Cannon-Schneider Family Papers

1928-2013
Manuscript Collection #1225
Creator(s)
Schneider, Hattie Lou Cannon
Physical description
0.45 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, consisting of correspondence, photographs, autograph book and family history charts.
Preferred Citation
Cannon-Schneider Family Papers (#1225), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

This collection contains correspondence (1928-2013) between Hattie Lou Cannon Schneider in Tampa, Florida, and her mother and sister and other family members in Pitt County, N.C. The earliest letters were written by Hattie Lou as a child living in Pitt County and a few letters were written to her before and right after her marriage to Charles Leland Schneider, Sr., in 1945 when she was stationed as a WAVE at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Also included are photocopies of two photographs, family history charts, and an autograph book which belonged to Hattie Lou Cannon when she was a member of the 1935 Senior Class at Winterville High School in Pitt County, N.C.


Biographical/historical information

Hattie Louise (called Hattie Lou) Cannon was born June 1, 1918, in Heathville, Halifax County, North Carolina, to Thomas Eugene Cannon and Carrie Ella Smith Cannon. She was raised in Winterville, Pitt County, North Carolina, graduated from East Carolina Teachers College, and joined the U.S. Navy during WWII as a WAVE. She had her name changed from Hattie Louise to Harriet Louise in 1942. While stationed at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., she met Charles Leland Schneider, Sr., (born August 5, 1918) who was in training with the U.S. Navy as a deep sea diver. They married on January 15, 1945, in Rockville, Maryland, and she was discharged from the Navy due to the birth of their first child. They had two children: Charles Leland Schneider, Jr., and Pamela Louise Schneider. After the war, Charles was discharged from the Navy while he was stationed with the Deep Sea Diving unit in Key West, Florida. He got employment with the Florida Power Corporation and they lived in Yankeetown, Florida, for a while until he was transferred to Tampa, Florida, where they lived until 2007 when they moved to Brooksville, Florida. He died on July 20, 2008, at the age of 89 and she died on September 22, 2008; both are buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Sources:

Charles Leland Schneider Obituary

http://grave-records.mooseroots.com/l/1415156/Harriet-Cannon-Schneider-FL


Scope and arrangement

This collection contains correspondence (1928-2013) between Hattie Lou Cannon Schneider in Tampa, Florida, and her mother and sister and other family members in Pitt County, N.C. The earliest letters were written by Hattie Lou as a child living in Pitt County and a few letters were written to her before and right after her marriage to Charles Leland Schneider, Sr., in 1945 when she was stationed as a WAVE at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Hattie Lou Cannon Schneider was addressed by various nicknames in the correspondence. When she was young, she was called "Hatsy" mainly by her mother, Aunt Blair, and sister Helen. In later letters, her mother "Nan" (Carrie Ellis Smith Cannon), called her "Lucy," and her father "Pa" (Thomas Eugene Cannon) called her "Lou." In 1942 Hattie had her name legally changed from Hattie to Harriet.

Topics discussed in the correspondence are predominantly related to family matters such as birthday greetings, poor health (flu, stroke, and cancer), deaths, impending visits and celebrations, and Hattie's niece Lina's attendance at East Carolina College in Greenville, North Carolina, with reference to ECC obtaining university status to become East Carolina University in 1967.

Also included are photocopies of an autograph book which belonged to Hattie Lou Cannon when she was a member of the 1935 Senior Class at Winterville High School in Pitt County, N.C., and photocopies of two photographs, family history charts for the Cannon, Christopher, and Smith families of Pitt County, N.C., and the Schneider family of Florida, and family obituaries.


Administrative information
Custodial History

September 26, 2013, 0.45 cubic feet; This collection contains correspondence (1928-2006) between Hattie Lou Cannon Schneider in Tampa, Florida, and her mother and sister and other family members in Pitt County, N.C. The earliest letters were written by Hattie Lou as a child living in Pitt County and a few letters were written to her before and right after her marriage to Charles Leland Schneider, Sr., in 1945 when she was stationed as a WAVE at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Also included are photocopies of two photographs, family history charts, and an autograph book which belonged to Hattie Lou Cannon when she was a member of the 1935 Senior Class at Winterville High School in Pitt County, N.C. Gift of Charles and Linda Schneider.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Charles and Linda Schneider

Processing information

Processed by Kate Clothier on November 12, 2015.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder b Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 3 February 1958–4 December 1961. Notable in this time span are the family letters post June 1958, after Nannie (Carrie Ellis Smith Cannon) survived a "slow stroke." Emphasis on her progress and wellbeing make the majority of content. Additionally, several letters focus on Hatsy's young son, Chuckie
Box 1 Folder c Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 8 January 1962–9 October 1965. The early letters focus predominately on Hatsy's Aunt Blair and her diagnosis of advanced stage cancer to her death in February 1962. After Blair's passing, the letters revert to family matters. Of particular interest is Lina (Hatsy's niece) acceptance into ECC
Box 1 Folder d Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 26 January 1966–28 December 1966. Most of the letters in this folder are from Nannie to Hatsy/Lucy (nickname for Hatsy) speaking of impending visits and celebrations. A letter dated 11 October 1966 includes mentions of ECC attempting to convert into a University. 1966
Box 1 Folder e Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 19 January 1967–30 December 1967. Fitting with the other folders, the letters focus on mundane day to day activities such as thank you notes for celebratory gifts to estate divisions of family members who have passed. All the letters are addressed to Lucy from Nan. Of particular interest is the letter from October 1967, this is the first mentioning of ECU as a university by the family
Box 1 Folder f Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 14 January 1968–27 November 1968. This folder is particularly important as it marks Nan's final letters. Topics prior to her death focused predominately on the rampant flu season or gardening. Nan died 28 July 1968, Hatsy inscribing on her final letter from Nan "her last letter to me. From my mamma Carrie Cannon.(Save this Letter!!)" Correspondence between the families sharply declines after this
Box 1 Folder g Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 11 January 1969–2 December 1970. The significance of these letters is that Pa (Thomas Eugene Cannon)begins writing to the family after Nannie's death. This is the first time in the collection that Pa has penned a letter. His letters predominately focus on different family members and their whereabouts
Box 1 Folder h Letters to Mrs. C. L. Schneider (nee Hattie Lou Cannon), Tampa, Florida, formerly of Pitt County, N.C., from relatives in Pitt County. 5 January 1971–December 2006. This folder houses the final letters written by Pa before his death on 27 March 1972. After his death, written letters between the families become more infrequent. Of interest is a 2006 letter sent by Sue Ellen (Hatsy's niece) to her cousins Chuck (Hatsy's son) and Lina. Included with the letter is a copy of The Free Baptist, because it contains quotes from Nannie
Box 1 Folder i Photocopy of Hattie Lou Cannon's Autograph Book from her 1935 Senior Class at Winterville High School, Pitt County, N.C
Box 1 Folder j Photocopies of genealogy charts for the Cannon, Christopher, and Smith families of Pitt County, N.C., and the Schneider family of Florida, obituaries, and two photographs. 1968, 1989, 2000, 2013, undated. Contained within this folder are photographs and genealogical records of the Cannon family. Composed by Sue Watson Cannon in 1989, the documents span a large range of the family from Thomas Eugene to Charles Leland Schneider Jr. Also in the folder are copies of obituaries of differing family members