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  THE KAIN FAMILY.  Much pleasant mention has been made of James Kain and his children as the first family to make a home in the East Fork part of the Little Miami river.  James Kain, of Scotch-Irish origin, was born Feb. 13, 1749, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.  The maiden name of his wife, Catherine, seems lost.  Their eldest child, Daniel, was born May 7, 1773.  John was born Sept. 1, 1776; Mary, June 5, 1783, and Sarah, Nov. 5, 1787.  This family left Lancaster county, and, like others westward bound at that time, stopped, because of Indian troubles, at Old Fort Red Stone, where they raised a crop.  They boated down the Ohio the next spring to Columbia, where their youngest son, Thomas, was born, July 2, 1790.  After 1792 they moved out to Mercersburg, or Newtown.  In 1795 James Kain contracted with General Lytle to clear the "Big Field" as told in our general history.  In 1796 the family moved out to Williamsburg and built their cabins on Lot No. 43, by the "Surveyor's Camp," and there began Kain's Tavern, the most noted stopping place in pioneer times between Cincinnati and Chillicothe.  Through all migration from Lancaster they brought a tall clock, now owned by Mrs. Estelle Norris Ochiltree, of Connersville, Ind. and a set of stone for a horse mill, now probably owned by Enoch W. Smith, in Williamsburg.  These articles suggest a more than usual pioneer outfit.  James Kain was appointed by the Hamilton county court as supervisor of the road to Chillicothe, and he probably acted under that authority in cutting the "Dug Way" as told on other pages.  He was elected coroner of Old Clermont.  There is good tradition that he brought his parents, also named James and Catherine, to Williamsburg.  But there is no doubt about the large, strong, resolute, energetic, useful, big-hearted man who founded a lasting family.  No dates can be given for his father small, dark-eyed and active wife, of German descent.  He died Apr. 10, 1815, and is buried in Williamsburg cemetery, near all his children, except Thomas and the younger daughter, Elizabeth, who married Sargeant Daniel Campbell, killed in the battle of Brownstown in 1812.  She then married Samuel Cade and went farther west.  Mary, called Polly, married James Perrine, on July 4, 1804, and their daughter, Catherine, married John Jamieson, whence that family in Batavia mentioned on other pages.  Sarah Kain married Stephen Smith, captain of the second company from Williamsburg in the War of 1812.  Captain Smith born Oct. 20, 1781, was one of the nine children of Israel Smith, born Dec. 15, 1745, and Catherine Smith (not akin), born June 12, 1756, who brought their children, born at Elizabethtown, N. J., and first settled at Point Pleasant.  Among the children of Captain and Sarah Kain Smith, who also had nine, were: Sarah, wife of Adam Snell Walker, the parents of Oliver E. Walker, the father of Spencer Walker; Mary, the wife of William Walker, parents of L. G. Walker; the father of Mrs. John C. Fuhr; and Eliza, the wife of Philip Chatterton, all three elsewhere sketched in this work.
     Daniel, eldest son of James Kain, married Mary Hutchinson, who died leaving Mary, James and Joseph.  Mary married Israel Foster and was the mother of Bishop R. S. Foster, as told in our history.  Joseph, born Sept. 10, 1802, became the driver of one of the tri-weekly stages to and from Chillicothe to Cincinnati.  As he came down the road within a few miles of Williamsburg, the four horses all took fright at a huge buzzard tied to swing and flap across the road.  In the sudden struggle for control, Joseph was thrown from his place early on Thursday morning, Aug. 28, 1828, and instantly killed.
     On Dec. 1, 1805, Daniel Kain, for second wife, married Elenor, a sister of his future son-in-law, Israel, children of Thomas and Nancy Trigg Foster, mentioned in the account of the Old Stone Jail.  Nancy Trigg was a part in the ancestry of scores of people named in this publication, yet living nearly a century, she died as recently as July 2, 1855.  The children of Daniel and Elenor Kain were William L. married to Mary West, Henry C. married to Rebecca Homan, Thomas, Catherine married to Samuel Ellis, Sarah married to Dr. William Gage, Eliza married to Rev. John Miller, Paulina married to George Davison, and Manora married to Samuel G. Peterson.  Thomas, badly crippled, was still a very useful pioneer teacher.  Samuel and Catherine Ellis were the parents of Thomas Kain Ellis, elsewhere sketched.  Elenor Kain was born Mar. 14, 1782, and died July 25, 1842.
     Daniel Kain was a soldier in Wayne's victorious army; was commissioned a captain in 1801, by Governor St. Clair; was a major in active service in the war of 1812; and then a colonel of militia, but was called "major," the rank in actual war.  He was sheriff of the county, a justice of the peace for twenty-four years and postmaster from 1839 till his death, Mar. 11, 1843.  He was a zealous Methodist, a faithful Mason and vice-president of the first temperance convention held in Brown and Clermont.  In personal appearance he was tall, dark, and fine looking, with a martial air.  He was held in a high respect, still surviving.
