Alvah James Cain and Celia Jane Ikemire Cain

Alvah James Cain  was born on April 14, 1860 in Somerset, Perry Co, Ohio, the son of Lewis and Sarah Cain.   He died on July 23, 1952 in Oblong, Illinois. He married Celia Jane Ikemire, daughter of Andrew and Isabel Ikemire  on August 12, 1885.   Celia Jane was born on June 20, 1867 in Illinois and died on August 6, 1907 in Oblong, Illinois. More information about Alvah, Celia and their family is on my website.

His second marriage was to Florence Eva Stifle, daughter of Stephen J. Stifle and Diadema Headley, on March 1, 1912. She was born on December 25, 1874 in Crawford Co, Illinois. She died on e 16, 1956 in Crawford Co, Illinois and is buried in the Wilkin Cemetery in Crawford County.


Certificate of Death State of Illinois:  Alvah James Cain, date of death July 23 1952,  male, white, married, date of birth April 14 1860,  age 92 years, 3 months 9 days, retired farmer,  owns home, birth place Ohio;   Informant O.L. Cain, Owensboro, KY, son;   cause of death Chronic myocaroitis and hypotension, burial in Wilkin Cemetery on July 25, 1952.

Obituary Alvah James Cain:    Robinson Daily News, July 28, 1952–  A.J. Cain, son of Lewis and Sarah Cain, was born in Somerset, Ohio, April 14, 1860 and departed this life at his home north of Oblong July 23 1952 at the age of 92 years, 3 months, 9 days.  He was the last survivor of the family who with their mother, moved from Ohio to the Oblong community when he was 9 years of age where the remainder of his long active life was spent.  In 1885 he was united in marriage to Celia Ikemire and to this union six children were born  —  two sons and four daughters. The wife preceded him in death Aug 3 1907, one son, Claude, in June, 1936, and one daughter Isabelle Carroll July 15, 1952— just eight days prior to his passing.  On January 3 1912 he was united in marriage to Eva Shinn who survives him. Beside his devoted companion he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Alta Wilson and Mrs. Maude McCoy of Oblong, Mrs. Sarah Griggs of Salem, ILL, one son Orlan L. Cain of Owensboro, KY, a stepson, Albert Shinn of Oblong and a niece Alberta Chapman of McPherson, Kansas, who in infancy was taken into the home and reared as a member of the family. Also surviving are 19  grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, two nephews, Lewis P. Cain of Oblong and Charles Cain of Vining, Kansas other relatives and a host of friends.  For a number of years he was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church later transferring his membership to the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Oblong. He was a loving father, a true friend, a good neighbor and will be sadly missed by the entire community. His very conception of life and its master motive seemed to be service, and might fittingly be expressed in the words of the poet as follows:  Others, Lord, yes others, Let this my motto be; Help me to live for others, That I may live for Thee. Lord help me live from day to day in such a self forgetful way, That even when I kneel to pray My prayer shall be for others. help me in all the work I do. To ever be sincere and true. And know that all I do for you, Must needs be done for others And when my work on earth is done, And my new work in heaven’s begun, May I forget the crown I’ve won While thinking still of others.”  Funeral services were held Friday, July 25 at 2:00 at the Marshall Funeral Chapel with Rev. H.J. Kemp officating, assisted by Rev. W.E. Catey. Burial was in the Wilkins Cemetery.

Celia Jane Ikemire: 1870 Census– Crawford Co, Licking twp, Illinois:  Andrew Ackemire, age 28, farmer, $1600 real estate value, 300 personal property; Isabel age 22, keeping house, born Illinois; Selia J. age 3, born Illinois.

Record of Certificate of Death- State of Illinois, Crawford County: Celia Jane Cain, #4026, female, white, age 40 years, 1 month 15 days, housewife, lived in Illinois for 40 years, died on 6th day of Aug 1907, at about 11 pm. in Oblong Ill, burial in Wilkin Cemetery on Aug 7 1907; cause of death, local peritonitis and hepatitis.

Obituary:  Celia Jane Ikemire was born June 20, 1867; departed this life August 6 1907 age 40 years 1 month and 15 days.  She united in marriage to Alva J. Cain August 12 1885. To this union were born six children. She was converted and united to the Prairie Grove Baptist church May 1887 under the labor of Rev. R.A. Fosen.  She lived a consistent Christian life and a faithful member until death.  She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband, six children, a father and mother, four brothers and two sisters, together with many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Prairie Grove church Aug 7 by Rev. T.J.Wheeler. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Isabelle and Sarah Cain, daughters of Alta and Celia.

