September 1796 - 21 October 1887
Moved from Pickens
Co., South Carolina to Grayson Co., Texas
pioneers that they were, the entire family has
a record of longevity of life seldom equaled. Turning the
land they found when they settled in Grayson County into carefully
fields, the family was largely responsible for the early
the southern section of the county. Settling
near Van Alstyne when Indians were
North Texas, the family survived the
hardships of frontier life, thriving
in spite of the
many discouraging obstacles that confronted
them and emerging from the years of toil and danger powerful and
Cannon, born in 1796, probably in England,
died in September 1887 at the age
of 91, after having
completed the here lean task of
transforming the wilderness into flourishing fields and rearing to
and womanhood his motherless children.
sons of the family have since the death
of their father continued the work he began and have been excellent
of the material wealth bequeathed by their father. The lands
been continuously developed and increased, until now the family holds
broad acres and is reaping the harvest of the years of earnest labor
toil expended upon them. But the heritage of love and peace
grieving father bestowed upon his sons and daughters endowed them with
a democratic spirit of love for their fellowman, respect for law,
for God, and characters that have made for the entire family a
for peacefulness and kindliness among their neighbors that overshadows
that respect always accorded wealth.
services for Mr. Cannon were held
at the First Christian church of which he had for years been a
member. Rev. Leo Johnston, the pastor, officiating, assisted
C. B. Fielder, past of the First Methodist church. A large
of friends from this
community and from
other sections, gathered to pay
the last tribute of
to echo in their sentiments the beautiful tributes paid to the memory
the departed neighbor and friend by the men of God. Interment
had at the local cemetery, where the words which committed the body
to earth were spoken, and a profusion of flowers, testimonials of the
and esteem of family and friends, covered the mound which was fashioned
above its last resting place.
oldest and youngest
living members of the family :
John R. Cannon, 96, and Oscar M. Cannon, 77, are bachelors.
Cannon, 80, and E. H. Cannon established families. The
sister is the wife of Dr. T. M. West and resides in Denver,
She was too feeble to make the flying trip to Texas to attend her
Pallbearers were as
follows: Active - John Umphress,
Creed Taylor, Carlyle Moore, Walter Barron, Walter Judd and Col.
Honorary - S. L. McKinney, Dr. B. F. Hines, L. P. Welker, D. E.
F. R. Slaughter, D. S. Thompson, A. T. Leslie, P. P. Henderson, J. H.
Dr. S. D. Moore, Dr. T. S. Cartwright, W. F. Neill, J. M. Neathery,
(illegible), J. D. L. McKinney, and L. Umphress.
To the family and
other relations the most sincere
sympathy from the people of this community in this time of their
Elaine Nall Bay
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