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Military Monday – James E. Shannon Civil War Pension File Outline

I recently received the Pension File for James E. Shannon and sorted it by date and created an outline of the file. This is what is included.

James E. Shannon Civil War Pension File

File begins with The National Archives Soldier’s Certificate card.

No. 817578

Veteran James E. Shannon

Rank Private

Service Co C 2 Ark Vol Cav

CAN No. 16849                     BUNDLE NO. 47

23 Dec 1890         Soldier’s Application Declaration for Invalid Pension

This is the first time James applies for a pension. He states he is 55 years old and ¾ unable to do his job as a farmer due to being crippled. Document provides his military service information. James signed this document. This is two pages long.

15 June 1891        Military Service Slip

Slip lists his military service information for the Bureau of Pensions.

16 June 1891        War Department Record and Pension Division Slip

Slip states James E. Shannon was enrolled in the military May 16, 1863 and M.G. (?) Aug 20, 1865

24 June 1891        Surgeon’s Certificate

This document is two pages long and states James E. Shannon was an Applicant for Original Pension Claim 975223. Date of Examination June 24, 1891. States his current post office is High Prairie, MO. Cause of disability is described. A brief statement about how the injury was received. James stated it occurred about 17 years ago making it around 1874. A full description of the exam is given. It is stated he is entitled to a 10/18 rating for the disability.

12 Dec 1891         Affidavit of Claimant

Two page statement given about James E. Shannon’s military service. Affidavit created in Webster County, Missouri.

30 April 1892       General Affidavit

Two page affidavit created in Webster County, Missouri explaining his accident and resulting disability.

30 Sept 1892        Miscellaneous Slips for Pension

Lists James E. Shannon’s name, current post office, service information, enlistment, discharge and pension application filing dates. Two pages.

27 Mar 1895         Department of Interior Bureau of Pensions

Three page document stating a reduction of pension is to be issued. James E. Shannon will not receive a rate higher than $8. Page 2 states a rate of $12 per month was in effect as of Dec 26, 1890. This was approved Oct 20, 1892. Page 3 states his official reduction to $8 per month.

27 Mar 1895         Return Receipt

6 April 1895          Return Receipt

24 April 1895       Affidavit

Affidavit of W.A. Martin, aged 54 years, resident of Marshfield vouching for James E. Shannon.

26 April 1895       Affidavit

Affidavit of Joseph T. Moore, aged 55 years, resident of Marshfield, vouching for James E. Shannon.

29 April 1895       Cover for Affidavits-Files by Claimant

Cover for the affidavits dated 24 and 26 April 1895.

14 Mar 1897         Medical Affidavit

Three page medical affidavit of Dr. M. Highfill of Marshfield, Webster County, State of Missouri.

4 May 1898           Department of the Interior Bureau of Pensions

Questionnaire about James’s marriage and children. Provides wife’s name, marriage date and place and children’s names and dates of birth.

28 Feb 1907         Declaration for Pension

Two pages, a cover and Declaration page identifying James E. Shannon and his military service. Describes his person and occupation. Lists places he lived after the Civil War. Lists two witnesses vouching for James E. Shannon, A.S. Morton and W.M. Morton, both Marshfield residents.

15 July 1907         Act of February 6, 1907 Slip

Slip, envelope and Reissue document authorizing the pension rate to go up to $15 per month. Also includes a page listing his military service.

17 July 1907         War Department, Adjutant General’s Office Commissioner of Pensions Slip

Slip describes James E. Shannon’s person, military service and birth place.

29 Aug 1907         Statement of James E. Shannon

Statement of James E. Shannon regarding his date of birth.

16 July 1910         Declaration for Pension

Another form outlining the person of James E. Shannon, his military service, residences with two witnesses S. A. Shelton and J.P. Smith, residents of Marshfield.

11 Aug 1910         Increase Act of February 6, 1907

Document issuing an increase of pension pay to $20 per month.

