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David Strain, II
Birth: 1766
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1830
Augusta County
Virginia, USA

David Strain, Jr. (AKA David II) was 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 the family homestead in Hanover Twp., then Lancaster County, PA. It was in a Scots-Irish settlement. (In 1785 his paternal homestead 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, Jr. is recorded in 1787 (about age 21) as a member of the Old Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover Twp., along with his mother. In October/December 1792, he served as a Lieutenant in the local Dauphin Co. Militia, a Provisional Army. He was in the 7th Company and the 2nd Battalion, led by Lt. Col. V. Schouffler. European powers were infringing upon our new found freedoms already.

David, Jr. 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 Old Hanover cemetery, beside the former old church location, with several family members. His wife's grandparents and some of her siblings are buried there also. Photos exist of the old church surrounded by gravestones.

David, wife Elizabeth and baby daughter Rebecca, journeyed down the well traveled, old Indian Road (or Great Wagon Road) to Augusta Co., VA, another Scots-Irish area. On 15 Sep 1795, he purchased a 100 acre farm from the Beverley Grant for $500. "D. Strain" is on the Beverley Patent map (Southwest) by James Raymond Hildebrand based on 1736 and later land owners, drawn up in 1954. David would purchase an additional 87 acres of adjacent land in 1801 and 1808. Here they would add 10 more known children to the family from 1796 to about 1816. According to tax records, additional improvements were made on the home.

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.)

Following David's death in 1830, sons William and John would inherit his farm. His eldest son already had his own home, a short distance south, over the Rockbridge Co., VA border, across from New Providence Presbyterian Church.

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." They burned every barn, mill, and crop in Augusta County, VA and removed or killed many animals.
The Strain barn was rebuilt using some very old, large, hand hewn pre Civil War beams, believed to be from the old barn. Today, they can be seen inside the barn, at ground level.

Son, William sold his share of the Strain family farm to brother John in the early 1830's, and moved to Indiana. Son, John died in 1887, leaving the farm to his nephew (son of brother David Strain), 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 burned down in about 1933 (per the next owner's son*), the 2 pear trees remain (see photo), which it is believed were near the home. * He also said the date of the home was carved, over the door jam.

PHOTOS on right:
A few from my June 1996 visit. Some I took again in Aug 1999 of the former David Strain, II, homestead. It was then owned by the ever expanding, lovely 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.

They had eleven known children. In addition to the nine 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

His Strain descendants would serve in both the Union and the Confederate armies alike.

His gravestone says:
Memory of
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 on the right supports this transcription.

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. 
Family links: 
  David Strain (____ - 1783)
  Elizabeth Strain
  Elizabeth Allen Strain (1771 - 1857)
  Infant Strain*
  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 - ____)*
  William Strain (____ - 1783)*
  Alexander Strain (____ - 1831)*
  John Strain (____ - 1826)*
  Jennet Strain McCreight (1751 - 1828)*
  Sarah Strain Wilson (1752 - 1848)*
  David Strain (1766 - 1830)
  Alexander Strain (1767 - 1831)*
*Calculated relationship
Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Lot 7-6 and 8-7
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Record added: Oct 19, 2007
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David Strain, II
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May GOD Bless you as you have blessed us kin all so very well!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Mar. 7, 2014

- In Loving Memory
 Added: Aug. 31, 2012

- Judy Curnell
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