Thomas Strickland/Stricklin married Zelpha Slocum

Thomas STRICKLAND, father of Thomas b. 1802 who married Elizabeth Shock, is believed to the Thomas who appears in the 1790 NC Sampson Co. census beside Samuel STRICKLAND Jr. However, there is a Thomas STRICKLAND who appears in court records in Sampson Co. NC during the time Thomas is in TN, so the link isn’t firm. However, Joseph SLOKUM (SLOCUM) was living next door to Thomas STRICKLAND in NC. and Thomas STRICKLAND married Zilpha, daughter of Joseph SLOCUM.

The 1819 court minutes for Sampson County have two entries concerning a deceased Thomas Strickland Sr., whose widow was Mary.

“Family tradition said he (Thomas STRICKLAND Jr.) came from TN and census list birth place as TN. Written recollection from grandchildren of age to know first hand have named his Mother as Zelpha Slocum. The History of Slocum, Slocumbs of America book coming from the other direction said unnamed daughter of Joseph Slocumb married Thomas Strickland. Census NC 1790 show Thomas Strickland and Joseph Slokum to be very close neighbors.”
Judy Berndt 2001 June 23 email

“Thomas Strickland and siblings of Zelpha along with Joseph Slocumb are together on record of sale of ‘Negroes’ to? THORNTON.”
Judy Berndt 2001 June 23 email

“1796 Bill of sale Joseph Slocumb Sr, Joseph Slocumb Jr, Thomas Strickland, Linday Slocum, and Diley (Riely) Slocumb for two Negroes named Nat and Rachel.
WIT: Nathaniel Thorton, Noah smith and John Ward.”

Thomas Strickland’s granddaughter, Millie Ann, would marry a Crockett. CROCKETT and STRICKLAND connections began early on:

“Crockett connections start there when Zeplha’s brother Riley Slocum married Nancy Crockett the widow POTTS. BRASHEAR connections probably began prior to Mo.”
Judy Berndt 2001 June 23 email

“A Crockett gives the birth date of Thomas Stricklin (Jr) as well as his death date. I qualify this as an I witness account and as evidence is greater than the lady who’s reference you use who got the info from the county history book. Also, descendant of Zelpha Stricklin, Louise Stabler herself gave me what was in their family Bible. That is creditable evidence. She is still living in Wichita Kansas and grew up with my Mother. She was the one who started me on this adventure.”
Judy Berndt 24 Mar 2002

Zilpha SLOCUM STRICKLAND administered Thomas’ estate sale 1804 in Williamson Co.TN.

Judy Berndt notes: “There was an Enoch BATEMAN who attended estate sale for my Thomas Strickland …others who attended were as follows: Barnabus Peet, Isaac Crow, Nathan Garner, John Garner, Britton Garner, John Blackman, John Patton, John Johnston, Joseph SLOCUM, Richard Orton, Thomas West? and Abraham Whatin?.”

A land record of 1772 from Duplin County exists between a Samuel Strickland and Thomas Strickland:

SAMUEL STRICKLAND TO THOMAS STRICKLAND

(illegible text) I Saamuel Strickland of Duplin County in the province of North Carolina (illegible) of the sum of Ten pounds for aclamation (illegible) Thomas Strickland the Receipt whereof I do heregy acknowledge and my (illegible) acquit and discharge the said Thomas Strickland (illegible) administrators forever by these presents. Have (illegible) granted (illegible) conveyd and conferred. And by these presents do (illegible) grant bargain (illegible) convey and confirm unto the said THOMAS STRICKLAND AND HIS HEIRS AND (illegible) of Parcel of land lying on the West side (illegible) called Nixons Branch it being part of a tract of land which begins (illegible) Cox in Mark Phillips line (or land) (illegible) said Branch then running along his (illegible) 4.2 East 155 pale (?) to a Black Oak (illegible) North 48 West 155 pole (illegible) center of these pines (illegible) South 42 West 155 poles to a large Pine South (illegible) 155 pole to the (illegible) To Have and to Hold the said (illegible) Bargaines (illegible) with all the (illegible) priviledges commanded (illegible) to him the said Thomas Strickland (illegible) to his and their only paper as benefit and behoafe (illegible) and I the said Samuel Strickland for my Executors and adminstrators warrant (illegible) and grant to and (illegible) the said Thomas Strickland, his heirs and (illegible) that before the (illegible). I am the (illegible) and henceforce (illegible) of the above (illegible) promised and (illegible).

