Biography of Patrick Henry Cain

Patrick Henry Cain. For many years one of the highly respected and substantial citizens of Philo Township, Mr. Cain has been chiefly identified with farming, and has not only provided well for his family but is regarded as one of the men of influence of his community.

Though a resident of Champaign County since childhood, Mr. Cain was born at Peru in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1865. His parents, Thomas and Bridget (Finn) Cain, were both natives of Ireland. In 1878 the family removed to Champaign County and located on a farm in Colfax Township. The parents both died on that old farm. Their family of children consisted of six: Austin, deceased; James T. and Thomas, of Colfax Township; Mary Ann, wife of John Giblin of Colfax Township; Patrick H.; and Sarah, wife of Lawrence Gallagher, of Colfax Township.

In the schools of Illinois Patrick H. Cain acquired a substantial training during his youth and he lived at home until the death of his parents. His best work has been accomplished on the 160 acres of land which he bought in 1903, located in sections 15 and 21 of Philo Township. Under his energetic direction this farm has been brought to a highly improved condition and has responded bountifully to his efforts as an agriculturist.

On February 4, 1891, Mr. Cain took upon himself the responsibilities of a family by his marriage to Anna Coady. Eight children have come into their home, and those that grew up have shown the characteristics of energy and ambition which are distinctive of their parents. Mary Gertrude, the oldest, is now deceased. Estella is still at home. Henry is deceased. Grace is now a Catholic sister in Springfield. The younger children, all at home, are Leo, Anna, Kathleen and Thomas Mathew. Mr. Cain is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and he and his family worship in the Catholic Church at Philo.



Stewart, J. R. A Standard History of Champaign County Illinois. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York. 1918.

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