Welcome to The William Strother Society Web Site
The William Strother Society is a family association dedicated to perpetuating the memories of our ancestors and furthering fellowship among the descendants of William Strother, the immigrant. Founded in 1986 as the Society of Descendants of William Strother, it was incorporated in Virginia in 1992 as The William Strother Society, Inc. The first 'Strother Family Reunion' was spearheaded by Lloyd Oliver, an avid genealogist and Strother descendant from San Antonio, Texas. He identified 700 Strother descendants across the country and invited them to meet and share kinship in September 1986 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was assisted by Marjorie Strother, from King George, Virginia, and George A. Fenwick, Sr, from Chester, New Jersey. About 200 people showed up and from this reunion the William Strother Society was born. These three forward-thinking 'cousins' are now considered the founders of the organization.
Lloyd Oliver & Marjorie Strother Marjorie Strother George Fenwick, Sr
The Society's members include descendants of William Strother and their families, related families, and others interested in the Strother family, throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, we partner with the Library of Congress, State and local libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies, including the DAR and SAR. Some of the more notable members of this amazing family are shown below.
We appreciate your interest and invite you to enjoy the features of this web site.
To log in, go to Members' Section.
New Members During 2023:
Allie Bair - Des Moines, IA
Collin Hart - Frederick, MD
Foret Johnson - Kingwood, TX
David & Therese Marshall - Prospect, KY
Kate Prugh - Sarasota, FL
Dane Strother - Wise River, MT
Robert Lee & Bonnie Strother - Okatie, SC
(Note: full text can be found in the Members' Section)
Lawrence Ely (Larry) Hite - May 24, 2022
Ray Moot - Dec 19, 2022
Donna Strother - Sep 21, 2023
We hold a business meeting and "family reunion" every two years that features social activities and elections of officers. Our 2024 Strother Family Conference will be in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 17-21.
Why host the 2024 conference in Louisville you may ponder? Kentucky was originally part of Virginia and many Revolutionary War veterans and their families migrated during the peak period 1775 – 1795. While the region is home to many Strother descendants, there are a few of utmost distinction through service to our country, organization, or economy. We plan tours to the Presidential Memorial, Leadership Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum, Woodford Reserve Distillery, and two thoroughbred farms. Enjoy the Belle of Louisville riverboat cruise on the Ohio River, a pseudo re-enactment of our ancestors migration experience. There is a plethora of attractions to explore on your own including historic Cave Hill Cemetery and Arboretum, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Old Louisville Walking Tour and the Mohammed Ali Center. A bit of a drive is Mammoth Cave National Park.
- Zachary Taylor – 12th President of the United States. Tour the Presidential Memorial: William line.
- Gen. George S. Patton - 4 star general of WWII fame and pioneer in tank warfare. Tour the Gen. George S. Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox: Jeremiah line.
- George Arnold Fenwick Sr. – Born in Louisville, co-founder WSS, Director 1988-1992, President 1994-1996: William and Jeremiah lines.
Visionary & Entrepreneurship
- Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr – Founder of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Banquet to be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs: William line.
Watch for more details in the next edition of the Houses of Strother Newsletter.
Our membership period is conference to conference. If your membership expired in 2022 and you haven't renewed, please do it soon. Membership dues are unchanged at $20 for 2 years per household. To access the membership information and application form, click on the menu item Join/Renew.
Our Family Database
The Strother Family Database
contains our family lineage comprising over 83,000 individuals, including families, photographs, cemetery records, and more. It is accessible only via this Web site and available to Society members as a tool for those searching for their ancestry. To access this database, click on the menu item Strother Database.
Our "Houses of Strother Newsletter" is published quarterly. It includes articles on the history of the Strother family, current activities, tips on genealogical research, queries from those seeking family information, and information and stories from our members. Access to the newsletters is found in the Members' Section.
SOME STROTHER DESCENDANTS
(1784-1850) Army general - served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. 12th President of the United States.
Joseph Sale Strother
(1836-1903) Born in Alabama and moved to Texas. Member of Hood's Texas Brigade during Civil War and the Texas State Legislature.
David Hunter Strother
(1816-1888) Talented artist and draftsman from Civil War era. Worked for Harper's Monthly magazine using pen name "Porte Crayon".
George Randolph Scott (1898-1987) -- stage and screen actor. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is in the Western Performers Hall of Fame.