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The McCain family of Florenceville, New Brunswick, is descended from Andrew McCain of Ballanahinch, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. McCain, his two brothers, and his one sister came to New Brunswick as immigrants in 1827. Andrew McCain obtained land bordering on the village of Buttermilk Creek, now known as Florenceville, alongside the lands owned by his brothers. Andrew married Margaret Ferguson and had a family of five sons and three daughters.
The youngest child, Hugh Henderson McCain ("Henry McCain"), born in 1854, was a businessman involved in farming and in the production and shipping of agricultural commodities, later establishing McCain Produce Co. Ltd. In addition to his business interests, Henry McCain was active in political life. Henry McCain served two terms in the New Brunswick Legislature, having been elected in 1895 and 1899. He died at his home in West Florenceville in 1920.
Three children survived Henry's death. They included a son, Andrew McCain, and two daughters, Hazel and Muriel. The shipping business started by Henry McCain was continued by his son. The business included a variety of agricultural produce and later came to focus on potatoes. Andrew McCain's sons continued the businesses that he controlled, and they have since founded the present day McCain food processing empire. While centred in Florenceville, the McCain companies have become international in scope .
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