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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. 

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


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.    


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 James McCann to his brother, August 12, 1822. Letter10405
Letter from James McCann to his brother, August 8, 1828. Letter10406
Letter from James McCann to his brother, March 27, 1845. Letter10407
Undated letters from James McCann to his brother. Letters10408
Copy of a deed for John McCann's land in Newberry, South Carolina, 1833. (multiple copies)Documents10409
Copy of a deed for James McCann's land in Newberry, South Carolina, 1837. Document10410
Letter from George McCann to his brother, February 17, 1855. Letter10411
Richard McCann's notes on Francis McCann. Document105
Richard McCann's notes on Henry Farr. Document106
Richard McCann's notes on William Carpenter based on McCann correspondence from the 1840's and 1850's. Document107
Richard McCann's notes on John Suffern. Documents108
Richard McCann's notes on John Suffern based on McCann correspondence from the 1800's. Document109
Richard McCann's notes on William and Abigail Read.Documents110
Richard McCann's notes on Clarissa Schoonover Slavens. Documents111
Richard McCann's notes on George Schoonover. Documents112
Richard McCann's notes on Joseph Schoonover. Documents113
Richard McCann's notes on Joshua Schoonover. Documents114
Richard McCann's notes on Nancy Adams Owens. Documents115
Richard McCann's notes on the people mentioned in the McCann Family correspondence. Documents11601
Photocopies of undated McCann letters. Letter11602
Photocopy and typed transcript of Hugh Hanlon's letter to his brothers, August 4, 1823. Letter11603
Photocopy of a letter from December 17, 1844. (3 copies)Letter11604
Photocopy of a letter from Susannah McCann to her siblings, February 17, 1850. Letter11605
Photocopy of correspondence between the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New York and George McCann, 1858. Letter11606
Letter from John Suffern to his nephew John McCann, January 18, 1820. Letter11607
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