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Biographical Sketch on Peter Strozier
Provided by Wallace Ronald Henderson.


Edited by Thomas Hammack, Jr. RonHen@AikenElectric.net

STROZIER

Major Henderson was married to Mary (Polly) Strozier. Her parents were Peter Strozier and Margaret Dozier.

Peter and Margaret Strozier were prominent members of the community near Sardis Baptist Church about seven miles northwest of Washington, Georgia in the County of Wilkes. This was the same community where Joseph and Adelphia Henderson made their home. No doubt this led to the meeting and eventual marriage of Major Henderson and Polly Strozier. The Hendersons and the Stroziers were both members of the Sardis Baptist Church and some members of both families are buried in the Sardis Baptist Church cemetery.

Peter and Margaret Strozier along with Joseph and Adelphia Henderson are my (Wallace Ronald Henderson) Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents

According to the book, "Strozier Genealogy" compiled by Shirley F. Kinney, Rome, Georgia, 1971-1973, pages 115 and 116:

LINE IV
STROZIER ANCESTRY OF ELIZABETH (STROZIER) DARDEN

Peter Strozier of Georgia

Shirley F. Kinney indicates that the name Strozer or Strozier is probably of German origin, brought to America by Swiss or Holland religious refugees who settled in South Carolina and Georgia where there were many Huguenots.

She identified several variant spellings, which include:
Stroser Strozer, Strowser, Strowsier, Strowshour, Strosier, and Strozier. No signature of Peter Strozier has been found, and varied forms were found in earliest records and documents relating to him.

Elijah Clarke was his commanding officer in the Revolutionary War. He indicated that Peter was alien born. He also noted that Peter had resided in Georgia several years before the Revolution.

General Elijah Clarke wrote:
"STATE OF GEORGIA. These are to certify that Peter Strosier was an inhabitant of the State prior to the Reduction thereof by the British Arms, and was a Refugee from the same, during which time he cheerfully did his duty as a Soldier and Friend to this and the United States.

Given under my hand, this 2nd day of Feby 1784.
By his order,
H. Freeman Elijah Clarke, Col.

GEORGIA. (No. 882. These are to certify, that Peter Strosier, a Refugee is entitled to Two Hundred Fifty Acres of land, as a Bounty, agreeable to and Act and Resolve of the General Assembly, passed at Augusta the 19th August 1781, per Certificate. E. Clarke, Col. Given under my hand, at Savannah, the 25th Day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four.
Attest: D. Rees, Secy. J. Houston

REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY: Peter Strozier's name appears on page 622 appendix to the Story of Georgia, and the Georgia People, by Smith, wherein he is listed as a "Soldier of the Line"; and on page 601 thereof, as having received a Georgia land grant in payment for military service in the Revolutionary War. Also, said last mentioned fact is stated in the register of the grant, Book PPP, 5450 Secretary of State's Office at Atlanta, Georgia. D. A. R. lineages give his record as a private in the Georgia Militia under Colonel John Dooley at the Battle of Kettle Creek.

While Peter Strozier may not have been able to write his name, all indications are that he was an honest, industrious, and pious citizen and that he was loyal to adopted country. There are indications that he was a mechanic. A deed conveyed a mill which probably milled grain to be used for bread. D. A. R. records list his birth as 1748 in Germany. (Lineage Nos. 152197, 147324, etc.)

Because of certificates listed above, the State of Georgia granted him 287 acres of land (rather than 250 acres) located in Franklin County, Georgia. It is described as follows: "bounded on the northwestward side by said Strozer's land" and the Oconee River. This shows that he then owned other land in Franklin County although he lived in Wilkes County. The land grand was signed by the Governor in Council, March 21, 1788, and was registered April 19, 1788 (Register of Grants PPP 545).

During about 15 years before his death, Peter Strozier sold land as listed in the deeds below:
1790 to William Lunceford, 140 acres for L50. (Book SS, 30).
1795 to Francis Billingslea, 700 acres for L427. (Book H, 294).
1805 to Peter Strozier, Jr., 350 acres for $500. (Book XX, 78).
1806 to William Strozier, 212 acres for $200. (Deeds XX, 75).

