Between 1735 and 1742 - Aft 1818
||Solomon Strickland  |
||Between 1735 and 1742
||Nash County, North Carolina 
||Madison County, Georgia 
- In Bruce Howard's book about the Pace family, he notes (pg 137-138) that Solomon and Amy resided at his plantation on Turkey Creek for many years and (this) is where most, if not all of their children were born. The area where they lived was near the Franklin, Wake, Nash county line, or in the southwestern part of Nash County. They were already living on their farm when the new county was created and in the year 1778 he applied for and received a grant for land which adjoined his farm:
Nash County Grant Book, Caveat no. 256 Solomon Strickland enters 250 acres of Land in Nash County, on both sides of the great branch of Turkey Creek above Barniby Barrons, Running so as to Include the Improvements he now lives on. 31st Dec. 1778.
The family lived here until 1786, when they and some of his brothers loaded up their wagons, herded together their stock, and moved to the State of Georgia. Solomon sold his 700 acres of land for 100 pounds of gold and silver on November 4, 1786 to Stephen Young (Nash County, N.C. Deed book 1, p. 342). At the time they came to Georgia the parent county in which they settled was old Wilkes County, which was later broken up to form Elbert and others. Two of the brothers, Solomon and Jacob were in Elbert, and Isaac, Henry and Matthew in the lower part of Franklin, which in 1796 became Jackson County. Solomon during that same period purchased land in Jackson upon which he was taxed, although he physically resided in Elbert.
In "Foxfire 7" edited by Paul F. Gillespie, 1982, Plate 12 (p 74) shows the 12 original members of the Lystra Primative Baptist Church as Timothy Carrington (Minister), Winifred Carrington, Solomon Strickland, Amy Strickland, David Robertson, Amelia Sorrells, William Davis, John Mearon(?), Mary Mearon, Pony(?) Williford, Nancy Williford, and Juda Williford, and was dated 15 January 1803.
Howard Parham, the only remaining member of the Lystra Primitive Baptist Church, recounted its history (p 71): "The church was first built over in Oglethorpe County (GA) across the river. It was and still is a Primitive Baptist church. The people moved over to this place and this building was built in 1820. They built it close to a spring so they wouldn't have to dig a well and close to water for a baptisizing hole. My granddaddy got baptized [in that hole] with ice on the banks. He wanted to be baptized then and didn't want to wait till the water got warm. [After they moved] they changed the name from Skull Shoals to Lystra. So this building is about 150 years old. They were still fighting Indians when the church was established. At that time, there was no community and no roads. The most members they ever had, according to my records, was fifty. They only have one member now and that's me. They had slave members there and a balcony set up for the slaves. They didn't sit down there with the (white) people. Once they turned a slave out for beating his wife. The women sat on one side of the church and the men sat on the other. [They] always did that. They had foot washings up until they quit having services. Every year in August they had communion and foot washings. We always called that Attracted Meeting. We had a three-day meeting in August and foot washings on one day."
In PACE OUR COLONIAL ANCESTORS, Bruce Howard wrote that in 1805, the clerk of the land office in Jackson County, who apparently had a keen eye and a bit of a sense of humor, listed Solomon, Senior as "Solomon (Bit nose) Strickland." This was because he has apparently got into a knock down, no holds barred fight with someone around this time period, and that someone may have got the better of him and bit a plug out of his nose and probably broke some bones (p 139).
Before leaving Elbert County and moving into the easter portion of Jackson County (circa 1805), Solomon made a deed of gift to certain of his children, disposing of his wordly property. Howard speculates that "he was quite a rounder and a good hand at drinking his own whiskey...(and perhaps) thought he was about to die" Howard went on to note that he did not intend to leave the impression that Solomon was one of little morals...he was an educated and energetic man and a very successful planter of the well-to-do class in the South. This eastern portion of Jackson was severed in 1811 to form Madison County. Solomon ratified the earlier gifts he made in Elbert County in 1813, while living in Madison County.
