Three Irish Shannons

This is a brief look at the three Shannon lines that were represented here in the Ohio Valley in the early 1800s and an attempt to find connections if they exist.

First I’ll discuss Irish immigrant, George Shannon, who fought in the Revolutionary War and fathered Wilson Shannon who was born here in Belmont County . Wilson served as the 14th and 16th Governor of Ohio and was the first governor of Ohio born in the state. Wilson also served as the second governor of Kansas Territory ..

Wilson Shannon's elder brother, Thomas Shannon, served a partial term in the United States House of Representatives from 1826-1827. His oldest brother, George Shannon, was the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Descendants of George Shannon

 

     1         George Shannon  b: 1730            d: 1770

.       +Mauglra McCaughan        b: 1739           

......  2      George Shannon  b: Abt. 1750           d: 18 Jan 1803

..........              +Jane Milligan      b: Abt. 1755   m: 1783   d: 1823

..............  3      George Shannon, Jr     b: Bet. 1784 - 1787                d: 30 Aug 1836

..................              +Ruth Snowden Price  b: Abt. 1793   m: 12 Aug 1811     d: 12 Sep 1833

..............  3      Thomas Shannon b: 15 Nov 1786              d: 16 Mar 1843

..................              +Cassandria Anderson       b: Abt. 1795   m: 12 Aug 1811     d: 14 Oct 1834

..............  3      John Shannon      b: 04 Mar 1788              d: 08 Jan 1861

..................              +Rachel Smith       b: 24 Sep 1790       m: 24 Aug 1809     d: 06 Sep 1877

..............  3      Nancy Shannon   b: Abt. 1789          

..................              + Morgan Gilliland                m: 18 Dec 1817      d: Abt. 1830

..............  3      Lavinia Shannon  b: 09 May 1790             d: 28 Sep 1838

..................              +Humphrey Anderson        b: 19 Jul 1788 m: Abt. 1810  d: 28 Aug 1834

..............  3      James Shannon    b: Abt. 1791           d: Abt. 1833

..................              +Susanna Shelby         m: 20 May 1824    

..............  3      David Shannon    b: Abt. 1793           d: Bet. 1821 - 1822

..............  3      Arthur Shannon   b: Abt. 1797           d: Bef. 1806

..............  3      Wilson Shannon  b: 24 Feb 1802               d: 30 Aug 1877

..................              +Elizabeth Ellis     b: 1802    m: 30 Nov 1825     d: Apr 1831

..............          *2nd Wife of Wilson Shannon:                

..................              +Sarah Osborne           m: 25 Nov 1832    

 

Human nature being what it is, some Shannon descendants from other lines have claimed to be descended from this group. We are attempting to trace the other Shannon lines that were here in Belmont or the surrounding counties in the early 1800s to prove or disprove these claims.

 

A second Shannon line here starts with John Shannon, born c 1783 in (we think) Chambersburg, Franklin Co, PA who came to Belmont County about 1810 and married Hannah Rabe from Hagerstown, MD.

 

Descendants of John Shannon

 

     1         John Shannon      b: 1783            d: 1855

.       +Hannah Rabe      b: 1789            d: 1861

......  2      Elizabeth Ann Shannon                     

..........              +Seth Michener    b: 25 Jun 1819       m: 13 Sep 1830     

..............  3      Mary Michener                   

..............  3      Theresa Michener                       

..............  3      John S Michener                 

..............  3      Adie Michener                    

......  2      John Shannon      b: 09 Mar 1812              d: 09 Jan 1850

..........              +Mary Sharpless  b: 19 Dec 1811       m: 21 Aug 1839     d: 15 Sep 1898

..............  3      John William Shannon        b: 29 Jun 1842               d: 01 Jun 1896

..................              +Elizabeth Ann Ramsay      b: 06 Oct 1845       m: 19 Dec 1871      d: 16 Feb 1920

