The Story of John Cann
of Delaware and his Descendants
1645 – 1694
First. I want to express my appreciation for the effort and contribution made by the Marion Stuart Cann (1859-1900). His work stimulated my imagination, and interest in my ancestry; Ella Derby Cann (Mrs. Frank Hight (1882-1954) added life and substance; and Mr. James T. Eliason, Jr. of New Castle, Delaware, a direct descendant of William Cann (1778/80-1834), stirred me into action and made available to me his notes, valuable information and experience – the results of years of interest and work. Most important, he gave me freely of his time, interest, and encouragement when needed.
Marion Stuart Cann, a bachelor son of the Rev. Thomas McM. Cann (1819-1906), a noted educator, spent quite some years doing research on the Cann genealogy, both in Delaware and in England. As a result, he prepared and sent to various members of the family a chart showing a line of descent from John Cann, the colonist. Unfortunately, he died before he could finish his work. Many years later, his niece, Mrs. Hight, wrote a narrative of his findings with a further development of his notes. When using them as a references, I have called them “Marion Cann’s notes.” Probably, this is an error, and I should have referred to them as “Mrs. Hight’s skeleton I have polished, made some readjustments, and wherever possible, firmly sealed the entire body together with documents. I have covered the whole with as much flesh and blood as my memory and family stories permitted.
After the death of my mother, Mrs. Richard T. Cann, Jr., the chart prepared by MJarion Cann was found among her papers. It was simply a chart – no details, references, or notes, and with these it could not be considered authentic. When I retired in 1959, I thought it would be interesting pastime to document my line of descent. I thougth the records could all be found in the New Castle County Courthouse, and the task would be very easy. My ignorance was complete. Furthermore, I had not attempted to do any writing of of this type since my college days, and then my marks in English had never averaged above a “C.” I took my total ignorance of the subject to Judge Richard S. Rodney, who I had known all of my life, and was an authority on early Delaware History, with the expectation that he would advise me how and where I should start. My talk with him was very rewarding. Almost the first bit of advice was this remark, “Let me warn you, Bill, before you start, if you begin, you will never be able to stop.” I laughed and said, “I am interested only in my own line.” This, “The Story of John Cann, and his Descendants” is the coverage I have included under the phrase, “only in my own line.”
Some members of the family much closer related, and better informed about Marion Stuart Cann than I am, question very much that he went to England, and did research on the CANN family. I bow to their superior information, and stand corrected.
As the Marion Cann chart proved to me the futility of preparing a line of preparing a line of descent without presenting the source of the information to prove its authenticity, I became determined to document, wherever possible, every statement of fact. The research involved is divided roughly into two parts; the first, traces John Cann, the Colonist, and his descendants to Robert, his great grandson; the second, from Robert to the present. The accuracy of the first part depended entirely on the documents located in the files and records of the various Registrar of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and other County offices. In order that there could be no questions of facts I have reported them directly from the records, and the basic facts, I have either quoted them exactly, and many completely, or have had them photostatted. The records of some of the minor characters in my story were either not available or were incomplete. These I have adjusted according to the best of my knowledge and interpretation of facts. The major characters I was able to document fully, with a few minor exceptions, such as; John Cann, the colonist, had a son, John, whose wife is believed to have been Lydia Reynolds, however, this can not be proven by documents. He did have a son, John, baptized in Immanuel Church, New Castle. This is the important fact.
Fortunately, the Canns, with certain exceptions, were all land owners, and members of the Church of England (Episcopal). Most of the early Delaware deeds recite the history of the property being transferred, I imagine, to prove ownership. Example: William Price, Jr. sold to William Cann – deed – N-4-298. – dated, 1827. (not exact wording) recites, Boaz Boyce (who died in 1778) had a daughter, Sarah, married to Robert Cann (who died in 1795) left the following heirs; Eleanor, (born in 1774) married to William Price, Robert, William and Jacob. Eleanor died leaving a daughter, Sarah, married to John Reece, and a son, William, Jr., who sold the property to their uncle, William Cann (1778/80-1834). If the Boyce is counted, this deed covers four generations.
The Episcopal Church seems to have kept the most accurate and complete records of any of the religious organizations during the early 1700s of the baptisms, marriages, burials, etc. The records of the other denominations, and some of the Episcopal Churches, may have been kept, but were either lost or destroyed.
The records of the Orphan’s Court, New Castle County, were the source of almost complete information of the descendants of William Cann (1683-1753) for four generations. The inventory of the estate of William Cann (1778/80-1834) included even maps of his ten pieces of land holdings, and their evaluation.
Generally speaking, the Wills and Administrations were not as fruitful as might be expected. For some unknown reasons, the early Canns did not leave wills, but their estates were covered, in most cases, by Court appointed Administrators. Probably , the most important Administration of all, was not that of a Cann, but of a Robert Pennington, a grandfather of Robert Cann (1751/52-1795), who married a Sarah Boyce. A reference found among the papers of the late Mrs. James T. Eliason, Sr. (1867-1962) prepared the way for the documentation of the marriage of John Cann and Mary Pennington.
Beginning with Robert Cann (1751/52-1795), the documentation of the lines of descent from John Cann, the colonist, did not present any real problems. Either of two deeds (T-3-39) or (N-4-298) prove that William (1778/80-1834) was the son of Robert. When William died, he left four living children: Lydia Ann, married to Andrew Eliason, James, Richard, and Thomas. These four with their wives all lived to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversaries. These people were all living during the lifetime of Marion Stuart Cann (1859-1900) and Ella Cann (Mrs. Frank Hight), and undoubtedly, they and their family Bibles furnished much valuable information. A large proportion of which I have verified from other sources – tombstones, church records, etc. – and found to be accurate. Therefore, I would not hesitate to certify the authenticity of their notes on this period.
Because CANN is not a common name, and from my examination of old records, I believe most, but not all, of the Canns listed in Delaware are related. A Francis Cann, who was, I believe, a descendant of Francis Cann, born in Kent County, Maryland on Dec. 13, 1737, died in Wilmington, Delaware in 1871. He was unrelated to the Delaware group, and there may be others. However, all Canns mentioned in any of the records examined of persons born before 1800 are included in this survey. Some of the lines are carried through to the present time, but not all. I believe, the lines from William (1778/80-1834) are complete through 1900, and most of them until today. It must be born in mind that this work covers approximately three hundred years and eleven generations. Sometime, but not now, I would like to trace out all the Canns, known to have lived or are presently living in Delaware. However, I would be pleased to add the line of anyone who can document their descent from John Cann, the colonist.
I wish to express my appreciation to those who have furnished me with the information that made “The Story of John Cann” possible. A list naming the contributors would be too long to be practical, therefore it is omitted. Needless to say, it was only by their interest, encouragement, and willing cooperation, that I was able to compile an accurate and almost complete account of eleven generations, and approximately nine hundred persons – including husbands and wives. In reality, the history of the Cann family, as a whole, is theirs, and belongs to them. I am deeply grateful to them for their responses and needed assistance to bring their individual contributions to a comprehensive whole.
CANN of CROMPTON GREEN
CANN of CROMPTON GREEN
Baronetcy Established – September 13, 1662. Extinct – July 20, 1765
Sir THOMAS CANN, – Bristol – was Knighted by King James – Early 1600s.
Sir WILLIAM CANN, son of Sir Thomas, was Mayor of Bristorl in 1648, and bore for Arms, Azure (blue), Fretty, Argent (silver), and a Fesse, Gules (red).
Married – Margaret, sister of Robert Yeamans, esq. (Note: – Robert Yeamans was one of the sheriffs of Bristol in 1642, and the next year (30th. May 1643) was executed with George Bouchier, by command of Col. Fiennes, the new Governor, opposite the Ragg’s Head Tavern in Wine Street in that city for having been considered together in projecting a scheme for letting Prince Rupert into the said city and turning the governor and rebels out).
Sir ROBERT CANN, eldest son of Sir William, was Mayor of the city of Bristol in 1662 and 1675, and its Representatives in Parliament in 1678. He received the honor of Knighthood from King Charles, II, on April 22, 1662, and was advanced to a Baronetcy on the 13th of September, 1662. In 1664 he had an addition to his arms from Sir Edward Walker, Garter King of Arms. “on a Fess three leopards faces or (gold).” Sir Robert married Cicily, daughter of Mr. Alderson Humphry Hook of Bristol, and by that lady had a son, William, and a daughter, Ann.
Sir WILLIAM CANN, eldest son of Sir Robert, inherited the Baronetcy.
Sir Robert married as his second wife, DELIVERANCE, daughter of John Cann, the Preacher and Publisher of the Bible, She died 1656, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Hull. A son, JOHN, was born of this marriage.
Sir WILLIAM CANN, the 5th. Baronet of Compton Green died on July 20, 1765, without issue, and the Baronetcy became extinct.
Sir Thomas Cann – Dictionary of National Biography (Eng.) vol. III.p.863. Edited by Leslie Stephen. Printed in London. 1908.
Sir Robert Cann – Genealogical and Heraldic History. Extinct or Dormant Baronetcies, by Burke. 2nd. edition. 1844.
Deliverance Cann – 2nd. wife of Sir Robert, see Sir Thomas, above and The Genealogy of the Cann Family, by Ella Cann Hight. The Vital Statistics of Hull and Bristol are not readily available to document accurately the marriage and birth of John. Therefore, I accept the research of Ella Hight as authentic.
The CANN Crest: – Listed in Fairbairn’s, Book of Crests of G.B. & Ireland.
Published in London. 1915. As follows, including the illustration – “CANN,” Bart. (Extinct) of Compton Greenfield, Glou. – Out of a mural coronet or (gold) a plume of five ostrich feathers arg. (silver).
The name CANN is derived from CAEN, a town in Normandy, France, whose ruler, Robert, Duke of Caen, joined with his friend, neighbor, and liege lord, William, Duke of Normandy in his successful invasion and conquest of England in 1066. As a result he received lands in what is now the Bristol area, and Gloucester County, England. In the ensuing years of the Middle Ages it is assumed that fortunes of the Cann family ebbed and flowed with the uncertainties of the political tides: – The War of the Roses, the continual conquests in France, and other military and political adventures.
From the obscurity of time emerges a certain Sir Thomas Cann, the High Sheriff of Gloucester County who was Knighted by King James, 1, in the early 1600s.
William Cann, the son of Thomas was also knighted, and became Lord Mayor of Bristol in 1648. He bore for arms Azuure, Fretty Argent, Fesse Gules.
The eldest son of Sir William, Sir Robert Cann was Lord Mayor of Bristol in 1662 and in 1675, and its Represtative in Parliment in 1678. He recieved the honor of Knighthood from Charles, II, and was raised to Baroncy in 1662, and became CANN of CROMPTON GREEN.
Sir Robert had quite a difficult time during his administration as Mayor. According to English records as reported by Roger North in his “life of Frances North, Baron of Guilford” The infamous Jeffries, Chief Justice of England moved into Bristol with the expressed purpose of “cleaning out the corporation” (The Mayor and Board of Aldermen) and humbling that “Proud Body.” After lashing and reviling the city magnates, he turned to their chief, sitting in his scarlet and furs of office, stormed upon him his choicest reproaches, and given all the ill epithets he could, he ordered Sir Robert to quit the bench and go down to the criminal’s post at the bar, and there plead. When the Mayor hesitated Jeffries bawled at him, and called for the guards. All were amazed but it did give Sir Robert the security of a trial at London. “There he was acquitted. Jeffries said, “Go thy way, sin no more lest a worst thing come unto thee.” He also characterized Sir Robert as a “Stinking, whining, Presbyterian that could be smelled forty miles off.” However he still kept his head on his shoulders.
Another controversial figure of the turbulent times was John Cann, a noted preacher, teacher, translator and printer of the Bible, and author of many religious treatises. The most
famous of which was: “A Necessity of Separation from the Church of England.” He preached a Reformed Baptist faith, and after the death of John Hubbard, Cann was chosen their leader in London. After a stormy year or so he was banished to Amsterdam for preaching against the Established Church of England, where he succeeded Henry Ainsworth as pastor of the English Independent Church.
The calendar of State Papers, June 9, 1641, shows that John Cann was granted an exclusive license for seven years “To print a Bible with Annotations, being his own work, and that no man unless he be appointed by him, may print his said notes, whether already printed, or to be printed.” It is interesting to note that his is among the earliest of copyrights. I have a Bible printed in Hartofrd, Conn. by William Andrus, in 1842, with “Canne’s marginal References.”
When he returned to England from Amsterdam he immediately got into more trouble than I have space to enumerate without boring you. However, when he died in 1667, one Shaw, a strong defender of the established church, and a frequent target of Can’s bars, write this biting epigram;
“Is John departed?. Is Canne dead and gone?
Farewell to both, to Canne and eke to John
Yet being dead, take this advice from me
Let them not both in one grave bured be
But lay John here, and lay Canne thereabout
For if they both should meet; they would fall out.”
Contemporaries of John Cann, the preacher, and Sir Robert, were “Richard Can(n),” who moved from Bristol to Osborn, London about 1664. His son, Thomas, was with Overton when Cromwell’s army was at Hull, and James, another son of William, lived with his uncle John Cann, the preacher.
Sir William and Sir Robert Cann, though Mayors of Bristol and occupying an official position, were none the less interested in mercantile matters, as indeed were most of the members of that important body, the Board of Aldermen. Among this number was Charles Jones who married, Agnes, the eldest daughter of John Cann, and subsequently was an Alderman, and an extensive trader with the colonies and doin business with the merchants of Philadelphia.
John Cann’s wife, Agnes, died about 1657, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Hull, as was his daughter, Deliverance, who married her cousin, Robert Cann, the son of Sir William and Mayor of Bristol. Their son, John, migrated to America.
Recently, I happened upon a copy of the “Calendar of the State Papers of England” in the University of Delaware Library. It contained many interesting items from the doings of Sir William Cann, and his son, Sir Robert Cann (Bart), merchants of Bristol, and John Cann, preacher, translator and publisher of the Bible – some were humorous, some informative, and all most interesting to me. They give a fine picture of life in Merry Old England at that time, with its pomp and ceremony; and the significance of rank, influence and prestige. Most important of all, it sheds some light on the character of the individuals. In other words, it places a little human flesh and blood on the cold, factual face of history.
Sir Thomas, the father of Sir William, was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire County, a very important position in those days. Undoubtedly, he laid the groundwork for Sir William, who was some times listed as head of William Cann & Company, merchants of Bristol. The history books say that the commercial organizations followed the Army and Navy in the development of the British Empire. The merchants both owned and chartered ships, which they loaded with trade goods to be exchanged for local products in the foreign prots. Often a manager or factor was left there to prepare for the next voyage. A Delphebus Canne, merchant, is reported as living in Virginia in 1621, and a John Cann, merchant, on the Delaware in 1677.
An item involving Massachusetts, “Dame Margaret Hungerford’s petition that Robert Cann & Co., merchant of Bristol, and others, to examine the report the inhabitants of Lynn and Boston referred to the Admiralty.”
The merchants were also interested in “Privateering,” – an armed ship of private ownership, commissioned by the Admiralty to prey on enemy shipping. “William Cann and four other merchants commissioned to sell the St. James of Dunkirk, taken by the Convertine, and return the proceeds to the Court. They sold the ship for 1,000 pounds.”
Commission for a privateer to Robert Cann for the William, frigate of Bristol, George Ladd, mariner of Dartmouth.” It must be remembered that “Privateering” was a training ground for Pirates, and the dividing line between them very cloudy. Undoubtedly, this phase of their operations contributed much to the fortunes of the Cann family.
Sir Robert was severely criticized because he went to the jail to visit the “Quakers and sectaries” (Those who withdrew from the established Church of England during the Civil War). “Information of Robert Edwards, Mayor’s Sergeant of Bristol. – Has constantly warned Sir Robert Cann, Bart. a member of the common Council, and elected Alderman, to assist the Mayor according to his oath; but since Michaelmass, he has refused to appear, only answering “It is well” when summoned. He would not go to church in his scarlet robes on Christmas Day, but went, privately, to contempt the government. “ —–” But he got away and is gone to London to complain against the city.”
