Joseph Dogan Stringfellow was born at Fort Clarke on his father's plantation on May 10, 1858. He was the oldest son of Dr. William Hall and Sarah Dogan Stringfellow. He was educated at the East Florida Seminary and at Kings Mountain College in South Carolina.
From Florida Edition, Makers of America, 1911:
"Mr. Stringfellow began his business career in a mercantile establishment at Gainesville. In 1882 he became a merchant on his own account. About 1885 he gave of the mercantile business and commenced giving his entire attention to general farming. He now operates probably the most extensive and successful stock and truck farms in the county."