20 May 1912        Declaration for Pension

Another form outlining the person of James E. Shannon, his military service, residences with two witnesses J. P. Smith and Fred D. Shelton.

22 May 1912        Reissue Act of May 11, 1912

Document issuing an increase of pension pay to $30 per month.

14 June 1912        Claim for Pension Slip with Two Miscellaneous Slips

10 Oct 1912          Letter to James E. Shannon

Letter asking for proof of birth date and age.

16 Oct 1912          Letter to from Smith and Shelton Attorneys at Law

Affidavit regarding James E. Shannon and proving his age.

2 June 1913          Pensioner Dropped Slip three pages

Slips indicating the death of James E. Shannon and the end of his pension payments.

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Tombstone Tuesday – James E. Shannon

This is the grave for James E. Shannon. If you follow on Mondays, you will learn about James and his Civil War Pension File.  James is buried in High Prairie Cemetery in Marshfield, Webster, Missouri. Thanks to my friend Chris Young for snapping the picture for me.

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Shannon Research

On my quest to locate more information on the Shannon family I will be doing some research in Missouri. My goal is to locate information about the family in Webster County and possibly Wright and Texas Counties. The family lived in Lawrence County, Arkansas, and there are a few resources in the libraries I can consult. I would absolutely love to visit the newly opened NorthEast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA).  The NEARA however is another three plus hours from Marshfield so it isn’t likely I’ll go down there this trip. There will not be enough time. The NEARA holds records for Lawrence County, AR, where the Shannon family lived. I can only imagine the information I could find there. Oh well, another time.

On my first day there I will first stop will at the Marshfield Library. I have a long list of books to look through in their genealogy section. If I finish that before lunch then I may run to the courthouse to look through marriage records if I can locate some dates before my trip.

My second stop will be the Webster County Historical Society in Marshfield, Missouri. Through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness(RAOGK) I am working with a volunteer there to locate records. She has sent me copies of a few and is going to pull more before I arrive so I can save some time. I will only have three hours at the Historical Society before they close and I have to head out so anything she is able to locate before my visit is so appreciated.

Day two of my visit will be at the Springfield Library Main Branch and also the Ozarks Genealogical Society library. Currently I have small lists of books to look through at those locations but that could grow if I discover a little more information prior to my trip.

If you know of other repositories close to Marshfield and Springfield I could search for information on the Shannon family please let me know. I lived down there for way too many years but never conducted research there.

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James Shannon and Elizabeth Galbraith

Continuing with James E. Shannon, today I will discuss his family briefly. James married Elizabeth Galbraith 16 Nov 1865 in Lawrence Co., Arkansas, just a few months after being discharged from the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry (Union) Civil War unit.

The couple resided in Lawrence Co., until 1870 where they are found in Clinton, Texas Co., Missouri. James and Elizabeth had the following children:

  1. William Henry Clay Shannon b. 26 Sept 1866 in Imboden, Lawrence, AR
  2. Malinda H. Shannon b. 29 Dec 1867 in AR
  3. Marion Emmet (M.E.) Shannon b. 11 Mar 1870 in Mountain Grove, Wright, MO
  4. George S. Shannon b. 17 Aug 1871 in MO
  5. Robert Jackson Shannon b. 10 Aug 1873 in Texas Co., MO
  6. James W. Shannon b. 1 Oct 1879 in MO
  7. Fred F. Shannon b. 25 Mar 1886 in MO

Fred F. Shannon continues the line of descent to my friend of a friend.

James E. Shannon was a farmer his whole life, as was his father before him, from the records I have gathered. James owned many acres of land in Lawrence Co., (became Sharp Co.) Arkansas in 1861. When he moved to Missouri he again purchased land. According to the U.S. Federal Census, James owned $200 in Real Property and $200 in Personal Property in 1860 and in 1870 he increased his Real Property value to $500 and his Personal Property value to $225.

Check back for more on the Shannon family as I reveal information about James’s Civil War life.

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