No Shannon Trading Post in 1826 - 1830

by: Kameron Searle 

   A number of "histories" have made claim that Jacob Shannon or his father Owen Shannon were operating a trading post in what is today western Montgomery County as early as 1826 or 1830.  There was no trading post being operated by Owen Shannon or Jacob Shannon near the current location of Montgomery, Texas in 1826 as poorly researched histories teach.  Documents prove that both the Shannons were still living at Ayish Bayou (present day San Augustine, Texas) in January of 1826 and in the Town and Jurisdiction of Nacogdoches as late as February and March of 1830. 

   It is important to note that the Shannons did not receive their Mexican Land Grants from Stephen F. Austin in what is today  Montgomery County until ?? of 1831.

   In Volume 11 of the Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection "Nacogdoches Archives from the Texas State Library" translated by Robert Bruce Blake, both Jacob Shannon and Owen Shannon appear in "A List of Free Males at Aysh [Ayish] Bayou" dated January 9, 1826.

Owen Shannon and Jacob Shannon in Ayish Bayou in 1826  

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See #60 Jacob Shannon and #61 Owen Shannon Below 

 Jacob Shannon # 60 and Owen Shannon #61  

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   Next we look at the Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection again in Vol. 30

Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection - Vol. 30

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   On February 28, 1830, Jacob Shannon applied for citizenship in the town and jurisdiction of Nacogdoches.  This should put to rest the myth that he was operating a trading post near the present site of Montgomery, Texas during the period from 1826-1830.

Jacob Shannon in Nacogdoches in 1830 - Occupation Laborer

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List of Foreigners in Book of Judgments

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research - Houston, Texas

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research - Houston, Texas

Nacogdoches, March 29 1831

Blotter Book

Manuel de los Santos Coy.

 

   This document dated March 29, 1831 indicates that Jacob Shannon was a resident of Nacogdoches as late as March 29, 1831.