Grayson County TXGenWeb
Shannon Cemetery
By -Tina DiToma

N33.75656  W096.56239
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

Footstone reading K.W.A.

Remants of markers

Shannon, James B.              1812  - 1849
Shannon, Mary                     Dau. of James B. & Nancy Shannon
Shannon, Nancy                   1814 - 1848

Thomas, F.L.                       Born 23 Jun 1873   - bottom half covered up. 
   Dau. of G.H. & E.J. Thomas

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