John Cannon, I

Male Abt 1642 - 1697


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    Born  Abt 1642  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  409D35E1BDCA4D48889779C5F1E03B44BCC8 
    Died  1 Feb 1696/7  Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1739  Bennett, Harrison, and Herron Families
    Last Modified  20 Dec 2008 

    Family  Ester Pledge,   b. Abt 1664,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. William Cannon, I,   d. Abt 1749, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Cannon, II,   d. 1734
     3. Joseph Cannon
     4. Mary Cannon
    Family ID  F562  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

    • The parents of John Cannon are unknown. We do know he never took out a patent for his own transportation, nor does he appear as a headright, and so must have been born in the colony. A John Cannon who arrived on the Abigail in 1622 was on 22 Jan. 1624/5 living at West and Shirley Hundred as a servant of Christopher Woodward and his partners John Higgins and Rice Howe [Hooe] (John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Baltimore 1974, p. 206; Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants. 1607-166, Baltimore 1987, p. 52.) This place is located in Charles City County. On 20 Oct. 1665 a John Cannon in Charles City received an 80 acre land grant upon Kittawan Creek on the back of Weyanoke on the north side of James River, bounded by David Jones and due and confirmed by order of the General Court dated 16 Sept. 1663. (Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, v. 1, Richrnond 1934, p. 566). If this was John the immigrant he would have been 63 yeas of age. More likely it was his son.

      John Cannon was born ca. 1642 and his wife Esther was born ca. 1664 according to the Pledge deposition discussed previously. There was a 21 year difference in their ages which suggests John could have had a previous marriage with no living issue. A family relationship to Morgan Peirce may be suggested by John Cannon's bringing an action on 2 Dec. 1682 against John Milner who had been the guardian of Morgan Peirce's orphans, Elizabeth, William and Francis, before 1678. In April 1682 John Cannon had been appointed the guardian of William and Francis and John Milner had not turned over to him their property. (Pauline Pearce Warner, Orphans Court Book 1677-1739, of Henrico County, Virginia, Tappahannock, Va.,1963, pp.14, 29, 31-33, 37; Henrico Co., Va. Record Bk. 1677-92, p. 238) William Peirce was of age in 1683 and Francis is 1684.

      As noted before, John and Esther received 50 acres as a gift from her father in 1687. On 23 Oct. 1690 John patented 158 acres in Henrico County on the north side of James River on Four Mile Creek, bounded by John Pledge, for the transportation of John Brodnax three times and the transportation of Anthony Bourn once (Virginia Patent Bk. 8, p. 111). This gave him a total of 208 known acres.

      A Mr. Brodnax owned a store in Henrico County and John Cannon did some work for him which was to be deducted from his store account. This transaction occurred in 1688. On 1 Sept. 1691 two depositions were made, one by Charles Bartholomew, aged about 30, and the other by Henry Randolph, Mr. Brodnax's attorney. aged about 25. Charles Bartholomew stated John Cannon had come to the store to settle his account but Mr. Brodnax was not there. Bartholomew came up with a balance due by John Cannon as