Patrick Shannon and Elizabeth Shepherd

What I know of Patrick Shannon is through a bio of his grandson, John Shannon, whose father was Joseph Cresap Shannon.

COL. JOHN A. SHANNON. Although of alien ancestry, our subject and the family to which he belongs have been conspicuous for the services they have rendered their country, both in the Colonial times and during the more recent strife between the North and South. Now living a quiet, bucolic life upon his farm on section 10, Vevay Township, Ingham County, he whose portrait appears on the opposite page was born in Wyandot County, Ohio, on the banks of the Tymochtee Creek, October 19, 1826. He is the son of Joseph C. and Ruth (Allgire) Shannon. The father was born in Ireland and was a son of Patrick and Elizabeth (Shepherd) Shannon, natives of County Donegal, Ireland.

Our subject’s grandfather, Patrick Shannon, came to America a short time before the Revolutionary War, and espousing the cause of his adopted country, did good service in that war. He served under the direct command of Washington and was with him in that winter that will ever be memorable in American history, which was spent in terrible suffering, at Valley Forge. He was a man of large means, but his great heart could not endure the sight of suffering that could be relieved by his pocket book, and he spent his substance in relieving the necessities of the soldiers, so that when the war was over he was left with very little. With his wife he then returned to Ireland for a short time to settle their property and convert it into money. It was while they were on that trip that our subject’s father, Joseph Cresap Shannon, was born. The grandfather then came back to America and settled in Kentucky, where his son was reared, and whence he enlisted as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, being a non-commissioned officer therein. After that war was over, Joseph C. Shannon apprenticed himself to a tanner in Fayette County, Ohio, and remained with him for two years. During his apprenticeship he became acquainted with our subject’s mother, who was a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, and they were married before a great while.

After the marriage of our subject’s father he was engaged in agricultural work upon his father-in-law’s farm for a few years and then located in Wyandot County, where he entered land and also built a tannery. At the time of the birth of our subject his parents’ nearest neighbor lived at a distance of two miles. Joseph C. Shannon became so popular with the Wyandot tribe that they conferred upon him the unusual honor of making him a chief. He attended their council meetings, and the fact that he was so favored proved to be a great protection to him and his family. Our subject has inherited the title of chief in the Wyandot tribe, and is to-day entitled to that distinction.

Joseph C. Shannon later removed to Ft. Findlay, Ohio, where he started a store. He was afterward (578) elected County Auditor, and was serving in that capacity when he dropped dead on the ground which is now used as the cemetery in Findlay, Ohio. His decease occurred in May, 1836, and his body lies interred in that cemetery. It was a memorable and terrible occasion for our subject, who was with his father at the time of his death. His mother had died in 1828, and is interred in Wyandot County. His father was after that twice married. There were three children by the first marriage. By the second marriage there was one son, C. C. Shannon, now deceased, who was a soldier in the late war. He left several children. By the third marriage there were three children, two daughters who died in youth, and one son by name Hiram Strother Shannon, a silversmith by trade; he lives in Minerva, Ohio, where he keeps an hotel. The immediate branch of the family to which our subject belongs comprises, besides himself, a sister, Sarah E., who married David Longshore, and whose home is now in Iowa. Our subject’s brother, Capt. Joseph O. Shannon, who now resides in Nebraska, was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion.

As a boy between the ages of six and ten, our subject spent many days with the Wyandot Indians. He learned their customs and also became familiar with their language. Being a favorite with the braves, he was taught to use the bow and arrow with the skill and expertness of one of their own tribe. He went with them on two memorable journeys to Ft. Wayne and Detroit. He was only ten years of age or thereabouts when his father’s death occurred, and was after that sad event sent to live with his mother’s sister, a Mrs. Rachael Murphy, of Delaware County, Ohio. With her he made his home until he was about sixteen years of age. He remembers that, as a boy, it was far greater pleasure for him to follow the Indians about, to hunt and fish, than to go to school, but while in Delaware County he was in attendance at the little log schoolhouse for about three months each winter. The teacher that he had must have adapted himself admirably to the temperament of his little pupil, for here he became fond of his studies, and so great a reader that it was his delight to lie in front of the blazing logs in the fireplace and devour anything that came within his reach. At the age of sixteen he successfully passed an examination and received a license to teach. His career as a teacher began immediately, and for his services he received $10 per month during the first term. He afterward attended Granville College, in Licking County, Ohio, until his senior year, managing to teach at the same time during vacations. He had, however, over-estimated the strain that his constitution could endure, for his health failed him and he was obliged to leave school. His college course up to that time had been paid for by working upon the farm connected with that institution and also by teaching, which he followed for nine years.

In 1850, when about twenty-three or twenty-four years of age, Mr. Shannon, having recently been converted, became a Methodist preacher in the North Ohio Conference. Those were days of the itinerancy, when a preacher traveled about on horseback carrying with him only what he could take in his saddlebags, and when, there being comparatively few churches in the country, the schoolhouses or private residences were the places of meeting. He traveled all over Northwestern Ohio, and was stationed in Toledo for a year, although his first year was spent in Bryan, Williams County. He was at Fostoria for two years.

