Transcribed from History of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Vol II (R.C. Brown & Company, 1895), Chapter LXXI, pages 943--4, as reproduced in County and Family Histories: PA, 1740--1900, Family Archive CD 193, (Broderbund Software).
Levi R. McFann, son of Jonathan McFann, was born in Waynesburg, Greene county, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1839.
He obtained a common school education, and afterwards was engaged as a salesman in a general store at Waynesburg.
In 1865 he went to Pittsburg, and traveled for the wholesale tobacco house of Steppe & Kennedy.
In 1867 he located in business at Oil City, as a manufacturer and dealer in tobacco.
In 1868 he started a branch at Pleasantville, Venango county, also one on the Renn farm and at Parker City.
He finally quit the business, and went into oil operating at Gas City, whence he removed to Fairview, Butler county, in 1872.
He afterwards operated at Greece City and Buena Vista, and has followed the oil developments in Butler county ever since.
In the spring of 1893 he moved to the Thompson oil field, started a grocery store, and has since carried on that business.
The same year McFann post office was established, named in honor of our subject, of which he has since been postmaster.
Mr. McFann was married February 15, 1870, to Mary Morris, a daughter of George Morris, of Washington township, to which union have
been born nine children, as follows: Maggie M., wife of William D. Armour, of McDonald; George W.; Ida A.; Harry H.; Charles, deceased;
Carrie V.; Mary S.; Levi R., and Helen B. Although independent in politics, Mr McFann has always been quite active in political affairs, is a member of
Tent, Number 96, K. O. T. M., of Renfrew, and also of the I. O. O. F. He served as second lieutenant of Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers,
and during his term of sevice was in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.