Name: * Fernando Erastus STROUD
Given Name: * Fernando Erastus
Birth: 18 Mar 1859 in Wilson Co., TN
Death: 3 Jan 1941 in Steamboat Springs, Routt Co., Colorado
Burial: 6 Jan 1941 Hillcrest Cem., Rocky Ford, Otero Co., Colorado
Additional information on the Stroud family.
Change Date: 16 Jul 2009 at 01:00:00
Fernando Erastus Stroud, the son of Olive Burton Stroud and Margaret Elizabeth Moody was born in Wilson County, Tennessee on 18 March 1859. In the family Bible his name was spelled phonetically as Phinando Erastus.1 He was raised in Wilson County.
In 1877 the family of his uncle, Robert A. Moody migrated with others from Wilson County, Tennessee to Texas County, Missouri. A granddaughter of Robert A. Moody stated that, "There is an unusual story about my Grandmother and Grandfather Moody coming to Missouri from Tennessee with a wagon train. He got very sick in Avoca, Arkansas. The family stayed there and others came on. After he died, she and the children drove to Texas County alone. He told her to come on and a Mr. Goldsberry that was in the group would help her find a farm. She carried her savings (their savings after his burial) with her. One of the aunts used to tell how scared she would feel when they camped at night alone. There were five children in the family."3
It is not known if F. E. Stroud and his mother traveled with this group, as they have not been found in the 1880 census. They had arrived by 9 January 1881 when he married in Texas County to Louisa Angelina Hughes, the daughter of Samuel P. Hughes and Frances McGowen.3 She had been born 10 February 18594 in Texas County.
F. E. Stroud's father-in-law moved to Colorado, about 40 miles from Meeker. Erastus and Louisa left for Colorado in a covered wagon to join them, with a detour through South Dakota, where their daughter Ollie was born in 1887 at Lead. The gold strike was on there at that time.5
After arriving in Colorado, he worked with his brother-in-law Bob Hughes at freighting. They bought horses and mules for the army that they would trail back to Missouri.6 F. E. Stroud's mother Margaret Elizabeth (Moody) Stroud also moved to Colorado, and married his father-in-law Samuel P. Hughes as his third wife on 24 April 1887 at Rawlins, Wyoming.7 F. E. Stroud's wife Louisa died on 20 February 1889,8 and was buried at the Sevens Ranch, Moffat County.9
Bob Hughes as engaged to marry his brother-in-law F. E. Stroud's cousin, Anna Moody, daughter of Robert Moody. Before the marriage took place, he was killed on 15 December 1892 while freighting with F. E. Stroud. He fell from a wagon when the team lunged and ran away.10
F. E. Stroud was married on 15 October 189311 at Houston, Texas County, Missouri to Mary Irene Herrington, the daughter of Silas Nathaniel Green Herrington and Rebecca Ann Short.12 On the marriage license, he was listed as of Meeker, Rio Blanco County, Colorado.13
Irene had been born on 17 March 1873 in Texas County.14 After the marriage they moved to Colorado and spent the winter there. Irene taught school in the Hughes home to her husband's first children and some of the Hughes children with books supplied by the county. 15
By the summer of 1894 they returned to Texas County, Missouri and lived near Houston. They remained there for the births of their next three children. By 1898 they were back in Colorado when their daughter Mary Hazel was born. They lived on the Snake River in northwestern Colorado. He ran a freight line from that area to Rawlins, Wyoming and on to Craig, Colorado and into the Browns Hole. He was gone a lot, and Irene hated being alone with the family.16
In 1900, as Phinando E. Stroud he appeared in the Carbon County, Wyoming census, living next to his first wife's sister Florence and her husband John C. Templeton. About 1902 Irene's parents Green and Rebecca Herrington, and Irene's brother Henry Herrington moved from Texas County, Missouri to Slater, Moffat County, Colorado near the Wyoming border. Rebecca did not like it, and she and her husband returned to near Houston, Missouri after about two years.17
F. E. Stroud's mother Margaret Elizabeth had moved to near Quinlan, Hunt County, Texas, where her husband Samuel P. Hughes died on 21 August 1899.18 She wanted her son to have the farm after her. Early in 1903 F. E. Stroud shipped a load of horses to Texas. The family, except for children John and Alta boarded the train at Rawlins, Wyoming for Texas. John was working on his own, and Alta stayed with some of her mother's family near Meeker. Irene loved Texas, and got along with her mother-in-law. The farm had two houses, but F. E. Stroud's mother wanted them all to live together.19
The climate did not agree with F. E. Stroud or his son Cecil, so they decided they would have to leave. In 1906 the family loaded their belongings in two covered wagons, Irene driving one, and started for Colorado.20 Cecil Stroud recalled, "We had to stop on the road and pick cotton-we didn't have no money. When we got back to La Junta we had four horses, but one died three days afterwards and we had 75 cents in money-that's how hardup we was."21
F. E. Stroud stopped in Otero County, and rented a farm in East Holbrook, and they continued to rent farms from East Holbrook to West Holbrook. After their daughter Blanche finished 8th grade they went to school in Cheraw for a while.22
In 1914 they moved to Routt County, Colorado. They sent a postcard 14 May 1914 from Steamboat Springs saying they had arrived at 8:15 and stayed at Ms. Loves boarding house. They were leaving for Hayden.23 They lived very near Hayden at first, but then bought the ranch about 4 miles on down the river known as the old Stevens Ranch.24 In the 1920 census they were listed as living on Buck Gulch in Routt County. Buck Gulch is located several miles north of Hayden.