On March 26, 1854, Mr. Shannon was married to Miss Lucy M. Bassett, of Grand Rapids, Ohio. Their marriage was celebrated in Wood County. The lady was born in Erie County, Ohio, February 15, 1832. By this marriage there have been born four children, whose names are: Anna A., Lillian E., Alpheus G. and Katie. The eldest daughter was born in Waterville, Lucas County, Ohio, June 29, 1855. She married Otto Caple and they live in Vevay Township, Ingham County. Their children are: Harry, who was born in Indiana, August 21, 1877; Lillie E., born in Indiana April 1, 1879; John A., born in Vevay Township, Ingham County, April 2, 1885, and Ruth, also born in this township, January 9, 1887. The second daughter, Lillian E., born March 4, 1860, in Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio, married Edward B. Caple January 19, 1887, and lives on section 10, of this township. Alpheus G., born in Ohio (579) in 1862, died in February, 1866. Katie, who was born in 1873, died in that same year.

In Wood County, Ohio, our subject became connected with the military committee that made its headquarters at Perrysburg, Ohio. His talent in speech making was in requisition, as he made an appeal for volunteers throughout the State. He himself enlisted in the One Hundredth Ohio Infantry, Company A, and was made Captain of the Company. He was in the battle of Wilson’s Creek, Mo., in 1861, before he had become a soldier, and his patriotism taking fire he seized a musket and entered the thick of the light. He now says that he wanted to prove whether he was brave enough to stand under the fire of the enemy. After entering the army in 1862, he was assigned to the Army of the Ohio, and was under Burnside’s command, having received his commission as Captain July 15, 1862. His services having received honorable mention, he was promoted by Gov. Tod to the rank of Major, May 13, 1863. He had studied civil engineering and was enabled to assist O. M. Poe, now living in Detroit, in laying out the fortifications at Knoxville, Tenn.

Previous to this Mr. Shannon had been detached from the regiment and was on Gen. Burnside’s staff, but while engaged on the work of the fortification he was transferred to the staff of Gen. Tillson. After the plans for this work were completed, he was ordered to take charge of their construction according to the specifications that had been made. To relieve the troops that were worn with excessive duty he was ordered to employ negro labor in constructing the fortifications and January 6, 1864, he received an order to organize a regiment of colored heavy artillery. The regiment was to consist of twelve companies of one hundred and fifty men each. It received the name of the First United States Colored Heavy Artillery, and our subject was appointed its Colonel. As is so frequently the case where worth and merit receive their reward and promotion, our subject was not spared the pain of jealous shafts. Gen. Tillson did all he could to belittle his work and loyalty, but our subject came out of the affair with flying colors and was promoted to the position of Lieutenant-Colonel May 11, 1864, and to the rank of Colonel November 4, 1864. On January 15, 1865, while in the line of duty, our subject’s horse stumbled and fell, and rolling over him, crushed the bones of the chest, and by this catastrophe he was ruptured and otherwise disabled. Thus incapacitated for active work, he offered his resignation May 13, 1865. It was accepted, and he returned to his home.

Previous to his entering the army our subject had studied law, and after his return home he was admitted to the bar in Columbus, Ohio, to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio. It was a gratifying tribute to his ability as a man and an attorney that so early in his career he should be elected Prosecuting Attorney for Wood County, Ohio. There he continued in the practice of his profession until he was stricken down with sickness in 1884. His removal to his present home took place in 1885. He is now retired from active life and makes his home with his daughter. His wife still lives and is the faithful companion of his days of trial as she has been of his days of success.

In his experience during the war, when there were so many incidents of oppression and wrong done by the soldiers on both sides, Mr. Shannon gave a brilliant example of the magnanimity that should ever characterize a true soldier and a gentleman. The helpless and oppressed never turned away from him without succor or encouragement, and offenders against the weak and helpless were most summarily dealt with.

The following letter is a copy of an order by our subject to one of the Southern men who had in his possession a little negro boy, whose mother was very desirous to have him:

Atchleys Mill, Sevier Co., Tenn.,
January 3d, 1865
The bearer, Minnie desires to get possession of her little boy, Frank. I regard her claim as better founded than yours. She wishes to send her boy school. You, I understand, have said that no Yankees, or others, should take him. If she is not allowed peaceful possession of her own child, I shall send and take him by force of arms.”
Col. Comdg. Foraging Expedition.

So, we know Patrick Shannon was born in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, that he married Elizabeth Shepherd, and they had a son Joseph Cresap Shannon.

They also had a daughter, Eleanor F., who married John J. Hendricks.

Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH, Page 426:
Liberty Township

“On the 6th December, 1830, all of the territory lying between the present western boundary of Findlay Township and the Putnam County line, and extending from Wood to Hardin County, was erected as Liberty Township. This was only one row of sections narrower than Old Town, and embraced the present townships of Pleasant, Portage, Blanchard, Liberty, Union, Orange, Van Buren and three fourths of Eagle. The following March the lands now composing Blanchard, Eagle, Van Buren and the west half of Madison were cut off; and on the 21st of June 1831, the first election for justice of the peace was held in Liberty. William Wade, George Chase and Moses Predmore, George Chase, Nathan Frakes, Joshua Jones, James Caton, James McCormick, Amos Bonham, Addision Hampton, Zebulon Lee, John Mullan, William Wade, Alfred Hampton, Ebenezer Wilson, Charles Jones, Jacob Poe, James McKinnis, Robert McKinnis, Charles McKinnis and Philip McKinnis, total, 26. Benjamin Cummins received every vote cast and was declared elected. Of theses twenty-six voters, Zebulon Lee, of Orange township and Alfred Hampton of Findlay are the only survivers living in this county.”

2. From Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH, pg 431:
Liberty Township
John J. Hendricks first settled in Amanda Township in 1826, and four years afterward removed to the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 8 (Liberty twp), building his cabin on the north bank of the Blanchard. He entered this tract February 5, 1830. His wife, Eleanor F., was a native of Ireland, and sister of Joseph C. Shannon, once auditor of the county. She was a very intelligent, well-read woman, thoroughly posted in the current topics of the day. Mr. Hendricks and family, after several years’ residence here, sold out and went to Indiana.

Another story of the Shannons from Hancock County, this time Hiram Shannon, Joseph C. Shannon’s son by, I believe, Malinda Vandivere Strother. Joseph Cresap Shannon appears to have been married three times, to Ruth Allgire who died 1828 in Wayndot County, Ohio, to Vesty Chamberlin who he married 1830 Jan 12 in Hancock County, Ohio, and then Malinda Vandivere Strother who survived him and can be found in the 1850 Findlay, Hancock, Ohio census.

Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH:
H. S. SHANNON, hotel proprietor. Ada, was born in Hancock County, Ohio, August 7, 1832. He is a son of Joseph C. and Melinda V. Shannon, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Virginia. Joseph C. Shannon was a farmer. and Auditor of Hancock County at the time of his death, in 1836, and was among the pioneers of Hancock County. He was brought up on the farm, receiving only a common school education. Our subject decided upon the jeweler’s trade for his occupation. He learned it in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and worked at it for thirty years, spending fifteen years in Findlay, of Hancock County. In 1868, Mr. Shannon pursued the jewelry business in Ada, where he continued it for a number of y ears. Since 1879, he has been proprietor of the hotel south of the railroad depot, on John street. In May, 1883, became, proprietor of the new and elegant. “Young” Hotel, on North Main street. In 1875, Mr. Shannon married Eliza Down of English descent, who was a widow with two children-Hattie, the of oldest, who died January 8, 1882, and Freddie I., who is at school. Mr. and Mrs. Shannon are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is a Republican. In the years 1874 and 1875, he was the Mayor of Ada. He is a member of the School Board, a member of the Board of Health; has been a Township Clerk, and altogether he has filled nearly all the public offices of Liberty Township.

And, finally, we have Sarah Shannon, who married William Hackney, another daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth. I already believed this was the family of Sarah Shannon before I finally located the following evidence.

One of the oldest pioneers of Hancock County, Major Bright, great-grandfather of Nimrod W. Bright, of Amanda Township, located or entered 3,000 acres of land in this township, and was an extensive stock-raiser. John Huff, John Shoemaker, William Hackney and James Beard all came to the township in 1826. Huff entered the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 3, December 29, 1825, upon which he settled, but in 1828 he removed to Big Lick Township, where a further mention of him will be found. Shoemaker built his cabin on the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 18, which he entered December 18, 1826, and here he resided till February, 1829, when he also removed to Big Lick, where he died in the spring of 1882. * Mr. Hackney entered the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 3, November 4, 1824, and early in 1826 settled upon it. In April, 1826, he was elected one of the justices of Findlay Township, then co-extensive with the county. In April, 1828, he was elected county assessor, and auditor the following October. He then removed to Findlay, where he resided several years, Mr. Hackney was a man of good education, and one of the pioneer school teachers of the county. His wife was a sister of Joseph C. Shannon, also of Mrs, John J. Hendricks, The family went from here to Springfield, Ill., leaving no descendants in this county. James Beard settled close to Shoemaker in Section 18. He voted at the first county election in April, 1828. After many years’ residence he went to Indiana and there died.
History of Hancock County, Amanda Township

I have the Hendricks in the census in 1850 in Montrose, Lee, Iowa but otherwise haven’t tried to track the siblings of Sarah.

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Montrose, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M432_186; Page: 403; Image: 248.
Michael FRY
230/235 John H. HENDRICKS 54 Farmer $200 VA
Eleanor 40 KY
Joseph 28 Farmer OH
John 21 Farmer
William 19 Farmer
Sarah 17
Ansel 10 b. IN
Samuel 9
Albert 5 b. IA
(following household) Melvin Little

William S. Hackney and Mary Jane Enlow

The following was written Sept 29 1931 by Sadie Hackney CROCKETT, wife of Samuel Kelly.

