William Charles Strain was born in Ballindrait (between Lifford and Letterkenny), County Donegal, Ireland in 1903.  His father, Patrick Strain, was born around 1860.His grandfather, also named Patrick, may have been the brother of Grace Strain, the great-great-grandmother of actress Meryl Streep.

William Charles Strain married Margaret Diver and the couple moved from Donegal to County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, in the late 1920ís.Their son, the contributor of the DNA sample, was born in Strabane in 1933.

 

William Charles Strain died in 1971.

 

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