Alexander May Shannon

7 May 1839–28 October 1906 (Age 67)
Washington, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Alexander May

When Alexander May Shannon was born on 7 May 1839, in Washington, Arkansas, United States, his father, Granville Billingsley Shannon, was 38 and his mother, Unity Williams, was 29. He married Clara Viola Scott on 21 February 1872, in Galveston, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Vineyard Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1850. He died on 28 October 1906, in Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander May Shannon
Clara Viola Scott
Marriage: 21 February 1872
Clara May Shannon
Lillo Beatrice Shannon
Alexander May Shannon Jr
Betty Scott Shannon
Laura Johnston Shannon
Granville Scott Shannon
James Alfred Shannon
Conway MacLean Shannon

Spouse and Children

21 February 1872
Galveston, Texas, United States


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World Events (8)

1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 5

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 22

Arkansas supplied an estimated 50,000 men to the Confederate Army andabout 15,000 to the Union Army.

Name Meaning

Irish:1. reduced form of Shanahan . 2. reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanáin ‘descendant of Seanán’, a personal name based on a pet form of seán ‘old’. 3. in County Clare, a reduced Anglicized form of Mac Giolla tSeanáin ‘son of the servant of St. Seanán’. In the Irish midlands Leonard and Nugent have been adopted as equivalents of this name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • A M Shannon, "United States Census, 1900"
  • A M Schannon, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alex Shannon in household of Granville B Shannon, "United States Census, 1850"

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