Stroud, Logan Almaren (1814–1911)

By: Art Leatherwood

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1996

Updated: August 1, 2014

Logan A. Stroud, planter, was born on October 10, 1814, in Morgan County, Georgia. He was the son of Ethan A. Stroud and Nancy (Trammell) Stroud. The family later moved to Alabama, and in 1837 Logan moved with his father to Texas. He initially settled in Robertson County but relocated to the area of Limestone County about 1842. He became the first permanent settler in the area that later became Springfield in Limestone County, Texas. He married Jane Elizabeth Harlan on May 19, 1842. They lived first in the Brazos River bottoms then, because of the unhealthy conditions there, moved to Burr Oak Springs. With 100 slaves, Stroud was the largest slave owner in the county prior to emancipation. He raised corn and cotton on 600 acres of improved land. In 1871 Stroud bought town lots in Groesbeck and was a trustee of Trinity University at Tehuacana. Two of his daughters were the first from Limestone County to attend Baylor University. Logan Stroud died in Groesbeck at the home of one of his sons on February 5, 1911, and was buried in Springfield Cemetery. He was survived by six children.

Randolph B. Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821–1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989). “Logan Almaren Stroud,” Find A Grave Memorial (, accessed August 7, 2014. Ray A. Walter, A History of Limestone County (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1959).

  • Agriculture
  • Plantation Owners
Time Periods:
  • Antebellum Texas

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

Art Leatherwood, “Stroud, Logan Almaren,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 17, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1996
August 1, 2014