Sir Robert being very proud of his rank and prestige, and determined to maintain his prerogatives, filled the following; “Petition of Sir Robert Cann, Bart., and Mayor of Bristol during his Majesties’ late visit, and sir Robert Yeamans, then Sheriff to the King, for permission to take their proper place and precedence; an order to the Common Council in Bristol having lately been issued that Aldermen and their wives shall take precedence of Knights and Baronets and their wives, which is contrary to usage and prejudicial to Knighthood. “After much maneuvering, argument and confusion, the King decreed; “Their knighthood is to avail nothing to them or their wives when the city’s jurisdiction is concerned; but in different places, as the church, streets, or private homes, knights and their wives are to take the place of others.”
John Cann, noted preacher, (mentioned before), appears as a stormy figure in the Calendar of State Papers. “Governor to the Mayor of Hull. – On information recieved, fear that the peace and security of the garrison and town of Hull may be endangered by Mr. Cann, and therefore desire you to order him to remove forthwith out of the town.” The National Biography gives almost a complete account of his trials and tribulations. There are to many to bore you with here. he and his son-in-law, Sir Robert Cann of Bristol were determined opponents of the Established Church of England.
Roger North in his “Lives of the Norths” often tells of the doings of Sir Robert Cann, whose daughter, Ann, the widow of Sir Francis Gunning, married Dudley North, merchant son of Sir Francis North. It seems that Sir Robert received a letter supposedly from one of his friends in London saying that a Dudley North “was in full courtship of a widow lady, very beautiful and rich the daughter of Sir Robert Cann, a morose old merchant of Bristol, intimating that his daughter was going to throw herself away upon a newcomer “—” not worth a grote and that he would surely hang.” Roger North wrote to Sir Robert all the advantages and virtues of Dudley North, and received in reply. viz; that when Mr. North had purchased an estate, in land of three or four thousand pounds whereby he could make settlements suitable to his daughtere’s fortune, he would harken to my proposition. To a letter from Dudley North, Sir Robert’s answer was the same. But the old man at length finding this to be a match, resolve to make a very favorable settlement, which he did. “Mr. North settled, he must turn over all his wife’s fortune of any kind for her disposal.” She had, of course to step down in position from that of the widow of a knight to the wife of an esquire, a big step in those days of pride, privilage and presitge. However, he was later knighted, and except for her extravagance, lived happily ever after. Sir Robert finished up very poud, pleased and happy with his son-in-law.
Later, while Sir Robert was in the Westminster Parliament, a rebellion was threatened in Bristol. Row, one of the instigators “was called up to testify against his masters. Sir Robert Cann, ever passionate, violent, and hasty was so
Early CANN’s in the Colonies
In the early 1600s, for some unknown reason, possibly either because of the political and religious unrest, and the economic pressures in England, or because of the promise of advantageous trade opportunities in the Americas, the CANNs began to seek adventures in the New World, and to appear in the colonial records of that time.
An early inventory of people living in Virginia in 1621 lists: “Mr. Can & boy.” The records of the Virginia Company of London, page 178, dated, July 2, 1623, reads: “Delphebus Canne, – A letter to John Delbridge from Virginia,concerning want in the Colony, and the hope for a good harvest.” On another page e is listed as a Merchant. A book in the University of Delaware Library, entitled, Early Virginia Immigrants records: “Tho: Cann, 1643, transported by Richard Hoe, gent.” The county in which Hoe lived is not shown. A Sgt. John Cann and a Pvt. William Cann are listed as serving in the Revolutionary War. Probably, some of their descendants are still living in Virginia, however, these can be excluded; Edward Cann of Fredericksburg,Grand Maser of the Grand Lodge of Virginia (Masonic) in 1942, whose ancestors came from Newfoundland; Ronald Cann, born in England; and Lawernce B. and John P. Cann, born in Delaware.
The Massachusetts Records include the marriage of a John Cann, and Ester Reed, in Boston in 1661, and the services of three Canns during the Revolutionary War. A William Cann is reported to have settled on an island in Salem Harbor in 1628. Some of his descendants were Tories, and, like many others, migrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1783 – possibly, some other Canns, coming direct from England, had already settled there. However, as time went on, and as was expressed to me, many of them became tired of cod fish and cold winters, and gradually drifted back to Massachusetts, and other Eastern States. Among the better known Canns of this group are: Howard G. Cann, a Naval Officer in W.W.1, and a noted athlete of the early 1920s, whose father was born in Massachusetts. He acquired national recognition as basketball coach of New York University, and as a developer of the modern game. His younger brother, Tedford Harris Cann, was also a Naval Officer, and a noted athlete. He held a world’s record in swimming, and was on one Olympic team. His greatest honor came as a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor in W.W.1. The Nation’s highest award. The “Who is Who in America,” 1945 edition includes a Norman D. Cann, an Internal Revenue Official in Washington, D.C. He was born in Massachusetts.
The Maryland records show a Jane Cann as arriving in 1665, and Cate Cann in 1678. According to the Land Records of Kent Co., a John Cann bought fifty acres of a tract known as “Richard’s Adventure” in 1724. John Cann, Jr. appears also as a land owner. His brother, James, married a Rebecca Lamb in Shresburty Church in 1736; the birth of a son, Francis, in 1737, and a daughter, Mary Ann, the following year. A Francis Cann, believed to be a descendant of this Francis, died in Wilmington, Delaware in 1871. A Kent County deed, dated, 1751, mentions in age of James Cann as forty seven, which means that he was born in 1704. This rules out any close connection or relationship to John Cann of Delaware.
The marriage register of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, near Earleville, Cecil County, Maryland, lists the marriage of a John Cann and a Rachel Darnett, daughter of Charles Darnett, in 1740, and the birth of a daughter, Sarah, a year later. I have not been able to accurately identify this John Cann. It is to be noted that St. Stephen’s Parish included all the land between the Elk, and Sassafras Rivers, and that this John Cann could have lived anywhere in this large area. It is thought, but not proven, that this John Cann spoken of above as living in Kent County. The indications are that he sold his land to his brother, James, in 1738. no added information was found in the records of Kent County of a John Cann.
The files in the offices of the Recorder of Deeds, and the Register of Wills in Philadelphia does not list any Canns, except the appointment of James Claypoole as Administrator of the estate of John Cann in 1694. The Census of 1790, which included only the “Heads of Family,” contains the names of a George Cann, as living in York County, and a Charles Cann in Huntington County, Pennsylvania.
The marriage records of New Jersey contain the following: “John Cann, Gloucester County, and Hannah Sherrin, Jan. 17, 1789.”
The early records of New Castle County include a family named CONN. This is not a misspelling of CANN. I can not find any indication of a connection between the families. The CONNs are believed to be descendants of a Hugh Conn, who was born in Ireland; educated at University of Glasgow; studied for the Presbyterian ministry; and came to this county in 1715. He accepted a call to Patapsco Church in Baltimore County, Maryland. This church was in the New Castle Presbytery.
The information concerning the “Early Canns in the Colonies,” did not come as a result of planned research, but was acquired over a long period of time in my day-to-day operations. I believe, curiosity had a lot to with it. It is still impossible for me to pass a book involving colonial times without skimming through the index. I am surprised at the number of times that I will find some minor item of interest. I am amazed at the number and distribution of Canns in the Colonies before 1800.
It is to be remembered that none of the foregoing Canns is directly related to John Cann of Delaware, the Colonist, except Lawrence B. and John P. Cann. However, I do believe, that they all came originally from Bristol and Gloucester County, England, and all belonged to the same large family.
JOHN CANN (1)
Born, Bristol, England. 1635/1645
Died, Philadelphia, Penn. May 2, 1694.
Married, Mary, who died 1685/1687
John Cann (1), the colonist, is believed to have been the son of Sir Robert Cann, Mayor of Bristol, England, in 1662 and 1675, and his mother to be Deliverance Cann, daughter of John Cann, the noted preacher, publisher, and translator of the Bible. As Sir William, Mayor of Bristol in 1648, and John Cann, the preacher, were brothers, their children, Robert and Deliverance were first cousins. She died in 1656, and was buried with her mother, Agnes, at Holy Trinity Church, Hull, England.
It is thought that because John’s mother died when he was qutie young that he spent most of his boyhood with his grandfather, John Cann, the preacher, rather than with his own father, who was married three times and had three sets of children – whether Deliverance was his second or third wife is unknown.
Sir Robert died in 1685, and was succeeded by his son, William. Therefore, John must have been a younger son, and, as such, inherited only what his brother chose to give him, and in this case, nothing. Being an adventurous soul, and possibly, in the bad graces of the authorities because of his religious and political beliefs, he decided to seek his fortune in the new world.
The first positive record of John Cann was found in the Records of the Court of New Castle (1676-1699). John Kan was listed as “tydable” (taxable) in 1677. How long he had been in the colony is unknown. In the old records the name is often spelled “Kan” or “Can.” John Cann, the preacher, often used “Canne.” Of course most of the time it is spelled, “Cann.”
The following is to be found in the Records fo the New Castle County Court:
– Called for jury duty; also in 1678, 1679, 1680, and 1681
– on special jury called in the case of John Yeo, a preacher, who was tired for treason for making “Mutinous statements about his Royal Highness.” A famous trial. Yeo was acquitted, went to Maryland, and became quite a wealthy man.
-“Thomas harwood sworne in court declared that Laest Yeare hee Recieuing a bagg of feathers of Jacob Vander veer weiging 21 pounds —— Mary the wyfe of John Kan sworne in court sayeth that shee was present the laest yeare when Thomas harwood came with the bagg of feathers from Jacob Vander Veers and when the sd Bagg was emtyed there was found in itt a Stone, wch the deponant beleeves to bee the same or Lyke stone now produced in Cort.”
-Sworn in as Constable for one year.
– Appointed appraiser of the estate of Richard Hunter.
– Hendrick Vanden Burg & John Kan were by ve cort appointed to bee appraiser ye Estate of Ralph hutchinson of this Towne of New Castle deceased; followeth the Laest will & testament.
– Charles Rumsey – – aknowledges – – deed and conveigance – makeing ouer – – to John Wattkins Sayer — a Certayne parcell — Twoo hundred acres — westsyde Delowar River — Christina Creek — Branch — called whyte Clayes Creeke aforesd. — fyve hundred & seventy acres granted unto Rumsey and Walraeven Jensen de vos — Pattent from Governor Andros — 25 of March 1676 — signed in presence of Eph: Herman & John Cann. (Lowermost part of a certayne peece)
– Charles Rumsey sells to John Cann: “A Certayne parcell or slip of Ground — being ye uppermost slip — Pattent Contayning 570 acres.” (same as above)
– John Cann bought the 200 acres fronm Wattkins, mentioned above.
– John Cann granted a “Lott” of land in New Castle.
– “Appeared in Cort: John Can of this Towne of New Castle and Mary his wyfe whoe then and there did acknowledge — Sould Transported and made ouer unto Joseph Barnes — This abovesd parcel or peece — being ye yppermost part or slip — 570 acres granted unto Chas Rumsey.”
– John Cann bought 100 acres of land in White Clay Creek from Samuel Barker, who had bought it from Rumsey.
– Sept. 6, 1682 “Joannes D’haes and Ephraim herman as executors of least will &
testament of Martin Roosmond deceased sold to John Cann a house and Lott of land in New Castle. (Listed among Historic Houses – Colby House – Details page 206)
– William Penn appoints John Cann a Justice of the Peace in the first court established by him in New Castle County. (This appointment is discussed in detail later)
– John Cann heads the list of those elected to represent New Castle County in the first General Assembly held in Philadelphia on March 10, 1683.
– Appointed the first Registrar of Wills for New Castle County by the Provincial Council.
– Appointed Deputy Surveyor (2/22/1684)
– John Cann is reported as a member of the Provincial Council for the following years: 1684, 1685, 1686, 1687, 1688, 1690, 1692, and 1693.
– Commissioned a Provincial Judge, and continued until his death in 1694.
– John Cann takes oath as a Councillor (Member of Council)
– John Cann takes oath as a “Justice of the Peace for the whole province and Countrey.”
In old documents, John Cann is often spoken of as “Chief Justice” or “President of the Court.” I have been unable to find a Commission for this position, possibly because he was a Provincial Judge he rated the other judges or the justices of peace sitting on the Bench at that time.
John Cann signed as a witness the codicil to the will of that legendary figure, Augustine Herman, of Bohemia Manor, Cecil County, Maryland. At one time Herman controlled by grants all the land between the Bohemia and Elk Rivers in Maryland, and between the St. Georges and Appoquinimink Creeks in Delaware. His sons, Ephraim and Casperus, were both very active in the affairs of early Delaware, and served as Justices, Clerks of the Court, etc.
John Cann was an important figure in the economic, judicial, and political life of the Colony, and deeply involved in its administration. In the records he is mentioned as: Provincial Judge, Justice of the Peace, member of the Provincial Council, and the first elected General Assembly, first Registrar of Wills for New Castle County, Deputy Surveyor, planter, merchant, innkeeper, and tailor. He was always the politician. He was never a follower, but always an aggressive leader, – getting into trouble, and smart enough to extract himself without serious damage. I firmly believe that if he had not died in 1694, he would have either ruled the Province or been hanged. I would have bet even money either way.
As a planter he owned or controlled, at one time or another thirteen or fourteen hundred acres, but not all at the same time. In 1686, he paid taxes on 900 acres – was the highest reported at any one time. His holdings were, for the most part, between the Mill and White Clay Creeks in Mill Creek Hundred. For easy identification, he owned all, or a very large part of the land now used by the Delaware Park Racetrack.
The New Castle County Court was responsible for the assessment and collection of taxes, and the records show the following taxes paid by John Cann.
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In 1688, “John Cann acknowledges in open court a deed of enfeoffment for his plantation in Appoquinimink to Peter Andress ” — ” as by ye deed as more at large may appear. ” As I was unable to find this deed I do not know the size, or location of this plantation.
The following land transactions are in addition to those mentioned in the records of the New Castle County Court, and are located in Archives, Hall of Records, Dover, Delaware. These deeds are known as the “York Records.”
– William Penn confirms a grant of 400 acres to John Cann: located on White Clay Creek, – This patent carries an enfeoffment of one bushel of wheat for each hundred acres.
– Samuel Land transfers 400 acres to John Cann
– William Penn confirms the grant of a lot in New Castle
– 200 acres of land transferred from Cann to Cookson.
– Land Commissioners, Claypoole and Turner grant a patent of 400 acres.
– John Cann bought from John Donaldson: 3 houses in New Castle; 400 acres on Appoquinimink Creek: 1800 acres on Duck Creek. This was widow’s dower of Ephraim Herman’s estate. John Cann deeded the same property back to Donaldson the same day. These deeds are of special interest because they were not recorded until 1705, and 11 years after his death.
Although John Cann was a man of many talents and interests his main source of income was, probably, from his activities as a merchant. He is identified as much in the exchange of deeds with Donaldson, mentioned above. In 1685, he and John Guest went before the Court and made a bond to Charles Jones & Company, Bristol, England.
“In full and just sume of forty eight pounds current coyned monie of Pensilvania.”
As John Guest is also identified in some records as a merchant, it is resonable to assume that the bond was for the purchase of goods for the resale. After his death in 1694, the Administrator of his estate, James Claypoole, lists in the inventory of his assets “Materials on the dock” valued at approximately, 300 pounds. The inventory also shows a plantation on White Clay Creek valued at 300 pounds: a house and a lot in New Castle, 300 pounds: a negro, 30 pounds, and other miscellaneous items. The total was approximately, 1650 pounds. The acreage of the plantation was not given. (As the examination of the inventory in Philadelphia was hurried – had to catch a train – and as the amounts were listed in pounds, shillings and pence the exact figures were not listed in my notes)
Note: The Charles Jones mentioned in the bond was the uncle of John Cann by his marriage to Agnes, the daughter of John Cann, the preacher.
There is nothing in the record of the court to prove whether or not John Cann had any formal legal training. I am of the opinion that he had not. However, the records of the New Castle County Court (1676 – 1681) and (1682 – 1699) do show that he played a part in nearly every session held by the various courts: member of the jury, constable, justice of the peace, or judge. In any event, I am very sure that he was very well versed in the law.
