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Jane Kolar St. Louis, Missouri, USA Jun 26, 2005
Hi, I'm doing genealogy on my McClain/Cairns family who lived and died in Newtonards, Co Down, N. Ireland.

Arthur McClain b:1812
d:9 Apr 1885 Newtonards burried in Movilla Cem. Married Mary Ann Cairns (b:1811 d:28 Nov 1870 Newtonards) in about 1830.

Arthur and Mary Ann had 7 children:

William
b:1832 Co Down, N Ire
d:1906 Madison Co, Iowa, USA
(m Elvina McGowen/McQuown in abt 1855 in Iowa, USA) Had 7 children.
Came to USA before 1855 with brother Thomas and settled in Madison Co, Iowa, USA.

Thomas
b:30 April 1834 Co Down
d:1911 Warren Co, Iowa, USA (no known marriages)
Came to USA before 1855 with brother William. Lived in the Black Hills of the Dakotas (USA) for 35 years before settling in Iowa.

Eiza (Elizabeth)
b:22 Mar 1836 Co Down
d:1925 Madison Co, Iowa, USA.
Never married.
Came to USA in abt 1886 with sister Nancy (McClain) Russell and niece Agnes Russell.

Arthur
b:1839 Co Down
d:20 Jan 1864 Newtonards, Down, N Ireland.
Burried in Movilla Cem.
Never married.

John
b:1843 Co Down
d:8 May 1879 Newtonards buried in Movilla Cem. Married Mary Anne Barbour in Co Down on unkn date. He may have been a stone cutter. No known children.

Nancy Agnes
b:6 Aug 1841 Co Down
d:20 Jan 1914 Madison Co, Iowa, USA.
Married to William Russell before 1875.
Wm died between 1876 and 1886. They had three children but only Agnes lived.
Came to USA in 1886 after the death of her father and husband with sister Eliza and daughter Agnes.

Mary Jane
b:1847 Co Down
d:1874 N Ireland.
Married Edward Ferguson in Newtonards on 24 Sept 1864.
Buried in Movilla Cem with daughter Lizzie Ferguson (b:1870/71 d:25 Jan 1893).
Don't know if Lizzie married.
Believe Edward was a stone cutter.

Some dates from Ireland are from the 4th Presbyterian Church of Newtonards (reel 1).

If there are any descendants of this McClain/Cairns family or if you know of these families, I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you and best wishes,
Jane Kolar
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