Stroud, Ethan A. (1788–1846)

By: M. W. Comfort

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

Ethan A. Stroud, Indian commissioner on the Texas frontier, son of John and Sallie (Phillips) Stroud, was born in Georgia in 1788. He moved with his brother Beden Stroud to Chambers County, Alabama, and then on to Texas, where he settled near the site of present Calvert, probably soon after the Texas Revolution. Stroud participated in various engagements with the Indians and in July 1842 was appointed one of four commissioners to treat with the Indians on the Texas frontier. He was particularly friendly with the Tawakonis. With his brother he established Stroud's Station on the upper Brazos River as an Indian trading post. Stroud moved near the falls of the Brazos in 1843 and to Burr Oak Springs in 1844. Stroud married Nancy Trammel in 1811, and they had six children. Stroud was a master Mason. He died on August 6, 1846, and was buried near Burr Oak Springs.

J. W. Baker, History of Robertson County, Texas (Franklin, Texas: Robertson County Historical Survey Committee, 1970). Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893). Richard Denny Parker, Historical Recollections of Robertson County, Texas (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1955). E. W. Winkler, ed., Secret Journals of the Senate, Republic of Texas (Austin, 1911).
  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Indian Agents
  • Politics and Government

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

M. W. Comfort, “Stroud, Ethan A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 01, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995