William Penn arrived at new Castle on October 2, 1682 and after the formalities of accepting “turf and twig, and water and soyle of the River Delaware” as an act of fealty, he announced:-
“I do in the King’s name, hereby constitute you, John Moll, Peter Aldricks, Johannes de Haes, William Simple, Arnoldus de le Grange, and John Cann, to be justices of the peace, and a court of judicature, for the town of New Castle, upon Delaware, —– any four of you shall make a quorum —– for the space of one whole year, or until further ordered. —- this day, October 28, 1682.” signed, Wm Penn.
A word about the Colonial Justices of the Peace:- Their duties and responsibilities involved all phases of the various courts of law, and many parts of the executive government of their Counties, as constituted today. They were to have the authohority of a court of General Sessions , and to decide cases under 20 pounds without appeal, for cases above 20 pounds and for crimes extending to life, limb, or banishment appeal was to lie in the Governor and Council. Matters under five pounds might be determined without a jury, unless desired by the parties, as also “Matters of Equity.” The court’s authority was extensive although controlled by the Governor. The court made all “necessary By-laws or orders,” but valid only for one year, and had to be reported promptly. They could levy taxes, but not without his prior approval. They were allowed to make grants of unseated lands up to fifty acres. Their powers and responsibilities were changed from time to time.
Although John Cann was appointed “Justice of the Peace” for only one year when Penn reorganized the court in 1682, he was re-appointed in 1685, and again in 1690. He was appointed a Provincial Judge in 1686. Actually he sat continually until he died, and in all the different court:- Sat as Judge or Justice, 3/18/1684, – Orphan’s Court:- 10/16/1684, – Court of Assizes:- 4/21/1685, – Court of Quarter Sessions:- 5/23/1685, – Special Court:- 4/2/1685, – Court for King and Governor:- That is the way the record continues to read from year to year. As a Provincial Judge his instructions were to “Goe their cicrcuits into everie respective county in the Province,” and hold courts of appeals, and to hear all cases of high grade, questions of land title and other cases of which the county courts had no jurisdiction. Later this court termed the “Supreme Court.”
Before William Penn assumed control of the Province of Pennsylvania, the Colonists in the three lower counties on the Delaware, who were under the management of the Duke of York, the brother of King Charles, the second, petitioned Penn for an “Act of Union with Pennsylvania.”
“To the Honourable Proprietor & Governour of Pennsylvania.
The Humble request of ye ffree holders of ye Three Counteys of New Castsell, Jones, & New Deale Alias Worekill.
Humbly desyring that that they may be favoured with an Act of Union By the Gouvernour and Assembly for their Incorporation in and with the province of Pennsylvania — ever after accounted as ffree men — so happy to obteyne our request we will ffor ever acknowledge and in all faithfulness subscribe our selues your in all Lawfull obedience.”
John Cann’s signature appears on this document as a Representative of New Castle County.
One of the first acts of William Penn after he personally took charge of his Province was to present the “Great Law Pennsylvania,’ which he had prepared, to a selected group, representing the Counties, for approval. This was concluded at Upland (Chester, Pa.) on Dec. 7, 1682. The organization of the Province provided for the election of delegates to a General Assembly (Legislature). John Cann headed the list of those representing New Castle County, at the first meeting held in Philadelphia on March 10, 1683.
In 1684, John Cann became a member of the Provincial Council, the upper house of the Assembly, which had both administrative and legislative powers. He served again in 1685, 1686, 1687, 1688, 1690, and 1693. I believe he was in Philadelphia attending a meeting of the Council when he died in 1694. When Penn returned to England in 1684, he “commissioned the Provincial Council to act in his stead while he was away, trusting the “Great Seal to Thomas Lloyd, the President.”
The proceedings of the Assembly and Council between 1684 and 1699, when Penn returned, may be summed up in a few sentences: transactions were, as a rule unimportant – routine appointments – quarrels of public officers among themselves – differences between Council and Assembly – and most important of all to the three lower counties, their fight for equality with the Pennsylvania Counties in appointments to Provincial offices. in 1690, the feeling became so bitter that the members from the lower counties refused to attend the meetings of the Council, and without them the machinery of government ground to a halt. These disgruntled men met in private and appointed their own Justices and other officers.
“When the regular Council learned of the affair, they promptly declared the appointments illegal, and severely reprimanded the unruly members for their clandestine action.” John Cann was one of these “unruly members.” Later, under his leadership the following meeting was held by the same group:
“The Members of Council of the three Lower Counties New Castle Sussex & Kent being mett att the Towne of New Castle ye 4th Aprill 1691.
John Cann William Clark John Brinkloe Richard Halleywell John Hill George Martin Albertus Jacobs made choice of John Cann as President and appointed James Claypoole, Clarke.
Ordered that a Declaration be drawn up Setting forth the reasons of ye members of Council — absenting themselves from Acting at Present with the members of Council — and that John Cann Wm. Clarke & Richard Halleywell is appointed for the Methodizing etc”
The remainder of the report of the meeting involves only route matters. Penn eventually compromised by allowing the lower counties to recommend appointees to Provincial offices in the three counties, and no one to be appointed without their approval.
Before any attempt is made to place any flesh and blood on the bare factual skeleton of John Cann, and to evaluate his actions, it is necessary to place him in proper perspective; and to understand him requires a thumb-nail reconstruction of the social and political structure of this very unsettled period of English history, and the resulting repercussions in the Colonies. Following the Civil War and Cromwell’s Commonwealth, Charles, the second, was called to the throne. He have the settlements on the Delaware River to his brother, James, Duke of York, who afterwards became King James, the second, and granted that section of land now called, Pennsylvania, to William Penn in 1681. Charles died in 1685 and was succeeded by James, the second who abdicated the throne in 1689, and William and Mary were crowned King and Queen. They were Protestants. Maryland had been granted to Lord Baltimore in 1632.
Delaware was settled by the Swedes, surrendered to the Dutch, captured by the English, and merged with the Province of Pennsylvania in 1682. The composition of the social community reflected all these national groups, with indentured servants, bonded persons, petty criminals from the slums of the cities, farmers seeking land, Indians, adventurers of all types, a few skilled craftsmen, and minor officials hoping for advancement. Only a few could read and write. As James Eliason aptly put it, “Dukes didn’t migrate.” William Penn returned to England in 1684, leaving a Council in charge of the Province, and did not return until 1699.
In his absence the control of the Province became very weak and uncertain; and the situation, at times very confused and chaotic. Into this cauldron of political unrest, maneuvers for power, and bitter personal feuds, John Cann not only survived, but, in spite of filed charges and personal attack, prospered.
As has been recorded, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace, a Judge of the Provincial Court, and was a member of the Provincial Council, and as such, was often a central figure in the political arena. When the news of the abdication of James, and the crowning of William and Mary, reached the Province, the Quakers in charge took no notice of the change. It was said that they were waiting for instructions from London. As a result, persons said to be agents of Lord Baltimore in Maryland, stirred up trouble because William was not proclaimed King. Jean Forat, a Justice of the Peace, refused to sit on the Bench with other Justices, and implied that they were enemies of King William. Forat was brought before the Court, Judge Cann, presiding as President, and the result was that the Governor rescinded Forat’s commission as a justice. He immediately preferred charges against Cann, alleging that:-
“The state of that which happened in New Castle in Pennsylvania concerning the treason against the King, I mean King William, whom I pray God to grant him a long and happy life, and to give him favor, always to have the victory over his enemies and mine.”
“In — August 1689 — here — two Papists, Gentlemen from Maryland, named Darnell and Servell, where I, as one of the Justices — said to the other Justices — seize on these, — made answer — they were honest persons often times drinkt King James his health — permitted them to depart.
On the 20th — September last the Governor and — the Justices searched for me because I had said I would not sit on yet seat of justice — with the others because King William was not proclaimed King — Governor termed me a seditious person, and one who stirred up the people for that reason tooke me from my office. — John Cann, a Justice — President of the Court answered me that if one man killed another, must we do the like.”
As I could not find any further record on the matter I presume it was dropped, except John White in his charges against John Cann revived it.
Another difficulty arose from the question of the laws passed under Penn’s charter. This charger was given to Penn by King Charles and continued by James, provided that the laws were to be made by an Assembly, subject to certain restrictions. Now that a new King was on the throne, the question became; were the laws passed under the terms of Penn’s Charter to automatically be continued, or did the basic law of England prevail, John Cann’s handling of this situation became the first of White’s charges.
I have neither the time or space to discuss all the fourteen or more charges made against John Cann by John White. He fired a full shot gun load in the hopes just one of the pellets might find a vital spot.
“To the Deputy Govern’ and Proinciall Councill of Pensilvania & Counties annexed ye 3d of the 2d mo 1691.”
“Certain Articles Exhibited by Jno White of PHiladelphia agt Jno Cann one of the members of Provinciall Councill for the County of N: Castle.”
“The Said Jno Cann Assuming to him self an arbitrary Power and endeavering to subvrt the Powers granted to the Proprietory & Govern’ by the King. Lettrs pattents whereby — Govern’ — consent of freemen or delegates — make laws not repugnt to laws of England & which shall be inforce — until declared void by the King yett John Cann — did in open Court held at N: Castle and being the Chief or first Justice on ye bench Declare that the Laws of thi Government were void and dropt and we just now go or Act by the Laws of England. Quarter Sessions — June 1689.”
“The said Jno Cann ddi att the Quarter Sessions next following — we have considered father — decided the Laws of Govern’t are in force by this means rendering old causes and Judgements — uncertaine and Singly Assuming a Power of destroying or Reviving the Laws att his arbitrary will or pleasure.” This situation has been discussed.
“Whereas there is a Law that no Person shall Presume to keep an Ordinary with out a Lycence and the said of John Cann being presented by the Grand Jury — and John Cann being called on to answer — contemptuously Denyed the Jurisdiction of the Court Alleidging they Could not try him being one of the Justices and did openly Declare in Court he did sell drink he hath sold drink, and would sell drink without a Lycence by that means Openly contemning the Authority of the Laws and Raising him self above the Reach of Justice.”
A few comments on this charge:- An inn or ordinary in Colonial times was not simply a bar or a drinking place, but a community gathering spot, more like a fashionable hotel or country club of today. And it was, also, a place where the men met to discuss the affairs of the day and talk politics, and it must be remembered John Cann was first, last and always, a politician, and as such, the ordinary was, as today, a necessary adjunct.
Case between Government and James Fox of Philadelphia. “Said James Fox told him (Cann) he would pay whatever the Law required — but John Cann told him he would make Bargain with him that if he would Laydown 18 s. for the Justices and give the Officers Double Fees — ye said Cann and justices would hear his case otherwise they would not — father saying we will not mind the Law etc.” No comment.
“The said John Cann father to express his contempt of the King did Depart out of the Company of the King’s Messenger then in the house of Robt Evens att N:Castle and seeing an Indian Woman Go by the Door Declare in the hearing of these Gents that eh would go wait upon that Gentlewoman meaning the Indian for he should get more by itt than waiting on such blades Meaning the Kings Messenger” “old” John had a sense of humor.
“The said John Cann knowing the Said John White to be a member of the Assembly — 1689 — signed an unlawful hue & Cry for Apprehending the Body of the Said Jno White — without alledging any cause of Imprisonmt– apprehended like a felon the house broke open in the night a Breach of Assembly and grievous Damage of the said Jno White his person.”
“Whereas the Said Jno Cann — transport tobacco out of this Government to Boston In N:England without paying or agreeing for the Custome.”
“— Jno Cann without Lycence in Contempt of the Law keeps a tipling house were the Officers of the Court spend a great part of their Fees & persons haveing business at Court spend much money in wine punch & beere — wherby — have opportunity — anticpate the judgement and favor of — Cann —- spend largely in his house where swaring and drunkness is tolerated whilst an Inocent person shall be fined 20 pounds for demanding Justice and he hath made it more easy for Privateers & PIrates whom he hath harboured to pardon a thousand Oaths in his hearing than for more than forth ffree holders to begg for Justice.”
The bare charges, in themselves, at first, seem shocking, but when consideration is given to the facts; that John White, the clerk of the Province, was a bitter and determined enemy of John Cann; that nearly all the charges were based on happenings two years prior or in 1689, and, of course, these were his interpretations of those happenings; and that none is actually proven, then a different conclusion is reached. It becomes a personal quarrel – the method of a frustrated man to destroy or tarnish the reputation of his enemy, and an accepted political maneuver. However, the charges are very interesting and informative, and do put some flesh and blood on the skeleton, and add a little color to the picture of John Cann, the man.
As no information could be found in the records on the disposition of the charges, I assume they were dropped by the Council, The Governor made probably a true evaluation when he reappointed John Cann to the Provincial Council after the charges had been filed, and that he was an active Provincial Judge at the time of his death.
Very little information could be found about John Cann’s wife, except she was named, MARY, in several court records. The lists of Tithebles, while they ar enot acceptable as positive proof do give some possible information on the time of her death. The 1685 list shows three persons, who I assume to be John, his wife, and a daughter, Mary, who married James Claypoole. In 1686, the number drops to two, indicating that either the wife died, or the daughter married. The next year the list shows only one, who must be John. The two sons, John and William, who appear later, are not listed, therefore they must have been minors at that time.
As stated before, John Cann died in Philadelphia on May 2, 1694, and James Claypoole was appointed to administrate his estate: – “Benjamine Fletcher, Captain General and Governor in Philadelphia: To James Claypoole, son-in-law, married to the eldest daughter of John Cann, Esq. late at Philadelphia, deceased whereas the late John Cann so as aforesaid deceased — etc. — . Province of Pennsylvania and County of New Castle — Put my hand and seal at Philadelphia the 2nd. day May in the year of our Lord God 1694.”
“James Claypoole, son-in-law, married to the eldest daughter of John Cann, Esq.”
Records of the New Castle Court of Common Pleas for the period. Novemeber 16,1708/9 (State Archives, Dover) mentions Christian Steelman of New Castle, “cordwainer” (shoemaker), and his wife, Mary, Administrix of James Claypoole of New Castle, deceased. On July 24, 1706, letters of Administration on the estate of James Claypoole of New Castle, gentleman, “who lately died intestate” were granted to Mary Claypoole.”
James Claypoole was clerk of the New Castle Court as early as July 30, 1690.
On October 22, 1695, James Clayp[oole and Mary, his wife, were among those named in the will of Mary Williams.
The old Gilpin House orginally built by James Claypoole before 1700. (Old New Castle and Modern Delaware – Tercentenry of Founding of NEw Castle. Page 36. Item 84)
The Father of James Claypoole was a notable personage at the time of the founding of Pennsylvania, and the author of several books and pamphlets published in Philadelphia, and are now in the Friends Library on Arch Street. He was an admired friend of William Penn long before he migrated to America. His father was Adam Claypoole, Esq. Who was seated at the Manor of Noroborugh, Northhampton County, England. He was the uncle of Lord John Claypoole, who married Elizabeth, favorite daughter of Oliver Cromwell. Adam Claypoole above, married Dorthy, daughter of Robert Winfield and Elizabeth Cecil, Lord Burleigh, and Prime Minister or England in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
A summary of the life of John Cann
1635/45 – 1694
He is reported to have been born in Bristol, England sometime between 1635 and 1645, the son of Robert Cann, Lord Mayor of Bristol. He appears on the Delaware before 1677. The indications are that he was a typical English younger son, a good education but no money except what the eldest son chose to give him, and I believe in this case, nothing. He sat on many juries and in 1679, was appointed, constable for on year. When Penn was granted a large tract of land in 1681, a movement was started to merge the Delaware Counties with Pennsylvania. The result was a petition was drawn up signed, and sent to Penn. As John Cann’s signature appears on the document as a representative of New Castle County, it is safe to assume that he was one of the leaders. He bought his first tract of land in 1680, and added more from time to time until in 1685 he paid taxes on 900 acres and two lots in New Castle.
When William Penn assumed direct management of his Province, he appointed John Cann a Justice of the Peace, and in 1686, a Provincial Judge. In 1684, he became the first Registrar of Will for New Castle County, and the same year, a Deputy Surveyor – have not been able to locate any of his surveys, but his appointment appears in the Archives of Pennsylvania.
