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The Strain Family
 
The name Strain comes from the Irish Gaelic ” SruitheŠin (sruth, a stream). Edward MacLysaght's Surnames of Ireland notes that it was an old Donegal eranagh family (an eranagh, or airchinneach, being an old ecclesiastical office which looked after church property and collected tithes). The name is also found as Strahan and Shryhane, with Strain said to be a variant found commonly in County Down. 
 
The following members of the Donegal based Strain family are in Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's ancestry:
Robert Strain (17?? - 18??) md: Anne
Robert Strain (Bet 1825-29 - 15/6/1872) md: Mary Anne 
Sarah Strain (24/4/1842 - 15/9/1886) md: John Holmes
 

Robert Strain
17?? - 18??
 
Robert was Calum's and Jamie's six times great grandfather
 
Nothing is known about Robert Strain as yet, save that his name was Robert - his son's marriage entry in 1842 notes him as 'Robert Strain junior'. From his son Charles' birth in 1826 we noted that he was based in Figart within the parish of Raphoe in Donegal, and that his wife was called Anne.
 
 
CHILDREN of ROBERT STRAIN and ANNE (UNKNOWN):
Robert Strain
18?? - 18??
 
See below
 
 
 
Charles Strain
b: abt 10/9/1826  d: Jan-Mar 1916
 
Charles was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 10 SEP 1826, with his residence noted as Figart in the parish of Raphoe. His father was Robert Strain and his mother noted as Anne. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
In the 1901 census for Ireland Charles was noted as a 70 year old unmarried agricultural labourer, boarding in the house of a Roman Catholic couple called Owen and Susan Nealis, at 3 Mageestown, Raphoe. He was Church of Ireland by way of religion and could not read or write. He was also noted as having been born in Donegal.  
 
Charles was later listed in the 1911 census as residing at 23 Guest End Street, Raphoe, with his niece Rebecca. He was 80 years old and a retired labourer from Donegal who was single and unable to read or write. and a member of the Irish Church, or Church of Ireland (Source: National Archives of Ireland).
 
Charles appears to have passed away in the first quarter of 1916, aged '80', with his death registered in Strabane (1916 Q1, vol.2 p.263).
 
 
 
Rebecca Strain
b: abt 24/3/1829
 
Rebecca was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 24 MAR 1829, with her residence noted as Figart in the parish of Raphoe. Her father was Robert Strain and her mother noted as Anne Strain. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 
 
John Strain
b: abt 5/8/1832
 
John was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 5 AUG 1832, with his residence noted as Upper Figart in the parish of Raphoe. His father was Robert Strain, a shoemaker, and his mother noted as Anne. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 
 
William Strain
b: abt 28/12/1834
 
William was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 28 DEC 1834, with his residence noted as Upper Figart in the parish of Raphoe. His father was Robert Strain, a shoemaker, and his mother noted as Anne. The witnesses/informants were Hugh Scullion and Robert Strain (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 
 
Thomas Strain
b: abt 22/1/1837
 
Thomas was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 22 JUL 1837, with his residence noted as Figart in the parish of Raphoe. His father was Robert Strain, a shoemaker, and his mother noted as Anne. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 
 
Mary Jane Strain
b: abt 2/5/1841
 
Mary Jane was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 2 MAY 1841, with her residence noted as Figart in the parish of Raphoe. Her father was Robert Strain, a shoemaker, and her mother noted as Anne. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 

Robert Strain
Bet 1824-1829 - 15/6/1872
 
Robert was Calum's and Jamie's five times great grandfather.
 
Robert Strain was initially based based in Figart, in the parish of Raphoe, County Donegal, Ireland, before settling elsewhere in the parish at various times in Bogagh, Mageestown and Tullyvinny. Several records refer to him as Robert junior, indicating that his father was also called Robert. He married Mary Anne at some stage prior to 1842, although the record has as yet to be found.
 
Robert and Mary Anne had at least six children.
 
