Alexander May Shannon

Brief Life History 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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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

Sources (14)

  • A M Shannon, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Alex M. Shannon, "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977"
  • Alexander May Shannon, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1844 · German Immigration to Texas

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.


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


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

Name Meaning


shortened form of Shanahan .

shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanáin ‘descendant of Seanán’, a personal name based on a pet form of seán ‘old’. This Irish surname became established in Scotland in the 14th century.

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

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