Stroud, Mark (1812–1888)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller and Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: Biography

Published: September 16, 2014

Mark Stroud, state legislator, was born in Walton County, Georgia, on January 31, 1812, to Eli Stroud and Elizabeth (Derin) Stroud. On October 4, 1832, Stroud married Sarah A. Trammell in Walton County. They had seven children. Apparently the family lived in Chambers County, Alabama, where, according to genealogy records, two of their children were born in 1836 and 1839, respectively. A child was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in the fall of 1842, and sometime by the mid-1840s the family settled in Rusk County, where Stroud established himself as a farmer and was active in the affairs of Henderson, the seat of Rusk County. He was a Methodist and a Democrat. In 1853 Stroud was elected and served as representative for Rusk County in the Fifth Texas Legislature. During 1860 he was an opponent of secession but supported the Confederacy once Texas voted to leave the Union. Following the Civil War, Stroud served another term as representative for Rusk County from August 1866 to February 1870 in the Eleventh Texas Legislature. He continued to live in Rusk County and worked as a farmer. He died in Henderson on December 5, 1888, and was buried in Old Henderson City Cemetery.

Descendants of Daniel Trammell (, accessed September 16, 2014. Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). “Mark Stroud,” Find A Grave Memorial (, accessed September 16, 2014. Dorman H. Winfrey, A History of Rusk County (Waco: Texian, 1961).

  • Fifth Legislature (1853-1854)
  • Eleventh Legislature (1866)
  • House

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

Aragorn Storm Miller and Laurie E. Jasinski, “Stroud, Mark,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 16, 2014