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Job Sherley
of New York. Revolutionary War Soldier

DAR Lineage


1. Job Sherley, b. Oct 1757 (rev'l war application); died 20 Aug 1842; Revolutionary War Soldier, served as a minute man and lived to receive a pension. Moved to Niles, Cayuga NY about 1810; He died in Pennyville, N.Y. Entered the service of the United States in May 1775 at Wrentham Massachussetts "where he then resided". Lived Greene Co NY and Cayuga Co NY. [note: Evidence presented at the bottom of this page suggests this Sherley family originally carried the Shelley surname. Any comments from descendants are very welcome.]

Pension: Job Shirley, Massachusetts line, S23418, applied Aug 18, 1832 in Cayuga County New York, aged 74 in Oct 1831 (born 1757). He enlisted at Wrentham [Norfolk Co] Massachusetts. He died Aug 20, 1842, leaving a child, (not named), who received final payment Oct 24, 1853.

married Mary Wilbur on Dec 18 1778 at Raynham, Bristol Co Mass. (both groom and bride of Raynham - source: Vital Records of Raynham); she was born 24 Aug 1756; died 6 Feb 1837 (source DAR)

1778 Dec 18 Bristol Co MA, Raynham Town Marriage Records, pg 247 - Job Sherley married Mary Wilbur, both of Raynham.

2.i Bradford Shirley born about 1781 Massachussetts; lived Franklin Co MA, Cayuga Co NY then moved to Tioga Co NY (source: obituary of grandson Benjamin Bradford Snow and census records).

married Parthenia ______ (Polly? see marriage and dau Bethana birth record)

1804 July 9 - Franklin Co Mass, Shutesbury Town Birth, Marriage, Death Records, pg 198 - Bradford Shelly married Polly Wilbur by Joseph Smalledge (he was a baptist pastor in Shutesbury)


3.i Nancy Medora Shirley born about 1807; She died 7 May 1869, age 62 in Massachusetts (no place named in Mass vital record index), dau of Bradford Shirley, wife of Simkins Snow. Death cert for her daughter Mary Bellows says Mary was born 1828 in Orleans, Barnstable Co Mass.

married Simpkins Snow

5 Sep 1826 at Orleans, Barnstable Co MA, Simpkins Snow and Nancy Sherley both of Orleans ware married by Revd D Johnson

3.ii Bradford Shirley Jr born about 24 October 1808 at New Salem (Hampshire, now Franklin Co) Massachussetts; He lived in Junius Township, Seneca Co NY in 1836, a year he bought and sold a town lot there. He then lived in Niles, Moravia PO, Cayuga Co NY; he was taxed by the US IRS for owning a pianoforte in May 1865 (source census, IRS); enumerated with wife Lucy in 1870 as a hotel keeper in Niles; Died at Kelloggsville, Cayuga County NY on 11 Feb 1882.

1882 "News & Bulletin" (Newspaper Auburn NY) - Obituary

Death of an Old Resident

Kelloggsville Feb 13 - Today, February 13th our village people and others of adjoining towne met at about one o'clock pm at the Shirley House to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Bradford Shirley, who (after a few days illness) died at 2 o'clock pm of Saturday the 11th. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev John W. Steele officiating and the most profound sympathy for the widow and surviving family. The only surviving child or daughter of the deceased is Mary, wife of Frank A. Partello, well known for years past as the proprietor of the shirley House and (during Dr Wm C. Cooper's administration as postmaster) Mr Partello served as deputy postmaster. Mr Shirley was an uncle of B. B Snow so well known in Auburn adn was otherwise connected with many prominent families in this and adjoining counties. Bradford Shirley was born at New Salem Mass Oct 24 1808 In the year 1814 when 6 years of age, with his partents Mr and Mrs Bradford Shirley, he came to what was then called the township of Sampronius, which township has since been divided into three towns, Moravia, Niles and Sempronius. Of other members of his father's family was John Shirley now of Cortland county. One, Mrs Ensign of Broome County NY and one Mrs Snow mother of B.B. Snow of Auburn. Mrs Ensign and John Shirley were younger than Bradford and survive him. Mr Shirley's home where he spent his early years after he came to this county was the premises now occupied by the mansion of Col A.G. Holmer. As he grew to man's estate his business qualifications an genial manners introduced him into the best society, and in 1836 he was married to Miss Lucy Lee, a sister of Rev Day Kellogg Lee, and a daughter of the late Joseph Lee, of Niles. His relative position to this worthy family gave a fresh impetus to his resolution to not only promote his own interests but those of his neighbors. In later years he purchased a home in School Dist No 2 at Moravia where he owned a profitable saw mill, flax mill, spearmint and pepermint distilery etc. While on the premises his son George died. Afterward he was elected a Justice of Peace which office he filled in a manner much to his credit and finally retiring from active labor himself and son-in-law, French A Partello, purchased the hotel at Kelloggsville where he spent the remaining years of his life after having spent more than half a century in active toil ere he retired and went to Kelloggsville to live. Mr Shirley belonged to no orthodox church but was just as well as precise, in each and ever event of his everyday life. He was candid in every day belief pecular to himself. He was open to conviction on all subjects and once convinced he was firm and unyielding. Politically he was an old school Democrat and remained so until the hour of his death. His health had been visibly failing for more than a year past and several attacks of nervous postration have followed during that interval finally resulting in his death. His last hours were peacful and we believe that he as found favor in the eyes of his maker. We overlook all minor faults as all men have when the good and noble deeds form a large majority and steadfastly believe that when our accounts "are balanced" in the book of life that we shall each and all receive our several rewardsa as we are worth.

