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William D. McFann

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Data Summary:

The information presented in this section is tentative. See the Notes and Credits section below for discussion of the evidence and citation of sources.

Full Name: William Dempsey McFann
Born: 15 April 1866
Died: 1918
Burial: Vernon Cemetery, Lawrence Co, OH
Places of Residence: Cannonsburg, Boyd Co, KY; Decatur Township, Lawrence Co, OH


Father: Andrew J. McFann
Born: 7 July 1832 in Scioto Co, OH
Died: 15 February 1913 in Decatur, Lawrence Co, OH

Mother: Margaret Ann Munyan
Born: 4 January 1836 in OH
Died: 23 December 1922 in Lawrence Co, OH


Mary Madaline Ashley
Born: November 1865 or 1866 or 1867 in Scioto, OH
Died: 20 June 1957
Date of Marriage: 17 November 1887, in Lawrence Co, OH

Children of William D. McFann and Mary Ashley:

Essie McFann
Born: 32 April 1888, in Lawrence Co, OH
Died: 21 December 1919
Burial: Shawnee, OH
Married: Hiram Moore, 18 Oct 1906

Frank McFann
Born: January 1890

Clarence Carl McFann
Born: 20 August 1891 or 1892
Died: 28 January 1972
Burial: Portersville Cemetery
Married: Hellen Collins, a.k.a. Shelby, Myrtle, and Ruthie

Arch L. or Archie A. McFann
Born: 25 January 1894 or 1895
Died: 13 May 1937
Married: Blanch

Etta McFann
Born: February 1897

Millie or Maymie McFann
Born: March 1899

Nellie McFann
Born: 1902 or 1904

Jessie McFann
Born: 1903 or 1904

Norma McFann
Born: 1906


This section lists all known (to me) sources of information on the family of William D. McFann. For a discussion of the evidence contained in these sources, and an explanation of how these sources were used in compiling the above Data Summary, see the Notes and Credits section below.

Census Records:

1870: Not yet found
1880: in the household of his father, who appears as Jac McFann, in Precinct 3 of Cannonsburg, Boyd Co, KY (National Archives Microfilm, T9, Roll 413, ED 9, sheet 12 [Page 195D], family 92)
1900: in Decatur Township, Lawrence Co, OH (National Archives Microfilm, T623, Roll 1292, ED 64, sheet 7 [Page 21B], family 128)
1910: in Decatur Township, Lawrence Co, OH (National Archives Microfilm, T624, Roll 1202, ED 78, sheet 4A [Page 154A], family 55)

Vital Records:

Marriage Record, William McFann to Mary Ashley, Lawrence County, OH, vol 14, pg 520.

Death certificate, Arch L. McFann, Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health, State of Ohio, file no. 36119. A copy was obtained from the Ohio Historical Society.

Cemetery Records:

"McFanns burind in Vernon Cemetery, Lawrence County", Message 20 on GenForum's McFann Family Genealogy Forum, posted by Terry Turley. Includes Cemetery inscriptions for William D. McFann and wife Mary M.; and Archie A. McFann.

Newspaper Items:

Notice of marriage license issued to William McFann and Mary Ashley, Ironton Register, 24 November 1887. This item is listed on Abstracts of Obituaries, Death Notices, Etc. of Lawrence County (Ohio) People and Surrounding Counties and on Family Records - Marriages, both on the Lawrence Register web site. I do not have a copy of the original item.

Notes and Credits:

1. William's date of birth is given on the 1897 questionaire in his father's pension file as 15 April 1866. The cemetery inscription in Message 20 on GenForum's McFann Family Genealogy Forum gives his date of birth as 1865. His date of death is from the cemetery inscriptions. The dates of birth and death for his wife are from the 1900 census and the cemetery inscriptions. His wife's maiden name and the date of their marriage is from the newspaper item cited above. Dates of birth for the children are from the 1900 and 1910 census.

2. Message 20 on GenForum's McFann Family Genealogy Forum includes a cemetery inscription for Archie A. McFann, 1/25/1894--5/13/1937. The death certificate for Arch L. McFann gives the same date of death, but gives his date of birth as 13 May 1895. But the date of birth is probably an error because his age at death is given as 42 years, 3 months, and 19 days, which works out to be 25 January 1895. So I have listed his year of birth as 1894 or 1895.

3. The following information was supplied by Christy from her grandmother: William's middle name (Dempsey); the middle name (Madaline) of his wife, Mary Ashley; Mary Ashley's date of birth, given as Nov 1867, and her date of death, 20 June 1957; Dates of birth, death, and marriage for William's daughter Essie; information on Essie's descendants (not shown on this page); dates of birth and death for Willam's son Clarence: and information on the descendants of Clarence (not shown on this page).

4. Descendants of William McFann include Geri McFann, Diana (Dee) Smith Berk, Thelma Hankins, and Linda McFann, and Christy.

This page is part of the McFann Family History web site maintained by Brian D. McFann

Revised: May 2002