..............  3      Thomas Albert Shannon    b: 1845           

..............  3      Mary Anna Shannon  b: 1847           

..................              +William Worrall Naylor     b: 1847    m: 1876  

......  2      Samuel Shannon  b: 1813           

..........              +Susan Denison   b: Abt. 1826   m: 1844  

..............  3      Letta Shannon      b: Abt. 1848          

..............  3      John Shannon      b: Abt. 1849          

..............  3      Thomas Shannon                

..............  3      Samuel Shannon                 

..............  3      Mary Shannon                    

......  2      Mary Ann Shannon    b: 15 Nov 1815              d: 27 Feb 1905

..........              +Hugh Morrison  b: 1812    m: 02 May 1837     d: 1853

..............  3      Hugh Morrison    b: Abt. 1838           d: Abt. 1914

..................              +Mary J Taggart  b: 15 May 1842     m: 04 Jul 1867        d: Aft. 1880

..............  3      Shannon Logan Morrison  b: 10 Sep 1839               d: 12 Oct 1919

..................              +Emeline Sams      b: 25 Mar 1842      m: 23 Jan 1862       d: 07 May 1870

..............  3      Mary A Morrison        b: Abt. 1841          

..............  3      Joseph Morrison  b: Aug 1842          

..............  3      Elizabeth Anne Morrison   b: Oct 1845           

..............  3      Virginia Ann Morrison        b: 16 Nov 1847             

..............  3      John Morrison      b: Jul 1849             

 

As a contemporary of George Shannon’s son John who was born in 1788 and living in the same county, he is often shoe-horned into the aforementioned George Shannon line.

 

John and Hannah Rabe Shannon are buried in the Old Quaker Cemetery in St Clairsville, Ohio and I am seeking his parents

 

The third local Shannon line connects into many of my ancestors and goes back to John Shannon and Sarah Reid from Lancaster Co, PA.

 

Descendants of John Shannon

 

     1         John Shannon      b: Abt. 1715           d: 1766

.       +Sarah Reid   b: Abt. 1721   m: 1739  

......  2      William Shannon  b: Abt. 1740           d: 05 Jul 1794

......  2      Thomas Shannon b: 1742            d: Abt. Oct 1800

..........              +Mary Reid           m: Abt. 1764 

..............  3      John Shannon                     

..............  3      James Shannon                   

..............  3      Samuel Shannon                 

..............  3      Sarah Shannon                    

..............  3      William Shannon                 

..............  3      Thomas Shannon                

..............  3      Polly Shannon                     

..............  3      Jane Shannon                      

..............  3      Alexander Shannon                    

..............  3      Agnes Shannon                  

......  2      Agnes Shannon   b: Apr 1744            d: 13 Feb 1841

..........              +James Roberts                   

......  2      John Shannon, Jr b: 1746            d: 16 Jan 1787

..........              +Hannah unknown              m: 1772  

......  2      Jane Shannon       b: 1747            d: 1782

..........              +Alex Reid                    

......  2      Samuel Shannon  b: 15 Apr 1750               d: 14 May 1813

..........              +Martha Bracken b: 10 May 1765     m: 1783  

..............  3      John Shannon      b: 28 Apr 1784              

..............  3      Thomas Shannon b: 13 Feb 1786              

..............  3      Nancy Shannon   b: 01 Sep 1787              

..............  3      Sarah Shannon     b: 11 Apr 1790              

..............  3      Anna Shannon     b: 06 Sep 1792              

..............  3      William Shannon  b: 14 May 1795            

..............  3      Samuel Shannon  b: 19 Jul 1797        

..............  3      Elizabeth Shannon       b: 16 Mar 1800             

..............  3      Martha Shannon  b: 12 Jul 1802        

..............  3      Mary Shannon     b: 30 Jan 1806               

..............  3      Esther Shannon    b: 20 Jul 1808        

......  2      Sarah Shannon     b: 1754            d: 1837

..........              +unknown Brown                m: 1774  

......  2      Ann Shannon       b: 1757            d: 1839

..........              +Thomas Bracken        b: Abt. 1740          

......  2      George Shannon  b: Mar 1759           d: 05 Dec 1840

..........              +Anna Reid   b: 02 May 1764     m: 24 Mar 1785     

..............  3      Sarah Shannon     b: 28 Jan 1786               

..............  3      George Shannon  b: 02 Feb 1788              

..............  3      Mary Shannon     b: 07 Sep 1790              

..............  3      John Shannon      b: 27 May 1793            

..............  3      Thomas Shannon b: 03 Aug 1795             

..............  3      Jane Shannon       b: 27 Oct 1797              

..............  3      Ann Shannon       b: 20 Dec 1799              

..............  3      Margaret Shannon       b: 10 Jun 1802              

......  2      Mary Shannon     b: Abt. 1762           d: Bef. 1782

......  2      Margaret Shannon       b: 20 Mar 1765              d: 04 Aug 1829

..........              +Thomas Byers    b: 07 Sep 1757       m: 18 Sep 1783      d: 1825

