Biography of Thomas McClain
Pitt Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

THOMAS McCLAIN, son of David and Martha (Swan) McClain, was born in Greene County, Penn., February 29, 1816. His parents were of Scotch ancestry. his great grandfather coming from Scotland. His grandfather, Abijah McClain, was a Revolutionary soldier and his father a soldier of the war of 1812, helping to build the fort at Upper Sandusky, and witnessing the treaty of peace with the Wyandots. His father migrated to Ohio in 1835, and settled at Bowsherville, buying 400 acres of land with Barnet Hughes. He was the father of thirteen children, three by his first wife, Martha Swan, and ten by his second, Rebecca West. He died in 1852; his first wife's death occurred in 1820. Thomas McClain obtained a limited education in subscription schools, and worked upon the farm of his father, coming to this county with the family. He was.married, January 26, 1837, to Rosanna Bowsher, daughter of Anthony Bowsher, from whom the village was named. She died in 1852, aged thirty two years, leaving eight children, David, Leefee, Susan and Thomas (all deceased), Martha, Anthony, Samuel, Zelinda and Ann. In 1853, Mr. McClain was married to Miss Mary Kipfer, daughter of John and Elizabeth Kipfer, three children resulting from this union, Rozilla (wife of Henry Swisher), James and Charles. He purchased his first land, 134 acres, at the Government sales, and this number he has increased to 432 acres, 248 in Mifflin Township, all well stocked and improved. In 1872, he erected a fine brick residence. In politics, Mr. McClain is Independent; be has served as Trustee of the township, and was elected Commissioner of the county three successive terms, always by large majorities.

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

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