married Lucy Lee


4.i Mary F. Shirley born about 1841 in NY (source census). Married Frank A. Partello

4.ii George Shirley died on his father's mill property

3.iii Bethana Shirley born 27 May 1810 at Shutesbury, Franklin Co Mass (born to Bradford and Polly)

3.iv John Shirley born about 1822 NY; lived Tioga NY next door to Bradford Shirley Sr. in 1860 census; apparently living as a widower age 78 in the household of his son R. J. Shirley in the 1900 Harford Cortland Co NY census

married Esther A _____; died 1 Aug 1861, age 37 yrs, 11 mos 22 days; buried at Hunts Corners Cem. at Lapeer Twp in Cortland Co NY


4.i Durey (or Dewey) E. Shirley born about 1847 NY; lived Richford Tioga Co NY in 1870; he is likely the Bradford D Shirley agent Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine listed in the 1889 Courtland Village directory. A Walter D. Shirley, student, is listed in the directory at the same address.

married Pennie______ born about 1849 NY


5.i Walter D Shirley born Sept 1868; wood worker at planing mill Courtlandville Courtland Co NY in 1900; traveling salesman in wholesale groceries in 1910 census

married Mabel A. _____ born August 1872 NY


6.i Esther L Shirley born October 1895 NY

6.ii Anthony B Shirley born about 1902 NY; apparently moved to Chattanooga TN by the 1930 census and raised a large family; living Chicamauga GA across line from Chattanooga appearing in notices of his son Anthony Bradford Shirley, Jr seaman 1st class being killed in action in WWII.

6.iii Mildred L Shirley born about 1907 NY

5.ii Dewitt Shirley born Jan 1870 NY


4.ii Royal J. Shirley born May 1851 NY; living with brother's family in Tioga NY in 1870; living in Triangle Twp Broome Co NY in 1880, shoemaker; Ice Cream dealer at Courtland Village in 1889; father was living in his household at Harford Cortland Co NY in 1900; listed as married to Dorothy A Pritchard, a 20 year old English woman, in the Norfolk Valley, Tioga Co NY census.

married Mary ______; born April 1858; in

5.i Katie/Gertie Shirley born August 1879; living with parents in 1900 census

2.ii Mary W. Shirley b: Abt. 1799 d: March 05, 1867 (source: rootsweb posting); living in Moravia Township, Cayuga County, NY in 1840 Burial: Indian Mound Cemetary, Moravia New York

married Daniel Reynolds, Jr. b: October 16, 1795 in richmond, Vermont, sttld east shore of Owasco Lake m: October 11, 1816 d: October 13, 1882 in 1880 cen, Cayuga, Moravia. on 1820 and 1830 Sempronious Burial: Indian Mound Cemetary, Moravia,

Note: The 1810 Cayuga NY census shows Job Sharly 00002 - 01001 enumerated next door to Stephen Sharly 20100 - 10100

May 2010 Commentary I'm now wondering whether the book "Vital Records of New Salem" that listed an alternative spelling of Shelly for the 1810 deed record for Abiather Shirley was an important clue about the origin of this family. Could the family surname actually originate as "Shelley" and not "Shirley"? I dismissed the Shelly variant at first as a normal document transcription error, but further research of Mass. census records suggests otherwise. See if you agree...

Job Sherley who was born 1757 should appear in the 1790, 1800 census, but he only first appears in 1810 census in Cayuga New York. His son Bradford Sherley born about 1781 would certainly appear in census documents in 1810, but he only first appears in the 1820 census. Bradford's son Bradford Jr was born 1808 in New Salem Mass, so again, Bradford Sr. should be found in the 1810 census somewhere. But they are not found in any of these earlier records.

But can we find Job "Shelley" and Bradford "Shelley" in census documents instead? The answer is Yes!

