Shirleys of New Hampshire
Branch #25 continued

 

August 2016 - NEW DNA RESULT FOR A LINEAGE ON THIS PAGE - HAPLOTYPE I
Matches exactly Shirley families of NY and PA who are of a different Shirley group entirely

- Matches DNA for Shirleys of Derry Northern Ireland

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This Lineage Page Last Verified and Updated July 2020 (significant lineage rearrangement, thanks to Claire C.)

Editor: The Shirley Association does not necessarily agree that the following John Shirley who supposedly died in Warren Co PA in 1826 was the son of Capt James Shirley of Chester NH. It is quite possible that the following John Shirley is the son of yet a different Shirley parent from the same Branch 25 family - but we do assign some credibility to his mention in the 1887 publication, History of Warren County Pennsylvania. Thus, the matter is unsettled

John Shirley
born say 1750s New Hampshire. According to one source, the 1887 publication, History of Warren County (PA), John Shirley, pioneer of Warren County and Revolutionary soldier from New Hampshire died in 1826 in Warren County Pennsylvania, buried on the old Marsh farm (Kinzua Cemetery), According to the book, Shirley was considered a great canoeist, carrying freight to Kinzua and other points on Allegheny River. While paddling a canoe up river at flood he could light his pipe and not lose headway.  

"...John Shirley, of New Hampshire. Shirley was also a pioneer in Warren, had served in the war of the Revolution, and died here about the year 1826..." - History of Warren County

Error Alert:

There is only 1 stray John Shirley of the NH Shirley family who might be a candidate for John Shirley of Warren Co PA. See 1790 and 1800 census profiles below.

However, John Shirley of Warren Co PA has children born much too late to be the following John Shirley of NH

1790 Rockingham NH Census - Shirley, John 31200 (3 males over 16, 1 under 16)

John Shirley born before 1774
female wife
female daughter
male son born before 1774
male son born before 1774
male son born 1774-1790

1800 Rockingham NH Census - John Shirley 01001-00101 (born 1735?)

John Shirley born before 1755
female wife born before 1755
female daughter born 1774-1784
male son born 1784-1790

DAR Lineage Book 56 - John Shirley (1735-1826) enlisted, 1776 as a private in Capt Runnell's company, Col. Thomas Tasker's regiment. He was born in New Hampshire; died in Warren County PA

Solution?

1. A James Shirley and Alexander Shirley, sons of Thomas Shirley of Rockingham Co NH indeed served in Runnell's company and Tasker's/Tash's regiment. Also on the list is a John Shurley (in one published source, but not another). James and Alexander are brothers, and Alexander had a another documented brother named John Shirley who fought with him at Bunker Hill. This John Shirley is untraced - so why isn't the DAR lineage referring to Alexander's untraced brother John?

This would be the lineage: Branch 25 James Shirley > Thomas Shirley > John Shirley, untraced (of Warren PA?)

2. There is no evidence as yet shown to the Shirley Association proving John Shirley of Warren Co PA, revolutionary war solider, is the same John Shirley who served in Capt Runnell's Co as claimed in DAR lineages. They could be 2 people. Not all revolutionary war service is documented in extant manuscripts. Cannot simply connect the dots because people have the same name John Shirley

married _________ (Hannah Stevens is named as wife of John Shirley in DAR Lineage Book 56 , but no other evidence that we know as yet)

children:

3(i). Moses Benjamin Shirley born say 1795. He was asssessed on 1822 Warren Co tax rolls for Conewango Township (which includes present day Glade Twp) as a single man. He supposedly lived for a time in Chautauqua Co. NY; Enumerated in 1830 Warren Co PA census, same township as James Shirley (below). He died 3 July 1840. (is this a bible record?)

