Family History Research

Military Monday – James E. Shannon Soldier’s Application Declaration for Invalid Pension

The following is a transcription of James E. Shannon’s Declaration for Invalid Pension. You can view Page 1 here and Page 2 here.

State of Missouri, County of Webster, ss.

On this 23 day of Dec, one thousand eight hundred and ninety personally appeared before me, clerk, of the circuit court, a Court of Record within and for the count and State aforesaid……….. James E. Shannon aged 55 years, a resident of the ……….. of…………… county of Webster, State of Missouri who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical person of the above name who was enrolled on the 16 day of May 1863, in Company C, Regiment 2 Ark Cavr, Vols [unreadable two words] 1861 in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at [unreadable] Tenn or Memphis, on the 20 day of Aug, 1865. That he is 3/4 unable to earn a support by reason of Right by cripled in hip joint out of place two inches shorter than the other leg [11 words unreadable] afflication of kidneys Both eyes weak and por[?] blind

That said disabilities are not due to his viscous habits, and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has not applied for pension under application No …………. That he is a pensioner under certificate No…………………

That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provision of the act of June 27, 1890.

He hereby appoints THOMAS K. PAUL, of Marshfield, Mo., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim, and for and inconsideration of service done and to be done in the premises, he hereby agrees to allow said attorney a fee of ten dollars, which shall include all amounts to be paid for any services in the furtherance of said claim under the Act of June 27, 1890, and said fee shall not be demanded by or payable to said attorney, in whole or in part, except in case of the granting of a pension by the Commissioner of Pensions under the Act of June 27, 1890; and that the same shall be paid to him in accordance with tehe provisions of Section 4 of said Act and other laws pertaining thereto.

That his post-office address is Marshfield, County of Webster State of Missouri.

John H. Warren (Witness signature)

AJ Dennis (Witness signature)

[Signed by] James E. Shannon

John H. Warren (Witness signature)

AJ Dennis (Witness signature)

Sworn and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of December, A.D. 1890 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words ……………………… erased, and the words ………………………… added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.

[signature] D D Hamilton Clerk of Circuit Court

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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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ProGen Update – Research Plans

The end of January has arrived and our ProGen assignments are due! I submitted mine a week ago. This month’s less was on Research Plans. I wrote mine about a gentleman who lived in southwest Missouri and joined the Arkansas Volunteer Union Army. I listed the information I knew about him followed by the records I wanted to locate and where they are held.

A couple of people have commented on my plan and provided great suggestions for other records and places to search. I can’t wait to see what the other plans look like. Everyone’s style is different.

Stay tuned, February’s topic is research procedures!

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