|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1780|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1873|
A farmer, David Jonathan Strickland, the son of Appa and John Strickland, Jr., was born in 1780 in Amelia Town, Santee River Settlement, old Orangeburgh District, South Carolina. He had four siblings. His father was a Revolutionary War veteran. His mother was an Indian, today identified as Lumbee. On January 17, 1802 in Orangeburg of South Carolina's Barnwell District, he married Treacy Martin Strickland, his first cousin, and, like him, of Lumbee Indian heritage. They had ten children: Rhoda Strickland Albritton, Abraham Strickland, Sr., John Strickland, Sr. (who married his mother's younger sister, his aunt, Mercy Martin Strickland), Peter Henry Strickland, Elizabeth Strickland Dukes, Wilson Strickland, Elijah Strickland, Richard Strickland, Cynthia Strickland Griffin, and Appa Ann Strickland Thompson.
David and Treacy Strickland lived first in the Red Hill area of Bulloch County, Georgia and then in the Roding area of Bryan County, Georgia where they were "pioneers of Bryan County." Later, he and his ill wife moved to the Brantley County, Georgia area to be near their daughter Cynthia Strickland Griffin. When David died in what is now Brantley County, it was part of Pierce County, Georgia. He spent his last years as caretaker of High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church where he is buried in an unmarked grave. He died at age 93 on March 14, 1873. High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church is located near Schlatterville and Hoboken, in Brantley County in a region of Georgia known as the Wiregrass.
According to the late John Wise, David's Native American line goes back to the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians. In addition to his Native American ancestry, David had English and Scots heritage. I hope one of David's descendents will add his photo to this site.
An important point about American Indian (Native American) DNA ancestry should be made. Anthropologist Mary Helms created the term “colonial Indian tribes” in the 1960s to refer to societies which originated as recognizable entities only as a direct result of colonial policies. Colonial tribes are often a racially mixed people that over time became identified more with their Indian ancestry rather than their African or white ancestry. These groups are culturally Indian while ultimately having little, if any, Indian DNA. Colonial tribes include groups as diverse as the Miskito Indians of eastern Nicaragua (whom Helms studied); various Amazon tribes in Brazil; the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina; the Black Seminoles of Oklahoma, Mexico, and the Bahamas; and many others. The term colonial tribe attempts to get at the idea that someone can be culturally something (American Indian, for example) without being biologically something. So, it should not be surprising that someone with, for example, a Lumbee Indian ancestor would not necessarily test as having significant American Indian DNA.
Thanks to David's descendant John Wise for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
John Campbell Strickland (1749 - 1838)
Appa Strickland (1750 - 1795)
Treacy Martin Strickland (1789 - 1856)*
John Strickland (1804 - 1879)*
Peter Henry Strickland (1806 - 1875)*
Elijah Strickland (1811 - 1879)*
Cynthia Strickland Griffin (1815 - 1897)*
Richard Strickland (1820 - 1888)*
High Bluff Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Jan 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32748382