John A. Deamin


JOHN A. DEMAIN, was born January 18, 1844, in Alexandria, Va. His father, John Demain, was born in England, in 1810, coming to this country with his parents when but six months old. He settled in Alexandria, Va. After receiving a fair education he learned the cabinet-maker's trade, and followed this trade through life, dying in 1856. His wife was Elizabeth Benton, who was born in 1817, in St. Marys county, Md., and died in December, 1882. Mrs. Marion Gregory, of Washington, D. C.; Laura, wife of Alexander Yates, also of Washington; John A., Jane, Edwin, Helen, wife of John Bright, of Washington, D. C.; and Henry are their offspring. John Demain was liberally educated in a private school, and entered the confederate army at the age of seventeen years. Enlisting at Richmond, Va., in January 1862 he served with distinction in Pelham's battery battery, Steward's horse artillery, under Gen. Steward. He participated in the following famous engagements: Fredericksburg, Seven Pines, Fair Oaks, second battle of Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania COurt House, second battle of the Wilderness, Gettsyburg, Five Forks and Manassas, was in the raid around McClellan's army, also the raid around Grant's army in what was known as Hampton's Beef Raid, was taken prisoner on Lee's retreat from Richmond, but soon escaped. After the war he entered the mercantile trade and continued in it with much success until 1870, at which time he went to farming and has met with gratifying results in this vocation also. He married Emma Hussey in June 1875. She was born January 1845 and died January 22, 1879. Her parents were Nathan and Ruth Hussey. Mr. Demain had two children by his first wife: Ruth H. and Edith E., both deceased. He married Sarah J. Carson June 22, 1880, by whom he had five children: Harry H., born June 8, 1881; Edith M., July 8, 1882, died May 6, 1884; Ira L., February 26, 1884; John W., September 7, 1885; Helen M., November 19, 1889. She was born October 6, 1856. Her father, William, was born October 20, 1824, in Fermanagh county, Lowtherstown, Ireland. They emigrated to America in 1848, locating at Bloomfield, Jefferson county, Ohio, then moved to Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, where they resided. They had eleven children> James, John, Mary; Anna, wife of A. S. Hearn; Henry; Sadie J., wife of John A. Demain; Margaret, wife of Frank Brindley; Emma, Clara B., Lincoln P. and Jessie. Mrs. Demain's grandparents on the mother's side were Henry, born in 1795, died in 1879; and Barbara Tiernan, born in 1801, died in 1881. They had six children: Lizzie, Barbara, Ann (whitcomb), Mary (Beryman), Robert and John. The first two are dead. Mr. and Mrs. Demain are both useful and honored members of the community in which they live. Mr. Demain is a thorough democrat.

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