Name: Stephen Smith MCCANN
Birth: 4 OCT 1811 in Portsmouth, Scioto Co., OH
Death: of Dropsy 1 NOV 1880 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
Burial: McDonald Lot, Lakeview Cem., Eau Claire, WI
Census: 1836 Dubuque Co., IA
Census: 1842 Menomonie River, Crawford Co., WI
Census: 1850 Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
Census: 1855 Chippewa Co., WI
Census: 1860 Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
Census: 24 AUG 1860 Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
Census: 1870 Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
Land Patent 2 AUG 1852 Chippewa Co., WI
Land Patent 2 OCT 1854 Chippewa Co., WI
Land Patent 15 APR 1856 Chippewa Co., WI
Land Patent 1 APR 1857 Chippewa Co., WI
Fact 1845 First white settler of Eau Claire, WI
Jun 1831 to May 27, 1832, Stephen S. McCann served in the Mounted Volunteers, IL Militia, Black Hawk War.
After the Treaty of 1837, Stephen was recruited at Prairie du Chien to work in the Chippewa Falls Mill. He settled in Blue Mills at Lake Hallie, becoming was one of the first settlers of the Chippewa Valley. He was the first Justice of the Peace and was instrumental in the formation of Chippewa Co., later to be elected supervisor in their first election of 1854.
In 1841, he bought a mill from H. S. Allen, near Menomonie, on the west side of the Red Cedar, two miles below Gilbert's Creek. Two years later in 1843 the mill burned down.
In 1845, Stephen from Spring Creek, a tributary of the Menomonie river, near Menomonie and Jeremiah Thomas came to Eau Claire, started a sawmill and were the first persons to make a permanent home here. They erected a claim shanty on the Eau Claire River and later Stephen built a cabin near the mouth of the Eau Claire River and still another on the location of what is now Eau Claire St. and S. Farwell.
No further attempt was made to settle in this locality until the summer of 1845, when Stephen S. McCann, from Spring Creek, a tributary of the Menomonie river, near Menomonie, and Jeremiah C. Thomas entered into partnership and erected a claim shanty near the site of what was afterward the Eau Claire Lumber company's water mill on the Eau Claire river. This corperation has now become merged in the Mississippi River Logging Company. Stephen S. McCann also built a cabin near the confluence of the Eau Claire with the Chippewa, which he designated as a warehouse, and another on the site of what was subsequently the American house. These structures were erected for the express purpose of establishing the right of the settler to an uncertain quantity of government land. McCann transformed the last named cabin into a home for his family, who moved into it.
The first white settler came to what is now Eau Claire in 1845. He was Stephen S. McCann who formed a partnership with a Jeremiah C. Thomas. They erected a claim shanty on the Eau Claire River and later McCann constructed a cabin near the mouth of the Eau Claire River and still another on the location of what is now Eau Claire St. and S. Farwell.
By 1847, Stephen McCann and Jeremiah Thomas had joined with Simon Randall and constructed a dam across the Eau Claire River and erected a new double saw mill. On June 5, a cloudburst struck the area and the river rose and swept away the dam and sawmill. The firm went bankrupt and Stephen went to Eagle Prairie, and Jeremiah went back to Blue Mills.
The oldest house now standing in Chippewa County and maybe the Chippewa Valley was built by Stephen S. McCann, in 1849, who occupied it until the Spring of 1857, then moving to his upper farm, now known as the Jersey Hogan farm. It was then occupied by Ben. Sprague, and by different tenants down to it's present owner, Mr. William Monroe, a bachelor and gentlemen who enjoys the whole mansion to himself and whose picture is seen standing to the right by the porch in the cut. Many events that have tended to shape the destiny of Chippewa County have transpired underneath it's ponderous roof. Mr. McCann was the first chairman of the county board in the county and the board of supervisors often convened in this building. He was in those days, with H. S. Allen and B. F. Manahan, one of the leading spirits of county that then extended to Lake Superior, and took a hand in all public affairs. He was not a man of education, but had more than the ordinary quantity of intelligence allotted to man. Always a backwoods man, he had the backwoods manners and ways, but not of the blood-thirsty kind. In 1856, he was the only justice of the peace in the county, and it was in this historic house, one of the most memorable justice cases was ever tried.
The county was organized December 29, 1854 George P. Warren was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and Stephen S. McCann was the other Supervisor; Samuel H. Allison, Clerk. A petition for a road via Dunnar's Mill to Bloomer was deemed improper and rejected. The road authorized to Eau Claire (Clear Water) via Frenchtown and the Blue Mill was after deliberation declared highly injudicious and unnecessary. James Ermatinger, Henry O'Neil and Daniel McCann were appointed to lay out a road to Vermillion Falls. February 1, 1855,
James Reed, who had been elected Supervisor, refused to serve. On motion of S. S. McCann, he was fined $10 for his refusal to act as Supervisor.
Stephen enlisted in the Wisconsin Infantry in 1861, at the age of 45, along with his five sons and two son in laws. He was mustered in at Milwaukee, WI, by Captain Trowbridge. In Feb 1862, he was detached as Brigade Wagoner. In March, he became ill and remained in that condition through April, when discharged at Nashville, TN, by a surgeon's certificate.
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers:
Stephen S. Smith claimed to be a resident of Chippewa Falls, when he enlisted as a private on Sep 17, 1861, in B Co. 1st. Inf. Reg. WI. He received a disability discharge on Apr 25, 1862.