(2nd page)
Of the same (illegible) mine Own proper Right as a good (illegible) and (illegible)estate of (illegible) simple and heir and myself good Right (illegible) and authority to grant (illegible) and confirm said Bargaine (?) (illegible) and (illegible). and that the said Thomas Strickland his heirs and assigns shall and may from time to time and (illegible) by force and (illegible)of these presents (illegible)peaceably and would (illegible) occupy (illegible) and enjoy the said (illegible) and (illegible) all the (illegible) exonerated and dischared of from all and (illegible) manner of (illegible) grants (illegible) leases mortgages. Wills (illegible) Judgments (illegible) and estates for this (illegible) I the said Samuel Strickland for my (illegible) Executor and adminstrator do (illegible) and engage the above (illegible) promises to (illegible) and Thomas Strickland in (illegible) against the (illegible) claims or awards of any person or persons (illegible) forever to warrant secure and defend.
IN WITNESS (illegible) set my hand and seal this Fourth Day of January 1772.

Signed Sealed and (illegible) in the presence

John Thornton

Richard Hull (or Hill)

Samuel Strickland

mark

The 1790 U.S. CENSUS NORTH CAROLINA SAMPSON COUNTY shows:

Pg. 51

Ipse WOOHON
James HOWARD
John AIGISTER
Thomas AYAL
Jacob LOCKERMAN
Micajah STEPHENS
William WIGGINS
Thomas WIGGINS
Thomas ROBIN
Timothy HATCHER
Joshua JOHNSTON
James ROBINSON
William ROBINSON Jr.
David RAINER
Ipse WARD
Samuel RUTLEDGE
Sean or Jean HILL
Robert KEY
? McCLENDON
Charles KEY
Benjamin JOYNER?
Nathaniel LYNCH
Travis ELMORE
Hancob HATCHER
Isaac DANIEL
Asher PIPKIN
William WESTBROOK
Josiah MAINOR
Elisha Moore WILSON
David FRASER
William WIGGINS
Wiliam McCLAN
George WIGGINS
Joseph SLOKUM (2 males 16 and up, 1 male under 16, 3 females)
John ROACH
Thomas SUTTON
Noah SMITH
Charles MURPHREY
Samuel STRICKLAND JR (1 male 16 and up, 3 males under 16, 3 females)
Thomas STRICKLAND (3 males 16 and up, 2 males under 16, 5 females)

James HODGSON
Marmaduke RYAL
Nathan PETERSON
Thomas PETERSON
Capaam PETERSON
Kedar BRYAN
pg. 52
Jacob ODOM
Joel WILLIAMS
James LAIGNTON (uncertain spelling)
John STARLING
Samuel STRICKLAND (1 male 16 and up, 1 male under 16, 2 females)
Howell SMITH
Jacob GANEY
Edmund GANEY
John THORNTON
David GRANTHAM

As can be seen, a John Thornton lives near the Stricklands. In 1815 a Thomas Strickland Sr. sold land to Thomas Thornton in Sampson County. By 1819 Thomas Strickland Sr., who was married to a Mary, was deceased. So we’re working with multiple Thomas Stricklands here and it’s going to be difficult to sort things out. We do have, however, Joseph Slocum, father of Zilpha who married our Thomas, living also a few households away.

All STRICKLANDS in 1790 Sampson Co. NC census were:
STRICKLAND Alexander pg. 53
STRICKLAND Alexander pg. 54
STRICKLAND Harmon pg. 54
STRICKLAND Holly pg. 52
STRICKLAND John pg. 52
STRICKLAND Samuel Jr. pg. 51
STRICKLAND Samuel Sr. pg. 52
STRICKLAND Thomas pg. 51
STRICKLAND William pg. 51
STRICKLAND William pg. 52

1784 to 1786 NC DUPLIN/SAMPSON CO. CENSUS has a SLOCUMB and a STRICKLAND:
SLOCUMB John C. 1-1-3 Kenan’s
STRICKLIN Absalom 1-2-2 Gillespie’s

By 1800, Joseph Slocum is no longer in Sampson County, NC, but a Thomas Strickland and Samuel (given as Strickling) still are and are living near Thomas Thornton:

1800 Fayetteville, Sampson, North Carolina

Image 9 of 48
Thomas Thornton 1 2 – 1 – / 2 1 – 1
Jesse Whitley
Benjamin Thornton 1 – – 1 – / 3 – – 1
Thomas Thornton – – – – 1
Nathaniel Thornton 3 3 – 1 – / 2 2 1 1
James Kee
Thomas Strickling 2 – 1 – 1 / – 1 1 1
Samuel Strickling – – 1 – – / – – 1

The Thomas Stricklin in 1790 and 1800 Sampson, North Carolina could well be Thomas Jasper Strickland, given as born 1722 Sep 10 in Connecticut, who died 1817 Dec 13 in Duplin county and was married to a Mary Turner abt 1749. As Joseph Slocum was living nearby in 1790, one would imagine however that our Thomas belongs to one of these Strickland families.

In other words, I know very little about this family, as does (I think) anyone, and am myself at a dead end with it.

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