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 Samuel Parker Strahan

Samuel Parker Strahan

Death 1926 (aged 84–85)
Burial Perry, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Sec F, Blk 17, Lot B
Memorial ID 10197788 · View Source
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The following summary was compiled by Samuel's great grandson Thomas Parker Strahan on December 16, 1993:


Samuel Parker Strahan was the son of George T. Strahan and Malinda R. Hunt. He was born August 2, 1841, in Fleming County, Kentucky. Samuel's father died when Samuel was 5 years old; his mother moving to Randolph County, Indiana when he was still a child of 8. His mother remarried Nathan Garrett in Randolph County, Indiana, when samuel was 9.

I have no records of his education or any other part of life until at age of almost 20, when Samuel enlisted in the Union Army for the first time on April 20, 1861, only to suffer wounds on July 11, 1861, at Rich Mountain, Virginia, and being discharged August 8, 1861. The Civil War must have given him a fighting spirit, for on September 28, 1862, he enlisted again, this time suffering a leg wound at Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi. He was mustered out on December 8, 1863, after being promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He enlisted a third time as a private on September 5, 1864. He was discharged July 27, 1864, at New Orleans, Louisiana, ending his military career after being wounded a total of 5 times in the right leg and right forearm. These wounds were to plague him later in life.

From the History of Randolph County, Indiana, 1882, a write-up on his mother, Malinda Garrett: "Her sons, David and S. P. Strahan, were gallant soldiers during the late war. David was the second enlisted soldier of Randolph County, Col. T. F. Colgrove being the first, and S. P. Strahan was the third to enlist, and the first wounded in battle. He was wounded in the battle of Rich Mountain. Being the first wounded soldier that enlisted in the county, after his return home he was visited by hundreds of people from this and adjoining counties, who had never seen a wounded soldier."

David B., having served together in the war with his brother, passed a story down through his family. That account was passed on from John D. Strahan, March 26, 1979, as follows: "I remember my grandfather (Bert) talking about his dad (David B.) and uncle (Parker [Samuel P.]) in the Civil War. Parker was wounded in the leg and the doctors wanted to amputate. He wouldn't allow them. Instead David B. dug the minié ball out with a knife and they cauterized the wound with melted mutton tallow."

On July 5, 1866, nearly a year after his discharge, he settled down, marrying Mary Annie Hendricks, daughter of William C. Hendricks and Mary Zimmerman, at Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana. Samuel was almost 25, Mary Annie was 18.

The 1880 Census for Kansas shows Samuel and Mary, and their three children living with William C. Hendricks in Montgomery County, Kansas. According to the History of Kansas, 1883, Samuel Parker Strahan moved to Kansas in the fall of 1879, bought 400 acres, and erected a good home.

In 1889 Oklahoma was opened up to admit white settlers in what is known as the Oklahoma Land Rush. Samuel Parker Strahan made the run from Wichita, Kansas, settling near Yukon, Oklahoma. According to my Aunt Annie (in 1975) his oldest son, Hendricks, age 22, made the run with him, for Hendricks' first son was born November 1, 1889 in Yukon, Oklahoma. He was named Oklahoma Edward Strahan, Joseph D. Strahan, SR's oldest brother, Uncle Oak.

In 1893 Samuel made the run at the opening of the Cherokee Strip and settled in Perry, Oklahoma. (It isn't clear when Samuel found a black child who claimed to have been stolen by gypsies, however, Samuel raised him with his family until he was a man and got married. In 1975, Annie Anderson, said the black child was about 5 years old, about the same age as she, found on the way to Oklahoma.)

Samuel was a printer by trade while being active in the civic and political life of Noble County and the city of Perry, Oklahoma. He was a deputy sheriff and later was in real estate. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, being the Assistant Adjutant General in 1902 and 1903, and Department Commander in 1904. He was, also, an active member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, serving 16 years as secretary. He ran the Old Soldiers' home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Again, quoting from Annie Anderson, Samuel "was a judge in Perry, Oklahoma, when she was a kid (Annie was born in 1900)." A gavel which was Samuel's is still in the family.

His first wife, Mary Annie Hendricks, died July 3, 1903, in Perry, Oklahoma. Samuel was almost 62. On November 14, 1904, he married Emma Pomeroy (who had lost two husbands previously).

On August 4, 1898, Samuel applied for a pension from the government. On November 14, 1916, he listed his second wife. Another Declaration for Pension was filed on May 29, 1920. This document lists the nature of disability as "that on account of wound of right leg and right fore arm, he has been and is disabled from setting or walking much." Each of these pension documents list much information about his military life and family. On January 21, 1922, Emma applied for a pension increase for Samuel. Wounds "so disabled him that he has not been able to perform any kind of manual labor. That for the last ten years he has been afflected with asthma, heart trouble and kidney trouble." Samuel was 80 at this time.

From Samuel's obituary he was "taken ill with the flu November 11, and never fully recovered his strength. He died while sitting at the table Friday morning, January 22, 1926". He was 84. There is a Certificate of Death from the Oklahoma State Board of Health attested to by L. W. Strahan, Yale, OK. His widow, Emma, applied for widow's pension January 30, 1926. She died December 31, 1926, at the age of 80 years, less than a year after Samuel.

BIRTH; 2 AUG 1841 Fleming KY
MUSTER IN; 16 NOV 1862 Indianapolis Marion IN
Enrolled 28 SEP 1862
WOUNDED; 29 DEC 1862 Chickasaw Bayou Warren MS
Slightly wounded in leg by minié ball.
(3 Month)
MUSTER IN; 24 APR 1861 Indianapolis Marion IN
Enrolled as Private on 20 APR 1861
WOUNDED; 11 JUL 1861 Rich Mountain VA
Slightly wounded
DEATH; 22 JAN 1926 Oklahoma City Oklahoma OK

Thomas P. Strahan

Bio by: Brickwall

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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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