WILLIAM HENRY McCAIN, one of the substantial citizens of Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, who is engaged in stock buying, and in general farming on a tract of eighty-one acres, located about two miles west of New Alexandria, was born July 27, 1870, on his father's farm in Wells Township, and is a son of William and Margaret (Whitten) McCain.
David McCain, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Ireland, and during his early life came to America, where he settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. Here he lived to the advanced age of eighty years and reared a family of eight children. By his first union he became the father of six children: Ann, William, Cloya, Eliza Jane, Andrew and James, all deceased. By his seond marriage he had two children: David W. and Charles.
William McCain, father of William H., was born and always lived in Wells Township, where he followed agricultural pursuits. He married Margaret Whitten, who came of one of the old established families of Jefferson County, two of whom died in infancy: David L., a resident of Wells Township; John L., of Wells Township; Nancy, who married George Vermillion of Wells Township; and William H., the subject of this record. William McCain died in 1887 aged fifty-one years, and his widow died in 1908, aged seventy-five years.
William H. McCain passes his boyhood days on the home farm, and at an early age began assisting his father with the work. After his marriage he located on his present farm, which he rented for five years from William Armstrong, and purchased in 1895, Here he has always followed farming in connection with stock buying and butchering, and disposes of his meat in wholesale quantities. Mr. McCain was married September 14, 1892, to Vernia B. Moore, a daughter of John Moore, deceased, formerly sheriff of Jefferson County, and to them were born: Harry, Gladys, and Elwood. Mr. McCain is politically identified with the Republican party.