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The Canning Family

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Submitted by: Revis E Wilson

The Canning Family 1896
Back Row, L to R, NELLIE MAUDE MARRIED SCOTT, ALFORD FORREST (FRED) CANNING, HARRY HENRY CANNING, QUINNIE ETTA MARRIED JET BUTTERFIELD, ANNA MAY MARRIED HAYDEN GRAY Middle Row, L to R, GEORGE THOMAS, MARY ETTA (SWARTOUT) CANNING, WILLIAM CANNING,WINNIE VIOLA MARRIED HOPKINS
Front Row, L to R, HOWARD HARRISON CANNING, FRANCES ADELL (DELLA) CANNING. DELLA IS HOLDING HER DADS HAND TO HIDE HIS FINGER THAT WAS CUT OFF!

William Canning born 1838 in Burwick, Maine volunteered during the Civil War to be assigned to Company K of the Wisconsin Brigades. Upon discharge, he began his family in 1866 in Adams, Wisconsin where he married Mary Etta Swartout from Saratoga, New York May 19, 1866. William had a child, David Gardner, by a prior marriage; however, historical records do not discuss the child moving with the newly formed family. Their first child, Quinnie, was born 1867 in Adams, Wisconsin. In 1881, Anna May was the first Canning born outside Wisconsin in Knox County, Nebraska. Howard Harrison Canning was the last member of the family to be born in Nebraska. The family determined to find a better life, prepared for the trip to Oklahoma Territory, specifically a region they named Burwick which became part of Logan County, Oklahoma.
The Cannings moved from Nebraska to Logan County in an enclosed hay rack, and the children called it the Ark. The wagon had a stove and room to sleep. The boys slept in the grain wagon, there was an farm implement wagon, and a buggy for Mary Etta to ride with the small children and babies. Together they had 8 horses, five head of cattle, and several chickens and stopped slightly NE of Guthrie and began building a house which later became the post office for Burwick and Mary Etta was the Postmistress for several years. They also helped build the Coulter School, and the Mt. Hope Church as they were very religious, and attended church regularly-twice on Sunday.
William Canning also served a short period of time as a Justice of Peace.
William died 1913 and Mary Etta died after being hit by a creamery truck November 15, 1921.
This information was furnished by hand written notes from Della Canning who died in 1977.


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