Sunday, February 20, 2011

The McCandless Men

Saturday I just worked all day: worked on the horses' feet, worked on riding Paula, worked in my garden, worked trimming the trees....

You get the drift--boring stuff. So, I thought today I'd post instead about the paternal side of my family: The McCandless Men. Here they are, starting with my dad, and going back to my great-great-great grandfather.

My dad (whose information I will omit for privacy reasons):

That's my pa! (I've been in out in the boonies way too long).

Then, my grandfather, William "Bill" Calvert McCandless.

He was born in Greensburg, KS on Nov 2, 1917 and died Nov 17, 1987 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

My great-grandfather is Calvert "Cal" Cotton McCandless.

Yes, his name was Calvert Cotton. He was named after his two grandmother's maiden names: Eliza Calvert and Nancy Cotton. Cal was born in Antrim, KS (a now-defunct town about 2 miles from my house) on March 27, 1892 and died on March 31, 1986.

My great-great-grandfather is William Alexander McCandless.

He was born July 13, 1866 in Cass County, Missouri and died July 16, 1952.

My great-great-great grandfather is George H McCandless. I never have been able to confirm was the "H" stood for.
He was born June 30, 1830 in Harrison County, Ohio. He died October 16, 1886 of consumption and is buried less than two miles from where I now live.

I guess you could say that my family has been here for a little fact, longer than they lived anywhere else (that I've found so far, anyway). Talk about roots!

Toto, I think we've been in Kansas for a while,



Anonymous said...

Those are some deep roots! Nice that you have pictures and information - I know almost nothing about any of my grandparents, and only met two of them, a very few times - my father's mother twice and my father's father once, both when I was a small child.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

What a great idea for a post. It's so cool that you know your roots, and have photos. Handsome men in your family :)

Annette said...

Very impressive roots - so many generations in Kansas! I don't even have that many generations in the US!

Grey Horse Matters said...

That's some very long roots to your family tree. Guess you've all been around the same area for a while.

Never met my grandparent's families (they still lived in Germany or Italy) on either side except for one great grandmother, she died when I was around seven. So I don't remember her much.

I find it really interesting that you're able to research way back in your ancestor line.

Nicole said...

It's always interesting to figure out how you got where you are :). My great great grandfather moved here after the Civil War. he fought at the battle of Carthage and loved the area so moved from Illinois back here with his wife after the war.

Nicole said...

btw, handsome men in your fam!

Jessie McCandless said...

Thank you, again, all :) I feel very fortunate to have been able to find so much information on my family. It's interesting research, to be sure. I was able to find a lot of things that my family didn't know, and some older generations were able to fill in the gaps with little things they knew.

I didn't realize how fortunate I have been to have my family be here for so long until I started hearing other people tell their genealogical stories.

Anonymous said...

my house is located at the old calvert school in Drexel, Missouri where the mccandless family went to scool in th 1800's

Jessie said...

Oh my goodness, I hope you're tagged for a follow-up since I don't have any contact information for you! I have gone by there a few times hoping someone could tell me more information but I never have been able to get anything. I would love to talk to you if you would please contact me! Thank you!!