1830 Warren Co Census
Moses Shirley 100010000000 - 0000010000000 (1 son)

married Sarah Cogswell in 1826 (is her surname family tradition?) She was born 2 August 1809; She is widowed and enumerated in the Warren County 1840 census (as Mrs Sally Shirley); She died 18 February 1885 Warren Co. PA. She remarried William Clemens sometime prior to 1850 census. The family lived in adjacent Cattaraugus County, NY. Her children with Moses Benjamin Shirley are identified as "Clemons" in 1850, but are identified as Searly (sic) in 1855 (NY state) and Shirley in both the 1860 and 1865 (NY state) censuses. Her presumed mother Cynthia Cogswell lived with the Clemons household in 1860 census

1840 Warren Co Census - Warren Twp
Mrs Sally Shirley 1000000000000 - 1010010000000 (2 daughters, 1 son, the elder daughter not shown in 1830 household

children

4(i). MOVED Nancy Shirley born about 1827. Married David Loucks in 1847 and they were living in Glade, Warren Co PA. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale; New Her PA death cert lists her father as Mose Shirley and her mother as Sally Shirley (thanks to research of Claire C.)

4(ii). ADDED Mary E. Shirley born about 1828; She married George W. Allen probably in NY, moved to Porter County IN. She died in 1900; Her IN death certificate lists her father as Moses Shirley; (thanks to research of Claire C.)

4(iii). Stephen Wilson Shirley born Mar 12, 1832 Warren Co. PA. He was living in Porter Co. IN 1850 census with John and Martha Wolfe. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale. Lived Ceder Creek Twp, Lake Co IN in 1880 census, age 48; He died Jan 27, 1895 Chicago, IL. Shirleys of Lake Co Indiana

married Mary Allen on 4 Dec 1853 at Porter County Indiana; she was born on 24 Mar 1835; she died on 8 Oct 1913 at Lowell IN

Stephen Shirley Family of Lake Co Indiana
(Standing, L to R) Iza Jane Cobb, Anna Dickinson, Eva Brown, Wilson Shirley, Eunice Fleming, Elsie Texter, Fora/Laura Nichols, (Perched and Seated L to R) Etta Harrie, Mary Allen Shirley, Minnie Hayden (child in front) Stephen Shirley,Vinnie Hayhurst - Thanks to Keri for sending, Aug 2019

children:

5(i).  Eva Shirley born about 1863 IN, age 17 in 1880 census

5(ii). Liza Shirley born about 1866 IN, age 14 in 1880 census

5(iii). Anna Shirley born about 1868 IN, age 12 in 1880 census

5(iv). Wilson Shirley born about 1870 IN, age 10 in 1880 census

5(v). Elsie Shirley born about 1872 , age 8 in 1880 census

5(vi). Eunice Shirley born about 1874 IN, age 6 in 1880 census

5(vii). Vinnie Carrie Shirley born March 6, 1877 Lowell, IN, age 3 in 1880 census; She died 6 June 1977 at Lowell, IN; She married John Mayhurst Feb 16, 1898

5(viii). Minnie Shirley born about 1880 IN, age 0 in 1880 census

4(iv). Elizabeth Jane Shirley born 24 December 1833 Warren Co. PA; Possibly the Betsy Searly (sic) enumerated in mother's 1855 census household, age 20 (If so, then marriage date would not make sense); Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale. She died 12 December 1880 Hebron, Indiana. She married William Henry Sterling on 24 December 1853;

4(v). Samuel E Shirley born about 1839, enumerated in mother and stepfather's household in Cattaraugus Co NY in 1855, age 15 (surname Searly); And in 1860 and 1865 (NY state) censuses. He is likely the Samuel Shirley living 2 doors away from widowed mother in 1870 census with wife Louisa (although a 2nd Samuel Shirley exists in Cattaraugus Co, about the same birth year, but wife Rebecca)

4(vi). ADDED Sarah Shirley born about 1843 PA, enumerated in mother and stepfather's household in Cattaraugus Co NY in 1855, age 12 (surname Searly, sic);

3(ii). James Shirley born about 1796 in New Hampshire, age 54 in 1850 Warren Co census (born New York). He is enumerated in 1830 Warren Co PA census, age 40-49 in 1840 census with 4 sons, a wife and 2 daughters. Age 62 born New Hampshire in the 1860 census.

