William's History of Frederick County
EDGAR L. ANNAN, a prominent business man of
Emmitsburg Md., is a member of the well-known banking
house of Annan, Homer & Company. He was
born in Emmitsburg, July 4, 1865. He is a son of Isaac
S. and Julia (Landers) Annan.
The Annan family originated in
Scotland. The American
ancestor was Robert Annan, who was born in the town of
Cupar Fife, Scotland, in 1742, and died in 1819. Of his
early history nothing definite can now he ascertained.
After pursuing the usual course at the University of St.
Andrew, he commenced the study of theology under the
venerable Alexander Moncrief, one of the original
Among his fellow students were Messrs. John
Mason and James Proudfit, who afterwards became fellow
laborers with him in this country. He was licensed by
the Associate Presbytery of Perth when only about
nineteen years old, and shortly appointed by Synod to
visit the American Colonies as missionary He was but
little inclined to accept the appointment, but went
nevertheless. He arrived in New York in the summer of
1761, and labored as an itinerant for about four years.
He was ordained and installed at
Y., in 1766. Here he remained for fourteen years, having
four congregations under his charge. At the outbreak of
the War of the Revolution and throughout its whole
progress, he showed himself a most earnest patriot. His
fervid patriotism and especially his denunciation of the
British Government during the struggle made him a man of
He was visited by Washington, Colonel Hamilton,
Lafayette and General Knox. In 1783, Rev. Annan removed
from Neeleytown to Boston, where he remained for three
years. In 1786, he received and accepted a call from Old
Scots Church, Philadelphia, where he continued in charge
until 1801 or 1802, when he removed to Baltimore, Md.,
and stayed there until 1812. He retired to an estate he
had purchased in York County, Pa. He died from injuries
received by being thrown from a carriage.
Rev. Annan was twice married. He was married (it is
believed in the year 1764) to Margaret Cochran, daughter
of William Cochran, of Carrollsburg, York County, Pa. By
this marriage there were two sons: Robert Lansdale and
William, both of whom became physicians. The elder
settled at Emmitsburg, Md., and died in 1827. The latter
located in Philadelphia, Pa., and died in 1797. The
mother of these two children died October 13, 1793.
next year, Mr. Annan was married to Elizabeth Hawthorne,
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Hawthorne, who lived
near Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pa. She died in
Lancaster County, Pa. The children of this marriage were
six, three sons and three daughters: Samuel, the second
child, studied medicine, partly in this country and
partly in Edinburgh. Scotland. He practiced his
profession successfully at Emmitsburg, Baltimore,
Lexington, Ky., and St. Louis, Mo.; Rev. William Annan,
a minister who died in Pittsburgh, Pa., John B., Eliza,
who married A. Noble, of Philadelphia, Pa. The others
[Robert Annon, the eldest son of the first marriage,
settled in Emmitsburg, his son,
S. Annon is the father of Edgar L. Annon, the
subject of this story.]
Edgar L. Annan acquired his education at New Windsor,
Md. In 1883, when he gave up his studies, he entered the
banking house of Annan, Horner & Company, at
Emmitsburg. He has since remained identified with this
sound and prosperous financial institution. On the
death of Major Oliver A.
Homer, his uncle, and one of
the organizers of the firm, Mr. Annan became cashier.
This responsible position he is still filling, and he
has discharged the duties devolving upon him with much
ability. He is numbered among the leading and highly
regarded citizens of Emmitsburg.
In politics, Mr. Annan supports the principles of the
Republican party. He is prominent in Masonic circles. He
holds membership in the Knights Templar, Frederick
Commandery, and St. Johnís Chapter, Baltimore. In
religious affairs, he is affiliated with the
Presbyterian Church, in which he serves as a trustee.
Mr. Annan was married at Emmitsburg in 1884 to
Pauline McNair, of that place. They are the parents of
five children: Edgar L., Jr., Samuel McNair, Lewis IL.,
Pauline, Ethel and Richard Cochran.
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