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Cannon Surname

The surname Cannon is probably Irish in origin. Unfortunately, we know nothing of our branch of this family before their migration to the new world. We do not even know when they migrated, or exactly where either.


1st Generation:

Mr. Cannon was born circa 1650. He died before 1691.

The given name of the first known male of our line of Cannons is not known. In 1691, the widow Joanna Cannon had five of her children (some were apparently adults) baptized in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Some have purported a theory that she and her family had just recently migrated to New England and that her husband had died enroute. It seems though that Joanna was actually a New England native and would have married Mr. Cannon on "American" soil.
Mr. Cannon married Joanna circa 1670. She died after 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.

It is probable, but not proven, that Joanna was originally Joanna Williamson, born 1657 in Marshfield, Mass., the daughter of Timothy and Mary (Howland) Williamson.
They had the following children:
1 Timothy Cannon
2 John Cannon was born circa 1681. He was baptized on April 16, 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9. He died on March 28, 1750 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts 6. He married Sarah Hathaway on October 11, 1709 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts 6.
He had the following children:
Cornelius Cannon (1711-???)
md. Mehitable Haskell
John Cannon (1714-1726)
Elizabeth Cannon (1716-???)
md. Jonathan Toby
Mary Cannon (1719-???)
md. Alexander Torrance
Phillip Cannon (1721-???)
md. Sarah Bates
Joanna Cannon (1728-???)
md. Jonathan Peckham
3 Philip Cannon was baptized on April 16, 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9.
He may have been the Phillip Cannon who married Sarah Bates (or Briggs) on September 22, 1734 in Rochester, Massachusetts. They had children including: John, Elizabeth and Ruth Cannon.
4 Nathan Cannon was baptized on April 16, 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9.
5 Elizabeth Cannon was baptized on April 16, 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9.
She may have been the Elizabeth Cannon who married John Clipperton on November 25, 1725 in Boston, Massachusetts.

2nd Generation:

Timothy Cannon was born circa 1670 9, at an unknown location. He died circa 1735 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.

Father: Unknown Cannon
Mother: Joanna

He was baptized on April 16, 1691 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9. They lived at Barnstable, Massachusetts, where he married Elizabeth Howland Hamlin on November 9, 1711. Her grandfather, John Howland was one of the passengers on the Mayflower in 1620. Timothy died about 1735 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
Timothy married Elizabeth Howland, widow of Isaac Hamlin, on November 9, 1711 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8,9. She was born on May 17, 1673 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. She died after 1724 in Barnstable, Barnstable co., Massachusetts.

Father: Joseph Howland
Mother: Elizabeth Southworth

They had at least the following children:
1 Nathan Cannon
2 Joanna Cannon was born circa 1716 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. She died circa 1740 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. She married Benjamin Bursley on July 7, 1735 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8.
3 Ebenezer Cannon

3rd Generation:

Ebenezer Cannon was born on May 1, 1715 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. He died before 1790 possibly in Colrain, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.

Father: Timothy Cannon
Mother: Elizabeth Howland

Ebenezer spent the first half of his life in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married in about June of 1735 to Mercy Blossom. She died sometime between 1750-1753 and he remarried in 1753 to Patience Goodspeed. Sometime between 1766 and 1768, Ebenezer and his family moved to Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. In the 1770's and 1780's, many of his children moved away from the area of Rochester, Massachusetts to the area around Southwick, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Ebenezer probably moved to this location at least for some time. It seems that he eventually went to Colrain, in Franklin County, Massachusetts, where his son Ira enlisted in the Continental Army in the 1770's. Ebenezer's widow was listed as head of household there in 1790.
Ebenezer married first Mercy Blossom after May 31, 1735 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 9. She was born circa 1718 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. She died between 1750-1753 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
Father: Joseph Blossom
Mother: Mehitable

They had the following children:

