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Sthreshley Surname

Sthreshley is an odd surname that is English in origin. It is one of those surnames that has changed in spelling over the years and has been hard to trace. Some variations of the name that have been found include: Streshley, Sthreshly, Stressley, Strethly, Sthreskly, Sthisley, Thrashley, etc. It seems that the name may have been spelled Stretchleigh back in England. They may be related to the Stretely family from Medieval England. The earliest mention of the family I have been able to find in the colonies is a John Stretchley who married Alice Smoot in 1701 in Lancaster County, Virginia.

Newer information on this page is attributed to an ancestral file posted by Pat Briel. I have not corroborated this research but it fits well with what I have. Besides the difference in name spellings this family is difficult to trace because of the very intricate family history. People in this family usually married their cousins. For example, my ancestor Susan Sthreshley Brodie was descended in three different ways from William and Hannah Upshaw. She was also descended in two different ways from Thomas and Hannah Sthreshley. That does not even count the other marriages which resulted in numerous connections between these families.


1st Generation:

Thomas Sthreshley was born circa 1665. He died in Essex Co., Virginia.

may have been the immigrant ancestor of this family. He was probably born in the 1660's and was in Virginia as a youth. He was married to Elizabeth Reeves and had at least one child: Thomas (see next generation). Thomas died after 1735 in Essex County, Virginia.
Thomas married Elizabeth Reeves in Virginia. She was born circa 1671 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. She died in Essex Co., Virginia.

They had at least one child:

1 Thomas Sthreshley

2nd Generation:

Thomas Sthreshley was born circa 1690, probably in Virginia. He died circa 1735 in Essex Co., Virginia.

Father: Thomas Sthreshley
Mother: Elizabeth Reeves

He is the earliest known member of the family and he may or may not have been the father of the next generation. The name of Thomas' wife was probably Hannah. He may have had at least three children: Tamazen (md. William Upshaw), Elizabeth (md. Nicholas Lafon), and William (see next generation). Thomas died about 1735 in Essex Co., Virginia.
Thomas married Hannah circa 1712 in Essex Co., Virginia. She was born circa 1692 in Virginia. She died after 1742 in Essex Co., Virginia.

They had the following children:

1 Tamazen Sthreshley was born circa 1715 in Virginia. She married William Upshaw.
2 Elizabeth Sthreshley was born circa 1719 in Virginia. She died after 1757 in Essex Co., Virginia. She married Nicholas Lafon circa 1740 in Virginia.
3 William Sthreshley
4 Thomas Sthreshley
5 Hannah Sthreshley
6 Mary Sthreshley
7 Sarah Sthreshley was born on February 3, 1715/6 in Essex Co., Virginia. She died in 1805 in Rowan Co., North Carolina. She married Erasmus Withers Allen circa 1738 in Virginia.

3rd Generation:

William Sthreshley was born about 1725 in Virginia. He died circa 1750 in Essex Co., Virginia.

Father: Thomas Sthreshley
Mother: Hannah

He was raised in Essex Co., Virginia, where he married Suca Jones in about 1745. Sadly, William did not survive for long and had two sons: Thomas and William (see next generation). William died circa 1750 after only about 5 years of marriage. Afterwards, his widow Suca remarried to James Upshaw in about 1751 and he was appointed as guardian of William's sons. Apparently, Suca died in about 1760.
William married Suca Jones circa 1745 in Essex Co., Virginia. She was born circa 1732 in Essex Co., Virginia. She died circa 1760 in Essex Co., Virginia.

They had the following children:

1 Thomas Sthreshley
2 William Sthreshley was born on December 22, 1749 in Essex Co., Virginia 5. He died on May 11, 1830 in Virginia 5. He married Elizabeth Buckner in Virginia.

4th Generation:

Thomas Sthreshley was born circa 1746 in Virginia. He died on February 25, 1829 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 7.

Father: William Sthreshley
Mother: Suca Jones

At an early age, Thomas' father died and he was raised by his step-father, James Upshaw. Thomas was married to a cousin of his named Martha Hipkins probably in the mid 1760's in Essex County, Virginia. They lived in Essex and also King George County, Virginia before moving to Fayette County, Kentucky sometime in the late 1790's.

Thomas and Martha had the following children: William (see next generation), Alsa/Alice, Frances, Margaret, Martha, Mary, Susan, and possibly Thomas. Thomas died on February 25, 1829 in Fayette County, Kentucky. His widow probably survived him.

