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Tennessee Governor Newton Cannon
Posted by: Carol Powell (ID *****9811) Date: May 16, 2012 at 04:21:50
In Reply to: Newton Cannon, former Governor of Tennessee by Nancy-jo Nunez of 41083

Minos Cannon American Revolutionary War Vet
Minos Cannon b.1756, d. Jan 11, 1832, in Williamson Co., Buried at the Old Cannon Place, College Grove, Williamson, TN., m. 1780 Letitia Thompson, b Aug 29, 1753 Guilford Co., NC. Revolutionary War service records state the Minos Cannon served in Patterson's Bttn. "Flying Camp" in the DE troops. Minos and Letitia came to the Cumberland settlements soon after the Revolutionary War, but returned to NC after a short time. Later they returned in 1790 to Middle TN. They were the parents of Newton Cannon, b 1781 and Robert Cannon, b. 1790. They lived in an area which was once Rutherford Co. but later became Williamson Co. near Triune. SAR Patriot # P-128240 56th-77th Annual Reports DAR. Senate documents (United States Congress, Senate). Government Printing Office: Washington, DC
Minos Cannon, Sr., born 1756 in Maryland; died May 10, 1829 in Old Cannon Place, College Grove, Williamson Co., TN; married Letitia Thompson 1780
Minos Cannon was only nineteen years of age when the Continental Congre ss met.
Minos Cannon m. 1780 Letitia Thompson (1754-1832). Minos Cannon (1756- 1829) was a soldier in the Continental Army.He was born in Ireland; died in Williamson County, Tenn.
JOHN T. CANNON, the genial clerk of the Circuit Court of Bedford County, is a grandson of Clement Cannon, Sr., one of five brothers, who came from North Carolina to Williamson County, Tenn., in the first decade of this century. Clement Cannon, Sr., had five sons, the father of our subject. Henry Cannon, being one of them. Henry Cannon was born in 1812. He lived in this county till 1852, when he moved to Shelby County, Tenn., where he died in 1873, having been a farmer all his life. Of those five brothers, who came to Williamson County, four soon afterward came to Bedford County. Their father's name was Minos Cannon and their mother was a Thompson, of Scotch-Irish descent, The mother of John T. was Sallie C. M. Tillman, a descendant of the Martin family, so numerously represented in the county, and a descendant of the Clay family of Kentucky. She died when John T. was but two weeks old, and he was then reared with Col. Lewis Tillman and other relatives. At fourteen he began his own support and attended school on money earned by himself. He clerked in a store three years and then taught school about four years, having married at twenty-two. He then settled down to farming. In 1861 he enlisted in Company K, Twenty-third Tennessee, as first lieutenant, and served eighteen months. He has been farming very successfully since the war, and now owns nearly 400 acres of good land. He was elected to his office in 1878 and has efficiently served to the satisfaction of his constituents. His birth was December 7, 1835. He was married in 1857 to Narcissa Sutton, a native of Bedford County. Mr. Cannon has a family of four children, viz.: Sallie C. M. (the wife of C. J. Moody), Walter S., Lizzie 11. and Narcissa W. All the family are members of the Methodist Episcopal ,Church South. he is a Royal Arch Mason. His ancestors were old-line Whigs and be is a Democrat.
Newton Cannon (May 22, 1781 September 16, 1841)
Born in Guilford County, North Carolina, Cannon was the son of Minos Cannon, who served as a soldier in the Continental Army.
Born: May 22, 1781 Passed: Sep 16, 1841 Birth State: North Carolina Family: Married twice--Leah Pryor Perkins, Rachael Starnes Wellborn; ten children
Cannon, Newton (1781-1841) of Tennessee. Born in Guilford County, N.C., May 22, 1781. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state senate, 1811-13, 1829-31; U.S. Representative from Tennessee at-large, 1814-17, 1819-23; Governor of Tennessee, 1835-39; defeated, 1827, 1839. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., September 16, 1841 (age 60 years, 117 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Williamson County, Tenn. Relatives: Brother of Robert Cannon.
Cannon County, Tenn. is named for him.
See also congressional biography page National Governors Association biography
Cannon, Robert (c.1790-1863) of Tennessee. Born in Guilford County, N.C., about 1790. Member of Tennessee state senate, 1833-35. Died in Bedford County, Tenn., 1863 (age about 73 years). Interment in private or family graveyard. Relatives: Brother of Newton Cannon.
Funeral of former Tennessee governor, NEWTON CANNON, to be held in Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn. on October 3, 1841. [Newton Cannon, May 22,
Newton Cannon, who was the son of Governor of Tennessee
Work with Williamson County Historical Society
The diary is titled: "The Reminiscences of Newton Cannon - First Sergeant, 11th Tennessee Cavalry, C. S. A." It is 84 pages long, was originally published in 1963, and reprinted in 1993.
Newton Cannon's grandfather (Newton Cannon) was the Governor of Tennessee 1835-1839.
Lewis and Rachel, the daughter of former Tennessee governor Newton Cannon, were both accustomed to the privileges that accompanied their elite social
Cannon County, named in honor of Newton Cannon, then Governor of Tennessee, was established on January 31, 1836.

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