m. ABT 1742
m. ABT 1775
Facts and Events
James Strain was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of James Strain in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Information on James Strain
James STRAIN, Sr.
Abt 1755 - 1789
Father David STRAIN, Sr., b. Abt 1724, County Down, Ireland , d. Sep 1783, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania (~ 59 years) Mother Elizabeth, d. say 1820, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania Family ID F8375 Group Sheet
Family Nancy Agnes McLINTOCK, d. Yes, date unknown Children
?The link between James and his father David can only be rated as possible and logical, but no definite evidence of the connection exists. More work is needed on James's parentage. See the note under David Sr. for more about this problem. I have debated about whether to even include David as James's father here. I have chosen to do so in the hopes that others may seen and comment on it. He appears on the Virginia Mysteries page.
If David was his father, it would seem that he migrated south from Pennsylvania to Virginia in the pattern of many Scots-Irish settlers after the Revolution. Most of these people settled south of Harrisonburg; this coincides with the deed below in Augusta Co. Note that Rockbridge Co. was split off from Augusta Co. in 1778, which means this the 1780 land grant was in the area which is today designated as Augusta Co.
Augusta Co., Deed Book 23, p. 261, May 10, 1780: James Strain from William Gibson & wife Ann, 70 a. in Augusta Co. on north side of Middle River of the Shenandore [sic]. Test. Robert Poage, Alexander Reed, David Gibson, William Gibson, Ann Gibson.
There are also land records in Augusta Co. for a Thomas Strain and wife Elizabeth in 1782 (selling land), and a David Strain in 1795 (buying land).
James Strain is shown as a taxpayer in Augusta Co. in 1782.
Source: http://pitard.net/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I11909&tree=Pitard (added with permission 12/2010)