Thomas Jefferson Shannon (1850-1929) was born in Williamson Co., Tenn. to Jefferson and Rachel Dowdy Shannon. He had a brother John R. and sisters, Louisa Jane and Martha. His father died between 1856 and 1860 in Tennessee. In 1870 Rachel and her three children (Louisa Jane, Thomas Jefferson, and Martha) were in Stoddard Co., Mo. In 1874 Thomas and Martha Francis Chilcutt were married in Williamson Co., Ill. In 1880 Thomas and Martha were in Johnson Township, Clay Co., Ark. with three children and his sister Jane living with them.
In 1880 Thomas Jefferson and Martha were in Clay County, Ark. with four children (Ethel May, William Finis, Rosie Lee, and Eliza Jane) and his sister Jane was living with them. By 1900 they had two more children (Nettie and Lonne) and two grandchildren living with them (Wesley and Oscar Townsend). In 1920 their daughter-in-law, Mattie and her two children, Edgar and Ula were living with them. Chidlren of Thomas Jefferson Shannon (1) Ethel May Shannon (1872-1951) married William Benjamin Patterson in 1897 and had Minnie Ann Patterson who married Henry Braman; Linnie F. Patterson married Marion Braman; James Lindley Patterson married Beulah Shaw and Agnes Summers; and Delbert Wayne Jefferson Patterson. (2) William Finis Shannon (1850-1928) married Ettie Gertrude Shockley in 1898 and had (a) William Thomas (Tommy) Shannon who married Laura Clayton and had Orval, Gertrude Pearl Pruet, Patsy Barber Jones and Rosa Lee McNeely; (b) Omer Curtis Shannon married Callie Manning and had Geneva Pruett, Mary Layer, and Orlie Shannon; (c) Ola Pearl married George W. Story; (d) Lula Ann Shannon married Audie Vinson and had James, Lavonne, and Donald Vinson; (e) Esther Jewell Shannon married Perri --- and had Wanda Louise Crain and William LaVaughn? (buried beside them); (f) Ennis Shannon married Ray Morris and died in 2008. (3) Eliza Jane Shannon (1880-1931) married Clarence I. Dowdy in 1899. (4) Nettie Shannon (1885-1972) married T. L. Dowdy in 1903. (5) Lonnie R. Shannon (1887-1918) married Mattie Patterson in 1908 and had Julia, Lula, and Edgar. (6) Rosie L. Shannon (1878-1984). (7) Effie D. Shannon married Wesley Townsend.
Many of these are buried in Shannon Cemetery in Clay County, Ark.