Rambling Lain

    November 2000

    Lain Family Reunion 2001
    Lain Family Reunion 2000 Connects
    Message From Past President
    Message From Past 1st Vice President
    New Officers
    The Widow Walling Of The Wallingskill
    Family Reunion 2000 Notes
    The Diary Of Kitsey Horton Lain
    Family Geneology Revision Committee Formed
    Family Reunion Quilt Raffle
    Family News & Notes
    Letter From The Editors


    I have been working on the 2001 Reunion. Harry and Lynn Lain of Canisteo, New York are willing to host it again in 2001. The date will be Sunday August 12th. They would like as many as can to come the 11th and camp overnight. It is a beautiful spot to camp. They held the 1999 Reunion also so many in this area will be familiar with the area. They are busy this season with the Cider Mill business.


    Hundreds Attend Festivities - It's a Home Run!

    On the weekend of August 4-6 more than 350 Lain Family members and friends gathered from all across the country for 3 days of fun and fellowship at the Keziah Lain Farm in Orange County.

    For two years prior to Reunion 2000 the executive board of the family association worked on the planning and preparation for the reunion. Mart and Diana Lain offered their farm for the reunion site and the board gladly accepted. As the reunion week approached, the rains came and came and came. The rain caused serious problems for those preparing the Reunion site -- the truck with the tent, chairs and tables couldn't reach the site, RVs had to be towed into position, and the placement of utility poles to run power to the site also had problems. The folks on the scene worked and worked, and it all came together. Come Friday, the rain stopped.

    The Friday that marked the start of Reunion 2000 was filled as usual with last minute chores which were completed by the general work party formed as the site started to dry up. This was followed with a potluck supper, a campfire, and a sing-a-long. The campfire, built by Lew Lain, was a real serious affair and must have been visible all over Orange County. It was nice that the turnout seemed twice as large as at previous reunions.

    Saturday started with registration. During the morning there were meetings to establish a committee to revise the family genealogy led by Horton Lain and a discussion on the Daughters of the American Revolution led by Gretchen Ham.

    The Kiwanis catered our mid-day meal of barbecued chicken, corn, and salad. The corn was grown and picked by Chip and Shari Lain on their sod farm. A photographer took candid and family pictures all day.

    After supper, just before sunset, the whole family was mustered on the west side of the tent and instructed to stand between the lines, It turned out that the space between the lines spelled L A I N and soon there was a helicopter overhead with the photographer taking group pictures. And then it was time for dancing to the music of Joe Urbanski a DJ who played music until milking time. Lew also put together another of his great fires which was enjoyed by many.

    Sunday started with a continental breakfast at the reunion site followed by a family church service at the Old School Baptist Church in Slate Hill. This service was attended by many generations of the family and we had a large group of family members participate in the program. The reunion finished on this high note, and the rain held off until just after the service.


    Many people combined to make the 2000 reunion the great time it was. Here's a picture of many of the individuals who contributed to the success of the 2000 Lain Family Reunion.

    Thank you everyone!


    It has been a privilege for Dolly and me to serve as president of the Family Association these past 5 years. There have been 14 officers and their spouses plus many other people involved in running the Association and we want to thank them all for their help. These members have been successful in starting to fulfill some of the purposes of the Association which include:

    • Instilling a sense of pride in family members
    • Promoting fellowship between members
    • Publishing a newsletter
    • Encouraging historical research about the family
    • Publishing a revised genealogy
    • Preserving Family memorabilia.

    I am pleased that the officers elected at the Annual Meeting in August are very able and will make the Association better and better.

    Getting involved has provided Dolly and me with the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with many Family members. This has been a very rewarding part of the job. If the Association is to move forward, the new officers can not do it alone. You need to become involved. What can you do? The newsletter editors need Family information about all branches of the Family to be able to publish an interesting newsletter, Annual picnics in the Westtown, NY area and around the country need volunteers and support, and the new Genealogy Revision Committee also needs help.

    -- Respectfully, Horton Lain

    Thank you, Horton!


