By Kayla Carter
As one of eight Von Cannon family members to grace the Elizabethton/Carter County Wall of Honor, Civil War veteran Lt. Aaron Von Cannon’s legacy is alive through a descendant’s love of genealogy.
Charles Von Cannon, Carter County commissioner and avid family tree tracer, said he has been collecting family history for quite some time, and Aaron Von Cannon’s story is one of his favorites.
“He’s a very interesting person,” Von Cannon said.
Aaron Von Cannon was born July 5, 1832, to Jacob and Nancy, who lived in Randolph County, N.C. until they moved to Watauga County, N.C.
“He moved and he and his father built a mill. They built three mills, and the third one I guess they had built together in Elk Mills just barely in Carter County,” Von Cannon said. “The community didn’t have a name, naturally. They built a mill along the Elk River and consequently the community became known as Elk Mills.”