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George Washington McClain

George Washington McClain, the eighth child of James McClain and Susan Moncrief, was born in Skullyville County, Choctaw Nation, on April 1, 1856. His father died before he was born and since he was only five years old when his mother died, his sisters reared him. He received his education at the local school and Spencer Academy. He held several public offices and lived most of his life at Skullyville. In 1893 he was elected sheriff of Skullyville County and held the office for eight years. He was later appointed Judge. His wife, Laura Belle Boyd, was the daughter of John and Sara (Ellis) Boyd who were natives of Pettio County, Missouri. Boyd was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War.

George McClain and Laura Belle Boyd had seven children: James Thomas, Susan Leona, Annie Eliza, Sallie Frances, Georgia Belle, John Quinn, and Jessie Juanita (Warneta).

James Thomas McClain, first child of George McClain and Laura Belle Boyd, was born at Skullyville, September 25, 1880. He attended Jones Academy at Hartshorne and Harold Institute at Muskogee, Oklahoma.

He has been a farmer all his life. He and his wife, Susan Lanier, had six children: Edward George, James Thomas, Jr., Felix, John, Sallie, and Jack. Edward G. McClain, first child of James T. McClain and Susan Lanier, was born at Skullyville in 1903. He owned and operated a dairy, was a merchant, and now lives on his allotment acreage as a rancher and farmer. He married Beulah Blackmon and they have two daughters, Ella Sue and Alyce Jayne.

Ella Sue McClain, daughter of Edward George McClain and Beulah Blackmon, was born at Spiro, Oklahoma on December 24, 1923. She received her education in the city schools of Spiro and has a B. A. degree from Oklahoma University. She teaches elementary music at the Spiro School. She married Larry Burton Young, also a teacher, and they have three children: Larry Burton, Jr., born October 30, 1949, Edward Thomas, born February 28, 1957, John Lance, born December 5, 1958.

Alyce Jayne McClain, daughter of Edward George McClain and Beulah Blackmon, was born at Spiro, Oklahoma on August 19, 1935. She received her education in the Spiro city schools and has a Master’s of Teaching from Northeastern state College. She married Garland Rogers and they have one child, Leah Kay Rogers, born April 2, 1957.

Sources Carter, The Territorial Paper of the United States Foreman, Removal of Indians to the West Toulmins, Digest of 1823 Wright, The Chronicles of Oklahoma Gideon, History of Indian Territory Alabama Department of Archives and History Georgia Department of Archives and History Tennessee Department of Archives and History

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