Thomas Shannon
(Abt 1824-1906)
Mary Willis
(Abt 1819-1897)
Thomas W. Shannon


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Henrietta A.

Thomas W. Shannon 333

  • Born: 18 Oct 1868, Ireland 34,1127
  • Marriage: Henrietta A.
  • Died: 2 Sep 1941, Rochester, Monroe, NY at age 72 63,127
  • Buried: 4 Sep 1941, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, NY 63

bullet  General Notes:

Listed as Ire-English on the 1910 census.

I'm not sure this is the relation to Minnie Shannon. For many census years, this Thomas W. Shannon (as listed in Minnie's death papers as having lived at 259 Adams St., Rochester) seems to be the one Thomas W. Shannon that appears over and over in the records. However, it could be a different one, a more mobile guy who maybe ended up somewhere else (Chicago?). The Thomas Shannon in the city directory of 1894 has him at that 259 Adams address as a salesman, and that may be the same paper agent guy shown in later dates.

Also note that there was a Thomas Shannon written about in the 6-28-1900 Irish Examiner newspaper. This Thomas was living at Whitehall in Skibbereen and he was given a "highly commended" for his bay filly (young horses category) at the Carbery Agricultural Society's show. Images of Whitehall are available online. The show was held in the "Fair Field," Skibbereen.

bullet  Research Notes:

No will/probate available on Ancestry 9-2015


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Starch Factory, 1885, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 340

In the News: Visit to Oswego, 27 Mar 1891, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 340 "Among the Odd Fellows who came from Rochester last night to visit Oswegatchie lodge was Mr. Thomas W. Shannon, who formerly lived in this city and was employed at Kingsford's. Mr. Shannon now has a good position with a large paper house in the Flower City. He has recently been reappointed District Deputy of the Monroe county Odd Fellows."

Occupation: Salesman, 16 Feb 1892, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1128 This guy was born in Ireland.

Residence, 16 Feb 1892, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1128

Occupation: Tinsmith, 16 Feb 1892, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1128 The census says he's living in the 6th district of the 8th ward in Rochester, born in Canada (!), and age 20.

In the News, 31 May 1892, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 340 5-31-1892 Daily Palladium -- "Royally Entertained. Canton Oswego, I.O.O.F., had a pleasant time in Rochester, yesterday, whither it went to take part in the ceremonies attending the unveiling of the soldiers' monument. The members were entertained in princely style by Canton Stebbins, of Rochester. The Patriarchs Militant comprised the fourth division, an (sic) Canton Oswego was second in line. It received much applause along the line for fine marching and general appearance. The members are under obligations to Captain JC Moore and Major Shannon, the latter formerly of this city, for many courtesies extended. The boys brought home a handsome cake, as large as a half-bushel measure, with the word Oswego in white frosting across the top. It was presented to Canton Oswego by the Rebekahs of Rochester and will be served at the meeting of Oswegatchie lodge next Thursday evening."

Organizations: National Oddfellows, 29 Jun 1893, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 340 Was a Major in the organization

In the News: Reported in Oswego paper, 29 Jun 1893, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 340 "Major Thomas W. Shannon. The National Odd Fellow, in a recent number, speaks in complimentary terms of an address delivered by Major Thomas W. Shannon at a gathering of the order in Rochester. Major Shannon is an Oswego boy, having left this city about eight years ago. While here he was employed in the starch factory, and since going to Rochester has developed in business talent and otherwise, and now holds a position of great responsibility in a large mercantile house there. Major Shannon will command a battalion of Patriarchs Militant in the parade in this city on the 3d of July. He is a brother of Mrs. William Parkhurst, Varick street, and has other relatives living here."

In the News: Popular guy, 5 Jul 1893, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 340 "General Schafer, of Buffalo, is very popular with the Patriarchs. Likewise Major Shannon, of Rochester."

Residence, 1894, 259 Adams St., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 333 The city directory for that year has him at 257, not 259 Adams. Listed as Thomas W. Shannon. No one listed at 259 Adams by that name. He's a boarder, I think.

