From the message I put on this board back in June 2000, I made a mistake in the linage.
My Dad was Joseph G. Canell. His dad was Harry Canell, and his mom was Mae Canell. Harry was one of the sons of John a Canell Jr, and his father was John A Canell Sr.
Dad being the BS artist that he was told his five children that his granfather or his great grandfather married an Indian Princes from somewhere around Montreal and he brought her across the Canadian US border sometime around the 1850's.
I have nothing to validate that information except maybe my G/G/grandfather might have called her his Princes. Yet with all the stories that my father told us over the years we hada very colorful family tree which included some folks who strayed across the accepted norms of todays society, such as Madams and booze runners and the such.
To some this might be horrific in nature, yet with folks like me i can understand and appreciate that when in dire straits you will do almost anything to survive. If anyone has any stories that they can add to this feel free to do so. I shall check back every now and then to see if there are any updates.
Edward J. Canell Lt. US Navy (Retired)...Ed