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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Thomas J. Shannon, a successful and enterprising agriculturist of Vineyard Township, was born in this township April 7, 1842, and is the son of Alexander and Pernarza (Oliver) Shannon, both natives of Kentucky. They were married in Washington County, Ark., where each had moved with their parents when small, and reared a family of seven children, three sons and four daughters. The mother died at the age of thirty, and the father afterward married Mrs. Sarah Crutchfield, who bore him one child. The father is still living, is seventy-six years old, and has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. His son, Thomas J., reached years of manhood on the farm, and received a limited education in the common schools. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, Second Cherokee Regiment, Confederate States Army, and served until the close of hostilities, being promoted to the rank of third lieutenant the last two years. Since the war he has followed agricultural pursuits. In 1867 he married Miss Cynthia Denton, a native of Tennessee, born February 3, 1846, and the daughter of Greenberry Denton. Eight children, five sons and three daughters, were the fruit of this union. Mrs. Shannon died November 16, 1887. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and an excellent woman. Mr. Shannon is the owner of 125 acres, of which ninety are tillable. He has made this county his home all his life, and is a man well respected by all who know him. He is a Democrat in his political principles.

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This family biography is one of 300 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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