Occupation: Salesman, 1894, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 127

Residence, 1897, 257 Adams, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 127

Occupation: Manager at a paper, 1897, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 127

In the News: Suit -Defamation of Character, 6 Feb 1897, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 340 2-6-1897 Daily Palladium -- "Sued for Twenty Thousand. Thomas W. Shannon's Action Against Robert M. Myers. The Action is for Slander and the Oswego Boy Declares That His Old Employer Called Him a Thief - Details of the Case. Thomas W. Shannon, of Rochester, formerly of Oswego, and who has relatives and a host of friends here, has sued Robert M. Myers, a paper manufacturer of Rochester, for $20,000 damages for slander. Four cases [?] of action are mentioned in the complaint, all alleging that Manufacturer Myers on different occasions during the month of January last in the presence of several witnesses accused the plaintiff of stealing money while in his employment. On the fifth day of January, it is claimed, Myers 'willfully, falsely and malliciously did utter of and concerning this plaintiff in the presence and hearing of Andrew R. Schelf and other good and reputable citizens, the following false, slanderous and defamatory words, in substance and effect as follows: 'I have found the thief, Mr. Schell, who stole the money which you had collected and left at my office in an envelope some years ago. I know who it is. It is the tall young man I used to have in my employ.' 'Intending and meaning by said statement that this plaintiff was the man who stole the money in an envelope above referred to. And did thereby impute to this plaintiff dishonesty and the crime of larceny, with the intent on the part of this defendant thereby to cause it to be believed of and concerning this plaintiff, that he was a thief and dishonest and not to be trusted in business and guilty of the crime of larceny.' Mr. Myers is also alleged to have made similar statements on three other occasions. On January 7th he is said to have accused Shannon of stealing from him during the past year sums varying anywhere from five cents up to a dollar, and telling him in the presence of Thomas Swanton, cashier of the Commercial Bank, that he had all the proof necessary to substantiate his charge and was about to cause his arrest. Mr. Shannon had been in the employe of Myers about twelve years but left on January 1st to accept a position with a Boston house. He alleges that during the twelve years he was in the defendant's employe he faithfully discharged all his duties, and that Mr. Myers willfully and maliciously circulated the false reports against him in order to destroy him as a competitor in the sale of paper. Thomas W. Shannon is prominent in society circles in Rochester and is one of the best-known Odd Fellows in the State, wearing the title of Major in the Patriarchs Millitant. He is held in the highest regard by the people of Rochester and Oswego. His numerous friends in this city will never believe that he ever wronged his employer or any other man."

In the News: Suit - Defamation of Character, 16 Jun 1897, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 1129 Thomas W. Shannon brought a suit against Robert M. Meyers for defamation of character. The verdict of $700 was claimed in his favor returned by the Supreme Court in the slander case against Robert M. Myers. Verdict on June 19, 1897.

In the News: Lawsuit, 19 Jun 1897, Rochester, Monroe, New York. 340 6-19-1897 Daily Palladium -- "A Victory for Thomas W. Shannon. Palladium readers will recall that some time ago mention was made of the fact that Thomas W. Shannon, formerly of Oswego, had begun suit against Robert M. Myers, a former employer, to recover damages for alleged slander. The plaintiff alleged in his complaint that on the 6th of February last Mr. Myers, in the presence of several persons, accused him of stealing money. It is further alleged that the defendant told different people that the plaintiff had stolen an envelope containing money and that at other times he had taken sums ranging from five cents to a dollar. The complaint then goes on to aver that on January 1st, 1897, the plaintiff left the employ of Mr. Myers to accept a similar position with a rival firm. It is claimed that Mr. Myers uttered the alleged slander because he was angry with Mr. Shannon for thus leaving him. A dispatch received today states the the jury gave a verdict in favor of Mr. Shannon for $700. The Palladium predicted at the time that the courts would vindicate Mr. Shannon, who has hosts of friends in this city. All will be pleased to know of the verdict and that the cruel slanders against him were unwarranted."

In the News: Visit, 20 Jul 1897. 340 "Major Thomas W. Shannon, of Rochester, formerly of Oswego, is visiting relatives and friends here for a few days. He represents between Rochester and Cleveland the J.P. Jordan Paper Company, of Boston."

