Biography of James N. Shane
Allen County, OH Biographies

JAMES N. SHANE, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, January 29. 1831, son of Samuel and Sophia A. (Bower) Shane. natives of Ohio and Maryland, and of Irish, English and Dutch descent respectively. They were married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1823, then moved to Holmes County, Ohio, returning to Tuscarawas County, from which Samuel Shane was representative in 1836. He was general of the Holmes County militia at one time. In 1838 they moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where the father died in 1849, aged forty nine; the mother died in this county in 1874 aged sixty seven. They were the parents of nine children, of whom three are now living: Elizabeth, Alvina and James N. Our subject moved to Iowa in 1855, and returned to Ohio in 1859, remaining in Muskingum County until 1868, and then coming to this county. He engaged in the saw mill and lumber business in Lima, Ohio, and in 1871 purchased the land on which he now resides, and which he has cleared and improved. Mr. Shane was married August 23, 1855, to Miss Mary McCain, of Muskingum County, Ohio, where she was born March 3, 1831, daughter of James and Sarah (Croy) McCain, natives of New Jersey and West Virginia., and of Irish and German descent respectively. They were married in Muskingum County, Ohio, and there reared a family of nine children. Here Mr. McCain died, and his widow still resides. To our subject and wife were born three children: Kate, Frank D. and Sarah E.

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