DESCENDANTS OF CHRISTIAN STRALEY
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Christian Straley, a son of John Straley, was born in Stattgarst,
1818. He arrived
with his parents in 1758.
He married Christina Lantz. Christina, a daughter of Jacob and
Catherine Lantz, was born in NJ
Christian served the Colonies in the American Revolution as a
private in Isaac Cooper's 8th Co
5th Battalion of the
Known children of Christian and Christina (Lantz) Straley.
2. (1). George b.c. 1770
m. Elizabeth Bonnett
m. Margaret Roby Nov 1828 Lewis County VA (WV)
2.GEORGE STRALEY 1.CHRISTIAN STRALEY
George Straley, a son of Christian and Christina (Lantz) Straley,
was born about 1770 and died in
married Elizabeth Bonnett in
Elizabeth, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth (Lorentz) Bonnett,
was born in 1784 and died in
Margaret Roby in
Three tracts of land, owned jointly by George and his brother Joseph, were purchased by them from their parents, Christian and Christina (Lantz) Straley, for the sum $800 on 13 April 1818 as recorded in Deed Book A, pages 161-163, in Lewis County. The three tracts totaled 579 acres; however, in the land tax records, they are taxed for tracts of 400 acres, 39 acres, and 171 acres for a total acreage of 600 acres.
transfer occurred shortly before Christian's death. These three tracts, as
proven by a later deed, included the
'This Indenture made in the year of our Lord one thousand & eight hundred & twenty six Between George Straley and Joseph Straley of the county of Lewis and State of Virginia of the one part and George Cookman, Jacob Hardman, Peter Switzer and William Mitchell, Trustees Elected for the Methodists and their friends Witnesseth that for and in consideration of one dollar to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted Bargained, and hold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell to the Methodist and their friends and to the said Trustees in trust for their particular use and benefit and none other only they shall please to dispose of a certain tract or parcel of land on Hacker’s Creek in the County and State aforesaid adjoining Lands of the said George & Joseph Straley running thus or North 44 degrees East 20 poles to two white oaks North 44 west 12 poles to two Beeches thence North 44 East 20 poles to a stake near the road thence South 44 West twelve poles to the Beginning including a house for public worship known by the name of the Harmony meeting house with all its appurtenances from the said George & Joseph Straley and their heirs forever and to them the Trustees with the above mentioned Methodists and their heirs forever for a Burial yard and a house of public worship and none other purpose and the said George & Joseph STRALEY do covenant and agree with the aforementioned parties that they alien the said Tract from them and their heirs and will warrant and defend from them and their heirs and other powers claiming under them - In Witness whereof we the said George & Joseph STRALEY have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this fourth day of April in the year of our Lord first above written.
On July 29, 1846 George Straley, apparently in ill health and fearful that the children by his first wife might not carry out his wishes pertaining to forty five acres he had received from his first wife, prepared for death by writing his will which is recorded in Will Book B, page 52, in the Lewis County Courthouse. It read:
'I George Straley of Lewis County and State of Virginia do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say 1st I desire that all the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my decease and out of the monies accruing there from all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2d I give to my children Joseph Straley, Samuel Straley, Elizabeth Waggoner, Christina Wolf, George Straley, Stephen Straley, Nicholas Straley, Jacob Straley, Susanah Straley, Mary Waggoner, Hannah Edmond & Nancy King a tract of Land on Hacker’s Creek in the County of Lewis Containing three hundred acres known as my old place or farm to each an equal shareare to be divided among them or disposed of as they may severally think proper to them and their heirs forever.
3d After the payment of my Just debts and funeral expenses I give to my Wife Margaret Straley all the balance of my estate both real and personal for and during the time of her natural life and after her decease I give the Same to my Children herein after mentioned to be equally divided among them and to be enjoyed by them their heirs forever namely Asa Kemper Straley, Julia Ann Straley, Lucretia Straley and David Benton Straley, the above to be given to my Wife to be in Lieu of her dower interest in my estate.
To my son John Straley I have heretofore made an advance in Land which I intend to be his share of my estate and when I have heretofore sold to Nicholas Alkire a tract of land on the east side of Hacker’s Creek supposed to Contain forty-five acres which tract of Land descended to my first wife and in which I have an estate for life - a tenant by???? and being desirous that the sale to the said Alkire shall be perfected by a conveyance of the Said land in fee simple to the said Alkire,
It is my Will that the heirs of my first wife to whom the same will descend on my decease do make said conveyance to said Alkire and to insure the same I do hereby declare that the bequest to them herein before made of three hundred acres of Land shall remain suspended until the same be done and that the said tract of the three hundred acres of land remain charged and subjected to the claim of the said Alkire to whom I stand bound to warrant the title of the said forty five acres tract until he shall be quited in his possession and tifie to the said forty five acres or otherwise fully indemnified in the promises.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend William Morrison my executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other Wills or testaments by me heretofore made.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal
this 29th day of July 1846.