1840 Warren Co Census - Conewango Twp

James Shirley 1210001000000 - 1100001000000

James Shirley age 40-49
Sarah (wife) age 40-49
Benjamin (son) age 10-15 (born 1825-30)
Hiram C (son) age 5-10 (born 1830-35)
Francis (son) age 5-10 (born 1830-35)
Mary (dau) age 5-10 (born 1830-35)
Samuel H (son) age 0-5 (born 1835-40)
Hannah (dau) age 0-5 (born 1835-40)

married Sarah ________ born about 1796 in CT according to 1850 census, age 54.

children: (appear to be all accounted for based on 1840 census

4(i). MOVED Benjamin Franklin Shirley born 2 October 1826 at Warren Co PA (source for date and middle name: death cert). He lived at Glade Township Warren Co PA in 1850 census, age 23, newly married with one child. On 17 March 1851, Benjaman purchased 4 acres of land in Glade Township from Francis H Shirley, and then on the same day (date of deed), he and his wife Hannah sold the 4 acres to Philip Zimmerlee. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale. Lived at Warren Co PA in 1880 census, age 56; He died 4 April 1907. New His death certificate says died 7 April 1907, age 80y 6m 6d, lists his parents as James (b NH) and Sarah ____ (b NY), occupation Laborer, M B Shirley of Jamesown NY was the informant (thanks to research of Claire C.)

married Hannah H. Shirley on 14 August 1848 in Corydon PA. They are both buried in Warren Co. PA who were her parents, distant Shirley relatives?

Mr. Benjamin Shirley and Miss Hannah H. Shirley, both of Glade, were married Aug. 14, 1848 in Corydon by Mr. Combs, Esq. - Source: "Allegheny Mail" newspaper, Warren, Pa., Tues., Aug. 22, 1848;

children:

5(i). Moses B. Shirley born about 1849 PA, age 1 in parent's 1850 census household, age 11 in 1860 census; Married with children in 1880 Warren Co census, age 30

1875 May 12 - The Forest Republican (newspaper) - Mr Moses Shirley, while at work in the planing mill of Jas. Clark Jr & Co last Wednesday, was struck by a large splinter which passed through his nose and injured both eyes, but, it is thought will not destroy their sight. Medical attendance was called and he is doing well - Warren Mail

married Phoebe _____ She was age 30 in 1880 census

children:

6(i). Desdmonia Shirley born about 1873, age 7 in the 1880 census

6(ii). Melvin Shirley born about 1875 PA, age 5 in the 1880 census

5(ii). Emory R. Shirley born about 1851 PA, age 9 in 1860 census

5(iii). James F. Shirley born about 1853 PA, age 7 in 1860 census, age 27 in parent's 1880 census household

5(iv). Albert Shirley born about 1855 PA, age 5 in 1860 census, age 25 in parent's 1880 census household

married Etta _____

children:

6(i). Albert A. Shirley born 1886 PA

5(v). Cynthia T. Shirley born about 1857 PA, age 3 in 1860 census, age 23 in parent's 1880 census household

5(vi). Richard Shirley born 1861 PA, age 19 in parent's 1880 census household

5(vii). George Shirley born 18 October 1865 PA, age 14 in parent's 1880 census household; He lived in Warren Co PA in 1910 census, age 44 and in 1920 census, age 55

married Ada Harvey in New York; She was age 40 in 1910 census

children:

6(i). Lela Shirley born about 1888 PA, age 22 in parent's 1910 census household; She married Ralph Thurston 

6(ii). Ruth Shirley born about 1891 PA, age 19 in 1910 census. Married but living with her parent's; She married Johnson

5(viii). Lillie Shirley born about 1868 PA, age 12 in parent's 1880 census household

5(ix). Aletha Shirley born about 1871 PA, age 9 in parent's 1880 census household

5(x) Livingston Shirley born about 1872 PA, age 8 in parent's 1880 census household

5(xi) Harry Shirley born about 1876 PA, age 4 in parent's 1880 census household

5(xii) Alice Shirley born about 1877 PA, age 3 in parent's 1880 census household

4(ii). Hiram C. Shirley born 1827 PA, age 23 in parent's 1850 census household; age 30 (sic) at time of 1862 Warren Co Militia Census, living Glade Twp. Served in Co D, the 10th PA Infantry during the Civil War. He was a carpenter and a lumberman. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale. He died Sept 20, 1878; He was killed in a steamboat "Shirley Bell" when the boiler exploded. Buried Oakland Cem.

married Esther Carter, daughter of Zoar Carter; She was enumerated as a widow in the 1880 Warren Co census

children:

