I'm the g-grandaughter of "Sallie" Steed (1860-1930), who married James Burest Gannon (1860-1928). Their youngest child, Willie HUGH Gannon (1901-1958) was my grandfather [his son Edwin Walls Gannon is my father]. Hugh died when I was 7. He farmed 900 acres in Coffee Co., near New Brockton, AL. He personally cleared many acres of the land for this farming. In his latter days, he sold land to pay for medical bills.
Here is his obituary: ~http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gskw=Gannon&_F000348d=localities&_F000348e=northam&_F000348f=usa&_F0003490=states&_F0003491=alabama&_F0003492=counties&_F0003493=coffee&ti=3&ti.si=3&rank=0&hc=25&gss=mb&db=mb&p=localities.northam.usa.states.alabama.counties.coffee&application=public&filter=1&utype=Admin&mbtitle=Coffee+Board (Retrieved by ggm 20 Jan 2006) W. H. Gannon Funeral Will be Held Today. W. Hugh Gannon died Tuesday at his home on his farm near New Brockton which he operated for a long time for C. E. (Pete) Dorsey and later purchased. He was 57 years old. He is survived by the widow [Ada Lee Walls Gannon] and three sons, Herbert H. Gannon of Enterprise; Edwin W. Gannon now in service with the U.S. Army; Jimmy Gannon of New Brockton; two brothers, Julian Gannon of Enterprise; C. G. Gannon of Cordell, Ga.; three sisters, Mrs. Mace Sawyer, Mrs. I. A. Bowden and Mrs. John Bowden all of New Brockton. Funeral Funeral services will be held at Bethany Church Thursday at 3 pm with the Rev. Mr. Brewer, the Rev. Mr. Messick and Dr. B. R. Justice officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. [**Note** Not my line just sharing. Obit goes on to tell about his farm life" copy of full obit provided to Gloria G Mason by Patsy McCoy 24 Jan 2006, continuing]: "Mr. Gannon was overseer on the farm for almost 20 years for Mr. Dorsey and in June 1945, after Mr. Dorsey died, he purchased it. He helped build most of the structures in Elba owned by the Dorsey family. This includes the present trailer plant and often spoke about discing high weeds so that work could begin on the site. Dorsey Stump Puller Fields on the farm where [sic] stumped with a Dorsey stump puller in 1922. The farm consisted of 118 acres when he died. Mr. and Mrs. Gannon established a record by having a child in the New Brockton schools for 29 years. Mr. Gannon was a firm believer in crop rotation and parallel terracing. Once when asked if he had any advice for younger men in farming, he replied, "Stay with it. Don't be moving about."