Peter Strozier died probably early in 1807. A $1000. Bond was made among all heirs for patition of the estate, dated February 11, 1807. The daughters were all married and their respective husbands signed for them. (Book XX, 252, Wilkes County). Signatures in the order listed were: George Darden; Major Henderson; Acton X Nash, his mark; William Strozier; William Lunsford; John Potteet; Reuben Strozier; Peter Strozier; John Strozier. There was no inventory and appraisement of the estate. Lands of the estate were sold to isaiah T. Irwin by deeds, dated December 18, 1807 - one deed for 100 acres, and another for 150 acres (Deeds GG, 82, 83, Wilkes County, Georgia. On the deeds that order of signing was George Darden, John Strozer, Major Henderson, Peter Strozer, William Strozer, Reuben Strozer, John Petteet, William Lunsford, Acton Nash.

Margaret, the mother of Elizabeth Strozier, was probably born in South Carolina. It is believed that she married Peter Strozier in that state. South Carolina kept no marriage records during that early time. Descendants of Stroziers in Georgia assert her maiden name was Dozier, and it is so recorded in D. A. R. applications, but no official record has been found to support that claim. (There were Doziers in Wilkes County, Georgia, before and after the revolutionary War. Dozier names appear often in South Carolina records from very early record to the present. She presented a gift to her daughter, Elizabeth, of a New Testament on the latter's wedding day. Margaret survived her husband for many years. He died in 1807. She made her home with her son, Reuben Strozier, near Greenville, Meriwether County, Georgia until her death in 1842. She was born 1 September 1740. She married Peter in South Carolina in October 1858 at the age of 18 years. Margaret is buried in the Strozier Family Cemetery, about four miles west of Greenville, Georgia on a farm once owned by Reuben Strozier.

CHILDREN OF PETER STROZIER AND MARGARET DOZIER STROZIER

1. Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Margaret Strowshure was b. 1 Sept 1766.
According to her New Testament, she married George Darden on July 30, 1783 in Wilkes County, Georgia.
2. Margaret, daughter of Peter and Margaret Strowshure was born Feb 8, 1768 and married Acton Nash in 1799 (DAR Nos. 149705 and 108105)
3. Barbary - born 18 Feb 1771
4. Peter, born 18 June 1773 and married Priscilla ? His will was proved May 5th 1839 in Wilkes County, Georgia.
5. Mary (Polly), born August 8, 1775 in Wilkes County, Georgia and married Major Henderson born 1775. (DAR Nos. 99666 and 80621.)
6. Esther, born January 1, 1778.
7. John, born September 11, 1780, died in 1813 and married Elizabeth (Ann) Bennett. (DAR Nos. 113726, 90784, and 80627.
8. Reuben, born July 5, 1782 and died December 25, 1850. Reuben married Phereby or Susan Calloway who was born in 1787 and died in 1865. They had the following children: Margaret Ann, who married Willis Jones; Peter; Polly; Reuben, Jr.; Calloway; William C.; and Enoch T. All of these lived in Meriwether County, Georgia. (DAR Nos. 80621, 147324, 81535, and79459) 9. William

Some of what I know about Peter and Margaret has been found in her application for a Revolutionary Way Veteran's Widow's Pension. I have a copy of this application, which I obtained from the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History in Columbia, SC. The application reads as follows:

"Service- GEORGIA
STROZIER, PETER - MARGARET
Number R10279

Selected Records - National Archives Microfilm Publications
DECLARATION

In order to obtain the benefits of the 3rd section of the Act of 11th July 1836 of the 1st section of the Act of 3rd March 1837; to wit of said acts -

State of Georgia - On the 1st day of February 1842, personally appeared before the subscriber, Thomas E. Hardaway, a Justice of the circuit or county court of Meriweather County, State of Georgia, being a court of record, Margaret Strozier, a resident of said county and state, aged one hundred four years & five months who first being duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 11th, 1936 of the act explanatory of the act passed March 3rd, 1837 or either of said acts.

