A Biography of Peter Strozier


Peter Strozier

Birth: ABT 1740

Place: Westphalia , Germany

Death: 18 Jan 1807

Place: Wilkes Co., GA


Born about 1740, Peter Strozier came to America from Westphalia , Germany .


The name 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.


He 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.


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.




Elijah Clarke was Peter Strozier's 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 Strozier 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.


Peter Strozier Volunteered May 1779, at Washington , GA ; 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.


Peter Strozier was a Private soldier and served as such for five years during the Revolutionary War. He was a volunteer. He rendezvoused at Washington , Wilkes County , Georgia in the Month of May 1779. Margaret Strozier 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.


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 his 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.)


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).


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.


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 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.


He died January 18, 1807 in Wilkes County "of common bilious fever" and his grave in the Sardis Baptist Church cemetery is unmarked.




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