Samuel Kelly Crockett was born in Boone Co. MO on Oct 6 1855. His father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in 1871 and from which time his home has been in the above named county.

Sarah Elizabeth Hackney was born in Van Buren Iowa, Dec. 4, 1857. Her father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in the year 1872. Then to Montgomery Co. KS in 1876 and to Washington Co. Kans in 1878 and in this last named county Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth Hackney were married on Dec. 21 1882. Came to Chautauqua Co. immediately following the marriage and have made their home here. In this Co., their eight children were born, Six of whom lived to maturity.

William S. HACKNEY was born 17 March 1820 in Ohio to William HACKNEY and Sally SHANNON.

He married, 29 Dec. 1842, in Van Buren Co. IA., Mary Jane ENLAW, daughter of Edward Wilson ENLAW and Elizabeth WOOD. Mary Jane was born 15 Nov. 1824 in Ohio and died 2 Jan 1895 at age 70 in Chautauqua Co. KS. She is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua.

William S. HACKNEY died 2 June 1881 at about 61 in Chautauqua Co. KS and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua.

William and Mary Jane were married 38 years and had the following children:

  1. Amos S. b. 25 Nov 1843 IA (seen in Van Buren censuses), died 26 2 Sept. 1915, is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. KS. Fought in Civil War, union. Co. H, 5 Iowa Vol. Inf. Sarah wrote of watching her father and Amos both go off to fight in the Civil War when she was a little girl. He married 20 Nov. 1879 to Julia E. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible, which has Amos born 25 November 1843).
  2. Charles b. 1847 IA. Seen in the 1850 Van Buren Co., census. Charles perhaps died before the 1860 census. He isn’t recorded in the family bible.
  3. William b. 28 Feb 1850 IA, was married 11 April in 1872 and died 26 of October in 1915 according to Lloyd McKenney’s family bible. His middle name appears to have been France but this is difficult to make out. Seen in the 1860 Van Buren Co. census. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.
  4. Parris Wood b. 5 Jan 1855, died unknown. Sarah Hackney recorded that Parris went to California during “the gold rush”. She stated he’d found gold and would be going to Mexico before returning. He was never heard from again. I’ve since uncovered more information on Parris, of a marriage in Oregon, and a child, and possible separation or divorce. I don’t know whether the family knew about this or not. I’ll cover Parris in a separate post. Source for his birthdate is the McKenney family bible.
  5. Sarah Elizabeth “Sadie” b. 4 Dec. 1857 in IA married Samuel Kelly CROCKETT 21 December 1882. She died 22 March 1946. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.
  6. A daughter named Susan was born in 1862. She is not in the family bible but is observed in the 1870 and 1880 censuses with the family.
  7. George Ross HACKNEY b. 23 Aug 1864, died 19 Nov. 1890 at about 26 and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. KS. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.

William S. HACKNEY served in the Co. H, 5 Iowa Inf. Sergt. Wm. S. Hackney, e. June 24, 1861, disd. July 12, 1861, disab.

Amos S. HACKNEY, his son, also served:
Hackney, A. S., e. June 24, 1861, disd. July 26, 1862, sick.


The 1846 Wapello census shows the Hackneys. I will write of the Skilman Doughty family in the post on Parris and their possible significance in appearance on the same page of the census together.
index selection
DOUGHTY Skilman 3 3 pg. 19
Hackley, Frances 2 2 11
Hackney, Jacob T. 2 3 19
Hackney, Joseph L. 1 1 20
Hackney, Sarah 3 2 19
Hackney, William S. 2 1 22

William’s wife, Mary Jane, and children are living with her parents in Van Buren Co. IA in the 1850 census. William is not with them.

William HACKNEY, age 30, is seen in the 1850 Oregon Territory, Washington Co., Portland census. Though his birth place is given as Indiana, this is our William Hackney. He is recorded next to William Baker to whom his sister Isabel was married. The Bakers moved out to Oregon, as did Jesse L. Hackney.

1850 Portland, Washington, Oregon Territory
page 129
7th December
93/93 William HACKNEY 30 b. IN no occupation
Wm. BAKER 29 b. IN no occupation

A William HACKNEY is also given as in 1845 Portland census.

If William was in OR in 1845, then it may fit with the gap in births, Amos born in 1845 and Charles born in 1847. Then William S. appears to have returned with or met William BAKER in Portland OR in 1850. William BAKER and Isabel had migrated to Oregon by 1854.

The Hackney family is in the 1852 Union, Van Buren, Iowa census.

