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Re: Hiram Shahan b. c1840 Preston Co. WV
Posted by: Sid Date: October 30, 1999 at 07:10:16
In Reply to: Hiram Shahan b. c1840 Preston Co. WV by Carol Lawrence Vidales of 343

Too many inconsistencies to say there is a connection but also too many coincidences to write it off. Hope this helps.

Carroll Co. AR Biographies
http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/data/ar+index+4008893777+F

Hiram S. Shahan, an enterprising farmer, and the present sheriff of
Carroll County, Ark., was born in Preston County, Va., September 15,
1837. He is a son of John S. and Nancy (Thorn) Shahan, both also
natives of Preston County, Va. About 1841 John S. Shahan removed west
with his family, and settled in Carroll County, Ark., on pre-empted
land. Here he improved a farm, on which he still resides. His wife has
been dead several years. For a number of years he has held the office
of justice of the peace, and is a stanch Republican in politics. Hiram
S. Shahan grew to manhood on his father's farm. In 1861 he enlisted in
the Union army for three months, which time he served in the Home
Guards in Missouri. On July 7, 1862, he enlisted in the regular
service, and was assigned to the First Arkansas Cavalry, with which he
served until the close of the war. During the battle of Prairie Grove
he had the thumb of his right hand shot off. A shot also passed
through the sleeve of his right arm. Before the war was over he was
promoted to quartermaster-sergeant. When hostilities ceased he
returned home and engaged in farming. He was married in Carroll
County, in 1859, to Amanda E. Litterell, a native of Alabama, who was
chiefly reared and educated in Carroll County. To their union have
been born ten children, of whom John M. and Matilda Jane are deceased.
Those living are Grant (of Kansas), Nancy (Mrs. M. Bridwell), Hiram
L., Elijah, Charles, George, Clara and Effie E. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Shahan are earnest Christians and members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. Shahan is a member of Green Forest Masonic Lodge, and is a
Master Mason. In politics he endorses and supports the principles of
the Republican party. For four years he served as justice of the
peace. He was also appointed assessor, and made one assessment of the
county. In the fall of 1886 he was elected sheriff of the county,
receiving a majority of ninety-five votes, when the county is
Democratic by a majority of 400 votes. He has made a faithful and
efficient officer, and has given satisfaction to both parties.


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