Z.T. STRAYER, a successful and influential farmer of Padua Township, is a native of Logan County, Ohio, born
Jan. 22, 1850, and the son of Nicholas Strayer, a native of Virginia, and of German parentage. The latter, after
marriage, removed to Ohio, where his wife died not long afterward. He was then married to Miss Esther Kinnan, who
was a native of New York, whence she removed with her parents to Ohio. Of this union there were born eleven children,
our subject being the youngest of the family. Nicholas Strayer departed this life in Logan County, Ohio, Jan. 21,
1852, when his son, Z. T., was two years old. Two years later the mother with her ten living children, started
for the prairies of Illinois, and coming to this county located in Towanda Township, on what is now known as Money
Creek. Two years later they disposed of their land there and removed to De Witt County, settling in Turnbridge
Township. This also they sold not long after, and the mother and an older son speculated for some time in hogs,
but not being quite satisfied with the result of their operations, the mother and a part of the family then went
across the Mississippi to Mills County, Iowa, where she is now living, in the town of Glenwood, having arrived
at the advanced age of seventy-five years. Mrs. Strayer has been a remarkable woman in her time, with more than
ordinary business capacity, and notwithstanding her years, still retains her strength and activity, and the bright
mind for which she has always been noted.
Mr. Strayer lived with his widowed mother until he attained the years of manhood, and was then united in marriage with Miss Adelade Dickerson, the wedding taking place in Empire Township, in the home of the bride's parents, on the 17th of March, 1875. Mrs. S. is the daughter of Henry C. Dickerson, now a resident of Le Roy, and was born Sept. 8, 1855, in Empire Township, where she was reared and educated. She remained under the parental roof until her marriage with our subject, and became the mother of five children, as follows: Libby T., Harry M., George, Walter S. and Henry, all at home.
The homestead of our subject is on section 31, and includes 115 acres of valuable land, with fine farm buildings, and all the accessories of the modern and progressive farmer. He took possession of this place in February, 1882, and has made great improvements since that time. He has held the various offices of his township, and politically is accounted a first-class Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Strayer are regular attendants of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 569. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.