1 Ebenezer Cannon was born on March 19, 1736/7 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died on March 25, 1824 in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
He married Experience Tupper on October 29, 1761 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts 4,6. (She was born on February 11, 1738/9 in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts and died on January 10, 1820 in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.)
They had the following children:
Marcy Cannon (1765-???)
Martha Cannon (1765-???)
Ebenezer Cannon (1767-1842)
md. 1st. Silence Briggs
md. 2nd. Hepsibah Nye
Medad Cannon (1770-aft. 1840)
md. 1st. Elizabeth Snow
md. 2nd. Sally Wing
Nathan Cannon (1772-1828)
md. Eunice Clark
Molly Cannon (1774-???)
Eliakim Cannon (1780-1860's)
md. Mary Howland
2 Ruth Cannon was born on January 18, 1738/9 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. She died on February 21, 1802 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 10. She is buried in the Marstons Mills Cemetery, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
She married Shubael Hamblen on November 13, 1766 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. (He was born on September 20, 1724 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts and died on April 12, 1776 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. He is buried in the Marstons Mills Cemetery, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.)
They had the following children:
Ruth Hamblen (1768-1854)
md. Allen Goodspeed
Mercy Hamblen (1771-1838)
md. Alden Gifford
Hope Hamblen (1773-1806)
Although the connection is quite likely, there is no direct proof that Ruth Cannon, wife of Shubael Hamblen, was the daughter of Ebenezer and Mercy Cannon.
3 Nathan Cannon was born on April 10, 1741 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died between 1763-1769 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
He married Thankful Bassett on March 23, 1763 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. (She was born August 19, 1746 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts and died after 1774.)
They had the following child:
Nathan Cannon (c. 1766-1830's)
md. Rachel Lander
After Nathan died, his widow married Timothy Childs.
4 Joanna Cannon was born on September 4, 1743 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 7,8. She died on May 20, 1815 in Whittingham, Windham Co., Vermont 7. She is buried in the Cutting Cemetery, South Whittingham, Windham Co., Vermont.
She married Bezaleel Waste on November 28, 1765 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts 4,6,7. (He was born on May 14, 1742 in Norton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts and died on September 2, 1818 in Whittingham, Windham Co., Vermont. He is buried in the Cutting Cemetery, South Whittingham, Windham Co., Vermont.)
They had the following children:
Charles Waste (1766-1767)
twins Waste (1767-1767)
Ebenezer Waste (1768-1847)
md. Lydia Baldwin
Richard Waste (1770-1771)
Bezaleel Waste (1772-1841)
Mercy Waste (1774-1853)
md. Levi Hale
Deborah Waste (1776-1794)
Joanna Waste (1778-1794)
Uri Waste (1780-1853)
Martha Morse
Patience Waste (1782-1839)
md. Uriah Balcom
Sarah Waste (1786-1823)
Joanna and her family lived in the area around Dartmouth, Massachusetts until about 1771. They were briefly in Bolton, Connecticut before moving to Wilmington, Vermont in 1772. In about 1778 they moved to Hague, New York, where they stayed for only about two or three years. By 1782, they moved back to Wilmington, Vermont and moved to Somerset, Vermont sometime between 1786 and 1790. In 1808, they moved to Whittingham, Vermont, where they remained.
5 Joseph Cannon
6 Timothy Cannon was baptized on June 17, 1750 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died after 1805, probably in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York.
He married Lucy (surname possibly Bliss or Tracy) before 1774, probably in Connecticut. (She was born circa 1748 and died after 1800.)
They had the following children:
Elisha Cannon (c. 1774-1799)
(no proof that he was Timothy's son, could have been a nephew)
Benjamin Cannon (1776-1839)
md. Persis Miller or Moore, widow of Wait Cannon
Elijah Cannon (c. 1783-1863)
md. 1st. Hannah Hewitt
md. 2nd. Mary McMillen
Nathaniel Bliss Cannon (c. 1785-1843)
md. 1st. Fanny Rising
md. 2nd. Susan Hawley, widow of Stephen Weist
md. 3rd. Mary
md. 4th. Sarah Meredith
Tracy Ebenezer Cannon (c. 1791-1860's)
md. Betsy Chatfield
According to one record, Timothy is supposed to have had seven sons. They were in Hebron, Connecticut in 1776. By 1784, Timothy and his family had moved to Southwick, MA/Suffield, CT. He appeared in Suffield, CT land deeds in 1784, 1785 and 1789. Then in 1790, the family was enumerated in Southwick, Mass. In 1794, there is record that they moved to the village of Winsted in Winchester, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. He was living there in 1800. Eventually, Timothy is said to have moved to Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York, where some of his relatives settled, including his brother and at least two of his sons. He appears on land records there in 1796 and in a record again in 1805. Before 1810, he probably moved in with his son Benjamin, who lived at Cannonsville (hence his absence from census records after 1800). Timothy is said to have been buried in the Cannonsville Cemetery, Cannonsville, New York.
Ebenezer married second Patience Goodspeed on July 30, 1753 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. She was born on March 25, 1718 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. She died after 1790.
Patience was the head of the household in the 1790 Census in Colrain, Massachusetts.

