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James Shirley
b. 1730's. Lived in Culpeper Co.  Family moved to Kentucky

 

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James Shirley
born say 1730's of Orange Co. Virginia. He died sometime between 1790, which was the last year James Shirley was taxed for land in Culpepper County and 1791 when his widow Judith was taxed in Culpepper Co VA. His estate inventory was recorded in court on 20 June 1794 at Culpeper Co Virginia.

1795 April 22 - Culpeper Co VA Wills and Administrations; Inventory of James Sherley dec'd WB C:438 - In obedience to an order of Culpeper Court, we the subscribors being fore sworn have appreasied the estate of James Shearly deceased as follows to wit [list of personal property including slaves Dick, Clowey, and Dinah] Given under our hands this 22nd day of April 1795. <s> John Clore, Jnt Smith, George Hume. At a court held the 20th day of June 1795, this inventory of the estate of James Sherley decd was returned to court and ordered to be recorded. teste John Jameson C. Ct.

Sale book of the lands of James Shirley dec'd sold by Benjamin Cuisler as commissioner in compliance with an order of the county court of Madison bearing date 23 October 1845 sold the 13th December 1845. Mansion Tract 104 1/2 acres $966.62 sold to Thomas Clore; Tract of 55 1/4 acres $608.30 sold to James Yowell, Tract of 106 acres $106.12 sold to John Quaintance. [Feb 1848 Chancery lawsuit, Wm Shirley et al vs John Snyder et al.]

married Judith Garriott. She died in Kentucky. She was enumerated in Madison Co VA in 1810 census after the death of her husband James Shirley. She was apparently alive on 10 October 1820 when her daughter Jane McGehee and her husband James of Person Co NC sold interest in their inheritance to brother Zachariah Shirley, "land lying in the Co of Madison...containing 106 acres beign the same land on which Mrs Judith Shirley now lives...."

children:

1(i). Mary Shirley born 1 April 1755; She died 21 January 1844 married in 1771 Tobias (Michael?) Wilhoite Oct 15, 1750 He served in the Revolution (pensioned). They moved to to Jefferson Co. KY now Bullitt Co. prior to 1795. In 1808 they moved with some of their children to "Shakertown, Mercer Co. KY where they became charter members of the Pleasant Hill Shaker Community and died. The birth and death dates are from the Shaker Society Records. Her representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850 (heirs named); She died 7 February 1839. They had 12 children.

1(ii). Thomas Shirley born say 1757 (twin) lived in Madison Co. VA. Enumerated as taxable in Culpeper Co in 1790 and 1791; Died 1845 intestate. He was a bachelor and owned approximately 100 slaves and the largest farm in Madison Co. VA comprising of 48,933 acres. His estate was valued at $120,000 to $130,000 at his death. His administrators received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850;

"Madison County, Virginia, A Revised History," by Margaret G. Davis, p. 294: "1793: . . . Robert Oliver was tax delinquent on forty-two thousand acres of land which was bought by the Shirleys.

By 1851 there were 551 farms in Madison County. Eighty five of these contained over five hundred acres; seventeen, over a thousand acres; five, over two thousand acres; three over five thousand acres; and one, owned by Thomas Shirley contained about fifty thousand acres. The average farm in 1851 contained three hundred and five acres.

Thomas Shirley began accumulating land in 1799. Legend says that Thomas Shirley and his brother Zachariah received their first land as a result of the murder of their father. It seems Mr. Shirley [James 1739-1791 branch #21] was an alcoholic and two young men of the neighborhood saw Mr. Shirley fall down in an alcoholic stupor. The boys tortured Mr. Shirley until they realized he was near death. Thomas and Zachariah Shirley frequently went to look for their father to take him home. When they found him on this occasion, he was conscious enough to tell them the names of his torturers before he died. The Shirleys notified the father of the two young men and told him the sheriff would be called and the boys charged with murder. The father, realizing what the outcome of the action of his sons would be, offered the Shirley brothers all his possessions and promised to move West if the Shirley's would not notify the sheriff. Since Mr. Shirley was dead and the family in financial need, Thomas and Zachariah accepted the offer. The man deeded his land to the Shirleys and moved his family West and they were never heard of afterwards.

