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STRAYER, VALENTINE, farmer and stockman, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., October 27, 1827. His grandfather, Mathias Strayer, came from Wittenberg, Germany, when a youth. His father, Valentine Strayer, was a native of Lebanon county. He was a farmer; in his younger days he was a German school teacher. He farmed in Lebanon county, also in Halifax, Lykens, Washington and Jackson townships, in Dauphin county. He owned a small farm near the town of Gratz, where he died. He married Catherine Bealy, and they had these children: John, deceased, farmer in Iowa; Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Jonas Matter, of Ohio; Nancy, deceased, wife of George Doebler, school teacher, of Ohio; Catherine, wife of Andrew Sheets, of Iowa; Daniel, deceased, farmer, of Gratz; Lafayette, farmer, Jackson township; George, farmer, Iowa; Valentine; Lucinda, deceased, wife of Jonas Riser; Mary, and one that died in infancy. The mother also died at Gratz. Mr.Strayer was a member and a deacon of the Lutheran church. He was formerly a Whig, and afterwards became a Republican.


Valentine Strayer, the son, attended the public schools of his native township, and worked with his father on farns in various parts of the county. When he was twenty two years old he rented a farm of one hundred and seventy acres in Halifax township, which he worked for four years. He also cultivated another farm in the same township for one year, after which he removed to Jackson township and bought the farm which he now owns, and on which he built a dwelling and a barn, and made other improvements. He was for twenty years engaged in raising stock and attending the markets of Lykens. His industry, enterprise, and good management secured the success of his operations.


Mr. Strayer was married, in Jackson township, November 6, 1850, to Christiana Straw, born in Schuylkill county, Pa., March 21, 1824; daughter of Benjamin and M. Elizabeth (Grimm) Straw, natives of Schuylkill county, but residents of Jackson township when they died. Mr. and Mrs. Strayer have no children. Mr. Strayer is a Republican and has been tax collector for two terns, and inspector of elections. He is a member of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Strayer are among those who were wise in youth and prepared for age and ease. They have been industrious, have lived carefully, and can now enjoy the comforts of life. They are worthy people, and are honored in the community.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Joanne Nichols for The Dauphin

County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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