Person:John McLain (6)

John McLain
b.25 Dec 1792 New York
m. Bet 12 Jul 1785 and 1786
  1. Jane McLain
  2. William A. McLain1792 - 1873
  3. John McLain1792 - 1855
  4. Van Renselear McLain1801 - 1877
  5. Abner E. McLainAbt 1805 - 1890
  6. Eleanor "Nelly" McLain1809 - 1892
  7. Philander McLain1811 - 1903
  8. Nancy McLain1817 - Aft 1900
  1. Lyman N. McLain1819 - 1879
  2. Nancy Ann McLainAbt 1823 - 1885
  3. Caroline M. McLain1827 - 1863
  4. Mercy N. McLain1829 - 1900
  5. Sylvester McLainAbt 1832 - 1867
  6. Leonard N. McLain1834 - 1901
  7. Charles McLain1836 - 1864
  8. Eliza Permelia McLain1838 - 1912
  9. Ambrose McLain1840 - 1863
  10. John Watson McLainAbt 1845 - 1863
  11. Mary Ellen McLain1847 - 1897
Facts and Events
Name[1] John McLain
Gender Male
Birth[2] 25 Dec 1792 New York
Marriage to Eunice Nelson
Census[6] 1820 Living in Cato, Cayuga County, New York
Census[7] 1830 Living in Cato, Cayuga County, New York
Death[3] 2 Sep 1855 Salem Township, Steuben County, Indiana
Burial[4] Sep 1855 Trinity Cemetery, Salem Township, Steuben County, Indiana
Other? Had 13 kidsFact 1
Other[5] When William moved to Ohio, John moved to Steuben Co, IndianaFact 2

Had five sons that served in Civil War

1820 Census of Cayuga Co., NY John is 26-45, 1 male under 10 (Lyman), wife is 18-26. Living on same page 65 by Uriah.

1830 Census of Lysander, Onondaga County, NY p. 69 012001-010001 One of the male children between 10-15 is Lyman. I do not know the other two males. Should be more daughters

1836 moved from New York to Michigan

1840 Census of Wayne County, Michigan p. 278 John McLain 221001-001001

Moved to Salem Township, Steuben County, Indiana in 1844

Steuben County, Indiana Deeds: Vol. 6, p. 174 Asa Candee to John McClain, on 4 January, 1848

   East half of Northeast quarter, of Section 7, Township 36, Range 12 East (80 acres, Salem Township)

1850 Census of Steuben County, Indiana p. 197 John McLain 56 M Farmer NY

   Eunice             47   F                  VT
   Caroline          2?   F                  NY
   Mercy             20    F                  NY
   Leonard          16   M                 NY
   Charles           13   M                 MI
   Permelia         11   F                  MI
   Ambrose         9     M                 MI
   Watson           5    M                 MI
    Mary E.          3    F                  IN

Steuben County, Indiana Deeds: Vol. 9, p. 83 John McLean, and Eunice, his wife, to Benjamin Fuller, on 25 February 1851

   South east quarter of Northwest quarter, of Section 17, Township 36, Range 12 East (40 acres, Salem Township)

Taken From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana page 752:

Leonard N. McLain resides on section 7, Salem Township, where his father, John McLain, settled with his family July 11, 1844. John McLain was born in the State of New York, Dec. 25, 1792. He was reared in Cayuga County where he married Eunice Nelson, a native of that county, born Feb. 16, 1803. In 1836 they moved to Monroe County, Mich., where they lived till 1844, and then moved to Steuben County. Mr. McLain bought a tract of unimproved land of John Candy. His first house, a log cabin, is still standing. While this house was being built the family lived in a log house on the farm now owned by Abner Sams, moving into their own house in April, 1845. After getting his farm under a good state of cultivation, the father died Sept. 2, 1855. The mother died Aug. 11, 1876. There was a family of thirteen children, ten of whom came with their parents to Steuben County. One was born here. Five of the children are living---Nancy, Mercy, Leonard N., Eliza P. and Mary Ellen. Leonard N., who owns and occupies the homestead, was born in Cayuga County, N Y., April 11, 1834. He enlisted July 24, 1861, in the Twenty-first Indiana Infantry and served eighteen months, when the regiment was converted into the First Indiana Heavy Artillery, and served till Jan. 10, 1866, when they were discharged at Baton Rouge, La. His entire term of service was four and a half years; longer than any other soldier from Salem Township. Soon after his return from the war he bought the old homestead. He married Mary Fast, daughter of Reuben Fast, formerly of Salem Township, and now of Michigan. They have two children--Erdley L., born April 26, 1868, and Ray, born Feb. 24, 1884. Mr. McLains farm contains eighty acres, sixty-five acres under cultivation. His residence and farm buildings are commodious and substantial. His health was undermined by his prolonged army experience, and he has never fully recovered his former vigor. He had four brothers in the service--Sylvester served two years in the Second Michigan Infantry, when he was discharged for disability. He died at Burlington, Michigan Dec.10, 1867. Ambrose enlisted in the One Hundredth Indiana Infantry, and was discharged for disability. He died July 23, 1863, four weeks after reaching home. Charles enlisted in the Seventy-fifth Illinois, in the fall of 1862; came home on a sick furlough and died March 18, 1864. John W., the youngest son, was in the same company with Charles, and died at Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jan. 22, 1863. Two brothers-in-law, Martin Haines and Orlando Dennison, were in the service. The former died in the army and the latter is living in Kansas. Probably no other family in Steuben County can show an equal army record with that of John McLain's.

Louise McLain Shambaugh has that he was born Dec. 10, 1793 in Cayuga Co., NY. She has that he served in the 2nd regiment (Swift's) & Dobbin's Regiments, private, NY militia, in the War of 1812. She also has a son Jeremiah McLain that I am not sure about.

  1. Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants
    p. 356.
  2. 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
    p. 752.
  3. 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
    p. 752.
  4. Information received from Brent Wilcox.
  5. Gail McLain.
  6. 1820 Census of Cayuga County, New York
    p. 65.
  7. 1830 Census of Cayuga County, New York
    p. 427.