Benjamin Jesse Cain and Olive Jane Stifle Cain

Benjamin Jesse Cain was born on December 14, 1863 in Perry Co, Ohio. He died on  September 26, 1942 in Crawford Co, Illinois. He married Olive Jane Stifle, daughter of George Stifle and Rachel Lankster, on January 13, 1887. She was born on April 2, 1866 in Dogwood Illinois. She died on  March 31, 1919 in Crawford Co, Illinois.

Census:  1905 Kansas, Clay Co — B.J. Cain, age 42, born Ohio, came from Nebraska to KS, farmer; Olive age 39; Palmer Cain, age 8, born Nebraska.

Census: 1910 Kansas, Clay Co, Mulberry Twp — Benjamin Cain, age 47, married 23 years, born Ohio; Olive J Cain, age 44, married 23 years, mother of 2 children, one still living, born Illinois; Palmer, son age 13,  born Nebraska.

Obituary:  B.J. Cain Dies At Oblong—- B.J. Cain  79, died at his home north of Oblong this morning at 5:00 o’clock after a lingering illness. Surviving are his wife and one son, L.P. Cain of Jewett, Ill. Three step children, W.E. Berg of Yuma, Ariz. Helen Berg, of Newburg, Mo and Mrs. A.P. Draper of Lebanon, Mo and one brother, A.J. Cain of Oblong. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3pm at the First Christian church in Oblong, with Rev. W.H. Elliott in charge.  Burial will be in the Wilkins cemetery.  The body will remain at the Geff Chapel where friends may call until time of service.

Illinois Department of Public Health, Death Index Listing:  Benjamin J. Cain, male, white, age 78 years, file number 157,  death date 9/28/1942, Oblong twp.

State of Illinois Certificate of Death —  Benjamin Jesse Cain, birthdate Dec 14 1863;  age 78 years, 9 months, 12 days; birthplace, Perry County Ohio;, farmer; father, Lewis Cain; mother, Sarah Keenan; informant, L.P. Cain; Date of death, Sept 26 1942; cause, apoplexy; place of burial, Wilkin Cemetery on Sept 27, 1942.

1920 Crawford County Farmer’s Directory—  B J Cain: farms 69 1/2 acres in Oblong Twp, assessed valuation $3030.Census:  1905 Kansas, Clay Co — B.J. Cain, age 42, born Ohio, came from Nebraska to KS, farmer; Olive age 39; Palmer Cain, age 8, born Nebraska.

Death Index Listing: Olive J. Cain, female, white, age unknown, file number 5781, death date 3/31/1919, Oblong twp.

State of Illinois, Certificate of Death:  Olive J Cain; female white, married; date of birth, April 3, 1866; age 52 years, 11 months 27 days; housewife; birthplace, Oblong Ill; date of death, March 31, 1919; cause, kidney and gallbladder trouble; father, Geo Stifle born Ohio; mother, Rachel Lankster, Ind.; Informant, Ben Cain, Oblong Ill.; Burial Wilkin Cemetery.

Obituary – Oblong Oracle, Apr 12, 1919  – Olive Jane Stifle was born at Dogwood, ILL, April 2, 1866 and departed this life March 31, 1919. She was married to B.J. Cain January 13, 1887. To them were born two children, Lewis P. and Bessie Bells. Bessie has gone before to welcome her mother in the new home. Lewis P. having received his discharge from the U.S. Army was permitted to spend the last two weeks caring for his mother. She united with the Christian church at Kibbie, ILL in 1884 and held her membership at the time of her death with the Christian church of Lebanon, Missouri.  She and her husband moved west when they were married, where they lived until a year ago when they moved back to this neighborhood. She was ill when they returned to their old home. Her friends hoped the change would restore her health, but she continued to fail, but born her great suffering with the patience of a true Christian.  She leaves to mourn their loss, besides her husband and son, two sisters, Nellie and Millie, 8 brothers —- Lewis of California, James of Texas and Peter.

Children of Benjamin and Olive were:

Bessie Bells born about 1898 and died on November 28, 1901 in Vining, Clay Co., Kansas. Buried in Vining Cemetery.

Lewis Palmer Cain born July 11, 1896 in Nebraska and died April 27, 1977 in Crawford Co. Illinois.  He married Dorothy Alma Dance. She was born on 09 Apr 1895 in Lewis Town, Missouri. She died on September 3, 1955 in Crawford Co, ILL. He remarried on March 11, 1958 to Fanchion Lefever Boyd. She was born on 12 Oct 1902. She died on 28 Aug 1992 in Oblong, Illinois.

Lewis Palmer Cain, January 1897

WWI Military Service Record:  Lewis Palmer Cain,  race white; Residence, Lebanon, Laclede Co, MO; Inducted at Lebanon  on 8/15/1918; Date of Birth,July 11, 1896;  Organizations served in with dates of assignments and transfers:  St. Louis Sch Tng Det, St Louis to 15 Oct/ 18; AS Flying Sch Kelly Fld, TX to 22 Oct/ — Grades, PVT.; Honorably discharged

Illinois Department of Public Health, Death Index Listing:  Lewis Palmer Cain, male, white, 80 years old,  file number 18382, death date 4/27/1977, Robinson city.

State of Illinois, Certificate of Death —- Lewis Palmer Cain, male; date of death, April 27 1977;  white; age 80 years; date of birth, July 11 1896; place of death, Crawford, Robinson, Crawford Memorial Hospital; birthplace, Nebraska; married; surviving spouse, Fanchion LeFever;  occupation, teacher; WWI Veteran; residence, 310 N. Garfield St, Oblong Ill;  father’s name Benjamin Cain; mother’s name Jane Stifle; informant’s name Fanchion Cain, wife; 310 N Garfield St. Oblong, ILL; cause, Atheroscerotic heart Disease; burial in Mound Cemetery, Rural Willow Hill, ILL, Apr 29, 1977

Obituary:  Lewis P. Cain, Oblong, dies; rite Friday Lewis Palmer Cain, 80, 310 N. Garfield Street, Oblong, died at 1:45am today at Crawford Memorial Hospital. He was a retired school teacher, born in Nebraska, the son of the late Benjamin and Jane Stifle Cain. He was a veteran of WWI and was a Sunday School class instructor for many years at the First Christian Church, Oblong, where he was a member. Mr. Cain was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Dance Cain, in 1955.  He is survived by his wife, Fanchion LeFever Boyd Cain, whom he married March 11, 1958. Also surviving are cousins and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2pm Friday at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, with Rev. Norman Downs officiating, followed by burial in Mound Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9pm Thursday.

Illinois Department of Public Health, Death Index Listing:  Dorothy Alma Cain, female, white, age 60, file number 38637, death date 9/3/1955.
State of Illinois, Certificate of Death:  Dorothy Alma Cain,  date of death, Sept 3 1955; female, white, married; date of birth Apr 9 1895;  age 60; occupation, primary teacher; retired; birthplace, Lewis Town, MO; father’s name James T Dance; mothers maiden name Etta Mae Bell; informant Lewis P Cain; cause, Chronic Myocarditis about, focal infection of teeth; refused to have extraction; burial Sept 5 1955 in Mound cemetery, Hunt Twp, Jasper Co ILL.



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