They had the following children:

7 Mercy Cannon was baptized on June 30, 1754 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8.
We know nothing further of her, she may have died young.
8 Ebenezer Cannon was baptized on January 30, 1756 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died circa 1812.
There is record of an Ebenezer Cannon living in Southwick, Massachusetts in 1780 and 1790, yet it is not clear if that was him or his father. He may have gone to Cannonsville, Delaware County, New York with his brothers Joseph and Timothy. There is record an Ebenezer Cannon was buried in the Cannonsville Cemetery, Cannonsville, New York.
9 Ira Cannon was baptized on October 12, 1760 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died on March 26, 1834 in Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts.
He married Olive Beers on October 10, 1793 in New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. (She was baptized on August 4, 1771 in New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut and died on May 10, 1853 in Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts.)
They had the following children:
James Cannon (1794-1890)
md. Mary Baird
Ebenezer Cannon (c. 1798-1871)
md. Fanny
Hannah Cannon (c. 1800-1882)
md. Jeremiah Hawkins
George Cannon (c. 1801-???)
Rosina Cannon (c. 1805-???)
John Cannon (1809-1880)
md. Dorcas Tucker
10 Ziba Cannon was baptized in August 1762 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died after 1830, probably in West Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
He married Olive circa 1785 in Connecticut or Massachusetts. (She was born circa 1763 and died on August 29, 1837 in West Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She is buried in Over the Mountain Cemetery, West Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.)
They had the following children:
Olive Cannon (c. 1786-aft. 1820)
md. Oliver Root
Chauncey Cannon (c. 1788-1870)
md. Sally Owen
Alvin Cannon (1793-1795)
Mary Cannon (1797-1883)
md. Julius Stratton
William Cannon (1797-1870)
md. Rosannah Gillett
Amorette Charlotte Cannon (c. 1805-1834)
md. Calvin Gillett
Seymour Cannon (???-1814)
Most of the above children are not proven to be children of Ziba and Olive Cannon, and yet it is probable that they were. The only children with definite proof are Alvin and Seymour.
* Charles Cox at charles@cacox.net is a researcher/descendant of this line.

4th Generation:

Joseph Cannon was born on December 14, 1745 in Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts 8. He died before June 4, 1807 in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York. He is buried in the Pepacton Cemetery, Andes, Delaware Co., New York.

Father: Ebenezer Cannon
Mother: Mercy Blossom

Joseph Cannon was probably named after his maternal grandfather, Joseph Blossom. Joseph spent the first part of his life in Barnstable, Massachusetts, where the family remained until sometime during the 1760's. Sometime between about 1766 and 1768, Joseph and his family moved to Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. There, Joseph married Abigail Dexter in 1768 at the age of 22.

The location of Joseph and his family after this date is somewhat of a mystery. When they lived in Rochester, they were actually in the part of the town that is now (since 1857) the town of Mattapoisett. They were probably located near the village or community of Cannonville which was in that town. In 1770, there is record that Joseph's son Wait was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which was/is a larger city not far from Rochester. Unfortunately, the births of Joseph's children are not recorded in Rochester, New Bedford, Dartmouth or any surrounding town in Massachusetts. Considering the family history and experience doing ship building, it is possible that Joseph may have been involved in this vocation during the first 10 years or so after his marriage. If that is the case, he could have been living in some coastal town in either eastern Connecticut or Rhode Island. The 1880 census record of Joseph's granddaughter Citoyenne Byington indicates that her father (Joseph's son Clark) was born in Rhode Island. After the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, the Revolutionary War had begun and Joseph decided to enlist. Soon after this, he had seven days' service as a minute man. Then in December 1776, Joseph had 15 days' service when his company marched from Rochester to Rhode Island. Then in September 1777, Joseph had 32 days' service in a secret expedition to Tiverton, Rhode Island. His name then appeared on a bounty order in 1778 in Rochester, Massachusetts for the 1777 service.

