Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Battle of Kettle Creek # 4

Erected 1930 - the year of my birth

February is always cold and dreary in this part of the world.

My GGGG Grandfather, Peter Strozier, fought this battle under Colonel John Dooly.  Later he joined Colonel Elijah Clarke in the battle of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

It was not peaceful like this 237 years ago.

Tomorrow, we go to Cedar Key, Florida.  We are leaving two day early - no telling where Treky will take us for those two days.  Ride with us to find out.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

My GGGG Grandparents - Peter and Margaret Strozier:

The DAR Patriot Index, Page 658 states:
STROZIER:
Margaret Dozier b. 9-18-1740, d. 1842, m. Peter Strozier PS Ga.
Peter: b. 1740 d. 1-18-1807 m. Margaret Dozier Pvt. Ga.
The February 12, 1970 edition of the Washington, Georgia "News Reporter" newspaper: published an article entitled "WILKES COUNTY SCRAPBOOK HARDSHIPS OF MARGARET DOZIER STROZIER" By Janet Harvill Standard
This story recounted the hardships of a 99 year old who had lived a hard and dangerous life.
The story also pointed out that she had ridden a mule 100 miles from Wilkes County to Greenville, Georgia, during which time she endured rain and sun, fording creeks, cooking by the trail, and spreading your sleeping quilt wherever the setting sun caught you.
In the Revolutionary records in the National Archives, Roy Smith, Jr. (Nellie Mansfield's son) found the story of this remarkable woman in her own words. Lelia Cheney Freeman has added bits here and there from family records.
Margaret came with her husband, Peter, from North Carolina, before the Revolution, and settled on Kettle Creek. Peter bought land on both sides of the creek. When, at the outset of the Revolution and Wilkes County became involved, Peter volunteered in service with Clark and Dooly. This left Margaret at home to care for the youngest five of their seven children. She managed with difficulty until the Tories burned her house and destroyed everything of value in 1781.
She took the five children in attempt to join Peter. She walked from Wilkes County, Georgia across South Carolina and joined Peter near King's Mountain, N. C. She reported that during the trek they were - "half starving, half begging, half freezing". After the war, they came home and they tried to pick up their life again in Wilkes County, however Peter died in 1807 of "Bilious fever".
It is believed that Margaret must have gone to live nearby with Peter, Jr., but there are indications that she and her daughter-in-law found it difficult to get along. In 1837 , Peter told his mother that she could either live in peace with his wife or go to Greenville and live with another son, Reuben. She chose to live with Reuben and made the trip by mule to Greenville.
Congress passed a law in March 1837, allowing pensions for widows of Revolutionary soldiers. It was two years later before Margaret heard of the news. When she appeared before the Ordinary of Meriwether County to file her claim, there was no one living who could verify her claim. She said she was born September 1, 1740 in North Carolina, but her daughter had carried the family Bible into Alabama.

She could not show any papers of Peter's Revolutionary service. Elijah Clark gave no written discharges. Peter always said he needed nothing but his musket to prove his fighting skill.
Margaret's mind was clear - despite her one hundred and one plus years. She could tell the stories of Tory atrocities and convinced the Ordinary, who made out the application for her. She signed it with her mark very firmly.
It is not known whether she ever received one penny for she died a few months later. She is buried near the old Strozier Plantation. It was located about four miles west of Greenville, Georgia in Meriwether County.. Lelia Cheney Freeman says that she goes now and then to stand by the grave of this intrepid pioneer and salute the courage that made a 99 year old woman ride a clopping mule from one home to begin another - and think nothing of the feat."

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