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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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James C. Shannon, M. D., a prominent citizen of Sharon, Tenn., and son of George W. B. Shannon, was born in Wilson County, in 1849. The father was of Scotch descent born in Wilson County, in 1827. Our subject’s grandfather, James Shannon, was a Virginian, and died in Tennessee, in 1863. His great-grandfather, Henry Shannon, was born in Scotland, and was brought to America when he was about four years old and spent the most of his life in Virginia. George W. B. Shannon was a farmer and stock dealer, and in 1848 married Mary Beard, and located on a farm near Lebanon, given him by his father. He was in the late war and while in the battle of Murfreesboro, was overcome by heat, and was soon after taken to Atlanta, Ga., where he died in a few days. Mrs. Shannon was born in Wilson County, in 1831, and is now living with her daughter, Mary M. (Mrs. D. T. Hancock). Our subject remained at home until he was about sixteen years old, when he began studying medicine under his uncle, Dr. H. J. Shannon. In 1872 he entered the medical department of the Nashville University and remained five months. He lived with his uncle about one year and then began practicing his chosen profession. He then went to Stegall’s Station and continued his practice about four years. Since that time he has resided in Sharon, and the last year has been devoted to agricultural pursuits He owns 133 acres of fine land on which is the finest peach orchard in the county, besides considerable property in Sharon. December 14, 1876, he married Rosa F., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Carver. She was born in Henderson County, Tenn., June 27, 1857 and is the mother of two children: Sidney B. and Grace C. Mr. Shannon is a Democrat and Horace Greeley received his first presidential vote.

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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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