Henry Strickland was born July 24, 1842 in Bulloch County, Georgia, son of John and Macy (Martin) Strickland. When he was about fifteen years old, his parents moved to Ware County near the present day Laura Walker State Park. He was married twice. On September 20, 1860, he married his first wife, Ellender Griffin, born January 26, 1837, a daughter of James Griffin. They had nine children, and she died June 18, 1880. His second wife was his first wife’s niece. They were married September 01, 1881. She was Ellen Griffin, born August 29, 1856, and a daughter of James Griffin, Jr.
Henry Strickland enlisted into the Confederate Army on September 22, 1862 as a Private in Capt Hendry's Company, Mounted Infantry (Pierce Mounted Volunteers. Later he served as a Corporal in Company A, 24th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry, and Company G, 7th Georgia Cavalry.
On June 11, 1864, he was listed as absent in the hands of the enemy; captured at Louisa County, Virginia, arriving on June 20, 1864. On July 25, 1864, he was at Point Lookout, Maryland (P.O.W) Camp; He was transferred to Elmira, New York P.O.W. Camp on June 16, 1865, and signed an Oath of Allegiance and released, put on a train to Hilton Head, S.C. Henry walked the rest of the way home.
Children of Henry and Ellender Strickland:
1) Henry Jackson, born August 15, 1861; died December 13, 1924, married (1) Mary Crawford daughter of William Crawford; married (2) Harriet “Hattie” Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of William Crawford. Henry and Mary are buried in Rocky Pond Cemetery, Coffee County, Georgia.
2) John “Johnnie,” born April 24, 1866, died December 2, 1935; married Missouri Ann Woodard, daughter of M.M. Woodard. John and Missouri are buried in Mount Plesant Cemetery, Waycross.
3) James Griffin, born July 11, 1867, died October 31, 1923, married Emily Elizabeth Highsmith, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Thomas) Highsmith, born December 14, 1868, died November 15, 1919. James and Emily are buried in Thomas Cemetery, Brantley County.
4) Owen Edward, born October 29, 1869 and died September 11, 1870; Owen is buried in High Bluff Cemetery.
5) Willis Alfred, born June 15, 1871, died April 30, 1950; married (a) Ida Jeffords, daughter of Stephen V. Jeffords. (b) Nora Mallon? Willis and Ida are buried in Kettle Creek Cemetery, Ware County.
6) Winfield Demery, Sr., born May 10, 1873, died November 14, 1925, married (1) Malvina “Mollie” Strickland, daughter of Elias Strickland, born April 06, 1878, died February 25, 1960, (2) Dempthia Isabelle Johns, June 30, 1897, daughter of James Perry Johns, CSA, and Nancy Crews, born December 13, 1880, died October 22, 1901. Winfield, Mollie and Demphia are buried in High Bluff Cemetery.
7) Leon Collie, born July 20, 1875, died November 18, 1940. He is buried in High Bluff Cemetery, Brantley County.
8) Leaston Ellie, born September 03, 1877, died July 27, 1947; married Caroline Hutto. Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, Georgia.
9) Infant Daughter, born and died 1879, buried in High Bluff.
Children of Henry and Ellen ( Griffin ) Strickland:
10) Jesse, born March 01, 1884, died December 16, 1966; married (a) Aleph Meeks (b) Lucile Parker. Jesse and Aleph are buried Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, Ga.
11) Matthew Avant, Sr., born June 04, 1887, died April 12, 1965, married Rosella“Ella” Griffin daughter of Bernice Noah and Rosella (Thornton) Griffin, born June 01, 1888, died 1973. They are buried in High Bluff Cemetery.
12) Lester, born September 05, 1890, died May 03, 1937; married Ora Amelia Bell daughter of Leonard and Laura Ellen ( Lynn ) Bell, born October 22, 1891, died July 24, 1948; they are buried in Pierce Chapel Cemetery, Brantley County.
13) Harley, born December 06, 1892, died July 19, 1967, married Onie Maude Dowling, daughter of Martin E. Dowling; buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Fl.
14) Elmer, born April 18, 1899, died August 15, 1981; married Johnnie Coe; they are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Sources: Huxford’s "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia," Vol. 8; “Cemeteries and More” edition 2, Brantley Historical and Preservation Soc.; Jerry Van Herrin’s notes.
Vernon Fort ordered and placed the grave marker and an Iron Cross. The Lawton-Gordon-Evans Brigade UDC Chapter #2637 dedicated this marker and Iron Cross on September 25, 2004.