Descendants of Jesse McCain
Generation No. 1
JESSE MCCAIN He married LAURA MCDOWELL.
Child of JESSE MCCAIN and LAURA MCDOWELL is:
2. i. THOMAS JEFFERSON MCCAIN, b. October 1869, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. June 13, 1914, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Generation No. 2
2. THOMAS JEFFERSON MCCAIN (JESSE1) was born October 1869
in Piedmont, Alabama, and died June 13, 1914 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He married EMMA TRAWICK, daughter of JACKSON TRAYWICK, September
28, 1890 in Piedmont, Alabama. She was born September 1867 in
Alabama, and died Abt. April 1911 in Piedmont, Alabama. ( Her
death was during a flood, I was told by Richard, son of Virgil.)
Notes for THOMAS JEFFERSON MCCAIN:
Thomas' death certificate shows he had lived in the area of his
death for two plus years and was a widower. Cause of death is
listed as "shattered bone", death following ten plus
hours. He was a sawmiller at that time. The 1910 census lists
him as a farmer on his own farm at Piedmont. I have heard that
a piece of machinery came apart and crushed his chest. He was
taken to the Williams Farm Infirmary at Tuscaloosa and died thereafter.
My great aunt, Ethel Shepherd, says Grandpa Lester told her he
saw his father just before he died.
Children of THOMAS MCCAIN and EMMA TRAWICK are:
3. i. VIRGIL CLEVELAND MCCAIN, b. March 30, 1891, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. September 23, 1972, Piedmont, Alabama.
4. ii. JAMES HESSTER MCCAIN, b. January 01, 1893, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. February 09, 1974, Birmingham, Alabama.
5. iii. JOHN MARVIN MCCAIN, SR, b. July 27, 1894, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. November 1974, New Orleans, Louisiana.
iv. LENA MCCAIN, b. March 1898, Piedmont, Alabama; d. Abt. 1911,
Piedmont, Alabama; m. BOATNER; b. Alabama.
Notes for LENA MCCAIN:
Richard, son of Virgil, told me that Lena died about the same
time as her mother in 1911 during a great flood. Alabama does
not have a death certificate on file for her. She is believed
to be buried at Goshen Cemetary outside of Piedmont.
Aunt Effie said that her "spouse" was a Boatner boy.
Seems the Boatners were fairly well known by the McCains as Uncles
Marvin and Hess married a Boatner. Aunt Lena was 16 yo at the
time so it is possible that she died during childbirth as I have
heard from the McCains.
6. v. LESTER MCCAIN, b. December 20, 1902, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. December 29, 1962, New Orleans, Louisiana.
7. vi. HERMANN JACK MCCAIN, b. May 20, 1904, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. May 19, 1974, Piedmont, Alabama.
8. vii. PINK BERNON MCCAIN, b. May 22, 1907, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. January 13, 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Generation No. 3
3. VIRGIL CLEVELAND MCCAIN (THOMAS JEFFERSON2, JESSE1) was
born March 30, 1891 in Piedmont, Alabama, and died September 23,
1972 in Piedmont, Alabama. He married MARY PELHAM COPPOCK March
26, 1911 in Piedmont, Alabama. She was born August 24, 1894,
and died August 18, 1970 in Piedmont, Alabama.
Notes for VIRGIL CLEVELAND MCCAIN:
When their father died, Virgil had the task of raising his brothers.
Children of VIRGIL MCCAIN and MARY COPPOCK are:
9. i. PLUMA MCCAIN, b. January 15, 1912; d. October 1982, Piedmont,
10. ii. J.C. MCCAIN, b. February 07, 1914, Piedmont, Alabama;
d. June 1959, Piedmont, Alabama.
11. iii. RICHARD THOMAS MCCAIN, b. July 05, 1922, Alabama; d.
June 30, 1997, Piedmont, Alabama.
4. JAMES HESSTER MCCAIN (THOMAS JEFFERSON2, JESSE1) was born
January 01, 1893 in Piedmont, Alabama, and died February 09, 1974
in Birmingham, Alabama. He married (1) CORA BOATNER Abt. 1912.
She was born 1897. He married (2) WILLIE MCCAIN. She was born
February 11, 1896, and died June 1983 in Alabama.
Notes for JAMES HESSTER MCCAIN:
His first wife, Cora Boatner, committed suicide. That was the
info I got from one of his nephews. Another said he was an atheist
and made no bones about it. He also said when Hess was seriously
injured and in the hospital, his brother Virgil went to visit.
