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Canon, John A.

JOHN A. CANON.—It has long since become an axiom in the United States that any man who had the bravery and ability to make a good soldier of the Civil war was equal to the accomplishment of any success in the civil affairs of peace. It is certainly not a coincidence that as a rule the best soldiers have proven the most progressive and valuable citizens; and no name can more appropriately "point a moral and adorn a tale" than that of John A. Canon, a pioneer farmer and merchant and veteran of the Civil war, who now resides at Kennard, Mercer county. He was born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1843, a son of Moses Canon. The family are of Irish descent, several members of which were among the pioneers of Fayette county and among its early and successful merchants.

John A. Canon attended the public schools of his native county until he was about fifteen years of age, after which, until he was eighteen, he devoted himself to farm work as his father's assistant. He then enlisted from Trumbull county, Ohio, in the Eighty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, seeing service not only with that command, but with the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment. His active service covered nearly the entire period of the Civil war and he was a brave participant in the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Chickamauga. In these engagements he led the few survivors of his company into the charge, as nearly all of his superior officers had been either wounded or killed. For this gallantry he was offered promotion to a first lieutenancy, but refused the honor. In one of the many engagements in which he participated during 1864 he was so severely wounded that his death was announced. After the close of the war, Mr. Canon returned to his home and after farming for two years sold his property and removed to Mercer county. He there purchased another farm and in connection with it established a general store and conducted both enterprises with good judgment and profitable results. He has also served as postmaster of Kennard for some time. He is an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is a stanch Republican and an earnest worker in the Congregational church.

Mr. Canon was married to Mary Jane Cams, daughter of Samuel Cams, a neighboring farmer, and they have two children: Harland L., and Ella, who married R. Keppner, a merchant at Sharon, Pennsylvania, has one son, Myron L. Harland L. was educated in common schools and graduated in Slippery Rock Normal in the class of 1896. He is a successful teacher and has taught for over twenty terms. He wedded Miss Gallic Troutman of Trumbull county, Ohio. They have three children—two sons and one daughter: Winford L., Regnold, and Marian.

Twentieth Century of Mercer County PA 1909



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