Peter was born on Sturgeon’s Run, now Sturgeon Creek, near the border between Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties and believed to be the son of William Stroud and Margaret Rose. As a boy he moved with his father and brothers to the Edgecombe/Granville/Orange County North Carolina area around 1741.
According to some old research, Peter Stroud was married twice, first to Naomi and second to Rebecca. There are records proving Rebecca, but no primary records showing his first wife was named “Naomi”. However, this must have been based on some old family document or family tradition for the name “Naomi” did get used a lot among the Stroud family in later generations.
In 1758 Peter’s father William gave him and his brother each a deed of gift of 158 acres in Orange County. Peter and his family lived on a plantation on Terrell’s Creek, on the county line between Orange and Chatham Counties, southeast of Durham. They probably grew tobacco.
Peter had numerous children per the early census records. In an old 1922 letter from Ed Anderson to John G. Stroud, he (Anderson) stated that Jesse was a son of Peter. Anderson was a grandson of Jesse, and the addressee (John G. Stroud) was a grandson of William Stroud (Jesse’s brother). We can probably safely assume that Ed Anderson was personally acquainted with the structure of the early family. Anderson referred to “your grandfather William Stroud, you know was a brother to old Uncle Peter and so was our Jesse Stroud”. Unfortunately he didn’t mention anything about the rest of the family. Peter first married Naomi and had Jesse, Susanna, and Peter Jr. He married Rebecah around 1770 and had William and possibly Fanny and Joyce. Per census records Peter had other children but none are proven. In 1789 Peter and Rebecah sold their Terrells Creek plantation of 800 acres for 500 pounds to someone back in Brunswick County. Rebecah signed with an X. The family moved to what is now the Marion, McDowell Co., NC area. They are listed in the 1790 census in the Morgan District and they lived on Bucks Creek.
Peter Stroud made a Will, but unfortunately it was lost with most of the other early Burke County records. We know of its existence for it was mentioned in the Court Minutes as being recorded in July 1827 by Thomas Raburn “and wife”. This record means that Peter Stroud Sr was dead by July 1827. Presumably, widow Rebecca was the one mentioned as “and wife” in 1827, so she survived Peter. She was considerably younger than him, so she may have lived many years more but no record of her beyond 1827 has been found. She was not listed on the 1830 or 1840 census, though if living, she may have been with a married son or daughter.
It is unknown if Peter owned slaves but William Stroud Jr, his brother, left several slaves to his children in his will.