    I would have to say in retrospect these past 3 1\2 Yrs. Have gone by in a hurried state. As I recall Chip Lain called me one day and said we need a replacement. So I embarked on an adventure. I have felt fortunate to have this opportunity to be involved in a Tradition that spans many generations. Given the responsibility of coordinating arrangements and services is a large task and if it were not for all those involved in the process I would not be writing this letter of achievement for each of the years 98,99,2000. Much effort was put into each event that can be sometimes be behind the scenes and not so evident to all those attending many small chores are a blessing if handled without a hitch. Such was the case with these occasions. I am proud to say I was a part of the process. I would to first thank my greatest supporter for over 21 years, my lovely wife Diane who was not only responsible for everyone on the mailing list getting an up dated copy of the reunions letters but also fulfilling my duties and at times even taking the minutes at a few meetings. She is irreplaceable. I am also very quick to recognize the tireless efforts of the many who gave of their time and abilities Horton & Dolly Lain, Lew & Jean Lain, Chip & Shari Lain, Jim & Mary Lain, Art & Phyllis Lain, Harry & Lynne Lain, Charles & Dodi Lain, Mart & Diana Lain, Ty, Ellen, Jack, Lester & Alice & All others who gave of their time & talents.

    -- Thank you All Sincerely, John.

    Thank you, John!


    The new William Lain Family Association officers, elected at the 2000 Family reunion are:
    Charles L. Lain - President
    James A. Lain - 1st Vice President
    Lewis H. Lain - 2nd Vice President
    Terry Lee Sheffield - Treasurer
    Leigh Lain Denton - Secretary
    Sally Lain Roe - Historian
    Ray and Carol Lain Bulaga - Rambling Lain Editors


    In 1758, James Monroe, future president of the United States, and Noah Webster, future edit of the dictionary, were born. John Adams, second president of the as yet undreamed of United States, began his law practice in Braintree Massachusetts. In the same year, the widow Martha Custis was introduced to George Washington in Williamsburg; they would marry in 1759. Jonathan Edwards, leading preacher and scholar of Puritan New England, passed away that year and Poor Richard’s Almanac was put out for the last time. On Christmas of 1758, Edmund Halley’s prediction came true and a comet of surprising brightness was seen in the sky.

    Also in 1758, some colonial families fell victim, indirectly, to a long standing territorial dispute between Europe's two most powerful nations -- England and France. In 1066, a duke named William sailed from France and claimed the English throne. In 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine, future mother of Richard the Lion Hearted, brought as a dowry to her second husband, soon to be Henry II of England, the large province of Aquitaine. Between his own lands in France and hers, they controlled almost half of modern day France. The kings of fairly weak France were angered and for hundreds of years battles were fought for land on the continent and in the rest of the world.

    That ongoing dispute helped to push England and France into supporting two different sides in Europe's Seven Years War which lasted from 1756 to 1763. The French and Indian War in the United States was part of this larger war. English colonists in North America, especially those moving westward in Pennsylvania and Virginia, were perceived as a threat to French colonial interests in the area along the Mississippi River and to Indian hunting grounds, especially those of the Iroquois. The French, aided by the Iroquois, attacked colonial settlements in the less settled areas of Pennsylvania and Virginia. During the years 1756 to 1763 the British government with the help of colonial militias eventually defeated the French — Iroquois coalition. In 1763, France lost all of its lands east of the Mississippi and colonists were relieved.

    The year 1758 was roughly midway in the course of the war and the outcome at that time was by no means certain. Attacks on settlers in rural areas of Pennsylvania and Virginia were not unheard of. In Adams County, Pennsylvania, in that year, the Jemison family was captured by a raiding party of Iroquois. Except for a twelve year old daughter, Molly, the family was murdered. Molly was transported west to Ohio and eventually ended up along the Genesee River in New York. There she grew, married two Iroquois, lived and died at the age of ninety.

    Near Westtown, New York a similar event took place that year. lnman Walling had a farm on Lower Road, a few miles from M. Arthur Lain's old Stone House Farm which did not yet exist. Like many able men of the time, he may have been away on militia duty along the Delaware River. Inman's wife, Amy (Susannah?), their children, Inman's sister, Patience Walling Masters and her daughter, Elizabeth, and Inman's widowed mother, Mary (Susan?) were at their home on a May morning in 1758. One of the women was out getting some wood and heard or saw some approaching Indians. Likely, the Indians had wandered away from a raiding party and were out to find whatever spoils they might. Their appearance at the farm was unusual because the colony of New York was not involved in the French and Indian War for the most part and because a militia based in nearby Goshen afforded the settlers along the Wallingskill, (present day Wallkill) where Inman's farm was located, some security.