The first elected Assembly was called in 1683, and John Cann was chosen as a Representative of New Castle County. The following year he became a Member of the Princincipal Council. The growing dissatisfaction with the appointment of Officers for the three lower counties came to a head in 1690, and the members of these counties refused to meet with those from Pennsylvania. After some months the rebellious members met in New Castle, organized a separate Council and proceeded to select John Cann as the President of Council, and to make their own appointments. This was the first attempt of the Delaware Counties to break away from Pennsylvania, and, was used successfully when the Colonies were separated in 1705. The compromise was that no one would be appointed without their approval. This principal was later adopted as a National policy, and is in effect today – the Senate “advise and consent” on executive appointments.
In 1689, Jean Forat, a Justice of the Peace, was removed from office by the Governor as a seditious person. He filed charges against John Cann, who sat as President of the Court, indirectly charging him with being disloyal to King William. Later, in 1691, a John White filed a list of serious charges against John Cann alleging all manner of things, such as; that he was selling justice; that he was selling drink without a license; that hew as transporting tobacco out of the colony without paying customs; that he was disrespectful and contemptuous of the King’s laws and his messengers, and generally not a proper person to administer the King’s law.
However, the Governor reaffirmed his faith in John Cann’s loyalty and ability when he reappointed him to the Provincial Council after the charges had been filed and he had been involved in a minor rebellion as a leader.
JOHN (21) and WILLIAM (25), sons of John (1)
As has been mentioned before, John Cann left two sons, John and William, this is proven by their statements in several deeds. As James Claypoole was named administrator of the estate, both of the boys must have been minors at the time of their father’s death, and as it is estimated that their mother died about 1685, they must have reached their majority between 1700 and 1705. It seems that the old English custom must have been followed in the distribution of the property, because John seems to have, at least, partly taken over in 1703 when he sold 202 acres to John Ball and signed the deed himself. Claypoole signed as a Recorder. This would indicate that John was of age about that time. IN 1704 he sold 13 acres to Cornelius Empson, and in 1706 he bought 210 acres from William Rakestraw for 45 pounds. This is a part of the tract of 570 acres, spoken of before, as patented to Walraven, Tonson, Defoe and Charles Rumsey in 1676. Parts of this tract were sold to John Moll, then to Rakestraw, and later to John Cann (1). John Cann (21) sold the 210 acres to his brother, William (25) fro 100 pounds in 1707. Richard Reynolds wrote the deed, and was described as “My trusty and well beloved friend” by John Cann. The house in the town of New Castle was sold to Francis Land. The interesting part of this transaction is that both brothers sign the deed, and say that they are the only heirs of their father, John Cann (1). Probably, the most interesting, was a deed from John Donaldson, merchant, to John Cann, (1), merchant, conveying land on Duck Creek, spoken of before, made in 1692, and not recorded until 1705. It is thought that this marked the end of administration of John Cann’s estate, and that both sons were now of age.
WILLIAM CANN (25) the younger son of John (1)
Born est. 1683/84 – died, 1753
Married. Jane Lewis – 1716
Married, 2nd. wife. – Mary – 1735/40
William Cann spent his entire life on the 210 acre farm which he had bought from his brother, John, in 1707, and when he died in 1753, he willed the land to his tow sons, John and James. No mention was made of William (34), his son by his first wife, Jane Lewis, or any of his daughters. As his son, William, had married and probably, had established himself, he and the girls were left money. No complete record of will is on file.
In 1710, his brother, John (21), sold 248 acres of the land his father had bought from John Wattkins in 1682, to a Richard Lewis. This tract adjoined the plantation of William Cann (25), who in 1716 married Jane, the daughter of his neighbor, Richard Lewis, who died in 1725, and states in his will:
4th. Item –
“I give and bequeath to my daughter, Jane Cann wife of William Cann, 20 pounds lawful money due me by bond or bonds from Nathaniel Warfield, to be paid to my daughter as they come due as being seen will appear.
5th. Item –
I give —- etc. to my grandchild Elizabeth Cann, daughter of William and Jane five pounds to be paid her on the day of her marriage or at the age of twenty one.
6th. Item –
I give —- etc. grandchild Hellina, (as above)
7th. & 8th. –
I give —- grandson, William, – – and grandson, William; and grandchild, Mary, (as above)
On May 25, 1729, the people of the White Clay Creek area, having organized an Episcopal Church, write a letter to the church authorities in London requesting they be sent a Missionary, saying that it is ten miles to New Castle, etc.
William is among the fifteen or twenty signers. The name of John Cann does not appear, an indication that he no longer lived in the area. William Cann also signed the letter of Oct. 3, 1731, in which they offer 45 pounds a year and lodging for a rector, and the one in September 1743, praising the work of a rector. The church involved was St. James.
* The Records of the Old Baptist Welsh Tract Churchyard on Iron Hill recite: “Ancient Mary Cann, 1786, thought to be over 90.” This would mean that she was born before 1700. The only one would could fit this description is Mary, the wife of WILLIAM, as she was living in 1784.
In 1748, William Cann (25) sold eighty acres of the 210 he bought from his brother, John, in 1707 to moses White, who in the same year married an Ann Cann in Old Sedes Church, Wilmington. Who her parents were I do not know. Several other Cann girls were married in Old Swedes about the same time: 1750 Susanna Cann to James Masters; 1757, Jane Cann to William Armout; and in 1761, Margaret Cann to James Fosset.
William Cann (25) died in 1753, leaving a will which was either not probated, or probated and lost. I personally believe the latter to be true. Selected parts are quoted from time to time in deeds to prove ownership of property. Years later when a division of land was made between his two sons, James (311) and John (39) no mention was made of his son, William.
His second wife was named Mary M. Her family name is not known. She signed the deed with her husband, in the transfer of the eighty acres to Moses White, and again in 1784, when a final division of William Cann’s estate was made. Exactly when he and Mary were married is unknown, as is the time of his first wife’s death. Calculating from the fact that the elder son, John, was married in 1759, and James in 1770, and that the first division of their father’s property was made in 1767, it is estimated to have been about 1735/40. At the time William (25) died the children must have been quite young, and the mother simply stayed on at the farm until the boys were grown. When James was twenty one in, or about 1767, they decided to make a division of the land in accordance with the will of their father, which provided as follows:
“John Cann, senr. late of the County afs. in his lifetime: —- possessed of a tract of land situated in the hundred and County afs. — by his deed —- dated 19th May 1707 —- did grant and convey a certain piece of land unto William Cann (the father of the afs. John and James who is the parties hereto) — said William Cann being so seized made his last will — 15th of June 1753 —- did give and bequeath his real estate or land between his two sons, John and James Cann, above sd. in these words (vis) I give and bequeath unto my son, John, my dwelling house and one hundred acres —- to my son, James, all the residue —- part adjoining Mose White’s line — Along the line of William Reynolds. etc. etc. ” (details of the bounding of the two parts.)
The above was quoted in length because several interesting possibilities are indicated: first, that John Cann, senr. had moved out of New Castle County – he does not say to where or when; second, that John, senr. and John, Jr. were still living; and third, that it is a prelude to coming events.
In 1767, John and James exchange deeds selling to each other any interest they might have in the other’s part of the farms for one pound, and acknowledging the acts in open court.
WILLIAM CANN (34) son of William Cann (25) and Jane Lewis (26)
Born ca. 1720. Died. Unknown
Married. Margaret Clark. March 2, 1748
This William Cann was undoubtedly born and raised on his father’s plantation on White Clay Creek, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County.
Considerable time and effort has been spent trying to work out the details involving William Cann (34). It has been proven that his father, William Cann (25), and his mother Jane Lewis (26) were married in Immanuel Church, New Castle in 1716. His grandfather, Richard Lewis, died in 1725, and in his Will mentioned his grandson, William Cann. This fixes his date of birth as approximately 1720. William Cann (25), the father, sold some land in 1748, and a Mary M. signed the deed as his wife. Therefore, Jane Lewis, the first wife, must have died before 1748 – just when I do not know. Two sons, John (39) and James (311), are proven issues of the second marriage. As John (39) married in 1759, his date of birth is estimated as 1735/40. Therefore, William (34) and his three sisters were partly raised by a step-mother, who had small children of her own. This may have created an unhappy situation for all concerned.
The State Archives at Dover list the marriage of a William Cann and Margaret Clark in 1748. As William Cann (34) is the only known William Cann, except the father, living at that time, the marriage is accepted as authentic. It is the to be noted that this is the same year that William Cann (25) sold 80 acres of the 210 acres which he had bought from his brother John (21) in 1707. When William (25) died in 1753, in his will he divided his remaining land between his tow sons, John and James. William (34) is not mentioned. Therefore, it is thought very possible, and logical that William (25) used or gave the returns from the sale of the 80 acres to his son, William (34) to start him farming.
In 1778, a Robert Clark of Pencader Hundred died, and willed some of his personal property to “his sister’s son, Robert Cann.” As Margaret Clark is the only known Clark married to a Cann, the Robert Cann mentioned in the will must have been a son of William (34) and Margaret Clark Cann (35). Furthermore.
Entry in the Records of Old Swedes Church: page 266. “William Cann and wife Jane’s child, William. 9 weeks old. October 1.” (1721)
it is thought that William Cann (34) moved from Mill Creek Hundred to Pencader Hundred, perhaps near his brother-in-law, Robert Clark or possibly, in the lower part, not very far from where his uncle, John Cann (21) had settled. This is partly substantiated by the fact that all male Canns of record living in Mill Creek, White Clay Creek, or any of the Northern Hundreds during this period are identified as descendants of either John (39) or James (311).
It is thought that the children of William Cann (34) and Margaret Clark were, in addition to Robert (48) – proven – William (43) and John (41).
WILLIAM CANN (43) son of William (34) and Margaret Clark (35)
Born. 1758 died. 1835
Married. Mrs. Harry Gash.
Very little is known about this William Cann. In the Military Archives of Delaware, a William Cann is reported as follows:
“A muster Roll of Cap’n Samuel Smith’s Co. & Del. Reg. of Continental Troops commanded by Coln. John Haslet & now in the service of the United Colonies in Barracks at Dover the 12th Day of April 1776. William Cann Prv. Enlisted Jan 20, 1776.”
Marion Cann reports that he married a Mrs. Harry Gash, and took up Western lands – made available to ex-soldiers by Congress. He also lists several generations of descendants of William Cann, spread over Kentucky, Texas, and other Western States. They are so distant in both distance and relationship that I have not included them in this report.
That William Cann (34) moved from Mill Creek to the Pencader – St. Georges Hundred area, as mentioned above, is indicated by the Tax lists. 1777 – Pencader Hd. lists, Henry and Wm. Clark; St. Georges Hd. Robert and James Clark, Alexander Clark is shown as transferred from Cecil Co. Md. to St. Georges Hd. by Mason and Dixon. Robert Clark does not appear in subsequent lists. 1779 – Henry, Wm. and David Clark. 1780 – Henry and Wm. Clark of St. Georges Hd. Both years – Pencader. 1804 – St. Georges Hd. Robert, est., Robert, William, and Jacob Cann, sons of Robert, Sr., Also, a John and Augustus Cann thought to be John (51), and Augustus (53)
ROBERT CANN (48) son of William Cann (34) and Margaret Clark (35)
Born. ca.1759. Died. unknown
The records show that a Robert Clark, of Pencader Hundred died on September 22, 1778, and in his will probated the same year, bequeathed to his sister’s son, Robert Cann, who was evidently named for him the following:
“One hundred and thirty pounds to be paid him at the age of twenty one years, fifteen yards of linnen, a suit of cloas of the cloth now at the fulling mill, my chest with all my wearing appearl.”
From the wording of the will it is evident that Robert was under twenty one at the time, but as he left Robert his clothes, which he would not have left to a boy of ten or twelve, who could not have worn them for ten or more years, I assume that Robert was in his late teens, only a year or so short of his majority. Therefore, I estimate that he was born about 1759. The importance of establishing the date of his birth is that a Robert Cann registered the birth of daughter, Eleanor, in St. Stephen’s Church as of Oct. 29, 1774, and the fact that Robert (48) would be about fifteen at the time, eliminates him from being the father of Eleanor.
I have been unable to find any more information on this Robert Cann.
JOHN CANN (41) son of William Cann (34) and Margaret Clark (35)
Born. 1760. Died. 1816
Very little of substance is known of this John Cann. Undoubtedly, he was born and raised in either St. Georges or Pencader Hundred. Marion Cann in his notes reports that he lived in Pencader Hundred on the farm known as “Belltown,” near Glasgow. William Cann (513) later owned this small farm.
The children of John Cann and Jane are thought to be: John (51), William (52), and Augustus (53).
John and Jane are reported to have been buried in Glasgow Presbyterian Cemetery.
JOHN CANN (51) son of John Cann (41) and Jane (42)
Born. Before 1783. Died. Unknown.
Practically nothing is known of this John Cann. His name appears on the tax rolls of St. Georges Hundred in 1804, therefore, he must have been twenty one or over at that time, which means that he must have been born before 1783. Marion Stuart Cann lists him as the son of John Cann, his children as Augustus (61) and Sarah (62).
AUGUSTUS CANN (61) son of John Cann (51)
Born. unknown. died. unknown.
Married. Alice Brogan – 1831, Ann Crispin – 1833
Very little is known of this Augustus. The Archives in Dover show that an Augustus married an Alice Brogan in Asbury Church, Wilmington, Delaware, and two years later, report that an Augustus married again, Ann Crispin. Miss Lottie Cann of Lewisville, Pennsylvania says she is not sure but believes his first wife died and that he married soon afterwards. I have heard that this Augustus was a merchant, and kept a general store in Delaware City, Del. for some years, and later moved to PennsGrove, New Jersey.
SARAH CANN (62) daughter of John Cann (51)
Absolutely nothing is known of this Sarah, except Marion Cann lists her as the daughter of John.
WILLIAM CANN (52) the youngest son of John Cann (41) and his wife, Jane (42)
I have no information at all on this William Cann. I list him because he appears in the records of Marion Stuart Cann.
AUGUSTUS CANN (53) 2nd son of John Cann (41) and, Jane (42)
Born. before 1783. died. 1868.
Married. before 1810. – name unknown.
Married. before 1822. Jane Brown. (widow)
Born. unknown died. after 1868.
Augustus Cann (53) was probably born in St. Georges Hd., Delaware, or in the Eastern part of Bohemia Manor, Hd., Maryland. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but as his name appears in the tax list for St. Georges, Hundred in 1804 – he must have twenty one at that time – he must have been born before 1783. He died in 1868, and was buried in St. John’s Methodist Churchyard, at Lewisville, Pennsylvania – only about two miles north of Fair Hill, Maryland. His tombstone is so eroded by the weather that the exact date of birth can not be deciphered.
He was a farmer, and moved from St. Georges Hundred to Pencader Hundred, Delaware in 1807 – just where I do not know. Later, he moved from Delaware to the Northern part of Cecil Co., Maryland, and in the Fair Hill area.
He was married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown. A son, Augustus, was born of this marriage on Dec. 7, 1810. About 1820, he married a widow with a daughter, Elizabeth Jane Brown, born, 1812. His first son by this marriage was in 1822.
His will, probated in 1868 in the Cecil County Court (D-11-356), leaves all his property to his wife during her life and names as his heirs; Augustus (63), Samuel (64), John (65), Mary Ellen (66), AND Sarah Cann (67). Samuel was name Administrator.
AUGUSTUS CANN (63) first son of Augustus Cann (53)
Born. Dec. 7, 1810. Died. Unknown.
Married. Hannah Tortan.
Very little is known of this Augustus Cann. He moved to Camden, New Jersey. He was living when his father died in 1868, but because he lived in Camden, is probably the reason he was not named administrator. I believe his descendants are still living in Camden.
Augustus Cann (53) purchased from Lewis Wright and wife a small farm located in Cecil County, Maryland, near Lewisville, Pennsylvania – its northern border was the Pennsylvania line. He sold this tract to Robert McCleary, who in turn resold it to John Cann (65). On March 21, 1864, John Cann and his wife Sarah Ann sold this property to Robert Jaquett.
SAMUEL CANN (64) son of Augustus Cann (53) and Jane Brown (530)
Born. March 12, 1822. Died. 1901
Married. Matilda (660) Born. 1826. Died. 1901
Samuel was a farmer who lived in the Lemblesville – Lewsville area of Pennsylvania. He was well-known, liked, and respected by his friends and neighbors living in his community. His Children:
HANNAH CANN (7020) married ARTHUR EWING (7021).
They lived in Lewisville, and had two daughers.
VIOLA EWING (8030) married AMOS SPENCER (8031).
NETTIE EWING (8032) married ELWOOD CHAMBERS (8033)
CAMELIA CANN (7022) married WILLIAM FOLY (7023). No children
MARY CANN (7024) married ROBERT CAMPBELL (7025).
They lived in Newark, Delaware. They had one child.
EDNA CAMPBELL (8034)
she worked in the Farmer’s Bank for many years. Did not marry.
WILLIAM CANN (7026) married RYE O’DANIEL (7027)
Lived in Oxford, Pa. No Children.
LEWIS CANN (7028) married MARGARET M. DEPUTY (7029).
She attended Delaware College in the class of 1886, and lived on South College Ave., Newark, Del. for many years. She died about 1950.
JOHN CANN (65) son of Augustus Cann (53) and Jane Brown (530)
Born. Feb. 8, 1824. Died. Jan. 1892
Married. 1845. Sarah A. Gaun. (661)
He owned and operated a farm in the Fair Hill area. Miss Lottie Cann, a descendant, has the marriage certificate, written in long hand, “he married John Cann and Sarah A. Gaun in the Methodist Church at Nottingham Mills on April 22, 1845, etc.” Their children were; Gilbert (7030), Mary Jane (7032), and William L. (7034).
GILBERT CANN (7030) son of John Cann (65) and Sarah Gaun (661)
Born. April 10, 1849. Died. June 1937
Married. Oct. 23, 1879. Mary Steele (7031)
Born. Sept. 18, 1856. Died. Oct. 23, 1923
He farmed for many years near Fair Hill, Maryland, and then moved to Elkton, where he died in 1937, and was buried in the St. John’s Methodist Cemetery, Lewisville, Pa. The children of this marriage were; John Garrett (8035), Sarah Ellen (8036), known as Ellen, and Charlotte E. (8037), known as Lottie.
JOHN GARRETT CANN (8035) was born, April 3, 1880; died in 1960; and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Lewisville. He was a farmer of the area. He married MARY ELIZABETH PIERCE (8036), who was born in 1872; died in 1954, and was buried with her husband. Their children were: T. Gilbert (9260), and Mary Matilda (9261).
T. GILBERT CANN (9260) was born, Feb. 9, 1905; died Jan. 26, 1964; and was buried in The Rock Presbyterian Cemetery, Fair Hill, Maryland. He was also a farmer. On August 11, 1928, he married CARRIE BOWLSLY (9261). They had on child, a daughter.
CARRIE ELIZABETH CANN (10-101). She married STANLEY MOORE (10-102), a farmer, Sept. 1958. Their children were:
ELIZABETH ANN MOORE (11-63)
DONALD THOMAS MOORE (11-64)
MARY MATILDA CANN (9261), She married LEE BOWLSLY (10-104) in 192.
LEE CANN BOWLSLY (11-65)
SARAH ELLEN CANN (8037), known as Ellen, was born, Sept. 17, 1881. She was educated in the Cecil County Schools, and for many years taught in the Blake School in Elkton, Md.
CHARLOTTE E. CANN (8038), known as Lottie, was born, Feb. 20, 1888. She was educated in the Cecil County Schools, and attended various courses at the University of Delaware. She taught in the Fair Hill School. At present both Ella and Lottie are living in Lewisville, Pa.
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN (7034) son of John Cann (65) and, Sarah Guan (661)
Born. December 10, 1856. Died. June 30, 1934
Married. 1875. Ann Margaret Gallaher.
Born. July 21, 1857. Died. April 5, 1927
The Rev. William Lewis Cann, son of the Rev. John Cann and Sarah Guan, his wife, was born on a farm near Lewisville, Pennsylvania. His youth and early manhood was devoted to agriculture in the same area. All his children except Merrill were born during this period of his life. In 1895, at the age of 39, he retired from the farm, and entered the Methodist Ministry.
In 1875, he married ANN MARGARET GALLAHER (7035), the daughter of John Evans Gallaher (April 17, 1823 – Feb. 27, 1901), and Ann Elizabeth Chandlee (Aug. 28, 1830 – Nov. 30, 1895) . She was a direct descendant of Benjamin Chandlee, the emigrant son of William Chandlee of Kilmore, in County Kildare, Ireland. He founded the celebrated firm of Benjamin Chandlee & Sons of Nottingham, Pennsylvania, noted colonial manufacturers of clocks, surveying compasses, and other precision instruments.
After his wife died, the Rev. William Cann retired to live with his son, Merrill, in Marshallton Pennsylvania where he died on June 30, 1934. both he, and his wife, are buried in the Methodist Cemetery at Marshallton. They were the parents of seven sons and a daughter.
EDWIN GILBERT CANN (8200), born. September 10, 1878; died. January 17, 1939, and was buried in the Methodist Cemetery at Marshallton. For many years he conducted a garage business at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
On May 10, 1905, he married EURIE BICKING (8201) at Fremont, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Eurie Ecoff Bicking, born on October 5, 1876 at Beaver Dam, Pennsylvania. One child was born of this marriage.
ANNABELLA EURIE CANN (9300), born. October 3, 1910.
On June 4, 1947, she married HOY GOUGE (9301). He operates a commission auction house at Kennett Square. They have a son.
DAVID GILBERT GOUGE (10-199), born. May 26, 1948.
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN, JR. (8202), born. July 5, 1880; died. October 7, 1947, at West Chester, Pennsylvania, and was buried at Marshallton. Most of his life he conducted a taxi business at Elkton, Maryland.On August 13, 1899, he married at Cherry Hill, Maryland, NETTIE MAY KERSHAW (8203), born. July 27, 1879, the daughter of Thomas Henry Paldon Kershaw and Mary Ellen Pierce. They lived at 102 Delaware, Ave., Elkton, Maryland. They had a son:
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN, III, (9302), born. March 11, 1901, at Havre de Grace, Maryland. He married on August 16, 1924, at Rockville, Maryland, DORTHY FIELDING LAKE (9303), the daughter of Walton and Catherine Florence Lake. She was born at Front Royal, Virginia, on October 7, 1902.
He is a graduate of Cecil County High School, Elkton, Maryland, and the National University Law School, Washington, D.C. with L.L.B. and L.L.M., degrees. He was a Transportation Specialist, U.S. General Accounting Office, now retired, and lives at 6601 – 44th. Ave. University Park, Maryland. Their children:
William Lewis Cann (7034) continued.
William Lewis Cann, Jr. (8202) “
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN, 3rd. (9302) ” children
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN, IV (10-200), born. June 22, 1928.
He is a graduate of Hyattsville High School, attended the University of Maryland, and Columbus University, Washington, D.C..
On October 21, 1949, he married CAROL ANITA EATON (A-10-90), born. July 25, 1930. Their children are:
BARBARA LYNN CANN (A-11-53), born. December 21, 1950
WILLIAM LEWIS CANN, V. (A-11-54), born. July 23, 1952
RICHARD EATON CANN (A-11-55), born. September 19, 1956
LAURA JEAN CANN, born. October 13, 1959
MELANIE CAROL CANN, born. July 10, 1965
NANCY LAKE CANN(10-201), born. December 12, 1931.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, B.S. On December 19, 1953, she married THOMAS MALCOLM FISHER (A-10-91), born. November 29, 1931. Their children:
RICHARD ALLAN FISHER (A-11-58), born. February 14, 1955
SANDRA LYNN FISHER (A-11-59), born. September 17, 1956.
CYNTHIA LEE FISHER (A-11-60), born. October 22, 1959.
ROBERT MARKWOOD CANN (10-202), born. Mary 25, 1938.
He is a graduate of the Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, Maryland. On January 16, 1960, he married IRIS DALE CARDEN (A-10-92), born. September 27, 1940. At present, a son:
MICHAEL ROBERT CANN (A-11-61), born August 9, 1963.
LULU MAY CANN (8204), born. July 1, 1883.
On June 12, 1907, she married at Fremont, Pennsylvania, HARRY WALTER WILSON (8205), who was born at Gum Tree, Pennsylvania, on May 24, 1882, the son of Joseph and Mary Hoops Wilson. For many years he was in charge of stock for the Esco Cabinet Company, West Chester, Pennsylvania. They live in Marshallton. The children of this marriage were:
CLARENCE FRANKLIN WILSON (9304), born. March 22, 1908.
He is Purchasing Agent for the Esco Company. He married IRMA ISABELLE MURRAY (9305) of Coatesville, Pennsylvania. They live in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Their children:
Wiliam Lewis Cann (7304)
Lulu May Cann (8204)
CLARENCE F. WILSON (9304)
MARGARET ANN WILSON (10-203), born at West Chester on August 27, 1935. She was a graduate at Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in 1957.
On July 7, 1959, at West Chester, she married RICHARD SWANENBURG (10-204) also, born at West Chester, on June 4, 1932. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. 1956, degree B.S.; and received a Masters in Industrial Engineering at Texas A & M. He is a Major in the U.S. Air Force. They have one child:
JOSEPH RICHARD SWANENBURG (11-66), born at Bryan, Texas, on March 7, 1964.
JAMES CLARENCE WILSON (10-206), born at West Chester, on March 26, 1938. He went to the University of Oklahoma. On August 27, 1965, he married JEANNE GLUCKERT (A-10-97), who was born, May 21, 1942, at Louisville, Kentucky. She went to Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia.
ERIC CHANDLEE WILSON (10-207), born at West Chester, on November 18, 1942. He went to West Chester State College.
MARY LU WILSON (10-208), born at West Chester, August 19, 1944. She was graduated, B.S. at Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1966; and received an A.M. degree at the University of Oregon, in 1967.
WILLIAM RALPH WILSON (9308), born. June 9, 1917; died. January 23, 1944. He was killed in action at Rapido, Italy. The body was returned, and funeral services were held in West Chester in March, 1949, with interment in the Friendship Methodist Cemetery, at Gum Tree, Pennsylvania.
MARGARET MIRIAN WILSON (9306), born. January 29, 1920, at Buck Run, Pennsylvania. She graduated at West Chester State College, in 1940, with a B.S. degree. She married JOHN FRANCIS McINTYRE (9307), born at West Chester, February 11, 1918. He studied at Drexel Institute, Philadelphia. He is a Sales Engineer. Their children:
REBECCA JANE McINTYRE (10-209), born at West Chester, June 1, 1948.
JOHN FRANCIS McINTYRE, Jr. (10-210), born at West Chester, on September 23, 1954.
William Lewis Cann (7304) continued.
CLARENCE CHANDLEE CANN (8206),
born in Maryland, September 11, 1885; died. Feb. 24, 1960. He was deployed for many years by the Esco Cabinet Company. He married at Thorton, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 1911, LETTIA VIOLA ROBERTS (8207), born, March 8, 1887; d. July 15, 1965. daughter of William Henry Roberts and Lydia Ann Brinton. They live in West Chester. Two daughters were born of this marriage.
MARGARET ROBERTS CANN, born, May 15, 1912; died, October 5, 1912.
DOROTHY ELIZABETH ROBERTS CANN (9309), born, January 17, 1920, at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. On January 21, 1942, in Newark, Delaware, she married WILLIAM NEHEMIAH HOPKINS (9309), who was born, August 5, 1919. Both are graduates of the Class of 1942. She received a B.S. degree, and he, a B.S. in Agriculture. They live on “Green Acre Farm,” Lewes, Delaware, and the parents of ten children.
DIANE ELIZABETH HOPKINS (10-211), born. September 22, 1942. She was graduated at the University of Delaware in 1964; B.S. in Education. At Lewes, Delaware, on April 17, 1965, she married FRANKLIN ELMER MELSON, Jr. (A-10-93) of Bridgeville, Delaware.
WILLIAM CANN HOPKINS (10-212), born. January 1, 1944. He was graduated, B.S. in Agriculture, at the University of Delaware, he married CATHERINE ENID HICKMAN (A-10-94). He was commissioned a 2nd. Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in June 1965, and promoted to the 1st. Lieutenant in September, 1966.
MARGARET NANCY HOPKINS (10-213), born. Feb. 17, 1946
WALTER CLARENCE HOPKINS (10-214), born. May 16, 1947
DOROTHY LETITIA HOPKINS (10-215), born. Oct 31, 1948
PATRICIA GRACE HOPKINS (10-216), born. June 2, 1951
BRINTON ALDEN HOPKINS (10-217), born. April 10, 1954
JOSEPH REYNOLDS HOPKINS (10-218), born. July 30, 1956
MARIAN LYDIA HOPKINS (10-219), born. January 15, 1958
SAMUEL REED HOPKINS (10-220), born. January 21, 1960
William Lewis Cann (7034)
JOHN AUGUSTUS CANN (8208), born. May 13, 1888; died. October 26, 1966. For many years he was a contractor, building and operating mushroom houses. When the business became unprofitable, he became a general building contractor. After some years, he joined the Esco Cabinet Company in charge of plant maintenance.
On March 31, 1907, at Bridesburgh, Pennsylvania, he married FLORENCE LENA LANGE (8209), born. July 17, 1888. She was the daughter of Earnest H. Lange and Marie Vetter. They lived near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and were the parents of five children.
HAROLD CARL CANN (9311), born. October 7, 1907.
Practically all his working life has been spent with the Esco Cabinet Company, and, at present, he is its Vice President. He married NORMA PYLE (9312). They live at 532 North Church Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania. They have a son:
NORMAN LEWIS CANN (10-221), born. November 28, 1938. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force. He married on August 9, 1958, ANN ELIZABETH KIRK (10-222), the daughter of Edward and Elsie Kirk. A child was born of this marriage.
SUSAN ELIZABETH CANN (11-64), born. February 7, 1959.
They were divorced, and he married on June 16, 1963, MARLYN FLOOR (A-10-95), a daughter of Stanley and Blanche Floor. No children have been born of this marriage.
JOHN LEWIS CANN (9313), born at Bridesburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 23, 1909. He was connected with the Bannock Food Company, West Chester. He married DOROTHY COX (9314) in Elkton, Maryland on August 25, 1928. She was born, May 23, 1910, at Unionville, Pennsylvania, and died on August 14, 1942. Her parents were Arthur Taylor Cox and Emma Mattson. The children of this marriage were:
JOHN LEWIS CANN, Jr. (10-223), born March 2, 1929.
JOAN CANN (10-224), born. October 3, 1932
She married LESLIE C. HUGHES (A-10-100)
EMMA MARLENE CANN (10-225), born. January 22, 1933.
He married (2) NATALIE BOYD (9315) on July 23, 1949. She was the daughter of Charles Parker Boyd and Marion Leslie Knott. Their children were:
SHERRY CANN (10-226), born. July 7, 1950
JOHN PARKER CANN (10-227), born. July 13, 1951.
William Lewis Cann (7034)
John Augustus Cann (8208)
FLORENCE ROBERTA CANN (9316), born. October 31, 1912.
She married on August 29, 1932, HARLAN RALPH COLE (A-9-58), the son of Harry Huff Cole and Kathryn Maus. No Children were born of this marriage. Later, she married LOUIS FICCIO (9317) on August 9, 1958. She is the Librarian of the Bayard Taylor Library at Kennett Square. They do not have children.
MARIE EMMA CANN (9318), born on September 17, 1914.
She married JAMES IRWIN HAMILTON (9319), and lives near Kennett Square. Their Children:
PATRICIA HAMILTON (10-228), born on July 23, 1966, she married FRANCIS RYBINSHI (A-10-98)
SUSAN HAMILTON (10-229), born
MARGARET EURIE CANN (9320), born on September 17, 1914.
She and Marie, above, are twins. On June 13, 1932, she married HARRY S. COLE (9321), and lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Their children:
ARDEN COLE (10-230), born. December 5, 1934
ANTON COLE (10-231), born. January 15, 1938
KURT COLE (10-232), born. December 26, 1949
LOTHAR COLE (A-10-99), born. January 22, 1956
SAMUEL HOMER CANN (8210), born in Maryland on April 9, 1891; and died in April, 1959. He founded the Bannock Food Company, and was its President until his death.
On March 25, 1911, at Fremont, Pennsylvania, he married RODA LEE STEELE (8211) of Cecil County, Maryland. They lived at Marshallton. No children were born of this marriage.
William Lewis Cann (7034)
HARRY EVANS CANN (8212) was born in Cherry Hill, Maryland on November 12, 1893.
On January 1, 1914, he married OLIVE ADELAIDE McALLISTER (8213) at Marshallton, Pennsylvania. She was born November 28, 1893; the daughter of Charles W. McAllister and Marthe C. Cummings. In 1921, he and his brother, Merrill, established the Esco Cabinet Company in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and was its President until, 1960, when he became Chairman of the Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Chester County and Trust Company, West Chester, Pennsylvania; member of Board of Managers of the Chester County Hospital; and on the Board of the Denny Reyburn Tag Company, of West Chester. He and his wife live in Marshallton, and are the parents of the following children.
HARRY EVANS CANN, Jr. (9322) was born at Marshallton, on January 9, 1915.
He is a graduate of Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At present he is President of the Esco Cabinet Company.
On April 12, 1939, at Manassas, Virginia he married CORNELIA DORTHY WALLACE (9323), born. June 5, 1916, a daughter of Howard James Wallace and Evelyn Marie Finegan. The Children of this marriage are:
HARRY EVANS CANN, III. (10-234), born. May 9, 1940
On October 26, 1963, he married SUSAN EVANS (10-235), daughter of William and Ann Evans. They have a son.
HARRY EVANS CANN, IV., (A-11-63), born. August 5, 1965.
THEODORE W. CANN (10-236), born. May 10, 1952
CHARLES McALLISTER CANN (9324) was born at Marshallton, on January 7, 1917.
On April 25, 1941, at West Chester, he married PHEBE ANN JACOBS (9325), who was born at West Chester, on August 1, 1922; the daughter of Dr. Francis Brinton Jacobs and Ann Moore Price. They were divorced, July 20, 1944. Later, she married a Lt. Harry Jr. Smith of Bermuda. I believe he died, and she married Earle Chester Baum, a member of the faculty at St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware. Charles and Phebe Cann have a son.
On October 14, 1944, Charles McA. Cann (9324) married JESSIE MOORE (9326) at Brick Presbyterian Church. They were divorced. The children of this marriage were:
PERRY CANN (10-238), born. October 27, 1946.
At present he is in the Army.
HUGH McKEE CANN (10-239), born. November 6, 1953
Charles McA. Cann (9324) married (3) wife, WISTAR LUKENS (9327). They were divorced. They have a daughter:
LILA L. CANN (10-240), born. February 19, 1958
William Lewis Cann (7034)
Harry Evans Cann (8212)
GILBERT HOMER CANN (9329), born. January 20, 1921.
On December 31, 1931 at Warrenton, Va., he married MILDRED FLORENCE WILLARD (9330), born. May 3, 1920; the daughter of William H. Willard and Selma Carlson. He has two retail garden supply and dog food stores; in Ardmore and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. They live in Marshallton, and have three children.
GILBERT HOMER CANN, Jr. (10-241), born July 22, 1942
CAROL JEAN CANN (10-242), born. December 5, 1946
KATHY CANN (10-243), born. April 12, 1949
ANNA JEAN CANN (9331), born. June 19, 1927.
On September 11, 1948, she married CHARLES STODE FITZGERALD (9332). They were divorced. Their children:
CHARLES S. FITZGERALD, Jr. (10-244), born. July 25, 1950.
KELLY FITZGERALD (10-245), born. May 9, 1954
OLIVE ADELAIDE FITZGERALD (10-246), born. October 25, 1956.
She later married ROBERT ASHBY (9333). They have one child.
ROBIN ASHBY (10-247)
William Lewis Cann (7034)
MERRILL BROWN KIRK CANN (8214) was born at Fremont, Pennsylvania, April 8, 1896, and died at Marshallton in 1963. At Glen Moore, Pennsylvania, on June 25, 1925, he married ABBIE WALTON SELLERS (8215), born. April 29, 1896; the daughter of Elmer and Minnie Frey Sellers.
Merrill Cann was one of the founders of the Esco Cabinet Company, and its president at the time of his death in 1963. He and his wife were the parents of three daughters, all of whom were educated at Westtown Friends School, Westtown, Penn.; are married, and live in the West Chester area. Merrill lived at Marshallton.
MARJORIE RUTH CANN (9334), born. October 20, 1926.
She married DOUGLASS BARR (9335), on June 18, 1949, in the Marshallton Methodist Church. The children of this marriage:
DOUGLAS BARR, Jr. (10-248), born. December 27, 1950.
SALLIE BARR (10-249), born. April 24, 1953.
JOHN BARR (10-250), born. October 6, 1957
MARY ANNA CANN (9336), born. March 5, 1931.
She married HENSEN M. EVANS, Jr. (9337) on August 4, 1951 the Marshallton Methodist Church. Their children:
MERRILL DAVID EVANS (10-251), born. December 9, 1953
CURT MICHAEL EVANS (10-252), born May 14, 1955.
MARK WILLIAM CANN EVANS (10-253), born. October 20, 1957.
SCOTT CANN EVANS (10-254), born. September 18, 1963.
DORIS MAY CANN (9338), born. May 16, 1935.
She is reported to have finished her education at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She married on September 1, 1956. NORMAN M. HUME (9339) in the Marshallton Methodist Church. Three daughters have been born of this marriage.
SUSAN HUME (10-255), born July 15, 1958
KATHY HUME (10-256), born. November 4, 1959
ABBIE ANN HUME (10-257), born. May 21, 1964
JOHN CANN (39) son of William Cann (25) and Mary M. Cann (27)
Born. ca. 1735/50. died 1774.
Married. Cathrine James October 16, 1759
John Cann (39) was born and raided on his father’s plantation on White Clay Creek. The death of his father in 1753, and the division of the land in 1767, has been discussed under William Cann (25). On October 16, 1759, he married Catherine James (310) in Old Swedes Church. On September 21, 1763, John Cann and his wife, Cathrine James sold 200 acres, which she had inherited from her father, to William Foot for 145 pounds.
John Cann died in 1774, and his widow, Cathrine, and his brother, James, were named Administrators of his estate. All the children were minors. Later, Cathrine (sometimes spelled Cathrina or Catrin) married James Knox.
In 1784, William (46) and Mary (411), the two oldest children of John Cann, deceased, and Cathrine, his wife, petitioned the Orphan’s Court to settle the estate, making a division of the land. The younger children were; Joseph, and James who was under age. Alexander Reynolds had been appointed his guardian by the Court. John, a son, who was baptized in Immanuel Church, New Castle, was not mentioned, and it is presumed that he had died in infancy. A sister, Phoebe, had died shortly after her father. The petition states as follows: —- ” that a certain Mary Cann, grandmother to the petitioners, and the widow of William Cann, the father of the aforesaid John Cann, the intestate, is by the will of the said William Cann entitled to one third part —- praying the court to appoint five freeholders —- and divide the same —- and one third part of the remaining quantity to Cathrine, the widow of the intestate.” This the court did, but later Joseph objected to the division, and after two or three years of litigation, William offered to buy the farm at the assessed valuation. His offer was accepted, and the money divided according to the law. The next year the property was soled to an adjoining neighbor, Alexander Reynolds.
The children of John Cann (39) and his wife, Cathrine James (310) were; William (46), whose wife was named, Suzanna, they had a son, John, baptized in Immanuel Church on April 6, 1788, aged 2 years and two months; Mary (411); Joseph (412); James (413); John (414), who was baptized in Immanuel Church on February 10, 1769, but as he is not mentioned in the proceedings of the Orphan’s Court, it is resumed that he died in infancy; and Phoebe (415) who died soon after her father.
No effort has been made to race the descendants of William (46), his son, John (518), Joseph (412), and James (413).
An entry in the Records of Old Swedes Church, p. 598. “William and Maria, born November 1, 1761. Baptized. January 28; parents, John and Cathrine Cann.”
In the War Between the States, a James A. and Joseph Cann are listed as Pvt’s. in A Company, 1st, Delaware Regiment Calvary Volunteers. It is very probable that they were descendants of John Cann (39).
JAMES CANN (311) son of William Cann (25) and Mary M. Cann (27)
Born. ca. 1740/45. died. 1790
Married. Rachel Chandler Nov. 22, 1770
James Cann sold his part of the land inherited from his father to Joseph Chambers – 45 acres, price – 180 pounds, date, Aug. 19, 1774. However, he continued to live in the area, and in the Returns of Capt. Reed’s Company – Lower District, Lower White Creek Hundred, for Oct. 31, 1778. James Cann, Pvt., and in the Returns for the Christeen Company, June 7, 1779, James Cann, Pvt. He is listed, also, in three other returns as absent. He took the Oath of Allegiance on Nov. 22, 1780.
He died in 1790, leaving a wife, Rachel, and the following minor children: Issac (416), Jane (418), Elizabeth (419), and Ann (420). Issac was named for his grandfather, Issac Chandler, whose descendants were quite prominent in Wilmington in the 1800s. The grandmother of the children, Elizabeth Chandler, left them the following personal property in her will, dated, April 7, 1798;
3ed. “I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter, Betty Cann my best fetter bedd and to have all iron utensalls belonging to mee and further to have her equal sixth part of all money remaining after ye above is paid to her heirs forever.
4th. I give — Ann Cann one case of drawers five silver spoons and one copper tea kittle with her full and equal share of the money.
5th. I give —- Jane Cann fetter bedd and all the bedding —- equal share of the money.
6th. I give —- Issac Cann — equal sixth part —- of the money remaining.
ISAAC CANN (416) son of James Cann (311) and Rachel Chandler (312)
Born. 1774 died. 1825
Married. Elizabeth Wilson Aug. 3, 1802
Issac Cann remained in the same general area in which he was born. As he appears on the tax list of the White Clay Creek Hundred in 1804, and as he was buried in the Christiana Presbyterian Church Cemetery, I believe he moved only a few miles south of the White Clay Creek. When he died in 1825, he left the following minor children: Rachel (520), who married David Morrison in 1833; Ann (524), who is thought to have never married; Emeline (522), who married a Sibley; Chandler (519), who was born in 1819, died in 1844, and never married, and James (525), who died in 1863. He lived in St. Georges, Red Lion Hundred, and as he left his property to his sisters, it is safe to assume that if he had married his wife was dead, and they had no children.
This marks the end of the descendants of William Cann (25)
JOHN CANN (21) the elder son of John Cann (1)
Born. ca. 1680/82. died. after 1753
Married. Lydia Reynolds
Exactly where the children of John Cann (1) lived after he died in 1694 is unknown. It is believed that their mother had died quite a few years before their father. The two sons, John (21) and William (25), had an older sister, Mary, who had married James Claypoole, a very close associate of John Cann (1), and the administrator of his estate. However, I am sure their youth was spent in the New Castle – White Clay Creek area.
John (21) was active in the affairs of Immanuel Episcopal Church, new Castle, and was a member of the vestry in 1710. His signature appears among the vestrymen in some of the correspondence with the Church Officials in London, which was shown in a public display of the old church records some years ago. He is listed among the pew holders in 1724, and in 1728 the record reads “pew #22, Late of John Cann.” Evidently, he gave up his pew about 1726 or 27.
John Cann (21) seems to have been either a poor farmer, a poor business man, or to have lived far beyond his means. In any event, the result was the same. He lost or spent all the resources he had inherited from his father. The details of the disposal of the land has been discussed under the heading of John and William. Evidently, at that time, the laws of inheritance followed in England, were applied in the Colonies – John seems to have inherited everything, with one exception, the sale of the house in New Castle – John signed the deeds transferring the properties. No other signature was used – wife or his brother, William. Whether or not he divided the returns from the sales with his brother is not known. All this leads to the other very interesting possibilities.
As mentioned before, in 1703, John Cann sold 200 acres to John Ball, and the deed bears only his signature, therefore, he did not have a wife living at that time. In 1716, he has a son baptized in Immanuel Church, New Castle – “Feb. 8, 1715/16. John, Infant, son of John Cann, White Clay Creek, aged, 3 months. As the mother is not named, as was customary, it is possible that she was not living. In 1726, he sold 20 acres to Benjamin Poulson. The deed was signed by John Cann, only – no wife.
Marion Cann in his genealogy of the Cann family reports that John Cann (21) married Lydia Reynolds, and had a second son, Robert, born in 1729. In that case he must have been married twice, which presents as interesting question – Was Lydia Reynolds the first or second wife. We know that William Cann (25) married Jane Lewis, who lived on an adjoining farm, that an Ann Cann married Mose White, whose land lay next to the cann holdings, therefore
it seems natural that John Cann should marry the “girl next door.” The Cann and Reynolds families had lived as friends and neighbors since 1686. John Cann had in open court spoken of Richard Reynolds as “my trusted and well beloved friend.” Even though I could not find any documentary evidence to prove this marriage, I believe it to be true. Various members of the Reynolds family owned land in both Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland.
In his will, dated in 1753, William Cann (25) speaks of his brother, John, as, “John Cann, sen. late of the aforesaid County.” (New Castle). In other words, he says; John Cann has a living son, John; as he does not say deceased, that John Cann was still living; and that the had moved out of the New Castle County. In 1726, John Cann sold the last of his land, gave up his pew in Immanuel Church; and, as mentioned under heading of William (25), that he did not sign the request to the London Church Officials for the assignment of a Missionary to St. James in 1729, it is evident that he had left New Castle County.
During the late 1600s and early 1700s the operation of a tobacco plantation was a very profitable enterprise in the Colonies. Cecil County Maryland, and the adjacent areas of Delaware were established on a “tobacco economy.” Tobacco was used as a medium of exchange rather than money. Prices of all commodities and services were quoted in pounds of tobacco, and the warehouse became the bank.
Lord Baltimore claimed the upper reaches of the Bohemia and other rivers and streams emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. An examination of a map of the area will show that the head waters of these streams extend for quite some distance into Delaware. Maryland authorities issued warrants and grants for parts of this land, some of which was transferred to Delaware by Mason and Dixon. In 1717, John Reynolds bought a tract of land called “Sarah’s Jointure” and the deed was recorded in the Cecil County Court House. Later, in 1735, a part was sold to Jacob Everson, who conveyed it to Jeremiah Reynolds in 1791. This deed is recorded in the New Castle County office, and identified as “Sarah’s Jointure.” As John Cann (21) married Lydia Reynolds, it is safe to assume that they took up or rented land in this area, near his wife’s relatives and his friends. This general location is where Pencader and St. Georges Hundreds in Delaware, join with Bohemia Manor and Bohemia Middle Neck Hundreds of Cecil County, Maryland, and not many miles from where Robert Cann (401), a proven direct ancestor lived. Marion Cann says, he moved to a farm between between Middletown and Mt. Pleasant in Delaware, called the “Black Marsh Farm.” Exactly where this might be, I do not know, and with the changing of the border (Mason-Dixon), might be in any of the Hundreds mentioned. My personal opinion is Bohemia Manor.
The children of John Cann (21) are: John Cann (30), who is proven by Immanuel Church Records; Robert (32) who was probably born after his father moved to the above mentioned area, and baptized in St. Augustine Manor Episcopal Church, whose records were destroyed; and possibly included those of some unnamed daughters.
ROBERT CANN (32) second son of John Cann (21)
Born. 1729. died aft. 1790.
Married. Sarah family name unknown.
Born. unknown. died before 1790
Very little is known of this Robert Cann. Marion Stuart Cann reports that the was the son of John Cann (21), born in 1729. This can not be substantiated by documents, however, Marion Cann had access to old family bibles and other sources of information not available to me at this time, and I believe this to be true. This is partly supported by the fact that a Robert Cann and Sarah, his wife, registered a son, John, born September 21, 1753 in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located near Earleville, Cecil County, Maryland; and a daughter, Mary Ann, the following year, December 31, 1754. When I read this notation in the church records I considered seriously the possibility that this Robert Cann and the Sarah were parents of my known and proven great grandfather, William Cann (513). However, when I realized that for this to be true, Sarah would have to have been married not older than sixteen; have two children in two years, John and Mary Ann; then no more for twenty years, or until she was thirty eight; and then, four more in rapid succession. By that time she would be about forty two. That would be the absolute minimum – possible but highly improbable. Eleanor, the oldest of the last four, was born on October 29, 1774, and is the proven daughter of Robert (401). Sever deeds which recites the names of the heirs of Robert (401), do not mention either John or Mary Ann. For these reasons I have concluded that Robert (32) was not the parent of Eleanor and her brothers, Robert, William and Jacob.
Marion Stuart Cann also reports that Sarah, the wife of Robert, born in 1729, died and that he married, as his second wife a Price, who was the sister of Spencer Price. A son, Daniel (421), was born of this marriage in 1790.
As this Robert Cann did not own any land, or leave a will, I do not know exactly where he lived or where he died. As he was a renter, he may have moved from time to time from one farm to another, in various locations. however, I am convinced they were all in the same general area of Bohemia Hundred, Maryland, or St. Georges Hundred, Delaware.
A little information on the church situation at this time in Maryland: – In 1692 the Legislature of the Province passed a law entitled: “An Act for the service of Almighty God —- and the Protestant Religion,” which included a head tax, levied and collected by the sheriff in tobacco, and stored in the warehouse. A percentage was
placed was placed to the credit of the Parish. This part of the Eastern Shore of Maryland was divided into two parishes; Kent County, South Sassafras, later called, Shrewsbury; and Cecil County, North Sassafras, later named, St. Stephen. The calculation to determine the amount, or percentage due to each parish was worked out as follows: example, in 1693, St. Stephen’s reported 312 persons in the parish, this was estimated to be one fourth of all the inhabitants of the County, or 1284, and the amount collected and placed to the credit of St. Stephen’s was 12,440 pounds of tobacco. The Vestry ordered William Pearce, the High Sheriff of Cecil County, to credit 8,000 pounds, and to Thomas Pearce, clerk, 800 pounds. It is interesting to note that in 1756, a special tax was imposed on bachelors over 25 years old.
The Maryland “Protestant Church Act of 1693,” also, provided that all children born must be reported, otherwise the church would lose credit for one person, or about forty pounds of tobacco. An entry in the Vestry Minute Book of St. Stephen’s of April 11, 1719 reads –
“Col. E.A. Herman acquants the vestry that the neglected to have the birth of a child registered, and acknowledges to his fine, – 100 pounds of tobacco. Capt. James Frisby and Benjamine Rose, the same.”
Therefore, it is possible that Robert Cann, even though he may have lived closer to St. Ann’s at Middletown, or St. Augustine’s on Bohemia Manor than St. Stephen’s near Earleville, Maryland, probably considered himself a citizen of Stephen’s. As St. Augustine’s was a Chapel, the actual baptism may have been performed there, and simply carried on the St. Stephen’s records.
The children of Robert Cann and Sarah, his wife, were John (44), and Mary Ann (45), and of his second wife, a Price, a son, Daniel (421).
JOHN CANN (44) son of Robert Cann (32) and Sarah (33)
Born. Sept. 21, 1753. died. – unknown
Nothing is known of this John Cann, except he was the son of Robert Can (32). Very probably he was born and raised along the border of Delaware and Maryland, in possibly Bohemia Hundred Maryland, Pencader, or St. Georges Hundreds, Delaware. As his father was a renter, possibly in all three hundreds at one time or another. A John Cann of Pencader Hundred is listed among those claiming damages incurred during the war, 1778. The Library of Congress reports the following information:
“To Sundry goods & Taken from John Cann — 78″ 17″ o.” “
The document does not give any information as to the type of the goods taken, or the location.
The name of John Cann does not appear on the tax lists for Pencader Hundred for years of 1777 or 1779.
MARY ANN CANN (45) daugther of Robert Cann (32) and Sarah (33)
Born. Dec. 31, 1754. died. unknown
Nothing is known of this Mary Ann Cann, except her birth is listed in the records of St. Stephens Church.
JOHN P. CANN (55) son of John Cann (44)
Born. unknown. died. unknown.
Married. Prudy Fisher. Jan. 29, 1833
Just where this John P. Cann fits into the picture is purely a matter of my imagination, and his place was arrived at by a process of elimination. John Cann (44) seemed the most likely person to be the father. John P. Cann lived in St. Georges Hundred, and in the vicinity of Port Penn, and also, in Pencader Hundred. In 1832, he purchased two lots in Port Penn from Joseph Aiken. These he sold to Joseph Cleaver in 1834 – “All that house and two lots of land in the village of Port Penn.” Price, $100.00
I can not find any more information on John P. Cann, or his descendant’s.
DANIEL CANN (421) son of Robert (32) and — Price (315)
Born. Dec. 19, 1790. died. Jan. 4, 1867.
Married. Sarah Stanton. Aug. 12, 1829
Born. 1791. died. March 2, 1863
I have very little information on the early years of this Daniel. Undoubtedly, they were spent in the Warwick – Middletown area, and at a later date he rented a small farm in the vicinity of Glasgow, Delaware. On August 12, 1829, he married Sarah Stanton, and in 18232 and 1834 he purchased a farm, located about a mile south of Glasgow on Route 896. The large brick house was burned about 1920. The former owners were John and William Stanton. He lived there the remainder of his life. The children of this marriage were: –
LYDIA A. CANN (550) was born in 1830, and on March 12, 1858, married AMOS CANN (720), the son of James Cann (628). She died on Sept. 8, 1860, and was buried in the Glasgow Presbyterian Cemetery. She had no children.
AMELIA JANET CANN (551) was born in 1833, and died in December, 1851.
She was unmarried, and was buried in the family plot in Glasgow Cemetery.
JOHN CANN (30) son of John Cann (21) and Lydia Reynolds (22)
Born. Nov. 8, 1715. died. 1765
Married. Mary Pennington. 1745/50
John Cann (30) was born on his father’s plantation on White Clay Creek, on Nov. 8, 1715, and spent the early part of his life there. As has been mentioned before, ti is thought that after his father sold his holdings and gave up his pew in Immanuel Church, New Castle, about 1726, that the moved to the upper reaches of the Bohemia River, and on the border between Delaware and Maryland, whether in St. Georges Hundred, Delaware or Bohemia Manor Hundred, Maryland, I do not know. John Cann (30) would be about fourteen or fifteen years old at this time.
He married Mary Pennington, daughter of Robert and Mary Pennington, estimated to have been between 1745 and 1750. Robert Pennington died in 1750, and his wife, Mary, in 1764. The settlement of her estate lists the following heirs:- John Pennington, Administrator of the estate; Mary, wife of John Cann; Issac Pennington; Rebecca, wife of William Pearce; Elizabeth, wife of John Ryland; Sarah, wife of Benjamin Pearce; Robert Pennington; and the heirs of Rachel, deceased daughter, married to Tule. The papers were examined and passed by Andrew Pearce, Deputy Commissioner, Cecil County. The foregoing is given in detail because it is nice to know that John Cann was connected with the Pearce family, through their inter-marriages with the Penningtons – another well-known and respected Cecil County family. Evidently, John Cann did not lose his social standing because he was a renter rather than a land owner.
John Cann (30) lived in Bohemia Manor Hundred, which had the same boundaries as the old Bohemia Manor which was granted to Augustine Herman in the 1600s; namely, on the west by the Elk River, on the north by Back Creek, on the east by St. Georges Hundred, Delaware, and on the south by the Bohemia River, containing in all about 6,000 acres. The name of John Cann appears on the tax list of this hundred for 1761.
John Cann (30) died in 1765, leaving a wife, Mary and eight children. The oldest of which was Robert. Mary, the wife, was appointed to administer the estate, which was quite meager. John Pennington, her brother, and William Pearce, Planter, her brother-in-law, signed as sureties.
As has been mentioned before, John Cann (30) died in 1765, leaving a wife, Mary Pennington, and eight children; Robert, Augustine, Rachel, John, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Edward, and Mary. As the exact date of his marriage could not be found, it was estimated from the known date of his death – 1765. The minimum time elapse between the marriage and birth of eight children would be about nine years – subtracted from 1765 would indicate the date of marriage as 1756. A more normal or average time allowance would be fourteen years – resulting in a date of 1751. If the oldest boy had been of age when his father died, he would most likely have been mentioned in the administration of the estate, which would have made the maximum date of 1744. The average of the minimum and maximum would be 1750 – the date of marriage I assume to be approximately correct.
As it was customary in enumerating a family group in official documents to name the oldest child first, and to continue consecutively according to the date of birth, Robert (401), the first named, is assumed to have been born in 1751. This detail is important because a Robert and Srah Cann register the birth of daughter, Eleanor, on Oct 29, 1774 in the records of St. Stephen’s Church. This Eleanor is the proven sister of William Cann (513), a proven descendant of Robert (401), mentioned above. And this Robert (401) is the only known Robert Cann to meet all the requirements necessary to be the son of John Cann (30), and the father of Eleanor and William. Robert (48), the son of William Cann (34) is eliminated because he would be only about fifteen in 1774 when Eleanor was born; and Robert (32) because of a very improbable sequence of the births of his children – a spread of approximately twenty seven years between the youngest and oldest – would be required for him to be the father of Eleanor (59), William (513), Robert (511), and Jacob (516). It is to be noted also that Robert (401) had a sister, Eleanor, of whom he was probably very fond as he named his daughter, Eleanor (59).
I do not know where John Cann is buried; probably St. Augustine’s or St. Stephen’s Churchyard, nor the date of the birth, and death of his wife, Mary Pennington. In the final settlement of his estate I find the following little item:-
“Tob & money due to the Public, Parson, and parish….1….10…”
ROBERT CANN (401) son of John Cann (30) and Mary Pennington (31)
Born. ca. 1750/52. died. 1795
Married. Sarah Boyce. ca. 1772/73
Born. unknown. died. 1786/95
Robert Cann (401) is thought to have been born and raised in Bohemia Hundred, Cecil County, Maryland. He married Sarah Boyce, a daughter of Boaz Boyce about 1772 or 1773. Their first child, Eleanor (59), was born on Oct. 29, 1774, and registered in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, near Earleville, Md. It is thought he rented land in either Bohemia or Middle Neck Hundred until his father-in-law, Boaz Boyce died in 17789, leaving a 500 acre plantation in St. Georges Hundred, Delaware to his heirs:- William, John, Sarah, intermarried with Robert Cann, Janet, intermarried with Jeremiah Reynolds (Runnells), Jacob, Boaz, Jr, Henry, and Mary, intermarried with John Guy. In 1783, the heirs petitioned the Orphan’s Court to dived the land between the heirs. Which it did, thereby leaving a perfect record of the marriage of Robert, his subsequent land holdings, and its location on the Warwick, Md. – Middletown, Del. road, and near to the Maryland-Delaware line. In later years, and at various times, William Cann (513), a son of Robert (401) bought three sections of the Boyce estate, a totaling 264 acres. William died in 1834, and in the inventory of his estate is listed one section with a house and buildings, occupied by William’s nephew, Daniel Cann (620). It is thought that Robert Cann (401) moved to this farm that his wife had inherited, in 1781, and lived there the remainder of his life, passing it on to his children at his death.
The name of Boaz Boyce appears on the St. Georges Hd. Tax List for 1777, as the Boaz Boyce, estate, in 1779. Therefore, Boaz Boyce must have died in 1778.
Robert Cann took the Oath of Allegiance before Justice Jno.Ward Veasey of Cecil County, Md. on March 2, 1778. Therefore, he must have been living in Cecil County at at that time, and as his name appears on the St. Georges Hundred Tax List for the first time in 1781, he must have moved to the farm he later inherited in 1780 or 1781.
Robert Cann (401) died intestate in 1795. The appointment of the administrator for his estate reads:
“Letters of Administration on the estate of Robert Cann, late of St. Georges Hundred, New Castle County, deceased, were granted unto Spencer Price, Administrator (during the minority of the minor children of Robert Cann, and the renunciation of Eleanor the eldest daughter). Inventory to be exibited etc, etc.”
By this act Eleanor gave up only the right to administer the estate, but not that of inheritance. The renunciation of Eleanor is important because it tells us some very interesting facts. First, that his wife, Sarah Boyce, was dead; secondly, that if he had remarried, his second wife was also dead; and thirdly, that the boys were all minors. I could not find any record of an appointment of a guardian for the minor children. Spencer Price did not make the final settlement until 1807. As the tax records of St. Georges Hundred for 1804, lists – Spencer Price’s est. – possibly the Spencer Price appointed died, and the Cann estate could not be settled until that of Price’s, and a son, named Spencer for his father, settled both estates.
Robert Cann and Sarah Boyce, his wife, left the following children; Eleanor (59), who married William Price, Robert (511), William (513), and Jacob (516).
With the exception of Robert Cann, no special effort was made to check out the descendants of John Cann (30). The following information came to my attention during my research.
AUGUSTINE CANN (403) son of John Cann (30) and Mary Pennington (31)
Born. ca. 1753/54. died. unknown
Augustine served in the Army during the Revolutionary War. “Pvt. 18 Bn. Cecil Co. Enlisted. 18 August 1776.” He was discharged in 1783. The Vestry Book of Minutes, of St. Stephen’s Church, contains the following notation: “Mr. Augustine Cann, the sum of 3 pounds in part of pailing the Church yard, ” dated, Oct. 4, 1784.
As his name appears in a list of contributors to the Pencader Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, Delaware in 1817, evidently he lived in that area at one time. It is also possible that “Augustine” was a misreading of “Augustus.”
RACHEL CANN (404) daughter of John Cann (30) and Mary Pennington (31)
Married Jesse Porter. Jan. 4, 1778.
JOHN CANN (406) son of John and Mary.
Took the Oath of Allegiance, March 2, 1778, before Justice Joseph Gilpin.
Died in 1791. Thomas Jones appointed Administrator of his estate. Inventory – 93 pounds – no distribution given.
ELEANOR (407) daughter John and Mary.
No information – Her oldest brother, Robert (401), named his daughter for her.
EDWARD CANN (408) son of John and Mary
Died in 1792. Thomas Nicols appointed Administrator. Wife, Mary. Inventory after debts – 10 pounds. 17s.9p.
ELIZABETH (4010) daughter of John and Mary.
Married John Martin. May 11, 1782.
MARY CANN (4012) daughter of John and Mary
No information. As she was the last named, she must have been the youngest, and was born not later than 1765.
ELEANOR CANN (59) daughter of Robert (401) and Sarah Cann (402)
Born. Oct, 29, 1774 died. before 1827
Married. William Price. died. before 1827
She was the oldest of the family, and renunciated her rights to administer the estate of her father, Robert, when he died in 1795. Her brothers, Robert, William and Jacob were not registered in St. Stephen’s Church, but were listed among the taxables in St. Georges Hundred in 1804.
Eleanor and her husband, William Price, had two children, William Price, Jr. whose wife was named, Tabitha, and Sarah Price, who married John Reese, or Reice.
In 1827, William Price, Jr. and his sister, Sarah, sell the 15 acres they had inherited from their mother, and to prove ownership of the land, recite the story of Boaz Boyce, and the distribution of his estate. Their uncle, William Cann (513) paid $100.00 for 15 acres.
ROBERT CANN (511), son of Robert (401) and Sarah Boyce (402) Cann.
Born. 1775/1778. died. 1821.
Married. Mary Price. March 5, 1799.
Robert is believed to have lived on the farm inherited from their father, Robert, who had inherited it from his wife, Sarah, the daughter of Boaz Boyce. In 1812, Robert bought out the other heirs, William and Jacob, and probably rented the fifteen acres assigned to his sister, Eleanor. In 1816, William bought Robert’s holdings, and in 1827, Eleanor’s share from her heirs, William Price, Jr., and Sarah Price.
Only the Vestry Account Book, dated 1810, remain of the early records of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Middletown, Delaware. Robert Cann is listed among the contributors, as is, also, Spencer Price, the administrator of the estate of Robert Cann, Sr. who died in 1795.
After Robert sold his farm near Middletown to his brother, William, according to some information, he moved to the Summit Bridge (“The Buck”) area and later to New Castle.
