Cannon, Harriett Starr
- Don S. Armentrout
Cannon, Harriett Starr (07 May 1823–05 April 1896), Episcopal sister, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of William Cannon and Sally Hinman. Very little is known about her parents since both of them died on or about 24 November 1824, when she was little more than a year old. Captain James Allen, the brother-in-law of Sally Cannon, took Harriett and her sister Catherine Ann to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they were raised by their aunt, Mrs. Hyde, a sister of their mother. In 1855 Catherine Ann died, and this major crisis for Harriett left her convinced, as she later recalled, that “God had a purpose for me” (Dix, p. 15). This purpose was to establish the first permanent Episcopal sisterhood in the United States....