Posted By:Pat Shannon
Subject:Shannon, Newman, Baines
Post Date:February 29, 2008 at 12:04:36
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Forum:Travis County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Does anyone have access to old death records before 1900, or cemetery records in the Austin area? I need death date/place for Pinkie Mobley Baines, and also David C. Shannon and his wife Mariah Ellen Payne Shannon. Pinkie (her first and last names may have been spelled differently) probably died in Austin, but any of them may have died/been buried in Williamson County, possibly near Georgetown or Round Rock. Online cemetery records have not provided any of these names that I can find.

I'm also looking for a definite connection between the Shannon and Baines families through David Shannon's son, Jefferson Charles Shannon, and Pinkie Baines' possible granddaughter Bell Newman. Bell Newman has been a brick wall. Jeff and Bell were married in Georgetown, Williamson County in 1882, they lived in Round Rock for many years, then moved over to Austin for a short time before going on to Cleburne and Ft. Worth. Pinkie Baines, her son's Christopher Columbus and Wiley Clinton Baines, and three of her grandchildren, Willie, Maggie, and Bell "Numama" were in Austin by 1880. It's believed that the grandchildren's last name was actually Newman, not Numama. Pinkie died sometime between 1880 and 1900. Her son Christopher Baines and his family were known to be in Williamson County in 1900. Wiley Baines and his family lived next door to Jefferson and Bell Shannon in Austin in 1900. Nothing is known about the grandchildren, Willie and Maggie. No positive evidence has been found concerning the parents, grandparents, or any other ancestors of Bell Newman Shannon, though there's a good possibility that Henry Baines and Pinkie Mobley were her grandparents. This is what I'm hoping to prove or disprove. It's possible that Bell Newman's mother was Nancy E. Baines, oldest daughter of Henry and Pinkie.

If anyone has any information about these families that they would be willing to share, I'd be happy to share what I think I know in return. I know a lot about this Shannon family up to about 1860, and with help from other Shannon descendants, have filled in as many gaps as possible after that. The Baines family has been very hard to trace from Mississippi to Texas. Any help would be appreciated.