- 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.
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.
Several bits of evidence attest to the fact that James Sr. is Allen's father. Also as evidence see the deeds selling the land inherited from James by his children from his estate (he died intestate); these are kept on his children's and his wife's pages.
1) he had a son named Allen, according to Chalkley's record of the argument over his estate; this is recorded in Chalkley, 1.424:
"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."
2) Allen had a brother named Robert, who also had property in Blount Co.
3) Nancy remarried a "Richard Trotter" (Chalkley, 2.292), and Allen Strain has a son named "William Trotter Strain."
Four of his children at least--John, James, Robert, and Allen—left Augusta Co., Virginia and travelled to Tennessee; some went also to Alabama.
One source to look up for this family: Edward Thomson, The annals of the Strene or Strean family : including the Thomson annals. The index of this volume at the FHL says that it includes work on the Currens family as well.