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THE STRAIN FAMILY PAGES

"Children's children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children."
Proverbs 17:6 NIV

Our Strain relatives, as far back as we have traced them, come from the hills of North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Robert Fulton, the patriarch of the Strain Family, was born in 1770, either in Tennessee or North Carolina. He married Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Jack-Wilson from Kentucky in 1790, after which they migrated to Missouri Territory, Arkansas, in about 1828.

In Arkansas, the Strains settled mostly in and around Washington County. The children of Robert and Mary "Polly" grew and married into such prominent families as the Woods and the Maxwells.

In about 1855, some of the Strains spilled into Texas, settling in Collin, Parker and Freestone counties. There they lived, married, worked, died and were buried. The cemetery at Indian Gap in Mills County, Texas, is the final resting place for many family members who await the return of Lord Jesus.

The Strains were an industrious bunch, working at various trades and occupations, but most were farmers. When some of the Strains moved into Creek County, Oklahoma, the railroad industry became their main occupation, with Walter and his son Leonard Strain working as Switcher and Roundhouse Foreman, respectively, for the Frisco Line.

The Frisco Train Yards, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Where Walter Andrew and Leonard Earl Strain Were Employed

Today the Strain Family is scattered from Arkansas, all the way to California. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada also are home to some Strains.

Before you dig into the files that we have posted on the following links, we hope you will enjoy the information that was shared with us by a new Strain relative, Damian Strain. He has done extensive research on the origins of the family name, and it is fascinating. Here are his findings:

ORIGIN OF THE STRAIN FAMILY SURNAME

It is our hope that you enjoy going through the pages of this Family History. As you click on the hyperlinks of various relatives, you will discover interesting tidbits, a few tall tales, obituaries, land records, and other documents that have been generously shared with us from so many we have learned are our "cousins." We thank each and every one of you who have been so kind and helpful. And keep the information coming!

The Strains of Jenks, Oklahoma
Bob, Susan and Timmy

LAST UPDATED: February 24, 2003

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STRAIN SURNAME INDEX

STRAIN DESCENDANTS OUTLINE

STRAIN CEMETERY
Partial Listing
Washington County, Arkansas

STRAIN OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES, FUNERAL CARDS

STRAIN TIDBITS AND TALL TALES

STRAIN MILITARY MEMORIES

STRAIN LAND RECORDS AND ABSTRACTS
Early Washington County, Arkansas

WILLS AND DEEDS
Includes the Will of Della Mae Johnson-Sconiers

"MYSTERY" STRAINS
Obits, Articles, Information, Mentioning the STRAIN Surname --
Not Yet Linked to Our Family

THE STRAIN HOTEL
Postcard Photo of Old Hotel in Granbury, Texas



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