Leonard P. McCann
James, John, and Michael McCann immigrated to America in the 1840's
from Ireland. Soon after their arrival in New Jersey, Michael died.
James, the grandfather of Leonard McCann, married Mary Ann McCloran, a
native of Scotland. To this union twelve children were born, with some
dying in infancy. In the 1850's this family moved to Jacksonville,
Illinois. The three eldest children, John, Peter and James were born in
New Jersey. The others were born in Illinois. John and Peter were
married in Illinois. John married Mary Margaret Hayes and they had
thirteen children. Peter married Elizabeth Burns and they had ten
children. James was the father of Leonard McCann.
In the early 1870's these three sons of the elder James, John, Peter and
James came to Union County by wagon with their belongings while their
wives and children came by train to Afton. After one year, James
returned to Illinois to marry Mary Catherine Murphy on September 4,
1875. They returned to the county and farmed until retiring in 1915.
After the death of the elder James' wife in Illinois, he came to this
county and died February 3, 1892. His brother, the elder John also came
to the county with his wife Margaret E. and family.
Leonard P. McCann was born on December 29, 1900. His brothers and
sisters were: Mary (1876), John (1877), William (1879), Peter (1881),
Winifred (1883), Catherine (1885), Albert (1887), Margaret (1889), Mary
(1891), Edward (1893), Marshal (1895), Charles (1897), Leonard (1900)
and Ernest (1902). Mary and Edward died in infancy. Leonard is the only
surviving member of the children of John, Peter and James.
Leonard moved to Creston in 1915 and four years later began work at
McGregor Bros. And Coen Furniture Store and Funeral Home. In 1923 he
became a licensed mortician and continued in this profession until his
retirement in 1974.
Leonard was married to Margaret Helen McCoy, one of nine children of
James and Genevieve (Nellie) O'Brien McCoy. She was born on March 2,
1902 at Villisca and the family later moved to Creston. They were
married on January 17, 1925 at Immaculate Conception Church. She died
July 7, 1947. They had four children, Edward, born in 1925, married
Betty Gernant. They live in Geneseo, Illinois with their four children.
Dorothy Ellen, born in 1930, married William Armstrong. They live at
Moline, Illinois and have two children. Margaret Jane born in 1932,
married William Linthicum and lives in Des Moines with their seven children.
Their fourth child is Arthur Leonard, born in 1935. After completing
high school and one year of college in Creston, he decided to become a
Catholic priest. He completed his theological studies in Dubuque and was
ordained on June 3, 1962. Rev. McCann presently serves as a member of
the Creston Team Ministry serving the Catholic communities at Afton,
Creston and Lenox.
To the present day there are five generations of McCanns who have live
in Union County and are buried at Calvary Cemetery. Leonard McCann is
very proud of his heritage and family and sees a bright future ahead for
all of his descendants. by Leonard P. McCann
(History of Union County, Iowa, 1981, p. 222)