Biography of James McCann
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McCann, James, was the son of John McCann and occupies the old homestead near the reformatory. He was born September 2, 1820, and was educated in the pioneer schools of his day. He married Helen L., oldest daughter of David and Margaret Nish, of Erin. They have had six children: three daughters (deceased), and John, George, and James D. John was born February 17, 1860, and is a farmer in Horseheads. George is a practicing attorney in Elmira and a member of the firm of Collins, Stanchfield & Reynolds. James D. is a graduate of Miller's Commercial College and is a farmer with his father. Mr. McCann's father, John, came to the United States about 1800 from County Antrim, Ireland. The family are of Scotch extraction and came to Ireland during the persecution of Christians at the time of the Reformation. In 1804 John, in company with John Suffern, came from New York to Elmira on horseback through the woods. He married Susan Adams, formerly of Orange County.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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