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ARCHIBALD H. McCLAIN, son of Abraham and Mary A. (Neff) McClain, was born in Pitt Township, this county [Wyandot Co, OH], March 24, 1841. He obtained a fair education in the schools of his neighborhood, and remained with his parents on the farm until the opening of the late war [American Civil War] when he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, September 24, 1862, and participated in eleven severe battles prominent among which was that of Winchester 1st, where his company suffered heavy losses, himself being taken prisoner, and detained at Belle Island about thirty days, after which time he was paroled and returned home on furlough. He subsequently rejoined his regiment and served till the close of the war, being captured at the battle of Richmond, and witnessing the surrender of Gen. Lee's army at Appomattox. He was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, as Hospital Orderly, having been a faithful soldier, seldom missing an engagement. He returned to his home in Crane Township [Wyandot Co, OH], and in 1866 was married to Minerva Waterhouse, of St. Joseph, Ind. They have four children-Elmore, James, Abraham and Earnest. In 1875, Mr. McClain removed to the West, locating in Washington County, Iowa, in 1877. He owns a farm of 160 acres near Brighton, Iowa, and this he has well-improved, valuing the same at $40 per acre. He has many friends in this county.

--The History of Wyandot County, Ohio, 1884, Leggett, Conaway & Co, Chicago

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