Biographical Sketch of M. Shannon, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO

>From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph
Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.

M. Shannon was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, November 1, 1833.
His father, James Shannon, was a miller by occupation, and brought
up his son to that calling. In 1853, Mr. M. Shannon came to America,
locating for a time in Philadelphia, and then to Lacon, Marshall
County, Illinois, where, for fifteen years, he superintended two
large flouring mills. He afterwards went to Kansas City, residing
there one year, when he took charge of the Perry Mill, at Weston,
in Platte County, conducting the same two years. He came to St.
Joseph in January, 1876, where he has since been in the milling
business with R. T. Davis, having the entire charge of the mill.
He owns a house and lot, corner of Third and Isabelle Streets. He
has been twice married, first, in April, 1853 to Miss Bridget Downey,
a native of the Emeral Isle. She died in January, 1870, and left a
family of eight children: James T., Maggie, Annie, William, Lizzie
and George, living, and two deceased: Ellen and John. His second
wife was Liddie A. Biggs, by whom he has five children: Liddie, Lucy
and Kate, living, and Charles and Henry, deceased. Mr. Shannon was
baptized in the Catholic Church, and his family are also members of
that denomination. During the persecution in England his forefathers
worshipped with the same body.

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