William Shannon
(Abt 1854-1938)


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William Shannon 25,127

  • Born: Abt 1854, Ireland 25
  • Marriage: Margh
  • Died: 3 Jul 1938 about age 84 31

bullet  General Notes:

Note that a William Shannon & a David Shannon appear in the 1892 New York census as living in Oswego, Ward 4. William is 22 and David is 20. William is a Carpenter, David is a blacksmith. Both born in the U.S. Could these be the children of William and Margh? Surprisingly, I don't find William Shannon (b. abt 1854). Where is he? And where is Minnie Shannon Hegarty?! Are they together?

NOT buried in Riverside Cemetery, Scriba. I checked 6-27-13.

At one time, it appears that William and Marcia had some property that was deeded to the Rome, Watertown, and Ogdensburg Railroad Company on 1-8-1876. This tidbit came up in a legal notice in the Oswego Palladium Times on June 7, 1974.

And there was an old man William Shannon ("old" in 1886) who was arraigned on manslaughter in the 1st degree but may have been mentally unfit. Palladium article reads: Oct. 13, 1886 -- William Shannon arraigned. He pleads not guilty -- A Commission of Lunacy Appointed to Examine into his Mental Condition. William Shannon, indicted for manslaughter in the first degree was arraigned yesterday afternoon before Judge Williams. The old man was brought into court with a number of other prisoners. His appearance was in strong contrast with the others who were all young men, in the prime of life, while Shannon moved slowly along, bowed down under the weight of 84 years. [So born in 1802]
When his name was called and the District Attorney commenced reading the indictment he pushed forward, and making his way up to where District Attorney Mead was standing listened patiently until he had finished; when he broke out in his broad Celtic accent denying that he was guilty and commenced explaining the ...? to the ? his counsel, Hon. P.W. C? entered a plea of not guilty and the old man was led back to his seat among the other prisoners.
Upon application of his counsel Judge Williams granted an order for a commission in lunacy to examine into his mental condition. The following gentlement were appointed ... They will probably examine him the last of this week or the first of next. It is the opinion of many that he will, or should, be sent to some asylum." A later article shows they found him insane. The trial continued and was reported on Oct. 23. "... He said he had trouble in his family and said his wife was jealous of him for 53 years. He answered the first questions promptly but after a little began to wander and showed, to say the least, a peculiar state of mind. He said he was bred and brought up in the Episcopal church. He said his wife quarreled about other women, and that he had employed counsel, Mr. PW. Cullinan. He said he was surprised that Mr. Cullinan had not come (Mr. Cullinan was sitting just across the table.) He added he had 2 new lots in the fifth ward cemetery. He went to Mr. Salladin and bought a monument for his son, and one to his own memory. The first night he put it up the top was broken off. There was no peotry on it. He was no poet and neither was Mr. Salladin. This monument cost between $50 and $60. He left blanks for the date of his death and kept back $2 from Salladin's pay so that he could put it in. He startled the hearers frequently by witty sallies. The inquiry is still in process."

In 1894, there was a Wm. Shannon who was a Jailor -- Oswego Daily Times 9-24-1894 -- "When Chas. Wilson was taken to his cell in the court house Saturday afternoon he confided to Jailor William Shannon that he believed he would be acquitted."

There was a Mrs. Wm. S in 1921 in Oswego w/ a son Leon and a Wm. Jr.

Oswego Daily Times 10-8-1897 -- "The types yesterday made the article in regard to the arrest of the 2 young men for attempted robbery on Charles Rogers state that one of them was named William Shannon. It should have been William Shanahan. The only William Shannon in the directory is a respectable blacksmith who resides at 92 Niagara street."


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Police Involvement: Drunk and disorderly, 14 Apr 1870, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 1105 Ordered to pay $3 or ten days in jail.

Occupation: Janitor at the Police Station, 1877-1880. 127

Residence, 1 Jun 1880, 104 Ellen Street, Oswego, Oswego, NY. 25 Living here are William Shannon and his wife Margh, boarders in the home of James "Hagerty" and his wife Minnie Shannon Hagerty.

Occupation: Works at Kingsford Starch Factory, 1 Jun 1880, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 25

Occupation: Carpenter, 1888, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 1106

Cemetery: maybe. 19 Inscription
Sacred To The Memory Of
Who Departed This Life
July 18th 1869 Aged 51 Years
Also Of His Wife
Who Was Accidentally Killed
June 24th 1902 Aged 72 Years
Lord Giveth And The Lord Hath Taken Away
Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
Died Nov 27th 1912 Aged 52 Years
And Her Beloved Husband
Died July 3rd 1938
Aged 85 Years
Erected By Their Sorrowing Children


William married Margh. (Margh was born about 1856 in Ireland 25.)

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