Residence: Boarder, 11 Jun 1900, 63 Manhattan St., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 34 He (Thomas W.) and his wife Henrietta are boarding at this address with other non-family members. Thomas was born in Ireland, as were his parents. Birthdate is Oct. 1868. Married 2 years, Immigrated in 1885, not naturalized. Manager of a paper store. Can read and write.

Occupation: Manager of Paper Store, 11 Jun 1900, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 34

In the News: Narrow Escape on Trestle, 28 Dec 1900, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 1130 "Caught on the Trestle. T.W. Shannon of Rochester Had Narrow Escape. Came to Town to Spend the Holidays, but Came Near Losing His Life Instead -- Was Caught on Kane's Trestle by a Freight Train Yesterday Morning Early.
Thomas W. Shannon, a former resident of this city, who for a number of years has made his home in Rochester, where he represents a large paper house, had a narrow escape from death yesterday morning. Mr. Shannon come to town to spend the holidays. A rabbit hunt was organized for his entertainment and before daylight he started with two sons of Thomas Jermyn, of Talman street, and a couple of dogs for the wood lots around Mud lake. The shortest way was out the R.W. & O. tracks. When they came to the long trestle South of Kane's bridge they debated as to whether they should cross on the ties or go beneath the structure, finally deciding to cross on the ties. When about half-way from the South end they saw the trackwalker hurrying towards them and gesticulating wildly. Looking around, the three hunters saw a long freight train coming towards them. They at once started on a run to cross the trestle.
Shannon had taken but a few steps when the toe of his big rubber boot slipped on the tie and he fell. His companions, who were ahead of him, did not notice the accident, and kept right on running until within a few feet of the end of the trestle, when they jumped to safety. As the train came down upon him the whistle was tooted loudly and every effort was made to hold the cars by the brakes.
With his hands bleeding and lacerated Mr. Shannon partly regained a sitting position and throwing his gun over the trestle swung himself from the beams on the side and then hung suspended by his arms fifty feet from the ground while the train rushed by. When the engineer saw that he had saved himself he signalled to let off all brakes and opening the locomotive wide made the cars spin across at a lively rate.
After the train had passed Mr. Shannon's friends hurried to his assistance and helped him back upon the trestle. In his fall he badly bruised his legs and injured one of his knee caps. His hands were also badly but and lacerated and today he returned to Rochester to recuperate, but thankful that he's alive. Mr. Shannon says that it seemed to him the the locomotive was upon him when he swung himself over the side. He says that he could see that the train crew was making every effort to stop the train."

In the News: Thrown to Pavement, runaway horse, 10 Nov 1902, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1131 "Upset Ends Runaway on Plymouth Avenue"
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shannon Thrown to Pavement, But Neither Badly Hurt -- Horse Ran Two Miles
For two miles yesterday afternoon a runaway horse attached to a buggy in which were Thomas Shannon and his wife, of No. 63 Manhattan street, dashed at top speed through Plymouth avenue, scattering bicyclists right and left, frightening other horses and several times narrowly escaping a smashup. The finish of the wild ride came at the corner of Troup street and Plymouth avenue, when the animal tangled his hind legs in the dashboard of the buggy, which was overturned, throwing the occupants into the street.
When spectators rushed forward it was seen that Mrs. Shannon was unable to rise without assistance. She was helped into the home of James R. Chamberlin, at No. 109 Plymouth avenue, by Mr. Shannon and Horce C. Brewster. It was found that her face was bruised and her lip cut, and she was suffering severely from shock. Mr. Shannon was considerably jarred by the fall of the buggy, but was otherwise uninjured. Both were able to leave Mr. Chamberlin's house within a short time after the accident, which occurred shortly before 5 o'clock.
The animal behaved decorously until within a short distance from the Plymouth avenue entrance to Genesee Valley Park, when he bolted, turned and started at top speed down the avenue. Mr. Shannon did not immediately try to stop the frightened animal, but allowed it a free head, hoping that it would run itself to exhaustion. The horse seemed to gain strength, however, and almost before the driver knew it, they were crossing the railroad bridge near Caledonia avenue.
The horse was guided down Plymouth avenue and when the buggy turned the curve around Plymouth square, spectators say, it was running on two wheels. From the square to Main street west there is almost a straight stretch of roadway. The horse end(?) on, gaining speed at every jump. Then a new danger presented itself. Should the canal bridge at Plymouth avenue be up to allow the passage of boats nothing could prevent horse, buggy and occupants from going into the water. When the buggy was a short distance from Troup street, Mr. Shannon saw the bridge was up and prepared for the worst.
But near Troup street the horse sent his hind legs crashing through the dashboard of the buggy. This was all that saved Mr. and Mrs. Shannon from going into the canal, as the bridge was up for repairs and could not have been lowered in time to prevent the horse from leaping into the water.
The horse was led to the Higgins stable, where it was found that it was uninjured. The dashboard and lamp of the carriage were broken, but the vehicle is not otherwise damaged."