1852 Union, Van Buren, Iowa
Joseph NIXON
Benjmamin WIDNER
Edward ENLOW 2 males 3 females 2 voters
John M. DAY
Cyrus ROOD
Ezra S. RAND
Nathaniel DAVIS
William HACKNEY 3 males 1 female
J. W. McMANAMAN 3 males 5 females

The family appears in the 1856 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census. The heads of households are off by a line in a number of instances. We see them here living near the Partelows and the Shaffers (the Shaffers are connected through the Robert Eugene McKenney line).

Iowa, Van Buren County, Lick Creek Township
Pg. 300
John SEARS PA trader and Rosan (his is illegible age, perhaps 58)
90/91 Ann LUCAS 60 PA
William HACKNEY 34 OH farmer
Mary J. 32?
Amos S. 15 IA
William F. 5
James 4
92/92 Perrs M. 1
John VANSEL 34 IL and Lydia from IN
Martha 7 IL and children
93/93 Elizabeth WILBERN 49 OH and family

97/97 Bluet PARTLOW 50 OH
Letta 33 IN
Jams 11? IA
Emilin HALE 4
Marshall HALE 1
98/99 Mary BUCKMASTER 90? from Ireland followed by Cyntha b. PA
100/100 George SHAFFER illegible PA
Margaret 53?
Jacob 21 OH
illegible 18
Elizabeth 12
illegible female
Nancy J. 21 PA
Others following, David Carson, St. Leger Stout.

In 1860 we again see the Hackneys next to the Partelows and Shaffers.

pg. 295 LICK CREEK TOWNSHIP (pg. 145
8 June 1860
319/331 PARTLOW
320/332 GODOWN Mark (OH) and Mahala (PA)
321/333 SCHAEFFER J. 39 b. OH
Elizabeth 39 b. OH
Mary 14 (all children born in IA)
Nancey C. 10
Wm. M. 7
Catharine 2
John 4/14
322/334 CARSON D. G. (VA) and Sarah (OH)
323/335 HACKNEY Wm. J. 40 m. farmer $90 $200 b. OH
Mary J. 36 f b. OH
HACKNEY Amos S. 17 b. IA
HACKNEY William 10 b. IA
HACKNEY Parris 6 b. IA
HACKNEY Sarah 2 b. IA

There are SCHAEFFERS from OH on the other side of the HACKNEYS as well. H. Q. SCHAEFFER 34 and Nancy. This is a Hiram SCHAEFFER and was still living near the HACKNEYS in 1870. By 1870 Jeremiah SHAFFER was in Jasper Co. IA, where Elijah BARTOW had been since 1850. Cyrus BARTOW, a brother of Elijah, had also gone to Van Buren Co.

Jeremiah SCHAEFFER (SHAFFER) was married to Elizabeth BARTOW, sister of Mary BARTOW who married Robert Eugene MCKENNEY. Robert Eugene MCKENNEY was in the 1850 Monroe Co. OH census, in which G. W. MCKENNEY Sr. also appeared.

William S. HACKNEY’s granddaughter, Vera CROCKETT, married James Albert MCKENNEY, grandson of G. W. MCKENNEY Sr.

Thomas Evans COLE b. 1842 in OH Washington Co. ends up on pg 83D of the Iowa, Wapello County, Center census in 1880. His wife is Mary Jane PICKEN. Her grandparents are Michael CONAWAY and Martha HOAGLAND. Her mother was Rachel CONAWAY and Rachel’s sister Elizabeth m. George MCKINNEY Jr. b. 1805 in PA, Washington Co.

They are living next to Paris CALDWELL in 1880. Paris CALDWELL married Margaret HACKNEY, sister of William S. HACKNEY. In the 1860 census, Jeremiah SHAEFER (married the sister of Mary BARTOW who married Robert Eugene MCKINNEY) is living next to William S. HACKNEY in Van Buren IA.

98/104 CALDWELL Paris 63 farmer b. VA parents unknown
Joseph S. 19 b. IA father b. VA mother b. OH
Blanch 12 b. IA
ARRISON Huston M. 26 son-in-law b. PA parents b. PA
Anna L. 24 b. IA father b. VA mother b. OH
99/105 COLE Thomas C. 38 farmer b. OH parents b. OH
Mary J. 39 b. OH parents b. OH
M? M. 10 b. IA
William B. 6
Jason W. 5

The 1870 census shows the Hackneys in Lick Creek Township in Van Buren, Iowa.

Lick Creek Township
Birmingham Post Office
8 June 1870
pg. 300
147/140 HACKNEY William S. 50 m w Farmer $610 personal b. OH
Mary J. 43 f w Keeping House b. OH
Paris W. 15 mw Farm Laborer b. IA att school
Sarah E. 12 fw At home b. IA att school
Susan 9 fw b. IA att school
George R. 6 mw b. IA att school
3 June 1870
Birmingham Union Township
Birmingham PO
84/84 THOMPSON E. 62 fw keeping house $1000 $1100 b. PA
HACKNEY W. 19 mw Workmen Blacksmith b. PA
SADDLES ? 16 mw Apprentice wagonmaker b. IL widowed

In 1872, son William France (or Frances) married Jane Anderson, daughter of Foster Anderson. Everyone then removed to Kansas where in 1875 we find the Hackneys in Belleville, Howard County (later Chautauqua) Kansas.