    The family went into action. The elderly Widow Walling could not move quickly and it was decided to hide her in the cellar of the house. The women and their children fled to their hiding place in the "drowned lands," the mucky, swampy, brushy land along the Wallkill, today the well drained and fertile black dirt region of Orange County. At least one of the women was stuck in the muck for the better part of the day, until her neighbors found and rescued her. Finally, the women made their way back to their house to find the Widow Walling dead on the front door step of the house and the house ransacked. Neighbors went on the trail of the Indians immediately but never found them.

    The little girl of the story, Elizabeth Masters, granddaughter of the Widow Walling, grew up to be the great grandmother of Kitsie Horton Lain, who was grandmother of the current owner of the Stone House Farm, M. Arthur Lain III. And so, the French and Indian War, which changed the lives of colonists in the middle Atlantic colonies and other places as well, also interrupted the lives of ancestors of one branch of the Lain family but did not snuff them out.

    When we see how our own lives and those of our ancestors relate to dusty history read in history books, the history becomes much less dusty.

    August 3, 2000 -- I have just been told that the farm where this event occurred is most likely the sod farm currently operated by Baird Lain. An interesting twist and very close by!

    For any children or even adults who would like to read some excellent historicp.l fiction relating to similar events of the French and Indian War, Lois Lenski’s Indian Captive: The Story Of Mary Jemison and Elizabeth George Speare’s Calico Captive are well written and engrossing -- ripping good reads!

    -- Sally Lain Roe
    Family Historian


    The offering collected at the Sunday morning church service totaled $457. This money was donated to the local organization Minisink Cares, which helps local families who have suffered unexpected losses.

    The following people received special recognition during the 2000 reunion:
    Catherine Farley - Oldest Attendee (90 yr. old!)
    Ernest Jacob Calib Sibalich - Youngest Attendee
    (b.5-10-00 to Ernie Sibalich and Patience Lain Sibalich)
    Ruth Lain Rohrer - Most Children in Attendance (7)
    Edwin & Bertha Lain - Longest Married (61 yr.)
    MaryLou Lain - Longest Distance Traveled (Hawaii)

    Special thanks go to John Lain, outgoing 1st Vice President of the Lain Family Association, Reunion chair, publicity mogul, and master of ceremonies.

    John, shown here with his son Zachary, seemed to be busy making sure everything ran smoothly during the reunion. But this picture, candidly captured Saturday evening, proves he did manage to connect with the real reason we have reunions.

    Other "heroes" of the reunion included; Dolly Lain for working on the quilt and the name tags, Jim and Vickie Dixon for operating the family store, Jim Lain for supplying such great merchandise, Chip Lain for arranging the DJ, the helicopter and managing the finances of everything, Harry Lain for providing the refreshing, cold cider, Lester Lain for arranging for the tent, providing a flagpole, and allowing the 1995 quilt to be displayed, Alice Lain for editing the family cookbook, Ellen Lain for repainting the reunion sign and creating the bulletins for both Saturday and Sunday, the large group of "cousins" who joined to form a terrific choir, Marty Lain for all his help with the reunion site, Horton Lain for all his behind the scenes work to encourage and keep things glued together, and Art and Phyllis Lain for more than we know (but certainly including the obvious like opening their home for people to tour!).


    In 1884, Kitsey Horton married Milton Arthur Lain and came to live with him at the Lain farm. As a wedding gift, he gave her a diary, which she kept during the first year of their marriage. She lived that year with her "dear boy" and her sometimes less than dear in-laws in the "Big House" while waiting for the Stone House to be renovated. This diary is her personal story of what her life was like as a young wife on the Lain farm in 1884. In time, Kitsey and Milton had twelve children whom they raised on the farm. One of their grandsons, Art Lain, and his wife Phyllis live in the Stone House today.

