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He appeared on the census in 1930 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Living next door to Harvey M McCain (age 61) is the family of James C McCain (age 64). It seems logical that James would be related to Harvey, perhaps a brother, but so far I cannot place him. James is a farmer, and was born in SC, with father born NC and mother born SC. He is not a veteran. He owns his farm. Living with James are wife Eleanor H (64), daughter Maggie J (39, single) and daughter Viola (28, single). James was 22 when he married Eleanor. (Union Co, Jackson Twp, ED 10, dwelling 47)

Several branches of the McCain family are said to have emigrated to America, but it is possible that most, if not all of those who were in America before 1776 descended from Alexander McCain who emigrated (suposedly) "from the Seven Glenns just north of Dublin" to Marsh Creek, Pennsylvania circa 1715 (possibly with a brother Hugh, or other brothers?) ("He belonged to the Clan McKeon of Ireland", one source reads.) A son of this Alexander and his wife (a Miss Adams?) was Hugh McCain or McKean, also from Ireland, whose wife was Agnes. (Was he the same Hugh who supposedly married a Mary Hamilton in 1730, and a brother of Alexander McKean who married her sister, a Sarah Hamilton in 1728 -- alledged daughter of Hance Hamilton -- and possible parents of Hugh McCain (1729 - 1821) who moved from Pennsylvania to the Waxhaws, N.C. - m. 1 Miss McNutt, m. 2 Jane Davis?) Children of Hugh and Agnes McCain were: John (d. 1763 Marsh Creek, PA) who m. Eliz. McCallan; Martha McCain King; Agnes McCain McGaryhey; m. Alexander McCain who m. Sarah Hamilton, 1758 daughter of Hance H. Jr.; and Hugh McCain who m. ca 1752-5 Mary Hamilton, her sister; and Mary McCain who m. Thomas Hamilton, their brother. This Hugh and brother, Wm Alexander McCain, "both moved to the Waxhaws, NC and SC where a large number of McCain descendants live. Alexander died near Ashboro, in what is now Randolph Co, NC. However, there was another Alexr McCain of Fairfield Co, SC, and another Hugh McCain who died in Caswell Co, NC in 1781. Many other families are traced back to an Alexander McCain who died in Frederick Co, Maryland in 1780. (posted at web2.airmail.net/mccainjm/mccorig.htm)

He appeared on the census in 1860 in Union Co, GA. Robert T McCain is 33, farmer, real estate 900, property 6000, living with Jane T (29, seamstress), Arlevia J (3, female), and Robert B (1). (Union Co, Walkersville PO, p810, family 109)

U.S. Senator John McCain is rightfully very proud of his heritage. In his campaign for the U.S. Presidency, the decorated Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war has frequently mentioned his ancestral roots. Several weeks ago, McCain told an audience in South Carolina that he viewed the Confederate flag as a symbol of heritage and denied that his ancestors owned slaves. He said that his ancestor William Alexander McCain owned a plantation in Carroll County, Mississippi, and died during the Civil War as a soldier for the Mississippi cavalry. Salon, an online magazine, decided to do some research and found evidence that contradicts the Senator's earlier statement. The magazine cited a slew of public records from the Carroll County, Mississippi area, documenting the slave holdings of William Alexander McCain. Salon said it had gathered evidence of the family's ownership of slaves from various sources, including the Carroll County courthouse, the Carrollton Merrill Museum, the Mississippi state archives and the Greenwood, Mississippi, public library. The documents include slave schedules from Sept. 8, 1860, which list as the slave owner, "W.A. McCain" and record ownership of 52 slaves ranging in age from 6 months to 60 years. (posted on Web at McCain Genforum on 6 March 2000)

US Senator John S McCain provides some details about his ancestry in "Faith of My Fathers". William Alexander McCain moved in 1848 from NC to Waverly/Teoc (Tall Pines) plantation in Mississippi. William was a grandson of Hugh McCain who settled at Lenox Castle, Caswell Co, NC shortly after the Revolution. William's son was John Sydney McCain, born 1851, married Elizabeth Young in 1877. John's son John Sydney McCain II, a naval aviator, was born in Carroll Co MS in 1884, died in Coronado CA in 1945, married Katherine Vaulx. John II's son John III, a submariner, was born 1910 at Council Bluffs, IA, and died ca 1976. He married Roberta Wright in 1933 after having eloped to Tijuana Mexico. John III's son was John Sydney McCain IV, naval aviator, US Senator, b 1936 in Panama. (posted at FamilyHistory.com on McCain message board by A E McCain)

