are two Shannon Cemetery's in Grayson County. The one North East of Sherman is still in use.
This cemetery is located in the 1800 block of West
Crawford St. in Denison. It is on the north side of the road just west of the
railroad track on property owned by the WJ Smith Wood Preserving Co.
Turn on the gravel driveway at the radio tower. Park and
walk east, around and behind the fenced off tower. It is amongst the only clump of trees in the field, not far from the railroad track.
This cemetery is named for James B. Shannon. James B.
Shannon [1812 - 1849] and his wife Nancy Forrester
Shannon [1814 - 1848] share a headstone which is now broken into
multiple pieces. James B. Shannon was one of the earliest settlers of
Grayson County, Texas. Both James Shannon
& Nancy Forrester Shannon were born in Warren Co.,
Kentucky. He was one of the original Commissioners appointed by
the Texas State legislature to locate the county seat, to be named
Sherman. James Shannon was also one of the grand jurors who signed the
exoneration of Charles Galloway of the murder of Holland Coffee in
1846, finding the killing to be self defense. The grand jurors were
said to be among the leading citizens of the newly-created county of
Grayson which had a population of about 500 persons.
This cemetery was very large & contained a large 'potters field'.