SHANNON - A One-Name Study
Ireland to Quebec and Ontario, Canada and (some) to the United States

March 14, 2003:

Ellen Paul is working on (among many other things) a one name study of the
surname SHANNON. Anyone have connections to the SHANNON name in Eastern Ontario
or western Quebec?

Al:
Here's one branch of the Shannon family who passed through Ottawa from
Ireland by way of Portneuf Co., QC. 
Best, Ellen Paul

Shannon was originally part of what is known today as "Ste-Catherine- de-la-Jacques-Cartier." 
In fact, "Shannon" still remains in the Parish of Ste. Catherines. The settlement began 
in 1823, but the church in Ste. Catherine's was only built in 1832 and the parishioners 
used to attend the church in the neighbouring town of St-Augustin. Shannon is very similar 
to many small towns up the Ottawa Valley and in fact members of many "Shannon" families 
migrated to the Ottawa Valley in the 1830's, 1840's and 1850's. "Shannon" was named after 
Michael Shannon (husband of Alice Tracey) because he used to deliver the mail to the 
settlers once a week from Quebec City. The Richard Shannon-Catherine Downey family are 
descendants of Michael Shannon and Alice Tracey. (contributed by Gerry Neville)

Ancestors of William James Shannon
March 5, 2010 ----

Note: See an UPDATED VERSION of this tree posted on this web page and dated March 5, 2010

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of Ireland, St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Renfrew County, Ontario & Pontiac County, Quebec
Generation No. 1 1. William James Shannon, born April 08, 1885; died June 18, 1969 in London Ontario Canada. He was the son of 2. James Shannon and 3. Ellen (Eliza) Elizabeth Gagnon. He married (1) Rose Ella Sullivan June 12, 1912 in Chapeau Alumette Is. Pontiac Co. Quebec Canada. She was born January 08, 1894, and died November 06, 1983 in London Ontario Canada. She was the daughter of John Sullivan and Elizabeth Meers. Generation No. 2 2. James Shannon, born August 17, 1855 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada; died August 08, 1925 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada. He was the son of 4. Richard Shannon and 5. Mary (Catherine) Downey. He married 3. Ellen (Eliza) Elizabeth Gagnon. 3. Ellen (Eliza) Elizabeth Gagnon, born abt. 1858; died November 29, 1907. She was the daughter of 6. Gagnon. Children of James Shannon and Ellen Gagnon are: i. Andrew Shannon ii. Ann Mary Agatha Shannon, born February 04, 1891 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; married McKenzie. iii. Ethel Mary Shannon, born June 17, 1904 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; married Blondell. iv. Mary Fidelis Carol Shannon, born April 24, 1893 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; married Thomas William Carroll September 08, 1915 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Ontario, Canada. v. Miles Shannon, married Emma Campeau. vi. Catherine Nellie Shannon, born abt. June 1883 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; married John Edouard Trembley October 10, 1911 in Chapeau Allumette Island Pontiac Co Quebec Canada. 1 vii. William James Shannon, born April 08, 1885; died June 18, 1969 in London Ontario Canada; married Rose Ella Sullivan June 12, 1912 in Chapeau Alumette Is. Pontiac Co. Quebec Canada. viii. Margaret Elizabeth Shannon, born abt. 1887; died abt. 1977; married Patrick James Hynes January 10, 1906 in Chapeau Allumette Island Pontiac Co Quebec Canada; born abt. 1863; died abt. 1934. ix. Joseph Shannon, born abt. February 1898 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; died October 10, 1898 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada. x. John Joseph Shannon, born May 01, 1901 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada. Generation No. 3 4. Richard Shannon, born abt. 1817 in Ireland UK; died Bet. 1871 - 1875. He was the son of 8. Michael Shannon and 9. Alice Tracey. He married 5. Mary (Catherine) Downey July 17, 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. 