chairman of the upcoming family reunion I want to encourage you
all to mark your calendars now and plan to join us on August 7,
8, and 9th, 2015. Yes it’ still a year away, but planning
is moving forward and the Family Association has been meeting
to keep on track with all the items that need to be taken care
of as we get closer to reunion time.
We need and appreciate donations. You can always give at the reunion but we have a lot of expenses that need to be paid before the reunion.
us at email@example.com for info about where to send donations.
Thank you for anything you can give.
It’s already been four years since the 2010 Lain Family reunion –and time to start planning for next year. It’s also a good time to think about what brings us together every five years.
So – a little history to get better acquainted with our ancestors, William and Keziah.
Who Do You Know?
To follow up on Sally's thoughts, we're including a puzzle in this newsletter. It's a photo (above) which includes one of the 62 grandchildren of William and Keziah Lain, with his/her spouse, at least one of his/her children and many of his/her 16 grandchildren.
To solve the puzzle, identify this person and the others in this photo. You can send your answers to us at lainfamily2015 @ gmail.com.
If you have a similar picture of a group of your ancestors, please send us a copy. We want to give faces to some of those names in our genealogy. And to give life to these pictures – and those we might not have pictures of – we’ll have another story-telling time Friday night where people can tell us stories about our cousins that give us a better idea of some of the people in our huge family.
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In 1768 William Lain married Keziah Mather in New Jersey. They established a home in Orange County, New York, and raised a large family on a farm which is still in the Lain Family. The union produced a middle class family which has grown, prospered moderately, and supported their church, community and country. The farm is now owned and operated by sixth and seventh generation descendents of William and Keziah Lain.
Keziah Mather (b. 1749, d 1814), daughter of Increase and Anna Mather, descended from a family of well known ministers who emigrated from England to Boston, Mass, in 1635. William Lain, (b. 1743, d 1811) was born on Long Island, New York. Nothing is known of his family history.
The land on which their farm is located was sold by the Lenni-Lanape Indians in 1703 and was first settled by Europeans in 1712. The last serious trouble with Indians in that area occurred during the French and Indian War in 1754. William Lain bought the land in 1775 and in 1785 he built a stone house, the second of its kind in the county. The hilltop home became a well known landmark and his property was called The Stone House Farm.
Today (2010) Keziahlain farm raises organic, grass fed beef cattle.
Video of the History of this Organic Farm by Anthony Donovan
Video from M.A. (Emae) Lain on the Farm and the Earth by Anthony Donovan
Miss Some of
Many of our cousins won’t be joining us because they have passed on in the last five years. Three of those that we know of are Phyllis Lain Davis Seibel, Art Lain and David Lain. Their obituaries/memories of these wonderful cousins are below.
Lain Davis Seibel, age 82, formerly of Wilmington, DE died
on November 1, 2012 at the Rose Court at Maris Grove. Born in Middletown,
NY, Phyllis resided in Maris Grove since 2008 and was a longtime
resident of Selbyville and Wilmington, DE.
Her life was dedicated to teaching, volunteering as an aide after she retired. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 17 years, Arthur D. Seibel, 2 children, James and Daniel Davis, 3 stepchildren, Lorissa, Eric and Nicole Seibel, 5 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and a brother, Horton Lain. Phyllis is #1880 in the Lain family genealogy, daughter of Richard (Tommy) Lain, #922.
Lain (Milton Arthur Lain III)
I always enjoyed my drop-in visits with Uncle Arthur and Aunt Phyllis and I hope the visits were at least a pleasant change of pace for them as well. Since that time, Uncle Arthur has returned to the One who created, redeemed, befriended, and welcomed him home.
For eighty-eight years he lived in Westtown, on the farm created by his great-great-great grandparents William and Keziah Lain.
was a farmer, a husband, a father, a school board member, a member
of Westtown Presbyterian Church, the Orange County Land Trust, and
For 66 years, his wife, Phyllis Johnson Lain, shared in what he did. The young man who went to Friends Academy on Long Island and to Tusculum College later, and who thought of a career in medicine, came back to Westtown when he realized his widowed mother needed someone to operate the farm.
I do not know how he felt about this, but the life that followed that decision was one that blessed the heart of each family member, brother, niece, nephew, community member, fellow board member, fellow church congregant and any other who had the privilege of meeting, or better yet, knowing him.
The broad smile and merry eyes in photos, that I can still enjoy - taken at family picnics, family reunions, CROP walks, pancake suppers, community events and others, remind me of just how warm and welcome I was made to feel when I was with Uncle Arthur.
He could tell stories about family members no longer living, with details about their preferences and personalities, that gave me the impression that he enjoyed a family much larger than my own – and I wanted to know them as well.
~ Sally Lain
David E. Lain
David passed away on April 1, 2014. He was the fifth of nine sons of Sara and Milton Arthur Lain II. I was the 6th son, and very close to David growing up on the dairy farm. We were responsible for morning chores before school, and even chores after.
Dad Lain passed away at the young age of 45, leaving Mom with all 9 boys ages 5 to 19. David was 11 years old at the time; I was 9. When World War 2 broke out, some of our older brothers went to war, leaving David and I to do the milking mornings and nights.
When we graduated from eighth grade and left our little two room schoolhouse in Gardnerville, we were bussed to Middletown for high school. I wasn’t sure I liked the change, but David had no problem. With his outgoing personality, he was quickly accepted by the ‘sophisticated’ city kids. To the girls he was that good-looking NR (non-resident) with the cute smile.
He was elected class president and went out for the football team. That meant he wasn’t able to get home in time to help with the milking. I wasn’t very happy about that.
He didn’t want to be a farmer. When he graduated, he enlisted in the army where he served as a paratrooper. When discharged, he entered Syracuse University, majoring in Forestry and Business. After graduation he went back into the army and served both in Korea and the Vietnam war.
After Vietnam, he decided to retire from the military and spend more time with his family. He settled in Fort Bragg, NC, which had been his home base in the army, and opened a real estate business in Fayetteville, NC.
was very active in the local Kiwanis Club, many community activities,
and his church and choir. He loved the hymn “The Little Church
in the Wildwood”, which a church member played on bagpipes
at a celebration of his life after his burial with military honors.
Family was important to David. He would come north every year to
visit his brothers, the farm and his childhood church and Sunday
School. Every five years, he’d come to the Lain reunion in
a caravan of RVs and campers with all of his family. We miss you
so much David.