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Mary Jane McCann Allen
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1891
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: Jun. 1, 1971
Redondo Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Mary Jane McCann was born in 1891 to James and Jane McCann in Port Glasgow, Scotland. She was in the oldest daughter amongst 5. She had 2 older brothers Owen born in 1884 and Matthew born in 1887 and and two younger sisters Sarah born in 1892 and Elizabeth (who went by Lizzie) in 1895.

James worked in the shipyards as a hammerman and did quite well for himself. The family lived in one of the nicer neighborhoods in Port Glasgow and had servants to cook and clean for them.

James met and became good friend with David Allen Sr. who also worked in the shipyards. That is how Mary Jane met David Allen's son David Jr. They met and fell in love. During this time, the Allen's moved to Condorrat to begin working in the mines and Mary Jane's mom was insistant that she find someone else to marry. Mary Jane held out and at 22 was allowed to marry David. She moved with him to Condorrat where most of the Allens had migrated to. It was not easy for her, because she had never had to do chores, and here she needed to haul water each day from the town well. Mary Jane could not do it, she did not have the strength for it, and her husband had to do it for the first couple of weeks. She got a lot of flack about that from the neighbor women.

David and Mary Jane had 4 children Jane, David III, James and Charles while there in Condorrat and David continued to work in the coal mines. In Sept of 1923 he had saved enough money to go to America and would send for his family 2 years later in 1925.

At that time, she would board the ship Cameronia with her four children ages 9 - 2 and her in-laws David and Hessie Allen. The trip would be a long one with stormy weather almost the entire time. She was sick for most of the 8 days they were at sea. When they arrived in New York, they discovered that one of her sons, James has broken his arm during the voyage and they were not aware of it.

She arrived in Redondo Beach to be reunited with the Allens that were from the old neighborhood in Condorrat and her husband. Only her sister Lizzie would come to America. She would never see the rest of her family again. Her parents died in the early 1930s and Owen and Sarah would die from stress related illnesses during WWII. Matthew had died in 1915 during WWWI in Gallopoli, Turkey.

Mary Jane and David (or Nanny and Granda as the grandchildren would call them) bought a house in Redondo in the early 1930s and she would live in that same house for 40 years. Nanny would live to see her children grow up along with 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Her daughter Jane Sanford died only 6 months after she did, and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery as well.

Chris Forest - granddaughter 
Family links: 
  James McCann (1858 - 1932)
  Jane Bradley McCann (1859 - 1933)
  David Allen (1890 - 1980)*
  Jane Allan/Allen Sanford (1914 - 1972)*
  David Allen (1916 - 2003)*
  James Allen (1919 - 1995)*
  Charles Allen (1922 - 1990)*
  Owen McCann (1884 - 1942)*
  Matthew McCann (1887 - 1915)*
  Mary Jane McCann Allen (1891 - 1971)
  Sara McCann Weir (1892 - 1941)*
  Elizabeth McCann Harkins (1895 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Chris Forest
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39693851
Mary Jane <i>McCann</i> Allen
Added by: Chris Forest
Mary Jane <i>McCann</i> Allen
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Mary Jane <i>McCann</i> Allen
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Happy Mother's Day Nanny!
- Love, Christine
 Added: May. 14, 2017
Merry Christmas Nanny!
- Love, Christine
 Added: Dec. 25, 2016
Thinking of you during this month of honoring ancestors and of your family in Scotland.
- Love, Christine
 Added: Oct. 18, 2016
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