Started by Private User on Monday, April 19, 2010


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Private User
4/19/2010 at 12:42 PM

David: Our mother's (Betty Jane Clark-Sutherland) great, great, grandfather, John Canon is the founding father of CANONSBURG, PA.

Some of the famous notables from Canonsburg are the late singer Perry Como, and
rock'n'roll singer Bobby Vinton.

Just thought you'd like to know this tidbit!

Best, Terence Sutherland

Private User
4/19/2010 at 12:45 PM

Terry -I don't know if you'll see this but it would be great to verify this is really the same General John Canon.

Very nice tidbit!,_Pennsylvania

Private User
4/19/2010 at 12:47 PM

from the wikipedia article:

"Colonel John Canon, a common miller who also served as justice of the Virginia courts at Fort Dunmore (now Pittsburgh), purchased some land from the state of Virginia around Chartiers Creek, sometime before May 1780. The state had claimed what is now southwestern Pennsylvania in a dispute that would not finally be settled until later in the decade. In 1781 Pennsylvania carved Washington County out of Westmoreland, and the county seat was established at Washington. The notes of the first session of the Washington County Court during that year indicate a call for a road from Canon's mill to Pittsburgh. The road to Pittsburgh, called Pitt Street, remains in part today as an archaic and indirect route to the city. The first surviving plat of the town is from April 15, 1788. Lots were sold around Canon's property, and the emerging town took the name of Canonsburg shortly thereafter.

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