Recorded in the family Bible as Madia Moffot Bain. She was born June 22, 1881 in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Her parents were James J. and Christina Wilson (Taylor) Bain who immigrated from Midlothian, Scotland in 1879. The family moved to Decatur, Illinois after her birth. She married Clarence Austin Parish on 23 September 1902 in Taylorville, Illinois. They had 7 children, 2 of which did not live past childhood.