History of Eau Claire County, Past & Present, 1914:
The battle of North Anna began on the 23rd. On the 26th, Companies H and K were ordered to charge a line of rebel works, which we took. Our loss was two men killed, twelve wounded and one taken prisoner. Both the men killed were from Company H. The pioneer lumberman, Stephen S. McCann, was a member of our company and was wounded in this engagement.
Stephen Smith McCann
Daily Free Press Nov 5, 1880
The funeral services of Stephen S. McCann were attended, yesterday forenoon, in the Congregational Church, the pastor Rev. J. F. Dudley officiating.
Mr. McCann was one of the oldest residents of the Chippewa Valley. He was born in the state of Kentucky in 1811 and at the time of his death was a little past sixty nine years of age. At the early age of 14 he left home and thereafter worked his own way in the world. He resided in Dubuque, Iowa for some time, and in 1837 came into this region, first making his home at the Blue Mills. He was one of the men who made the first improvements in this city. Mr. Randall in his history of the Chippewa Valley, says that Mr. McCann "erected in 1845 a cabin, near the confluence of the Eau Clair with the Chippewa, for a warehouse, and another on the site of the American house in the second ward of this city into which he moved his family." He was also according to Mr. Randall, one of the firm that in 1846, built a dam upon the Eau Claire, where the Eau Claire Lumber Co.'s water mill now stands. He afterwards engaged in farming about Chippewa Falls.
Mr. McCann was a soldier in the Black Hawk War, in 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army and after faithful service and after having been severly wounded, he was honorably discharged. Just before his death he received a pension. For about four years he has resided in the city having his home most of the time with W. R. McDonald, his son-in-law. During the winter of 1877 he attended the revival meetings held upon the West Side by Rev. Welton, and became very interested in the subject of religion. In the Spring of the same year he united with the Congregational Church. His interest in religion continued unabated til the last day of his life. He was very faithful in his attendance upon all the meetings of the church and often bore testimony for Christ.
His last sickness, which was caused by dropsy, was painful and continued for about two months. During all of the time, he was sustained by his faith in Christ and hope of heaven. He leaves a large circle of relatives, children and grandchildren and his wife, Mrs. McCann, with whom he had lived for 43 years. His funeral yesterday was attended by many friends and neighbors and quite a large number of the old settlers of Chippewa County.
Stephen Smith McCann
Nov 6, 1880
Stephen W. McCann Dies, Pioneer, Veteran of Two Wars.
Stephen W. McCann died in this city Monday evening, Nov. 1, at the residence of his son in law, Mr. McDonald. Mr. McCann was a native of Kentucky and was born October 4, 1811. He was at one time a resident of Dubuque, Iowa, but for over forty years has had his home in the Chippewa Valley. He first settled at the Blue Mills, in 1837. In that early day he was almost the only settler in this region. He and Mrs. McCann who survives her husband, were the parents of the first white child born in this vicinity, a son living in Chippewa County.
Mr. McCann assisted in making the first improvements in this city, being a member of the firm that in 1846 built a dam where the Eau Claire Lumber Company's water mill now stands. He was in the Black Hawk War and also in the Union Army during the Rebellion, was wounded, honorably discharged and recently received a pension. In 1877, he united with the Congrational church, of which he remained a faithful and consistant member until his death. He died od dropsy after much suffering. His funeral was attended in the Congregational church on Thursday afternoon. A large number were present, among whom were several old settlers from Chippewa County.
Father: Arthur MCCANN b: DEC 1780 in York Co., PA
Mother: Barbary SMITH b: 1785 in Pennsylvania
Sarah HUGHS b: 1814 in Ohio
16 JAN 1831 1
in Perkins, Tazwell Co., IL
- Thomas Hughs MCCANN b: 1831 in Tazwell Co., IL
- John Henry MCCANN b: 1834 in Illinois
- Stephen Smith MCCANN b: 31 OCT 1837 in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA
- Daniel MCCANN b: 26 SEP 1838 in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA
Wilhelmina Rachel JOHNSTON b: 15 APR 1813 in Bordentown, Burlington Co., NJ
22 NOV 1842 2
in Prairie Du Chien, Crawford Co., WI
- Stephen Smith MCCANN b: 23 MAR 1839 in Badger Mills, Chippewa Co., WI
- Arthur Johnson MCCANN b: 21 DEC 1840 in Menomonie, Dunn Co., WI
- Martha Ann Clarinda MCCANN b: 20 MAY 1843 in Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
- Barbara Sabina MCCANN b: 1844 in Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
- Alice MCCANN b: 1846 in Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
- Jordan Jackson MCCANN b: 30 AUG 1847 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
- Benjamin MCCANN b: AFT 1848 in WI
- John MCCANN b: AFT 1848 in WI
- Wilmetta MCCANN b: 22 MAY 1852 in Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., WI
- Title: Tazwell Co., IL Early Marriages
Page: Book A, pg. 7
Text: married in Peking by A. J. Duming, Justice of the peace.
- Title: Crawford Co., WI Marriages
Page: Vol. 2, pg. 11, Marriage No. 210
Text: License Oct. 29, 1842 by D. G. Fenton, Clerk; Certificate Nov. 22, 1842 by Hiram S. Allen, J. P.