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James J. Shannon, Jr of Richmond, Kentucky and Florida

Updated November 18, 2005

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I am descendant from Robert Shannon (Born ca 1739 in Ireland - Died 15 August,1815) in Wilson County, Tennessee and married ca 1758 Florannah B.Shannon
I am descendant from their son 1) Robert Shannon, Born ca 1768 resident of Pennsylvania, Wythe County, Virginia, and Wilson County, Tennessee, who married 11 April, 1790 in Sumner County, Tennessee Rebecca Buchanan, daughter of Archibald Buchanan of Davidson County, Tennessee.
I am descendant from their son 2) Henry Shannon, Born in Virginia 10 January 1766, Died 25 September 1844 in Wilson County, Tennessee, who married Jane Hayes ca 1782.
Other children of Robert Shannon and Florannah: 3) John Shannon Born 1 January 1759, Died 18 December 1832 in Washington County, Virginia married 10 January 1788 Ann Marshall, 4) Mary Shannon married James Buchanan who died in Wythe County, Virginia, 5) James Shannon Born 15, July 1768 in Virginia, married Anna Johnson 1802 and 2nd Jane Crockett 23 May, 1805, died Humphreys County, Tennessee 15 March 1853 6) Samuel Shannon Born 15 August 1771, Died 15 August, 1854 and buried Shannon Cemetery, Knob Lick, Metcalfe County, Kentucky, who married 23 December 1794, Isabella Patterson.

The below link of Robert Shannon, 1739 includes other anchestors of mine of Archibald Buchanan, John Bowen, Mason Ezzell, Col. Benjamin Gilbert, Col. John McKenzie, Godfrey Fowler, Nathaniel Dollahite, Eliza Battle, Josiah Crudup, Rahab Cooper. John Battle, 1634, William Hunter, 1652, John Sumner, 1698, Thomas Dixon B. 1630 in Virginia, John Crudup B 1717 in North Carolina.

John Sumner's brother, Brigadier General Jethro Sumner of the Continental Army was President of Society of Cincinnati.
The father of John Sumner and General Jethro Sumner was William Sumner from England circa 1690, settling on Nansemond River, Virginia, about one mile north of Suffolk in Virginia. Source Institute of American Genealogy. In the State Archives in Raleigh is the Will of John Sumner written in his own fine hand on parchment, it looks like copper plate engraving. There is the impression of a cornet on the seal, Dated Chowan Co., N. C., April 18, 1754, probated January Court 1755.

ELIGIBLE: AMERICA'S FIRST FAMILIES, COLONIAL LINES AND WARS

America's First Families (1607-1675)- I know nothing about this organization but it has a web site listed below: John Fowler, landowner on Appomatox River, Virginia, by 1662 and Godfrey Fowler,I, his son, born c 1670 Henrico County, Virginia; Thomas Dixon, dead by 1670 Isle of Wright County, Virginia; John Howell, Isle of Wright, Virginia c 1637; John Battle, Landowner from Royal Patent, Nansemond County, Virginia, by 1654 and Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley, additional grants by 1663 on Paspetank (now Pasquotank) River in North Carolina; William Hunter, Virginia, born c 1650, Thomas Batte, Henrico County, Virginia, born c 1656 and Moses Bowen (Listed but born 1698?) of Pennsylvania.

(NOTE - FOUNDERS are families who settled in America by 1657.)

Colonial Period: Elisha Battle, Archibald Buchanan, Robert Shannon, Benjamin Gilbert, Benjamin Gilbert, Sr. Mason Ezzell, John McKenzie, Thomas Dixon, Godfrey Fowler, Cornelius Dollahite, Thomas Dixon, John Barnhisle, William Hunter, Thomas Batte, Alexander Henderson, Andrew Wallace, Michael Woods, John Barnhisle, William Gaines and Simon (Rueben) Finnell.

Revolution Period: Robert Shannon, Archibald Buchanan, Robert Henderson, Alexander Henderson, Elisha Battle, Joshiah Crudup,
John Carptenter, John Barnhisle, Benjamin Gilbert, Jr., Benjamin Gilbert, Sr., John McKenzie, Godfrey Fowler, and Josiah Crudup.

