McClain Family Genealogy
Donated to the Walllowa
County Genealogy Project
by Jeanne Brewer
Descendants of Robert McClain
Generation No. 1
ROBERT MCCLAIN was born 1746
in Scotland, and died 1824 in Jefferson County, Ohio. He married
PATIENCE PILES Abt. 1774 in Cameron Parish, Loudon County, Virginia, daughter
of JOHN PILES and JEMIMA MOXLEY. Robert McClain served in the Loudon
County, Virginia, militia during the Revolutionary War. His wife,
Patience, collected rents on the Goose Creek Plantation in Leesburg, VA
Children of ROBERT MCCLAIN and PATIENCE
i. JOHN MCCLAIN, b. October
17, 1775, Cameron Parish, Loudon County, Virginia; d. January 01, 1852,
Jefferson County, Ohio.
iii. POLLY MCCLAIN.
iv. JAMES MCCLAIN,
b. 1776; d. 1854.
vi. WILLIAM MCCLAIN.
vii. THOMAS MCCLAIN,
b. 1784; d. 1856; m. PATIENCE WINDSOR.
viii. JANE ELIZABETH
ELEANOR B MCCLAIN.
Generation No. 2
JOHN MCCLAIN was
born October 17, 1775 in Cameron Parish, Loudon County, Virginia, and died
January 01, 1852 in Jefferson County, Ohio. He married SARAH "SALLY"
MAPLE Abt. 1795 in Pennsylvania, daughter of WILLIAM MAPLE and KEZIAH LARRISON.
Children of JOHN MCCLAIN and SARAH MAPLE
i. JOHN JACOB MCCLAIN,
b. 1806, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1862, Van Buren County, Iowa.
ii. ELIZABETH MCCLAIN, b. 1797,
Pennsylvania; d. July 06, 1872, Ross Township, Jefferson County, Ohio.
iii. SAMUEL MCCLAIN.
iv. JAMES MCCLAIN.
v. JANE ELIZABETH
vi. ROBERT MCCLAIN.
vii. WILLIAM MCCLAIN.
viii. THOMAS MCCLAIN, b. 1814,
Tunnel Mill, Jefferson County, Ohio.
ix. PATIENCE MCCLAIN.
x. ANN MCCLAIN.
xii. KEZIAH MCCLAIN.
Generation No. 3
JOHN JACOB MCCLAIN
was born 1806 in Pennsylvania, and died Abt. 1862 in Van Buren County,
Iowa. He married (1) MARTHA ROBBINS March 27, 1827 in Jefferson County,
Ohio, daughter of WILLIAM ROBBINS and ELIZABETH LAUGHHEAD. He married
(2) EMELINE LOW October 01, 1843 in Carroll County, Ohio.
Children of JOHN MCCLAIN and MARTHA
i. JAMES ROSS MCCLAIN, b. October
26, 1837, Carroll County, Ohio; d. June 05, 1923, Joseph, Wallowa County,
ii. WILLIAM MCCLAIN, b. 1828.
iii. JOHN R. MCCLANE, b. August 30,
1829, Lee Township; d. March 30, 1910, Harlem Springs, Carroll County,
Ohio; m. ADELINE TALBOTT.
iv. BETSY A. MCCLAIN.
v. SARAH MCCLAIN.
vi. KEZIAH MCCLAIN.
vii. DANIEL R. MCCLAIN.
viii.REBECCA JANE MCCLAIN.
ix. MARTHA MCCLAIN.
Children of JOHN MCCLAIN and EMELINE
x. THOMAS MCCLAIN.
xi. HARRIET MARGARET MCCLAIN.
xii. ROBERT SHANNON MCCLAIN.
xiii. LOUIS B. MCCLAIN, b. December
1849, Carroll County, Ohio; d. Bef. 1860, Carroll County, Ohio.
xiv. ABRAHAM L. MCCLAIN, b. October
14, 1853, carroll County, Ohio; d. March 13, 1933, Bonaparte, Van Buren
xv. IDA MAY MCCLAIN.
xvi. THOMAS JEFFERSON MCCLAIN.
xvii. RACHEL ELLA MCCLAIN.
xviii. WILLIAM DOUGLAS MCCLAIN.
Generation No. 4
JAMES ROSS MCCLAIN
was born October 26, 1837 in Carroll County, Ohio, and died June 05, 1923
in Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon. He married ALICE JANE MOTHORN
August 24, 1873 in Soda Springs, Idaho, daughter of JOHN MOTHORN and CATHERINE
Children of JAMES MCCLAIN and ALICE
i. CHARLES ALGER5
MCCLAIN, b. June 03, 1874, Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho; d. November
ii. GERTRUDE MAY MCCLAIN, b. November 09,
1876, Baker County, Oregon.
iii. JAMES FRED MCCLAIN, b. February 26,
1879, Union, Wallowa County, Oregon; d. May 10, 1958.
iv. WILLIAM E. MCCLAIN,
b. March 1883, Wallowa County, Oregon; d. June 11, 1946.
v. JOHN JACOB MCCLAIN,
b. September 30, 1886, Wallowa County, Oregon.
vi. MATTIE MCCLAIN, b.
