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, who 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.
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2020 Conference - It's official! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 19, in Winchester, VA. The host hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn and there is a link if you want to register early. Program will focus on David Hunter Strother, also known as Porte Crayon, a renowned Civil War era artist! Conference Chair is George Fenwick, Jr. Updates and planned activities are posted in Events. Check the upcoming issue of the Houses of Strother Newsletter for updates and registration form.
Second Vice President - We are happy to announce the selection of Ray Moot as the 2nd Vice President. You may have met Ray and his wife Carol at the 2018 Conference - their first! He presents a strong interest in our family history and a distinguished career as an officer in the US Army (retired). Ray is a native of Kansas City, MO, and, following assignments throughout the US, Germany, Italy, and Vietnam, currently lives in Fairview Heights, IL. He traces his ancestors through the William line -- his maternal great-grandfather was James William Strother Miles, whose mother was Mary Ann "Polly" Strother, daughter of Anthony Strother (Francis, William, William the Immigrant) and Frances Eastham. Ray finds that the real treasure of the Strother Society exists in the dedicated cousins and their families who make it such a vibrant and relevant organization.
New Members Since January 1:
Marilee & Michael Collins - Overland Park, KS
Richard Myers - Longview, TX
Bradley & Amber Strother - Fletcher, NC
Recent Obituaries (in the past year):
(Note: full text can be found in the Members' Section)
None in the past year
Our Family Database
The Strother Family Database
contains our family lineage comprising over 78,000 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.
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. Our 18th Biennial Conference will be held in July of this year in Winchester, Virginia. Check out the details on the Events page.
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.