5(i). Anson Hiram Shirley born about 1855 PA, age 25 in widowed mother's 1880 census household; He lived Warren Co. PA

married Sadie _____ 1900 census

married Susan ______ 1910 census.  

children:

6(i). Andrew C. Shirley born 1890 PA, age 10 in 1900 census

5(ii). Edwin W. Shirley born about 1858 PA, age 22 in widowed mother's 1880 census household;

5(iii). Fred M. Shirley born about 1860 PA, age 20 in widowed mother's 1880 census household; moved to Des Moines Iowa

married Mary Elizabeth Hoskins

children

6(i). Ray Shirley born 1893 PA, age 17 in 1910 census

6(ii). Joe Shirley born 1894 PA, age 16 in 1910 census

6(iii). Etta Shirley born 1907 PA, age 3 in 1910 census

6(iv). Esther Shirley born 1908 PA, age 2 in 1910 census

5(iv). Dora E. Shirley born about 1862 PA, age 18 in widowed mother's 1880 census household; She married A.J. Rowley; lived Youngstown OH

5(v). Grant Shirley born about 1864 PA, age 16 in widowed mother's 1880 census household;

5(vi). Minnie Shirley born about 1867 PA, age 13 in widowed mother's 1880 census household; She married ____ Morse

5(vii). Carrie Bell Shirley born about 1869, age 1 in 1870 census, age 11 in widowed mother's 1880 census household;

5(viii). Herbert G. Shirley born about 1879 PA, age 1 in widowed mother's 1880 census household; He died in 1946 Warren Co. PA

married Myrtle ______

children in 1910 census

6(i). Dorice Shirley born 1901

6(ii). Louis Shirley born 1905

6(iii). Roumaine Shirley born 1907

4(iii). Francis (Franklin) Shirley born 3 May 1830, age 20 in parent's 1850 census household; Lived in Glade Warren Co PA in 1860, age 28; Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale. Lived at Glade Warren Co PA in 1880 census, age 46; He died 14 April 1904, age 73 at Warren Co PA; buried at Oakland Cemetery, Warren Co PA

married 1) Charlotte ____ named as wife in 1860 census, age 19

married 2) Rosabel ______ named as wife in 1880 census, age 27

married 3) Josephine______ named in the 1900 census

children:

5(i). Rose May Shirley born 1859 PA, age 1 in 1860 census; She married a Miller

5(ii). Clarence Shirley born 1864 PA, age 16 in 1880 census household

married Cynthia _____

children

6(i). De Forest Shirley born about 1886 PA, age 14 in 1900 census

6(ii). Hattie Shirley born about 1892 PA, age 8 in 1900 census

6(iii). Nellie Shirley born about 1893 PA, age 7 in 1900 census

5(iii). Minnie Shirley born about 1865 PA, age 15 in 1880 census household

5(iv). Elmer Elsworth Shirley born 29 December 1870 PA (findagrave), age 8 in 1880 census household; Lived at Warren Co PA in 1920 census, age 49; He died 13 February 1928, age 57 at Warren Co PA; Buried Oakland Cemetery, Warren Co PA

married Cora Parker, dau of Henry Parker of Farmington Twp. Warren Co PA

children (according to the Warren Co PA Gen. Soc Card File)

6(i). Harry Elmer Shirley born about 1913 PA, age 7 in 1920 census

Ancestor of DNA Kit #516361

6(ii). Marie Shirley born about 1915 PA, age 5 in 1920 census

6(ii). Herman Shirley born about 1918 PA, age 2 in 1920 census

married Florence Jean Walter

5(v). Franklin Shirley born 1875 PA, age 5 in 1880 census household

married Melvina _______

children:

6(i). Henry B. Shirley born about 1903 PA, age 7 in 1910 census

6(ii). Daisy Pearl Shirley born about 1904 PA, age 6 in 1910 census

5(vi). Amanda Shirley born about 1878 PA, age 3 in 1880 census household

5(vii). Stella M. Shirley born about 1882 PA, age 18 in 1900 census household

5(viii). Daisy P. Shirley born about 1886 PA, age 14 in 1900 census household

4(iv). Mary Shirley born about 1834 PA, age 16 in parent's 1850 census household. She married Isaac Culbertson and they were living in Glade Co. Warren Co. PA in 1877. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale

4(v). Samuel Huston Shirley born about 1838 PA, age 12 in parent's 1850 census household; Living in Conewango, Warren Co. PA in 1870 census (as Huston Shirley). Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale

married 1) Rebecca Elliot, died in child birth with Lillian. 

married 2) Hannah ______ sometime before 1870 census.

children:

5(i). Emily Jane Shirley born about 1859 PA. age 1 in 1860 census household. She died 1922. She married Thomas S. Farrell (11 children). Not enumerated in parent's 1870 census household, age 11?

