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  • ID: I00724
  • Name: Josiah McClain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: DEC 1788 in Spartanburg County, SC
  • Death: 21 JUL 1883 in Mars Hill Cemetery, Cobb Co GA
  • Burial: Not spelled Josiah on his headstone!
  • Note:

    1820 United States Federal Census
    about Josiah McClain
    Name: Josiah McClain
    Township: Spartanburg
    County: Spartanburg
    State: South Carolina

    1840 United States Federal Census
    about Josiah McLain
    Name: Josiah McLain
    Township: District 911
    County: Cobb
    State: Georgia

    The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
    SCMAR, Volume V
    Number 2, Spring, 1977
    Spartanburg District Will Book B

    SCMAR, Vol. V, Spring 1977, No. 2, p.80
    Pp. 17-19: Will of Charles McClain of Spartanburgh District being at this time in good & perfect memory but weak and sickly in body…wife Elizabeth McClain shall have full possession of all my property & plantation during her life and at her death for all to be sold except the land & plantation which I give to my son James McClain. to be divided between the proper heirs & legatees that is to say Josiah McClain, Nancy Leonard, John McClain, Elizabeth Ward, Polley Mayfield, James McClain, & Jenny Brockman. friends James McClain & George Mayfield, Exrs. 16 July 1821. Charles McClain (C) (LS), Wit: Abraham Wood, Samuel Floyd (+), Thomas Wood. Prov. by all three wit. 8 Oct 1821.

    Josiah and Nancy Wood McClain married before leaving South Carolina. They are listed on the 1820 S.C. cenus. They came into Georgia before 1830. They were in Franklin County, Ga. in 1837 when their son Charles P. married there. The 1830 census for Dekalb county, Ga. shows Josiah McLain-age 40-50 and with him 1 male under 5, 1 male age 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 30-40 (probably wife Nancy). Josiah and Nancy moved to Cobb (then Cherokee County) about 1833 to the Acworth settlement which was largely Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Josiah remained in the Acworth area until his death at age 95. He and Nancy share a joint tombstone in Mars Hill Cemetery, Acworth. Your Compiler puts flowers on their graves yearly.

    Gen. Sherman burned the Cobb County Courthouse records so the deeds prior to 1865 can not be viewed to show how Josiah obtained his land in Cobb. There are two McClains, with initials of J. who had lucky draws in Ga.'s Gold Lottery Drawing in 1832. One of these could have been Josiah. One drew land located in Section 2, Dist. 1, Lot 0651. This land is located in Cobb County, Ga. The other J. McClain drew Sect drew land in Section 15, Dist. 1, Lot 01113. Not sure where this land is located, could be Cobb County.

    This means that all the marriage records were also destroyed for the family in Cobb County. The maiden name of "Wood"for Nancy Ann was given by R. H. McCleskey, son of Malinda McCleskey Davenport, as his Grandmother's maiden name on Malinda (McLain) Davenport's death certificate in 1924. Several military maps of 1864 show the correct location of the McClain and Peters houses. There is a McLain Road in the Mars Hill vicinity. Official military records indicate that the McClain house and plantation was occupied by elements of the 2nd and 3rd divisions of the 20th Army (Federal) of the Army of the Cumberland between June 2 and 6, 1864. Family legend states that Nancy McClain cooked a meal for a Union General. This could have been General Thomas.

    1840 Census for Cobb County - Josiah McLain - age 40-50 and with him 1 male 5-10, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15 and 1 female 50-60 (probably wife Nancy). On the same page of this census there is a James W. McLain which is thought to be the one born in 1814. There were two James W. McLains(McClains) in Dekalb County in 1840. The one born in 1811 stayed there and he is not presumed to be the son of this Josiah and Nancy. There was also a William S. McLain in Dekalb whose parents cannot be identified. The reason that the James W. McLain, born 1814 is thought to be the
    son of this Josiah is because he named his first son Josiah. There was a family naming tradition back then that the first son was named for the father's father.

