Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Mr. McIlvain is of Scotch-Irish descent, his ancestors having emigrated from Scotland to Ireland during, one
of the turmoils that occurred in their country in early times. His grandfather emigrated to America and settled
in Pennsylvania, and, going to Kentucky soon after the settlement of that State, was captured by a band of Indians
who made a raid from Ohio, and kept in bondage by them for two and a half years. He afterward made a permanent
settlement near Lexington. It was in that locality that the subject of this sketch was born in 1802. When he was
three years old, his parents moved to Champaign County, Ohio, where he resided for thirty-one years, or until coming
to Michigan in 1836. Mr. McIlvain settled in Jefferson Township and lived there until 1867, when he removed to
Cassopolis, where he has since resided with his son. Mr. McIlvain is a quiet, unassuming man, who has always commanded
the respect of the people among whom he has dwelt. He has held several positions of honor and trust. He was married
in Ohio to Charity Carmichael. Their living children are William W., Nancy J., the wife of Henry W. Smith, and
Mary E. (Gregg) the last mentioned of whom is at present a resident of Rockwell City, Iowa.
William W. Meilvain, the well-known merchant of Cassopolis, has been in business here since the close of the war.
He served in the army nearly four years, enlisting in Company D of the Sixth Michigan Infantry as a private, and
being promoted to the position of First Lieutenant. He was wounded at the siege of Port Hudson.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.