..............  3      Samuel Byers        b: 10 Jul 1784         d: 26 Jan 1785

..............  3      John Byers, MD   b: 22 Jul 1786         d: 29 Jul 1871

..................              +Sarah Bonar        b: 08 Apr 1786       m: 1809   d: 15 Apr 1817

......................  4      William Byers       b: 04 Mar 1810             

......................  4      Thomas Newton Byers       b: 14 Oct 1812              

......................  4      John Hancock Byers   b: 12 Dec 1814              

..............          *2nd Wife of John Byers, MD:                 

..................              +Hannah Madden                m: 20 Jan 1822      

..............          *3rd Wife of John Byers, MD:                  

..................              +Elizabeth Bolen  b: 21 Apr 1793              

..............  3      Sarah Byers   b: 25 Mar 1788              d: 16 Mar 1880

..................              +Adam Wylie, Dr b: 1785    m: 11 May 1809    

..............  3      Thomas Byers      b: 22 Apr 1790               d: 08 Sep 1863

..................              +Margaret Hamilton    b: 09 May 1794     m: 05 Apr 1813     

......................  4      Robert Hamilton Byers        b: 05 Feb 1814              

......................  4      Thomas S Byers   b: 04 Feb 1816              

......................  4      Mary Byers   b: 22 Dec 1819              

......................  4      Margaret Byers    b: 22 Mar 1822             

......................  4      John C Byers        b: 14 Jul 1824        

......................  4      Samuel Byers        b: 03 Oct 1826              

......................  4      Alexander R Byers       b: 15 Jun 1829              

......................  4      Hetty Jane Byers  b: 04 Oct 1831              

......................  4      Sarah Ann Byers  b: 11 Apr 1834              

..............  3      Jane Byers     b: 03 Apr 1792               d: 06 Nov 1874

..................              +David Stewart     b: 17 Sep 1787       m: 01 Sep 1814      d: 1852

......................  4      Mary Stewart        b: 09 Oct 1815              

......................  4      Margaret Shannon Stewart        b: 20 Jul 1817         d: 1893

..........................              +William Milligan b: 24 Jul 1817 m: 27 Sep 1838      d: 25 Sep 1857

......................  4      Sarah Stewart        b: 25 Dec 1819              

......................  4      unknown Stewart b: 12 Oct 1821              

......................  4      James Stewart       b: 06 Jun 1823              

......................  4      Jane H Stewart      b: 14 Aug 1825             

......................  4      Thomas Stewart   b: 20 Jan 1828               

......................  4      Rachel Stewart      b: 19 Apr 1830              

......................  4      Anne Stewart        b: 24 Jul 1832        

......................  4      Nancy Byers Stewart   b: 08 Jun 1834              

..............  3      Margaret Byers    b: 07 Feb 1794               d: May 1867

..................              +John McDonald b: 13 Mar 1788      m: 1817  

......................  4      Thomas McDonald                     

......................  4      Thomas B McDonald  b: 1818           

......................  4      Barbara McDonald      b: 1818           

......................  4      Mary Shannon McDonald b: 1821           

......................  4      Eliza J McDonald b: 1823           

......................  4      George McDonald, Rev      b: 25 Feb 1825              

......................  4      John McClusky McDonald        b: 15 Sep 1833              

......................  4      Thomas McDonald      b: Abt. 1835          

......................  4      William McDonald       b: Abt. 1836          

......................  4      Rachel McDonald        b: 1837           

..............  3      Nancy Byers b: 09 Jan 1796                d: 25 Aug 1796

..............  3      Ann Byers     b: 25 Jun 1797               d: 26 Aug 1887

..................              +Andrew Yates    b: 16 Jul 1795 m: 25 May 1820    

..............  3      James Byers  b: 20 Jun 1799               d: 18 Oct 1874

..................              +Mary Stevenson        b: 07 Sep 1805       m: 03 Apr 1823     

