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Welcome to The McCANN`s of KY.....Since Before--1515 to 2019...Over `500 YEARS`... Bible Text: Jeremiah 29:11...The McCann Reunion Saturday June 1, 2019 at Becky`s Home Mayhill, OH/Contact Dale for info
About The McCann Family of KY
The McCann's according to tradition are a Milesian people descended from Colla-de-Chrioch, the 
first King of Orghilla or Oriel. The Kingdom of Oriel encompassed the land from County Donegal 
to County Louth in Ireland. Oriel is almost synonymous with Ulster. Colla-de-Chrioch, a 
southern conqueror of Ulster, was one of the Three Collas. The identity of the folks who lived 
in Oriel is shrouded in mystery. Historians who give credence to their existence generally 
place Colla-de-Chrioch's conquest of Ulster in 331 A.D. The McCann's descended from Breassail, 
a grandson of Colla-de-Chrioch. It is well accepted that the McCann's originated on the banks 
of Lough Neagh, they were called the Lords of Clan Breassail, located on the southern shores of 
Lough Neagh. The McCann surname is considered to be among the earliest hereditary surnames in 
the world. Ireland was one of the first countries to adopt surnames. the surname McCann began  
to be used in the 12th Century. It's original form was Mac Anna and means "son of Annadh" which 
was the given name of an early McCann Chieftain. It has taken many forms over the years: 
MacCann, MaCann, McCan, Mac Anna, Cann, Canny, McCanney, Macan, Makan, Mican, McKann, Michan, 
McKeand and today's form McCann. No matter the spelling we are all still McCann's.
 Our personal line began with "Big John" McCann and his family coming down the Ohio River in 
1790 and stopping along where the Scioto River empties into the Ohio. While out scouting the 
area they were attacked by Indians and some were killed.(See story on "Big" John and the Scioto 
River Incident). "Big" John made it to Limestone or what is now known as Maysville, Kentucky. 
He lived for a short time in the Quicks Run area of Lewis County then from there they moved to 
Miller's Station in Bourbon County. 
After the danger of Indian attacks passed he moved & settled on a farm in what is now Nicholas 
County at Carlisle, then onto Paris, KY. His son William returned to Lewis County, Ky and 
married Jane McKenzie and settled at Elksburg near the headwaters of Quicks Run. And through 
William and Jane came our branch of "The McCann's of KY."  I am proud and glad to be a part of 
this family.I hope you enjoy the site and the stories...This Family Tree was started more than 30 
years ago by Delbert E. McCann and was turned over to his eldest son Dale in 1988. Dale began this 
website over 7 years ago and with help from family members, friends of the Family and other 
Geneaolgists it has grown to what is today. Thanks to all..May God richly Bless OUR Family Dale E. 
McCann (Webmaster)
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