The Strickland family emigrated from England in the 1600′s. First settling and colonizing Virginia, some of its members emigrated from the swampy eastern land into what was to become Wake and Franklin Counties, North Carolina by the mid-1700′s. Though there is some dispute as to exactly how my branch is descended from Matthew Strickland, the Immigrant, the last few generations can be quite accurately accounted for.
Experimenting with yet another family tree format I describe these connections from the 20th century back. This is a work in progress.
My grandfather, George Ricks Strickland, was orphaned at the age of five. He was raised as the son of Edward, Molly and Dora Dodson, three single children of James H. Dodson and Sarah Jane Rowlett Dodson, in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and would have been legally adopted by them were it not for his desire to remain George Strickland. He would grow up and marry their niece, Anna Florette Sayles, daughter of Rebecca Eulalia “Lilly” Dodson and Clifton Duvall Sayles.
George was the sixth of the seven children born to Sidney Nicholas Strickland and Virginia Elizabeth Coppedge.
Sidney was born in 1850 to Anderson Perry Strickland and Julia M. Stone Strickland. He died in February 1897, three weeks after his wife.
Anderson Perry Strickland was born about 1820 to John Perry Strickland and Leah Jeffreys Strickland. He died of wounds sustained in the Seige of Petersburg, Virginia, September 15, 1864.
John Perry Strickland was born about 1785 in Little River District, Wake County, North Carolina, one of many children born to Matthew Strickland, Senior, and ———-. He married Leah Jeffreys in 1808 and they had many children. He died sometime between 1828 and 1829. Leah continued to run the farm, holding it as tradition dictated for his heirs. The 1830 census indicates __________.
Matthew Strickland, senior, is the patriarch of this branch, and his parents are hard to document.