My Great Great Grandfather

This commemorative plate now hangs in my grandson Michael’s room, in Columbus, Ohio.

James Armstrong Cannon, born August 6, 1839. served in Co. C 26th Kentucky Infantry Regiment in the “War Between the States”. He was “war wounded and pensioned” and married Louverna Jackson of Shaw’s Point, Illinois. She was born March 25, 1857.

Justice of the Peace, Samuel Cummings officiated their wedding on March 24, 1872 with J.R.Fields and Cordelia Fields as witnesses in Carlinville,Illinois.

James A. Cannon died November 21,1928. his wife Louverna died July 26,1914. They are buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery near Girard, Illinois.

In a note found by niece Florence Opal Jacobs we read the following: “James A. Cannon and Louverna Jackson Cannon came to Illinois from Kentucky in a covered wagon in about 1884. He was given a land grant in Macoupin County, Illinois for service in the “War Between the States” in which he was wounded and pensioned. They lived just north of Old Rural Church and School, east of Carlinville, Illinois.

My father’s mother, Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks (who taught me to knit) was the first child born to Charles Kerr and Sarah Anna Cannon Kerr (daughter of James A and Louverna) in Womac, Illinois. In the papers I have given to me by my sister, his wife’s name is sometimes spelled differently- Louverna and Laverna but Louverna seems correct as she is listed as daughter of David Jackson 1838-1891 and Rutha Duff Jackson 1830-1893.

James Armstrong Cannon
and
Louverna Jackson Cannon

General Grant’s 190th Birthday Party

We have interesting friends.   Here’s a creative celebration Steve and I went to on Saturday night.  What a fun event.  Here are a few of the details. Hardtack crackers and dried black-eyed peas.  The sheet music for Tenting Tonight on the piano. Photographs and books bearing the General’s likeness.  A willingness to celebrate and have fun.  A Prantl’s cake with five candles for his rank. I made Rice Pudding after reading that it was a favorite on the Presidents’ Food Timeline.  Thanks Tim and Bernadette for being such welcoming hosts. We had a wonderful time!

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