Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
This branch of the ancient Scotch (Scotttish!!) family, previously alluded to [trans note: see BEAN] is a very recent importation to America, and extended correspondence with members of the family still living in Scotland has failed to discover anything of the ancestry preceding what is given here.
(I) James Bain, a weaver by occupation, passed most of his life in or near Montrose, Scotland. He was born at Aberdeen or Caithness, in the northern part of Scotland. His wife Jane (Mackay) Bain, was born about 1790 at Dun Lodge, in the parish of Dun, five miles from Montrose, and died July 6, 1864.
John, William, James and Jane.
All except the youngest son remained in Scotland.
The eldest is still living (1908) at Montrose, at the age of eighty-five years.
(II) Captain James (2), youngest son of James and Jane (Mackay) Bain, was born April 15, 1829, in Montrose, and died Nov. 20, 1899, in Portland, Maine. He began life at twelve years of age as a cabin boy on board ship and followed the sea thirty-five years, when he retired. He loved the ocean and gave himself to his work with a devotion that brought him success. He was steadily promoted, and at the age of twenty-four was captain of his own ship, and later master of several others, among them the brig "Hattie M. Bain," and the last one the brig "J. B. Brown," from which he retired. He made many voyages in both foreign and domestic waters until about 1875, when he forsook the sea and bought out the ship chandlery business of Perley & Russell, in Portland, which he carried on ten years. He then sold out that business to his son, Charles H. Bain, and retired to enjoy a well-earned rest.
He was a Republican in politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was a member of the High Street Congregational church for years.
He married (first) March 17, 1852, Mary, born on Bangs Island, Casco Bay, now called Cushings Island, July 17, 1831, died March 28, 1856, daughter of Simeon and Nancy (Adams) Skillings, the latter being a daughter of Francis and Nancy (Preble) Adams. Nancy Preble was a member of the famous Preble family.
He married (second) July 19, 1858, Harriet M., born in Wesbrook, Maine, Oct. 26, 1837, only child of Ephraim Rounds, a farmer of Gorham, and his wife Catherine (McIntosh) Rounds. Ephraim Rounds, born Feb. 12, 1804, died Aug. 31, 1839. He married (first) Rhoda Rand, by whom he had two children - Ann and Albion K.; (second) July 14, 1835, Catherine, dau. of James McIntosh, born Oct. 15, 1769, and his wife Margaret (Patrick) McIntosh, born July 1, 1775.
Children of 1st wife:
Alvin T., born March 6, 1853, died Aug. 4, 1857.
Mary, born Oct. 29, 1855.
Children of 2d wife:
1. Charles H., mentioned below.
2. William, born Sept. 8, 1860, died April 19, 1863.
3. James A., professor of music; married Lelia Virginia Foster; one child, Harriet Virginia, b. June 4, 1886, d. Nov. 29, 1901.
(III) Charles Henry, eldest child of Capt. James and Harriet M. (Rounds) Bain, was born in Portland, June 26, 1859, died June 13, 1905. He was educated in the public schools and at Gray's Business College, from which latter institution he went as a clerk with the ship chandlery of Bain, Russell & Company, which became Charles H. Bain, when he bought out the old partners. Mr. Bain carried on the business for about ten years, to 1897, when he gave it up on account of failing health, and became confidential clerk to the firm of J. S. Winslow & Company, where he was employed until about the time of his death.
Mr. Bain was a Republican in politics and a Universalist in religion. He was a member of Beacon Lodge, No. 67, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Eastern Star Encampment, No. 19. When a young man he was for some time a member of Company B, Portland Cadets.
He married, in Portland, June 12, 1883, Jennie Stanton, born at Minot Corner, June 30, 1856, only child of James Lewis and Sylvia (Bennett) Rounds. James Lewis Rounds was the son of John Rounds and grandson of William Rounds. John Rounds was born in Buxton, May 8, 1787, died in Portland Sept. 20, 1865. He married, Oct. 27, 1811, Dorcas Lowe, b. in Sanford, May 21, 1787, d. in Portland Jan. 20, 1880. They had eleven children: Mary M., Betsey L., Abigail, Ephraim, James L., John, Greenleaf, Dorcas, Sarah M., David and Mary L. James L. Rounds was born in Buckfield July 1, 1820, d. in Portland June 5, 1898. He was educated in the district schools. After working some time at the cooper's trade he became a shoemaker and followed that occupation. For four years he was a member of the Portland police force. He was a Democrat and a member of the Temple of Honor. He married June 6, 1847, Sylvia, b. in Harrison, Dec. 15, 1825, dau. of Stanton and Jane (Patterson) Bennett. Stanton Bennett was born in Norwich, Connecticut Jan. 6, 1777, and d. Feb, 18, 1868. He married Jane Patterson, b. in Bethel, Maine, Oct. 28, 1781, d. Dec. 3, 1864.
Charles H. and Jennie S. (Rounds) Baine had two children:
James, born July 23, 1887, died Dec. 14, 1900.
An infant daughter who died May 18, 1893.