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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Military Monday – James Everett Shannon

In my continued quest to locate information on a family for a friend and his Shannon family, I’d like to honor a World War II Soldier, James Everett Shannon from Marshfield, Webster County, Missouri.

Memorial Service notice 5 July 1945

To Hold Memorial Service Here for Pfc. Everett Shannon
Memorial services for Pfc. Everett Shannon, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shannon of this city, who was killed on Luzon March 28 of this year, will be held at the Marshfield Christian church, of which he was a member, at the Sunday morning services, July 8.

Everett entered the service in June 1941, and went overseas first to New Guinea in September 1943. He had been slightly wounded on the island of Luzon February 3rd, but had returned to active duty when he was killed in action.

He was a graduate of Marshfield High school and played on the basketball, baseball and track teams. He was 29 years of age at the time of his death. 

(Source: The Marshfield Mail 5 July 1945, Volume LIV, Number 4, page 1 column 2.)

Body of James Everett Shannon Laid to Final Rest
The body of James Everett Shannon was returned to Marshfield July 6, and funeral services were held at the Christian church July 7. James Everett was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shannon of Marshfield. He was well known here being a star athlete in the local high school, and a favorite buddy of his many friends. He was killed in service on Luzon in 1945. In as much as possible his friends had part in the funeral service. A quartet, Warren Johnson, Bill Evans, Neil Evans, Stanley Dawson Jr., sang “Sweet hour of Prayer,” and “Church in the Wildwood.” Dr. George [unreadable] sang a solo……..[article cut off]

(Source: The Marshfield Mail 22 July 1948, )

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Tuesday’s Tip – Visit the Webster County Historical Society

A week and a half ago I drove to Springfield, Missouri, to help my sister with her kids while my parents traveled. I stopped in Marshfield, Missouri, on my way down and spent most of a day at the Webster County Library and Webster County Historical Society and Research Center.

I started at the library and began going through the genealogy room which is small but contained a lot of area county books. Many cemetery transcriptions, obituaries and family histories.

After lunch I stopped at the historical society which is the former Marshfield public library. I practically grew up there because my mom worked there for years. I could not believe how “small” it felt. Funny how you grow up and everything seems smaller, more compact than when you were a kid. They even have an old band uniform that we wore when I was in school. Blast from the past!

A wonderful historical society volunteer, Jo Slingerland, who also happens to be a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness volunteer, took me next door to the research center to work. I spent a couple of hours there looking through books and files and sharing stories with two other volunteers.

My work there was not done and I returned last week to look into more files after a phone call with a man I am helping with his research. This time I went downstairs in the historical society/old library to look at old Marshfield High School class rosters and photos. I found what I was looking for but barely touched what was there. Unfortunately I won’t have time to go back before I head home but maybe the next trip down.

For those with southwest Missouri roots, if you are in the area you should stop and take a look at both repositories.

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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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