Family History Research

James E. Shannon TN, AR, MO

What started out as a little research to help a friend of a friend learn about his family has turned into much more. There is so much interesting information that I just can’t stop. This family is completely different from mine in that they lived in the U.S. far longer than mine, have a Civil War veteran, were farmers, and migrated hundreds of miles.  My family immigrated to the U.S. beginning in 1865 with the Zajicek family and the other lines followed mostly around 1900. The same can be said for my  husband’s family. In addition, both sides settled in Chicago. End of story.

I am working the the family of James E. Shannon, both ancestors and descendants, and will be blogging about them a lot. The Shannon family, from what I have traced so far to 1830, came from Anderson Co., TN. By 1850 they had migrated west to Lawrence Co., AR. By 1870, James and his family moved into Missouri – first Texas Co., and then finally in Webster Co.

James E. Shannon was born to parents Henry Shannon and Sarah (nee Smith) Shannon. Henry and Sarah had the following children (of which I am aware):

  1. Susanah Shannon b. 1825 in TN
  2. Mary Shannon b. 1827 in TN
  3. Malinda Shannon b. 1830 in TN
  4. John Shannon b. 1833 in TN
  5. James E. Shannon b. 15 July 1835 in Anderson Co., TN
  6. Sarah Shannon b. 1838 in TN
  7. Henry Shannon b. 1841 in TN
  8. George Shannon b. 1843 in TN
  9. Robert Shannon b. 1846 in TN
  10. Lucinda Shannon b. 1850 in AR

James E. Shannon served in the Civil War for the Union. I recently received his pension file and will be talking about that on upcoming posts.

If you are related to the Shannon family I would love to hear from  you and share information.

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Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors book

I was in my local library last week looking for a book called House Histories A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home, recommended to me by Marian Pierre-Louis of Fieldstone Historic Research. Marian researches house histories as part of her business so we chatted about that for a bit.

At the library after finding this book I ran past the genealogy section which is sadly, very small. I did find a book I had not seen before, or just didn’t “need” before called Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors by Bertram Hawthorne Groene. It is a thin book with small print and I read almost half of it last night. What a fantastic book for anyone researching their Civil War ancestors!

As I read I should have been taking notes but decided after I read through it once, I’ll go through it again and take notes and see what I missed. There is so much great information!

Bertram outlines where the records are, what they contain, how to get them and a few tips about requesting them. He also talks about artifacts he has located and how he researched the people behind them if a name was engraved on the artifact. Very interesting.

Take a look at this book if you are researching your Civil War ancestor. You will not be disappointed!


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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