Thurtell and Related Families
Notes for John MCCLAIN
Much of the information about John McClain and his relatives was obtained
from the web pages of Heather Friede, e-mail
(http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/hfriede/McCLAIN/index.htm) in 1998.
He is listed in the U.S. Census for 1880 for Paris, Grant County,
Wisconsin (SD 2, ED 120, Page 7), enumerated June 9, 1880, as John
McClain, born in Wisconsin, age 26, a farmer, whose father was born in
Tennessee and his mother in Prussia. He is living with his parents John
and Ann McClain, his siblings George age 25, Albert age 18, Laurah age
14, Edward age 12, Henry age 9, Thomas age 7, and Anna age 5, and his
grandfather, Mathew McClain. His father is shown as John McClain, age
52, a farmer born in Tennessee, whose father was born in South Carolina
and mother was born in North Carolina. His mother, Ann McClain, is shown
as age 45, whose occupation is keeping house, and that she and her
parents were born in Prussia. All of John's siblings were born in
Wisconsin. George is a farmer, and Albert's occupation is shown as
working on farm. Albert, Laurah, Edward, Henry, and Thomas all attended
school within the census year. His grandfather, Mathew McClain, is shown
as a widower age 83 and a farmer born in South Carolina.
The 1901 Biographical Sketch Book of Grant County, Wisconsin, in the
listing of John McClain, shows that his son, John McClain, was born in
Grant county in 1853 and married Miss Grace Thurtell. They were living
on his farm and cattle ranch in South Dakota and had five children, John,
Grace, Bertha, Glenn, and Henry.
The family is listed in the 1900 U.S. Census for Meade County, South
Dakota (Volume 11, SD 1, ED 34, Sheet 7, Line 29) living in the second
ward of the City of Sturgis, Sturgis Township, Meade County, South
Dakota. John McClain is shown as age 46, born in Wisconsin in October
1853, with his father born in Tennessee and his mother in Pennsylvania.
He owned their home with no mortgage and had no months of no employment,
with his occupation shown as stock raiser. He and his wife, Grace
McClain, had been married 19 years according to this census. She is
shown as age 40, born in March 1860 in Wisconsin, with her father born in
England and her mother in Indiana. She is the mother of five children,
all living with their parents. John E. McClain is shown as age 15, born
in Wisconsin in May 1885, and at school. The four younger children were
all born in South Dakota. Grace L. McClain is 10, born in February 1890,
and is also in school. Bertha M. McClain, age 7, born in December 1892,
is at school also. Leo G. McClain, age 5 and born in March 1895, and
Henry C. McClain, age 3 and born in December 1896, are not yet in school.
Additional information about this branch of the family was received from
Pearl Sawyer in 1998.
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