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William Monroe "Monroe" McCanles
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1849
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 17, 1934
Lincoln County
Kansas, USA

Lincoln Sentinel-Republican
Lincoln, Kansas
May 24, 1934

William M. McCanles

William Monroe McCanles was born in Wautauga County, N.C., Jan. 26, 1849, and passed away at the home of his daughter in Lincoln, Kan., May 17, 1934, at the age of 85 years.

He came with his parents to what was then Nebraska territory and settled at Rock Creek, which is now Jefferson County, in 1859. He was in an Indian raid Aug. 6, 1864, and was a member of a 26-team ox train that marked the first trail through what is now the city of Lincoln, Neb., in August 1865. He also helped build the first railroad to this same city in the fall of 1869.

He was married to Miss Martha McCreight July 31, 1870, and to this union was born nine children, three having preceded him in death. The surviving children are Joseph C. McCanles, Lawrence; W.W. McCanles, Los Angeles; James J. McCanles, Archie, Mo., John McCanles, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Maude Lyster, Lincoln; and Mrs. Maymie Davis, Tulsa, Okla. Twenty-five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive, making a total of 66 in the family.

In 1884 Mr. and Mrs. McCanles came to Lincoln County, Kan., and settled in what is now Orange Township, there they lived and helped develop that prairie country into a civilized community. Later they moved to Lincoln where Mr. McCanles engaged in the mercantile business. He was also County Treasurer. Some 20 years ago they moved to Kansas City where they resided until the death of Mrs. McCanles three years ago. Since then he has resided at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maude Lyster, in Lincoln.

In these few words is told the story of an eventful life of a real pioneer. Many who are still living will recall the hardships, dangers and privations of those early years, here as well as in his former home in Nebraska near where Fairbury, a beautiful little city, now stands. Indians, outlaws, cutthroats, and bandits of all kinds roamed this country and preyed upon the settlers. No one, only these pioneers, realized what life was at that time. Many of them are today living in comfort as a reward for earlier privations and he was of those so fortunate.

Funeral services were held from the Lincoln Presbyterian church Sunday, May 20, with the Rev. Frank W. Gregg in charge. Interment was in the Lincoln Cemetery.

[Added note, his father was killed by James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok on July 12, 1861 at Rock Creek Pony Express & Stage station. William M. McCanles was present at the time.]

Family links: 
  David Colbert McCanles (1828 - 1861)
  Mary Greene McCanles (1832 - 1907)
  Martha McCreight McCanles (1853 - 1931)
  Joseph Colbert McCanles (1871 - 1937)*
  Maude Cora McCanles Lyster (1873 - 1958)*
  James Julian McCanles (1876 - 1956)*
  Guy Herman McCanles (1879 - 1932)*
  Wendell Windom McCanles (1881 - 1945)*
  John Clingman McCanles (1887 - 1946)*
  Claude Lucile McCanles (1891 - 1898)*
  Mayme McCanles Davis (1895 - 1978)*
  William Monroe McCanles (1849 - 1934)
  Julius Alexander McCandless (1852 - 1943)*
  Clingman McCanles (1854 - 1936)*
  Celia Elizabeth McCanles (1857 - 1938)*
  Charles R. McCandless (1859 - 1937)*
  Eliza Jane Hughes Compton (1869 - 1957)**
*Calculated relationship
Lincoln Cemetery
Lincoln County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Apr 22, 2010
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William Monroe Monroe McCanles
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William Monroe Monroe McCanles
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William Monroe Monroe McCanles
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