December 14, 1890, Wallowa County, Oregon; d. April 1952.
vii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
MCCLAIN, b. June 09, 1893, Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon; d. February
26, 1948, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon.
viii. HATTIE MCCLAIN,
m. NAPOLEAN E. BEAUDOIN.
Notes for JAMES ROSS MCCLAIN:
JAMES McCLAIN. - One of the earliest
pioneers to break the sod in Wallowa county, or the territory now embraced
in the boundaries of this county, a man that has maintained a high sense
of honor, observing the dignities of life in all of its ways, while he
has wrought with brain and brawn for the development of the resources of
nature here, the subject of this sketch is eminently worthy to be represented
in any volume that purports to give the leaders of the county's population,
and it is but right to mention in this connection that in addition to the
capabilities manifested by our subject, he has ever shown those priceless
virtues of moral stability and uprightness that are characteristic of his
James was born in Carroll county,
Ohio, on October 26, 1837, being the son of John and Martha (Robbins) McClain,
natives, respectively, of
Pennsylvania and Ohio. Our subject
was educated in the various places where he resided. When he was six years
of age he was bereft of his mother by death, and her remains sleep in Ohio.
In 1860 he accompanied his father to Van Buren county, Iowa, where two
years later he consigned his clay the rest of the cemetery. Immediately
following this sad event James repaired to Nevada,
and joined himself to the mining force
there for two years and then went to Montana and there followed the work
of the miner for six years. Again he removed, this time to Idaho, and there
for six years more he delved into the treasures of the earth. It was in
the Centennial year that he left working at these labors and took a trip
through the Willamette valley, later returning to Baker county, this state,
and there he remained for one year.
In the fall of 1877 he came thence
direct to Wallowa county and selected from the unsettled regions that stretched
before him on every hand the
homestead he now resides, seven and
one-half miles east from Joseph. His original quarter was later increased
by the addition of one forty and then later again by another quarter, which
gives him a generous estate. General farming and stockraising have occupied
him constantly since that time and he has been attended with the success
that is sure to follow industry and thrift like he has bestowed.
On August 24, 1873, occurred the happy
event of the marriage of Mr. McClain and Miss Alice, daughter of Jacob
and Catherine (Stone) Mothorn, natives of Indiana. The nuptials took place
near Soda Springs, Idaho, and to this worthy couple there have been born
the following children: Charles, Gertie, J. Fred, William, John, Mattie,
Frank, Hattie. Mrs. McClain was born in Marion county, Iowa, on August
18, 1855. Her parents came to California in 1862 and five years later returned
to Iowa, whence, in 1872, they went to Kansas, where the mother died. The
father is now living in southern Idaho, and operating a farm. Mr. McClain
is one of the best known and highly esteemed men of the county, and it
is with pleasure that we have been enabled to thus assign space to him,
assured that he is one of the men who have built this county, and as such
should be held in honor both for his work and for his excellent personal
qualities. During the Indian troubles of 1878 Mr. McClain took his family
to the fortifications with the others.
Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties
Page 638, 639
From the "Wallowa County Chieftain", Thursday, April 9,
65 Years on
Main Street, column by Ben Weathers
In the years 1903 and 1904 the Chieftain
published a Wallowa County brand book, containing the brands used by all
the stockmen and farmers in the county, and where the brand was placed
on the animal. It was my job to travel over the county and get the
brand of each rancher and assemble them for publication.
I think that it was at this
time that I first met uncle Jimmie McClain, one of the first settlers of
the upper Prairie Creek section. I also met, at
about the same time, two of his sons,
Charles and Fred.
Later I learned that Mr. and
Mrs. James McClain were parents of eight children, and I subsequently came
to know six of them quite well. It is my recollection that the old
fort which was erected on upper Prairie Creek at the time of the Indian
uprising of 1878 was built on Mr. McClain's place. The location was just
across the road from the old Buchanan place, unless I have been misinformed.
James McClain was born in Carroll County, Ohio, on October 26,
the son of John and Martha (Robbins)
McClain, natives respectively of
Pennsylvania and Ohio. He received
his education at various places. When
he was six years of age he was bereft
of his mother by death, and he
remained in the East with his father
until 1860. Then they moved to Van
Buren County, Iowa. Two years
later his father passed away and was buried
there. Shortly after the death
of his father, young James struck out for
the Nevada mines. He worked
at mining for two years before moving to
Montana where he dug for gold for
a few more years before moving into
where he again delved into the earth
for treasure for another six years.