War of 1812: Robert Shannon and John Finnell

Aztec Club of 1847: James E (Elisha) Fowler

War between the State: CSA - George Washington Buchanan Shannon and Mason Ezzell

James J. Shannon, Jr. served from 1979-1982 as General President, General Society, Sons of the Revolution. Member of the Aztec Club of 1847, Society of Colonial Wars in the Common

 
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  • JAMES JACKSON SHANNON, JR. FAMILY TREE (3 KB)
    This family tree is only in part due to the limitations of this site. All other Family Trees are available on links below of various family lines. See links for Shannon, Ezzell, Dollahite, Fowler, Battle, Sumner, Buchanan, Crudup, and Dixon Families below on this web page of James J. Shannon, Jr.
 
Family Photos
  • JAMES JACKSON SHANNON, JR. (41 KB)
    General President, General Society, Sons of the Revolution, (1979-1982), Co-founder of The Society of Boonesborough, 1775, and President of the Fort Boonesborough Bicentennial Commission in 1975.
  • SHANNON RESIDENCE IN RICHMOND, KENTUCKY (48 KB)
    My residence was used for entertaining for dinners and large parties.
  • GRANDFATHER J. L. SHANNON CONNECTION TO COCA COLA (35 KB)
    Stocks issued to J. L. Shannon, December 31, 1909. Four certificates in my possession. The Celery Ade Company of Greenefield, TN, incorporated in 1908 with Capital Stock of $250,000.00. Celery Ade originated with J. L. Shannon & Company.There is an aluminum free drink token with the legend: "J.L. Shannon & Co. / Corner / Main / And Front St. / Greenfield, Tenn.Good For / One / Celeryade / Mark / Or Soda." The firm became Shannon, Ward, and Company before incorporating as the Celery Ade Company. Stockholders included J. L. Shannon, N. C. Ward, and M. J. Beckett.In February, 1909, a Northern sales office was opened at St. Joseph, Michigan. Soon after, The Celery Ade Company was acquired by J., C. Murphy and John D. Fletcher. Murphy also owned the Nashville Syrup Company and produced soft drink syrup for Murphy's Coca-Cola using a formula purchased from W. B. Romine, a bottler at Pulaski, Tennessee. Romine purchased the formula from Diva Brown who claimed (and was later proven in court) to have the original Coca-Cola formula. More of that part of the story is in Dennis Smith's just-published book "The Original Coca-Cola Woman: Diva Brown and the Cola Wars." Murphy and Fletcher moved the Celery Ade Company to Nashville. Fletcher became sole owner shortly afterward.
  • SHANNON BOYHOOD HOME (39 KB)
    My mother, Virginia Walker Ford Hisle, painted this scene in 1965. This was the house where I was reared before going to college and university in 1950.
  • CELERY ADE BOTTLE OF J. L. SHANNON COMPANY (23 KB)
    This is a bottle of the Celery Ade Company of my Grandfather J. L. Shannon of Greenfield, Tennessee. This picture was furnished courtesy of Dennis I. Smith who recently published the book "The Original Coca-Cola Woman: Diva Brown and the Cola Wars" and mentions J. L. Shannon.
  • SHANNON AND EZZELL GREAT GRANDPARENTS (48 KB)
    George Washington Buchanan Shannon, CSA, and Mary Carolyn Baird (Top) and Mason "Mace" Ezzell, Lt. CSA, and Mary Jane Dollahite (Bottom)
  • CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS - ATLANTA, GEORGIA (54 KB)
    This is the burial site in the Oakland Cemetery in south Atlanta, Georgia on Memorial Highway, of George Washington Buchanan Shannon, CSA, who died in a hospital in Atlanta on September 22, 1863 after serving in the battles of Murfreeborough and Chickamauga. My grandfather, J. L. Shannon, went to Atlanta to bring the body back to Tennessee but he was buried in a mass unmarked burial site. Headstones mark the site but there is no headstone for GWB Shannon. Margaret Mitchell, the author of "Gone with the Wind" and Bob Jones, the golfer, are buried nearby.
  • SHANNON FAMILY - COAT OF ARMS (42 KB)
    Our family motto is "VIRTUE OUTLIVES THE GRAVE."
  • SOPHIA EZZELL AND MATT DOBSON HOME IN NASHVILLE (113 KB)
    This home is on the Harpeth River Road between Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee in Williamson County. The residence is located on about 1000 acres of farm land with a formal garden over looking the Harpeth River. I stayed here often while in law school in Lebanon and playing in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In later years I entertained friends while Sophia was living and we attended the Steeple Chase in the Park on Old Hickory Boulevard near the residence and the Annual Ball at the Bell Meade Country Club. I maintained two boxes at the Steeple Chase for a number of years for use by Kentucky guests. The Masters of the Hunt of the Iroquois Hunt Club in Lexington, Kentucky and others were guests of mine at a Steeple Chase. We had Sunday brunch in this house after a Steeple Chase and Ball. We always drank mint juleps out of silver fox head cups. Sophia had a special recipe for the juleps. While National President of the Sons of the Revolution I spoke to the Daughters of the Revolution in this house. Some of the ladies at the meeting were active in the preservation of my Buchanan ancestral properties near Stone River east of Nashville.
