Shanahan, John - Macoupin County Illinois

submitted by Maureen White Pierce

A first Family of Macoupin County Illinois

Descendants of
John & Ann Duncan Shanahan

1853 Families of the first 25 years 1878 (undated newspaper  article)

John and Ann SHANAHAN settled in the Gillespie area in  1856.    John SHANAHAN was born in 1832 in Roscrae, Ireland and  Ann  (DUNCAN) SHANAHAN was born in 1833 in Ennis, Ireland.  She was 13  years old when she came to America.  They were married in 1856 in Alton,  Illinois, and moved to Gillespie that year.  There were only 6 or 7 houses  in Gillespie at that time, and they made their first home at the corner of Oak  and Adams.

They had 12 children: 3 sons, John, Patrick and George, 5 daughters, Rose (CARROLL), Margaret (BARTLETT), Elizabeth (McEVOY), Anna (FIREHAMMER), and Johanna (MORRISEY).  Four children died in infancy.  There are 28 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren.    Mr. SHANAHAN was a  foreman for the New York Central Railroad until 1870, when he purchased a farm  of 80 acres for $500.00 from John & Julia JONES.  This farm is located  in Section 5, twp. 8, Range 6.  The farm was sold in 1919 to the RELEFORD  family, and is now owned and operated by Floyd RELEFORD.  Mr. RELEFORD has  the original abstract of title, showing it was a homestead grant on Oct. 30,  1850 from the United States of American to Wiad R. RHOADS.

John SHANAHAN died on May 29, 1895, and was buried in the old Catholic Cemetery out by the City Lakes, but was later moved to Holy Cross  Cemetery. Mrs. SHANAHAN moved back to town in 1900, and  resided in the house at the corner of Jersey and Pine.  She died on October  28, 1923, and was the oldest resident of Gillespie when she died.  She is  buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Descendants living in Gillespie are Mrs. Lydia SHANAHAN (George), daughter-in-law; 3 grandchildren, Marie CARROLL KEUPPER, Kathryn SHANAHAN  SKOSEY, Anna M. SHANAHAN LIPSEY; 2 great grandchildren, Lillian M. KEUPPER and Margaret M. BARTLETT NOVAK; 1 great-great grandson, Joseph BARTLETT NOVAK; and 2 great-great-great grandchildren, Joseph BARTLETT NOVAK II and Ann Marie NOVAK.

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