5. Mary (Catherine) Downey, born abt. 1828. She was the daughter of 10. Miles Downey and 11. Mary Cavanagh. Children of Richard Shannon and Mary Downey are: i. Ann Shannon, born abt. 1843; married Angus McKay September 09, 1867 in La Passe Renfrew County Ontario Canada. ii. Michael Shannon, born January 08, 1846; died August 29, 1916; married Catherine Murtagh November 24, 1871 in La Passe Renfrew County Ontario Canada; born abt. 1850 in Quebec Canada; died January 29, 1934. iii. Patrick Shannon, born September 18, 1847 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; died December 07, 1923 in Biscotasing, Ontario Canada; married Julia F. McKay September 01, 1874 in Our Lady of Mount Caramel La Passe Renfrew Co. Ontario Canada; born abt. 1849. iv. Thomas Shannon, born November 01, 1849 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada; died November 08, 1920; married Catherine Murphy September 10, 1895 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Ontario, Canada. v. John (Jack) Shannon, born September 18, 1851 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada. vi. Miles Shannon, born October 01, 1853 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada. vii. Richard Shannon, born October 01, 1853 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada. 2 viii. James Shannon, born August 17, 1855 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada; died August 08, 1925 in Allumette Island Pontiac County Quebec Canada; married (1) Ellen (Eliza) Elizabeth Gagnon; married (2) Margaret Henault January 07, 1920 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Ontario, Canada. ix. Simon Shannon, born February 11, 1858 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada; died July 23, 1894 in Drowned in Allumette Lake; married Catherine Gray October 27, 1882 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Ontario, Canada; died July 23, 1894 in Drowned in Allumette Lake. x. William Shannon, born July 10, 1860 in Westmeath Twp Renfrew County Ontario Canada. 6. Gagnon Children of Gagnon are: 3 i. Ellen (Eliza) Elizabeth Gagnon, born abt. 1858; died November 29, 1907; married James Shannon. ii. Julia Gagnon iii. Mary Ellan Gagnon iv. Tom Gagnon v. Jack Gagnon vi. William Gagnon vii. Ovede Gagnon viii. Olive Mary Gagnon, born abt. 1860; died abt. 1945; married Francis Henry McAuley; born May 28, 1858; died March 18, 1890. Generation No. 4 8. Michael Shannon, born abt. 1793 in Ireland UK; died July 04, 1832 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada. He was the son of 16. Richard Shannon and 17. Anastasia Hanrahan. He married 9. Alice Tracey in Ireland UK. 9. Alice Tracey, born in Ireland UK. Children of Michael Shannon and Alice Tracey are: 4 i. Richard Shannon, born abt. 1817 in Ireland UK; died Bet. 1871 - 1875; married Mary (Catherine) Downey July 17, 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. ii. Mary Shannon, born abt. 1819 in Ireland UK; married John Nelson January 26, 1840 in St. Catherine's Church, County Portneuf, Lower Canada. iii. Shannon, born abt. 1821 in Ireland UK. iv. Shannon, born abt. 1823 in Ireland UK. v. Shannon, born abt. 1826 in Ireland UK. vi. Shannon, born abt. 1827 in Ireland UK. vii. Shannon, born abt. 1828 in Ireland UK. viii. Simon Shannon, born abt. 1829 in Ireland UK; died December 05, 1832 in St. Catherine's Parish, County Portneuf, Lower Canada. 10. Miles Downey He married 11. Mary Cavanach. 11. Mary Cavanach Child of Miles Downey and Mary Cavanach is: 5 i. Mary (Catherine) Downey, born abt. 1828; married Richard Shannon July 17, 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. Generation No. 5 16. Richard Shannon, born abt. 1756 in Ireland UK; died November 20, 1830 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada. He married 17. Anastasia Hanrahan. 17. Anastasia Hanrahan, died Bef. November 23, 1830. Child of Richard Shannon and Anastasia Hanrahan is: 8 i. Michael Shannon, born abt. 1793 in Ireland UK; died July 04, 1832 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada; married Alice Tracey in Ireland UK. [ahnentafel chart courtesy of Don Shannon]
March 18, 2003: New e-mail address for Don Shannon (April 22, 2003): donbari@sympatico.ca This is my line. I saved it in WordPerfect. Let me know if it's readable. With thanks, Ellen ======================================================================= First Generation ======================================================================= Joseph St. Denis, according to his burial record born 1829 in Lachine, Québec. Baptismal record in Sts. Anges, Lachine shows a baptismal record for a Joseph St. Denis on 16 May 1826, son of Charles St. Denis and Thérèse Maeche. From 1868 to 1881 the family lived in Pembroke, ON. By 1891 they were in Forester Falls, Ross Township, ON. Died 14 Feb 1895 in Forester Falls, ON and buried at LaPasse, QC 14 February 1895. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Spouse: Mary Shannon, born according to her death certificate April, 1832 in Ireland. Died 26 November 1905 in Pembroke, ON and buried 28 November 1905 at LaPasse. The body was placed in the vault and interred 2 April 1906. Married: Date and place are unknown Their children: 1. Francis St. Denis born 8 August 1856 ON. He emigrated to the U.S. circa 1886. Died 14 April 1914 NYC, NY and buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY 9 April 1914. Occupation: compositor. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Spouse: Florence Isabella Victoria Taylor born 3 December 1854 Fort Coulonge, QC. Died 22 December 1882 Pembroke, ON buried in the cemetery of St. Columbkille. Married: 15 May 1876 Pembroke, ON. After her conversion, the marriage was blessed at St Columbkille's 5 May 1878 Their children: 1. Waldimar March Born 19 March 1877, Pembroke, ON Spouse: Eleanor Landrigan Married: 26 February 1900 NYC, NY Children: Norman,born 25 April 1902 NYC; died 1956, NYC Allan Edmund, born 31 July 1908 Jane Eleanor, born 26 February 1912 Ridgefield Park, NJ; married Russell Honeysett 28 June 1945, Rockville, MD; died 13 May 2001 Kent, CT 2. Ann Bertha Everina Born 2 July 1878, Pembroke, ON, emigrated to NY 1900, Died 26 Nov. 1931; buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Bklyn, NY 30 Nov. 1931. Spouse: Scott Amos Grover Married: 24 June 1909 Calvary Church, NYC Children: Carmen Born 17 Feb. 1910; married William Bagnell 24 Sept. 1933; died 11 March 1993, Stamford, NY Francis Born 4 March 1915, NYC, NY; died 12 September 1989, Pinellas Co., FL 3. Marie Louise Born 19 December 1879, Pembroke, ON; entered Sisters of St. Joseph, Hamilton, ON 19 March 1900; professed Sister Sylvia 20 August 1903, Hamilton, ON; died 19 August 1963, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, ON; buried Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, ON 4. Francis Thomas Born 17 January 1881, Pembroke, ON Died 12 September 1882, Pembroke, ON 5. Florence Born 7 June 1882, Pembroke, ON; Died 23 June 1882 Pembroke, ON 2. Margaret born 5 January 1858 probably in Richmond Village, ON, baptized 8 March 1858 St. Philip of Richmond, ON [sponsor: Anastatia Donnelly]. Died 16 June 1941, Pembroke, ON. Buried 19 June 1941 R.C. Cemetery, Pembroke, plot G31. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Spouse: John B. Decurry to whom she was never formally married. He was born at Point Gatineau, QC. The son of Joseph Descarris and Louise St. Amour, born 17 December 1840 was baptized, Jean, 27 December 1840 at Notre Dame, Ottawa. He may be the same Jean De Carry who married Catherine Walsh at Notre Dame 7 July 1862. They had one son, Joseph, born 9 March 1868, buried 22 July 1871. Died 19 February 1925, Pembroke, ON Note for search engine: The surname DeCurry was the Anglicized spelling of the French name today spelled as DESCARIE in the Ottawa area. Married: circa 1876 Their children: 1. Merinda born 7 May 1876 identified as the illegitimate daughter of Margaret St. Denis. She may have died 14 March 1883. 2. Joseph John born 19 December 1877 Died 1932 3. Sophia 6 November 1882 4. Mary 18 August 1885 5. William 1 December 1888 6. Sarah 27 November 1890 7. Patrick Lawrence born 10 December 1893 Buried 2 May 1896 8. Bertha 8 September 1896 9. Mary 2 October 1900 3. Patrick born 17 March 1860 in Richmond Village, ON; baptized 20 May 1860 St. Philip of Richmond. Occupation: shantyman and farm labourer. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Spouse: Annie McPeak, born 12 July 1859, Bromley, ON, daughter of Henry McPeak and Emma Culhane Married: 15 September 1885 St. Pius V, Osceola, ON Their children: 1. Mary Born 24 February 1891 2. Francess Jane Born 3 March 1892, Pembroke 3. Unnamed infant Buried 11 November 1899 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, LaPasse, QC 4. Joseph born 16 June 1863 Richmond Village, ON; buried 24 July 1864 St. Philip of Richmond, ON -------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. Theresa born 2 July 1865 Richmond Village, ON; emigrated to NYC, NY 1911; died NY circa 1950 -------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Joseph born 7 August 1868 Pembroke, ON -------------------------------------------------------------------- Spouse: Rose de Lima Lanthier Married: 27 September 1893 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, LaPasse, QC Their children: 1. Walter Born 3 January 1898 2. Joseph Born 24 February 1900 3. William John 11 April 1906. He married Valerie Morin 17 July 1933 4. Theresa married Henri Daignault