  • EZZELL FAMILY - COAT OF ARMS (31 KB)
    The first of the Ezzell's known in the family was Mason Ezzell who lived in Abbieville, South Carolina c 1790 and Livingston County, Kentucky c 1810. Wives believed to be Elizabeth Harrison and Mary Hinds. In South Carolina some first used the last name Issourd, Issard, Izard, Izzard and Ezzard. Tradition has it that Mason Ezzell, born c 1750, came over from France with General Lafayette during the Revolutionary War and had four sons. See obituary of my great Grandfather Mason "Mace" Ezzell list in link below. Family motto: "What you do to others you can expect the same."
  • SHANNON LAW OFFICE - RICHMOND, KENTUCKY (14 KB)
    This was used by me as a Law Office before retiring to Florida in 1988. I started practicing law in Richmond in 1956 with my father, James J. Shannon, under the firm name of Shannon and Shannon. My father was a member of the Kentucky General Assembly from 1948-1950 as a State Representative for Madison County. I served as an Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. At one time this property was the home of my uncle, Owen W. "Pete" Hisle, Jr., who was U. S. Post Master at Richmond with his offices about a block away at the present day District Court Building built in 1896 with Jeffersonian Architecture. During the Civil War this was the home and office of Dr. Harris who treated wounded soldiers after the Battle of Richmond in August, 1862.
  • GRAVES OF HENRY SHANNON, 1766 AND JAMES SHANNON (64 KB)
    Tombstones of Henry Shannon, 1766, and wife, Mary H. Shannon, and his son-in law, James Shannon, 1795 and his wife, Mary "Polly" Hayes Shannon, daughter of Henry Shannon, in Rowland Cemetery in Wilson County, Tennessee.
  • J. L. SHANNON and SONS DRUGSTORE, 1930'S - LEBANON (35 KB)
    The J. L. Shannon and Sons Drugstore started around 1909 was located on the east side of the Public Square in Lebanon, Tennessee. Shannon's is shown to left of center with white columns on Post Card printed in the 1930's. In the 1950's slices of home-made pie were 25 cents. Aunt Mary Shannon's job was to drive the attendant, "Preacher", at the drugstore each day to get the fresh pies and then delivery medicine to the customers. She was part owner with her brothers, Harry and Homer Shannon, after the death of her father, J. L. Shannon, in May, 1929. The same year my father moved to Richmond, Kentucky and built his house on West Main Street shown on this web site in mother's painting of my boyhood home. My father immediately started practicing law with his brother-in-law, Owen W. "Pete" Hisle, Jr. until Uncle Pete became County Attorney of Madison County and later in the 1940's U. S. Post Master at Richmond. Both Uncle Pete and my mother were born at the Owen Walker Hisle Residence at the present day site of Highland Park Development. My grandfather Hisle's brothers, Willis and John Hisle, owned the adjoining farms. The Willis Hisle farm is now part of Highland Park Development that includes Bay Colony Subdivision and the Richmond Business Center. The John Hisle Farm is now the Ramsey Addition Subdivision on the north-west corner of the Richmond By-pass and US 25 leading to downtown Richmond.
  • SHANNON FAMILY CEMETERY LOT - LEBANON, TENNESSEE (51 KB)
    This is the burial site of Jackson Lee Shannon and his wife, Martha "Mattie" Ezzell in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon, Tennessee. Also buried here are Mary Lee Shannon, Harry Battle Shannon and Homer Ezzell Shannon. Mary Caroline Baird, wife of George Washington Buchanan Shannon, is buried nearby on the Hancock Family Lot. My grandmother was a member of the Board of the Cedar Grove Cemetery and active member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and Women's Christian Temperance League. Both grandparents were members of the First Presbyterian Church, US later USA on West Main Street in Lebanon and earlier Shannon ancestors were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
  • MY MOTHER, VIRGINIA WALKER FORD HISLE (20 KB)
    My mother, Virginia Walker Ford Hisle, was born in Richmond, Kentucky at the Hisle Farm which was located on the site of Highland Park Development on the Richmond ByPass. The Owen Walker Hisle Resident stood at the site of the Social Security Office Building. A race track was on the ridge of the site of the Highlands Condominiums near Lake Reba Park. The wilderness road of Daniel Boone, 1775, ran through Lake Reba down Otter Creek.
  • JAMES JACKSON SHANNON, JR. - CONTEMPORARY (27 KB)
    This portrait was created in 2003 at age 71 for the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. Listings include: The Social Index-Directory of Palm Beach, Social Register of New York City, Blue Book of the Bluegrass and The Social List of Florida.
