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Below is a family biography included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Dr. Henry J. Shannon, farmer and manufacturer, was born in Wilson County near Lebanon, January 18, 1832, and was the fifth member of a family of three sons and four daughters born to James and Mary H. Shannon. They were born in 1794, the father in Sumner County, Tenn. When six years of age he moved with his parents to Wilson County, where he was reared and educated. He was married about 1816 and settled in the above named county, where he followed farming through life. He died about 1871 and his wife during the late war. Dr. Henry Shannon’s boyhood days were spent on his father’s farm and in attending the common schools, and completing his education in the Cumberland University at Lebanon. He became a disciple of AEsculapius, studying under the direction of his brother, and afterward took lectures in the Nashville Medical College. He practiced his profession from 1856 to 1884, and February 18, 1855, was married in Weakley County to Mary A. Moseley, daughter of Edward Moseley. She was born in Weakley County, and died at the old homestead there in February, 1861, having borne two daughters: Prudence May (Bowden) and Ellen, deceased. September 10, 1863, Mr. Shannon wedded Miss A. E. Tansil, daughter of E. A. Tansil, and by her became the father of four sons and three daughters, five of whom are living: James E., Thomas J., Caroline, Sidney Johnson and Winnie. Mrs. Shannon was born in Weakley County, in 1843. Mr. Shannon is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for Filmore, in 1856. He is a Mason and a member of the firm of Shannon & Russell, manufacturers of staves and heading at Hall’s Station. He owns 300 acres of land in Weakley County, where his home is situated. His wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 108 biographies included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Weakley County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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