Bertha Mae Mc Cann

1896–23 May 1964 (Age 68)
West Virginia, United States

The Life of Bertha Mae

When Bertha Mae Mc Cann was born in 1896, in West Virginia, United States, her father, Sherman Geary McCan, was 30 and her mother, Viola Jane Pierson, was 24. She married Earl Eggleston Backus on 27 April 1926, in Vaughan, Victoria, Australia. She lived in Clay, Clay, West Virginia, United States in 1910 and Falls Magisterial District, Fayette, West Virginia, United States for about 20 years. She died on 23 May 1964, in Montgomery, Fayette, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 68.

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Earl Eggleston Backus
Bertha Mae Mc Cann
Marriage: 27 April 1926

Spouse and Children

    Earl Eggleston Backus



27 April 1926
Vaughan, Victoria, Australia

Parents and Siblings

    Sherman Geary McCan






    Lilly T Mc Cann


    Dewey Franklin McCann


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 0

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 20

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Shortened form of any of the many Scottish and Irish surnames formed with Gaelic mac ‘son of’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Bertha M Mccune in household of Sherman G Mccune, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bertha M Mccan in household of Sherman Mccan, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bertha Backus in household of S G Mccann, "United States Census, 1940"

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