  • SHANNON FAMILY CEMETERY IN RICHMOND, KENTUCKY (65 KB)
    Richmond Cemetery is the location of the burial site of James Jackson Shannon and Virginia Walker Hisle Shannon. My mother's parents, Owen Walker Hisle and Eugenia Ford, are also buried in this cemetery along with numerous other relatives. I served for a number of years on the cemetery board. The cemetery is the site of one of the Battles of Richmond, August 29-30, 1862, during the War Between the States. A major victory for the South.
  • MY SPECIAL OCCASIONS (74 KB)
    These were very special occasions in my life. (1) With Mrs. Douglas MacArthur, widow of the famous General, at ball room at the top of the World Trade Center in 1986 in New York City. (2) 1982 Yorktown Victory Celebration with The Marquis and The Count Rochambeau and The Marquis de Grasse of France. (3) General George Washington's 250th birthday at Mount Vernon with John Augustine Washington and The Marquis Chumbrun, the closest relatives of Washington and Lafayette, assisting and (4) Dinners at Shannon House on West Main Street in Richmond, Kentucky. James Shannon, 1795 portrait on wall to left near the end of table where I was sitting and being served by Annabelle Turner and Albert Burton.
  • MY FATHER JAMES JACKSON SHANNON (21 KB)
    James Jackson Shannon was born in Greenfield, Tennessee in 1896 and was buried in Richmond, Kentucky in 1976.
  • JAMES SHANNON - 1795-1867 - TENNESSEE (45 KB)
    James Shannon 1795-1867, son of Robert Shannon, 1768-1833 and Rebecah Buchanan, was born and died in Wilson County, Tennessee and is buried in the Rowland Cemetery. Buried with James Shannon is his wife, Jane "Polly" Hayes, 1794-1867, daughter of Henry Shannon, 1766-1844 and his wife, Jane Hayes, 1772-1832, who also are both buried in the Rowland Cemetery. Robert and Henry Shannon were brothers and sons of Robert Shannon, 1739-1815 and wife, Florranah Bowen. I have pictures of their Tombstone.
  • MY SHANNON GRANDPARENTS (9 KB)
    Jackson Lee Shannon, son of George Washington Buchanan Shannon and Martha "Mattie" Ezzell, daughter of Mason "Mace" Ezzell
  • SHANNON PRINCIPAL 'CELLIST - LEXINGTON SYMPHONY (15 KB)
    I served for seven years as Principal 'Cellist with Lexington Symphony Orchestra and played first stand with Nashville Symphony Orchestra while at Cumberland University Law School and performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra while attending Cincinnati Conservation of Music. I played Camille Saint-Saens 'Cello Concerto in A Minor with the Lexingon Symphony Orchestra. In attendance for the concert and private party afterwards was Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. I was the guest of the Whitneys for their 100th Kentucky Derby Party at their home on the Bryran Station Road in Lexington and dance with Princess Margaret of Great Britain on two occasions.
  • MY FAVORITE PLACES IN THE WORLD (68 KB)
    For almost fifty years I have traveled to most foreign countries. The most recent trips were South America including Panama and Around the World. I have traveled most of east and west Europe by car and taken cruises in the Caribbean, Greek Islands, Galapagos Islands, Patagonia and Magellan Straits at the tip of Chile and Argentina, Volga, Nile, Yantze, and Amazon Rivers. I have cruised Sydney Harbour in Australia, Hong Kong Harbour in China, the Bay of Finland at Helsinki, the Bosphorus at Istanbul, the rivers of Thames in London, Siene in Paris, Rhine in German, Schittbauer in Berlin, Danube at Vienna and Budapest, Vltave at Prague, Iguazu in Brazil and Argentina, Milford Sound at South Island, New Zealand, Little Three Gorges in China, Li River at Quilin, China, Chao Phraya at Bangkok, and the Canals of Venice, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Now the biggest cruise ship in the world, Queen Mary 2, to the Caribbean.
  • J. L. SHANNON RESIDENCE IN LEBANON, TENNESSEE (35 KB)
    J. L. Shannon and his family moved back to Lebanon from Greenfield, Tennessee in 1909 and bought this house at 321 West Main Street from Colonel L. L. Rice, Headmaster of Castle Heights Military School. My father and his brothers all attended school at Castle Heights along with my nephew, Walter G. Ecton, Jr. of Winchester, Kentucky. I lived in this house from 1951-1953 while getting a Law Degree from Cumberland University and while playing in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Mary and Harry Shannon owned and lived in this house after the death of J. L. Shannon in 1929 until their respective deaths. I sold the house in 1989 after the death of my Aunt Mary Shannon. It has been refurbished and is presently used as Linda Hackett Realty. My Uncle Harry Shannon kept hunting dogs in kennels in the back of the house. I have two of his shot guns including one double barrel Belgium. I also have the gold pocket watches of my father, J. J. and grandfather, J. L. Shannon, and some antique items and furniture from the house.
 
