The William Strother Society, Inc.
The William Strother Society, Inc.

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.
 

We Remember....

 
 
The William Strother Society has sadly lost a dedicated and humble, but outstanding, long-time member, Lois Strother Davis. Lois was our first President, elected at the 1988 Conference, and served the Society with distinction in various roles for 28 years -- through the 2016 Conference.  She died on January 2, 2021, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
 
 
 
 
 
 Dorothy Bevins Hilbush passed away on February 26, 2021 in
 Gloucester, Virginia, after an illness of   several months just shy of her
 100th birthday. She was a member and former director of the William
 Strother Society and attended many conferences.  She was also an aunt of
 Robert (Bob) Lamb.
 
 
 
 
 
 Wanda “Faye” Strother, age 87, passed away peacefully at home in
 Crystal City, Missouri, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Wanda Faye was the
 wife of Gale Strother, long-time member and former treasurer of the 
 Strother Society, and attended many conferences with him.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Complete obituaries are posted under the Members' Section

What's New....

 

Strother Family Conference - POSTPONED.  As it became increasingly clear that the nationwide coronavirus pandemic is not likely to diminish soon, Society officers have reluctantly taken the following actions to address this very unusual situation.  The 2020 conference, originally scheduled for last July in Winchester, VA, was first rescheduled for July 2021 and has now been rescheduled for July 13-17, 2022. This conference will feature the program already well-organized by George Fenwick.  Check out the plans for the conference under Events.
  • Elections - The terms of all current Society officers, board members and committee chairs are extended until elections are held at the next conference in July 2022.
  • Membership - As our membership period is conference to conference, current memberships will be extended until the next conference in July 2022.  No additional dues will be owed until that time.
 
New Members During 2021:
Laurie Baker - Denton, WA
Sandra Barlau - Chula Vista, CA
Jane & Robert Beck - Cedar Rapids, IA
Patricia & Chris Buehrig - Chester, SC
Elizabeth Carpenter - New York, NY
Brandon & Carol Center - Carrollton, TX
Janice & Gary Letkemann - Howell, MI
Iris May - Edmond, OK
John Niles - Lexington, MA
Stephani Noar - Anacortes, WA
Jack & Tanya Pitzerr - Alexandria, VA
Charles & Christina Powell - Dolores, CO
Georgeann & Travis Rabb - Williamsburg, VA
Anthony & Rosemarie Strother - Durham, NC
Elizabeth Strother - Van Nuys, CA
Sebren & Toni Strother - New Orleans, LA
Robert Stroud - Garland, TX
Mary Tatum - Raleigh, NC
Joseph & Brenda Turner - Missouri City, TX
Donna Wagner - Forney, TX
 
Recent Obituaries:
(Note:  full text can be found in the Members' Section)
Camilla Frances Corbin - April 4, 2020
Lois Strother Davis - January 2, 2021
Nolan B. Hensarling - April 7, 2020
Dorothy Lamb Hilbush - February 26, 2021
Robert John "Robin" King - June 11, 2020
Andrew K. Kulaga - November 15, 2020
Wanda "Faye" Strother - October 23, 2021
Burton M. TenBrink, Jr - October 11, 2020
Janette Lamb Young - March 25, 2020
 

Our Family Database

The Strother Family Database‚Ä® contains our family lineage comprising over 80,000 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.
 

Biennial Conference

We hold a business meeting and "family reunion" every two years.  This is a time to meet new cousins and renew acquaintances from all over the country -- the emphasis is on having fun. The next conference is being postponed from July of this year to July of next year (2022) in Winchester, Virginia. Check out the details on the Events page.
 

Newsletter

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
Absalom Hall Strother
(1844-1926) Served in 161st Ohio Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. Was a postmaster and in the creamery business.
Charles S. Robb
(1939- ) Former Governor of Virginia and U.S. Senator from Virginia. Married a daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
George S. Patton, Jr.
(1885-1945) Served in World War I and was one of the foremost American combat generals of World War II.
Randolph Scott
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.