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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter from George McCann to his brother, March 24, 1859. Letter11926
Letter from George McCann to his brother, April 1, 1859. Letter11927
Letter from George McCann to his brother, April 25, 1959. Letter11928
Letter from James McCann to his brother George McCann, September 28, 1859. Letter11929
Letter from Joseph Schoonover to his brother, January 21. Letter11930
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