Who were the parents of Joseph and Thomas McClain?

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I have been looking for the parents of Joseph and Thomas J. McClain for quite some time now. If anyone has any information on them and where they came from please message me.
in Genealogy Help by Christy McClain G2G Crew (860 points)
To help others help you, can you provide more info for them? Such as where you originally found the names, maybe a country, a state, guess at birth date(s).

Joseph McClain

  • Was born about 1810
  • Served in the civil war as a messenger 
  • Married Mary Ann Fish 
  • Was a farmer
  • Had 13 children
  • Died about 1890
Thomas J. McClain
  • Born 1813
  • Died 1863 in the civil war
  • Was a paid substitute in the civil war for William Dooley 
  • Married Mary Margaret Harr
  • I think he remarried after Mary died to Lydia McClain
  • Was a carpenter 
Hopefully this helps, if you need any more info feel free to ask!
I have a Joseph McClain who married a Mary, but he was born in Weakly County Tenn in about 1826 moved to Logan county AR and had Neuborn McClain as one son.  Not sure when my Joseph or Mary died.

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Hi Christy,

I think these are the relevant census records for the Joseph McClain you mentioned.

The 1850 census reports he was born in North Carolina. There are a handful of McClains who were born in North Carolina around that time period who moved to states such as Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio - my 5th great grandfather, Aaron McClain, being one of them. I haven't been able to figure out who his parents were, either.
by Chris Rickerd G2G2 (2.3k points)
Thank you for the information! Do any of these census records give a hint of where his parents were from or any names?



Also when was Aaron McClain born? I remember I came across an Aaron McClain and it listed his parents.

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