..............  3      Nancy Byers b: 21 Feb 1802               d: 08 May 1871

..................              +John Brice   b: 19 Mar 1797              d: 22 Sep 1881

......................  4      Mary Jane Brice   b: 15 Feb 1823               d: 11 Jan 1858

..........................              +Alexander Greenlee   b: 09 Apr 1813       m: 09 Mar 1843      d: 20 Jan 1887

......................  4      Thomas Byers Brice    b: 24 Sep 1824               d: 17 Sep 1917

..........................              +Adaline Ragan   b: 17 May 1828     m: 01 Jan 1850       d: 06 Mar 1907

......................  4      John Brice     b: 08 Oct 1826               d: 28 Mar 1896

..........................              +Jane Workman   b: 31 Dec 1838       m: 21 Jan 1858       d: 09 Mar 1897

......................  4      William Shannon Brice        b: 26 Jul 1829         d: 11 Jul 1859

......................  4      Margaret Brice      b: 20 Dec 1835              

..........................              +James A. Carroll b: 29 Jul 1835 m: 08 Jun 1863      

......................  4      Robert Stockton Brice, Dr   b: 07 Jul 1837        

..........................              +Minerva Smith            m: 23 Feb 1867     

......................  4      Sylvester L. Brice b: 19 Feb 1840              

..........................              +Mary Ella Taney        b: 24 May 1853     m: 22 Oct 1872      

......................  4      Rebecca Ann "Annie" Brice      b: 16 Sep 1844              

..........................              +Robert T. Watters      b: 1836    m: 02 Jun 1864      

......................  4      Sarah E. Brice        b: 04 May 1846             d: 23 Feb 1901

..........................              +Joseph Lawson  b: 03 Jan 1840        m: 20 Oct 1864      

..............  3      Rachel Byers b: 28 Jun 1804               d: 05 Oct 1834

..................              +Hugh Wilson      b: 06 Dec 1795              

..............  3      Samuel Byers        b: 15 Jul 1806         d: 13 May 1840

..................              +Ann Wilson        b: 1810    m: 14 Jul 1831       

......................  4      Robert Wilson Byers   b: 1832           

......................  4      Rachel Byers b: 1834           

......................  4      Margaret Byers    b: 1835           

......................  4      Esther Byers b: 1837           

......................  4      Sarah Jane Byers  b: 1839           

..............  3      William Byers       b: 08 Mar 1808              d: 04 Jun 1877

..................              +Martha (Thorn)  b: 31 Oct 1856              

..............          *2nd Wife of William Byers:                     

..................              +Rebecca Ann McCurdy    b: 29 Aug 1808      m: 10 Apr 1834     

......................  4      Margaret Jane Byers   b: 26 May 1835            

......................  4      Rachel Mary Byers      b: 23 Mar 1837             

......................  4      Thomas Shannon Byers     b: 16 Mar 1839             

......................  4      James McCurdy Byers        b: 04 May 1841            

......................  4      Matilda Agnes Byers  b: 22 Aug 1843             

......................  4      William Stewart Byers b: 20 Nov 1845             

......................  4      John Eagleson Byers   b: 01 Jun 1848              

......................  4      Rebecca Cecilia Byers b: 05 Apr 1851              

 

A fellow researcher and cousin of mine writes:

 

Margaret Shannon was born on 20 Mar 1765 and died on 4 Aug 1829 in East Finley Twp, Washington Co, PA. On 18 Sep 1783 she married Thomas Byers, born 7 Sep 1757, died 30 Aug 1825. Both are buried at the old Byers Graveyard in Washington Co. They were the parents of at least 13 children. Margaret and Thomas were also the grandparents of Margaret Shannon Stewart who married William Milligan, son of Hugh and Ruth Brown Milligan. This Byers/Shannon line also intermarried with Giffens, Roneys, Brices, Purcells, Yates, McDonalds, Farises, Criswells, Rogers , Oldhams, etc., etc., etc. In other words, they link to the entire pantheon of pioneer families in the area of West Alexander, PA. and eastern Ohio Co, VA/WV.

We are looking for more information on all of these Shannon families and connections among them should they exist.