March 21, 2003: In the 1851 Ontario census for March Township five individual with the surname Shannon appear: p. 2 Catherine Shannon, 13 yrs. born Ireland serving in the household of John Fahey, 63 yrs. and his wife Ann, 55 yrs. p. 21 Mary Shannon, 17 yrs., born Ireland, servicing in the household of Alexander Gou, 36 yrs., and his wife, Catherine, 40 yrs. p. 34 Ann Shannon, 16 yrs., born Ireland, serving in the household of Thomas Lahey (should be Fahey), 27 yrs. and his wife Teresa, 24 yrs. p. 36 Eliza Shannon, 14 yrs., born Ireland, serving the household of Patrick Murphy, 33 yrs., and his wife, Margaret, 27 yrs. p. 44 Robert Shannon, 50 yrs., born Ireland, a laborer in the household of George Graham, 45 yrs., and his wife, Ann, 38 yrs. All the girls professed to be Roman Catholic, but Robert Shannon is Church of England. This could be an error since George Graham and everyone in his family was Church of England. The Shannon girls with the exception of Mary were all in Roman Catholic households and the head of household with the exception of Alexander Gou who was born in Scotland were all Irish-born. By 1861 none of them are in March. Did they marry? Die? Was Robert Shannon the girls' father? I think Mary Shannon may be the same woman who married Joseph St. Denis and who appears in the 1861 ON census for Richmond Village living – boarding in the household of John Vaughn. In 1865 an Elizabeth Shannon shows up in the register of St. Philip's in Richmond Village baptizing her daughter Sarah Eliza with her husband, Louis Caillé. There are no other records for this couple in the register even though Eliza is known to have died between 1865 and 1871. Her widowed husband lived in North Gower until his death in 1916. ================================================================== First Generation ================================================================== Louis Caillé / Cayer ?, born 30 March 1838 in rural New York State. He immigrated to Canada in 1863. Died 11 September 1916 and was buried at St. Patrick, Fallowfield, 14 September 1916. Occupation: carpenter. Spouse: Eliza(beth) Shannon, born circa 1838, Ireland. Died between 1865 and 1871. Married: Date and place are unknown Children: Sarah Eliza born 9 January 1865 and baptized 19 February 1865 at St. Philip of Richmond. ================================================================== Second Generation ================================================================== William Tierney, son of John Tierney and Bridget Nash Spouse: Elizabeth Shannon Married: 13 November 1889 at St. Patrick's Fallowfield, Nepean, ON Children: 1. Francis Earle born 18 April 1890, Nepean, ON, baptized 14 May 1890 St. Patrick's Fallowfield, Nepean, ON 2. Joseph Edward born 4 July 1891, Nepean, ON, St. Patrick's Fallowfield 3. William Austin born 13 July 1894 Nepean, ON, baptized 5 August 1894 St. Patrick's Fallowfield 4. Lewis Roy born 6 May 1898, Nepean, ON, baptized 6 May 1898 St. Patrick's Fallowfield 5. Ernest Leo born 17 December 1899, Nepean, ON, baptized 17 December 1899 St. Patrick's Fallowfield 6. Clement Eric born 23 August 1901, Nepean, ON, baptized 15 September 1901 St. Patrick's Fallowfield 7. Charles Kenneth, born 2 March 1903, Nepean, ON, baptized 22 March 1903 St. Patrick's Fallowfield 8. Mary Evelyn Isabel, born 27 August 1907, Nepean, ON, baptized 1 September 1907 St. Patrick's Fallowfield
May 1, 2003:
TEAHAN O'BRIEN O'CONNOR KENNY VAUGHAN HOLMES TROY FOX
Good Morning, Al: If you have a minute (and I understand completely if this has to wait because it's exam week), would you check if you have any information on these Richmond families particularly if you have a place of origin? Denis Teahan b. ca 1832 + Johanna O'Brien b. ca 1830 their children Charles b. 1849 Margaret b. 1851 Julia b. 1853 Ann b. 1857 Mary b. 1858 John b. 1859 James O'Connor b. ca. 1826 + Anastasia Kenny b. ca 1826 their children Winifred b. 1847 John b. 1850 Patrick b. 1851 Anastasia b. 1854 Elizabeth b. 1856 John Vaughan b. 1828 + Margaret Holmes b. ca 1824. They both immigrated ca 1846. Thomas Troy + Mary Fox b. ca 1798. They don't appear to have lived in Richmond, but they were stalwarts of the parish of St. Philip and sponsored dozens of children. By 1881 he was dead, but she was living in the household of her son, Thomas Troy