Biography of Ephraim Cannon (1821- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), p. 515.

Ephraim CANNON is the fourth of ten children born to John and Jane (KNOX) CANNON, who were married in the "Blue Grass State" and became residents of Missouri, in 1818. They improved a good farm in Lincoln County, and there the father died in 1871. The mother's parents came from Ireland, and she was born three weeks after they landed on American soil. Her father, James KNOX, came to Missouri at a very early day, and lived many years in Lincoln County. James CANNON, father of John, was probably born in South Carolina. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and came to Lincoln County about 1818, and died when our subject was a young man. Ephraim CANNON was born near Troy, Mo, in 1821, and received a meager education in the old subscription schools of his boyhood days. September 30, 1845, he wedded Nancy A., a daughter of William and Lydia ELSBERRY, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. Their union has been blessed by the birth of ten children, all of whom are living: Sarah (wife of E. A. COBB), George W., Elizabeth (wife of Israel R. HINDS), Lydia (wife of J. H. LARUE), Susan (wife of Howard M. MOXLEY), John, Mary (wife of Henry NICHOLS), Rebecca (wife of Samuel ELSTON), William F. and Benjamin E. Since his marriage Mr. CANNON has lived on the farm adjoining his old home, and owns both places, 640 acres in all. He was in the State Militia a short time during the war. He was formerly a Whig in his political views but now votes the Democratic ticket. His wife died January 9, 1877. She was a consistent and worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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