Virgil said he could hear Hess praying from down the hallway.
I've heard that a boiler blew up that Hess and his Co. was installing,
Hess was severely injured and it seems that Uncle Hess severely
injured his insurance company.
Children of JAMES MCCAIN and CORA BOATNER are:
i. AUSTIN MCCAIN, b. 1915.
ii. LILLIE MAE MCCAIN, b. 1916.
Children of JAMES MCCAIN and WILLIE MCCAIN are:
iii. E. WAYNE MCCAIN.
iv. UNKNOWN MCCAIN.
v. JAMES HESSTER MCCAIN, JR, b. Abt. 1927, Birmingham, Alabama.
Notes for JAMES HESSTER MCCAIN, JR:
I was told by Kieth McCain, cousin of James, that he died of AIDS
in the eighties.
5. JOHN MARVIN MCCAIN, SR (THOMAS JEFFERSON2, JESSE1) was
born July 27, 1894 in Piedmont, Alabama, and died November 1974
in New Orleans, Louisiana. He married ETHEL BOATNER 1912. She
was born March 21, 1894 in Cottondale, Alabama, and died June
25, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Notes for JOHN MARVIN MCCAIN, SR:
Marvin is listed as Marion in the census of 1900. He worked
his way to the top at the Avondale Shipworks in New Orleans.
Children of JOHN MCCAIN and ETHEL BOATNER are:
i. NOREEN MCCAIN, b. Alabama; d. Died at age of two years..
12. ii. WEBSTER MCCAIN, b. December 04, 1911, Alabama; d. April
10, 1995, Bessemer, Alabama.
13. iii. RUBY MCCAIN, b. January 26, 1917, Birmingham, Alabama.
14. iv. CLEO MCCAIN, b. January 28, 1920, Birmingham, Alabama.
15. v. RACHEL MCCAIN, b. 1922, Fairfield, Alabama.
16. vi. JOHN MARVIN MCCAIN, JR, b. January 27, 1924, Birmingham,
6. LESTER MCCAIN (THOMAS JEFFERSON2,
JESSE1) was born December 20, 1902 in Piedmont, Alabama, and died
December 29, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He married JOHNNIE
STEPHENS SHEPHERD 1923 in Birmingham, Alabama, daughter of JOHN
SHEPHERD and ARTIMISSIA HEFLIN. She was born December 07, 1907
in Oakman, Alabama, and died May 02, 1952 in Houston, Texas.
Notes for LESTER MCCAIN:
Grandpa had a very hard life. They were living with us when grandma
died. Grandpa lost it and took refuge in a bottle to the point
of living on skidrow in Houston.
The last time I saw him was in early 1957 when we went to live
in Waco, Texas.
When I got out of the USAF in 1967, I started looking for him.
Mother did not know where he was from. Our branches were not
close so none of the others knew anything concerning his whereabouts.
In 1976 I got a lead from a great aunt that led to Piedmont.
I contacted some McCains listed in the phone book and found grandpa.
He was buried with two of his brothers.
It seems that when we went to Waco, grandpa went back to New Orleans.
He was working but living in the seedy part of town. So one
day he turns up dead. An older brother, Marvin, identified him
and shipped his body to Piedmont. When it got there, his kinfolks,
including a brother, opened the casket. They told me that part
of his skull was caved in and there was matted dried blood in
his hair. Cause of death is listed as pneumonia on his death
certificate. He was working at a shipyard and there was a labour
dispute going on at that time. So who knows?
According to my great aunt, Ethel Shepherd, Lester was with his
mother when she died. Grandma Emma was bedridden and could not
do anything for herself. She sent Lester out to get her a quill
or a straw from the field so she could drink some water. Lester,
being nine years old, found something to play with. When he returned
with a suitable straw, his mother was dead.
He was also there when his father died, him being twelve years
Lester's Navy records show that he was living with his brother
Marvin in Birmingham when he enlisted in 1919. Herman, who was
15 years old was also living with Marvin.
Granpa was stationed at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Notes for JOHNNIE STEPHENS SHEPHERD:
Granma was known as "Joncie."
Child of LESTER MCCAIN and JOHNNIE SHEPHERD is:
17. i. LENA KATHYRN4 MCCAIN, b. December 23, 1926, Birmingham,