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Joseph Chapin & Almira Rachel (Partch) MAIN


Nathan MAINE was born 06-12-1756 in Stonington, CT and died on 01-30 1855 in Bloomfield Twp, Crawford County, PA. Nathan was a Corporal in the Revolutionary War. His commander was General Dixon. He served in the 3rd Battalion. His wife was Rabbecca CHAPIN (MAIN) born in 1785 and died on 22 Apr 1822.



He was recognized by the John Fisher GAR 337, Riceville, Crawford County, PA,  which was organized May 29, 1883, with nineteen members.  The first officers were:  Matthew Merchant, Commander; C. W. Todd, V. C.; T. Zahniser, J. V. C.; T. L. Dobbins, Adj.; S. M. Lindsey, Q. M.; Franklin Davis, Chaplain; D. B. Winton, Sergeant-Major; D. Shreve, Q. M. Sergent.  These men would have known Nathan Maine as he lived until 6 years before the Civil War and they were his neighbors.

 Joseph Chapin MAIN was born on on 04-22-1822 in Bloomfield Twp, Crawford County, PA on land his dad was given for service in the Revolution.

     He came to Island Grove Township, Gage County, Nebraska in 1860 and died on 1907 in Island Grove Township, Gage County, Nebraska

    His wife, Almira Rachel PARTCH was born 10-09 -1836 in Vermont and died on 11-26-1911 in Liberty, Gage County, NE.

      Both are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Frog Pond) in Island Grove Township, Gage, NE on a corner of his homestead he donated for a cemetery.

Joseph & Rebecca MAIN's children
Sarah MAIN,  born 30 Sep 1853 in Brown Co. KS; died  8 Jan 1941 at Island Grove Twp, Gage County NE. 

She married Manfred Herbert FREEL

Manfred was born 20 May 1852, Corydon, Wayne County, IA; died 21 Apr 1940 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County, NE.  

They are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Ada MAIN, born in 1855 in Brown Co. KS; died in 1953 in Brown Co. KS
William John MAINE born 09 May 1858 in Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas; died on 2 Dec 1936 in Blue Springs, Island Grove Twp, Gage, Nebraska. 

He married Luverna FREEL (sister of Manfred).

Luverne was born on 10 Nov 1875 in Missouri and died on 24 Dec 1936 in Blue Springs, Island Grove Township, Gage, Nebraska.

Katherine MAIN, born 23 Jun 1859 Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas and died as an infant.
Arova MAIN, born 17 Sept 1860 in Island Grove Twp, Gage, Nebraska; died 17 Sept 1865 Island Grove Twp, Gage, Nebraska.
Clara MAIN, born on 11 Dec 1871 in Island Grove Twp, Gage, Nebraska, and died 05/04/1944 in California.
Ambrose MAIN (twin of Avery), born  15 Aug 1876 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County, Nebraska; died on 20 Feb 1963 in Payette, Payette, Idaho.
      He   married Laura L. BOYLE, born 14 Mar 1881,  Elk Creek Twp, Pawnee County, Nebraska; died on 1 Sept 1982 in Payette, Payette County, Idaho.

Avery MAIN (twin of Ambrose) was born on15 Aug 1876 in Island Grove Twp, Gage, Nebraska and died 11 Mar 1952 in Payette, Payette, Idaho. 

He married Ellen Rebecca BERRY, born 22 June 1878 in Bulls Gap, TN; died on 10 Aug 1915 in Hennessey, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. 

     Her youngest daughter Goldie Main died on the same day most likely from the 1915-1918 influenza epidemic. 

He then married Ella Jane STEWART born on 25 Jun 1891 in Nebraska.

Children of Avery & Ella J. (Stewart) MAIN

Omar Leroy MAINE (twin) born 02-27-1896 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County, Nebraska; died 29 Nov 1982 in Payette, Payette County, Idaho. 

     He married Eva Marie ROOD who was born 26 Sep 1906 in Callaway, Custer, Nebraska; died on 29 Dec 1979 in Payette, Payette County, Idaho.

     They had 13 children that survived to adulthood. 

NOTE:  Harold Leroy MAINE was the oldest child of Omar and Eva. Harold was born on 06-2-1926 in Baird, NE. (Baird NE post office was established in 1881. It was located somewhere in Nuckolls County NE and was discontinued sometime after his birth.) Harold died on 11 22-1998 in Mountain Home, AR. His wife was Elener Arlene FRY (Maine) born in Almartha, MO (no longer exists) on June 22, 1927.

Fern Adella MAIN (twin of Omar), born 02-27-1896 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County, Nebraska; died 18 Apr 1973 in Hudson, Weld County, Colorado.






Charles Gilbert MAIN born on 25 Sep 1902 Island Grove Township, Gage County, Nebraska and died on 06 Jan 1948 in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Alford Joseph MAIN born 17 Sep 1900 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County, Nebraska; died 18 Oct 1960 from a hit and run accident in Payette, Payette County, Idaho.

Rose Ann MAINE born 1 Dec 1904 in Island Grove Twp, Gage County Nebraska,  Died in Nebraska, date not known.





Elmer Avery MAIN, born 28 Oct 1909 in Brewster, Thomas, Kansas (twin of John); died in Nevada, date not known.

John Avery MAINE, born 28 Oct 1909 in Island Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas (twin of Elmer); died 29 Apr 1979 in Weiser, Washington County, Idaho (the county above Payette County.

Goldie Violet MAIN, born 28 Oct 1913 in Arriba Twp, Lincoln County, Colorado; died 10 Aug 1915 in Hennessey, Kingfisher, Oklahoma with her mom when Avery and Ellen went to visit her parents who participated in of the Oklahoma land rush.


These are the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Joseph Main.

The E on the end of main is optional - it comes and it goes. 

We are looking for any information or sources of information that DAR and SAR will recognize that connect Ambrose, Avery, William, and Joseph together. This includes birth and death certificates, probate records, newspaper clippings, and any other sources you may have.

Phillip Maine, Harold Leroy Maine's middle son.
March 2009


Recv'd 8 Feb 2015 from

I need to change the info for Jospeh C Main and Almira Partch Maine
First they came to Richardson County in 1853, not 1860. He also founded a cemetery in Richardson county on the corner of his property, not in Gage county. Just after that he was bought by an eastern news paper land in Kansas at what became the end of the Free State trail through Nebraska and worked for the free state side as supplier at trails end. At the end of the fight he gave the land to his wife's brother.
Though we do not have his records, there were no children born in his household during the Civil War. He was probably mustered out in 1867 at Sioux City, SD.

Joseph and Almira lived in Richardson County until the 1880s when he sold his farm to his wife's nephew and moved near his youngest twin son Avery north of Liberty, Gage county, NE.1



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