     John, the second son of James Kain, was married on May 4, 1797, to Elizabeth Raper, who was born Apr. 6, 1783, and died Mar. 17, 1839.  She was the oldest daughter of Leonard Raper, the British Revolutionary soldier, sketched in our history.  Leonard Raper was born in England, Mar. 19, 1750, and well educated in London.  His wife, Temperance Holly, was born in Wales, Nov. 22, 1764, and died Nov. 28, 1841.  The sons of Leonard and Temperance Raper were Samuel, Joseph, Holly and William H., and the daughters were Elizabeth, Margaret, Sarah and Mary.  Margaret married John Randall, Mary married James Kain, Jr., and Sarah married Lieutenant Thomas Foster.  William H. was the noted Methodist minister.  After serving as a sergeant in Captain Boersttler's company, in which his brother, Samuel Raper, was first corporal, in the War of 1812, Holly served four terms as sheriff of Clermont county.  Joseph raised a family and died on the home farm.  Samuel married Mary Jones, of a New Jersey family, and died on his farm a mile and a half south of Bethel, leaving the reputation of a strong minded man worthy of his ancestry.  His daughter, Sarah, who was born Jan. 20, 1822, and died Nov. 22, 1896, was married Apr. 25, 1839, to Robert Blair, who was born July 22, 1816, and died Sept. 8, 1879.  Robert was the son of John Blair, who married Antis, a daughter of David and Nancy Vaughan White, elsewhere sketched.  The children of Robert and Sarah Raper Blair are Augustus C., Judith, Elizabeth, and Katherine.  Of these Elizabeth married Albion T. Kain, elsewhere sketched.
     The children of John and Elizabeth Raper Kain were Margaret, Thomas, Sarah, Samuel H., James, Daniel, Elizabeth, John Wesley, Caroline and George W.  Of these Elizabeth, who was born Mar. 12, 1816, and died Nov 5, 1889, was married Oct. 15, 1835, to Lewis Ellis, who are mentioned in the sketch of Mrs. Estelle N. Ochiltree.  John Wesley Kain was born Nov. 7, 1819, and on Aug. 27, 1840, was married to Almira Hull, a daughter of Thomas and Mary Wilson Hull, who came from Pennsylvania, where he had been a soldier in the War of 1812.   The children of John Wesley and Almira Kain are Luther, Lorisa and Albion T.  Lorisa is the wife of Charles P. Chatterton, sketched on other pages.
     John Kain was a soldier with his brother, Daniel, in Wayne's army.  He was on much duty for the county of Old Clermont, and was county treasurer seven years.  He was also a colonel of the militia.  After his father's death he built the tavern at the northwest corner of Main and Third streets, in Williamsburg, which was popular till his death, Feb. 6, 1846, and continued under the management of his youngest son, John Wesley Kain, until his death, Apr. 4, 1888.  The house was the scene of much historic action, of which the most dramatic was its occupation as the headquarters of General John Morgan, on July 14 and 15, 1863, in his famous Northern raid.  In person John Kain was a dark-eyed, swarthy, broad-shouldered and stern visaged man, who tolerated no loitering about his inn.  Yet he was sternly kind, and rarely devoted to friends.  Masonry was his chief ideal.  From his initiation in the old jury room, Apr. 19, 1819, to his last attendance, Apr. 18, 1845, just twenty-six years, Clermont Social Lodge held 415 meetings, at which he was present 383 times.  Besides other offices, he was elected treasurer for sixteen successive years.  During the thirteen years of anti-Masonic excitement, he was present at all but eleven of the 185 meetings of his lodge, and the records of committee work show that his example of punctual, efficient, resolute and prudent ways was as a corner stone for the work of the craft.
     Thomas, the youngest son of James Kain, on Mar. 1, 1812, was married to Mary Herbert, who was born in Trenton, N. J, Apr. 9, 1794, and died Nov. 5, 1864.  She was a daughter of James Herbert, who as the keeper, was then residing in the stone jail.  Some four weeks after his marriage Thomas Kain answered the first call for the War of 18121 as first lieutenant of Captain Boersttler's Rifle Company.  After the captain was killed at the battle of Brownstown, Lieutenant Kain was promoted to be captain.  When Batavia was fixed as the new county seat,, in 1824, Captain Kain, who had come to be colonel of militia, moved, and became a noted innkeeper and was highly esteemed in Methodist, Masonic and social relations until his death, on Aug. 17, 1856.  The children of Colonel Thomas and Mary Herbert Kain were, as named and married, as follows:  James Herbert Kain to Margaret B. Ellis John Washington Kain to Mary Lukens, and then to Caroline Moore.  Daniel D. Kain to Jane TateCaroline Kain William Milton Kain to Eliza J. Gerard, and then to Eliza Robinson.  Almira Kain to David J. Clossin.  Matilda Caroline Kain to William Baum.  Sarah Catherine Kain to Jesse Ellis.  George Forman Kain.  Charles Henry Kain to Jesse Ellis.  George Forman Kain.  Charles Henry Kain to Laura Perrine Jamieson.  Mary Herbert, the mother of these eleven children, was a daughter of James Herbert, who was born June 6, 1765, and died Mar. 19, 1822, and was married July 14, 1793, to Sarah Hendrickson, who was born Feb. 9, 1772, and died July 22, 1828.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page



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