Pg. 12
97/97 W. S. Hackney 55 Farming $300 $200 Ohio from Iowa
Mary 50
P W 20 Iowa
Sarah E 17
Susan 14
George 10
Elizabeth Enlow 74 b. Mass from Iowa

They migrated to Montgomery County in 1876 and by 1878 to Washington County where William France Hackney was already living in 1876, operating two blacksmith shops. Joseph Hackney had moved there as well.

12 June 1880
Image 22
W. S. HACKNEY 60 b. OH Farmer father b. VA mother b. KY
Mary Jane HACKNEY 56 b. OH father b. KY mother b. MA
Sada Dau HACKNEY 21 IA teacher parents b. OH
Susan Dau 18 IA teacher parents b. OH
George Son 16 IA parents b. OH
Amos S. Other 36 IA farmer parents b. OH
Julia wife 18 IA parents b. OH

On Dec 21 1882, in Washington County, Kansas, Sadie married Samuel Crockett of Chautauqua County, Kansas.

In 1885 we see William S. and Mary Jane in Linn, Washington, Kansas.

1885 KS, Washington Co. Linn
136/142 L…. P L from PA
137/143 HACKNEY W S 65 b. OH from IA
M J 61
Susan 22 b. IA from IA
G. R. 20
138/144 VANPELTIER J B from NY
139/146 DOUD JE 41 from IA (not from Van Buren)

It sees William S. and Mary Jane may have moved back to Chautauqua as they are both buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas.


George Washington McKenney, George Washington McKenney Sr. and Belle Sparks McKenney are buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Chautauqua Co., KS.

HACKNEYS are also buried there:
HACKNEY, George R. 23 Aug 1864 19 Nov 1890
HACKNEY, William S. 17 Mar 1820 02 Jun 1891 Co. H, 5 Iowa Inf.
HACKNEY, Mary J. 02 Jan 1895 w/o Wm. S. (70 y, 1 m, 28 d)
HACKNEY, Amos S. 26 Nov 1843 02 Sep 1915 Co. H, 5 Iowa Vol. Inf.
HACKNEY, Julia E. 05 Mar 1861 12 Jan 1939
SOURCE: US Genweb search 5 November 2000

William Hackney and Sarah Shannon

William Hackney was born 1794 in Virginia and died before 1846, in either Logan Co., IL or Iowa. On 1815 Nov 24 in Pike Co., Ohio he married Sarah Shannon.

I’ve yet to locate William’s parents but I’ve located Sarah’s, which I will write of in another post. They were Patrick Shannon and Elizabeth Shepherd.

William and Sarah had 9 children:

  1. Thomas S. b. 1814-1819 in Ohio
  2. Jacob Tivis b. 1816 Sep 20 in Pike Co., OH, died 1897 in Winfield, Cowley, Kansas. About 1839 in Logan Co., Illinois he married Lucy Chapman who was born about 1816 in Ohio to James Chapman. He married 2nd a woman named Mary in Logan County, Illinois. Jacob Tivis moved to Winfield, Cowley, Kansas. His son, William Patrick Hackney, was a state senator. I’ll cover this family in another post.
  3. William S. b. 1830 March 17 in Ohio, died 1891 June 2 in Chautauqua Co. KS, married 1842 Dec 29, Mary Jane Enlow b. 1824 Nov 15 in Ohio, died 1895 Jan 2 in Chautauqua Co., Kansas. Direct line. This family moved from Van Buren to Chautauqua County, Kansas, then to Washington County, Kansas, and perhaps eventually back to Chautauqua County as William and Mary were buried there. I cover this family in another post.
  4. Joseph S. b. abt. 1822 in Ohio, died 1880 July 30 in Washington, Washington, Kansas, married 1846 March 23 in Wapello, Iowa to Catherine Strickland. This family also moved to Washington County, Kansas.
  5. Jesse L. b. abt. 1822, died probably before 1870, married 1847 Aug 5 in Wapello, Iowa to Emily Smith. I’ve failed to located him in the 1850 census but perhaps find him in Portland later, serving out of there during the Civil War. I’m not confident yet it is our Jesse L. but I do know his wife remarried to Nathaniel P. Cory before 1870 and later to a Clark, leading me to believe he had died. I’ll cover this family in another post.
  6. Margaret Ellen b. abt. 1824 in Ohio, died 1863 in Wapello, Iowa, married 1845 Nov 27 in Wapello to Paris Caldwell b. abt. 1816 in Virginia, died 1899 in Wapello. I will cover this family in another post.
  7. Elizabeth Sarah b. abt. 1826 married David Johnson before 1846. I’ve yet to locate her after 1840.
  8. Isabel Frances “Fanny” b. abt. 1828 in Ohio married 1st Charles Nelson 1844 Dec 5 in Wapello, then married 2nd William W. Baker on 1849 March 4 in Wapello. I will cover this family in another post.
  9. Theodore Patrick “Dose” b. 1833 July 25, died 1899 Nov 6 in Whitehall, Greene, Illinois, married 1856 Sep 9 in Van Buren, Iowa to Elizabeth Day. She died 1864 March 17 in Whitehall, Greene, Illinois and Theodore next married Mrs. M. Cary (Caroline) Lawrence. Theodore and Elizabeth are buried at the Whitehall Cemetery in Whitehall, Greene County, Illinois.

