|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1830|
Greenville (Augusta County)
David is the son of David Strain, Sr (I) and Elizabeth (surname unknown). He was born in about 1766 per his gravestone age/death. I suspect he was born in Hanover Twp., then Lancaster County, PA. It was in a Scots-Irish settlement. (In 1785 it became Dauphin Co. and in 1813, Lebanon County, PA. His father's farm was on the border with Dauphin Co., but inside of Lebanon Co. The land was the same, the borders moved. David's father was on the same land in East Hanover Twp. in 1752 that his wife inherited following his death (died in 1783) in 1785. It is sometimes listed as W. or E. Hanover but he did not move and all the data matches him.) I note he was born in the middle of the French & Indian War which caused many people in the area to flee.
David, II is recorded in 1787 (about age 21) as a member of the Old Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover Twp., along with his mother. He served at a Lieutenant in the 7th Company the Dauphin Co. Militia, a Provisional Army, 2nd Batt'l in Oct/Dec 1792. It was led by Lt. Col. V. Schouffler. European powers were infringing upon our new found freedoms already.
David II married Elizabeth Allen in Oct 1792 in current day Grantville, PA at the Old Hanover Presbyterian Church, which is no longer standing. Rev. John Snodgrass officiated. His sister Jennet is buried at the cemetery there with her family. His wife's grandparents and some of her siblings are buried there also.
David, wife Elizabeth and baby daughter Rebecca, traveled down the old Indian Road to Augusta Co., VA where he purchased a 100 acres farm on 15 Sep 1795 from the Beverley Grant for $500. "D. Strain" is on the Beverley Patent map (Southwest) by James Raymond Hildebrand based on 1736, drawn in 1954. The long flag lot entrance exists today. He would purchase 87 acres of adjacent land in 1801 and 1808. It was then customary to built over top of the older home. Following his death, sons William and John would inherit his farm. William sold his share to John and John died in 1887, leaving it to his nephew Samuel P. Strain. Samuel had lived and farmed there for many years before his Uncle John's death. Samuels' family was the last to reside there until about 1914, following an auction. The house is gone, the 2 pear trees remain (see photo), which it is believed were near the home. In the end of September 1864 the Yankees began a 2 week rampage in the Shenandoah valley known as the "bread basket of the south," burning every barn, mill, and crop in Augusta County, VA.
The barn was rebuilt using very old large hand hewn beams, which can be seen inside the ground level today.
PHOTOS on right:
A few from June 1996 I visit. Some I took again in Aug 1999 of the ever expanding Springdale Water Gardens doing business on site, showing the land and buildings. Click on pix for some details.
Black & White: The old Strain 2 story red brick Rockbridge "I" House with chimneys on either side. (See The "I" House, an Architectural Form in Rockbridge Co,, VA, 1972 by Grace Pierce Heffelfinger, 364 pages, M.A. thesis, Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta.) The picture was taken in about 1902, prior to the 1904 death of a child (Samuel P. Strain family) in the photo. The house burned down in about 1935 per then resident Jack L.C. Miller, per my 29 May 1994 talk with him. He lived there in 1933 and it was sold in 1988. He recalls the engraved wood beam near the front entry with the date of the house carved in it, but not the date (darn). His uncle built the current home on the farm.
On 20 Sep 1818, the Bethel Presbyterian Church session was reported to the Presbytery to have 166 members including David Strain and Elizabeth Strain. Bethel and Her Ministers, 1746 - 1974 by Rev. Herbert S. Turner & Rev. James Sprunt, 1974, p 95.
They had eleven known children. In addition to the eight I have connected below are:
1. Elizabeth, 20 Sep 1803 to bet. 17-20 Feb 1863 (Mrs. Samuel Heizer, IN)
2. Unnamed infant per the Staunton Spectator
3. Mary Jane, 16 Mar 1816 - bet 1850-1860 (Mrs. James H. Cochran, TN)
His gravestone says:
Who Departed this life
June 17, 1830
In the 65th year of his age
The above gravestone transcription was recorded 11 August 1936 by the Works Progress Administration survey of this cemetery by Scioto M. Herndon. It is available online now at the Library of Virginia site. The photo supports this.
He was born before we had a country or president and died while Andrew Jackson, our 7th President was in office.
Researched and written by LSP. Do not reproduce this or 11 photos.
David Strain (____ - 1783)
Elizabeth Allen Strain (1771 - 1857)
Rebecca Strain (1794 - 1869)*
David Strain (1796 - 1854)*
John Strain (1799 - 1887)*
Samuel A. Strain (1802 - 1822)*
William Strain (1805 - 1889)*
Alexander Strain (1806 - 1822)*
James Strain (1809 - ____)*
Louisa Strain (1814 - 1826)*
Mary Jane Strain Cochran (1816 - ____)*
Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Plot: Lot 7-6 and 8-7
Created by: LSP
Record added: Oct 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22299031