Ramblings about genealogy, family history and the trials and tribulations of getting organized.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
William Henry McCann
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my great-grand uncle, William Henry McCann. You see, I have just discovered that the house where he lived with his wife and children during the Halifax Explosion in 1917 is still standing! And, I drive by it several times a week, giving a figurative tip of my hat to Will each time. I feel a connection with this collateral ancestor of mine that I can't quite explain. I didn't know Uncle Will, as my mother called him. He died in the fall of 1934 long before I was born. I didn't even hear a lot of stories about Uncle Will. Someone mentioned that his brother (and my great-grandfather), Fred, made the hour and a half drive once a month from Windsor to Halifax to visit Will. And my mother said that when she was a teen, she stayed for a few days with Uncle Will and his wife, Aunt Ida. A cousin said that Uncle Will worked for the Intercolonial Railway or ICR. These short stories were a tease for me as I needed to know more about him. I pictured Uncle Will as a sort of rough, work-a-day kind of guy. He was a labourer his whole life; a machinist, blacksmith and carpenter and worked hard in the Car Shop of the ICR. I expected his garb in any photos would be overalls and work shirts. Well, I was literally gobsmacked when I first saw a photo of Will, Ida and Fred. They were dressed to the nines and a good-looking bunch to boot! That photo hasn't yet been scanned, but I will add it here as soon as it is. Next time, I'll tell you what I learned about Uncle Will through my research. Until next time, Happy Researching!
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A great introduction to Uncle Will. A good teaser - I can't wait to read some more and see the photo.ReplyDelete
Great start Pamela. It's personal and it peaked my interest, looking forward to more. I would be all about telling his story and how he survived The Great Halifax Explosion. Amazing story potential with lots of history to incorporate.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to the pictures too. Great writing. Awesome to see that with little information, you've managed to write a full post on an ancestor. Now, if I could just figure out how to do it myself!!! Keep it up Pamela, you're on the right road!ReplyDelete
I agree with the other commentors. Your post was an interesting and concise account of Uncle Will and it did create interest to read more and see the photo. Good job and look forward to additional posts. JoReplyDelete