    Kitsie Landt Parkinson and Karen Landt, daughters of Christine Conkling Landt and Karl Landt, have transcribed this diary so that others may enjoy it. The book is a 128-page paperback and includes photographs. The diaries were sold at the 2000 Lain Family Reunion and a limited number are still available. To obtain a copy or copies, send your name, address, and phone number along with a check or money order for $14.00 for each book plus $3.20 per order for shipping to:

                                                                    Karen Landt
                                                                    15 Southern Parkway
                                                                    Rochester, New York 14618


    A proposal to revise the Lain genealogy was submitted to the executive board by Horton Lain. This proposal was approved in principle but consideration of the details was postponed until after Reunion 2000.

    The most recent family genealogy "Descendants of William Lain and Keziah Mather" by Beatrice Linskill Sheehan was published in 1957. An Addendum was prepared by Phyllis Johnson Lain and typed by Dolly Lain in 1980. A couple of boxes of a new printing of the genealogy with the addendum were purchased and sold by Phyllis. The last volumes were sold many years ago and there is great interest in a revised genealogy.

    Edna Raymond is a cousin and the historian for the Minisink Township. She has the township genealogical information, including all of the Lain Family's information available to her, in a computer using Family Tree Maker and will make it available to us.

    Horton has volunteered to manage the revision effort and a revision committee was formed at Reunion 2000. So far about 30 people have joined the committee. Many of the members are family correspondents who have agreed to furnish information about their immediate family for the newsletter and the genealogy. They have been providing the bulk of the information in the family newsletter. Currently there are 13 correspondents.

    There will be a progress report on the current status of the revision and a directory of members sent out to the committee members before Christmas. If you would like to join the committee, please contact Horton or Dolly Lain at 32 Seabreeze Rd., Berlin, MD 21811, e-mail hdlain@juno.com Or you can call (410) 641-5475 until they head south like snowbirds about Dec. 31. If you have already volunteered and do not receive a genealogy committee report, there has been a mix up and you need to contact Horton.


    The raffle of the Family Reunion 2000 quilt put $510 into the William Lain Family Association treasury for reunion expenses. That means, since there were no expenses for putting the quilt together, that 510 tickets were sold, --- far exceeding expectations. A member of the Baumgartner family of Miskayuna, NY, won the raffle. Thanks to all who contributed to the success of this project!


    Richard V. Lain, of Fort Bragg, CA died on Oct. 1, 2000. Born on Nov. 28, 1922 in Unionville, NY.

    "Rit" as some knew him or "Dick" or possibly Richard. Our father was tough it was said. He had a soft spot for many things though. One of those or maybe I should say 4 of those were his children. He loved us all with all his heart. He provided a good role model for humanity. In that his actions spoke louder than words. He was a big man and he used this gift to give comfort others. His smile was award winning. His endearing qualities made many his friend. The second of 9 boys his youth was spent helping to run the family dairy farm on the "Homestead" property. His professional life included Dairy Farmer, contractor, Milkman, Police Officer, Sod Farmer, Security Guard. His temperament was that of a person strong in his belief of God, family, church, and community. His involvement in his church was a primary focus of dad's life. He loved his garden. Dad would be 78 on the 28th of Nov. And Mom & Dad would be married 53 years on the 26th Jan. Let's never forget those "BIG" hands. And that warm heart.

    -- John W. Lain
    in Loving Memory of my Dad


    We hope you like the format changes we've made with this issue. Our goal is for the Rambling Lain to be something you not only look forward to getting and reading, but also want to participate in. We'd also like for each issue to contain something that will make it useful to keep around for reference.

    This issue contains a great article about the Widow Walling of the Wallingkill, written by Sally Lain Roe. How about following her example and sending us stories to publish? They can be historical or current. We'll fit in as much as we can, but try to keep them under 750 words. We'd also like to hear your ideas on what you'd like to see in the Rambling Lain. We have a number of ideas already, but would really like input from you. The amount of energy we put into this publication will be proportional to the feedback we get from you. You can contact us by phone or mail. Our addresses are:

                                                            Ray & Carol Bulaga
                                                            861 Cochran Rd
                                                            Richmond, VT 05477

    We'd like to close our first issue with heartfelt thanks to Lew and Jean Lain (shown here walking off happily into the sunset) for editing the Rambling Lain for the past five years. Putting together this issue has given us a much better appreciation of their work. -- RCB

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