Jr. Many thanks, Ellen ____________________________ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Al Lewis" To: "Ellen Paul" Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2003 5:58 PM Subject: Re: Other families (2. Troy) > From St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fallowfield: > > "In memory of Thomas Troy, 1807 - 1869 > His wife, Mary Fox, 1799 - 1884 > Michael Troy, 1872-1944 > Thomas Troy, 1870-1944 > Martha Troy, 1882-1967" > > Lots more Troys buried there. > > Ellen: Do you have the cemetery listing from St. Patrick's? These names > you're researching are scattered quite a bit. > There are lots of connections between the folks from St. Philip's, St. > Mikes, St. Patrick's and the four main parishes across the Rideau River, St. > Mary's at South Gloucester, St. Bridgid's at Manotick, St. John's at > Enniskerry and St. Catherine's at Metcalfe. Unfortunately I don't have > complete records for the four latter churches but have some LDS records > which I extracted over the years, mostly relating to my family.(I have all > the Cemetery Listings which were done in the 1980's but do not include some > old tombstones which had been bulldozed into a field by some guy). > > ... Al Thanks a lot, Al. I don't have the cemetery listings, but having the information on the Troys helps. I'm so glad they died after civil registration. All the people I named were sponsors at my St. Denis + Shannon baptisms. Since most of them, with the exception of Troys, were approximately the same age as my 2d great grandparents, I'm hoping there might be a connection in the old country. Best, Ellen __________________ > Here's one about a Vaughan family who came over from County Sligo to the > Huntley area. The source for this info is the 100th Anniversary Book put out > by St. Michael's in Corkery in 1924. The settlers are divided into two > groups: those who came before the great famine (mostly Peter Robinson > settlers) and those who came after the famine, including a James Vaughan > family who may be related to John Vaughan and Margaret Holmes. There are > many of the same family names in both the registers of St. Philip's and St. > Mike's at Corkery. > From the book: "James Vaughan from County Sligo, after 1847, bought the > present homestead (1924) of Edward Vaughan from James Whelan who moved to > the northern part of Renfrew County." The next line says "On the 10th line, > opposite B.J. Grace's". > These farms should be on the 1879 Belden's Map of Huntley Township. > > Here are some records of marriages at St. Mike's in Huntley: > > Vaughan, Edward son of Vaughan, James and Kennedy, Cath. Anne, farmer, > married on 1/16/1883 Grace, Julia Teresa > d/o Grace, Martin & Devine, Bridget > Witnesses: Grace, Stephen & Vaughan, Mary (brother & sister of bride & > groom) > > Vaughan, James Edward son of Vaughan, Edward and Devine, Frances (dec) > married on 2/2/1921 > married Curtin, Mary Gertrude d/o Curtin, Cornelius & Grace, Mary Ann > Witnesses: Vaughan, John & Grace, Mary > > Vaughan, Mary Bridget d/o Vaughan, Edward and Grace, Julia Teresa married > on 10/12/1904 Carter, Patrick > > Vaughan, Mary Edna d/o Vaughan, Edward and Devine, Frances married on > 10/27/1920 Lynch, Jno James > > Vaughan, Mary Frances Josephine d/o Vaughan, James E and Curtin, Mary > Gertrude married on 7/29/1944 O'Brien, Joseph > at St. Mary's in Carleton Place > > Vaughan, Mich. Edw. Cornelius s/o Vaughan, James Edward and Curtin, Mary > Gertrude married 5/21/1954 Honeyborn(sp?), Nora Ann at Holy Name of Mary > Almonte > > This is just for reference, in case we find that this James Vaughan family > is indeed related to John Vaughan and Margaret Holmes. It appears that both > John and James Vaughan emigrated after the famine. A lot of the famine > immigrants came from Counties Mayo and Sligo, arrived in Bytown and from > there either joined relatives already here, or were taken by various priests > to parishes within about a fifty mile radius. ______________________________ TEAHAN: Hi again, Ellen: There were two TEAHANs on the 1829 McCabe List. They were William and John. They both came from Roscrea, County Tipperary. John may have been married to a DARCY. William had a brother-in-law named NISBETT (Nesbitt?). One of these men may have been the father of Denis. I'll keep my eyes open tomorrow. Some of the old records from Corkery may be mixed up - there were families named Teahan, Behan and Teeven - all easily inter-transcribed.