McCain is a derivative of MacKean, which in turn is derived from Mac Eain (Eain is a variant of Eoin, John), meaning "Son of John". Other alternate spellings are Macian, Macane, Macean, Mackain, Mackane, Mackeand, McKain, McKen. The Macians of Ardnamurchan, Scotland, were descended from Eoin Sprangach, son of Angus Mor, lord of the Isles, in the beginning of the 14th century. Nigel McCane was tenant in Islay in 1506. When the Macians were driven out of their native territory in early 17th century, some settled on east coast of Scotland.

McCain is the 1773rd most common name in the US.

The McCain family traces its ancestry back to the MacIain Clan whose original Scottish home was Andramuchan in Argyle Shire, a tongue of land projecting into the sea toward Ireland. In 1692, most of the MacIains were murdered in the Massacre of Glencoe, but others escaped to Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland and to America. According to one researcher, several branches of the McCain family are said to have emigrated to America, but it is possible that most, if not all, of those who were in America before 1776 descended from the Alexander McCain and his wife, a Miss Adams, who supposedly emigrated from the "Seven Glens just North of Dublin" to Marsh Creek in southeastern Pennsylvania ca 1715.

MacKean is a well known Scottish name, also found in Donegal and Derry, Ireland.

"Scottish Family Histories", Joan P S Ferguson, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1986, is a catalog of available family histories. It includes, on page 149, an entry for McKean. It says "McKean historical notes, being quotations from historical and other records, relating chiefly to the MacIain-Macdonalds, many calling themselves McCain, McCane, McEan, MacIan, etc. 1906."

He owned property on 5 Apr 1753 in Anson County, North Carolina, United States. 1583 Land patent for John McCain, 5 Apr 1753, 107 acres in Anson Co on E side of Cataba river (Patent book 2, p43).

He owned property on 10 Apr 1761 in Anson County, North Carolina, United States. 1584 Land patent for John McKane, 10 Apr 1761, 220 acres in Anson Co on the N side of ye Waxaw Creek (and) on the East side of the Catabaw River, joining Robert Caldwell, both sides of a Run, and on both sides of a Creek (Patent Book 15, p336).

He owned property on 4 Mar 1775 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. 1585 Land patent for Joseph McCaine, 4 Mar 1775, 100 acres in Mecklenburg on the waters of Rockey River N W of Adam Meeks and on both sides of John McKnitts waggon road, joining Williams' line by a branch (Patent Book 25, p44).

He published an intent to marry on 5 Mar 1851 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Elizabeth D McCain married John W Belk in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 6 Mar 1851 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Elizabeth McCain, daughter of George, married John W Belk in Union Co NC (Charlotte Journal marriage notices).

He published an intent to marry on 31 Mar 1852 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Isabella McCain married R C Delaney in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 4 Mar 1856 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Ellen R McCain married H R W Belk in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 22 Jan 1857 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Margaret N McCain married John Glenn in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 22 Dec 1859 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Elliner E McCain married A J Nelson in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 23 Aug 1860 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Sarah E McCain married H J Hancock in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 2 Jan 1861 in Davidson Co, NC. Hugh McCain Jr married Sally A Briles in Davidson Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 2 Jan 1861 in Davidson Co, NC. Y L McCain married Mary A Craven in Davidson Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 1 Jun 1866 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Molsey McCain married Clark McLaughlen in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 20 Feb 1868 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. M E S McCain married James L B Craige in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 21 Jan 1876 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Elizabeth McCain married John W Harris in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 22 Sep 1876 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Julia McCain married Richard Threatt in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 15 Oct 1876 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Louisa McCain married Brown Smith in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 12 Dec 1877 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. George W McCain married Laura A Nesbit in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 12 Jun 1879 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Laura A McCain married William C Wolfe Sr in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 10 Sep 1879 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Lucinda McCain married Robert J Howard in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 25 Sep 1880 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Mary McCain married Albert Cunningham in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 23 Jan 1882 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Emeline McCain married Daniel McCain in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 9 Jan 1883 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. M E McCain married W H P McMurray in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 12 Jan 1890 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. M R McCain married H F Miles in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

