The four Cannon siblings, John, Lindsey, Matthew and Thomas, relocated from Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Columbiana County, Ohio, taking advantage of the April 15, 1800 Harrison Land Act. Thomas Cannon is not mentioned in this article because he purchased land in Middleton Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Also, Matthew Cannon was not a single man as outlined in his blog on Flipside.
Various Ancestry sites list Thomas Cannon of Fayette County, Pennsylvania as the father of the four siblings. He died in 1798, which may have been the trigger that caused his four sons to move west into Ohio.
Of interest to me is an Agnes Cannon who purchased land abutting John Cannon in Elkrun Township. A Nancy Cannon is listed in the Horace Mack book, A History of Columbiana County, Ohio, page 132, as a householder in the area south of the Middle Beaver (River) in 1838. Her name would have been Nancy Agnes Cannon, the name given to my maternal great great grandmother by my maternal 3xgreat grandparents, Lindsey and Elizabeth Fife Cannon. I should mention that Elizabeth had a younger sister also named Nancy Agnes Fife. John A. Cannon had two daughters which are not named and Thomas Cannon named a daughter Nancy. Who was the Nancy Agnes Cannon purchasing adjoining land to John A.? The men's mother? A single sister?
Back to my maternal 3xgrest grandparents.
Lindsey purchased three pieces of land in Columbiana County in 1805 from the Steubenville Land Office.On April 6, 1805, he purchased land owned by his brother, Matthew Cannon, in Columbiana County, Elkrun Township, Section 26, Certificate #1294.
On August 31, 1805, he purchased land in Columbiana County, Elkrun Township, Section 26, Certificate 1687. This piece of property adjoined his brother, John Cannon's land, in Section 25 and added to the property he purchased from his brother in April.
On May 2, 1809, in Columbiana County, twenty- nine year old Lindsey Cannon married nineteen year old Elizabeth Fife. Elizabeth's parents were John Fife and Elizabeth Fife, first cousins who removed to Columbiana County, Ohio from St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Fife property was in Madison Township.
The History of Columbiana County, Ohio
In 1810, Ohio did not have a census; however, there was a tax list. Lindsey is listed as owning 159 acres in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County in Section 26, once owned by Matthew Cannon.
On August 10, 1811, Lindsey sold his land on the southwest quarter of Elkrun Township, Columbiana County to Christian Bowman.
Lindsey enlisted as an ensign in Captain John Ramsey's Company, Ohio Militia, Columbiana County, Ohio for the War of 1812 serving from August 25, 1812 to March 9, 1812. Also underlined are three of Elizabeth Fife Cannon's brothers who served in this company. Interesting that the pension was cancelled due to the fact that two different names for his wife were listed. Elizabeth Cannon is Elizabeth Fife.
In numerous early county records, Marsh and March were used interchangeably. I found this curious that John and Philip Marsh/March went to live with Lindsey Cannon following their father's death. Lindsey's oldest daughter, Elizabeth Cannon married John March. It would be of interest to me to know if John Marsh is John March who became Lindsey's son-in-law.
- Elizabeth Cannon--December 1809
- Margaret Cannon--1813
- Nancy Agnes Cannon--April 1817 (my maternal great great grandmother)
By 1818, Lindsey was purchasing properties in St. Clair Township. He owned 221 3/4 acres in St. Clair Township, northwest section 7 purchased from William Crawford.
Additional children joined the Cannon family in St. Clair Township.
- Jane Cannon--1819
- Mary Cannon--October 16, 1821
- Matthew Cannon--1824
- John Cannon--1823
- Thomas Cannon--died at age 20
In 1821, Lindsey purchased 160 acres in St. Clair Township, northwest section 20 from George Wilson. This was where Lindsey would make his living and raise his family with a village named after him, Cannons Mills.
