JOHN WESLEY CANNAN, was born September 18, 1829, in Ohio County, Ky. where he has always resided. In 1861, he enlisted in Company Y, Seventeenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the national service three years and four months. His father, John Cannan, was born in 1804, in Mercer County, Ky., where he was reared to manhood, and then located in Ohio County, where he died in 1872. He was the son of William Cannan, a native of Ireland. John married Nancy, daughter of Daniel and Francis Iler; of Ohio County, who died in 1862, at the age of fifty-five years. The result of their union were the following named children: William, John Wesley, Cassia A. (McCord), Ellen, Debie (Haley,) and James H., died in the Union army. John Wesley Cannan has been twice married; first, July 8, 1856, to Mrs. Artemissa McEntire, of Ohio County, born May 28, 1834, and died in 1867, and from this union sprang Thomas (deceased), Alonzo T., Florence (White), John (deceased), and William (deceased). He was again married, June 11, 1879, to Zelma F., daughter of Grandville and Mary (Bean) Crawford, of Ohio County, born June 11, 1857, and to them were born James Clarence and Ida Pearl. Mr. Cannan is a farmer, owning 144 acres of land in a good state of cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and in politics a Democrat.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895