G. W. Gain

History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 436, Astoria Township
  G. W. Gain, farmer, sec. 19; P. O., Ray, Schuyler Co.  G. W. Gain is the youngest child born of the marriage of James W. Gain to Matilda Sergeant.  James Gain was a native of England and probably followed the occupation of a baker, as this was his calling for a number of years after his arrival in America, which was about 1840.  He came from New York city to Schuyler Co., Ill., and engaged in farming.  He died in that county in the thirty-fifth year of his age.  With his wife, who is still living, he left a family of 3 children.  George was born in Schuyler Co., in 1843.  When the war broke out he enlisted in Co. B, 119th Ill. Inf., and participated in 8 battles.  He was among the last who left Uncle Sam s service, being honorably discharged in Aug., 1865.  He married, in Oct., 1866, Miss Melissa H. Mayo, by whom he has 4 children, - William, Mary E., George W. and Ettie.  In 1869 he bought his present farm and moved to this county.

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