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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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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