The other pieces of property he owned in Elkrun and Madison Townships were probably sold; however, to date, I have not found documentation.Lindsey owned both pieces of property in St. Clair Township from 1821-1831.
|1900 Cannons Mills|
|History of Columbiana County, Ohio and |
William B. McCord
|1850 Ohio Federal Census|
Madison Township, Columbiana County
October 14, 1850
|1860 Ohio Federal Census|
Elkrun Township, Columbiana County
June 9, 1860
Lindsey, Elizabeth and son Matthew have returned to Elkrun Township by 1860. Lindsey has purchased his deceased brother, Matthew Cannon's, farm in the southeast quarter of section 29 in Elkrun Township. Matthew's widow, Jane Fife Cannon owned and was living there when the 1850 census was taken. My thesis is that she died between 1850-1860 and Lindsey purchased the property from her estate. A number of Elizabeth's Fife family were living nearby.
L (indsey) Cannon, age 81, male, farmer, value of real estate owned $3600, value of personal property owned $500, born in Pennsylvania
Jane ------, age 42, female, born in Ohio
Elizabeth ------, age 71, female, born in Ohio
Caroline ------, age 17, female, born in Ohio, attended school in past year
Isabel -------, age 15, female, born in Ohio, attended school in past year
Catherine ------, age 13, female, born in Ohio, attended school in past year
Matthew Cannon, age 36, farmer, born in Ohio
Untangling this enumeration. Elizabeth is Lindsey's wife, Elizabeth Fife Cannon and she was born in Pennsylvania, not Ohio. Jane is Lindsey and Elizabeth's widowed daughter, Jane Cannon Oglevie, who is enumerated with her parents in Elkrun Township following her husband's death after the 1850 census. In 1850, George Oglevie and family lived in Elkrun Township. He was a merchant and had $1000 in real estate. Caroline, Isabel and Catherine are Jane's daughters. Matthew Cannon, is, Lindsey and Elizabeth's son.
|1870 Ohio Federal Census|
Elkrun Township, Columbiana County
June 6, 1870
All four Cannon brothers were early Ohio Pioneers. Lindsey was well known and well regarded by the residents in numerous communities. He was active in local politics, was a justice of the peace and an entrepreneur in business. His village, Cannons Mills had a blacksmith, timber saw operation, grist mill and distillery. Financially he did well. His downfall was his trust in his fellow neighbors, lending them credit on purchases at the mill. Also discontinuing the distilling of alcohol, probably put a dent in his income. Lindsey cashed out, sold his property, went to work for a livestock farmer, rebuilt enough capital to purchase his deceased brother's Elkrun property and began again.
The Cannon brothers lived in Columbiana County while Native Americans were also settled in various areas. There were no roads, homes or tilled land. They helped build the townships, roads and canals. They worked to form the local governments, marry the young and older couples, and provide residents with grain. I am proud to call them all my relations and Lindsey and Elizabeth Fife Cannon my ancestors.
Children of Lindsey and Elizabeth Fife Cannon:
- Elizabeth Cannon, born December 1809 in Columbiana County, Ohio; died February 23, 1889 in Columbiana County, Ohio; married John March.
- Margaret Cannon, born 1812 in Columbiana County, Ohio; died after 1900 in Oklahoma; married Michael Souder.
- Nancy Agnes Cannon, born April 1817, Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio; died unknown, between 1900-1910, married William Morland Orr and Elijah McCormick. My maternal great great grandparents, William Morland Orr and NancyAgnes Cannon.
- Jane Cannon, born 1819 in Columbiana County, Ohio; died June 20, 1896, Lancaster County, Nebraska; married George Oglevie.
- Mary Cannon, born October 16, 1821 in Columbiana County, Ohio; died September 26, 1900 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; married Gideon Norton Hoffshot.
- Matthew Cannon, born 1824 in Columbiana County, Ohio; died March 30, 1906, Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio; married Elizabeth Hepburn.
- John Cannon, born July 10, 1929 in Columbiana County, Ohio; supposedly died November 9, 1859; do not think he married Sarah Armstrong. He did have a child with her out of wedlock. Cannot find a death record for a John Cannon in New Mexico as listed in an Armstrong genealogy.
- Thomas Cannon, no information.
Other Lindsey Cannon Blogs on Flipside:
Cannon Family--on my webpage and very outdated
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