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Levi R. McFann

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Full Name: Levi R. McFann
Born: 3 July 1839, in Waynesburg, Greene Co, PA
Died: 29 November 1921 in Butler Co, PA
Burial: North Side Cemetery, Butler PA
Places of Residence: Greene Co, PA; Wabash Co, IN; Venango Co, PA; Butler Co, PA
Military Service: 2nd lieutenant, Company H, 123rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (Civil War)


Father: Jonathan McFann
Born: 1800--1810 in PA
Died: 1838--1840

Mother: Nancy McClelland
Born: 1807 in PA
Died: After 1880


Mary Morris
Born: 27 December 1851 in Armstrong Co, PA
Died: 23 October 1940 in Butler Co, PA
Burial: North Side Cemetery, Butler PA
Date of Marriage: 15 February 1870 in Butler Co, PA


Maggie M. McFann
Born: 14 Nov 1871 in PA
Died: before 1915
Married: William D. Armour

George W. McFann
Born: 13 July 1872 in PA

Ida A. McFann
Born: 11 July 1874 in PA
Married: Williams

Harry H. McFann
Born: 6 December 1876 in PA
Died: 8 June 1962 at Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, AR
Married: (1) Mary Olive Rankin; (2) Letha A. Frank

Charles A. McFann
Born: 16 March 1879 in PA
Died: before 1895

Carrie V. McFann
Born: 14 February 1884 in PA
Married: Milliron

Stella M. McFann
Born: 20 February 1887, in PA
Married: Lytle

Levi Ralph McFann
Born: 25 May 1890 in PA
Died: 4 or 5 April 1927

Helen Beryl McFann
Born: 30 March 1893
Died: February 1976
Married: Kiser


Census Records:

1840: not found.
1850: in the household of his mother, Nancy McFann, in Marion township, Greene Co, PA (pg 236, household 3).
1860: in the household of his brother, Asa B. McFann, in Chester township, Wabash Co, IN (pg 345, household 771).
1870: in Pine Grove township, Venango Co, PA (pg 462, household 9).
1880: in Borough of Fairview, Fairview township, Butler Co, PA (Enumeration District 40, sheet 5, household 46 [pg 197]).
1900: in Middlesex township, Butler Co, PA (Enumeration District 82, sheet 11, family 259[page 172])
1910: in Middlesex township, Butler Co (Enumeration District 96, sheet 8, family 168).

Military Pension Records:

Levi R. McFann's Pension file, Office of Veterans Affairs, XC 948757.

Vital Records:

Certificate of Death for Levi R. McFann, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. A copy was found in his pension file.

Certificate of Death for Mary McFann, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. A copy was found in Levi R. McFann's pension file.

Contemporary Published Sources:

Biographical sketch of Levi R. McFann in History of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Vol II (R.C. Brown & Company, 1895), Chapter LXXI, pages 943--4. Reproduced in County and Family Histories: PA, 1740--1900, Family Archive CD 193, (Broderbund Software).

Secondary Published Sources:

"McFann, Pa." in Lee, Caroljo Forsythe, Merrie Olde Middlesex (Valencia PA: Lee, 1976), pages 164--168. Includes a family picture taken about 1895.


Levi R. McFann and family, ca 1895, scanned image of the photograph appearing in Lee, Caroljo Forsythe, Merrie Olde Middlesex (Valencia PA: Lee, 1976), page 165, scanned and sent to me by a someone at the Beaver County Genealogical Society. I do not know the location of the original.

Levi R. McFann and his extended family, ca 1910, photograph in the possession of David Christy, scanned by David Christy.

Harry H. McFann and George W. McFann, date unkown, tintype in the possession of David Christy.

Notes and Credits:

1. Dates of birth for all the children were taken from the census records. Levi R. McFann's date of birth was taken from his biographical sketch the History of Butler County (cited above). His wife's maiden name and the date of the marriage were also taken from the History. The month and year of his marriage is corraborated by the 1870 census and by documents in his pension file. The History lists a Mary S. among his children instead of Stella M.; I have assumed that they are the same. The marriage of his daughter Maggie to William D. Armour is from the History; there is a grandson with last name Armour in Levi McFann's household in the 1910 census.

2. Sources for the information on his parents can be found on Nancy McClelland's Family Page.

3. The children's dates of birth, and the married names of all but Beryl, are given on the 1915 Questionaire in his pension file. Beryl's married name is given on other documents in the pension file.

4. Beryl Kiser's date of death is from the Social Security Death Index at rootsweb.

7. Descendants of Levi R. McFann include David Christy and Miles McFann, both descendants of Levi's son Harry H. McFann.

8. Levi Ralph McFann's date of death was given as 4 April 1927 in Harry H. McFann's 1928 Declaration for Pension and as 5 April 1927 on his 1930 Declaration for Pension.

Brian McFann
Revised: 25 November 1999