Biography of Abraham McClain
Crane Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





ABRAHAM McCLAIN, one of the most highly esteemed pioneers of this county, was born in Ross County, Ohio, April 14, 1810. He is a son of James and Mary (Osborn) MeClain, who were both natives of Pennsylvania. His parents were married in Ross County, Ohio, to which locality they both had migrated in their early single days, and where they reared a family of four Sons and two daughters, our subject being as this date, the only surviving member. His father moved from Madison County to Wyandot in April, 1846, and settled in Pitt Township, where he purchased a farm on which he died in 1855, in his eighty fourth year; his wife, Mary, after his death removing to her son's home where she died in 1865, in a log cabin erected by John Bearskin, a full blooded Indian. Our subject resided with his parents till his sixth year in his native county, then removed with them to Pickaway County, and three years later to Madison County, where he grew to manhood. Living on the frontier in those early days, the advantages of schools were almost entirely denied him. He was employed on the farm with his parents till his marriage to Mary A. Neff, November 15, 1831, soon after which he removed to what is now this county, arriving here in February, 1834. This locality was then an unbroken forest inhabited chiefly by Indians, with whom Mr. McClain was on quite familiar terms, being personally acquainted with the chiefs Sumundewat, Bearskin, Peacock, Matthew Mudeater. Dr. Greyeyes, James Rankins and Jonathan and Isaac Zorne. Amid these surroundings he began the toilsome task of building up a home, and right manfully he has fought his way through the years of an industrious life. We find, him now the owner of 224 acres of valuable land, and comfortably housed in a substantial brick residence, enjoying the comfort$ of life in his old age, though somewhat broken in health by the years of toil. His farm is well stocked with the best grades of cattle, sheep and hogs, and he yet does quite an extensive farming business. By his first wife, who died August 9, 1853, Mr. McClain had nine children, six of whom are now living: John G., born November 15, 1834; Jane E., August 23, 1838; Archibald, March 24, 1841; Mary R., May 14, 1843; David P., April 15, 1845, and Zachary T., May 6, 1847. Mrs. McClain was born November 12, 1808. Mr. MeClain's second wife was Catharine A. Berlien, to whom he was married, January 29, 1856. She is a daughter of Jacob and Saloma (Zimmerman) Berlien, and was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., May 12, 1833. By this union eight children have resulted, seven still living, viz.: Sarah E., born October 30, 1857; Abraham L., May 20, 1800; Leefe B., February 18, 1862; Elmore J., November 2, 1863; Emma A., June 17, 1865; Myrtie E., March 25, 1870, and Charles A., August 10, 1875. Saloma, who was born December 8, 1858, died August, 1859. Mr. McClain is an enthusiasiic Republican and a true patriot. Three sons were soldiers in the late war and his father, James McClain, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He began his business life a poor boy, but has accumulated a valuable property, and with his garnered stores, his three score years and ten failed not to crown him with gray hairs and honor.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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