Notes and Credits section below
for discussion of the evidence and citation of sources.
Father: Asa B. McClelland
Asa B. McFann
William D. McFann
Jonathan A. McFann
Levi R. McFann
Notes and Credits section below.
1830: Presumably in the household of Jonathan McFann Sr in Franklin twp, Greene Co PA, pg 433.
Will of Hon Asa McClelland, Greene County, Will Book 3, pages 171 and 172. Asa McClelland identifies Nancy McFann as his daughter.
Deed of William M. McClelland to Asa B. McFann and others , dated May 1853, recorded June 21, 1853 in Greene Co Deed Book 13, page 361. This deed records the sale of a property in Waynesburg by William McClelland and his wife Elizabeth to Asa B. McFann, Jonathan McFann, William McFann, Levi McFann, and Nancy McFann. Nancy McFann is identified as the mother of Asa B. McFann, Jonathan McFann, William McFann, and Levi McFann.
Assignment of of A. B. McFann to Levi R. McFann, dated February 4, 1871, recorded March 26, 1886 in Greene county Mortgage Book 4, page 581.
Deed of Asa B. McFann and wife to Levi R. McFann, dated March 6, 1871, recorded June 22, 1871, in Greene County Deed Book 23, page 336.
This deed concerns a Waynesburg property left by Asa McClelland to Nancy McFann.
Transcription of family records from Asa B. McClelland's Bible, found in Levi R. McFann's pension file. Includes dates of birth for Asa B., William D., Jonathan A., and Levi R. McFann.
Secondary Published Sources:
Leckey, Howard L., The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families: A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (Waynesburg, PA: Waynesburg Republican, 1950). This work contains a short history of the William Brown family (pages 389--390). Leckey asserts that William Brown's daughter Catherine was the first wife of Asa McClelland and that she was Nancy McClelland's mother. Since Leckey does not cite his sources, I have not relied on his work.
1. Asa B. McFann identified his parents as Jonathan and Nancy McFann on his 1896 Marriage Licence. (A copy of the marriage license was sent to me by Joan Egan, who got it from Richard M. Hughes). Nancy is identified as the mother of Levi McFann in the 1880 Census and in a 1913 affidavit in Levi McFann's pension file. And in the Deed of William M. McClelland to Asa B. McFann and others (cited above), Nancy is identified as the mother of Asa, Jonathan, William, and Levi McFann. Dates of birth for all four are given in the transcription of family records from Asa B. McClelland's Bible that was found in Levi R. McFann's pension file.
2. Some family histories have asserted that Dawson McFann, who appears in the 1850 Census for Greene Co, in Marion township, is also a son of Jonathan and Nancy McFann. Based on the legal records above, Richard M. Hughes argues that Dawson McFann is not another son of Jonathan and Nancy McFann. In the Three Assignments (cited above), Asa, Jonathan, and William assign to Levi McFann their interest in the legacy of Mary McClelland, provided for her in the will of her father, Asa B. McClelland. They had an interest because the will provided Mary with the interest on $1500 for life and stipulated that upon her death $900 of the principle should be paid to the children of his daughters Elizabeth, Maria, and Nancy. In the Three Asignments Levi identifies himself, Asa, Jonathan and William as the only children of Nancy McFann. No mention is made of Dawson, who, if he was also one of Nancy's children, would also have had an interest in the legacy of Mary McClelland.
4. Jonathan McFann Sr does not appear in the 1840 census; and he was last assessed in the tax records in 1838. Notes on the tax records, compiled by Richard M. Hughes, will be posted on this site soon.
Author: Brian McFann
Revised: 3 September 1999