Cane Family Genealogy

   The Cane surname is Irish. It was first found in Londonderry where the family held a family seat from very ancient times. The family coat of arms features a blue shield with a wavy bend. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Christopher Cain or Cayne who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1639; and died in 1653; he had two sons, Jonathon and Nathaniel; Charles Cain settled in Virginia in 1654.
Muster Roll
Name: Abram Cane
Military Organization: 7th Regiment
National No.: M246
Date Range: 1776-78
State: Virgina
Folder: 195
Page: 5
SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives. Personnel, pay, and supply records of American Army units in the Revolutionary War, '75-'85.
   Our line of the family descends from a man named ABRAM CANE, who was born @1740, and lived in Virginia.
   Abram fought in the American Revolution, serving in the 7th Regiment in Virginia between 1776 and 1778. He took some time out from the war to raise a family however, because the next generation in our family line was born a few years later during that conflict. We know nothing of his spouse, and only one of his children: His son, named ABRAHAM, who was born around 1781.
Census Image
Name: Abram Cane Jr.
Township: Not Stated
County: Marshall
State: VA
Roll: 568
Page: 285


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SOURCE: 1840 United States Federal Census. M704, 580 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC
   He could be this man, listed in the 1850 Virginia Census: "CAIN/CANE (943) Abraham," a 70-year-old farmer owning $1200 in property, with his wife, REBECCA, aged 72. ELLEN WINTERS, the last child of their daughter, Rebecca (below), lived with the Canes in 1850, in District 33, Marshall, Virginia. They were still alive ten years later for the next census, too, but were free of any grandkids.
   Abraham's daughter, REBECCA CANE (1810 - 1834) was born in Pennsylvania. She married REES WINTERS in 1821, and moved to West Virginia. They had seven kids. Rebecca died in 1834, and is buried at Fosters Cemetery (Peninsula or Old Beeler Station Cemetery).
   The children of Rees and Rebecca are:


  • REBECCA WINTERS was born in 1822. No further information.
  • ROBERT S. WINTERS was born in 19 Jul 1825 in West Virginia. He died on 18 Jan 1915 in West Virginia.
  • ABRAHAM CANE WINTERS was born on 04 Mar 1829. He married three times, the last being to LOUISA EDITH POTTER on 16 Oct 1883. He died on 13 Aug 1893 in Saunemin township, Illinois.
  • MATILDA WINTERS was born in 1831. No further information.
  • MARY ANN WINTERS was born on 26 Jun 1832. She married DAN BLODGET. No further information.
  • JAMES WINTERS was born in 1833. No further information.
  • ELLEN WINTERS was born in 1834. She married RICHARD HOBBS. No further information.

    Personal Information
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    Name: Abraham Cane
    Age: 70
    Birthplace: PA
    Home in 1850:

    District 33, Marshall, Virginia

    Estimated Birth Year: 1780
    Attended School within year No
    Page: 308
    Roll: M432_959
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1850 United States Federal Census. M432, 1009 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.

    ABRAM CANE (b: @1740) begat...

    ABRAHAM CANE (1781 - ?), who married REBECCA and begat...

    REBECCA CANE (1810 - 1834) married REES WINTERS (1806 - 1867) and begat...

    ABRAHAM CANE WINTERS (1829 - 1893) who married LOUISA EDITH POTTER (1856 - 1891) and begat...

    NELLE WINTERS (1885 - 1974) who married WILLIAM PRITCHARD (1880 - 1958) and begat...

    DOROTHY PRITCHARD (b. 1918) who married ERWIN WENK (1910 - 1982) and begat...

    MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) who married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).