According to an incomplete transcript of a death record on RootsIreland, Robert appears to have died at Sandymills, Castlefin, on 15 JUN 1872, aged 43. The informant was Mary Strain of Sandymills, presumably his wife. The original record, GROI D 1872 Q3 Vol.12 p.205 Strabane, has yet to be checked. A following burial record notes that he was buried in Raphoe on 27 JUN 1872. His address is noted as Sandymills once more, although his age was now transcribed as 50. Again, the original burial records has still to be consulted.
 
Mary Anne eventually passed away on 9 MAY 1898 at Maghrahaan, Raphoe, at the age of 76, the certified cause being chronic bronchitis and asthenia, as suffered for years. She was noted as a widow to a labourer, and the informant to the registrar on 17 MAY was her daughter Matilda Strain, resident at Maghrahaan (Source: GROI D 1898 Group Reg ID 3659879 SRD Strabane RD Raphoe).
 
 
CHILDREN of ROBERT STRAIN and MARY ANNE:
Sarah Strain
b: abt 24/4/1842
 
Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandmother - see below.
 
 
 
Matilda Strain
b: abt 14/2/1847  d: 26/7/1908
 
Matilda was baptised by the Church of Ireland on February 14th 1847. At the time her parents were resident in High Figart, parish of Raphoe, Donegal. No witnesses were recorded.
 
It is unclear as to whether our Matilda married. A Matilda Strain, daughter of Robert Strain, did marry a labourer called William Kilpatrick, son of Thomas Kilpatrick, on 26 May 1864 at Raphoe, in a ceremony carried out by the Church of Ireland. At the time Matilda was resident at Cottown. What confuses the issue is that after this wedding, all subsequent records refer to her as Matilda Strain, and not Matilda Kilpatrick. (Source: RootsIreland and IGI)
 
Matilda certainly had at least four children. The 1901 census for house number 2 in Magherahaan in Raphoe lists her as the head of the household, aged 50 and a seamstress who was Church of Ireland by religion and able to read and write. Also present was her son, 26 year old Thomas, 24 year old nephew Charles Strain, both general labourers born in Donegal, and a daughter, Martha, aged 21 and a seamstress, again born in Donegal. Her sister Rebecca was also living in the house, and like Matilda was a seamstress, listed as unmarried, aged 42 and also able to read and write.
 
Matilda died on 26 JUL 1908 in Raphoe (her address is simply given as 'Raphoe'). Her age was noted as 62 and the informant as her son, Charles, also listed as residing in Raphoe. No cause of death is given and no indication as to where she was buried (Source: RootsIreland).
 
 
CHILDREN of MATILDA STRAIN:
Thomas Strain
b: abt 1874
 
Thomas was born in Raphoe in approximately 1874. He was present with his mother in Magherahaan in the 1901 censuses, where he was listed as a general labourer.
 
 
 
Charles Strain
b: abt 1876 
 
Charles was born in Raphoe in approximately 1876. He was present with his mother in Magherahaan in the 1901 censuses, where he was listed as a general labourer.
 
Charles acted as informant following his mother's death in Raphoe in July 1908, and is listed in the death record as also still resident in Raphoe.
 
 
 
(Unnamed) Strain
b: 2/12/1877
 
This child was noted on the IGI as having been born at the end of 1877 - the orignal record has as yet to be checked.
 
 
 
Martha Strain
b: abt 1880
 
Martha was born in approximatly 1880 in Raphoe, and was listed as residing with her mother in Magherahaan in the 1901 census.
 
 
 
 
Margaret Strain
b: abt 10/11/1850
 
Matilda was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 10 NOV 1850. At the time her parents were resident in Bogagh, parish of Raphoe, Donegal. The witnesses were Matilda Strain and William Quin.
 
 
 
Robert Strain
b: abt 5/6/1853
 
Robert was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 5 JUN 1853. At the time his parents were resident in Mageestown, parish of Raphoe, Donegal. The witnesses were Mary Strain and John Strain.
 
 
 
Mary Anne Strain
b: abt 10/6/1855
 
Mary Anne was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 10 JUN 1855. At the time her parents were resident in Bogagh, parish of Raphoe, Donegal. The witnesses were Mary Jane Strain and Charles Strain.
 