It was probably soon after his service ended in the Revolutionary War that Joseph and his family moved away. One record indicates that they moved to Connecticut (probably referring to Suffield, CT) in the year 1777. We do know that they settled in this area no later than 1785. They lived at this location in south-central Massachusetts which for many years had boundary disputes with the State of Connecticut. Apparently, they lived on the west side of Congamond Pond in what is now the town of Southwick, Hampden County, Massachusetts, but which for many years was part of the town of Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut. In a 1785 Suffield land deed, Joseph was listed as "of Southwick" and then in the 1790 census, he and his family were enumerated in Suffield, Connecticut. It was in 1804 that the place where they lived was finally ceded to Southwick, Massachusetts. At some point during the 1790's, Joseph and his family decided to move away from New England.

In about 1794 or 1795, Joseph's oldest son Wait traveled to the rural location of Delaware County, New York and decided to settle there. Wait returned to New England to bring his wife and also his parents and siblings to Delaware County, New York. The decision to move to New York may have had something to do with a wealthy Suffield land speculator named Oliver Phelps opening up a land office in Canandaigua, New York with nearly five million acres of land for settlement in the "Western Reserve." Joseph and his family settled in Delaware County, New York, probably in 1796 or 1797. They settled off of the lower branch of the Delaware River in what was then the town of Walton in Delaware County, New York. They settled at a community known informally as Dickinson City, but after the settling and improvements made by the Cannon family, it was renamed as Cannonsville. The town that this village was in was carved out of Walton in 1806 and named Pinefield. In 1808, it was renamed Tompkins.

Joseph died at his home in what would become Cannonsville, New York, not long before June 4, 1807, the date that Thaddeus Mather (relation unknown) was appointed administrator of Joseph's estate. He was probably 61 years old. Joseph's widow continued to live in the area until her death in 1834 at the age of 86 or 87. They were both buried in the Cannonsville Cemetery in Cannonsville. In about 1963, their bodies were exhumed and reburied at Pepacton Cemetery in Delaware County, New York, shortly before the lower branch of the Delaware River was dammed and the entire valley containing the village of Cannonsville was flooded and is now underwater.

Joseph married Abigail Dexter on November 24, 1768 in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts 4,5. She was born on March 16, 1745/6 in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts 5. She died in 1834 in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York 2. She is buried in the Pepacton Cemetery, Andes, Delaware Co., New York.
Father: Ephraim Dexter
Mother: Martha Clark(e)

