George W. McClain updated 7/16/2017

George W. McClain was born in 1846 in Ohio, the son of Aaron Jackson McClain (1823-1884) and Mary Ann Harris (1823-1904).

 George’s family left Ohio and settled in Michigan by 1850 when George was living with his family in Chester, Ottawa County. He was still living with his family in Chester on a farm in 1860.

George stood 5’7” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 18 years old and probably working as a farmer in Chester, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company E on January 15, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Chester, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17, and was transferred to Company F, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He was absent sick from June 12 through May of 1865, and was discharged “ by order” on June 9, 1865, at Washington, DC, for reasons unknown.

George married Michigan native Ella Wheat (1858-1882) on June 22, 1873 in Colfax, Wexford County and they had at least three children: S. Willie (b. 1875), Denica (1876-1945, Mrs. Richardson) and Lewis (1880-1927).

By 1880 George was working as a farmer and living with his wife and three children in Chester, Ottawa County. In 1890 he was living in Lake, Newaygo County.

He reportedly married Sarah Wheat on October 17, 1886 in Ottawa County.

In 1865 George applied for and reveived a pension (no. 147753).

George died on May 26, 1896, probably in Ottawa County and was buried in McNitt Cemetery.