Related Files
  • JACKSON LEE SHANNON OBITUARY (3 KB)
    This obituary of my grandfather, Jackson Lee Shannon appeared in the Lebanon Democrat in 1929.
  • JAMES JACKSON SHANNON OBITUARY (2 KB)
    This obituary of my father, James Jackson Shannon, appeared in the Richmond Register and the Lebanon Banner in 1976. Attending the funeral was his cousin John Battle Ezzell and wife, Peggy Rhett Ezzell of Nashville, Tennessee.
  • FRANCES SHANNON TILLEY OBITUARY (2 KB)
    Our cousin, Frances Shannon Tilley, died in Nashville in 2004. She was a granddaughter of Dr. James Clinton Shannon of Sharon and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a descendant of Robert Shannon, 1768.
  • BENJAMIN GILBERT, JR. - REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER (3 KB)
    Benjamin Gilbert, Jr, and wife, Emily McKenzie, were the parents of Nancy Gilbert, who married Harrison Ezzell. Benjamin Gilbert, Sr. and Benjamin Gilbert, Jr., served in the Revolutionary War from Bedford County, Virginia. Benjamin, Jr. was at the Battle of Guilford County House in North Carolina during the American Revolution War.
  • JAMES EGBERT SHANNNON OBITUARY - SHANNON LUMBER (1 KB)
    James E. Shannon was the owner and founder of Shannon Bros Lumber Company with his brother, Tom, of Memphis, Tennessee. Now an international company under the name of J. T. Shannon Lumber Company and Shannon International Company with Jack Thomas Shannon, Jr. as President. I visited in the home of James Shannon and his wife, Anna, for a weekend in Memphis and also visited in the homes of their children, Jim, Jack and Ann.
  • COLONEL JOHN MCKENZIE - REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO (5 KB)
    Colonel John McKenzie was a brother to Emily McKenzie, wife of Benjamin Gilbert, Jr. and grandson of John McKenzie who died in 1754 in Nansemond County, Virginia. In 1776, 1777 and 1778 he was a Captain in the Virginia, North and South Carolina Troops. Later the South Carolina Regiment as Captain of the Light Dragoons. In the North Carolina Regiment he was in the battles of Rocky Mount, Hanging Rock, Camien, Rugle's Mills, Ironworks, Torrence's Tavern, Guildford Courthouse, New Market, Boatties Ford and Orangeburg. McKenzie, Tennessee is name after the family.
  • ANNA SHANNON OBITUARY OF MEMPHIS (1 KB)
    Anna Shannon was the widow of James Egbert Shannon of Memphis, Tennessee and the mother of Jim, Jack and Ann Shannon. We had very thick steaks when I visited there. Jim, the son, entertained me at the Memphis Country Club and later visited me in Richmond, Kentucky and Hollywood, Florida. Jim has been a commercial pilot and flew a private plane to Lexington for his Kentucky visit.
  • JACK T. SHANNON - KING OF THE COTTON CARNIVAL (1 KB)
    Jack T. Shannon obituary mentioned that he was owner of J. T. Shannon Lumber Company in Memphis and former King of the Cotton Carnival. His wife, Amelia Russell, was Queen of the Cotton Carnival. Jack and Amelia entertained me at the Memphis Country Club. Another cousin, Lillian Dobson Dunavant, of Memphis and Sea Island, Georgia, was married to William Buchanan "Billy" Dunavant of Memphis who was also King of the Cotton Carnival. Billy Dunanvant is known as the Cotton King of the World and operates an international company with cotton offices all over the world by the name of Dunavant Enterprises. See Sophia and Matt Dobson House pictured above near Nashville which was the childhood home of their daughter, Lillian Dobson Dunavant and their son, Matt Dobson, IV.
  • LT. ARCHIBALD BUCHANAN - SOLDIER - TENN. PIONEER (14 KB)
