NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Daniel McCann was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, 1797, died in Canada, 1896. He came to Canada when about twenty-one years old and was one of the first settlers at Huntington county, Canada. He cleared a farm and eventually owned nearly three hundred acres of land.
He married Sarah Lavery, a native of county Armagh.
1. Peter, died young.
2. Hugh, died in 1909.
3. Bernard J., see forward.
4. Arthur, lives in Paso Robles, California.
5. Daniel, lives on the homestead in Canada.
6. Mary (deceased), married William Haley.
7. Susan (deceased), married Patraick Mooney.
8. Margaret (deceased), married (first) Patrick Mooney, aforementioned as the husband of Susan; married (second) James O'Neil.
9. Catherine, married Patrick Farley, of Plattsburgh; their son, James Farley, has an international reputation as a strike-beaker and horseman.
(II) Bernard James, son of Daniel McCann, was born in Hinchinbrook, Huntington county, Canada, April 12, 1835, died there July 19, 1909. He received a common school education and during his youth worked at home on his father's farm. Later he went to work in the railroad shops at Rutland, Vermont; in 1854 he went to California in quest of gold, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and remained in the gold country mining and prospecting until 1858. On his return he bought a farm adjoining that of his father and followed farming there the rest of his life.
He was a Liberal in politics and served on the town council.
He married, July 3, 1860, Catherine McCann, born at Peru, N.Y. April 23, 1835, now living at Chateaugay, N.Y. She was the daughter of Bernard McCann, whose other children were: Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Ellen, Margaret and Sarah McCann.
Children of Bernard J. & Catherine McCann:
1. Dr. Arthur H., a dentist of Glens Falls, N.Y.; married Julia Haley; one child: Arthur James Byron.
2. Margaret, lives at Winnipeg, Canada; married Owen Sandiford of Ellenburg, N.Y., railroad engineer; son: Lyndon Sandiford.
3. Mary, married Michael Cross, hardware merchant of St. Chrysostom, Canada; children: Lyall, Iolene, Lorne and Harold Cross.
4. Susie, married Dennis Cross, dry goods merchant at Winnipeg; children: Harold (deceased), and Beryle Cross.
5. Daniel Bernard, mentioned below.
6. Eva, married James Rowan, merchant of Winnipeg.
7. Clair, lives in Chateaugay, New York.
(III) Daniel Bernard, son of Bernard James McCann, was born in Hinchinbrook, Huntington county, Canada, Sept. 3, 1874. He attended the public schools of Glens Falls, the Chateaugay high school. He studied his profession in the Dental School of the University of Maryland, in Baltimore and was graduated in 1900. He spent a year in practice in the office of his brother at Glens Falls, and in 1901 opened an office in Chateaugay where he has since practiced dentistry with notable success. He is one of the owners and managers of the Chasm Water Power Company, of Chateaugay. He is a member of Wadhams Council, No. 469, Knights of Columbus, of Chateaugay; of the Independent Order of Foresters and of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He is a Democrat in politics.
He married, Sept. 7, 1907, Mary Louise Simpson, of Chateaugay, daughter of Robert Simpson, a native of the north of Ireland, of Scottish ancestry. Her mother, Elizabeth (Douglass) Simpson, was also of Scottish ancestry, being a direct descendant of the two noted Scottish clans of Scotland, Douglass and Brewster. John Douglass and Isabell Brewster being Mrs. Simpson's father's and mother's names, grandparents of Daniel Bernard McCann's wife. John Douglass enlisted in the civil war and died a prisoner of war at Andersonville.
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