Thomas married Martha Hipkins circa 1765 in Essex Co., Virginia. She was born circa 1747 in Essex Co., Virginia. She died after 1820 in Fayette Co., Kentucky.

They had the following children:

1 William Sthreshley
2 Margaret Sthreshley was born on September 23, 1768 in Virginia 5. She died on December 22, 1819 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 5.
She married James Berryman on October 15, 1787 in Westmoreland Co., Virginia 8. (He was born on March 28, 1764 in Virginia and died on May 23, 1812 in Fayette Co., Kentucky.)
They had the following children:
James Sthreshley Berryman (c. 1789-1856)
md. Elizabeth Matilda Waring
John H. Berryman
Upshaw Berryman
Ethelmer Berryman
Francis Berryman
Newton Berryman
Thomas H. Berryman
3 Frances Hipkins Sthreshley was born circa 1770 in Virginia. She died before August 9, 1830 in Franklin Co., Kentucky. She married first William Bohannon on October 10, 1794. She married second Samuel Hoggins on March 29, 1823 in Franklin Co., Kentucky.
4 Susan Sthreshley was born circa 1773 in Virginia. She died sometime between April 30, 1844 and July 6, 1846 in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky.
She married Daniel Preston circa 1795 in Virginia. (He died sometime between March 3 and March 30, 1829 in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had no known children.
5 Martha Upshaw Sthreshley was born circa 1780 in Essex Co., Virginia. She died after 1850 in Kentucky. She married Sanford Keen on November 30, 1805 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 5.
6 Alsa/Alice I. Sthreshley was born circa 1785 in Virginia. She died after 1829. She married John Kinkead on July 7, 1809 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 4.
7 Thomas Griffin Sthreshley was born circa 1783 in Virginia. He died between 1835-1850. He married Mary R. Berryman, widow of George Boswell, on March 9, 1835 5.
8 Mary A. Sthreshley was married to John Bibb.

5th Generation:

William Sthreshley was born circa 1766 in Essex County, Virginia. He died between 1812-1818 in Fayette Co., Kentucky.

Father: Thomas Sthreshley
Mother: Martha Hipkins

William was raised in Essex County, Virginia, and also probably lived in King George and Caroline County. William was married sometime between 1795 and 1798 to a relative of his named Lucy Upshaw Waring, a widow with three children. Very soon after his marriage, William left with his family and they moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, where they settled near the city of Lexington.

William was a wealthy slave owner and died sometime between 1810 and 1818 in Fayette County, Kentucky. His widow Lucy died in 1818 in Woodford County, Kentucky.

(Note: Earlier it was believed that this William was actually the brother of Thomas Sthreshley and the son of William and Suca Sthreshley. Newer evidence places William as a son of Thomas. The William son of William and Suca married someone else and died at a different time.)

William married Lucy Upshaw, widow of Thomas Robinson Waring, before 1798 in Essex Co., Virginia. She was born circa 1766 in Essex Co., Virginia. She died on February 6, 1818 in Woodford Co., Kentucky.

They had the following children:

1 Mary Louise Sthreshley was born on June 1, 1798 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 5. She died on June 16, 1877 in Macomb, McDonough Co., Illinois 5.
She married Thomas Alexander Brooking on January 25, 1816 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 4. (He was born on January 20, 1795 in Richmond, Nottaway Co., Virginia and died on February 25, 1858 in Macomb, McDonald Co., Illinois.)
They had the following children:
Elizabeth Randolph Brooking (c. 1817-1872)
md. Joseph P. Updegraff
Lucy Streshley Brooking (1818-1880)
md. John C. Snyder
Matilda Jane Brooking (c. 1820-after 1885)
md. William H. Randolph
Edward S. Brooking (c. 1822-c. 1865)
md. Mary Cawkings
William Thomas Brooking (1824-1910)
md. Louisiana Walker
Alexander Vivion Brooking (1829-???)
md. Elizabeth H. Randolph
Mary Louise Brooking (c. 1832-before 1885)
md. John W. Randolph
Ann Augusta Brooking (c. 1834-after 1885)
md. John R. Palmer
Maria R. Brooking (c. 1838-1850's)
Robert Sherwin Brooking (c. 1840-???)
md. Sarah A. Bash
Julia E. Brooking (1844-after 1900)
md. James H. Randolph
2 Marcia P. Sthreshley was born circa 1800 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 6. She died between 1870-1880.
She married Guy Hamilton on February 9, 1820 in Woodford Co., Kentucky 4. (He was born circa 1800 in Pennsylvania and died after 1850.)
They probably had one child, a male, born in the early 1820's. No further information
After their marriage, Guy and Marcia lived in Woodford County, Kentucky, probably in Versailles. Sometime during the 1830s they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where they were living in 1840 and 1850. Guy and Marcia were apparently separated during the 1850s. In 1860, Marcia was living in the house of her half-sister Elizabeth Berryman in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In 1870, she was living in the house of her niece-in-law Martha Jackson in Madison, Indiana. It is not known where she went after this.
3 Susan Matilda Sthreshley
4 Juliet Upshaw Sthreshley was born on June 20, 1804 in Fayette Co., Kentucky 5. She died sometime between May and July or 1877 in Franklin Co., Kentucky.
She married David L. Jackson on November 9, 1822 in Woodford Co., Kentucky 4. (He was born circa 1800 and died sometime between 1827-1837 in Kentucky.)
They had the following children:
James Sthreshley Jackson (1823-1862)
md. Martha Buford
Lucy Elizabeth Jackson (1828-1859)
md. William Taylor Buckner

