Salem News 1-6-1898
Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Hannah gave a New Year dinner to their friends and relatives, at their home east of town. It was a large, jolly crowd, and both old and young had a good time. Those present were Messrs. John Hannah and wife, W.P. Collins and wife, W.K. Bunker and family. J.W. Hannah and family, James Bunker and family, Alfred Denny and family, Harlan Pickard and family, Robt. Hannah and wife, Wm. Bond and wife, George Bunker and family, Clarence and Bert Bunker, Misses Florence Bunker and Mae Collins; L. Scott and E. Kerr of Lowell; Mrs. Shannon and Mrs. Hamilton, of Horton Kas., Mrs. Mary Hannah of Winfield, Ia.
Mrs Shannon and Mrs. Hamilton , of Horton, Kas., are visiting at the home of their brother, W.K. Bunker.
Notes from Jon Topp's files:
Obituary indicates Nov 7, 1841 as birth date. Listed as age 11 in the 1850 Census, taken 17 September 1850 in Iowa. The Salem, Iowa Quaker meeting records list the birth date as 7 November 1841 in Henry Co, Iowa. The census age appears to be inconsistent, requiring an 1838 or 1839 year of birth. However, Elizabeth was not mentioned in the transfer from White River, Indiana to Salem, Iowa in November 1839. She was probably born in Iowa. The Salem Quaker records and Obituary are given preference over the Census. Moran's Bunker Genealogy gives November17, 1841. No other corroberation for this date has been found.
Mount Pleasant Free Press Jan. 12, 1911
MRS. SHANNON DEAD
Old Resident of Kennekuk Passed
Elizabeth Shannon, daughter of Robert W. and Myra Bunker, was bornNov. 7, 1841, near Lowell, Henry county, Iowa Territory. She was marriedto Joseph Shannon Nov. 26, 1863, at Lowell. The family located at Kennekuk in 1871, where they have resided for nearly forty years and where she passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 1910, in her 70th year. Deceased leaves her husband and five children. The children are George R., of Kennekuk,Mary E. Root of Sabetha, Kas., William S., of Kennekuk, Mrs. Rosella Meek, of Marion county; and Joseph E. of Kennekuk. She also leaves five great-grandchildren, four sisters and one brother. Besides her immediate family at the funeral there came Mrs. Angie Hannah, Mrs. Emma Bond and William Bunker, sisters and brother of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Funeral was held Wednesday at one o'clock and remains buried in the Brush Creek cemetery. Rev. Porter of the Baptist church, conducting the service. The death of Grandma Shannon was a matter of regretful concern to all the residents of the little hamlet of Kennekuk. She had lived there so long, was so much loved and respected that her passing, after two weeks sickness with pneumonia, was considered a town calamity. It was Mrs. Shannon who was always one of the first on hand when there was sickness or distress in the neighboring families, and her tender ministrations were always appreciated and will live long in the memory of Kennekuk citizens.
(The foregoing is taken from a Kansas paper and refers to a sisterof Mrs. W. P. Collins of Jackson township.- Editor Free Press.)
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