Thomas Shirley eventually became the largest land owner ever to live in Madison County. He died about 1850. Chancery suits in settling Thomas Shirley's estate were not completed until 1906 and they are considered among the the most famous law suits in Virginia history. Thomas Shirley owned many distilleries and he marketed his whiskey in Fredericksburg. Reportedly the output of the distilleries was so great that teams of oxen were kept on the road to and from Fredericksburg hauling the liquor to market. The extra find liquor was hauled as far Philadelphia. These journeys are credited with bringing the first bananas and goats to Madison County. Tom Shirley owned so much personal property that it took ten days of auctioning to sell it after his death.

child. illegitimate

2(i). daughter Shirley

1(iii). Zachariah Shirley born say 1757 (twin) He first appears in legal records in 1791 as taxable in Culpeper Co VA; When Madison Co was formed from Culpeper Co, Zachariah found himself enumerated in records in that county. Enumerated with his brother Thomas Shirley in the 1810 census for Madison Co VA. He died sometime in 1825 according to one of the many chancery records involving this Shirley family; His will was probated in Madison Co VA in 1826; On 23 August 1850, his adminstrators received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd; He never married but had 2 sons.

1(iv). Nancy Shirley born Mar 27, 1759. She died July 19, 1820. Married James Yowell May 23, 1779 Culpeper Co. VA. They moved to Oldham Co. KY about 1797. Her representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850; They had 10 children.

1(v). Absolom Shirley he apparently died before 1816 (date of wife's remarriage). On 23 August 1850, his estate representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd .

married Cassandra [Felps?]. She married next Wm Austin Dec 26, 1816 in Jefferson Co. KY

children:

2(i). Elizabeth Shirley. She married Henry L. Harrison in Oldham Co. KY She was named in the distribution of money related to the estate of James Shirley dec'd in August 1850 (wife of H. L Harrison)

Jerry Riggs <bobbyriggs@worldnet.att.net> Her parents were Absolom Shirley and Cassandra Felps(her maiden name). Cassandra's father was Abbington Felps, there are several variations of the name Abbington. Abbington Felps signed for her to marry Henry L Harrison, since both her parents were deceased.

2(ii). Alphina Shirley. She married Jeptha Leet Oct 29, 1823 in Jefferson Co. KY; She was named in the distribution of money related to the estate of James Shirley dec'd in August 1850 (surname Leet)

2(iii). Sara Shirley. She married Caleb Vest. Her son Elija Vest was named in the distribution of money related to the estate of James Shirley dec'd in August 1850 (Sarah was deceased at the time)

1(vi). Elizabeth Shirley. She married William Wilhoite. They immigrated to Oldham Co. KY. Her representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850 (children named);

1(vii). Joshua Shirley born ca. 1763 lived in Bullitt Co. KY; He and wife Mary resided in Nelson Co KY on 6 August 1805 when he sold his rights to his inheritance from his father James Shirley to Jeremiah Yowell of Nelson Co KY; He apparently died before 1845 when his children filed a power of attorney record in Madison Co VA in that year; His assignee Jeremiah Yewell, received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850; Joshua's children brought suit against their uncle Thomas Shirley's estate in 1847 Madison Co. VA. as a provision had been made in Zachariah Shirley's will for Thomas Shirley, his twin brother, "to sell some of their surplus lands and use proceeds to buy 100 or 150 acres in "some of the Western Countries (meaning, KY?) ....for our brother Joshua to live and raise his family..." That suit lasted for years and it provides much of the genealogical information about this family. See Misc Link at top of page Shirleys of Bullitt Co Kentucky

1845. Orange Co VA DB 17:105 Deed. Oct 25. Absolom Shirley, Juriah Shirley, Henry Shirley and William Shirley children and heirs of Joshua Shirley dec. who was brother to Thomas and Zachariah Shurley dec of Madison Co appoint our brother Joshua Shurley of Bullitt Co Ky but who is now in Madison our lawfull attorney infact to receive from executors or administrators all sums of money or other estate that we may be entitled of estate of Thomas and Zachariah Shirley dec. Oct 25 1845. Absolom Shirley, Juriah (her mark) Shirley, Henry Shirley, William Shirley. Nelson Co Ky: Absolom Shirley, Juriah Shirley, Henry Shirley and William Shirley came before us the Justices of the peace in sd. County and acknowledged the power of attorney.