Juliet and her husband probably lived in Woodford or Fayette County, Kentucky. As an adult, she was a member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky. In 1849 or 1850, she moved to Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, where she lived with her daughter Lucy. In 1860, she was still living in Hopkinsville in the house of her half-sister Elizabeth Berryman. She was still living in Hopkinsville in 1862 when her son died in battle and was buried there. In 1870, Juliet was living in Madison, Indiana in the household of her daughter-in-law Martha Jackson. Sometime after this, she moved to Franklin County, Kentucky, where she wrote her will on April 2, 1877 and a codicil to it on May 18, 1877. The will was proven in court on July 2, 1877.

Juliet's son James Jackson was a lawyer and a member of the US Congress in addition to being a rather famous General in the Union side during the Civil War.

5 Thomas L. Sthreshley was born circa 1812 in Fayette Co., Kentucky. He died sometime between 1837 and 1850, probably in Kentucky.
He married Mary R. Berryman on March 9, 1835. (She was born circa 1815 in Kentucky and died in November 1886 in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. She is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky.)
They had no known children.

6th Generation:

Susan M. Sthreshley was born on March 23, 1802 1,3 or March 28, 1802 2 in Fayette County, Kentucky. She died on August 22, 1854 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1,2,3. She is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: William Sthreshley
Mother: Lucy Upshaw

Susan was probably named after her paternal aunt, Susan Sthreshley Preston. We do not know what her middle name was as she is only listed in contemporary records with a middle initial. An educated guess is that her middle name was Matilda. Her half-sister was named Elizabeth Matilda Waring and she had a niece named Susan Matilda Brodie. Susan was raised on a plantation near the city of Lexington. Sadly, Susan was orphaned in 1818 at the age of 16. After this, she was put under the legal guardianship of James Berryman, who was married to her half-sister. Over the next several years, she lived with the Berryman family in Versailles, Kentucky where they were living in 1820. Her obituary indicates that she had professed religion in 1819 in Logan County, Kentucky. It is not known how accurate this is, because there is no evidence that she or any of her relatives ever lived in that county. Sometime after 1820, she probably went to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to live with her aunt Susan Preston. It was probably while living there that Susan met and became engaged to a local doctor. Susan and David Brodie were married on March 23, 1825 (her 23rd birthday) at Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

After the marriage they settled in neighboring Montgomery County, Tennessee, where David's family lived. They had 6 children: Ethalinda, Lucian, John, Madora, Henry, and Frank. Susan spent the remainder of her life in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and spent some time in the city of Clarksville and also in the rural District 3 northwest of Clarksville, where other Brodies lived. Susan died of an unknown "protracted and painful" illness on August 22, 1854 in Clarksville, Tennessee, at the age of 52. In adulthood, Susan was a dedicated member of the Methodist church. Her obituary referred to her having a gentle spirit, being naturally timid and that the author had "seldom, if ever, known a better woman than sister B".

Susan married David Brodie on March 23, 1825 in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky 3,4.

For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. Tombstone inscriptions, Riverview Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee
2. Whitley, Edythe R. Red River Settlers. 1980.
3. Obituary of Susan Broaddie, Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate, October 5, 1854
4. Kentucky Marriages to 1850, Ancestry.com
5. Online gedcom family files
6. Assorted US Federal census records
7. Death notice of Thomas Sthreshley, Kentucky Reporter, March 4, 1829
8. Virginia Marriages to 1800, Ancestry.com