Biography of Deacon George W. Shannon
Yates County, NY Biographies





Shannon, Deacon George W., son of Daniel and Lydia (Raplee) Shannon (who moved from New Jersey to this county), was born in Starkey, December 27, 1806, one of nineteen children born to his parents. They came to this country with the earliest settlers, and took up their residence at what afterwards became known as Shannon's Corners. George received a common school education, and when sixteen years of age took charge of his father's grist mill for three years. He then ran a boat on Seneca Lake for five years, and on the Erie Canal for two years. January 20, 1830, he married Eliza Wilkins, of Jerusalem, by whom he had one daughter, Mary A., wife of Frank L. Wentworth, residents of Penn Yan. In 1837 he became convinced that his life ought to be lived with a view to serving God, and with this thought uppermost in his mind he united with the Baptist Church at Himrods, being baptized in Seneca Lake in February of that year. It was in connection with the Himrods Church that he so proved himself in Christian work as to be ordained a deacon in 1840. In April, 1844, he bought a farm in Benton and moved there, and here he resided for two years. He then sold it and bought a farm in Milo, just out of the village of Penn Yan, and connected himself with the Baptist Church of that place. His wife died May 15, 1852, and he married, second, February 12, 1853, Mary E. Gould, by whom he had one daughter, Lillie, wife of L. J. Sprague. His second wife died May 20, 1874, and he married, third, Fannie Osborn, who survives him. In 1875 he sold his farm at war prices and moved to Penn Yan, where he resided up to the time of his death. During the past forty seven years Deacon Shannon has identified himself with every good work. On Thursday, December 24, at 8 o'clock A. M., he departed this life. His funeral services were held in the Baptist Church on Sunday, December 27, 1891, which was the eighty fifth anniversary of his birth.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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