Letter from John McCann to John Creegan
The content of this letter shows how important a single source of information can be.
Feb 9th 1893
My dear brother I just received your
kind letter and I must say I am glad to hear from you at last. I ought to got
your letter near six weeks ago there is another McCann here and he got it and
kept it until last night. Well John we are all sorry to hear of Kitty's death. You dident
say what was her complaint. Myself and Sally is well and we have four
children out of eleven and they are Hugh
and Thomas and Mike and Kate. Hugh and Tom are married the other 2 are
with us. You dident tell me how many you have got and
if any of them is married. John I wish when you see Brian tell him to rite to me I have rote several times I guess I
did not have his directions right. Sally wants you to tell her aunt to rite to
her. Well John I am trying to get a pension and I have had the Justice of the
Peace riting to
What we learned:
is another John McCann in
He called Catherine, Kitty – did anyone else? Probably.
He called his wife Sally, a common nickname for Sarah. I still don’t have her maiden name.
They have four children out of eleven living. This helped confirm their entry in the 1910 census which listed that data.
We know or confirm the names of the four living children and know that two of them are married. From the 1910 census I know they are probably still alive even if we have no other information (which we do).
has an aunt in the
was close with someone named Brian in the
He is seeking a pension, probably for military service in the Union Army, a good source of information. We have letters pertaining to the application but not the application itself.
They have an interest in a zinc mine – it would probably be difficult to track this down but who knows…
He calls John, Brother confirming his relationship.
was confusing somewhat because I assumed he lived in
Even I spell better than John. No, I don’t think someone rote this down for him because the census tells me he can read and rite.