1876 Jun 11 Appointment of guardian for Jerome Shirley, Emma Jane Shirley and Charles Shirley, minors of Glade Twp Vol 5 pg 291 (14 Jul 1876)

5(ii). Eugene Shirley born about 1860 PA, age 1 in 1860 census household. He died age 4 years trying to get a pumpkin out of the pond and fell in and drowned.

5(iii). Charles S. Shirley born about 1860 PA, age 10 in 1870 census. He died age 16 of poison ivy that went internal 

1876 Jun 11 Appointment of guardian for Jerome Shirley, Emma Jane Shirley and Charles Shirley, minors of Glade Twp Vol 5 pg 291 (14 Jul 1876)

5(iv). Jerome Bonepart (John) Shirley born about 1863 PA, age 7 in 1870 census. In 1900, he lived in Wood Co. Ohio and in 1910 census they are living in Nowata Co. OK, age 45, with 8 children.  In 1898 Jerome and his wife Sarah of Prairie Depot, Ohio deeded undivided 1/2 interest in Lot #30 originally deeded to the children of Samuel H. Shirley. Shirleys of Nowata Co Oklahoma

1876 Jun 11 Appointment of guardian for Jerome Shirley, Emma Jane Shirley and Charles Shirley, minors of Glade Twp Vol 5 pg 291 (14 Jul 1876)

married Sarah Elizabeth Dern. She was age 36 in 1910 census household

children:

6(i). Della Rebecca Shirley died at birth according to family tradition

6(ii). Robert Elliott Shirley born 1892 Ohio, age 8 in 1900 census, not living with parents in 1910 census

6(iii). Joan Delilah Shirley born about 1894 Ohio, age 6 in 1900 census, age 16 in 1910 census

6(iv). Jennie May Margaret Shirley born about 1896 Ohio,age 4 in 1900 census, age 14 in 1910 census

6(v). Georgia Frances Shirley born about 1898 Ohio, age 2 in 1900 census, age 11 in 1910 census

6(vi). Kitty Helen Shirley born about 1901 Ohio, age 9 in 1910 census

6(vii). Janet Alice Shirley born about 1903 Ohio, age 7 in 1910 census

6(viii). Anna Sarah Kansas Shirley born about 1905 Kansas, age 5 in 1910 census

6(ix). Umatilla Virginia Shirley born about 1907 Kansas, age 3 in 1910 census

6(x). John Nickle Shirley born about 1910 Oklahoma, age 0 in 1910 census

5(v). Lillian Shirley born sometime prior to the 1870 census; She died as an infant

4(vi). Hannah Shirley born about 1839 PA,age 11 in parent's 1850 census household; age 21 in parent's 1860 census household; She married John Grawbadger and were living in Glade, Warren Co. PA in 1878. Named as an heir at law of Mary Shirley Hooks in 1877 Warren Co land sale

3(iii). Mary Shirley born 10 April 1796 at Chester, Rockingham Co NH, age 53 born in 1850 census, age 68 in 1860 census (born 1792). She and husband Francis Hook went to Warren Co. PA in 1826.  On a deed dated Sept 15, 1873 (Warren Co. DB41 page 90) Francis and Mary Hook deeded lot #30 of their farm in Glade Twp Warren Co. PA to Emma J., Charles M. and Jerome B. minor children of Samuel H. Shirley.  She died 26 February 1877 Warren Co. PA, buried Oakland Cemetery, Warren Twp, Warren Co PA

Warren Co Intestate Register 1 page 120 "Mary Hook late of the Twp of Glade died leaving no legal heirs nearer than nephews and neices...appear by application of CWH Verbeck (one of the heirs) for letters on descendants estate."

