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SUDDEN DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN AND PROMINENT FARMER

Abraham McClain No More. He Dies Unexpectedly at His Farm Residence, Yesterday [Thursday, 19 AUG 1886] Morning.

Just about the time the sun was getting ready to begin a new day, yesterday morning, a life went out, and a man who was widely known and universally esteemed died even more quickly than the sun crossed the horizon. We refer to the death of Abraham McClain, which sad event occurred at his farm residence, three miles south of this city [Upper Sandusky, OH], at the time stated above. The deceased had been in ill-health for many months, but his condition was not of such a character as to create alarm. The day preceding his death he rode about his farm and gave directions relative to certain work he desired to have done, and was in town but a few days ago. He went to bed at the usual hour Wednesday [18 AUG 1886] evening, and during the after part of the night a member of the household was attracted to the bedside by his peculiar breathing, but before medical aid could be summoned he closed his eyes in death. Abraham McClain was one of the most highly esteemed pioneers of this county [Wyandot Co, OH], and was born in Ross county, Ohio, April 14, 1810. He was a son of James and Mary (Osborn) McClain, 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 the only surviving member. His father moved from Madison to Wyandot co. 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 [OH], and three years later to Madison county [OH], 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 [Wyandot Co, OH], arriving here 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, 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 by an industrions (sic) life. He was the owner of 224 acres of valuable land, and until his recent death was comfortably housed in a substantial brick residence, enjoying the comforts of life in his old age though somewhat broken in health by the years of toil. His farm was well stocked with the best grades of cattle, sheep and hogs, and he did quite and (sic) extensive farming business. By his first wife, who died August 9, 1853, Mr. McClain had nine children, six of whom are now living. Mr. McClain's second wife was Catharine (sic) A. Berlin (sic), to whom he was married, January 29, 1856. By this union eight children have resulted, seven still living. Mr. McClain was a true patriot. Three of his sons were soldiers in the late war [American Civil War] and his father, James McClain, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He began his business life a poor boy, but through industrious, wise judgment and upright dealing, he leaves a valuable estate, as the result of true merit. He was an elegant gentleman, in every sense of the word, and his death is sadly mourned. The funeral takes place today [Friday, 20 AUG 1886]. Intermentat (sic) Oak Hill.

--The Wyandot Union, Upper Sandusky, OH, Friday, 20 AUG 1886

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