1st - That the said Margaret Strozier was born on the 1st day of September, 1740; that she was married to Peter Strozier in October 1758 who afterwards became a Revolutionary War Soldier of whose widow she now is - Her Husband died 18th January 1807. - Her husband died of common Bibulous Fever in Wilkes County, Georgia. At the time during the Revolutionary Way, she had seven children, the two oldest were daughters & one of them became grown. She was married in Rowan County, North Carolina near Salisbury by Rev. John Buchanan, a Protestant minister by publishing the Rites of Matrimony three several times.
She has no vision of her age in her memory at this time. She kept for many years a family record of their children's ages in which was the time of her own birth and from which she has thus been able to recollect that her age was written down by her son John who is long since dead. The Bible in which was this record was taken to the State of Alabama near Tuscaloosa many years ago by her daughter, Mrs. Darden. Whether it is yet in existence, she does not know. From North Carolina, she removed with her husband, said Peter Strozier, and settled in Wilkes County, State of Georgia on Kettle Creek about six miles above the town of Washington. There they resided on the breaking out of the Revolutionary War and for several years afterwards which its operations mostly affected the North.

2nd. Her husband said Peter Strozier was a Private soldier and served as such for five years during the Revolutionary War. He was a volunteer. She has no documentary evidence of her husband's service. He rendezvoused at Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia in the Month of May 1779. She recollects the time of the year from the growing crop; he there joined the company in which Paddy Carr was Captain and Gen'l Eljah Clark was then the commander of the Corps. He served in all of Gen'l Clark's subsequent operations and such other connecting operations as Clark produced. - She, said Margaret Strozier, remained on the farm where her husband left her in 1779 for two years. - About the end of that year she was broken up by the Tories leaving anything of any consequence destroyed, she being known as the wife of a Whig was about in the Army with Clark fighting. - She fled with her family of little children through South Carolina half begging and starving, suffering greatly from want, cold, exposure and ? during the months of January and February 1781 and joined her husband in North Carolina not long after the battle of Kings Mountain. Her husband served sometimes as Cavalry and sometimes as Infantry, but generally in the Cavalry. - Captain Carr was a guest often at her house before he went into the Army.

Said Peter Strozier continued in the service of the United States until the third day of November 1783". - Continued past that time up to May 1784, as before that five years. -

Said Peter and Margaret were not married "while her husband was in such service." It took place before the last period of his service" Before commencement of service as before stated.

He was discharged on his return home by Gen'l Clark without any written discharge within her knowledge. She recollects hearing him speak of a Col. Dunn as ? at some time commanding his Regiment. At the time her husband joined the service at Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia considerable discussion, excitement and division especially annoyed the people. She recollects some of her own relations joined the British, or consented to remain neutral accepting the terms of a Proclamation made by the British Governor or commander at Savannah. - Her husband said he wished no other protection but his rifle, he to ached and joined Gen'l Clark as above stated and was with him as a soldier in all his campaigns so far as she knows or believes. - He served generally under Gen'l Clark, also sometimes with Gen'ls Shelby and Campbell and served under the latter at the battle of Kings Mountain not far from the line of North and South Carolina. - Regards this last battle particularly her husband was also in the battle fought on Kettle Creek, Wilkes County, Georgia. - About the time he entered the service there was a ? British emissary operating amongst the people in that section of the country known by the name of Col. Mandon, who deluded any. - When Clark left Whigs had no longer a home in Georgia, over run by the British, , and Indians he accompanied him to the Mountain districts of South Carolina going where reconnoitering, defending, and protecting and encouraging the people.

