Capt. James Bain, youngest son of James and Jane (Mackay) Bain, was born 15 Apr 1829, in Montrose, Scotland, and died 20 Nov 1899, in Portland, Maine. He began life at twelve years of age as a cabin boy on board ship and followed the sea 35 years, when he retired. He loved the ocean and gave himself to his work with a devotion that brought him success. He was steadily promoted, and at the age of 24 was captain of his own ship, and later master of several others, among them the brig "Hattie M. Bain," and the last one the brig "J. B. Brown," from which he retired. He made many voyages in both foreign and domestic waters until about 1875, when he forsook the sea, and bought the ship chandlery business of Perley & Russell, in Portland, which he carried on 10 years. He then sold out that business to his son, Charles H. Bain, and retired to enjoy a well-earned rest. He was a Republican in politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was a member of the High Street Congregational Church for years.
He married (1st) 17 Mar 1852, Mary, born on Bangs Island, Casco Bay, now called Cushings Island, 17 Jul 1831, died 28 Mar 1856, daughter of Simeon and Nancy (Adams) Skillings.
He married (2nd) 19 Jul 1858, Harriet M., born in Westbrook, Maine, 26 Oct 1837, only child of Ephraim Rounds, a farmer of Gorham, and his wife, Catherine (McIntosh) Rounds. Ephraim Rounds, born 12 Feb 1804, died 31 Aug 1839. He married (1st) Rhoda Rand, by whom he had two children - Ann and Albion K.; (2nd) 14 Jul 1835, Catherine, daughter of James McIntosh, born 15 Oct 1769 and his wife Margaret (Patrick) McIntosh, born 1 Jul 1775.
The children of 1st wife:
1. Alvin T., born 6 Mar 1853, died 4 Aug. 1857.
2. Mary, 29 Oct 1855.
Children by 2nd wife:
3. Charles H., born 26 Jun 1859;
4. William, born 8 Sep 1860, died 19 Apr 1863.
5. James A., professor of music; married Lelia Virginia Foster; one child, Harriet Virginia, born 4 Jun 1886, died 29 Nov 1901.
SOURCE: Henry Sweetser Burrage and Albert Roscoe Stubbs, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909), 1:446-7.