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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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Copy of order for the maintenence of Betsey Jenning's bastard child, 1815. Document10101
Notes on the children of John McCann Sr.Document10102
Receipt for moneys sent to Lelah Mathers by John McCann for the care of Betsey Jenning's child, March 8, 1818. Receipt10103
Receipt for moneys paid by John McCann to attorney John Jackson for the cost of a lawsuit brought by Betsey Jennings, March 15, 1817. Receipt10104
Receipt for $11.71 paid to Robert Lawrence by John McCann, March 21, 1817. Receipt10105
Receipt of moneys paid to Samuel Moore by John McCann on behalf of Betsey Jennings, March 10, 1817. Receipt10106
Receipt for moneys paid by John McCann to Samuel Henderson as ordered by a legal judgement against him, December 15, 1816. Receipt10107
Copy of page 292 from the History of Tioga, Chemung and Tompkins with information about the McCann family. Document10108
Letter from John McCann to his brother Tom, Autust 25, 1846. Letter10109
"The McCanns in Early Elmira," essay by Douglas McCann, 1979. Manuscrip10110
Notes on the McCann family based on census data, 1810-1835. Document10111
Richard McCann's research notes from the Newberry Library, 1985. Documents10201
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother, November 9, 1846.Letter10202
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his sister, June 14, 1846.Letter10203
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his father, May 20, 1847. Letter10204
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his father, April 11, 1848. Letter10205
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother, December 5, 1848. Letter10206
Marriage certificate for George McCann and Crete Brown, October 10, 1864. Document10301
Obituary for George McCann from the Elmira Telegram, March 4, 1900. Newspaper10302
Obituary for George McCann in the Elmira Evening Star, March 2, 1900.Newspaper10303
Obituary for George McCann in the Elmira Evening Star, March 3, 1900. (2 copies)Newspaper10304
Map of Newberry County, South Carolina, 1977. Map10401
Map of Starkville, Mississippi, 1979. Map10402
Richard and Franklin McCann's research notes on James McCann. Document10403
Letter from James McCann to his brother, July 9, 1821. Letter10404
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