Whist her husband was absent she seldom lowly occasionally heard from him, such was her desolate situation, the broken inter??? of the county and the disturbed state of the times. For four years of the time, out of five, the British were pretty well masters of the State. - Of course, from personal and passing knowledge, she could not then know as she did not much about his particular services; these however he often recounted to her afterwards; yet these from her great age and long lapse of time and memory she can not more specifically narrate than she has done in the foregoing history of his service. - She only puts down here what she distinctly recollects.. -

3rd. - And the said Margaret Strozier further declares that she was a widow on the 4th July 1831, and still remains a widow, as will more fully appear by reference to the prior hereto annexed. - Whatever was the Authority and nature of Gen'l Clark's service was alike the character of the service; and a general, constant mixed service as to grade and name mesely, under the emergencies of Revolutionary timing.

And the said Margaret Strozier further declares that there is no resident clergyman within any convenient distance whose testimony as to her Revolutionary claim she might procure who is acquainted with her situation as such she having only removed to this section of the State about two years since. -

And the said Margaret Strozier further declares that she presents her claim for this Pension as soon as she was informed of her right and advised to do so; that she did this over before about two years ago and that she has only recently ascertained the last of the papers, their being no carnage or neglect in being attached thereto.

Margaret X Strozier
her mark

Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me.

Thos. E Hardaway, J T C

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And I the said Thomas E. Hardaway, Justice of the ? or County Court of Meriweather County, State of Georgia, aforesaid do hereby certify that the said Margaret Strozier who has made the foregoing declaration is unable to attend the Court from bodily infirmity and that the applicant Margaret Strozier is of the most credible character. Wherein I set my seal officially the day and year above written

Thos. E. Hardaway -
Seal

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State of Georgia
Meriweather County

We, James Render and John Jones, residing in the County and State aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Margaret Strozier who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration; that we believe her to be One Hundred and One Years and Five Months of age; that she is respected in the neighborhood where she resides to be the widow of a soldier of the Revolution; that we concur in that opinion. Certified and sworn to the day and year above written.

Samuel Render
John Jones

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And the said Thomas E. Hardaway, Justice of the Inferior or County Court, aforesaid does hereby declare his opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the Interrogation proscribed by the War Department that the above named applicant is the widow of a Revolutionary War Soldier and that he served as she stated. And the said Thomas E. Hardaway, Justice as aforesaid further certified that James Render and John Jones who have signed the preceding Certificate are residents of the County of Meriweather, State of Georgia that they are credible persons and that their statement is entitled to credit and that the same has been duly sworn to before me.

Thos. E. Hardaway, Justice

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From: "The Wilkes County, Georgia Lands and Deeds Book", Wilkes County Library, Washington, Georgia: "Deeds GGG, page 82" . "Heirs and representatives of PETER STROZIER, SR. , deceased, sell lands lying in Wilkes County, Georgia, December 18, 1800. Signed by heirs: John Strozier, Peter Strozier, Jr., Heirs of George Darden; MAJOR HENDERSON,; John Poteet; William Lunsford; Acton Nesh, Deeds GGG, Page 82"

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>From "Early Records of Georgia", Page 19. Following is a list of taxable property of inhabitants of Capt. Hagan's District. by Jacob Early for 1785: Peter Strozier .....2 1/2 polls, 3 slaves, 700 acres Wilkes County, 287 !/2 acres Franklin County.

