There are two Shannon Cemetery's in Grayson County, the other one is
NE of Sherman and 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. It is on property owned by the WJ Smith Wood Preserving
Co. You can find it by turning on the gravel driveway at the radio
tower. Park and walk east, around and behind the fenced off tower.
It is in a clump of trees not far from the track (The only clump of trees
in the field).
This cemetery is named for James B. Shannon - More about him;
James B. Shannon, born 1812 died 1849 and his wife Nancy (Forrester) Shannon
born 1814 died 1848 share a headstone which is now broken into pieces and
mostly lying on the ground. James Shannon was one of the earliest settlers
of Grayson Co. James and Nancy (Forrester) Shannon were born in Warren
Co., KY 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, it contained a large 'potters field'.
Research underway - There are at least a hundred graves here, additions
will be made if records are found.
Another visit during winter is planned
1812 - 1849
Dau. of James B. & Nancy Shannon
1814 - 1848
Born 23 Jun 1873 - bottom half covered up.
Dau. of G.H. & E.J. Thomas