married Mary Bell on 28 Apr 1801 in Nelson Co KY; She lived in Nelson Co KY in 1850 census after the death of her husband Joshua Shirley; She was the daughter of Henry T. Bell of Nelson Co. KY.

children:

2(i). Joshua Shirley, Jr., born about 1817 KY; Lived Bullitt Co KY in 1845 when he was named attorney of his siblings to secure any money due them from the estates of their father's brothers Thomas and Zachariah Shirley; He was age 33 in the 1850 census. He died without heirs (per Chancery documents)

1866 Bullitt Co KY Estate Inventory of Joshua Shirley - Bullitt Co. Will Book G p. 107 - Inventory of the personal estate of Joshua Shirley dec'd. Page 108 (List of debts)

One note on Thomas Shirley for one hundred and five dollars and ninety nine cents dated and due 8 Apr 1858.

One note on Juriah Shirley for twenty dollars dated 9 Feb 1849

One note on Henry Shirley of thirty dollars dated 9 Feb 1849 and due 11 Feb 1850. Credit by fifteen dollars 29 Jan 1853.

One note on William Shirly and Joshua Shirley for thirty one dollars payable to Thos. S. Shirley dated 9 Feb 1849 and due 9 Feb 1850 Said note was assigned to Joshua Shirley by T. Shirley for value received 10 March 1849. Credit by 20 on the note payed by B.-- Shirley 18 Aug 1852.

2(ii). William Shirley born about 1819 KY, Lived in Nelson Co KY in 1845 according to power of attorney document filed in Madison Co VA in that year; He was age 31 in 1850 Bullitt Co KY census

married Elizabeth Hogland on 23 January 1841 at Bullitt Co KY. Her surname also listed in dau Alice's birth record

children (This family is difficult to trace after 1850 census)

3(i). Henry Shirley born about 1842 KY, age 8 in 1850 census

3(ii). William Shirley born about 1844 KY, age 6 in 1850 census

3(iii). Mary Shirley born about 1846 KY, age 4 in 1850 census

3(iv). Alexander H. Shirley born about 1849 KY, age 1 in 1850 census

3(v). Alice Shirley born 20 Aug 1853 at Bullitt Co KY, born to William Shirly and Elizabeth Hogland

2(iii). Thomas Shirley He nor his heirs are named in an 1845 power of attorney record fileld by his brothers and sister in Madison Co Virginia; Does not appear in the 1850 census with wife and child (unless wrong wife/child). He is likely recorded as a debtor in 1858 in the 1866 estate record of brother Joshua Shirley, see above

married 1) Eliz. Brashear on 25 Mar 1841 at Bardstown, Nelson Co KY

married 2) Mary E. Cartmell on 9 Nov 1847 in Bullitt Co KY; She is living alone with child in the 1850 Bullit Co KY census, age 25. (Is she the correct wife with child?)

children:

3(i). Demascus Shirley born about 1848 KY, age 2 in 1850 census household of his mother

2(iv). Absolom Shirley born about 1805 in Kentucky, He was enumerated in Nelson Co Kentucky in 1840 census; Lived in Nelson Co KY in 1845 according to power of attorney document filed in Madison Co VA in that year; He was age 45 in 1850 Nelson Co KY census, occupation: farmer, value of property $10,000; He lived near his widowed mother in Nelson County. He died 1863 Nelson Co. KY Shirleys of Nelson Co Kentucky

married Sarah Miles on 12 November 1832 at St Lawrence, Daviess Co Kentucky, age 38 in 1850 census.

children: (This family is difficult to trace after 1850 census)

3(i). Mary Shirley born about 1834 KY, age 16 in 1850 census; Married and living in Decatur Macon Co IL in 1860 census; Named as heir of Absolom Shirley in Chancery documents; She married John Dillaha of Decatur Macon Co IL (per Chancery documents) They were married on 7 June 1857 at Bardstown, Nelson Co KY, by a minister of the Catholic Church.

