Nicholas Strayer and Rebecca Whitnah

Nicholas Strayer Rebecca Whitnah
Birth: 1794 Berkeley County, Virginia Birth: 1795 Berkeley County, Virginia
Marriage: Jun 1813 Berkeley County, Virginia
Death: 21 Jan 1852 Miami Township, Logan County, Ohio Death: 15 Jan 1827 Berkeley County, Virginia
Father: John Nicholas Strayer Father: Henry F. Whitenah
Mother: Catharine Marie Staley Mother: Margaret Burns

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this family comes from Jerry R. Strayer as submitted to

Nicholas Strayer was born in 1794 in Berkeley County, Virginia, son of John Nicholas Strayer and Catharine Marie Staley. In Jun 1813(1) he married Rebecca Whitnah, daughter of Henry F. Whitenah and Margaret Burns. Nicholas and Rebecca had four children before Rebecca passed away on January 15, 1827. She is buried in present-day Washington County, Maryland.

Shortly before or after Rebecca's death, Nicholas moved to Indian Springs, Maryland. Here he married Emelin Snyder and had three children. The Strayers moved again to Logan County, Ohio where a fourth child was born. Emelin passed away on October 29, 1832. Nicholas married for a third time and had eleven children. In all, Nicholas fathered 19 children.

Nicholas Strayer and Rebecca Whitnah are the parents of the following children:
  1. Catherine Strayer. Catharine married Amos Chester. They lived in Logan County, Ohio.
  2. Sarah Ann Strayer
  3. Margaret Strayer, married C.C. Cookston and lived in Logan County, Ohio.
  4. Joseph Strayer, married Delila A. and lived in Logan County, Ohio.


  1. Marriage Records of Berkeley County, pg. 246. License issued 7 Jun 1813. No record of when the marriage was performed. See Berkeley County Marriage Bonds for a transcription.