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Cannon, George

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Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan: From the Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present, Including a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families in Lenawee County By Richard Illenden Bonner, Western historical association, Madison, Wis., pub Published by Western Historical Association, 1909 Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Nov 30, 2005

George Cannon, a veteran farmer of the township of Deerfield, and a prominent director of the Deerfield State Bank, was born in Buckinghamshire, England, March 26, 1840. His parents were Charles and Nancy (Matthews) Cannon, both of whom are natives of England. The father was a shoemaker by trade and he assiduously followed this vocation there until he immigrated to this country in 1848. His first home in this country was in the city of Adrian. There for two years he plied the “last” as a means of livelihood, and at the expiration of this period of time he moved into what is now Deerfield township and settled on a wooded tract. Here for nearly forty years he strove to clear the land of its growth of timber and his efforts were not in vain, for that which was a wilderness waste when he began his labors was soon transformed into as fertile a farm as there is in the county. He passed way, May 18, 1890, at Big Rapids, Mich., whither he had gone to visit his son, Edwin. The mother died in Deerfield township in 1878. Four children were born to this worthy pioneer couple: Edwin, who expired at Big Rapids, Mich.; Jane (Cannon) McWilliams, who died at Pacific Grove, Cal.; James H., a wealthy real-estate dealer of Deerfield village, who died at that place, April 13, 1907; and George, the subject of this sketch. The latter received his education in the district schools of Deerfield township. After the completion of his schooling he assisted his father on the latter’s place until he was thirty years of age. He thereupon purchased a small farm of his own, and after working this for two years he sold it and bought a tract of land adjoining that of his father. At the expiration of eight years he again sold out and, moving to the village of Deerfield, he purchased the flouring mills there. For two years he successfully conducted this place of business and then he traded the mills for the spacious fertile tract which he now occupies in the township. Today he has as fine a country home as there is in the county; the house is entirely modern in appearance as well as in the conveniences therein, and spacious and comfortable out buildings and barns adorn the place. He is the owner of 220 acres of as fertile land as one could wish to possess. On April 30, 1875, he was united in marriage with Miss Janette Colvin, at Palmyra, Mich. She is the daughter of John and Dinah Colvin. The mother was born in the state of New York and she died in Ionia county, this state, whither she and her husband had gone to reside at an early day. The father, a native of the “Emerald isle,” upon coming to the West, first settled in the township of Raisin, this county, but his residence three was of short duration and he soon moved with his family to Ionia county. The father passed way in 1901. Mrs. Cannon was born in Raisin township, this county, Sept. 7, 1855, and she received her educational training in the schools of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Cannon have been blessed with the birth of seven children: Charles J., born July 25, 1876, died Sept. 19, 1906; Floyd G., born Aug. 3, 1878, is a prominent farmer of Deerfield township; Lillian, born Oct. 4, 1882, is a teacher in the high school at Menominee, Mich.; Delbert E., born march 29, 1885, met an untimely death by drown in the Raisin river at Blissfield; Mellville E., born Feb. 3, 1888 is assistant cashier of the Deerfield State Bank, and lives on the old homestead; Roswell W., born July 2, 1890, and Arthur J., born Jan. 23, 1895, also resides at home. Mr. Cannon gives his support of the principals of the Republican party.
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