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According to the LDS Church, batch 7817401-84-86, sent in by Carol A. Hogan, 6212 Vista Verde, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102, the children of Peter Strozier, Sr. and Margaret Dozier Strozier were: Elizabeth (Betty) Strozier born 1 September 1766 in NC, died 2 June 1842 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She is buried in Darden Cemetery; Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. She married George Washington Darden, Jr. on 30 July 1783 in Wilkes County, GA. Margaret Strozier, born 8 February 1768; married Acton Nash 12 August 1799 in Wilkes County, GA Barbara Strozier, born 18 February 1771; died sometime after 7 September 1829; married in 1785 to William Captain Lunsford (Lunceford) Peter Strozier Jr. born 18 June 1773; died before 5 May 1839 in Wilkes County, GA; married Priscilla Thrash Mary (Polly) Strozier (our ancestor) born 8 August 1775 in Wilkes County, GA; died 19 April 1855 in Ft. Gaines, Clay County, GA; married Major Henderson 1 April 1799 in Wilkes County, Georgia at the Sardis Baptist Church in Wilkes County, GA. Esther "Hetty" Strozier born Wilkes County, GA 1 January 1778; married John Richard Peteet 26 June 1799 in Wilkes County, GA. John Strozier born Wilkes County, GA 11 September 1780 and died before 24 September 1824 in Morgan County, GA; married Ann Bennett in about 1804 Reuben Strozier born Wilkes County, GA 5 July 1782 and died 25 December 1850 in Meriwether County, GA; married Pheraby Callaway on 29 March 1803 at Wilkes County, GA William Strozier born 30 July 1783/1785; died before 5 January 1863 in Chambers County, Alabama; married 23 September 1852 in Chambers County, Alabama to Elizabeth Milburn

The LDS record also states that Peter Strozier was a Planter and a Judge.

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The Lineage Book of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), page 166, Item number 79459, submitted by a Mrs. Nannie Strozier Thrash states "Peter Strozier (1748 - 1823) served, 1776, as a private under Col. John Dooley at the battle of "Kettle Creek". He was born in Germany; died in Wilkes County, Ga."
The lineage book also states that he was married to Margaret Dozier.

The book, "Georgia Revolutionary War Soldiers' Graves", Volume II, page 748 reads as follows:

"#243 * Peter Strozier, b. 1748 d. 1823 served as a private under Colonel Dooley and Colonel Elijah Clarke and fought at the battle of Kettle Creek. His widow received a pension for his services. He is buried in the Strozier family burial grounds.
See: "Abstracts of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots Reported to DAR in 1924" "Georgia's Roster of the Revolution, pages 164-166."
"Roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers in Georgia Volume 3, page 219"

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The DAR Patriot Index, Page 658 states:
STROZIER:
Margaret Dozier b. 9-18-1740, d. 1842, m. Peter Strozier PS Ga.

Peter: b. 1740 d. 1-18-1807 m. Margaret Dozier Pvt. Ga.

The February 12, 1970 edition of the Washington, Georgia "News Reporter" newspaper: published an article entitled "WILKES COUNTY SCRAPBOOK HARDSHIPS OF MARGARET DOZIER STROZIER" By Janet Harvill Standard

This story recounted the hardships of a 99 year old who had lived a hard and dangerous life.

The story also pointed out that she had ridden a mule 100 miles from Wilkes County to Greenville, Georgia, during which time she endured rain and sun, fording creeks, cooking by the trail, and spreading your sleeping quilt wherever the setting sun caught you.

In the Revolutionary records in the National Archives, Roy Smith, Jr. (Nellie Mansfield's son) found the story of this remarkable woman in her own words. Lelia Cheney Freeman has added bits here and there from family records.

Margaret came with her husband, Peter, from North Carolina, before the Revolution, and settled on Kettle Creek. Peter bought land on both sides of the creek. When, at the outset of the Revolution and Wilkes County became involved, Peter volunteered in service with Clark and Dooly. This left Margaret at home to care for the youngest five of their seven children. She managed with difficulty until the Tories burned her house and destroyed everything of value in 1781.

She took the five children in attempt to join Peter. She walked from Wilkes County, Georgia across South Carolina and joined Peter near King's Mountain, N. C. She reported that during the trek they were - "half starving, half begging, half freezing". After the war, they came home and they tried to pick up their life again in Wilkes County, however Peter died in 1807 of "Bilious fever".

It is believed that Margaret must have gone to live nearby with Peter, Jr., but there are indications that she and her daughter-in-law found it difficult to get along. In 1837 , Peter told his mother that she could either live in peace with his wife or go to Greenville and live with another son, Reuben. She chose to live with Reuben and made the trip by mule to Greenville.

