My husband's first wife was the daughter of a Dona Mae Strickland who was in turn the daughter of a John Albert Strickland/Stricklen all of Caryville, Florida. Many Strickland/Stricklen relatives settled in the Alabama/Florida area near Dothan, AL and south to Panama City.
While working on my family tree (my family is from Robeson County, NC), I discovered that my 5th great grandmother was a Phebe Bodiford, daughter of a Green O. Bodiford, both from Robeson County, NC.
Here's where things get a little bizarre---living near Phebe Bodiford (she was the old widow of Ralph Barlow and lived alone on their old homestead), James Bodiford is listed as living next to a William Bird in the 1790 census, which you know is your direct line from the son of James and Mary Ann Pouncey Bodiford, Isom or Isham (have I got that right?) Anywhoo, for what it's worth, my Phebe Bodiford's father was a Green O. Bodiford, who I believe to be related to James Bodiford somehow. Maybe, just maybe, James was the son of Green O. Bodiford and Phebe was his sister.
So if your Stricklands are related to the Stricklands of Caryville, FL and/or Dothan, AL and/or Panama City, FL you're not only related to my husband whose first wife was a Strickland, you're also related to me, through the Bodifords of Robeson County, NC.