From Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, Pontiac, Michigan:
Portrait and Biographical Album.
Robert Bain. One by one those who have lived in this county and carried on itís development are being borne to the tomb leaving their places to be filled by others.The history of their lives, even though brief, belongs to the record of the county and serves to incite others to emulate their good deeds. It is therefore meet that some account of the life of Robert Bain, now deceased, should find its place in this volume, and that his portrait should be presented to those friends who hold his memory dear. He was the owner of property in Royal Oak Township and for thirty years pursued the even tenor of his way there, doing well what he had to do in farm work, and taking quite an active part in matters in which his fellow-citizens were interested. Robert Bain was born in Scotland March 3, 1829, and his parents, John and Margaret Bain, also opened their eyes to the light, not far from Edinburgh. They were married in 1825 and had a large family. Robert being the second child and oldest son. They came to this country early in the 30ís and spent a short time in Albany, N, Y., then came on to this State. Mr. Bain was a carpenter and he made Detroit the seat of his labors from 1837 until about 1850. He then bought eighty acres in Royal Oak Township, this county,but did not take possession of it, making his home on a leased farm in Greenfield Township, Wayne County. He died there in 1855.
He of whom we write was a sailor in his youth but spent the winters with his parents until he was twenty-five years old. In the meantime Detroit was his home until within a few years of his marriage. His wife bore the maiden name of Catherine McClean, is the daughter of Alexander and Rosanna (McGee) McClean, and was born on the 23 of May, 1834. She was the eldest in a family of two sons and four daughters. Her parents were natives of the north of Ireland and were married in Buffalo, N.Y. They came to Michigan in 1835 and made their home in Wayne County, where Mr. McClean bought eighty acres of land. He died at his home there in 1858. The widowed mother, who is noww seventy-eight years old, makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Bain.
To Mr. and Mrs. Bain of this notice, there came four children, of who we note the following: Albert S., born November 6, 1855, married Mrs. Eliza Russell and lives in Royal Oak Township, near his mother; Rosanna, born September 9, 1857, became the wife of William Fulton, Jr., who died August 5, 1888, and she is now living with her mother; Celia A., born December 17, 1859, is the wife of Thomas W. Lacy of Royal Oak Township, and has an infant son, Homer B., who was born August 16, 1890; Mary J. born October 20, 1861, is the wife of Frank Riley of Troy, and the mother of a daughter, Cora B., whose natal day was August 2, 1887.
Robert Bain was married in February, 1855, and during the ensuing year established his home where his widow is now living. Her property consists of forty facres, near the village of Urban Rest which was laid out in 1890. Her husband died here, June 7, 1886. He was a member of the Congregational Church and was generally respected for his fine character and upright life. He was connected with Lodge No. 44, F.& A.M., of Birmingham. Politically he was a Democrat, and without being an office-seeker, he was an active, efficient local politician.
(Robert's son Albert married Mrs. Eliza Russell; she was nee Anna Elizabeth Parker b. 1862 d. 1925, in Oakland County to Benj. and Mary Ann (Carver) Parker. Anna Eliza. first married Edwin Russell, son of Rueben Russell; she then married Bain. Her 3rd husband was John Laferty in 1898ca. She had 4 boys: Claude Russell, Norman Bain, Harold Bain and Allen Lafferty.)
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