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Cannon, Martha Telle, 1846-1928



  • Existence: 1846 - 1928

Biographical History

Martha Telle Cannon (1846-1928) was a school teacher in Utah and the fourth wife of apostle George Q. Cannon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Martha Telle Cannon was born May 28, 1846, to Amelia Ann Rogers and Josiah Lewis Telle in Saint Louis, Missouri. Following the death of her parents, Martha was adopted by George and Hester A. Beebe, the latter being the sister of Amelia Ann Rogers. She lived with her adoptive parents in Polk City, Iowa, and moved west to Utah with them in 1960. The Beebe family returned to Iowa a short while later. In 1866, after graduating from the University of Iowa, Martha Cannon came back to Utah as a school teacher.

Martha Telle was married to George Q. Cannon in 1868. She was his fourth wife. The couple raised nine children: Hester and Amelia (twins), Lewis, Brigham, Willard, Grace, Radcliffe, Espey, and Collins. Martha passed away on February 5, 1928.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

George Q. Cannon family correspondence

 Collection — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197230354240]
Identifier: MSS 7426

Collection is comprised of letters, most of them written by George Q. Cannon during his time of service as a Utah Territory delegate to the United States House of Representatives. The remainder of the letters were written by a variety of family members and friends to Martha Telle Cannon. The bulk of the letters were written between 1872 and 1882.

Dates: 1868-1902

George Q. and Martha Telle Cannon correspondence, 1872-1891

Identifier: MSS 7426 Series 1
Scope and Contents note

George Q. Cannon and Martha Telle Cannon correspondence, including forty-one letters exchanged between George Q. Cannon and Martha Telle Cannon, between 1872 and 1891. Their correspondence documents George Q. Cannon's experiences as a Territorial Delegate from Utah to the United States House of Representatives; Martha Cannon's experiences in her Salt Lake City, Utah, home; family relationships and news; and Church events.

Dates: 1872-1891

George Q. Cannon correspondence, 1880

Identifier: MSS 7426 Series 3
Scope and Contents note

George Q. Cannon correspondence, including one letter from George Q. Cannon to Sarah A. Telle King in New York, 1880.

Dates: 1880

Martha Telle Cannon correspondence, 1880-1902

Identifier: MSS 7426 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from Cannon, including seven letters, from 1880 to 1902. Six are addressed to Martha Telle Cannon from a variety of family members, and one is from Martha Telle Cannon to Lewis Telle Cannon.

Dates: 1880-1902