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After posting about her baptismal record on Sunday, I realized I had yet another year of birth for Thelma. The record in Houston's Annunciation Catholic Church baptismal log indicates she was born January 21, 1899 (she was baptized May 23, 1901):
Her death certificate, where her father was the informant, gives her date of birth as January 23, 1900:
Thelma appears on the 1900 Census, which means she could not have been born in 1901. I don't think the month below is correct either. The informant (probably Thelma's step-grandfather, the head of the household) listed Shannon's parents as born in Ohio (they were born in Pennsylvania).
I think 1900 is most accurate as the year of Thelma's birth. The tombstone may have not been erected until much later, possibly by her younger brother Joseph Shannon after their parents' and older sister's deaths, and he may not have known the year Thelma was born.
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