About 1876 he decided to take a look
at Oregon. He left the Idaho mines
made a trip through the Willamette
Valley, but apparently that section of
the state did not appeal to him, for
he returned to Baker County, and
for a year before coming to Wallowa
County to make his home. Here he
until his passing after becoming one
of the most prominent of our citizens.
James McClain was united in marriage with Miss Alice,
daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Stone) Mothorn, natives of Indiana, on
August 24, 1873, at Soda Springs, Idaho, and to this union the following
children were born: Charles, Gertie, J. Fred, William, John, Mattie, Frank
Charles married Iva Simms, daughter
of pioneers, and they were the parents of Thelma, now Mrs. Rex Payne; Norman,
who married Hester Tucker, daughter of the late David Tucker; and James,
who married a Miss Murphy of Wallowa.
Their children are now grown.
One is a practicing lawyer. Gertrude married John Fruitts, and they had
a daughter, Alice, who is now living in
Cambridge, Idaho. J. Fred, who
later became a forest ranger, married May Meek, daughter of Charles Meek,
and early day pioneer, who built one of the first sawmills in the county,
and they have a daughter, Marjorie (now Mrs. Wayne Mitchell) who lives
in California. may lives in California part of the year and in Joseph
during the summer months in their lovely home there. William married Susie
Sprague, also a pioneer's daughter, and they are the parents of Keith,
now living in Chicago, and Maxine, who is now Mrs. Jack Harmon of La Grande.
They also have a wonderful family. John, with whom I was never acquainted,
now lives in Salem, Oregon, near their three children, Eugene, Marilyn,
and Kermit. Mattie married Frank Emrick and they had a daughter,
Althea, now living in California. Frank, who carried the mail on
the Enterprise-Alder Slope mail route for many years, married Mary Collinsworth,
and they were the parents of a son and three daughters, Ray, Colleen, Ardis,
and LaRose. All are married now with families of their own.
The youngest of the family, Hattie, married N. E. Beaudoin,
son of the one-time sheep king, Peter Beaudoin, and one of the progressive
farmers of the county. Poley, as he was known, passed away only a
few months ago, and Hattie resides at their beautiful home at the foot
of Wallowa Lake. She has many friends and is prominent in social
and civic affairs of the city of Joseph.
James McClain was the type of pioneer
that should be held in honor as one of high integrity, observing the dignities
of life in all ways. He worked hard for the development of the resources
of the land where he chose to make his lifetime home and raise his remarkable
"Wallowa County Chieftain", October 15, 1925 -
Continuing his search into early
Wallowa county history, J. H. Horner has obtained another muster roll of
a militia company formed in the valley at the time of the Indian excitement
of 1878. ... This was Captain James McClain's military company "of Prairie
Creek, Wallowa Valley, Union county, Oregon..."
Generation No. 5
CHARLES ALGER MCCLAIN
was born June 03, 1874 in Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho, and died
November 19, 1942. He married IVA SIMMS.
Children of CHARLES MCCLAIN and IVA
i. THELMA MCCLAIN, m.
ii. NORMAN MCCLAIN, m.
iii. JAMES MCCLAIN, m.
GERTRUDE MAY MCCLAIN
was born November 09, 1876 in Baker County, Oregon. She married JOHN
FRUITTS December 14, 1902 in Oregon.
Child of GERTRUDE MCCLAIN and JOHN FRUITTS
JAMES FRED MCCLAIN
was born February 26, 1879 in Union, Wallowa County, Oregon, and died May
10, 1958. He married MAY MEEK, daughter of CHARLES MEEK.
Child of JAMES MCCLAIN and MAY MEEK
MCCLAIN, m. WAYNE MITCHELL.
WILLIAM E. MCCLAIN
was born March 1883 in Wallowa County, Oregon, and died June 11, 1946.
Children of WILLIAM MCCLAIN and SUSIE
MAXINE MCCLAIN, m. JACK HARMON.
JOHN JACOB MCCLAIN was born
September 30, 1886 in Wallowa County, Oregon. He married MRS. JOHN
Children of JOHN MCCLAIN and MRS. MCCLAIN
was born December 14, 1890 in Wallowa County, Oregon, and died April 1952.
She married FRANK EMRICK.
Child of MATTIE MCCLAIN and FRANK
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MCCLAIN
was born June 09, 1893 in Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, and died February
26, 1948 in Enterprise, Wallowa County,
Oregon. He married MARY GLADYS COLLINSWORTH September 07, 1924 in
Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon, daughter of DANIEL COLLINSWORTH and CHARLOTTE
Children of BENJAMIN MCCLAIN and MARY
RAY MCCLAIN, b. August 22, 1926, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon.
COLLEEN MCCLAIN, b. November 10, 1927, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon.
iii. ARDIS JEAN
MCCLAIN, b. January 28, 1931, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon.
iv. ALICE LAROSE MCCLAIN, b. January
05, 1933, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon.
Generation No. 6
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