Henry Strayhorn was born in Hillsboro, Orange, North Carolina March 1856 to the parents of Aaron (D.K.) Strayhorn and Margarette Patsy Douglass Strayhorn. Henry was married to Arena (Rena) Rawls and to this marriage five children were born: Estell Strayhorn Walls, Jessie Strayhorn, Adelle Strayhorn Grant, Willie Strayhorn, and Millie (Lucey) Strayhorn.
His sisters and brothers are Isaac Strayhorn, Rose Strayhorn, Jane Strayhorn, Reuben Strayhorn, Sandy Strayhorn, and Clara Strayhorn, all of Hillsboro, Orange, North Carolina; Charity Strayhorn Pitt (Lewis) of Wilson, North Carolina; three nieces, Adeline Strayhorn and Margaret Strayhorn of Hillsboro, Orange, North Carolina and Gradis Pitt of Wilson, North Carolina; one nephew, Richard Strayhorn of Hillsboro, Orange, North Carolina.
One sister Charity Strayhorn Pitt preceded him in death.
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