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Leonora Cannon

1840– 1924

Younger sister of GQC; born in Liverpool, England; daughter of George and Ann Cannon; lost her mother during the family’s voyage to U.S. in 1842; orphaned at age four when her father died in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1844; raised, along with her two older brothers, David and Angus, by her sister Mary Alice and her husband, Charles Lambert; reached Utah in 1849, shortly after GQC left for California; married Reddin Allred as plural wife in 1857; their marriage ended shortly afterward in divorce; accompanied her brothers David and Angus in colonizing St. George, Utah, in 1861; married Robert Gardner as plural wife in 1863; a trained midwife, helped to deliver babies into her seventies; moved to Pine Valley, Utah, in the 1880s and resided there till she died. (See Evans and Cannon, Cannon Family Historical Treasury, 389; Cannon, George Cannon, The Immigrant, 188–92; Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, 1:1056; Almira Snow Lang, “Pioneer Midwives,” in Carter, Our Pioneer Heritage, 6:504–5; GQC journal, July 2, Aug. 20, 1851; July 21, Sept. 11, 1852; June 9, Dec. 31, 1853; Apr. 25, May 14, 1854.)