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You CAN take a Magrann for GRANTed!
It all started when three brothers,
Tom, Jim, and Patrick McGrann,
left Armaugh, in Northern Ireland
to find work In England.
It is RUMORED that the reason
they left is because they
were accused of stealing horses.
They all got married in England;
Jim and Patrick changed
their last name to Grant, and
Tom changed his name to Magrann,
to appear to be English, to enable them
to find work more easily.
They all came to Philadelphia
in the 1850's and probably
entered the textile business together.
The son of Thomas, Tom Jr., John, Peter, and James
owned a textile mill at
24th and Green Streets in Philadelphia.
They later moved the mill to
Mascher and Turner Streets in Philadelphia.
The brothers' mill operation was fairly large,
with 150 looms that consisted of
weaving, twisting, and winding.
Patrick left the mill to open a grocery store.
Tom and John eventually
split the business with Pete and Jim.
It is said that all went broke,
but John's son, also named Thomas Magrann,
did fairly well in the business
during the next generation,
especially during WWI,
when there was a large demand
for their materials to make uniforms.