Jesse Harvey Cain

16 July 1831–19 May 1863 (Age 31)
Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life of Jesse Harvey

When Jesse Harvey Cain was born on 16 July 1831, in Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, David Cain, was 24 and his mother, Nancy Jane Lynch, was 24. He married Letitia Jackson on 24 March 1856, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Gentry, Missouri, United States in 1860 and Holt, Missouri, United States in 1876. He died on 19 May 1863, in Helena, Phillips, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 31.

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Family Time Line

Jesse Harvey Cain
Letitia Jackson
Marriage: 24 March 1856
James David Cain
Harriette Emily Cain
John William Cain

Spouse and Children


    Letitia Jackson


24 March 1856
Missouri, United States


    James David Cain


    Harriette Emily Cain


    John William Cain


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (6)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 1

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 15

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Iain, patronymic from Iain, one of the Gaelic forms of John . This name is found in many other spellings, including Mccain , Kean , and Mckean . In some cases it may also be a variant of Coyne .2 English: variant spelling of Cane .3 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Caen in Calvados, France, named with the Gaulish elements catu ‘battle’ + magos ‘field’, ‘plain’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Jessee Caine, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jese Cain in household of David Cain, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jesse Caine, "Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933"

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