"According to Warren Co PA probate records, Mary Shirley Hook refers to Samuel H. Shirley and his wife Hannah. Names her brothers as Benjamin Shirley and wife Hannah, Hiram Shirley and wife Esther, Francis Shirley and wife Rose, and names her sisters as Mary Shirley and husband Isaac Culbertson, Hannah Shirley and husband John Grawbadger and Nancy Shirley and husband Daid Loucks. She also names nephews and neices Stephen Shirley and wife Mary A of Lake Co Indiana, Nancy Shirley widow of Truman Peck of Wabaska Co MN, Maria Shirley and husband John Elkins of Racine Co WI, Emily Shirley and husband Henry H. Elkins of Dodge Co WI, Betsey Shirley and husband William Sterling of Browd MN and Mary Shirley and husband G.M.H Verbeck of Glade, Warren Co PA"

3(iv). Hannah Shirley  born say 1790 (based on children's birth years) She married John Nesmith who was originally from New Hampshire. John and his brother James moved their families first to Buffalo Erie Co NY, then to Maryville Chatauqua Co NY, then Jamestown, Chatauqua Co NY, then to Warren Co PA in 1825; She died about 1830 according to the History of Warren Co PA narrative about her husband.

"John Nesmith married Hannah, daughter of John Shirley, of New Hampshire. Shirley was also a pioneer in Warren, had served in the war of the Revolution, and died here about the year 1826. John Nesmith died at Warren about 1829 and was followed by his widow in one year." - History of Warren County Pennsylvania (1887)


Shirley Association Editor - OK, here is my attempt to reconcile how the DAR believes this lineage to be children of John Shirley husband of Hannah Stevens. I may now understand (but still have proof 'issues')

1. Mary Hook of Warren Co PA dies intestate about 1877,

Warren Co Intestate Register 1 page 120 "Mary Hook late of the Twp of Glade died leaving no legal heirs nearer than nephews and neices...appear by application of CWH Verbeck (one of the heirs) for letters on descendants estate."

2. The large number of heirs of Mary Hook who are "nephews and neices" sell her land in 1877

Jun 4 1877 Benj Shirley and wife Hannah, Hiram Shirley and wife Esther, S.H. Shirley and wife Hannah, Francis Shirley and wife Rose, Stephen Shirley and wife Mary (and many others) to James G. Marshall DB45/256 - Glade Twp. (page 257)

"being the same premises conveyed Benjamin Nesmith administrator with the will annexed of Francis Hook deceased to Mary Hook by deed dated the fourteenth day of July a.d. 1875 and recorded in said Recorders Office of Warren County in Deed Book 38 at page 704 and by the death of the said Mary Hook became vested in the party of the first part, together with all and singular the tenements hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging on in any wise...and there are no other heirs of the said Mary Hook deceased than the parties to these presents.... 7 June 1877."

3. Among the very long list of heirs of Mary Hook who are named in the above 1877 deed of sale (including many Shirleys) are several Nesmith neices and nephews. All living in Warren Co PA at the date of the deed (Why are the wives mentioned - are the husbands heirs through the wives instead of directly?)

4. The book History of Warren Co Pennsylvania (1887) says Hannah Shirley, daughter of Warren Co PA pioneer and Rev'l War soldier John Shirley married John Nesmith. Thus if the 5 Nesmiths named as heirs of Mary Hook are also children of John Nesmith and wife Hannah Shirley, then the dots can be connected to John Shirley for all the Shirleys named as heirs of Mary Hook in the 1877 Warren Co PA deed.

History of Warren Co PA (by Schenck, Rann, 1887) pg 681, 682 - John Nesmith married Hannah, daughter of John Shirley, of New Hampshire. Shirley was also a pioneer in Warren, had served in the war of the Revolution, and died here about the year 1826. John Nesmith died at Warren about 1829 and was followed by his widow in one year

Nesmiths named as heirs of Mary Hook in the 1877 deed:

1. Daniel Nesmith and Louisa his wife b 1818 NH (1880 census)
2. Franklin Nesmith and Abigail his wife b 1811 NH (1880 census)
3. James Nesmith and Martha his wife b 1825 PA (1880 census)
4. John P Nesmith and Elvira his wife b 1826 PA (1880 census)
5. B Nesmith and Arilla his wife b 1820 NY (1880 census) History of Warren Co says Benjamin Nesmith (wife Arilla) is the 6th child of John and Hannah Shirley Nesmith

Note: I have not confirmed the parentage of the above Nesmiths other than Benjamin. But they are all buried at Oakland Cem in Warren PA and there is a hint they are children of John Nesmith and wife Hannah Shirley,

If so, then....

