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Living descendants of Caleb and Caroline, still in Hamburg, remember the house as the family homestead. One of them, my cherished fifth cousin once removed Mary Garret Shannon, has blessed our shared family with a wonderful collection of research and memories, assembled on as the Shannon Family Tree. She has kindly invited* me to her Tree as a Guest, and we continue to share what we’ve learned about our people.
*If you would like access to it, please contact me, and I’ll give you Mary’s e-mail address. I haven’t yet asked her permission to publish it here. Or you could just go to and search for the Shannon Family Tree. What they let you see will depend on your membership situation (if any) with them.

Caroline’s gravestone in Hamburg says that she died 23 September 1840, aged only 29 years, 6 months, and 21 days. Assuming that’s accurate, that would put her birth at 2 March 1811. Caleb’s adjacent stone reports his death on 8 June 1882, having attained a much riper 74 years, 2 months, and 27 days, and implying a birth date of 12 March 1808.

The charts on the next few pages put Caroline and her family into context.
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