Congress passed a law in March 1837, allowing pensions for widows of Revolutionary soldiers. It was two years later before Margaret heard of the news. When she appeared before the Ordinary of Meriwether County to file her claim, there was no one living who could verify her claim. She said she was born September 1, 1740 in North Carolina, but her daughter had carried the family Bible into Alabama.

She could not show any papers of Peter's Revolutionary service. Elijah Clark gave no written discharges. Peter always said he needed nothing but his musket to prove his fighting skill.

Margaret's mind was clear - despite her one hundred and one plus years. She could tell the stories of Tory atrocities and convinced the Ordinary, who made out the application for her. She signed it with her mark very firmly.

It is not known whether she ever received one penny for she died a few months later. She is buried near the old Strozier Plantation. It was located about four miles west of Greenville, Georgia in Meriwether County.. Lelia Cheney Freeman says that she goes now and then to stand by the grave of this intrepid pioneer and salute the courage that made a 99 year old woman ride a clopping mule from one home to begin another - and think nothing of the feat."

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>From the book, "Historical Account of Meriwether County 1827-1974" compiled by Regina P. Pinkston for Meriwether County, I copied the following:

Margaret Dozier Strozier, widow of Revolutionary Soldier Peter Strozier, spent her 101sts and 102nd years in Meriwether County, having come with her son Reuben, and his wife Pheraby Callaway Strozier, from Wilkes County, Georgia in 1840. They settled four miles west of Greenville, Georgia on the LaGrange Road, where she was buried in the family cemetery in 1842, not long after she had submitted her application for a Revolutionary War Soldier's Widow's Pension.

The D. A. R. recognizes Mrs. Strozier as a Revolutionary patriot in her own right, for her service to the Whig, or Patriot cause and for her personal loss and dramatic adventure during the war.

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From " Brooks of Honey and Butter, Plantations and People of Meriwether County, Georgia", by William H. Davidson
Volume I, page 251 through 255 offers a description from which the following information has been gleaned:

The Strozier Plantation was located near Odessadale. About 4 1/2 miles from Greenville, highway 109 East veers away to the left from part of the old LaGrange Road. It straightens out a curve and perhaps a mile or more of abandoned road originally going around and over a hill through the lands of the Strozier Plantation. The "big house" of the Stroziers could be seen on its hill site from the old road. Between the abandoned roadbed and the highway, in a pine grove of new growth pines, is located the Strozier Family Cemetery. It is a plot of about 100 feet square. It has Meriwether County granite walls of piled slabs and rocks. It contains monuments to a notable family. More than a thousand acres of farmland, pastures and woodland surrounded the plantation house of Ruben Strozier in 1850. He moved to Meriwether in 1837. The 1840 census listed him as the head of a family. At the cemetery, granite steps provides access over the wall. A marble box tomb has the following inscription:

MARGARET STROZIER
DIED 1842
IN THE 97TH YEAR
OF HER AGE

According to family tradition Margaret Strozier, nee Dozier, was born aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean enroute to America. Her parents emigrated from Germany. She as "Peggy" Strozier. Margaret Dozier was married to Peter Strozier in Rowan County (near Salisbury, North Carolina), in October 1758. Sometime after that time they moved to Wilkes County, Georgia. They settled about six miles above the town of Washington on Kettle Creek. He acquired some land and was a farmer when the Revolutionary War began. Peter Strozier refused the protection of British and Tory sympathizers at the time. People of the county were divided loyalty. He never concealed the fact that was a Whig, He said he "wished no other protection but his rifle!"

He volunteered as a private at Washington, Georgia in May 1779. He joined Captain Paddy Carr's company, under General Elijah Clarke. He fought at the Battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina and in the decisive Battle of Kettle Creek near his home in Wilkes County, Georgia.

. In her declaration and application for pension as the widow of a Revolutionary Soldier, filed in Meriwether County on February 1, 1842, she stated that at the end of that time "she was broken up by the Tories and everything of any consequence was destroyed, she being known as the wife of a Whig who was in the army with General (Elijah) Clarke fighting."

