Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Frank Shannon Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC072

Collection Summary

Creator: Shannon, Frank
Title: Frank Shannon family papers
Dates: 1828-1912
(Bulk: 1828, 1847-1851)
Abstract: Correspondence, ephemera, and creative works document the family history of Frank Shannon.
Identification: MC072
OCLC Record No.: 50032462
Quantity: 12 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

The papers were originally loaned to the San Jacinto Museum of History in 1941 by Frank Shannon of Wharton County.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, ephemera, and creative works document the family history of Frank Shannon through the records of members of the Byrne, Hany, Wallis, Wallace, and Steen families. Correspondence concerns the publishing work of D. Byrne, the difficulties encountered by the Rev. James Wallis as he travels to San Antonio to preach, observations about conditions in Lavaca, Texas, in 1851 offered by Ellen Wallis, and an 1877 congratulatory letter and advice about a woman's role in marriage sent by W. P. Holloway to Miss Nannie. A 1912 postcard communication between Lizzie and T. C. Steen of Lake Charles, Louisiana, records the image of a printing office in Wharton, Texas. An obituary documents the life of Frances Byrne. A 1877 poem, "Problem", written by Gretchen, portions of a sermon likely written by James Wallis, and a genealogical record of the David Wallace and Nancy Hany descendants provide insight into aspects of the family life of Frank Shannon's forebears. Transcripts are provided for all documents in the collection, with the exception of the 1912 postcard.


Organized into three series: Correspondence, Printed materials, and Creative works; arrangement is alphabetical.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Byrne, Frances, d. 1851
Wallis, Ellen
Wallis, James
Wallace family
Port Lavaca (Tex.)
Wharton (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Frank Shannon Family Papers, MC072, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Loan Conversion Project, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Calderwood, 2002.


Correspondence, General (by sender)

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130.2 1 D. Byrne 1828
2 W. P. Holloway 1877 December 16
3 Ellen Wallis 1850-1851
4 James Wallis 1847 March 8
5 Lizzie [unk.] 1912 February 29

Printed Materials

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130.2 6 Ephemera: obituary notice, Frances Byrne 1851 December 26

Creative Works

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130.2 7 Creative Works: genealogical record, descendants of David Wallace and Nancy Hany; poem, "Problems"; sermon fragment 1877 October 7, undated