He published an intent to marry on 21 Dec 1893 in Union County, North Carolina, United States. G A McCain married Anna Walkup in Union Co NC (NC Marriage records, Ancestry.com)

Text of a letter from John N McCain to William S McCain, dated 10 June 1886: Dear Nephew, ... as to genealogy, my mother was Mattie Moore, the second daughter of James Moore and Margaret Nesbett Moore. ... My mother had three brothers, James whose family resides near Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee. My mother had three sisters, Jenny McCain, Betsy Nelson, whose family still resides mostly in Fayette County, Mississippi and Peggy Wright whose family resides in Tipton County, Tennessee. My father's mother was Nelly Johnson, a daughter of George Johnson. She had at least one brother, Uncle Bill Johnson, and one sister who intermarried with Tommy Winn, and another I think who married Tommy Hagons. All three of them settled in Clark and Fayette Counties, Kentucky. My Grandpa William, had six brothers: James whose family is about Winnsborough, S C, John, Hugh, and Andrew, whose families still largely reside in the old Waxhaw Settlement in NC. Robert McCain, my grandpa's brother and their only sister, the wife of Robert Ramsey, settled on the Caney Fork of the Cumberland River. Joseph, my grandpa's youngest brother married Jenny Moore, my mother's eldest sister and moved to Walker County, Georgia on what was then called Huvassee County. My Great Grandpa was under General Washington at the defeat of General Braddock and held some little office in the command. He lived to be very old, I think 102 year old, and died when I was about 4 years old. He died about 3 miles from my father's home in NC. I cannot remember seeing him but his marble headstone is one of the first mementos of the kind I can recollect. He kept up family worship to the last of that long life. Grandpa Wm McCain was born about 1748 and died about 1824 and was buried at Tirzah Church, just inside Lancaster County, SC. His marble headstone is not more than 20 feet from the cemetary gate. I recollect him better the time they laid him in the coffin than any other time. He was a portly old gentleman. He and his wife Eleanor Johnson had seven prolific children; Sallie, wife of John Walker, George and John whose families are still largely in the Waxhaws. Betsy and Nelly married Alex and Robert Huey and settled near Hamilton, Harris County, Georgia. Their descendants are largely there and in southeast Alabama. Jenny who married Robert Hood and moved to Texas where she died of cholera not many days after landing at Harrisbury. Nearly all her family are in Texas. My father, Hugh Johnson McCain, was the eldest son in the family. My Grandpa McCain was a son of Hugh McCain and Eleanor Nutt. He, my great grandpa, was born in Pennsylvania about 1720 and came to North Carolina about 1760. He had two brothers, Alexander whose descendants still reside in Greensborough, NC and John who settled on White's River in Eastern Tennessee. ... Your Uncle John.

There was a McCains Post Office in Union County from 1890 to 1904. George A McCain was the first postmaster, followed by James M Starnes, then Thomas Starnes.

Time magazine, 8 Sept 2008, has an article "The Clan McCain" about Senator John McCain's ancestors. It includes his father, four-star Navy admiral John S. McCain Jr, who won Silver and Bronze stars for WW2 heroism, who died in 1981. The Senator's mother, Roberta Wright (who had an identical twin Rowena), was age 96 at the time of the article. The Senator has an older sister Sandy Morgan, and a younger brother Joe, age 65. The Senator's first wife was Carol Shepp, age 70; they married in 1965; she was already divorced with two sons Douglas and Andrew, who John adopted; they had a daughter Sidney born in 1966; they divorced in 1980. The Senator's second wife is Cindy Hensley, age 54, who he married 5 weeks after his 1980 divorce; their children are Meghan (23), Jack (22), Jimmy (20), and Bridget (17, adopted from Bangladesh). The Senator's Grandparents are four-star Navy admiral John (Slew) McCain Sr, who was a naval aviation pioneer in WW2; he was married to Katherine. The Senator's mother's parents are Archibald Wright, who made his fortune in oil, liquor and gambling in the Oklahoma Indian Territory, and his wife Myrtle Fletcher. The Senator's great-great-grandfather William Alexander McCain was a Confederate soldier, and had 52 slaves.


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