Charles Strayline was born in Pennsylvania in about 1801. He married Catharine Wise; they had six children. Charles was a hotel keeper and lived in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia for many years. Three of his sons joined the Union army in 1861 and fought in the Civil War; his son Theodore Wise Strayline died at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Charles died in 1880.