Jesse “Jess”William McCann and Ella Marie Gillilan McCann

Jesse William Jess McCann

Jesse William McCann and Ella Marie (Gillilan) McCann, Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, 1947.
photo courtesy of daughter, Martha Jane (McCann) Gilbreath, August 2014.

Birth:  Aug. 20, 1905
Comanche County
Texas, USA
Death:  Jan. 26, 1975
Hamilton County
Texas, USA

On double marker with Ella Marie McCann (1915-1988); “married 26 November 1933”. Jesse William “J.W.” McCann was born on 20 Aug. 1905 in Edna Hill, Comanche County, Texas.

Married Ella Marie (Gillilan) in 26 November 1933 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas.

He died on 26 Jan. 1975 in Hico, Hamilton County, Texas.

Children: Annie Mae (Tudor), William Bert, Ella Katherine (Pettey), Helen Wynell (Adams), James Mackey, Martha Jane “Janie” (Gilbreath), Danny Earl, David Lynn, Clarence Wayne, & Roy Joe McCann.

“My Daddy, Jesse William McCann is 1st. born of 15 children of Matilda Mae (Hancock) McCann & Michael Lafayette McCann. Then I am 1st. born of 10 of their children. Big Families that has grown bigger now days.”~Email from Annie Mae (McCann) Tudor, 2014. 

Family links:
  Michael Lafayette McCann (1869 – 1949)
  Matilda Mae Hancock McCann (1883 – 1957)
  Ella Marie Gillilan McCann (1915 – 1988)
  William Bert McCann (1937 – 2012)
  Ella Katherine McCann Pettey (1940 – 2007)
  James Mackey McCann (1945 – 1998)
Alvin Lee McCann (1907 – 1987)
J. D. Mccann (1908 – 1978)
Windfield Scott McCann (1910 – 1978)
Bertie McCann Gilbert (1916 – 1999)
Merty McCann (1916 – 1919)
Michael T. McCann (1919 – 1996)
Lee Roy McCann (1921 – 2010)
James Melvin McCann (1923 – 2005)
Agnes Lucille McCann (1924 – 1924)

Lower Greens Creek Cemetery
Erath County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: TEXAS TUDORS
Originally Created by: Ken Jones
Record added: Jan 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17727991


Michael Lafayette “M. L.” McCann, Jr.

Michael Lafayette M. L. McCann, JrMichael Lafayette M. L. McCann, JrMichael Lafayette M. L. McCann, Jr

Birth: Jun. 15, 1824
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA

Death: May 31, 1902
Dallas County
Arkansas, USA

Family links:
Amanda (Sawyer) McCann (1843 – 1876)

Michael Lafayette McCann, III (1869 – 1949)

DeLamar Cemetery
Dallas County
Arkansas, USA

Created by: Pat Hall
Record added: Jul 03, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6572665

Manning, Dallas County, Arkansas




James S. Craig Emigrated From Ireland to Stephenville, Erath County, Texas

Texas Tudor's Memorials


James “Jim” S. Craig
Birth: Mar. 4, 1842


Death: May 10, 1907

Stephenville, Erath County, Texas

A Confederate soldier, Virginia Mounted Guards, 12th Congressional District 

Name: James S Craig
Spouse’s Name:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1890
Event Place: Stephenville, Erath, Texas, United States
Affiliate Publication Title: Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War,1890.
Affiliate Publication Number: M123
Affiliate Film Number: 102
GS Film number: 338261
Digital Folder Number: 004679015
Image Number: 00154

Family links:
Emily R. Craig (1853 – 1889)

West End Cemetery
Erath County
Texas, USA
Created by: Ken Jones
Record added: Oct 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12187606 

Name:     James Craig
Name Note:
Also Known As Name:
Also Known As Note:
Event Type:     Military Service
Military Beginning Rank:     Private
Military Beginning Rank Note:
Military Final Rank:     Private
Military Final…

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A Day In Dublin

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

How James Joyce crafted a masterpiece around a single day in Dublin, I don’t know. This place seems hardly big enough to host a Ulyssean epic.

Out at first light, wandering shining streets polished by a night of rain, the whole day ahead of me, the city under my feet, I’m in love at first light with this city that rarely sleeps; though I’m not sure if quiet mornings are more or less authentic than late night raving revelry.

Where am I? Where am I going? Does it matter? I crisscross the city, checking off a few attractions: Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the James Joyce Museum, Dublin Castle, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. In the National Library of Ireland, I sit in the main reading room, for the sake of sitting and type for the sake of typing, under the great aquamarine dome where Joyce once sat and…

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Ireland Travel: Dublin

NJ to the World

There are very few places in the world that can share as special of a place in my heart as New Jersey. Dublin, Ireland is one of those places. Dublin was the site and reason behind so many of my first experiences. My first time on an airplane, my first time off of the East Coast, my first time to Europe, my first time in another country at all. I lived in Dublin for four months, from January to May of 2013, as part of a study abroad program at the University College Dublin. Picked in part due to my Irish heritage, in part because of the beauty of the country, studying in Dublin not only met all of my already lofty expectations for going abroad but surpassed them. My time living in this city would take me around the rest of Ireland and open the gates to Europe, as…

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Ireland Travel: Wicklow

NJ to the World

County Wicklow is a bit of a deceiving title for this blog post. I wanted to focus on various trips I was able to take in the “Greater Dublin Area.” This primarily included the neighboring County Wicklow, but also a small seaside town named Howth just outside the Dublin city limits. County Wicklow, one of Ireland’s most gorgeous regions, skyrocketed to international fame in part due to the movie P.S. I Love You. Considering P.S. I Love You is a massive chick flick, I had no interest in seeing it prior to my traveling to Ireland. Apparently, the majority of the movie takes place in Ireland– specifically shot on location in County Wicklow (probably picked for its picturesque rolling green hills, although that can be found in much of the Irish country side). Naturally, when our UCD student organization took a bus trip through County Wicklow, it was nothing short…

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Ireland Travel: Cork

NJ to the World

My next adventure abroad took me to what is affectionately known as Ireland’s “Rebel County”, County Cork. Located at Ireland’s most southern tip, Cork largely derives its nickname from its history of aiding the rebellious IRA (Irish Republican Army) against the British at the turn of the century. It also happened to be the birthplace — and eventual place of death– of Irish revolutionary hero Michael Collins, the head of the Irish Republican Army in Ireland’s War of Independence (1919-1921) who played a major role in the birth of Ireland has a nation. But there is well more to County Cork than just a historical IRA presence. Seated in the province of Munster, Cork is notable for its rolling green hills and rugged coastline, a long stretch of cliffs dotted with a number of shore towns. As I would soon find, Ireland’s south (both countries Cork and Kerry) held some…

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