1810 New Salem Mass Census

Bradford Shelley 30010 - 10100

He is indexed in Heritage Quest as "Shelby" but it is clearly Shelley in the original image). Next to Bradford in the census is another older Shelley with an illegible first name. Note Job Shirley/Shelley is in Cayuga NY census in 1810.

_____ Shelley 00001 - 00000 (born before 1765) Update: the image in shows the name probably to be Lebeius Shelley

Next I look at the earlier 1800 census and again find our Job "Shelley" in New Salem Mass.

1800 New Salem Mass Census

Job Shelly 01210 - 10110

Job was born between 1755 and 1776, so the profile for Job Shelly fits Job Shirley's birthdate of 1757. It is likely that Bradford Shelly/Shirley (age 19) is enumerated in the household of Job Shelly in the 1800 census.

Again, we should be able to find Job Shirley (Shelley?) in the 1790 census since he would have been about 33 years old at the time. Job SHIRLEY cannot be found, but what about Job SHELLEY?

1790 Raynham, Bristol Co Mass Census

Job Shelley 1 - 3 - 2

Vital Records of Raynham Mass

p246. Lebeus Shirley and Betheny Wilbore both of Raynham Jan 31 1778 (other instances he is a Shelly in records)
p246. Job Shirley and Mary Wilbore both of Raynham Dec 18 1778

There are several reasons why the Job Shelly of Bristol Co in eastern Mass. is likely the same person as the Job Shelly in the western Mass county of Hampshire 10 years later. First, Job Shirley's revolutionary war pension application states that he resided in Wrentham Mass at the time of enlistment. At the time of his enlistment, Wrentham Mass was located in Bristol County! Next, according to the DAR, Job Shirley married Mary Wilbur, and in 1790 Bristol Mass census, Job "Shelley" is living next to Shadrack, Jonathan, Jacob, Ebenezer and many other Wilbores. [note: a Jonathan, Abner, and Libeus Shelley are also nearby]

Evidence strongly suggests that the Shirleys of Branch #86 (and maybe #44) may have originally been Shellys. However, there are a few very early Shirley surname marriages in the Bristol Mass. area, which may suggest that the family used the Shelley surname only periodically. What do you think?

Here is this Shelley family including Abiather and Job Shelley at Rootsweb


May 2010 Update. It seems that Job Shirley (Branch #86) who was a Revolutionary War soldier in the Massachussetts line in the company of Capt Perry was indeed Job SHELLY. Here is the annotated muster roll found in "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War". Note the undlerlined service record, and then compare the record to that claimed by Job SHIRLEY (below)

Shelly, Job. Raynham. Private, Capt James Perry's co. col Paul Dudley Sargent's regt; muster roll dated Aug 12 1775; enlisted July 8 1775; service 1 mo 7 days; also company return dated Oct 6 1775; also, Capt Joshua Wilbore's co. Col John Hathaway's regt service 23 days at Rhode island; company drafted from Taunton, Rayhham and Easton, In apr 1777; also Capt Joshua Wilbore's co, Col Josiah Whitney's regt; service 1 mo 23 days; 1777; also, Capt Jonathan Shaw's co, col George William's regt; service 21 days; company marched from Raynham, Taunton and Easton in Sept 1777 on a secret expedition; also Capt Ebenezer Dean's co, Col Thomas Carpenter's regt; service 1 mo 4 days; company marched from Taunton to Rehoboth, thence to Bristol and thence to Providence RI and thence home; roll dated Nov 5 1777; also Capt Jonathan Shaw's co. Col John Daggett's regt entered service Aug 21 1778; discharged Sept 1 1778; service 12 days at Rhode Island; also pay roll for same service sworn to at Taunton.

Now compare the service record of Job SHELLY (above) with the record stated in the pension application of Job SHIRLEY (next):

1. "That he enlisted in Capt James Perry's company of militia in Col Sergeant's regt. for eight months..."

2. "That in May 1774 he enlisted for three months in Capt Dean's company of milita in Col Wilbers Regiment..."

3. Others: "Capt Shaw's company, in Gen'l Sullivan's army"...was always prepared to go and was frequently called out on short tours but cannot now state the particulars of these services..."

Other Shellys named in the book, also from Raynham Bristol Co Mass - Abiather, Jonathan and Lebeus Shelly - were enumerated near Job Shelly in the 1790 Bristol Co census.


Abiathar Shirley who died in Ohio is possibly the son of Job Sherley (Shelley)

Saturday, December 20, 2003, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Franklin Co MA (This is where Abiathar SHIRLEY lived)
1803 Notice! Whereas Lydia, my wife, has left my bed and board, and has behaved herself in an unbecoming manner, this is therefore to caution all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I am determined not to pay any debts of her contracting. - Abiathar Shelly, New Salem.n The members of the Hampshire Missionary Society are hereby notified that their meeting stands adjourned to the second Thursday of January next in Northampton.


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