Son, Jacob Tivis’ bio gives him as born in Pike Co. OH, moving to IN in 1825 and then to IL in 1828. Land records and census shows the HACKNEYs instead in OH in 1824 (land record) and 1830 (census) and in IL in 1840 (census). The children give their birthplaces as OH, though in the 1850 OR census an individual who may be William S. HACKNEY gives a birthplace of IN.

“Jacob T. Hackney, born in Pike Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1816; went to Indiana in 1825, to Illinois in 1828, and came to this county often during the last five years, but came to stay in March, 1880.”
Source: Cowley Co. news

Land records connect William Hackney with Delaware Co. Ohio in 1824 and 1825.

Hancock County was created in 1820 and Organized in 1828. It was formed from portions of Delaware and Logan Counties. In 1845, a portion of Wyandot County was formed from Hancock.

Land records for William HACKNEY at Delaware:

Land Office: DELAWARE Sequence #:
Document Number: 2552
Total Acres: 80
Misc. Doc. Nr.:
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document:
No Issue Date: April 23, 1824
Mineral Rights Reserved:
Metes and Bounds: No
Survey Date:
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Legal Land Description: # – Aliquot Parts – Block # – Base Line – Fractional Section – Township – Range Section #
1 – E½NE – 1ST PPM – No – 1 S – 13 E – 27
1- E½NE – 1ST PPM – No 1 S – 12 E – 3

Land Office: DELAWARE Sequence #:
Document Number: 2773
Total Acres: 75.91
Misc. Doc. Nr.:
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: April 01, 1825
Mineral Rights Reserved:
Metes and Bounds: No
Survey Date:
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Legal Land Description: # – Aliquot Parts – Block # – Base Line – Fractional Section – Township – Range Section #
1- E½NE – 1ST PPM – No 1 S – 12 E – 3

Perhaps about 1826 the family migrated to Amanda, Hancock, Ohio. In April of 1826, WIlliam Hackney was elected a justice of FIndlay Township.

1828 finds them in Crawford, Wyandot, Ohio.

The first settlers of Crawford Township were not blind to the necessities of education, and, as early as 1828, erected a schoolhouse on what is now the southeast quarter of Section 26. Among the first teachers were William Hackney and Adeline Potterfield.
History of Wyandot County

From 1828 Oct to 1831 March, William served as an auditor in Hancock County.

William HACKNEY was “auditor” in Hancock Co. Ohio from October 1828 to March 1831. He was followed by Thomas F. Johnston in March 1831, who resigned, then a Joseph C. SHANNON who was appointed to fill the vacancy in June, 1832, and served until his death in May 1836.

The 1830 census shows them in Findlay.

Shown in the census as HACKNEY with 1 male under 5, 1 5 to 10, 3 10 to 16, 1 30 to 40, 1 female to 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30.

Jacob Tivis, Thomas S. and William S. would be the three males 10 to 15. Joseph would be the male 5 to 10. Jesse would be the male under 5. The female 5 to 10 would be Isabel Frances, female under 5 would be Margaret.


James B. MOORE
Wilson VANCE
Reuben HALE
William HACKEY 1 1 3 0 0 1 / 1 1 0 0 0 1
(1 m. under 5, 1 5 to 10, 3 10 to 15, 1 30 to 40; 1 female to 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30)
Willis WARD
John JEWETT Junr
Allen HOTEL (?)
Benjamin JEWETT
Leonard TRITCH
Peter SHAW

I don’t see Joseph C. SHANNON on the 1830 census. Hancock Co. didn’t exist in 1820.

Land records connect William Hackney with Sangamon, Illinois and Springfield, Logan, Illinois in 1837. Another land record from 1839 is for Springfield, Logan, Illinois, and they are show in the 1840 census there.

