Daniel Kain was born May 7, 1773 in Lancaster, Pa., son of James and Catherine Kain. The family moved to Ohio in 1789 when Daniel was 16 years old. During the War of 1812, the 44 year old Kain, became commander of the Second Battalion, Fourth Regiment, First Brigade, First Division of militia and commanding the troops at Ft. Amanda, Jennings, Brown and Defiance. He made his headquarters at Fort Amanda. In appearance, Kain was described by acquaintances as "tall, dark and fine looking with a martial air."
A man named Benjamin Stites had arrived at the site the year before and built a picketed enclosure at the spot which he called Stites Station. Today we know it as Columbia. The occupants of the station had planted corn and other crops the year before to sustain them through the winter months. While Stites lived inside the picketed enclosure, a man named Esquire Goforth chose to live outside the walls (I guess his fear of enclosed spaces was greater than his fear of death by the Indians)
That Winter, the Kain's received word that the Indians had attacked Dunlap's Station on the Big Miami and warned Kain that they should come back to Stites Station or risk being cut off. Whether they heeded the warning or not is unknown, however the following Spring, Kain moved his family upriver to another station near a mill run by a man named Wickersham (Newtown, Oh). Kain descrived Wickershams house as a "good strong house." The other settlers in the area went to work building 5 cabins that housed the families of James Kain, William Shaw, Thomas Barnes a man named Bockover. By the time they had finished the buildings, the enclosure housed seven families and an old bachelor. The fifth cabin must have been a spare because Kain stated that a man named Covalt decided to stay outside the walls in the house he had built earlier. I guess, like Goforth at Stites Station, Covalt wasn't afraid of the Indians either, but his luck was about to run out.
After the war, Daniel served as Sheriff of Clermont County, Justice of the Peace for 24 years and postmaster until 1839. He was descrived as "a zealous Methodist, faithful Freemason and first Vice-President of the first Temperance Convention held in Brown and Clermont Counties.
Eleanor, Daniels wife of nearly 37 years died on July 25, 1842 at the age of sixty. Daniel, known throughout the remainder of his life as “Major Kain,” died the following year on Mar.11, 1843 at the age of seventy. William, Eleanor and son Joseph are buried in the Williamsburg Cemetery, 824 Gay Street, Williamsburg Township.