Thomas Jefferson Strain


Thomas Jefferson Strain, Sr., was born 1808-09 in Cocke County, TN.  He married Lydia Bilyeu in 1831 in Sangamon County, IL, and it is assumed that Thomas was one of the sons of James Strain, who was enumerated in Sangamon County, IL, on the 1830 census.  Shortly after their marriage, Thomas and Lydia moved to Overton County, TN, where they stayed until after 1856.  Thomas was inexplicably enumerated as "Richard Strange” on the 1850 Overton County, TN, census. In 1860 Thomas and Lydia were in Pulaski, County, MO.  On 30 July 1864, at Waynesville, MO, Thomas enlisted in the Union Army, as a private in Capt. Davis’ Company A, 48th Regiment of the MO Infantry.  He was described as age 55 years, 5’4” tall, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and his occupation was farmer.  He died of smallpox almost nine months later, on 20 April 1865, at Camp Douglas, Madison County, IL.  Lydia died in 1903 in Pulaski County, MO.  They had eight children:  Mary Strain, Rhoda Strain, John P. Strain, Louisa Strain, William C. Strain, Elenor “Ellen” Strain, Samuel Strain, and Thomas Jefferson Strain, Jr.


Sample # 9605 was contributed by a great, great grandson of Thomas Jefferson Strain, Sr.  (Four transmission events)

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