George STRALEY (seal)
The forgoing signed, sealed, publish and declared by George STRALEY as and for his last Will and testament in presence and hearing of us who at his request, and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses
Jas. BENNETI Jonathan HACKER
George W. SWISHER
This last will
and testament of George Straley deceased was this day
Teste John MORROW Clerk
property was inventoried on
Children of George and Elizabeth (Bonnett) Straley.
3. (1). John Edmond b.
m. Sarah Magnet
5. (3). Samuel b. 1800 d. Feb 1882
m. Susannah Creamer
m. Armentha Redding
6. (4). George “Rush” b. 1802
m. Ruth Chapman
7. (5). Christina b. 1802 d. 1895
m. James Robert Wolf
8. (6). Mary b.Dec 27 1804 d.Aug 30 1882
9. (7). Stephen b.
m. Mary Alkire
m. Cornelius King
11. (9). Nicholas b. 1813
m. Sarah McWhorter
m. Catherine J. Funkhouse
12. (10). Hannah b.
m. John Edmonds
13. (11). Jacob b. Sep 1816 d.
m. Catherine Ann
Freeman Aug 23 Lewis Co. (
14. (12). Susannah b. 1818
m. Thomas Gideon
m. Henry Stannard
Children of George and Margaret (Roby) Straley .
15. (1). Asa Kemper b.
m. Louisa Eliza Horner
16. (2). Penwood b.
17. (3). Presley H. b.
18. (4). Julia Ann b.
m. William Moore
19. (5). Lucretia b.
m. William P. Hacker
20. (6). David Benton b.
Killed in Civil war
13.JACOB STRALEY 2.GEORGE STRALEY 1.CHRISTIAN STRALEY
Jacob Straley, a son of George and Elizabeth (Bonnett) Straley,
was born in 1816. He married Catherine Ann Freeman.
Known children of Jacob and Catherine Ann (Freeman) Straley.
21. (1). George Presley b. 1840 d.Jul 1919
m.Lucy Mildred Grimsley
22. (2). Stephen Albert b.c. 1842
m.Frances Elizabeth Kemper
23. (3). William A. b.c. 1844
25. (5). Francis M. b.c. 1847
26. (6). Mary S. b.c. 1848
27. (7). james E. b.c. 1852
28. (8). Jacob L.C. b.c. 1856
29. (9). John H. b.c. 1858
30. (10). Rosamand b.c. 1860
31. (11). Peter M.L. b.c 1867
21.GEORGE PRESLEY STRALEY 13.JACOB STRALEY 2.GEORGE STRALEY
George Presley Straley, a son of Jacob and Catherine Ann (Freeman)
Straley, was born in Lewis County VA (WV), in 1840 and died in Roane
He married Lucy
about 1842 and died in 1892.
George and five
of his children moved to
Known children of George Presley and Lucy Mildred (Grimsley) Straley.
32. (1). Jacob b.c. 1865
33. (2). Mary A. b.c. 1867
34. (3). Laca b.c. 1869
35. (4). Edward M. b.c. 1882 d.Jun 1913
m. Lillie Walker
22.STEPHEN ALBERT STRALEY 13.JACOB STRALEY 2.GEORGE STRALEY
Stephen Albert Straley, a son of Jacob and Catherine Ann (Freeman)
Straley, was born in Lewis County VA (WV) about 1842. He married
Frances Elizabeth Kemper. Frances, a daughter of Reuben Allen and
Roasmond E.A. Kemper, was born in
Known children of Stephen Albert and Frances Elizabeth (Kemper) Straley.
36. (1). Thomas Lee b.c. 1885 d. 1965
m.Alice Anna McQueen
35.EDWARD M. STRALEY 21.GEORGE PRESLEY STRALEY 13.JACOB STRALEY
2.GEORGE STRALEY 1.CHRISTIAN STRALEY
Edward M. Straley, a son of George Presley and Lucy Mildred
was born in
1907. Lillie, a
daughter of James W. and Sarah Columbia (
Children of Edward M. and Lillie (
37. (1). J. Bryan b. 1908
38. (2). Pauline b. 1911
36.THOMAS LEE STRALEY 22.STEPHEN ALBERT STRALEY 13.JACOB STRALEY 2.GEORGE
STRALEY 1.CHRISTIAN STRALEY
Thomas Lee Straley, a son of Stephen Albert and Frances Elizabeth
(Kemper) Straley, was born in
Known children of Thomas Lee and Alice Anna (McQueen) Straley.
39. (1). May
m. Charles White
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