They had the following children:
1 Wait Cannon was born on October 17, 1770 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., Massachusetts 2. He died on March 6, 1804 in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York 2. He is buried in the Pepacton Cemetery, Andes, Delaware Co., New York.
He married Persis Moore on December 24, 1796 in Granby, Hartford Co., Connecticut. (She was born on March 21, 1778 in Granby, Hartford Co., Connecticut and died on August 22, 1859 in Delhi, Delaware Co., New York. She is buried in the Pepacton Cemetery, Andes, Delaware Co., New York.)
They had the following children:
Wait Cannon (1797-1868)
md. Sarah Jones
Eliza Cannon (1799-1817)
Persis Cannon (1801-1872)
md. Abram G. Miller
2 Blossom Cannon was born circa 1772 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island?. He died before August 27, 1806 in Canandaigua, Ontario Co., New York.
He married name unknown.
They had one child:
Abigail Cannon (c. 1798-1829)
md. James J. Gauley
3 Clark Cannon was born circa 1773 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island?. He died circa 1828 in Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He is buried in the Mechanic Street Cemetery, Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
He married first Orpah "Orpha" Stratton circa 1791-1792. (She was born on June 16, 1769 in Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut and died on January 25, 1823 in Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. She is buried in the Old Southwick Cemetery, Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.)
They had the following children:
Charlotte Cannon (c. 1793-1809)
Citoyenne Cannon (1796-1882)
md. Gilson Byington
Orpah Cannon (c. 1798-1809)
Elisha Cannon (c. 1801-aft. 1880)
md. Bede
Calvin Cannon (1803-1873)
md. Marietta Gaylord
Clinton D. Cannon (1806-1860's)
md. Nancy Granger
Orpah Cannon (1809-1868)
md. Hiram Franklin Chapin
Clark Cannon (c. 1812-aft. 1870)
md. Louisa
He married second Dorothy "Dolly" Short between 1823-1826 in Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
They had no children.
Clark moved with his family to Delaware County, New York in about 1795-1796. In 1798, he served as assessor for the town of Walton, New York, was given a license to sell liquor in the town and served as a juror. In 1800, he was living with his family in Delaware County, New York. In about 1801, he moved with his family back to the Southwick, Massachusetts area, where they remained.
4 Ansel Cannon was born circa 1774 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island?. He died after 1812.
Ansel served in the War of 1812 with his brothers Joseph and Dexter and brother-in-law Silas Winters. In 1813, Ansel appears in a legal record in Delaware Co., New York. He probably died not long after this. No further record.
5 Dexter Cannon was born circa 1776 in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island. He died after 1818.
Dexter served in the War of 1812 with brothers Ansel and Joseph and brother-in-law Silas Winters. He received bounty land in Illinois for his war service but apparently never lived there. He sold the land in 1818. No further record.
6 Jane Cannon
7 Joseph Cannon was born on July 23, 1782 3, probably in Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He died on September 23, 1850 in Dunkirk Twp., Dane Co., Wisconsin 3. He is buried in the Wheeler Prairie Cemetery, Dunkirk Twp., Dane Co., Wisconsin.
He married first Harty circa 1806 in Delaware Co., New York. (She was born circa 1789 in Pennsylvania and died on March 11, 1810 in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York. She is buried in the Pepacton Cemetery, Andes, Delaware Co., New York.)
They had the following children:
Roxanna M. Cannon (c. 1808-1883)
md. Nathaniel William Underwood
Morgan Elisha Cannon (c. 1810-1875)
md. Catherine Huyck
He married second Rachel Huyck circa 1815 in Delaware Co., New York. (She was born on April 13, 1790 in Schoharie, Schoharie Co., New York and died on July 3, 1846 in Dunkirk Twp., Dane Co., Wisconsin. She is buried in the Wheeler Prairie Cemetery, Dunkirk Twp., Dane Co., Wisconsin.)
They had the following children:
Wait Cannon (c. 1816-1820's)
Esther Cannon (c. 1817-c. 1817)
Betsey Cannon (1819-1898)
md. Ezra Elwell Roberts
Persis Cannon (1821-1839)
Cornelius Cannon (c. 1823-c. 1823)
Ephraim Dexter Cannon (1827-1900)
Emily Irene Oviatt
Joseph C. Cannon (1828-1911)
md. Hannah M. Dickson
Some family histories suggest that Joseph was married between Harty and Rachel to a woman by the name of Cannon who was either a distant or a non relative. There is no proof supporting this claim. Joseph moved with his family to Wisconsin during the 1830's.
8 Abigail Cannon was born circa 1784, probably in Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. She died after 1830.
She married first Mr. Winters between 1800-1807. (He died before 1810.)
They may have had children, but there is no record of them.
She married second Heman Owen(s) between 1807-1810.
They had the following children:
Almira Owen(s) (c. 1809-???)
Martha Owen(s) (c. 1811-???)
William Nelson Owen(s) (1813-1893)
md. Mary Ann
James Wilson Owen(s) (c. 1816-1889)
md. Eliza Kelsey
Ansel Owen(s) (c. 1819-???)
md. Harriet W. Smith
Olive Owen(s) (1823-1894)
md. Thomas F. Graves
Mary Owen(s) (c. 1825-???)
One record from the Owen line indicates that they had a daughter named Angela, but that is probably confusing her with son Ancel (who is absent from that record). If we go by census records and the above list of children, then Abigail probably had one son (born between 1804-1810) by her marriage to the unknown Mr. Winters. If Alphonso Winters (1805-1840) was not the son of Silas and Jane Winters, he was probably her son. There is no record of Abigail in Delaware County, New York after 1830. She may have moved to Wisconsin where her son William Owen and brother Joseph Cannon both settled. It seems that she probably died in Delaware Co., New York before 1840 and left no surviving tombstone.
9 Rachel Cannon
Some researchers claim that Joseph and Abigail Cannon had a daughter named Rachel. This is based off of nothing more than the fact that "Rachel Cannon" was listed as a next of kin in Joseph's estate in 1807 and that a "Rachel Cannon" is said to have been buried in the Cannonsville Cemetery. The above information does not in any way prove that Joseph Cannon had a daughter named Rachel. To add to this, early census records (1790 and 1800) seem to indicate that Joseph and Abigail only had two dependant female household members (who would have been daughters Jane and Abigail). It is my guess that Rachel Cannon may have been the widow of either Joseph's son Blossom Cannon who died in 1806 or Joseph's brother Ebenezer Cannon who may have spent his final years in Cannonsville (the Rachel Cannon in the Cannonsville Cemetery was reportedly buried next to an Ebenezer Cannon).

