Caroline married William "Buck" Stroud in 1861 when she was 18. He was also a native of Franklin, Tennessee (perhaps they knew each other before moving to Arkansas), the son of Jonathon Stroud and Easter Huntsucker. Buck was a successful farmer and accrued a fairly sizeable amount of land in Madison County. He and Caroline had just four children; two sons and two daughters. For the time, I believe this was a relatively small family. They lived on their farm and raised their family and lived a fairly comfortable, if uneventful, life. Buck died in 1914. The following year Caroline applied for a received a widow's pension for Buck's service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. She was awarded a pension of $100.
|William "Buck" & Caroline Forrester Stroud|
Caroline appears to have lived with her children after her husband's death. She was living with her son Bale in 1920 and her son Farl (my great-grandfather) in 1930. She died in September 1930 at the age of 87.
|Buck & Caroline with their children Lizzie, Farl, Bale & Easter, about 1905|
|Caroline with unidentified grandchild|
|Caroline's grave at Aurora Cemetery, Madison, Arkansas|