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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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John F. Shannon, sheriff of Newton County, Mo., is the eldest son in a family of five children, and was born in the county in which he resides November 12, 1850, being a son of Andrew and Emma (Britton) Shannon, natives, respectively, of Tennessee and Missouri. The father was a prominent business man, and at the breaking out of the war held the office of county treasurer. He died in Newton County in 1872. John F. was reared in the county in which he resides, received a mercantile experience, and followed commercial life more or less until he was elected sheriff in 1886. He has successfully filled the duties of his office, and that he is popular with the people, irrespective of party, is shown by the vote accorded him at the polls. He was married in 1879 to Miss Cordelia Dickens, who was born in Tennessee, and is the mother of three children: Willie, Emma and Lila. Mr. Shannon is a Royal Arch Mason, and a Select Knight in the A. O. U. W.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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