When I began to plot the locations of the birth-places and burial grounds of Dutch ancestors, they quickly began to present themselves as largely being grouped around one province.

The towns and villages in Utrecht province were home to several generations of my father’s family, thus far dating back to the 18th century. They form a cluster of mostly small farming communities that surround the city of Utrecht.

Tull en ‘t Waal was where my father’s family lived before immigrating to Canada in the 1950s as part of a larger movement of Dutch citizens. It is part of the municipality of Houten, which also includes ancestral homestead Schalkwijk.

Other ancestral communities include:




The Cannons were from Prince Edward Island. This is where I started. I knew my grandfather’s father was named Milton. I also knew that my grandfather’s mother was named Agnes Claire Croken, and that she was the reason that branch of the family was Catholic.

artemas-herbert---albert-leslie-cannonPictured here are two of Milton’s older brothers who served overseas in World War I: Albert Leslie Cannon (right) and Artemas Herbert Cannon (left). Herb made it home. Leslie died at age 23 of bronchopneumonia at the Camiers-Dannes Military Hospital in France

Leslie’s obituary read: “Mr. Albert C. Cannon, Charlottetown, has received word that his son, Pte. Albert Leslie Cannon is officially reported died of bronco pneumonia, 18th General Hospital, Dannes, Comiers, Nov. 27th.

Pte. Cannon went over with the 105th and has two brothers also serving in France. Miss Pearl Cannon of Summerside is a sister.”

The patriarch noted above, Albert Cannon, is where I found a new-to-me family mystery starting with Albert’s baptismal record. Continue reading “Cannon”