Martha Victoria Cannon

27 June 1841–16 April 1913 (Age 71)
Meriwether, Georgia, United States

The Life of Martha Victoria

When Martha Victoria Cannon was born on 27 June 1841, in Meriwether, Georgia, United States, her father, Joshua T Cannon, was 46 and her mother, Elizabeth Williamson Harris, was 41. She married Martin Van Buren Speir in 1859, in Fayette, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Terrell, Georgia, United States in 1880 and District 1459, Terrell, Georgia, United States in 1910. She died on 16 April 1913, in Graves, Terrell, Georgia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in New Bethel Cemetery, Terrell, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Billey Speir
Martha Victoria Cannon
Marriage: 1866
Alice G Speir
Joshua Henry Speir
George Edgar Speir

Spouse and Children

Fayette, Georgia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 15

Historical Boundaries: 1856: Terrell, Georgia, United States

Age 20

Civil War History - Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state a state that suffered immense destruction. But wars end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Canann or Ó Canann (Ulster), or Ó Canáin (County Galway) ‘son (Mac) or descendant (Ó) of Canán’, a personal name derived from cano ‘wolf cub’. In Ulster it may also be from Ó Canannáin ‘descendant of Canannán’, a diminutive of the personal name.2 English: from Middle English canun ‘canon’ (Old Norman French canonie, canoine, from Late Latin canonicus). In medieval England this term denoted a clergyman living with others in a clergy house; the surname is mostly an occupational name for a servant in a house of canons, although it could also be a nickname or even a patronymic.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Cannon in household of Joshua Cannon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha V Speer in household of William Speer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha V Speer in household of M P B Speer, "United States Census, 1860"

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