    Josiah can not be found in any census in 1850. However, he was found in the 1860 census of Cobb County, Ga., page 126 (Acworth):

    Josiah McLain, head of house, age 72 farmer, born in S.C.
    Ann, wife, age 69 keeping house, born ?
    W.G.B. age 29, farmer, b. Georgia
    Pamelia, age 29, keeping house, born Ga.
    J.P. age 9, b.Ga.
    Z.E. age 8, b. Ga.
    Sarah, age 6, b. Ga.
    P.A.M., age 3, b. Ga.
    Infant, age 1, b. Ga.

    1870 census of Cobb Co., Ga. page 230, Acworth township is as follows:
    Josiah McLain, age 83, b. S.C. Nearby is his daughter Malinda McCleskey and family, as well as Pamelia (Permelia McLain and family.

    1880, District 27, Acworth, Cobb, Georgia (Film T9-0141, page 13D) reads as follows:

    Josiah McLain, age 91, b. Ga, fa GA, mo.b. GA (this is not true). They were born in S.C.
    Homer McLeskey, gdson, age 3 months, b. GA
    Emaline McLain, daugL., age 50, b. GA
    David P. McLain, son, age 20, b. GA
    John McLain, son, age 18, b. GA.

    After Nancy died in 1867, his daughter-in-law Emaline (widow of William Greenberry McLain) moved in the house with Josiah. Cobb Co. Court records show that Josiah gave his home and 160 acres in 1866 to Permelia Emaline McLain and her six children. Living next door in 1880, is his daughter Malinda McCleskey Davenport and her children.

    No will or estate settlement can be found in Cobb County for Josiah. He gave his daughter Melinda McClain McCleskey (before she remarried) 80 acres of land and some mules. And then he gave to his widowed daughter-in-law Permelia 160 acres of land, so evidently he had nothing left at his death.

    Josiah and Nancy probably had more children than is shown here. It is possible that they had a Robert and a John as well as Silas and T. T. McClain. Several people have contributed to this McClain research, namely Jean McClain Barton of Cobb County, John Reese of Uram, Utah and Jimmie Howard, , Canyon, Texas. LaJaun Lee from Woodstock, Ga. has been researching John McClain, for about four years and has contributed also. Her "John" is a brother of this Josiah (both sons of Charles of Spartanburg, S.C.) It would be nice if we could find our immigrant ancestor.
    1880 United States Federal Census
    about Josiah Mc Lain
    Name: Josiah Mc Lain
    Home in 1880: Aeworth, Cobb, Georgia
    Age: 91
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1789
    Birthplace: Georgia
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Father's birthplace: Georgia
    Mother's birthplace: Georgia
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: At Home
    Marital Status: Widower
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Cannot read/write:
    Idiotic or insane: View Image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Josiah Mc Lain 91
    Homer Mc Leskey 3M
    Emalin Mc Lain 50
    David P. Mc Lain 20
    John Mc Lain 18

    Father: Charles McClain b: ABT 1750 in Pennsylvania to VA to Rutherford NC
    Mother: Elizabeth MOON b: ABT 1762 in VA

    Marriage 1 Nancy Ann Wood b: 26 AUG 1790
    • Married: 1808 in Spartanburg SC
    1. Has No Children Cassandra McClain
    2. Has Children James Walker McClain b: 8 NOV 1810 in SC
    3. Has No Children Silas McClain b: 1813 in SC
    4. Has Children T. T. McClain b: 1816 in Spartanburg SC
    5. Has Children Charles Pinkney McClain b: 26 OCT 1818 in Spartanburg, SC
    6. Has No Children Emoline Malissa McClain b: 1822
    7. Has No Children P. E. McClain b: 1830 in Acworth Cobb GA
    8. Has Children William Greenbury McClain b: 1831 in GA
    9. Has Children Malinda J McClain b: 26 AUG 1832 in GA
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