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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume III, Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885.
WILLIAM G. STROUD, McLean County, was born in the village of Rumsey, May 16, 1840, and is the only boy in a family of eight children born to Reuben and Caroline (Pitt) Stroud, natives of McLean an Muhlenburgh Counties. Reuben Stroud was a son of Lot Stroud, who married Nancy Grimes; Lot Stroud immigrated to Kentucky in an early day, about 1806, and settled near South Carrollton, on Green River. Benjamin Pitt, the maternal grandfather, married Mary Busby; emigrated from Tennessee to Kentucky, and settled on Pond River. William G. remained at home until grown, attends the common schools, when his father’s duties would permit him. Imbued with a patriotic zeal to serve his country, he enlisted October 4, 1861, in Company H, Eleventh Kentucky (Federal) Infantry, and was in the battles of Shiloh and Stone River, and at the siege of Knoxville; also, in the Atlanta campaign. In December, 1864, he was discharged as sergeant, his term of service having expired; he returned home and betook himself to farming, which he has continued ever since. He was married January 17, 1867, to Karaezeik Plain, a daughter of John and Tamer (Ross) Plain. Nine children were born of th is union, of whom are now living: Effie L., Benjamin E., Cora, Jesse A., Della May, Clara Ann, Mary Alma and Charles E. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church.