys and in 1837 advertised for auction land to be sold for the benefit of the ‘orphans of Thomas Stroud, deceased, Thomas, James and John Stroud.”

Thomas’ parents names at this time has not been discovered or proven. Emilia, Sarah and Mary M. have been noted as being from South Carolina.

Sarah never married.

The search will continue.


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6 responses to “Off the chartz; things you won’t see on the family tree chart

  1. blstroud

    March 1, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    here is what I have at this point (that I can immediately get my hands on)

    Susannah Drew’s parents
    Levi Drew b. abt 1803 d. unk.
    Margaret (Last name unk) b about 1805. d. unk

    Siblings: Sabra Drew 1828- 1864 (md James Stroud, family moved to Madison Cnty Fl
    during 1850s)
    Levi Drew Jr. 1830- 1907
    William Drew 1833-
    Olen Drew 1834 –
    Chorita Drew 1836-
    Wilson Drew 1838-
    Pherribah Drew 1840-1917 (sometimes listed as Phariby, Fariby)

    Levi Drew’s parents: Wilson Drew 1765- 1848
    Melberry Mallard 1765-1848

    I haven’t gotten very far on the Drews just yet, since my focus has been on the Stroud side and my dad’s maternal side recently.


    • blstroud

      June 8, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      Pherribah Drew’s final resting place is listed on Find A Grave as Theriba Drue Carter.
      Find A Grave Memorial# 43722905

      Phariba/Pherriba/Theriba Drew was the sister of Susannah Drew & Sabra Drew. Susannah married my great great grandfather John Stroud, and Sabra married James Stroud.

      James and Sabra Drew Stroud moved to Madison FL. during the 1850s. There are also records of a John Stroud purchasing land in the area about the same time, though no further documentation has been found (by me) to prove that it’s the same as my gggrandfather.

      The Drew sisters’ mother Margaret also lived, or visited for some time, as well.

      The 1870 census of Madison Fl. shows:

      Name: Jones Carter
      Age in 1870: 21
      Birth Year: abt 1849
      Birthplace: South Carolina
      Home in 1870: Madison, Madison, Florida
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Moseley Hall
      Household Members:
      Margaret Drew 65
      Fereby Drew 24
      Mary M Woods 11
      C Lenora Woods 10
      James D Woods 7
      C Eugenia Woods 4
      Jones Carter 21

      Next door is the household of
      William Drew 45
      11 Drew Missouri 27
      11 Drew Wm J 9
      11 Drew Margaret L 5
      11 Drew Indianna 6/12


  2. Lisa Lewis

    February 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Hi Becki – My mother, Susan Lewis, has not been “bitten by the bug” and is interested in chasing down the parents of Susannah Drew who married John Stroud. She’s new to this, and I was wondering if anyone had made any progress on this since I put it down a few years ago.
    Lisa Lewis


    • Lisa Lewis

      February 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Correction – my mother has NOW been “bitten by the bug”


  3. Debbie Stroud

    June 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Becki – we’re both in the same place. I hit a brick wall with Thomas and Emilia as well and haven’t been able to locate anything of any use for either of them. I wish you good luck and hope you can break down this “wall” that we have!

    Debbie Stroud


    • blstroud

      June 21, 2011 at 3:46 AM

      Maybe I should know when to quit, but I can’t seem to do it. Take a rest from it, sure. But something always draws me back. Whatever information is out there regarding ‘our’ Thomas & Emilia is waiting to be found and shared. I’m looking forward to someone hitting the jackpot so to speak, regardless of whether it’s me or someone else. Welcome to the blog, I’ll update as often as possible.



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