Gilbert McBain, born in Scotland in 1793. He may have been born
as Gillies McBain, and had brohers Duncan, William, John, and
Alexander McBain. Little is known as this time of the brothers,
but he did name sons, eldest son is Duncan, youngest son is
William Calvin, and another son John. His father may have been
Hugh McBain, and there is a son Hugh McBain, who was killed in
the Battle of Vicksburg, during the Civil War.
Gilbert, as I will call him, married Agnes (Nancy) H. Walters, born in Pennsylvania, in April of 1828 in Columbiana county, Ohio. Nancy parents may have been John and Mary Walters of Columbiana, Ohio. Little is known of them at this time.
Gilbert and Nancy farmed in the township of Fox township, Columbiana, and in 1833 it became Fox township, Carroll county, Ohio. There farm was about 160 acres in section two of Fox
townshp. To this union was born eleven children,
Elizabeth, Sarah, Duncan, Peter, John, James, David, Hugh,
Gilbert Jr., Catherine and William Calvin.
Four sons entered the Civil War, James, Hugh, Gilbert Jr, and John. Hugh was killed in the Battle of Vicksburg at 19 years old. Gilbert Jr., died at 30 and some accounts say it is because of battle injuries. James became a Lietaurant in the
In 1854 Gilbert came to Richland county, Wisconsin, and purchased 480 acres of land in section 19 and 29 of Bloom township. He planned to move his family here. He later returned to Ohio, and died on 5 Oct 1854,and is buried in
Brush Creek Cemetery with his young children, Catherine and
William Calvin McBain.
Duncan McBain, and his wife Harriet Williams McBain came to Wisconsin by 1857 with their young son Edward and settled on section 29. James, and his mother Nancy came to Wisconsin and
settled on section 19 by 1865. David McBain came sometime with
his family and settled on two and twenty acres he purchased him-
self. Little is known of David's life in Wisconsin, but a
guardianship papers were filed in Richland county court for
his daughter Mary Catherine in 1857. David, may have died in
Richland county, or returned to Carroll county, Ohio to die.
His wife Sarah and Mary Catherine did return to Pennsylvania.
Gilbert Jr., and his wife Susan Sarah Stout and sons Robert and
George came by 1874 to Wisconsin.
I am still working on locating Gilbert and Nancy's parents and family. One 93 years old Lynford Looker great grandson of Gilbert and Nancy is still living, and he says Gilbert wanted to leave Ohio to remove his family from the Civil War.
Gilbert may have come from Scotland to Canada and settled in Ontario, Gault, before making his way to Ohio. One source says
that each brother came separately to the United States, and that's why the various spelling make it difficult to search for