The deeds of gift are reproduced below:
Deed Book A, p. 83 Georgia Madison County
Be it known that I Solomon Strickland of the County & State aforesaid did on the fourteenth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and four make and execute an Instrument of writing commonly called a deed of Gift wherein I gave to my children, to wit: Ephraim Strickland, Unah Thompson, Barshebah Strickland, Linny Strickland (now Linny Ware), Ezekiel Strickland and Nancy Strickland Certain property therein named which is of record in the Clerks office of the Superior Court of Elbert County all of which property in and by the said deed of Gift they were to be possessed of after the death of myself and my wife Amy Strickland, having previously given to each of my other children, to wit: Henry Strickland, Barnabus Strickland, Milly Higginbotham, Hardy Strickland, Solomon Strickland, Polly Carter and Jinny Bridges, as Sum equal to that Given to each of those named in the aforesaid deed of Gift.
Now be it remembered, that in making the aforesaid Instrument I gave to my daugher Nancy Strickland a Certian Negro Girl known by the name of Ester and whearas my beloved daughter Nancy has departed this life, and it was her wish and desire previous to her death tht my son Ephraim Strickland should have the aforesaid Negro girl Ester, in consideration of such request and other considerations me hereunto Moving do hereby Give to my son Ephraim Strickland all the right Interest or claim which I have in the said Negro Girl Ester and do this day deliver her to him as his right and property and all the property which I Gave to my son Ephraim in and by the aforesaid deed of Gift, to wit, the tract of land on which I now live and one Still containing thirty Gallons myself and my wife Amy Strickland and from divers other Good Causes and Considerations I have and do hereby and at this time deliver up to my said son Ephariam Strickland his heirs or assigns foever against the claim (of) all and every person or persons whatsoever directly or Indirectly In witness whereof I the said Solomon Strickland have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this fifth day of November 1813. Test Aaron Johnson, Elisha JohnsonSolomon "x" Strickland (seal)
[attested to and filed on the 11th November 1813.]his mark
Deed Book A, p. 91 Georgia Madison County
Be it known that I Solomon Strickland of the County & State aforesaid did on the fourteenth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and four make and execute an Instrument of writing Commonly called a Deed of Gift wherein I Gave to my children Ephraim Strickland, Barshebah Strickland, Unah Thompson, Linny Strickland (now Linny Ware), Ezekial Strickland and Nancy Strickland Certain property therein named which Instrument is of Record in the Superior Court of Elbert County...[same wording as above]...
Now be it remembered that In making and executing the aforesaid Instrument I Gave to my daughter Unah Thompson and Barshebah Strickland One Negor Woman known by the name of Isbel and her Increase which by the Said Instrument they were to be possessed of after the decease of myself and my wife Amy Strickland but from divers Good causes and Considerations I have and do hereby at this time deliver up to my daughter Barshebah Strickland and Alexander Thompson Husband of my Said daughter Unah, four Negreo Children, par of the Increase of the said Negro woman Isbel (to wit) Eve a Girl, Suky a Girl, Franky a Girl, and Jack a boy In order that they may now divide them between themselves or otherwise dispose of them as they may think proper retaining nevertheless the said negro girl Suky in my own possession for my own use and benefit Until after the death of myself and my wife Amy Strickland, after which period the said Negro girl Suky is to return either to my daughter Barshebah or Alexander Thompson their heirs or Assigns which ever She may fall to in the division which may be made and agreed to between them. In witness whereof I the said Solomon Strickland have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 28th day of October 1813. Test: Allen Danile, Charles Sorrels Elisha JohnsonSolomon "O" Strickland (seal) his mark[attested to on third day of November 1813] Henry Ware J P Recorded 30th Nov'b 1813
Citations of Deeds of Gift:
Deed of Gift from Solomon Strickland to his children from Madison Co GA Deed BK A pg 83 and 84 (1812-1813) recorded Nov 11, 1813.
From the online version of the FHL Catalog: Title: Deeds and mortgages, 1812-1907 Authors: Georgia. Superior Court (Madison County) (Main Author)
Deeds, vol. A-E, 1812-1828. FHL US/CAN Film 351771
In the Pace Society of America quartertly bulletin, No. 132, dated June 2000, Jane Shelton Strickland writes that Solomon is often shown as dying in 1818, but with no documentation. She believes his date of death could be as late as sometime after 1821.
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