Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

52 Ancestors #10 - Cinthia Caroline Forrester Stroud 1842 - 1930

Cinthia Caroline Forrester Stroud was my great-great grandmother.  She was born on November 1, 1842 in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Forrester.  Josiah was born in South Carolina, then began migrating west - working as a farmer in Hickman, Benton and Franklin, Tennessse, before moving on to Madison, Arkansas in the late 1850's.   Caroline and her siblings were all born in Tennessee, but moved along with their parents and settled in Arkansas and Missouri.

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




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