Children of Alvah and Celia Cain:

Alta Mamey Cain was born on April 1, 1889 in Illinois. She married Leonard Wilson. He was born in 1886 in Illinois. Children of Alta and Leonard were: Florence Marie Wilson, born 1909; Earlae Wilson, born 1911; Mary Wilson; Jean Wilson; Louise Wilson.

Obituary of Florence Yarberry, daughter of Alta and Leonard:  4/6/1978 – Mrs. Florence Marie Yarberry, 69, Wichita Falls Texas, formerly of Oblong, who was a former CIPS employee, died at her home Wednesday.  She was the daughter of Leonard Wilson, who preceded her in death, and Alta Cain Wilson, Oblong.  She is survived by her husband, Larry, who she married at Springfield in 1945; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Roderick, Sumner, and Mrs. Jean Thompson, Oblong; to aunts; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Louise Bottenfield.  Funeral services will be held at 3pm Friday in the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, with Rev. Carl Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Oblong Cemetery.  Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Orlan Louis Cain  was born on  January 13, 1891. He married Margaret Jo Gibbs. Children of Orlan and Margaret were: Helen Frances; Hazel; Mary Evelyn; Joann.

Claude Andrew Cain  was born on  May 13, 1893 in Illinois. He died in Jun 1936. He married Nellie Bilyew. She was born in 1893 in Illinois.The 1920 Census in Crawford Co, Illinois show Claude at age 27, he rents house; wife Nellie Cain, age 27; Donald, son, age 8; Gerald, son, age 2 1/2.  Children of Claude and Nellie were: Donald Llewell, born 1914; Gerald Lloyd, born August 1, 1917 and died November 18, 2000 in McPherson, Kansas.

Maude May Cain was born on  May 13, 1893 in Crawford Co, Illinois. She died on November 11, 1977 in Crawford Co, Illinois and is buried in Oblong Cemetery. She married Quincy McCoy. Quincy  and Maude Cain one child, Mac Leon McCoy. He was born on  Aug 1, 1918 in Oblong, Ill. He married Vivian Corbin on May 12, 1940 in Owensboro, Ky. She was born on 06 Oct 1916. She died on 11 Apr 1997 in Oblong, Ill

1920 Census: Crawford Co, Oblong Township, Illinois— Qunicy McCoy, owns house, mortgaged, age 28, married, born Illinois; Maude McCoy, wife, age 26, married, born Illinois; Mac, son,  age 1, born Illinois.

Obituary:  Nov 7 1977- Robinson News: Maude McCoy, 84, Oblong, dies; rites Sunday  – Mrs. Maude May McCoy, 84, Rural Route One, Oblong, died at 1 a.m. this morning at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong. She was born May 13, 1893, in Crawford county, daughter of the late Alva and Celia Jane Ikemire Cain. She was a  member of the J C Garden Club and the First Christian Church of Oblong.  Mrs. McCoy is survived by a son and daughter in law, Mac and Vivian McCoy, Oblong; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Wilson, Oblong, and Mrs Sara Griggs, Salem; a granddaughter, Charlotte Sackrider; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quincy. Funeral services will be held at 2:30pm Sunday at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, with Rev. Carl Hall and Rev. Norman Downs officiating. Burial will follow in the Oblong Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-9pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Isabelle Cain..  was born March 29, 1902 and died July 15, 1952 in Oblong, Illinois. She married Otis Griggs. They had 3 children: Betty Lee Griggs, Otis Griggs Jr, and Ruby Griggs. Her second marriage was to Vernie Carroll.

Obituary:  Robinson Daily News, July 15, 1952 – Isabelle Carroll dies At Effingham— Isabelle Carroll, 52 of Oblong, died this morning, 3:20 o’clock at the Effingham Emergency Hospital. Survivors are her husband Vernie, and the following children, Ruby Albrecht of Chicago, Otis Griggs, Jr. of Oblong, Betty Raymond of Chicago, two step children, Cleo Redman of Oblong, Lucille Dunham of Hutsonville, her father and step mother, Mrs. and Mrs. A.J. Cain of Oblong, three sisters, Alta Wilson,  Maude McCoy both of Oblong, Sarah Griggs, of Salem, Ill, one brother, Orlan Cain of Owensboro, KY.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon 2 o’clock at the Marshall Funeral Chapel with Rev. Carl Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Oblong Cemetery. The body will remain at the Chapel where friends may call.

Sarah Belle Cain was born on March 29, 1902 in Crawford Co, ILL.

Sarah Belle was listed with the household of her sister in the census of 1920 Crawford Co, Oblong township, ILL: Leonard Wilson, head, owns house, mortgaged, age 34, born Illinois; Alta, wife, age 32; Florence, daughter, age 11; Earlae, daughter, age 9; Sarah Cain, sister in law, age 18.


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