5. Here are the Shirleys named as heirs, neices and nephews of Mary Hook in the 1877 deed.

1. Benjamin Shirley and Hannah his wife (son of James Shirley dec'd)
2. Hiram Shirley and Esther his wife (son of James Shirley dec'd)
3. S. H. Shirley and Hannah his wife (son of James Shirley dec'd)
4. Francis Shirley and Rose his wife (son of James Shirley dec'd)
5. Stephen Shirley and Mary his wife (of Lake Co IN) (he is son of Moses Benjamin Shirley. decd)

FINALLY: If (aunt) Mary Hook is sister to Hannah Shirley wife of John Nesmith. And if the Warren Co History book is correct and Hannah Shirley Nesmith is the daughter of John Shirley, revolutionary war soldier, THEN that means Mary Shirley Hook is also the daughter of John Shirley. AND all the neices and nephews of (aunt) Mary Hook are grandchildren of John Shirley


Research discussion with Claire C, July 2020

Evidence that Moses’ wife was a Cogswell:

I have nothing firm; I probably began with something I picked up that some Ancestry customer asserted on their tree. BUT: Mrs. Cynthia Cogswell is one line above Mrs. Sally Shirley on that 1840 census for Warren, Warren, PA. I also have a Cogswell tip from a newspaper report regarding Nancy Shirley Loucks (see below, clipping attached).

Regarding the names of Sarah/Sally’s children:

I don’t have an independent source for that.

Yes, the oddly-named daughter in 1860—she is also there in 1850. I believe that is Sarah Etta Clemens, born 1844/45 in Cattaraugus or Warren. She seems to be the first child of Sarah/Sally Cogswell Shirley Clemens and her 2nd husband, William Clemens. Sarah Etta marries William A Sibley of Cattaraugus.

Regarding Samuel Shirley:

you’re right! I do have that record of him two doors from Sarah Clemens in 1870, and that birth year is 1841. And then I also have him in 1880, married to Louisa, in Salamanca, Cattaraugus, NY, and then 1900, in Buffalo. I’m not sure why I was confused. I think you’re right that there is a Samuel Shirley born in 1839 floating around the same area.

I have a newspaper clipping from Warren, PA re: the golden wedding anniversary of David Loucks and Nancy Shirley (attached): it includes out-of-town guests among whom I find

“Mrs. George Allen…of Hebron, IN” (which I believe to be Mary E. Shirley Allen, my 3G-grandma),

“Mr. & Mrs. W. Sibley, of Salamanca” (who I believe to be the oddly named Sarah Etta Clemons Sibley).

Some of those other visitors are interesting, namely,

Mrs. L. R. Geer, of Corry. I believe that is Lura Ann Cogswell (1826-1914), who married Lewis Robinson Geer in Warren. I believe Lura Ann Cogswell is sister to our Sarah/Sally Cogswell Shirley—her parents from her PA death certificate are listed as Joseph Cogswell and Cynthia Hewitt (which would turn into Cynthia Hewitt Cogswell, the older woman living next door to widowed Mrs. Sally Shirley in 1840 and with Sally Shirley Clemens in 1860). That would make Mrs. L. R. Geer, a guest at Nancy Shirley Loucks’ golden wedding anniversary, Nancy’s aunt—a Cogswell. So that helps corroborate the Cogswell theory.

There is also a Mr. and Mrs. R. Geer, of Big Bend: I have a theory that this is Laura P Cogswell, sister to Lura Ann (yes, two “Laura’s” which would be strange). Laura’s death certificate lists her parents as Mason Cogswell and Cynthia Hewitt (I do see that Lura’s father is Joseph Cogswell and Laura’s is Mason, but both have Cynthia Hewitt Cogswell as a mother…). Other folks on Ancestry have given R. Geer’s wife the first name of Laura and a different last name, but from her death cert, it appears she was a Cogswell. And she was invited to the Loucks-Shirley golden anniversary.

   


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