 
 
Rebecca Strain
b: abt 15/12/1858  d: 22/4/1920
 
Rebecca was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 15 DEC 1858. At the time her parents were resident in Tullyvinny, parish of Raphoe, Donegal. No witnesses were recorded (Source: RootsIreland).
 
Rebecca was noted as residing with her sister Matilda in the 1901 census for the townland of Magherahaan in Raphoe. She was listed as being 42 and as a seamstress who could read and write, and who was Church of Ireland by way of religion (Source: National Archives of Ireland).
 
In the 1911 census Rebecca was listed as the head of the household at 23 Guest End Street in Raphoe. She was now stated as being unable to read, she was a member of the irish Church, aged 60 and unmarried. With her in the house were her nephew Charles Strain aged 30, a general labourer, her 80 year old uncle Charles Strain, a single retired labourer from Donegal who was also unable to read or write, and her grand niece Mary Anne Lapsley, who was aged just 4 and could not read or write (Source: National Archives of Ireland). The landlord for the house was William Lapsley, who appears to have resided two doors away at number 21. William was clearly married to one of Rebecca's nieces, Margaret, though how she connects has as yet to be worked out.
 
Rebecca eventually passed away on 22 APR 1920 at Lifford Infirmary, in the Donegal parish of Castlefin. She was noted as a 60 year old housekeeper and unmarried. The informant was Anna B. Heslin at Lifford Infirmary (Source: RootsIreland). The death was registered in Strabane (1920 Q2, Vol. 2 p.224).
 
 

Sarah Strain
abt 24/4/1842 - 15/9/1886
 
Sarah was Calum's and Jamie's four times great grandmother.

Sarah's mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) profile has been established following analysis of her great great great grandson Christopher's mtDNA in 2007. This form of DNA was passed to her from her mother, and further back along the maternal line. Her haplogroup was H, meaning that her maternal ancestors eventually went as far back as an ancestor that the boffins in white coats have named Helena. Chris's sample of DNA was matched against the Cambridge Reference Sequence by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and the following differences (mutations) to the sequence were noted:

HVR1: 16519C    HVR2: 263G   HVR3: 315.1C

If anybody has the same mtDNA mutations as Sarah and her maternal line descendants, it will be extremely likely that they shared a common maternal ancestor somewhere in the last 500 years. Sarah's mtDNA profile was shared by all of her children, and any siblings she may have had.

 
Sarah was baptised by the Church of Ireland on 24 APR 1842 in the parish of Raphoe, with her residence noted as High Figart. Her father Robert was noted as a labourer.
 
Sarah married John Holmes on January 10th 1861, in Raphoe, County Donegal. In the record John was noted as a full aged (over 21) tradesman from Bogagh, Raphoe, with his father noted as John Holmes, a scutcher. Sarah was from Bighill, and the daughter of Robert Strain, a labourer. The wedding was performed in the Presbyterian Church in the town, with the witnesses noted as Samuel Brown and Andrew Allen.
 
The couple subsequently had at least six children.
 
Sarah eventually passed away on 15 SEP 1886 at Raphoe. In an incomplete transcript on RootsIreland, she is noted as having been aged 45 and as being a shoemaker's wife. Her sister Matilda Strain of Magherahaan was the informant to the registrar. The original version of the record has still to be consulted (GROI D 1886 Q3 Vol 2 p.202 Strabane).
 
 
CHILDREN of SARAH STRAIN and JOHN HOLMES:
Robert Holmes
b: 19/4/1866
 
 
Elizabeth Holmes
b: 13/8/1871
 
 
Martha Holmes
b: 14/1/1876
 
 
Sarah Ann Baird Holmes
b: 20/3/1878
 
 
Elizabeth Holmes
b: 1879
 
 
Mary Holmes
10/12/1880
 
For more on the Holmes family visit the following link: Holmes
 

Connecting to Calum and Jamie

Elizabeth Holmes married Cochrane Watton in 1900.

Daughter, Annie Eveline Leslie Watton, married William McKeever Smyth between 1918 and 1922

Daughter, Martha Jane Elisabeth Watton Smyth, married Ernest Graham in 1943

Daughter, Charlotte Harper Graham, married Colin Paton in 1969

Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000

Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton