Notes and Credits section below
for discussion of the evidence and citation of sources.
Full Name: Alexander Franklin McFann
Father: Asa B. McFann
Mother: Amanda A. Martin
Mary Ellen [or Elizabeth] Clemens
Sarah Elizabeth Mulford
Children of Alexander F. McFann and Mary E. Clemens:
Elton Eugene McFann
Children of Alexander F. McFann and Sarah E. Mulford:
Edna Mary McFann
Inez C. McFann
Notes and Credits section below.
Franklin A. McFann (a.k.a Alexander F. McFann):
Marriage License, Frank McFann to Mary E. Clemens (16 November 1873), Book 8, page 218, Wabash County Court. I have not seen the original record. The book and page number reported here was taken from Wabash County Marriages (cited below).
Marriage License, E. E. McFann to Myrtle Bell Fannin (23 September 1896), Book 13, page 142, Wabash County Court. I have not seen the original record. The book and page number reported here was taken from Wabash County Marriages (cited below).
Wabash County Marriages: 1835--1899, compiled by Larry and Cynthia Scheuer (Warsaw, IN: Scheuer Publications, 1996). Contains the information from the Wabash County record books of the marriage of Frank McFann to Mary E. Clemens and the marriage of E. E. McFann to Myrtle Bell Fannin, including the book and page number of the original records. Linda Thompson looked up these records and sent me the information.
Indiana Marriages: 1851--1900, Family Archive CD 243, (Broderbund Software). Contains index entries for the marriage records of Frank McFann to Mary E. Clemens, and E. E. McFann to Myrtle Bell Fannin. The information was extracted for me by a lookup volunteer from the Genealogy CD List.
Application for Marriage License, Inez McFann, 14 Sept 1925, St Joseph Circuit Court. A copy of this record was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
Military Service and Pension Records:
Alexander F. McFann's pension file, Office of Veterans Affairs, XC 875872.
"A. F. McFann, 85, Veteran, Dies", South Bend Tribune, Thursday, 1 February 1934. A copy of this obituary was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse of the South Bend Genealogical Society.
"Speeding Jitney Kills Edna McFann", South Bend Tribune, Monday, 11 November 1918. A copy of this article was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
"Mrs. A. F. McFann", obituary, South Bend Tribune, Friday, 24 January 1941. A copy was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
"Glen Van Scoik", obituary, South Bend Tribune, Thursday, 2 June 1936. A copy was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
"Wilber Van Scoik", obituary, South Bend Tribune, Wednesday, 29 July 1959. A copy was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
"Mrs. Inez C. Van Scoik", obituary, South Bend Tribune, Tuesday, 25 September 1979. A copy was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
Coroner's Inquest into the death of Edna McFann, 13 November 1918, St Joseph County, IN. Edna McFann died after being hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street with two companions. A copy of the inquest was sent to me by Irvin L. Morse.
The famous McFann band, date unknown, from the collection of Wilber Van Scoik.
Four generation picture of Alexander F. McFann and descendants, taken around 1928, original in the possession of Charles E. McFann.
Alexander F. McFann and Sarah E. Mulford McFann, taken around 1935, from the collection of Wilber Van Scoik.
David A. Heiden has traced the ancestry of Sarah Mulford back to the 18th century. See his reply to my query on the Walworth County, WI Queries board. For further information, write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. He appears in all the earlier records, including his enlistment papers, as Franklin A. or Frank McFann; and he was known by that name to my grandfather. The first record I know of on which he appears as Alexander F. McFann is the 1890 special census of civil war veterans. It is common in this family for men to be known by their middle names.
2. I am grateful to Irvin L. Morse of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, for finding and sending me copies of the obituaries and other documents listed above. Without his help I probably would not have known that Franklin A. McFann was also known as Alexander F. McFann. The obituary for A. F. McFann was especially helpful because it also gave me the married names of two of his sisters and the location of his son Elton. I am also grateful to Linda Thompson for all her time and effort looking things up for me.
3. Information on Elton E. McFann was provided by his grandson, Charles E. McFann, from family sources.
4. The full date of birth for Franklin McFann was taken from the 1898 circular in his father's pension file.
5. Sources for the information on Asa B. McFann and Amanda Martin are on Asa B. McFann's Family Page.
6. The name of Frank McFann's first wife and the date of their marriage, and the name of Elton's wife and the date of their marriage, were taken from their marriage licenses (cited above) and also from the information supplied by Charles E. McFann. The 1915 Questionaire in Alexander F. McFann's pension file gives her middle name as Elizabeth. The date of their divorce comes from the Questionaire and also a copy of their divorce decree that was found in the pension file.
7. Dates of birth for all of Alexander F. McFann's children are given in the 1915 Questionaire in his pension file. Edna's obituary (cited above) gives her place of birth as Blue Hill, NE. The date and place of birth of Inez McFann was taken from her marriage application (cited obove) which agrees with her obituary (also cited above). The date of her marriage was taken from her obituary and is the same date that the marriage application was signed. The date of Lucille McFann's marriage to Wilbur Van Scoik was taken from Van Scoik's obituary (cited above).
8. Scans of the pictures were sent to me by Charles E. and Ellen McFann. Charles E. McFann is the great grandson of Alexander F. McFann.
Author: Brian McFann
Revised: 14 February 2000