Posted By:Dave Cain
Subject:Early Cain/Kain Families in Greene Co.
Post Date:December 26, 2011 at 08:55:17
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Forum:Greene County, PA Genealogy Forum
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I am seeking a connection between Jesse Smith Cane/Cain/Kain (b c1830 in Greene Co. d 1916 Morgan Co. IN) and ANY Cain family that may have been in Greene County around that time.

Jesse Smith Cane/Cain’s parents were Jesse Cane (b c1788 PA, d 1850 Pickaway Co OH) and Elizabeth (b c1789, d unk), and he had at least one sibling Sarah (b c1826 PA, d unk).

The family left Greene Co. PA for Pickaway Co. OH sometime between 1830 and 1850.

I am not certain if his father Jesse Cane/Cain was born in Greene Co. or travelled there from some other part of PA. A search of early Greene Co. tax lists is being requested.

Prior to 1796, Greene Co. was part of Washington Co. Thus, from the 1790 census:
I am aware of the John Cain family (1790 Washington Co, p 199), who is also mentioned in Beers’ Washington Co. PA history (p 1455). I believe he is considered one of the earliest settlers of Greene Co. I do not believe that Jesse Cain is an immediate descendent of this family, but could be a brother/cousin to this John. I have no evidence of this, however.

A second John Cain is found in the 1790 Washington Co. census (p159). I have found NO additional information about this family but I am especially curious about him.

There is also an Edmund Cain family in the 1790 Washington Co. census (p163) for which I have no additional information.

The Abraham Cain family found in the 1810 Greene Co. census is also of interest as a possible connection.

Any suggestions, helps would be greatly appreciated. Also, confirmation that a Cain family line is NOT directly connected would also be helpful.

I have comprehensive DNA information to share as well for those who use genetic genealogy as part of their research.

Many thanks,

Dave Cain
Cincinnati, Ohio