Notes for John W. McClain
Rowan Co. birth records, on LDS microfilm #216839, list John W. McClain, b. 4 Dec 1857, son of David McClain & Lucy Riddle, place of birth Triplett.
John is with his mother and stepfather Esau Hammons in the 1870 census, and with his sister Mary Elizabeth in the 1880 census.
Her death certificate records Rosie McClain, age 73 years 14 days, born 8 Nov 1874 in Rowan Co, Ky, died at home in Morehead, Rowan Co., Ky, on 22 Nov 1947, widow, father Henry C. Harris, mother’s maiden name Elizabeth Weaver, both born in Ky, cause of death cardiac failure, informant Bethel Hall, Clearfield, Ky.
Notes for John W. & Rosa (Family)
Rowan Co. marriage register A, p. 81, records marriage of John W. McClain and Rosa Harris on 23 Nov 1893.
Most of my information on the family of John McClain and Rosa Harris is from their granddaughter Oleta J. (Hall) Marshall, daughter of Leafie Jane McClain and Bethel G. Hall.
1900 census of Rowan Co., KY, Morehead, lists as family #413:
John McClain, 40, b. Feb 1860; Rossie, 26, b. Mar 1874; married 5 yrs, 4 children, 4 living; Lizzie, 4; b. May 1896; Blanch, 2, b. May 1898.
The dates for John, Rosa, and Leafie are all wrong, so the date for the baby Blanche is not to be trusted either. This is probably one of the families where the enumerator made up the dates3
According to the birthdates Oleta gave me, at the time this census was taken Lillie would be 5 (almost 6), Leafie would be 3 (almost 4), and Mote would be just turned 1. Oleta said her mother did not have any sister named Blanche. It is also curious that the census says that John & Rossie have 4 children all living, but it only lists 2. One possibility is that there really was a daughter named Blanche born in 1898, who died young, and that for some reason Lillie and Mote weren't enumerated with the family at the time the census was taken. This would make 4 children, and the birthdates would be fairly close, if "Lizzie" is taken to be Leafie. Another possibility is that the number of children is wrong, the birthdates are low by about 1 1/2 years, "Lizzie" is Lillie, "Blanche" is Leafie, and only Mote was missing from the enumeration (maybe Oleta's birthdate for her is wrong, and she was really born in 1900.)
1920 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Morehead precinct, enumerated 14 Jan, lists on p. 7B as family #143/150:
McClain, Rosa, 44, head, widowed, b. Missouri Ky Ky; Jones, Merida, son in law, 25, b. Ky Ky Ky, conductor on rail road; Lillie, dau, 25, b. Ky Mo Ky; Leona, dau, 1, b. Ky Ky Ky; McClain, Jewel, dau, 15, b. Ky Ky Mo; Ova, son, 11, b. Ky Ky Mo; Havens, Joseph, 67, boarder, widowed, b. NY NY NY, carpenter.