Bessie Thomas Hardwick (1887-1972) was born September 29,
1887, in Tallula, Menard County, Illinois, but moved with her parents, John
Thomas and Martha Ann Raikes Hardwick, near Indian Point, Illinois, before1893.
She attended all nine grades at Indian Point School. After her marriage to
William Michael Shannon on May 15, 1907, the couple lived on several different
farms in Menard County near Petersburg, Tice, and Indian Point, before moving in
1924 to a home on the west side of North Main in Athens. Their daughter, Martha
Pylena, was born in February 1908, when the couple lived in a log home near the
Rock Creek Church off Route 97, between Petersburg and Springfield. Twins,
Herbert Clellen and Doris Helen were born in 1912, on a farm owned by Albert
Kincaid five miles northeast of Athens. Bessie's grandmother, Martha Helm Raikes,
lived with Bessie, Will, and their three children near Indian Point, Menard
County, Illinois, in 1920, and continued to do so until 1923. Will and Bessie
lived in several homes in Athens, but resided on South Adams Street from 1945
until their deaths.
Bessie died on December 13, 1972, a year after her husband, and is buried in
Hall Cemetery in Athens, Illinois.
Barbara Shannon Cox