Simon Strother

Display Name: 
Simon Strother
Sort Name: 
Strother, Simon
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Strother
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
Specific Job: 
Carriage Driver, Butler
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 1, 1859 to Monday, December 31, 1860
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Cause of Death: 
Murder
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Biography: 

An elderly black Servant, father of Elnora and Caspey, and Bayard Sartoris' coachman and butler. The novel's narrator says Simon was three when he watched his grandfather Jobe bury the Sartoris silver, which must have occurred around 1863 when the fall of Vicksburg made Mississippi vulnerable to Union troops. But although he was born a slave, Simon seems to long for the old plantation: in the novel he continues to talk, respectfully, to his former master, Colonel John Sartoris, even though Sartoris has been dead for more than forty years. Simon himself is found murdered in the cabin of Meloney Harris, to whom he had given Baptist church money entrusted to him for her to open a beauty parlor. Simon is said to be Joby's grandson.

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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