Family History Research

Mappy Monday – Another Missouri Research Trip

I am so excited that not only do I get to visit Springfield, Missouri again for a few days at the end of the month, but I get to do a few days of research before I get there!

One of my clients has work that needs to be done at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City and in a neighboring town. I plan to spend a few hours at the Jefferson City Library, a whole day at the MO State Archives and a day in the neighboring town. I hope to discover a lot of great information on this family. I am SO excited!

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Wisdom Wednesday – Visit Ozarks Genealogical Society Library

Last week I spent some time at the Ozarks Genealogical Society Library.  While the building does not look large, it is packed with information. I was only there about an hour and a half but barely touched the collection.

The library has many county history books for not only Missouri but other states. There are many cemetery and obituary transcription books and rows of filing cabinets that I did not have a chance to look through.

I hope to get back there tomorrow or Thursday but we’ll see how this stormy southwest Missouri weather shakes out. Not sure I want to be caught out in a tornado around here especially after what happened in Joplin yesterday.

To find out how you can help the tornado struck city or find out about loved ones, visit the KY3 news website to learn more.

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Military Monday – James E. Shannon Surgeon’s Certificate

The following is a partial transcription of James E. Shannon’s Surgeon’s Certificate. See page 1 here and page 2 here.

Date of Examination: June 24, 1891.

Original Pension Claim No. 975223

James E. Shannon, Rank, Pvt & Corp Company C, 2 Reg’t Ark Cav      Marshfield Mo State,

High Prairie Mo      June 24, 1891

We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: Injury to right leg, Disease of lungs, eyes, heart, kidneys and stomach.

He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for Original

About 17 years ago my right thigh was fractured and my right hip is out of place. I have pain in left breast all the time. I have no disease of kidney or stomach that I know of

Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 84; respiration, 20; temperature, 99; height, 5 feet 9 inches; weight, 156 pounds; age, 55 years. Injury to right leg result of fracture of thigh & surgical neck of femur, 2 1/2 inches shortening. Lamness & limited motion. No evidence of disease of lungs, eyes, heart, kidneys, or stomach. No other disability found. disability permanent and not result of viscous habits and incapacitated for manual labor 3/4

He is, in our opinion, entitled to a 10/18 rating for the disability caused by injury to right leg & hips for that caused……..

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Military Monday – Civil War Service of James E. Shannon

MILITARY SERVICE

NAME OF SOLIDER: James E. Shannon

Southern Div

Bureau of Pensions.

No. 975223 June 15, 1891  Invalid

SIR: It is alleged that the above-named man enlisted May 16, 1863, and served as a [unreadable] in Co. C, 2 Reg’t Ark Cav also as a ………………. in Co. ………………, Reg’t …..………, and was discharged at ……………………… on Aug 20, 1865.

No. of prior claim none

The War Department will please furnish an official statement in this case, showing date of enrollment and date and mode of termination of service.

Very respectfully,

[unreadable] Commissioner

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