June 30, 2004:
Joseph St. Denis and Mary Shannon
Good morning, Al, My husband and I just returned from a cousins' reunion which your website actually generated. Family tradition among those folks has it that our Mary Shannon came from County Cork. We have very little to go on, but we're going to try. One of the cousins is developing a website to coordinate our information. It's just beginning now, but, in light of your contribution to this effort, I thought you might like the link. (Click here) www.bagnell.org Hope all is well and that you are having a good summer. Warm regards, Ellen
October 20, 2008: Hi Al, In light of the new Shannon web page, I thought it might be of interest to post the fact that there is a new Shannon Y-DNA study beginning at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Shannon/ An excerpt from the site: There appear to be several sources of SHANNON families. The Scots-Irish tended to come to America in the 1600's and 1700's and were generally Protestant. The Irish came in the mid 1800's and tended to be Catholic. Some Shannon groups came about due to the Civil War. Others were modifications of similar names (Shanahan as example) or due to adoption. Large groups of Shannons also exist in Ireland, Canada and Australia. My Shannon ancestor seems to have sprung unbegotten in Richmond Village so I'm eager to see what the study reveals. Best, ... Ellen
July 9, 2009: I am responding to something you posted on the Internet in 2003. The above William James Shannon is my grandfather on my Mother’s side. His birthdate is 1853 in Canada. It appears that his parents were William and Ann Shannon (both born in Ireland) in Brant County, Ont. Who had I believe 5 girls and another boy. William James appears in the family on the 1861 Canadian census but not there in the 1881 census. I have his first marriage license in Mississippi, USA, in 1876 to Mary A., there were 8 children from this marriage and my grandmother was his second wife, Mary N., they had 5 children. He died in 1916 in Holmes County, Mississippi and she died in 1948 in Holmes County, MS. I have been researching my Father’s side of the family and have started on my Mother’s side recently. If you have any info on the above I would appreciate it. Thanks, Don
July 14, 2009: Hi Don, 1871 census, Brant, Onondaga, Ontario has: William Shannon age 44 R.R. Employee Ann Shannon wife age 45 William age 16 Elizabeth M age 14 Mary J age 12 Catherine A age 10 Maria age 8 Robert age 6 Isabella age 1 Also a marriage record in Welland, Ontario, for William James Shannon born in Onondaga, s/o William and Ann Shannon, to Mary C Minor. Marriage occurred Dec. 29, 1875. Is this the family you're researching? Dorothy Payne dcpayne@shaw.ca
March 5, 2010: Al, The 2003 "Ancestors of William James Shannon" is my research that I gave Ellen Paul permission to use for her contribution to this page on your site. The July 9, 2009 letter that you printed is not from me. That "Don" stated that William James Shannon was born in 1853 and the son of William and Ann Shannon. This is obviously another person as my William James Shannon was clearly stated as being born in 1885 s/o James Shannon s/o Richard Shannon. Dorthy Payne's letter (my cousin) of July 14, 2009 relates to this William James as well. There is no connection to the original article printed on your page in 2003. This was written just to clear the air. Below is an updated version of my Grandfather's ancestors.
Ancestors of William James Shannon
Generation 1 1. William James Shannon was born on 08 Apr 1885 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec. He was the son of 2. James Shannon and 3. Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon. He died on 18 Jun 1969 in London Ontario Canada. He married Rose Ella Sullivan on 12 Jun 1912 in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, daughter of John Sullivan and Elizabeth Meers / Mears. She was born on 08 Jan 1894 in Sheenboro, Pontiac Co. Quebec. She died on 06 Nov 1983 in London Ontario Canada. Children of William James Shannon and Rose Ella Sullivan are: i. Thelma Rita Shannon, born 27 Apr 1913 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 13 Aug 2004 in Union Villa Nursing Home, Markham, Ontario, married Raymond Joseph Meilleur 28 Oct 1939. ii. Clarence Shannon, born 14 Oct 1915, died 28 Feb 1919. iii. John Edward Albert Shannon, born 12 Jan 1917 in Chapeau, Pontiac Co. Quebec Canada, died 13 Aug 1992 in Peterborough, Ontario, married Grace Helen Maley 06 Mar 1943 in 328 Albert St., Sudbury Ontario Canada. iv. Margaret Olive Shannon, born 02 Feb 1919, died 02 Nov 2007 in Spokane, Washington USA. v. Chester Shannon, born 21 Aug 1921, died 13 Feb 1922. vi. Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Shannon, born 04 Mar 1922 in Pembroke, Ontario, died 22 May 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. vii. Mary Lenore Shannon, born 08 Aug 1924, died 16 Jan 2004 in London, Ontario, married George Oscar Vincent Turner 25 Jun 1949 in Christ the King Church, Sudbury, Ontario. viii. William James Peter Shannon, born 03 Jul 1926 in Pembroke, Renfrew Co. Ontario, died 08 Sep 1990 in Bancroft, Ontario, married Ursula Anne Flaherty 22 Apr 1948. ix. Frances 'Norma' 'Oma' Shannon, born 16 Jan 1931 in Sudbury, died 10 Sep 2004 in London, Ontario, married Clayton James 'Clay' King 16 May 1958 in London, Ontario; married Redvers Butler Sudbury. Generation 2 2. James Shannon was born on 17 Aug 1855 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. He was the son of 4. Richard Shannon and 5. Catherine Mary Downey. He died on 08 Aug 1925 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec. He married Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon on 07 Aug 1882 in Pembroke, Ontario. 3. Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon, born Bet. 1858-1859 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 29 Nov 1907, married 07 Aug 1882 in Pembroke, Ontario. She was the daughter of 6. Andre Gagnon and 7. Ellen Doolan. / Doolin / Dolan Children of James Shannon and Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon are: i. Catherine 'Nellie' Ellen Shannon, born 05 Jun 1883 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, married John Edouard Trembley / Tremblay 10 Oct 1911 in Chapeau Allumette Island Pontiac Co Quebec Canada. + 1. ii. William James Shannon, born 08 Apr 1885 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 18 Jun 1969 in London Ontario Canada, married Rose Ella Sullivan 12 Jun 1912 in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec. iii. Margaret Elizabeth Shannon, born 01 Mar 1887, died Abt. 1977, married Patrick James Hynes 10 Jan 1906 in Chapeau Allumette Island Pontiac Co Quebec Canada. iv. Miles Morris S. Shannon, born 28 Feb 1889. v. Ann Mary Agatha Shannon, born 04 Feb 1891 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, vi. Mary Fidelis Carol Shannon, born 24 Apr 1893 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, married Thomas William Carroll 08 Sep 1915 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. vii. Andrew R. Shannon, born 07 Jan 1896. viii. Joseph Shannon, born Abt. Feb 1898 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 10 Oct 1898 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec. ix. John Joseph Shannon, born 01 May 1901 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec. x. Ethel Mary Shannon, born 17 Jun 1904 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec. Generation 3 4. Richard Shannon was born on Abt. 1815 in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland UK. He was the son of 8. Michael Shannon and 9. Alice Tracey. He died on 09 Sep 1871 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. He married Catherine Mary Downey on 17 Jul 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. 5. Catherine Mary Downey, born Bet. 1824-1828 in Ireland, died 26 Nov 1895, married 17 Jul 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. She was the daughter of 10. Michael Miles Downey and 11. Mary Cavanagh. Children of Richard Shannon and Catherine Mary Downey are: i. Ann Shannon, born Abt. 1843 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario, married Angus McKay 09 Sep 1867 in LaPasse Renfrew County Ontario Canada. ii. Michael Shannon, born 08 Jan 1846, died 29 Aug 1916, married Catherine Murtagh 24 Nov 1871 in LaPasse Renfrew County Ontario Canada. iii. Patrick Shannon, born 18 Sep 1847 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 23 Nov 1923 in Biscotasing, Ontario Canada, married Julia F. 'Anne' McKay 01 Sep 1874 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, La Passe, Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. iv. Thomas Shannon, born 01 Nov 1849 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario, died 08 Nov 1920, married Catherine Murphy 10 Sep 1895 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. v. John 'Jack' Shannon, born 18 Sep 1851 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. vi. Miles Shannon, born 01 Oct 1853 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. vii. Richard Shannon, born 01 Oct 1853 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. + 2. viii. James Shannon, born 17 Aug 1855 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario, died 08 Aug 1925 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, married Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon 07 Aug 1882 in Pembroke, Ontario; married Margaret Henault 07 Jan 1920 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. ix. Simon Shannon, born 11 Feb 1858 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario, died 23 Jul 1894 in Drowned in Allumette Lake, married Catherine Gray 27 Oct 1882 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. x. William Shannon, born 10 Jul 1860 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. xi. Laurence Shannon, married Bridget Sullivan 19 Jan 1873 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, La Passe, Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. 