States: Virginia: Lunenburg
I am seeking any information on any people surnamed Kennon or Cannon who lived in Lunenburg Co., VA, before 1770. My ancestor, Simcock Cannon/Kennon, showed up in some early records in Lunenburg. He also was in early records of Amelia, Prince Edward, and Charlotte counties in Virginia. The spelling of his name is both Cannon and Kennon in early VA and SC records, although his descendants used Cannon. I'm trying to trace his ancestry. People have posted a lot of erroneous information about Simcock on the Internet. At present, nothing is known of his parents' names, siblings, or children that he had in addition to his son, Russell (Russel), although some people list names of parents, children, and siblings -- all of this is only supposition that has taken on a life of its own. His wife was Jane Rudd, whose parents, John and Hannah, were in Henrico Co., VA. Some sources say he came from England, but there is not a shred of proof of this.
The earliest date for Simcock Cannon that I know of is 1751, when he was on the List of Tithables, p. 3, John Nash's list for Amelia Co., VA. Prince Edward Co. was formed from Amelia in 1752, and Simcock was found there from 1754 through 1764. I have recently found, however, that Simcock was in Lunenburg Co. during the July 1752 Court, as listed in the Order Book 2-1/2 A, p. 105, Craddock vs. Cannon, in debt. William Craddock, Plaintiff, filed against Simcock Kennon, defendant. [Note that Simcock's name is spelled two different ways in this document.] The case was dismissed (no other information given). Craddock later filed in Prince Edward Co., 1755, and won judgment on a debt of 5 pounds, 4 shillings, 3 pence.
Does anyone have any further early information about Simcock Cannon/Kennon in Lunenburg in the early 1750s or earlier? It is difficult to connect him to any other Kennons or Cannons. Wealthy brothers Richard Kennon and William Kennon (name pronounced "Cannon") were in Lunenburg when Simcock was, but a John Cannon was there also. Any of these could have been his father (or none of them). Simcock later bought land in Lunenburg and sold it in 1763. By 1765 he had land in Charlotte Co., VA, possibly retaining land in Prince Edward Co. but appears to have moved by 1768 to Tryon Co. and Mecklenburg Co., NC, and to Craven Co., SC, and later, Greenville District, SC. Simcock also had land in Franklin Co. and Wilkes Co., GA. He disappeared from records after the 1800 census, which showed him in both Greenville Co., SC, and Buncombe Co., NC (data were identical, so he must have lived in SC near the Buncombe Co. line and the census taker wandered out of the district that he should have been in, to make the duplicate record).
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