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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter from James McCann to his brother John McCann, June 1821. Letter11608
Letter from James McCann to to his brother John McCann, July 9, 1821. Letter11609
Letter from Jane Farr to her brother John McCann, July 21, 1822. Letter11610
Letter from James McCann to his brother John McCann, August 12, 1822. Letter11611
Letter from Valentine and Betsy McCann to their son John McCann, January 20, 1823. Letter11612
Letter from John Suffern to his nephew John McCann, May 11, 1823. Letter11613
Letter from William and Abigail Read to daughter Susannah McCann, June 9, 1823. Letter11614
Letter from Hugh Hanlon to his brother Owen Hanlon, August 4, 1823. Letter11615
Letter from Clarissa Schoonover to her mother, July 17, 1824. Letter11616
Letter from John Suffern Jr. to his cousin John McCann, January 19, 1825. Letter11617
Letter from John H. Knapp to John McCann, October 20, 1825. Letter11618
Letter from Daniel and Phebe Hale to Phebe's sister Susannah McCann, November 26, 1826.Letter11619
Letter from Nancy Shappee to John McCann, December 19, 1826. Letter11620
Letter from Nancy Adams Owens to her sister and brother-in-law Susannah and John McCann, June 13, 1827.Letter11621
Letter from James McCann to his brother John McCann, August 3, 1828. Letter11622
Letter from Clarissa and Stuart Slavens to John and Susannah McCann, March 13, 1827. Letter11623
Letter from Clarissa and Stuart Slavens to John and Susannah McCann, October 5, 1828. Letter11624
Letter from John H. Knapp to John McCann, November 18, 1828. Letter11625
Letter from Mary Moore to her mother, circa 1820's. Letter11626
Letter from Asa Thurston to Jonah Thurston, August 21, 1831.Letter11701
Letter from Stuart and Clarissa Slavens to Clarissa's brother George Schoonover, April 27, 1834. Letter11702
Letter from Joshua Schoonover to John and Susannah McCann, January 30, 1835. Letter11703
Letter from George and Margaret Adams to sister and brother-in-law Susannah and John McCann, March 10, 1839. Letter11704
Letter from John McCann Jr to his father John McCann Sr., September 7, 1844. Letter11801
Letter from James McCann to his brother John McCann, October 1, 1844.Letter 11802
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