Entertainment: Member of Rochester Whist Club, 1903, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 127 Is this the paper store manager, the tinsmith, or ? Or are they all the same guy?

Occupation: Merchant (Paper), 1 Jun 1905, 28 Buena Place, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1127 Living in 2nd election district, Block F, 12th ward, Rochester. Listed as Thomas H.. Living here are Thomas and Henrietta Shannon and one year old Wilma, their daughter.

Entertainment: Member of Rochester Yacht Club, 1909, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 127 May not be the correct Thomas Shannon. There was at least one other of the same name living in Bath, a town near Rochester, and that one was an attorney. Another person with that name was a reverend.

Residence, 21 Apr 1910, 28 Buena Place, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 13 Living here are Thomas W. as head, wife Henrietta A., Wilma L., and Virginia L, their daughters. Also here is Clara Borchard, servant.

Occupation: Wholesale Paper Agent, 21 Apr 1910, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 13

In the News: Visit to sister in Oswego, NY, 23 May 1912, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 1132 "Thomas W. Shannon in Town. Thomas W. Shannon, of Rochester, some twenty-five years ago a resident of Oswego, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Thomas Jermyn at No. 332 West Fifth street. Mr. Shannon is in the paper mills agency business. He is a brother-in-law of Major A.M. Hall."

Residence, 1 Jun 1915, 28 Buena Place, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1133 Living here are Thomas W., Henrietta A. his wife, and daughters Wilma L. and Virginia L. Also living here is Clara Borchard, servant.

Occupation: Wholesale Paper Agent, 1 Jun 1915, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1133

Residence, 14 Jan 1920, 234 Canterbury Rd., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 14 Living here are Thomas W. as head, wife Henrietta A., Wilma L., and Virginia L., daughters. Also living here is Clara Corchard, servant from Germany.

Occupation: Wholesale Paper Merchant, 14 Jan 1920, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 14

Residence, 1 Jun 1925, 234 Canterbury Rd., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1134 Living here are Thomas W. Shannon as head, wife Henrietta, daughters Wilma and Virginia. (No servant.)

In the News, 6 May 1928, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 1131 "Miss Wilma Shannon of New York city who has been passing some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shannon of Cantebury road will return tomorrow."

Residence, 11 Apr 1930, 234 Canterbury Rd., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 3 Living here are Thomas W. as head, wife Henrietta A., and daughter Virginia L. They own the home, and have a radio.

Occupation: Merchant of Wholesale Paper, 11 Apr 1930, Rochester, Monroe, NY. 3

Residence, 5 Apr 1940, 234 Canterbury Rd., Rochester, Monroe, NY. 6 Living here are Thomas W. as head, wife Henrietta A., and daughter Virginia N. (or H.?)

Death, arteriosclerosis. 63 Cremated and ashes delivered to undertaker.


Thomas married Henrietta A. (Henrietta A. was born about 1874 in Germany,34,1127 died on 26 Sep 1957 in Rochester, Monroe, NY 63 and was buried on 3 Oct 1957 in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe, NY 63,1135.)

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