Charles Ira Cannon was born near Denton, Texas in 1871. Mattie Cordial Snodgrass was born in Fannin County in 1870. They were married October 10, 1897 at Montague, Texas. They filed a claim on land near Blair Oklahoma and moved to the homestead.
Two children were born in Oklahoma a daughter Anna, October 2, 1898 and a son, Ira Lee born May 5, 1900.
In the spring of 1901 they moved by covered wagon to Dickens County near Afton, and lived in a half dug-out for a year before they built a home. Another daughter, Grace, was born September 25, 1901. A son, John, was born August 26, 1903; then twin sons, Ray and Roy were born in May, 1905, but died in July 1905 and are buried in the Afton Cemetery. On May 26, 1906, another son, Robert, was born and June 12, 1908 a son, Ross, was born. Then January 14, 1915, a son Weldon was born.
In the fall of 1915 they moved to Dry Lake and in December of 1916 they moved to Crosby County on White River.
Ira Lee Cannon died January 21, 1918 and was buried in Spur Cemetery. On September 28, 1920, C.I. Cannon died and was buried at Spur Cemetery. Mrs. Mattie Cannon died September 12, 1956 at the age of 86 and she is buried in Spur Cemetery. Anna Cannon Rucker died February 16, 1961 and was buried in Spur. She had one son, Dr. John Rucker.
John Cannon died January 12, 1964 in Pueblo, Colorado and was buried at Pueblo. He had four children. Robert Cannon died July 27, 1977 and was buried in Spur. He had three children.
Grace Cannon lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, and she has one daughter. Ross Cannon lives in Wilcox, Arizona and has one son. Weldon Cannon lives in Dickens and he has one daughter.
....by Johnnye Cannon
Source: "Dickens County, Its Land and People", Dickens County Historical Commission, ©1986
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Cordellia Cannon, who would have been 86 years old next Sunday, were held here at the First Methodist Church Friday, Sept. 14, 1956. Rev. Cal Wright officiated.
Mrs. Cannon was born on Sept. 23, 1870, and died Sept. 12, 1956. She was born in Fannin County, Texas and came to Dickens County in May of 1901, living in the East Afton Community. She married C.I. Cannon on Oct 10, 1897 at Montague, Texas and they made their first home in Blair, Oklahoma.
She was converted at the age of 12 and joined the Methodist Church.
Pallbearers were L.B. Jones, Doyle Hinson, Bill Wyatt, Ora Smith, Harry Ellis and Veto Austin.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Anna Rucker of Spur, and Mrs. Grace McLaren of Monahans; four sons, John of Pueblo, Colo.; Ross of Silver City, NM; Robert and Weldon of Spur; a brother, Will Snodgrass of Lubbock; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Interment was in Spur Cemetery under the direction of the Campbell's Funeral Home.
© The Texas Spur September 20, 1956Transcribed by Becky Hodges, September 2004
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