3(ii). Sarah Shirley born about 1838 KY, age 12 in 1850 census; Named as heir of Absolom Shirley in Chancery documents; She married John Obriyant (per Chancery documents) They were married on 10 March 1854 in Nelson Co KY

3(iii). James L. Shirley born about 1840 KY, age 10 in 1850 census; Named as heir of Absolom Shirley in Chancery documents

3(iv). John Shirley born about 1842 KY, age 8 in 1850 census

3(v). Nancy Shirley born about 1845 KY, age 5 in 1850 census

3(vi). M. Shirley (female) born about 1847 KY, age 3 in 1850 census

3(vii). Zachariah Shirley born about 1849 KY, age 1 in 1850 census; age 10, living with sister Mary Shirley Dillaha in Decatur, Macon Co IL in 1860 census; Named as heir of Absolom Shirley in Chancery documents (difficult to trace after this, maybe married Mary Vessels?)

2(v). Juriah Shirley born about 1815; She lived in Nelson Co KY in 1845 according to power of attorney document filed in Madison Co VA in that year; She was enumerated in Nelson Co KY in 1860, age 45. An unidentified (as yet) William P Shirley age 25 is enumerated in her 1860 household;

?children:

4(i). Sarah Shirley. Daughter of Juriah Shirley (who gave consent), she married James Clark on 21 December 1847 in Nelson Co KY,

2(vi). Henry Shirley born about 1810 KY; Lived in Nelson Co KY in 1845 according to power of attorney document filed in Madison Co VA in that year; living with widowed mother in 1850 Nelson Co census, age 40 Not traced after 1850 census

2(vii). Judith Shirley married John J. Barker on 10 June 1820 at Brown Co Ohio (per bounty land record) ; She was granted bounty land on behalf of her deceased husband's service during the War of 1812; Residences listed in documents Clark Co IN, Belmont Co OH, where she resided in 1878 and 1887

2(viii). Mary Shirley. She died 1845; She married Squire Murphy on 28 February 1839 at Nelson Co KY

1(viii). Jane Shirley born 1766 married James McGehee Aug 27, 1801 Madison Co. They lived in Person Co. North Carolina before moving to Jefferson Co. Ky. She received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850;

1(ix). Delilah Shirley born ca. 1768. She was the unwed mother of one child, Lewis Shirley. She ultimately married Benjamin Fleshman and had several children; Her representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850 (heirs named);

1(x). William Shirley born Aug 4, 1772 Culpeper Co. VA; He received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850; He died March 24, 1854 Ky; His will is in Oldham Co. KY and copy in Madison Co. VA.

married Elizabeth Clore Jan 1, 1796 in Madison Co.

1(xi). Bathsheba Shirley born ca. 1774. She died 1838 married Asa (Wm?) McGehee 1808 in Louisa Co. VA. Her representatives received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd on 23 August 1850; She had no children.

1837 Will of Bathsheba McGehee, Louisa Co, VA - Debts to be paid; Lend estate to friend James Turner and his heirs, but if he has no heirs then to be equally divided amongst my nephew, Lewis Shirley, sister Jane McGehee, brother William Shirley and brother Abselem Shirley's three daughters the tract of land I live on, negro Joe, beds, books, etc. livestock.; Fifty dollars to my executor to support the Gospel.; Balance of estate to be sold and money to sister Jane McGehee, brother William Shirley and three daughters of brother Absolem Shirley, dec'd and nephew Lewis Shirley.; Beloved friend James D. Roberts to be executor.; Dated 6 Feb. 1837. /s/ Bathsheba McGehee. Wit. Erasmus H. Walton, Charles T. Trevlian, and Samuel W. Walton. Recorded 10 Dec 1838.

1(xii). John Shirley. Named in August 1850 court records distributing the money arising out of a sale of land to heirs of James Shirley, deceased. John and his brother James Shirley were not provided an heir's allocation "because they have not been heard of for a great many years and from the best information that could be obtained they both died in the life time of their father James Shirly." Nothing more known

1(xiii). James Shirley. Named in August 1850 court records distributing the money arising out of a sale of land to heirs of James Shirley, deceased. James and his brother John Shirley were not provided an heir's allocation "because they have not been heard of for a great many years and from the best information that could be obtained they both died in the life time of their father James Shirly."Nothing more known

   


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