Canon, Samuel

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 09:58

SAMUEL CANON, farmer, post-office Greenville, was born in Fayette County, Penn, August 7, 1805. His parents, Matthew and Jane (McMillan) Canon, were natives of Ireland, who immigrated to Fayette County, Penn., in the latter part of the eighteenth century, where they engaged in the mercantile and hotel business, which proved quite successful for a number of years, the dry goods being purchased in Baltimore, Md., and hauled over the Allegheny Mountains by six-horse teams, which required six weeks to make one trip and incurred many hardships. He reared a family of fourteen children, Samuel, the subject of this sketch, being the youngest. He died in 1829, aged seventy-four years; his wife survived him six years. Samuel grew to manhood in his native county, and was there married, in March, 1832, to Mary Gibson, a native of the same county. In February, 1833, they removed to Mercer County, Penn., and settled on the farm where he now resides, it being uncleared at that time. Here they reared a family of seven children, four daughters and three sons: Martha, wife of T. A. Williamson, of Greenville, Penn.; Margaret, widow of Joseph Andrews; Mary, Sarah, John, Samuel and Loverayne. Mrs. Canon died March 10, 1884, aged seventy-four years; she was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, to which denomination Mr. Canon also belongs. Politically he has been a life-long, unswerving Democrat. He cast his first vote for Jackson in 1828, and has never missed voting for the presidential nominee of the Democratic party during the past sixty years. He is one of the few living early settlers of West Salem Township, where he has resided over fifty-five years.
History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 1172-1173

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