On 9 October 1916 he purchased 107 acres from his mother in Hunt County, Texas.25 At the same time she also sold 107 acres to her nephew Lark Moody, who was living with her in the 1910 census. This land is today on the west bank of Lake Tawakoni, which was built in 1960.26
Erastus and Irene moved in 1926 to Denver for a few months, and then on to Rocky Ford, Otero County, arriving in a new Model T.27 Irene died there on 18 August 1933 and was buried the next day at Rocky Ford.28 Erastus lived for a time with his daughter Blanche and her husband Kenneth Saunders.29 He moved to Steamboat Springs where he died on 3 January 1941.30 He was buried at Rocky Ford.
1 F. E. Stroud Family Bible in possession of daughter Mildred (Stroud) Blair of Sun City, Arizona and Denver, Colorado (deceased 2001). Publication date unknown. The Bible was water damaged and thrown away, and only the family pages were kept. Appears to have begun with the marriage of O. B. Stroud and M. E. Moody, with earlier dates added at that time. Scan of the pages available on request.
2 Texas County, Missouri Genealogical and Historical Society, Texas County, Missouri Heritage, Volume 1, (Houston, Mo.: Texas County Missouri Genealogical and Historical Society, 1989).
3 Information Etta Sheperd, Azle, Texas.
4 F. E. Stroud Bible.
5 Mildred (Stroud) Blair, Family record written in May 1989. Copy in my possession.
6 Blair, Family record.
7 Carbon County, Wyoming Marriage Record B:95, FHL microfilm 0,968,106.
8 F. E. Stroud Bible.
9 Information Etta Sheperd.
11 F. E. Stroud Bible.
12 Silas Nathaniel Green Herrington, Family record written 29 July 1918 at the request of Mrs. F. E. Stroud. Original in my possession. If you would like a scan of this record, e- mail me.
13 Texas County, Missouri Marriage Record 3:438, FHL microfilm 0,931,631.
14 Silas Nathaniel Green Herrington record.
15 Blair, Family Record.
16 Blair, Family Record.
17 Blair, Family Record.
18 Hunt County, Texas Final Record I:369-375, FHL microfilm 1,024,963.
19 Blair, Family Record.
20 Blair, Family Record.
21 Cecil Stroud, tape recorded interview, parts of which were published in the Thursday, 19 Sep. 1985 issue of Eastern Colorado Plainsman, Hugo, Colorado.
22 Blair, Family Record.
23 Postcard in possession of Nelson B. Saunders, La Junta, Colorado.
24 Blair, Family Record.
25 Hunt County, Texas Deed Book 231:244-245, FHL microfilm 2,388,351.
27 Information Nelson B. Saunders.
28 F. E. Stroud Bible.
29 Information Nelson B. Saunders.
30 F. E. Stroud Bible.
Father: * Olive Burton STROUD b: 5 Oct 1836 in Wilson County, Tennessee
Mother: * Margaret Elizabeth MOODY b: 7 Aug 1838 in TN
Louisa Ann HUGHES b: 10 Feb 1859
9 Jan 1881
in Texas Co., MO
- Alta Z. STROUD b: 25 Dec 1881 in Texas Co., MO
- John Arthur STROUD b: 1 Jan 1883 in Texas Co., MO
- Olive May STROUD b: 17 Aug 1887 in Lead, Lawrence Co., SD
* Mary Irene HERRINGTON b: 17 Mar 1873 in MO
15 Oct 1893
in Houston, Texas Co., MO
- * Lena Blanche STROUD b: 1 Sep 1894 in Texas Co., MO
- Cecil Laniski STROUD b: 2 Nov 1895 in Texas Co., MO
- Franklin Erastus STROUD b: 9 Nov 1896 in Texas Co., MO
- Mary Hazel STROUD b: 3 Dec 1898 in Colo.
- Anna Mildred STROUD b: 19 Sep 1902 in Slater, Moffat Co., Colo.