5th Generation:

Jane Cannon was born circa 1780 1, probably in what is now Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. She died circa 1805 in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., New York.

Father: Joseph Cannon
Mother: Abigail Dexter

Jane was probably the oldest daughter of Joseph and Abigail Cannon. Unfortunately, no birth records survive which would indicate for sure what her name was and when and where she was born. An LDS family file indicates that her name was "Eliza Jane Cannon," but that record is questionable. Most of the surviving Cannon family histories have no mention of a daughter named Eliza or Jane or a daughter who married Silas Winters, but they are limited in other ways and omit many other individuals that we know to be connected. It is only from a handwritten genealogy done in the 1960's or 1970's and which is on file in a museum in Deposit, New York, that we know of the connection.

Jane was born probably in about 1780, shortly after her parents settled at what is now Southwick, in south-central Massachusetts. The place of her supposed birth and where she spent her childhood and adolescence is now part of the town of Southwick, Massachusetts, but when they lived there would have been a part of the town of Suffield, Connecticut. In about 1796-1797, Jane moved with her family out west where they settled in the rural location of Delaware County, New York. The family settled on land at what would eventually become the village of Cannonsville in the town of Tompkins. Today, the area as they would have known it no longer exists and instead lies at the bottom of the Cannonsville Reservoir.

Jane was married in about 1799-1800 to Silas Winters, also a recent migrant to the county. It seems that they lived at the village of Cannonsville for the duration of their married life. Unfortunately, Jane died quite early, possibly in childbirth (she may have had a son, Alphonso, who was born on September 20, 1805). She was only about twenty-five years old at the time of her death. Afterwards, Silas Winters remarried and moved with his family to Pennsylvania. Jane was probably buried in the Cannonsville Cemetery, Cannonsville, New York. If she ever had a tombstone, by the 1960's it had disappeared. Either her unmarked grave went unnoticed and is now at the bottom of the Cannonsville Reservoir or it was exhumed and reburied along with other "unknown burials" at the Pepacton Cemetery in the nearby town of Andes.

Note: we will probably never know for sure if the first wife of Silas Winters was named Jane or if she was the daughter of Joseph Cannon. Because she died so early, she is not listed in her father's estate papers or in any legal records for the Winters family. To add to the confusion, in her father's estate of 1807, an "Abigail Winters" is listed as his next of kin, which has lead some to the conclusion that Jane/Abigail were the same person. Unfortunately, Jane Cannon Winters was dead by that time and her husband already or soon to be remarried. Also, Joseph's daughter Abigail later married to Heman Owen(s). It is the assumption that Jane's sister Abigail Cannon was married to a different Mr. Winters, probably a brother or close relative of Silas Winters. He probably died before 1810.

Jane married Silas Winters circa 1799 in Walton (now Tompkins), Delaware Co., New York.
For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. LDS Ancestral File
2. Tombstone inscriptions, Pepacton Cemetery, Delaware Co., New York
3. Tombstone inscriptions, Wheeler Prairie Cemetery, Dunkirk, Wisconsin
4. Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850. (Ancestry.com)
5. Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts to the year 1850. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1914.
6. Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1850. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1929.
7. Waste family research of Corby and Jim Waste. http://www.fourth-millennium.net/family-travels/waste-family-history.html.
8. Otis, Amos. Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families. F.B. & F.P. Goss; Barnstable, MA; 1888-90.
9. Cannon family file at the Deposit Historical Society, Deposit, NY.
10. Online cemetery index, Marstons Mills Cemetery, Barnstable, MA. http://www.capecodgravestones.com/index.html