Marion Stuart Cann lists the children of Robert Cann (511) as: – Robert, Lydia, James, Mary and Daniel.
ROBERT CANN (616), son of Robert (511) and Mary Price (512) Cann.
Born. 1808. died March 6, 1864.
Married. Margaret Amanda Moore about 1836
Born. December 25, 1816. died. January 4, 1878
There seems to be very little information available on this Robert Cann. I have heard from very reliable sources that he had a store in the large red brick house, directly across the street from the Presbyterian Church. It is still standing, and in excellent condition – the outstanding residence in the village.
Both Robert and his wife are buried in the Presbyterian Churchyard, also, a daughter, Mary F.. He was born near Summit Bridge, and Margaret Moore, near Port Penn, Delaware. Their children;
MARY FRANCIS CANN (701), born. July 28, 1837. died. Oct. 18, 1867
MARGARETTA AMANDA CANN (702), born. Dec. 7, 1839. died. Apr. 11, 1910
She married MARK A. HODGSON, Jr., Feb. 21, 1861. He was born, Feb. 13, 1838, and died Sept. 18, 1866. the Hodgsons lived in Oxford, Pennsylvania. She became a member of the Pencader Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, in 1855. The children of this marriage were
The family Bible gives, born. July 28, 1838, the tombstone, 1837.
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SOPHIA DUFFIELD HODGSON (801), born. Dec. 6, 1861.
On Sept. 16, 1890, she married LEWIS K. STUBBS (802).
They lived in West Chester, and he is reported to have been in the bank there. He was a member of the Quaker Church. Their children;
MARGARET STUBBS (901), born. Dec. 11, 1893. She since died. She was married but her husband’s name is unknown.
THOMAS HODGSON STUBBS (902), born. Sept. 13, 1899. Reported to be living, but his address is unknown.
ROBERT C. HODGSON (803), born. 1864. at Oxford, Pa.
MYRA HODGSON (804), born. 1867. at Oxford, Pa.
It is reported that after their mother died Robert and Myra moved to Philadelphia. Neither married and are now deceased, and buried at Oxford.
JOSEPH MOORE CANN, born. Feb. 28, 1842. died. Nov. 16, 1843.
ELLA ELIZABETH CANN (704), born. Nov. 12, 1844. died. June, 1881. She married JAMES K. JACKSON (705) on Oct. 31, 1866. A child;
FLORENCE McINTIRE JACKSON (801), born. May 26, 1871.
She married JOHN SMITH. Two children born
RANDOLPH SMITH (A-9-37) Last address, Los Angeles.
MacCUBBIN SMITH (A-9-38) No information.
ROBERT PRICE CANN (706), born. Sept. 23, 1847. died. May 25, 1909.
He attended the public schools of Glasgow, and New Castle, Delaware. Later, he studied at the Quaker City Business College in Philadelphia.
During the War between the States, he entered the Army Quartermaster Corps of the U.S.. His commanding officer was Col. H.B. Blood, Quartermaster of the army operating against Richmond, 1863-1865.
Robert Cann entered that city the day it was occupied by the Union Army. After the war Col. Blood went to the newly established town of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania, as manager of the Mercer Iron and Coal Company. He brought with him a few chosen men of his former command to
Information on the descendants of Robert Price Cann was obtained from his family bible, now in the possession of his daughter, Miss Julia Cann.
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assist him in his new enterprise. Robert Cann was among those chosen. He became secretary-treasurer of the Lake shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. When Col. Blood resigned in 1873, he gave up his position with the railroad, and took over the management of the coal company; a position he held until his death in 1909. He was succeeded by his sons, John Gumfory and Robert P. Cann, Jr.
Robert Price Cann, Sr. was very active in the affairs of the small town, and the surrounding community – first Postmaster; Treasurer of the Mercer County Agricultural Society (position now held by his daughter, Julia); Director of the First National Bank when it was organized in 1903 (his son, LeRoi is now its President); a member of the Lions Club, and the Presbyterian Church.
On December 27, 1971, he married JULIA BELL GUMFORY (A-7-2), daughter of John and Nancy Gumfory, who operated hotels in Stoneboro and Sharon, Pa.. She was born at Sharon on January 29, 1854, and died at Stoneboro on April 30, 1934. Robert and Julia were the parents of eight children.
JOHN GUMFORY CANN (806), born. September 22, 1873 at Stoneboro, died at San Luis Obispo, California, in 1954. He married CORA CATHERINE ROBINSON (A-8-17) February 1, 1899, a daughter of James and Mary Robinson, a merchant of Polk, Penn. Three children were born of this marriage.
ROBERT PRICE CANN (904), born. March 1, 1900, and died at Templeton, California, March 25, 1966. He married MARY ELLEN. They had one child.
ROBERT PRICE CANN V. (A-10-51), He is married and lives in Reedley, Ca.
JOHN GUMFORY CANN, Jr. (A-9-40), born. Feb. 12, 1902. At Stoneboro. He is married and living at San Luis Obispo, California. No Children.
JAMES ROBINSON CANN (A-9-41), born at Stoneboro. He married MILDRED. Now living at Cottage Grove, Oregon.
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GEORGE HENRY CANN (A-807), born at Stoneboro, October 18, 1875, and died at San Francisco, California, January 21, 1938. He married ANN ELIZA BONNER (A-8-10) on July 23, 1903, the daughter of Alexander and Margaret A. Bonner. She was born, April 12, 1875, and died at Yerba, California, February 3, 1966. No children.
ROBERT PRICE CANN, Jr. (808) was born at Stoneboro, February 23, 1879, and died at Tucson, Arizona, August 11, 1961. He was buried at Stoneboro. He married MARY GREER (A-8-24) on December 31, 1908, the daughter of James L. and Harriet P. Greer, a merchant of Stoneboro. She died on May 2, 1940.
Robert Price Cann attended the local schools and was Valedictorian of his high school class. He entered Grove City College. When the Spanish-American War began during his Sophomore year, he, with his entire class, enlisted in the Army; he in F Company, 15th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Capt. W.A. McCoy. He received his honorable discharge on January 31, 1899. Under “Remarks,” Service honest and faithful. “Character,” Excellent. Issued at Athens, Georgia. on the way home with several other soliders, they stopped at the Mammoth Caverns, Kentucky. As he was on crutches, due to the rheumatism, he did not want to down into the cave, but was persuaded to by his companions. Miraculously, he came out of the cave cured, and never had another attack.
In his younger years, he was quite an athlete; center on the Army football team; baseball, on the local town team; and in later life, tennis. He never lost his interest in sports.
After his father’s death he became President of the Mercer Iron and Coal Company. Later, he and his brother LeRoi, became interested in silver mining near Tepic, in Mexico. He never lost his interest in Mexico and its people. Once he was robbed of his boots by bandits, however, one returned and gave him a silver dollar – now a keepsake of his daughter, Harriette. He became very friendly with a Manuel Vilegas, owner of a large ranch in the area, who on a visit to Stoneboro, died and was buried in the local Catholic Cemetery. Months later, his widow sent them a table cloth with lace inserts, and a note, “Every stich is a stich of love.” Both are prized possessions.
Mary Greer, wife of Robert Cann, was educated in the local schools, and was Salutatorian of her high school graduating class. A few years later, her father gave her a trip to Europe, including England and Ireland, where she kissed the Blarney Stone. On her return, Robert met her in New York, and while there bought her at Tiffany’s an after dinner coffee set of Austrian Crown China.
She was a member of the Eastern Star (Masonic), and the Masonic Lodge.
They were the parents of three children, Harriette, Robert, and Julia.
Mary Greer was born on January 8, 1881.
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HARRIETTE CRAWFORD CANN (A-9-42) was born, May 10, 1910. Halley’s Comet was visible in the sky at the time, consequently she almost had either “Halley” or “Comet” in her name. Some of her birth presents were marked “Comet.” Actually, she was named for her grandmother Harriet Ellen Greer, and Crawford for John Mr. Crawford of Parkersburg, West Virginia, whose wife died when her baby was born. Later, he was active in the development of Palm Springs, California, and became a very wealthy man.
She was educated in the local schools of Stoneboro, graduating at high school on June 6, 1928, and attended the Spencerian Business School in Cleveland, Ohio. As her mother was Postmistress during the depression, she helped in the Post Office. she became a member of the Eastern Star in 1935.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1935, she eloped to Somerset, Pennsylvania, and was married by the Presbyterian Minister, Mr. Hayes, to FRED LLEWELLYN GILLETTE (A-9-43). He was born at Townville, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1908, the son of Charles R. and Gertha Nearl Wood Gillette, owners of the general store. Fred Gillette was educated in the local schools, and was graduated, Salutatorian of his high school class. He entered Grove City College, and was graduated, B.S., in Commerce, majoring in Accounting, in 1930. While there he joined the Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and the Pi Gamma Mu Honorary Society. At an early age, he became a Mason and at twenty six was Master of his Blue Lodge; No.30. at Titusville: the youngest in its history.
During the war, he tried to enlist but was not accepted by any of the Military or Naval Services. However, he was accepted by the Weldon Springs Ordinance Plant at University, Missouri, and became a Senior Supervisor in charge of the T.N.T. lines on one shift. Later, he was one of twelve selected to go to The Ashland Oil Company at Ashland, Kentucky. This plant was producing the very much needed high octane gas for aviation. After about five months they returned north to the Keystone Ordinance Plant.
The war over, they returned to Townville, and went in partnership in the general store with his father and mother. In 1950, they bought the the store, and seven years later, sold it and their two homes, and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. His father had moved there sometime before that. Fred joined the Internal Revenue Service as an auditor in 1961, and in 1963, they moved to Panama City. Two sons were born of this marriage.
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ROBERT RAYMOND GILLETTE (A-10-45), born. July 9, 1937, in Spencer Hospital, Meadville, Pennsylvania, and was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, Stoneboro, two and a half years later. He attended the Townville Grade and High School, graduating on July 6, 1955. In high school, he played on the basketball team, but his real interest was in the water sports; skin diving, skiing, etc. In the summer, he worked as a Life Guard at Sandy Lake – a nearby beach.
He entered the military service on October 4, 1960, and took his basic training at Fort Knox. He was assigned to the Engineer Corps of the Army, and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Camp Crowder, Missouri; and back to the Leonard Wood. There was detailed as a life guard for the summer. He had nearly lost a toe when a Baily bridge fell on it. He was discharged as a Sergeant in February, 1963. On his return, he joined the 858 Quartermaster Petroleum Depot Reserves at Farrell, Pennsylvania. He served in the active reserves until February, 1965, and will receive his permanent discharge on October 3, 1966.
On October 28, 1965, he married BESS KALTENBAUGH (A-10-44), who was born January 24, 1943 at Sandy Lake, one of the twin daughters of the Dale Kaltenbaughs. She attended Sandy Lake Elementary School; Lakeview High School; and Slippery Rock State College. She was graduated B.A. in Humanities in 1965. At present she teaches Spanish and English at the Stoneboro-Sandy Lake Schools.
FRED LLEWELLYN GILLETTE, Jr. (A-10-46), born. March 17, 1945, in Spencer Hospital, Meadville, Pennsylvania, and was baptized in the spring of 1957 in the Hydetown Church (Townville Baptist).
When the family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1957, he was transferred from the Townville School to the Meadowlawn Junior High School with a Certificate of Honor. He played basketball on the varsity team that won the city championship for three years. He was graduated at the Northeast High School in 1963; enrolled at the Gulf Coast Junior College, where he made the Dean’s List, and the Phi Thete Kappa Honorary Scholastic Fraternity; and was graduated in 1965. At present, he is a Civil Engineering student at the University of Florida.
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ROBERT PRICE CANN, Jr. or III (A-9-35), born. October 11, 1911, at Stoneboro. He was educated in the local schools, and on his graduation at high school, entered Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and was graduated in 1933. After several years employment with the Talon Zipper Company, at Meadville, he was employed by the A. B. Boyd Company in San Francisco, California – his present location.
On February 14, 1938, he married CATHERINE HUELS (A-9-36), born. February 21, 1919. She is called “Kay” for short. A son, LeRoi, and a daughter, Mary Kay were born of this marriage.
LEROI JACKSON CANN, II (A-10-39), was born. June 14, 1939. He married in February, 1966, and is living in Sebastopol, California.
MARY KAY CANN (A-10-40), born. November 10, 1943.
In February, 1966, she was married HANKAAS, and is living in Daly City, California.
JULIA GUMFORY CANN (A-9-33), born at Stoneboro, December 3, 1916. to her family and friends, she is known as “Jupe.” After her graduation at the local high school, she was a student at Penn State University for two years (1935-1937) – Liberal Arts Curriculum. In 1938, she attended the Grace Martin Secretarial School in Pittsburgh. When her mother became very sick and was bedridden, she returned home. After her mother’s death in 1940, she was employed by the Talon Zipper Company, Meadville, until her marriage.
In San Francisco, on November 21, 1942, she married RICHARD HERMANKAHN (A-9-34), who was born in New York City on April 21, 1910. He was edcuated in the Public Schools, and New York University. A graduate Electrical Engineer, he was employed by the Radio Corporation of America. Becoming deeply interested in photography, he later set up his own commercial studio.
When World War II started, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy – June, 1942, and was sent to Grove City College, Grove city, Pennsylvania, for special training in radar. While there, he met Julia (Jupe) Cann. When he learned that he would be stationed at Treasure Island, San Francisco, she joined him there, and they were married.
He received his Honorable Discharge in September, 1945; Chief Petty Officer, 1/C Radar Technician, with a 3.9 Rating. His service record lists campaign medals for duty – European-African Middle Eastern Theatre; Asiatic-Pacific Theatre; Victory WWII; a Letter of Commendation; and a medal for Good Behavior.
The war over, he returned to Photography, and after some experience in retail camera shops in San Francisco, he became Manager of Industrial Sales for the Royal Camera Shops in San Jose. He and Jupe live in San Bruno, California. They have two daughters, Kristine, and Barbara.
They moved to San Jose, California in February, 1967.
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KRISTINE GREER KAHN (A-10-37), born. September 19, 1945.
During her High School years, she was an outstanding student, both in scholarship and in school activities. To list some of her honors – Phi Beta Cap; Grill and Scroll; Leadership Award; Outstanding Journalist Award; American Field Service Representative; the Golden C Club; and was an Exchange Student to Alaska at the time of the earthquake.
At present she is in her Junior year at the University of California, Davis Campus. She is Editor of the University Paper, and the Picnic Program; Co-chairman of the Orientation Week, and the Cal Club.
BARBARA HELEN KAHN (A-10-38), born June 14, 1947.
Like her sister, Kristine, she has been an outstanding student in High School, and was Valedictorian of her class at graduation. Among, but not all her honors, were; Phi Beta Cap; Most likely to succeed (Class award); Lifetime Membership California Scholarship Federation; Soroptomist Citizenship Award; The Golden C Club; American Field Service Representative; The Capuchino PTA Scholarship; and an Exchange Student to Mexico.
At present she is in her Freshman year at the Davis Campus of the University of California.
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He attended Ulloa Grammar School, Lafayette, Presideo Junior High School, and was graduated at Lincoln High School in 1958; Enlisted in the Navy in September, 1958; Discharged in 1960; Entered City College of San Francisco, majoring in Criminology, and was graduated in 1963, president of his fraternity, Beta Tau, 1962.
After working in several department stores, he became Manager in 1965 of the Sundry and Toy Department of the U-Save Department Store, Santa Rose, California.
On February 12, 1966, he married in Santa Rosa, NANCY JEANE PASCO (A-10-101), in St. Veronica’s Catholic Church with a Nuptial Mass, and a Papal Blessing. She was born in San Francisco on August 25, 1943; the daughter of Ricardo and Angelese Mazzei Pasco. Her brother, Ricardo, is a Captain in the U.S. Army in Germany.
Nancy was educated in the All Souls Grammar, and Mercy High School, both parochial; graducated in 1961. She attended City College in 1961-1963, and San Francisco Sate College in 1964, graduating in 1966, a Business Administration Major. She worked part time for the Federal Housing Administration. They live in Sebastopol, California, and have a daughter;
CAREY LYNN CANN (A-11-64), born. January 30, 1967, and was baptized in ALL Souls Catholic Church, February 19, 1967.