Meeting of December 5, 2012

Bill Cannon on “A Sword in the Attic: Searching for Thomas Hall”


Bill Cannon

Historian Bill Cannon presented a program that focused on his desire and search to find an ancestor’s participation in the Union Army, his Civil War activities, and life as a soldier. How it all started with finding an old sword. We obtained some insights into searching and finding a history of our ancestors.

Bill Cannon is a freelance writer and blogger working in the automotive, health care, and animal advocacy fields. He is the former editor-in-chief of Motor Age magazine, where he garnered three national writing awards, and also is the editor of the recently released book, Meet the Presidents, by Walter Eckman. Bill’s articles on the social aspects of gray wolf families have appeared on web sites around the country, including that of the Living with Wolves Foundation in Sun Valley, Utah. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from West Chester University, and a business accreditation from the Automotive Management Institute in Bedford, Texas. He also has written and recorded a CD of his own music called In Time. Bill is the great, great, great nephew of Thomas Hall by marriage, and has been researching Hall’s life in his spare time for about ten years.