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Re: Mary Kincannon, d1792, Ire>Va
Posted by: Margaret Kincannon (ID *****7584) Date: November 21, 2002 at 13:50:35
In Reply to: Re: Mary Kincannon, d1792, Ire>Va by griff garland of 46

I am certain that the name "Kincannon" was anglecized from "Concannon" after Francis Kincannon's arrival from Ireland. I have found many examples of this same change in spelling from Concannon to Kincannon (and sometimes back again) well into the late 1800's. The Concannon family can still be found primarily in County Galway and County Roscommon. I have found Francis Kincannon's name spelled "Cancanen" in an early Pennsylvania tax record (1762, if I recall correctly) and as "Concannon" in a 1770 Botetourt County, VA, court order. I have found the name spelled "Cincannon" and "Cincanon" in census and other records relating to descendants of Francis Kincannon as late as 1880. There are many other variations in spelling in written records as well. I have very little doubt that the spelling of his name was changed after arrival in Pennsylvania. Remember that people of that era did not have the same concept of "correct spelling" as we do today, and a name was considered to be spelled correctly if it could be read fairly accurately. In addition to Francis Kincannon and probably his sister Mary Kincannon Elder, there was also a Patrick Kincannon/Kilcannon/Kinkennon/etc. in York County, PA, at about the same time. It is likely that Patrick was their brother, although no proof has as yet been found.

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