Peter Strozier "served sometimes as cavalry and sometimes as infantry, but generally in the Cavalry." He "continued in the service of the United States until the third day of November 1783, and served additionally until May, 1784," in all about five years. Peter and Margaret Strozier returned to Wilkes County after the war. He finally owned considerable land and was a well-known citizen of the county. In 1803, he had two draws for land in the lottery that year. Mrs. Strozier had two draws as the widow of a Revolutionary soldier in the "Cherokee Purchase" lottery of 1832. Born about 1740, Peter Strozier came to America from Westphalia, Germany. He died January 18, 1807 in Wilkes County "of common bilious fever" and his grave in the Sardis Baptist Church cemetery is unmarked.

The farm of Ruben Strozier in Wilkes County was near that of his parents. He had two draws in the land lottery of 1803. Ruben was born July 5, 1782. He married Pheraby Callaway, daughter of John and Bethany Arnold Callaway. The Callaways came to Wilkes County about 1783 from North Carolina and were originally from Virginia."

_______________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ In 1995, I visited the site of the battle of Kettle Creek. This is near Washington and Rayle, Georgia and is located on War Hill Road, just off Court Grounds Road. From Washington, you would go out Skull Shoals Road, at the dead end, turn left onto Court Grounds Road and watch closely and on the right down about 1/2 mile, you will see a sign on a dirt road, marking War Hill Road. Turn right on to the dirt War Hill Road and travel about two miles to the site of the battle of Kettle Creek. There are several monuments and grave markers. One of the grave markers is for the only woman buried there. She is Adelphia Henderson Peteet. She is the daughter of Joseph Henderson and Adelphia Lea Henderson. She would be my GGGG Aunt.

The following from 'Strozier Genealogy,' compiled by Shirley F. Kinney of Rome, Georgia, revised as recently as 1982..

"Peter Strozier (Johan Peter Stroher (Strozer, Strowshour, etc.) (Born 1740 or earlier, Wesphalia, Germany; died January 18, 1807, Wilkes County, Georgia of 'common bilious fever.') (Wilkes County Ordinary's Office, Return Book 1807.) Arrived in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1751 on the ship Patience from Rotterdam (Penn. German Pioneers by Straaburger.) Had original land grant in Rowan County, N.C. (Deed book 5, Carolina Cradle by Ramsey;) Peter Strozier mentioned in Rowan, NC Court minutes as early as July 17, 1755, and as late as October 12, 1764; moved to Wilkes County, Georgia, prior to the Revolution (had permit to build a grist mill in Wilkes County, November 7, 1777 - original permit in Peter Strozier file, Georgia Archives, Atlanta, Georgia.) Settled on Kettle Creek, about six miles southwest of town of Washington, Georgia at or very near the site of the Battle of Kettle Creek; volunteered May 1779, at Washington; served in the Revolution until May 1784, under General Elijah Clarke and Captain Paddy Carr in the Battle of Kettle Creek, Kings Mountain and elsewhere and received land grants on Kettle Creek, Wilkes County, Ga for Revolutionary War service. This information from "The Battle of Kettle Creek" by Standard; "Revolutionary Soldier's excepts for Georgia Bounty Grants" by Blair; "Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia"; "DAR Index to the Permits #882 & #990 for 250 acres each signed by Colonel Elijah Clarke.

Also the Wilkes County Deed book NN, page 82-83 show that Peter Strozier received $1350 for damages done by Creek Indians in 1783. Reference the Georgia Genealogist - State Record Claims, page 2..

Peter Strozier, Sr. and his sons Peter, Jr. and William drew land in the Georgia Land Lottery of 1806, obtained from the Creek Indian Nation in a treaty concluded at Washington, Georgia on November 14, 1805. Each lot was 202 1/2 acres. To be eligible, participants had to have been residents of Georgia for three years. Each had two draws..

Ron Henderson Aiken, SC