Person:James Strain (6)

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James Strain
b.ABT 1752
m. ABT 1742
  1. John StrainABT 1742 - 1826
  2. Elizabeth StrainABT 1748 -
  3. Jennet StrainABT 1751 - 1828
  4. James StrainABT 1752 - 1789
  5. William StrainABT 1759 - 1784
  6. Alexander StrainABT 1763 - 1831
  7. David Strain, Jr.ABT 1766 - 1830
m. ABT 1775
  1. John Strain1776 -
  2. Robert Strain1777-1785 -
  3. Jane 'Jinney' Strain1777-1790 -
  4. James StrainABT 1780 - ABT 1833
  5. Mary 'Polly' StrainBEF 1781 - BEF 1803
  6. Nancy StrainABT 1786 -
  7. Allen Strain1786 - 1858
  8. Margaret 'Peggy' Strain1789-1799 -
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Name James Strain
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1752
Marriage ABT 1775 to Nancy Agnes McClintock
Death? 1789 Augusta County, Virginia

James Strain was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Records of James Strain in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Vol. 1 - DECEMBER 18, 1792. - (214) John Strain, orphan of James Strain, deceased, chose Andrew Keith his guardian.
  • Vol. 2 - 18th December, 1792--Andrew Keith, ditto (Guardian of) of John Strain, ditto of (orphan of) Jas. Strain.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1799--December 4, David Connelly and John Strain, surety. David Connelly and Mary Strain, daughter of James Strain, deceased, and of age.
  • Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER, 1807 (A to Z). - John Strain vs. Connelly.--James Strain, father of complainant, died intestate, 1789, leaving land. Descended to his children, Robert, James, Allen, Polly, Jinney, Nancy, Peggy and complainant. Polly married David Connelly and died, leaving Arthur Connelly and James Strain Connelly, infants of five and seven years.


Information on James Strain

James STRAIN, Sr.[1]

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

1. John STRAIN, b. 22 Feb 1776, d. Abt 1833, Blount Co., Tennessee (56 years)
2. Robert STRAIN, ,
3. James STRAIN, Jr., b. Abt 1780, Augusta Co., Virginia , d. 1842, Benton Co., Alabama (~ 62 years)
4. Allen STRAIN, b. 28 Jun 1786, Virginia , d. 3 Mar 1858, Blount Co., Tennessee (71 years)
5. Mary "Polly" STRAIN, ,
6. Jane "Jinney" STRAIN, ,
7. Nancy STRAIN, b. Abt 1783,
8. Margaret "Peggy" STRAIN,

?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.

Land records:

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)