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 James Shanley

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James Shanley

Birth
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
8 Feb 1926 (aged 86)
Lincoln County, South Dakota, USA
Burial
Lennox, Lincoln County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID
32926087 View Source

The following is from "Memorial and Biographical Record of Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties, published in 1897.

James Shanley was another of the veterans of the late war, who are now tilling the soil as a means of livelihood in Lincoln County. Mr. Shanley has deservedly prospered in his enterprise as a farmer, and holds a leading place among the agriculturists of Canton Township, in section 7 of which he has a fine farm of 160 acres.

James first saw the light in the city of Lowell, MA, Dec. 25, 1839. He made his residence in Lowell until 14 years old, attending school, and then went to Washington County, VT, to engage in the occupation of farming. He was living there, when the war broke out, and as soon as he could, which was August, 1862, he enlisted in company B, 13th Vermont regiment, infantry. During the battle of Gettysburg, which was one of the engagements in which James participated, he was sun struck, and has not fully recovered from the effects of it yet. After 9 months of faithful service he was mustered out at Brattleboro, VT, and secured employment in a slate quarry in Northfield, VT.

He next engaged in farming in Washington County, VT, and continued to reside there until 1870, when he arrived in Lincoln County, Dakota Territory. In March of that year he took up his present farm as a homestead and located thereon with his family. The grasshoppers were so numerous they cleaned up his crops several years in succession, and for a while thereafter he worked on the railroad. After a few years, however, he again returned to the farm and has lived there ever since.

Dec. 26, 1861, the rites of wedlock were celebrated between James and Miss Mary J. Hassett in Washington County, VT, in which county the bride was born Sep. 17, 1841.

They have been blessed with six children; John A., Nellie J., Mary J., who is now the wife of Timothy Riley, of Lennox, SD; Daniel H., who was married Nov. 26, 1896, to Sadie Ralston; Eliza N. and Fannie, who died when 10 years old.

The following is from "Memorial and Biographical Record of Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties, published in 1897.

James Shanley was another of the veterans of the late war, who are now tilling the soil as a means of livelihood in Lincoln County. Mr. Shanley has deservedly prospered in his enterprise as a farmer, and holds a leading place among the agriculturists of Canton Township, in section 7 of which he has a fine farm of 160 acres.

James first saw the light in the city of Lowell, MA, Dec. 25, 1839. He made his residence in Lowell until 14 years old, attending school, and then went to Washington County, VT, to engage in the occupation of farming. He was living there, when the war broke out, and as soon as he could, which was August, 1862, he enlisted in company B, 13th Vermont regiment, infantry. During the battle of Gettysburg, which was one of the engagements in which James participated, he was sun struck, and has not fully recovered from the effects of it yet. After 9 months of faithful service he was mustered out at Brattleboro, VT, and secured employment in a slate quarry in Northfield, VT.

He next engaged in farming in Washington County, VT, and continued to reside there until 1870, when he arrived in Lincoln County, Dakota Territory. In March of that year he took up his present farm as a homestead and located thereon with his family. The grasshoppers were so numerous they cleaned up his crops several years in succession, and for a while thereafter he worked on the railroad. After a few years, however, he again returned to the farm and has lived there ever since.

Dec. 26, 1861, the rites of wedlock were celebrated between James and Miss Mary J. Hassett in Washington County, VT, in which county the bride was born Sep. 17, 1841.

They have been blessed with six children; John A., Nellie J., Mary J., who is now the wife of Timothy Riley, of Lennox, SD; Daniel H., who was married Nov. 26, 1896, to Sadie Ralston; Eliza N. and Fannie, who died when 10 years old.


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