WILLIAM SHANNON, the only harnessmaker in the town of Heyworth, is located on West Main street where he has
carried on his business since the spring of 1870. He has a permanent and finely established trade, and by his straightforward
business methods has secured the respect and esteem of the community. He was formerly a resident of Bloomington,
where he located in 1849, and followed his trade for a period of twenty years.
Mr. Shannon was born in Shelby County, Ky., Feb. 7, 1813. His father, Hugh Shannon, was a native of Ireland and came to the United States when a young man and settled in Virginia. He was there married to Miss Sarah Kendall, whose father was a farmer, and who became a resident of Shelby County, Ky., which afterward remained the home of both our subject's parents during their lifetime. At the time of their decease both were well stricken in years, and had built up a good record by their honest lives and kindly deeds. Of their eleven children our subject was the third in order of birth. He grew to manhood in his native county, and there learned his trade under the instruction of Harris Hickman. After serving an apprenticeship of three years he set out as "jour" and in due time took unto himself a partner and helpmeet in the person of Miss Nancy B. Ritchey, their union occurring on the 2d of April, 1835.
Mrs. Shannon was born and reared in Scott County, Ky., of parents who were born, reared and married in Virginia, her father being engaged in farming pursuits. Later they removed to Owen County, Ky., where the father died about 1836. The mother, who was formerly Miss Catharine Bronson, after the death of her husband came to Illinois and died at the home of her grand-daughter, Mrs. Sarah Chase, when seventy-seven years old. Mr. and Mrs. Shannon of this notice became the parents of seven children, of whom George F. and Mary C. are deceased. Those living are Sarah, Samuel R., John T., Irene and William B., all married and settled in comfortable homes.
Mr. Shannon followed his trade in Owen County and Covington, Ky. for some time after his marriage. Thence he removed to Bloomington, Ill., where he established a good business and was successful. In Heyworth he has been President of the Village Board, and is Democratic in politics. He is greatly interested in the cause of temperance, and of late years has identified himself with the Prohibition movement. All the family are members of the Baptist Church, and are recognized in this community as law-abiding and useful citizens.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 673. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.