George Washington Cannon

Brief Life History of George Washington

When George Washington Cannon was born on 12 April 1871, in Tennessee, United States, his father, William Jackson Cannon, was 58 and his mother, Elizabeth Colyer, was 34. He had at least 3 sons and 5 daughters with Mary Edna Andes. He lived in Thomas Township, Johnston, Oklahoma, United States in 1920 and Spring Creek, Caddo, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. He died on 22 January 1936, in Britton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Olive Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Cannon
Mary Edna Andes
Myrtle Lou Cannon
Stella Loretha Cannon
about 1913–1983
Mattie Izellie Cannon
John Alvie Cannon
Lucy May Cannon
George Franklin Cannon
Nola Samantha Cannon
Dailey Herbert Cannon

Sources (16)

  • George Cannon, "United States Census, 1930"
  • George Washington Cannon, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Gw Cannon in entry for Daily Cannon, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.


The Oklahoma Land Run on April 22, 1889, was the first land rush, or land opened for settlement on a first-come basis, opened to the Unassigned Lands. The land rush lured approximately 50,000 people, saddled with their fastest horses, looking to claim their piece of the newly available two million acres. The requirements included the settler to live and improve on their 160 acres for five years in order to receive the title. Choice land tempted people to hide out and get an early lead on their claim. These people became known as “sooners.” It is estimated that eleven thousand homesteads were claimed. Oklahoma Historical Society - Land Run of 1889

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Ó Canann or Ó Canáin ‘descendant of Cano or Canán’. Occasionally, and in the Isle of Man, the surname derives from Mac Canann ‘son of Cano or Canán’, which in Ireland was Anglicized McCann or McConnon . See also Connon . The personal name is from Gaelic cano ‘wolf cub’, of which Canán is a diminutive. In Ulster Cannon may also be shortened from Ó Canannáin ‘descendant of Canannán’, a pet form (double diminutive) of the personal name. This was a cheiftan family in Donegal, and the name was particularly common there.

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.

French: variant of Canon .

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

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