To William HACKNEY of Sangamon CO. IL.
Acres: 75.72
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 4/5/1837
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts Sec./ Block Township Range Fract.Section Meridian State Counties Survey Nr. : E½SW 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

Acres: 40
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 4/5/1837
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts Sec./ Block Township Range Fract.Section Meridian State Counties Survey Nr. : NWSE 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

Acres: 40
Metes/Bounds: No
Issue Date: 11/1/1839
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts – Sec./ Block – Township Range – Fract.Section – Meridian – State – Counties – Survey Nr.: SENE 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

1840 , Logan County, Illinois

William RYAN
Johanes BUGINE (?)
John T. BIRD
Valentine BROWN
William HACKNEY – 1 1 1 3 1 – 1 | – 1 1 1 – – 1
1 male 5 to 10 is Theodore, 1 male 10 to 15 is Jesse, the male 15 to 20 would be Joseph, and the 3 males 20 to 30 would be Jacob, Thomas and William. An unidentified male is in the 30 to 40 range (possibly a brother?), then William in the 50 to 60 range rather than 40 to 50. 1 female 5 to 10, female 10 to 15 would be Margaret, female 15 to 20 would be Isabel Frances and then Sarah is given as 40 to 50.
Charles MCCOFEE?
Andrew C. DAVIS
Jefferson HUCHINS?
Andrew J. BARR

William was a schoolteacher at Logan. Reference is made to William Hackney in the book HISTORY OF LOGAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, published by Interstate Publishing, Chicago, 1896 and reproduced by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973.

At a meeting of the Old Settlers’ Association on September 23, 1875, James RANDOLPH, speaking after Jacob Tivis HACKNEY, reminisced about “Brush College”, where William HACKNEY was the first teacher: “It was a most primitive structure, not a particle of iron or glass or sawed lumber was used in its construction; it was built of logs with the cracks daubed with mud; the roof was of clapboards kept in place by weight poles, which were pinned fast to the wall; the door was of clapboards and had wooden hinges and a wooden lock with a buckskin latch-string hanging out….The desks were of hewed puncheons driven in to the wall under the windows…We sat with our backs to the teacher so as to face the light and the desks….the chimney was made of sticks and mud. … In cold weather a large fire was kept up, built against a huge back-log, to put which in place required the strength of the master and several of the larger boys.”

William likely died before 1846 as his wife Sarah is enumerated in the 1846 Wapello County, Iowa census with Jacob T., “Joseph L.” and William S.

1846 Wapello County, Iowa
pg. 19
William McMANN
Daniel CLARK
Thomas PING
Nathaniel MCMOTT
Jacob HACKNEY 1 male under 10, 1 male 20 to 30, 2 females under 10, 1 20 to 30
Sarah HACKNEY 1 male 10 to 20, 2 males 20 to 30, 1 female under 10, 1 female 50 to 60
Reuben MYERS

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Nicholas AVERY
William illegible
Benjamin SHANNON? (illegible, most likely not Shannon)
Joseph? L. HACKNEY illegible 2 in household
William HACKNEY? illegible 3 in household
Christopher L. PERKINS
William HIGGIN

The 1847 Wapello County census.

1847 Wapello County, Iowa
Pg. 29
Silvester WARNER
Parris CALDWELL 1 – 1 / 2 – – 1
Frances M. HARROW?

Pg. 32
Reuben MYERS
Thomas PING
James PING
Robert PARKS
Gideon MYNES?

Pg. 33
Jeremiah LANING
William NATION
Laban NATION Jr.
Sarah HACKNEY 1 1 1 / 3 1 2 – – – 1
George CLARK
Louden BOUGH

I have yet to find Sarah Hackney in the 1850 census.

1856 shows her in Van Buren living with her granddaughter, Helen, from daughter Isabel Frances Hackney’s first marriage to Charles Nelson. Grandson Charles W. Nelson is in the Edward Enlow household in Union, Van Buren with Mary Jane Enlow Hackney, whose husband William S. Hackney is in Portland Oregon with his brother-in-law William W. Baker. The 1850 census shows Isabel in the Wapello County, Iowa census in the household of her sister and brother-in-law Paris Caldwell, but in 1849 on March 4 she married William W. Baker in Wapello. The Stonebraker shown here would be a relative of Laura J. Stonebraker who marries William Henry Enlow in 1856 in Van Buren.

Iowa, Van Buren County, Union
276/276 David JAMISON 63 PA shoemaker and Ann and family
277/277 Sarah HACKNEY 60 KY
Helen NELSON 10 IA
278/278 John SYFORD 50 or 30 OH Innkeeper plus Sarah and family
279/279 Samuel B. STONEBRAKER 38 Maryland Farmer
Harriet 27 PA
Frances C 6 IA
Mary I 3
Newton 0
William ERVIN 26 VA laborer
Lenora 20 Maryland
Ann A. 10
280/280 Catherine CHINOWETH 54 VA
Jackson 27
Mary 18
Rachel 15
Caroline 12

1860, she has moved to Illinois with her granddaughter Helen, living in the household of her son T. P. Helen’s brother, Charles, is out in Portland with his mother and stepfather.

Sarah is living with her son Theodore Patrick and his family.

1860 IL Greene Co., Whitehall PO., page 709.
T. P. HACKNEY 26, b. IN
Elizabeth 25 b. IN
Frank 3 b. IL
Sarah 64 (mother) b. KY
Helen NELSON 15, a domestic b. IA.

Sarah isn’t given as buried in the Whitehall Cemetery with her son Theodore and his two wives. I don’t know where or when she died.