6. Andre Gagnon was born on Abt. 1836 in Calumet Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec. He was the son of 12. Pierre Gagnon and 13. Sophie Beaumont. He died on 28 Sep 1891. He married Ellen Doolan on Abt. 1825. 7. Ellen Doolan, married Abt. 1825. She was the daughter of 14. Thomas Doolan and 15. Elizabeth Keenan. Children of Andre Gagnon and Ellen Doolan are: i. William Gagnon, born Abt. 1855. ii. Andre Gagnon, born Abt. 1857, married Sarah Doolan 09 Jan 1875 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. iii. Ovide 'David' Gagnon, born Abt. 1858, died 13 May 1915, married Anne 'Anna' Catherine Montgomery 03 May 1886 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. + 3. iv. Ellen Eliza Elizabeth Aliza Gagnon, born Bet. 1858-1859 in Allumette Island, Pontiac Co, Quebec, died 29 Nov 1907, married James Shannon 07 Aug 1882 in Pembroke, Ontario. v. Olive Mary Gagnon, born Abt. 1860, died Abt. 1945, married Francis Henry McAuley 30 Jun 1884 in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec; married Ferdinand Faure 07 Oct 1901 in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec. vi. Julia Anne Gagnon, born 06 Apr 1861 in Quebec, Canada, died 11 Feb 1959, married Matthew Kennedy 21 Jun 1881 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. vii. Thomas Peter Gagnon, born Abt. 1867, married Adeline 'Minnie' Picotte 12 Jan 1897 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. viii. John George Gagnon, born Abt. 1870, married Helen Veronica Doyle 21 Jul 1891 in Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada. ix. Mary Ellen 'Hellen' Gagnon, born Abt. 1871, married William Lawrence Murphy 28 Apr 1891 in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec. 5. Catherine Mary Downey, born Bet. 1824-1828 in Ireland, died 26 Nov 1895, married 17 Jul 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. She was the daughter of 10. Michael Miles Downey and 11. Mary Cavanagh. Generation 4 8. Michael Shannon was born on Abt. 1793 in Ireland. He was the son of 16. Richard Shannon and 17. Anastasia Hanrahan. He died on 04 Jul 1832 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada. He married Alice Tracey in Ireland. 9. Alice Tracey, born Abt. 1800 in Ireland, married Ireland. Children of Michael Shannon and Alice Tracey are: + 4. i. Richard Shannon, born Abt. 1815 in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland UK, died 09 Sep 1871 in Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario, married Catherine Mary Downey 17 Jul 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada. ii. Mary Shannon, born Bet. 1819-1822 in Kilkenny, Ireland, married John Nelson 26 Jan 1840 in St. Catherine's Church, County Portneuf, Lower Canada. iii. Shannon, born Abt. 1821 in Ireland. iv. Shannon, born Abt. 1823 in Ireland. v. Shannon, born Abt. 1826 in Ireland. vi. Shannon, born Abt. 1827 in Ireland. vii. Shannon, born Abt. 1828 in Ireland. viii. Simon Shannon, born Abt. 1829 in Ireland, died 04 Dec 1832 in St. Catherine's Parish, County Portneuf, Lower Canada. 10. Michael Miles Downey. He married Mary Cavanagh. 11. Mary Cavanagh. Child of Michael Miles Downey and Mary Cavanagh is: + 5. i. Catherine Mary Downey, born Bet. 1824-1828 in Ireland, died 26 Nov 1895, married Richard Shannon 17 Jul 1843 in Notre Dame Cathedral Ottawa Ontario Canada; married Andre Gagnon 07 Jan 1875 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, La Passe, Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. 12. Pierre Gagnon was born on Abt. 1798 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He married Sophie Beaumont on Abt. 1825. 13. Sophie Beaumont, born Abt. 1805, married Abt. 1825. Children of Pierre Gagnon and Sophie Beaumont are: + 6. i. Andre Gagnon, born Abt. 1836 in Calumet Island, Pontiac Co. Quebec, died 28 Sep 1891, married Ellen Doolan Abt. 1825; married Catherine Mary Downey 07 Jan 1875 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, La Passe, Westmeath Twp. Renfrew Co. Ontario. ii. Edesse Gagnon. iii. Joseph Gagnon. iv. Maxime Gagnon. v. Adelaide Gagnon. vi. Francois Gagnon. vii. Aurelie Gagnon. viii. Sophie Gagnon. ix. David Gagnon. x. Amable Gagnon. xi. Philomene Gagnon. 14. Thomas Doolan was born on Abt. 1816. He died on 31 Oct 1888. He married Elizabeth Keenan. 15. Elizabeth Keenan. Child of Thomas Doolan and Elizabeth Keenan is: + 7. i. Ellen Doolan, married Andre Gagnon Abt. 1825. Generation 5 16. Richard Shannon was born on Abt. 1756 in Ireland. He died on 20 Nov 1830 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada. He married Anastasia Hanrahan. 17. Anastasia Hanrahan, died Bef. 23 Nov 1830. Child of Richard Shannon and Anastasia Hanrahan is: + 8. i. Michael Shannon, born Abt. 1793 in Ireland, died 04 Jul 1832 in St. Catherine Parish Portneuf County, Quebec Canada, married Alice Tracey Ireland. Thanks for your wonderful site. New e-mail address as well. Don Shannon donbari@eastlink.ca

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