    Archibald Buchanan, 1725 - 1806, and Agnes Bowen, were the parents of Rebecca Buchanan, wife, of Robert Shannon, 1768. Buchanan Fort was established south of the present day City of Nashville on the bluff around 1780. Archibald Buchanan owned Clover Bottom Farm on Stone River in 1783 which was later acquired in part by Andrew Jackson and used as a race track near his home, The Hermitage. Nashville was founded by the Transylvania Company (Attempting a 14th Colony in America) who also founded Fort Boonesborough in Kentucky in 1775. My mother was a member of the Daughters of the Revolution on the Robert Henderson line who served with Colonel George Rogers Clark in Chillocothe and Vincennes in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. Richard Henderson, his cousin, was the President of the Transylvania Company and there is a mark on Fort Nashville and at Boonesborough Park in his honor.
  • SHANNON FAMILY EARLY RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS (14 KB)
    These early records and documents outline the migration of the early Shannons from Pennsylvania in 1750's to Virginia by 1765 and middle Tennessee by 1790. Included is the Wills of Robert Shannon, (1739-1815) and son, Henry Shannon(1766-1844) and the Probate records of his son, Robert Shannon (1768-1833) and his wife, Rebecca Buchanan Shannon (1768-1833), all in Wilson County, Tennessee. Reference is made to Robert Shannon, (1739-1815) Patriot, during the American Revolution and Robert Shannon, Jr., Soldier in the War of 1812.
  • SAMUEL SHANNON, (1771-1854) DESCENDANTS (1 KB)
    This is list of the descendants of SAMUEL SHANNON, (1771-1854) son of ROBERT SHANNON (1739-1815). This is the line of Roberta Lucille Shannon who married Clinton Frank Stimpson, Jr. of Berkley, Michigan, and was co-author of SHANNON FRONTIER FAMILIES, 1985 with Robert McDonald Shannon of Alexandria, Virginia. Roberta was National Vice President of the Daughters of the Revolution and I would see her at National meetings and at the 200th Yorktown Victory Celebration. From 1979-1982 I annually addressed the National Congress of the DAR at their large auditorium in Washington, D.C. I always appeared before the DAR Congress in full dress. President General Patricia Shelby of the Daughters of the Revolution and I attended together the announcement of the Yorktown Victory Celebration in the Rose Garden at the White House by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Patricia's driver took us through the gate of the White House to the ceremony and waited for us. I still have the invitation from the White House and letters from President Ronald Reagan. Later General President Shelby and I attended the reception of President Francois Mitterand of the Republic of France in the garden of the Rockefeller House at Williamsburg, Virginia during the 1982 Yorktown Victory Celebration. The only other hereditary organization represented was the President General of the Society of Cincinnati, Other guests included The Minister of France, many French noblemen, six Senators of France, and the Mayors of Lyon and Versailles, France. I was introduced to Mrs. Francois Mitterand by Marquis Jean de Rochambeau. Patricia's driver took us back to my suite at the Williamsburg Inn for refreshments. Roberta Stimpson did a second booklet called SHANNON FAMILY RESEARCH, 1987, Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 87-60171. My hope is to get all the descendants of Robert Shannon (1739-1815) and Florannah together in one place and finish their work. It is amazing what you can do and find on the computer and all the hard work of so many.
 
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