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Collection TitleCL 34 McCann Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/31/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Lois McCann in 1994. 
Terms:

Chemung County (N.Y.); Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy--McCann Family

Historical:

McCann Family-John McCann, son of Valentine and Betsy Suffern McCann, came to Elmira in 1809 from Muckamore, Ireland.  His younger brother Frances, also known as Tom, followed him to Chemung County some years later.  His oldest brother James immigrated first to Newberry, South Carolina in 1821 and later to Starkville, Mississippi.  In Elmira, John was a successful farmer and stock raiser and also quite politically active.  He married Susannah Schoonover, and with her fathered six children; Elizabeth, Susan, Valentine, John Jr., George and James.  He also had one illegitimate daughter with a woman named Betsey Jennings in 1816.  He died in 1852.

Of John McCann's children, one, Valentine, born in 1815, died in infancy.  Not much is known about the daughters or James.  John Jr. was born in 1817.  He left Elmira and settled in Joliet just outside of Chicago sometime in the 1840's and died in 1859.  The youngest son, George, was born in Elmira in 1823.  He was a prosperous farmer and served five times on the Elmira Board of Supervisors.  In 1864, he married Crete Brown  and they had three children.  He died in 1900.    

Scope:

The McCann Family papers include Richard McCann's notes on various family members and the McCann Family correspondence dating from 1820 to 1859.   

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1815-1991
AbstractThis collection contains Richard McCann's notes on McCann family genealogy and a collection of McCann family correspondence from 1820 to 1859. 


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Letter from John McCann Jr. to his father John McCann Sr., October 15, 1844. Letter11803
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, November 16, 1844. Letter11804
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother, December 24, 1844. Letter11805
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, February 2, 1845. Letter11806
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, March 20, 1845. Letter11807
Letter from James McCann to his brother John McCann, March 27, 1845. Letter11808
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, May 1, 1845. Letter11809
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, June 6, 1845. Letter11810
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, July 1845. Letter11811
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother George McCann, July 9, 1845. Letter11812
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his father John McCann Sr., August 10, 1845. Letter11813
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, February 13, 1845. Letter11814
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his father John McCann Sr., November 10, 1845. Letter11815
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, December 8, 1845. Letter11816
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, January 20, 1846. Letter11817
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, January 20, 1846. Letter11817
Letter from G. Johnson and wife to John McCann, January 25, 1846. Letter11818
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, March 8, 1848. Letter11819
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his mother Susannah McCann, April 6, 1846. Letter 11820
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, April 26, 1846. Letter11821
Letter from John McCann Jr. brother James McCann and sister Elizabeth McCann, June 14, 1846. Letter 11822
Letter from John McCann to his son George McCann, August 26, 1846. Letter11823
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, August 30, 1846. Letter11824
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, October 9, 1846.Letter11825
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother James McCann, November 9, 1846. Letter11826
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