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John Shirley
b. 1728. Lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Family to Ohio, Illinois, Iowa 

Misc info for this branch
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John Shirley Nov 17, 1728, died Aug 26, 1821. They are buried in a family plot in a small cemetery on the Nelson farm, midway between Newry, Pennsylvania and Catfish, near the James Hammet farm. It is also known as the Kladder cemetery, Blair Co. PA., as stated in the Altoona Tribune, May 30, 1914.  

John and Charity were living in Frederick Co. MD as early as 1750. In the Land Records for Frederick Co. MD:  William Shirley to John Shirley, Sale, liber B folio 324 Jan 28, 1750. Another record:  1763 Jul 11 Liber G/H pg 536 - John Coon made 22 Jun 1763 between John Shirley for 260 pcm Penn. sells part of Parks Hall adj to Wm Andersons part of Parke Hall and a corner of Hugh Magraugh's part. containing 111 acres on a draught of Little Antietam. signed John Shurley before Jos. Smith, James Smith. Rec'pt acknowledged. Charity Shirley wife of John Shirley released dower. AF and duty paid.

It is believed John may be a descendant of Richard Shirley but we do not have proof. This Richard lived St. Mary Co. MD and this family also married into the NORRIS family as did George, son of John Shirley.  William Branch #14, appears to be a brother of John.    

John Shirley b. 1728.
He is buried on the Nelson Farm in Newry, Pennsylvania.
Photo was taken by Shirley Association president, Betty Shirley, in 1984

married Charity____(last name unknown). She was born in 1723 and died in 1817.

known children

1(i). Alice SHIRLEY 1749 Washington Co. MD died  Jan 5, 1842 Oil Creek, Crawford, PA. buried Gilson Ridge Cemetery near Titusville, PA.,  m. William Gilson  born Jul 16, 1738 in Ashford, Bowdler, Shropshire, England died Mar 5, 1809 in Oil Creek, Crawford, Pennsylvania

1(ii). Sarah SHIRLEY b 1754 Washington Co. MD,  d. June 3, 1832 Bearcreek, Crawford Co. PA, buried in the same cemetery as her parents, married 1st Edward McGraw, m. 2nd Peter McGraw

Sarah Shirley born about 1754 taken from 1814 tax list, Greenfield Twp, Bedford Co. PA; she was then age 60 and listed with four sons, Edward, William, John and Peter McGraw.  The McGraws later went to Warren Co. PA.

1(iii). George SHIRLEY b 1761 PA, died May 8, 1824 Morgan Co. Ohio. He married Ruhannah Norris. She was the daughter of Joseph Norris, born Jan 11, 1729 Washington, Co. Maryland and Mary Moody born Dec 11, 1730 Wales.

George and Ruhanna lived near Saxton in Bedford Co. PA. He served during the Revolutionary War as a fifer in Captain Lawrence Keene's Company , Colonel John Patton's Regiment of Foot, Continental Troops. He enlisted Apr 24, 1777 and his name last appears on the company pay roll Apr 1779.

The Shirleys left Bedford Co. PA and went to Ohio. They built a raft and with all of their household goods, went down the Monongahela River to Pittsburgh and then down the Ohio River to Marietta, Washington Co. Ohio.

1(iv). Richard M. SHIRLEY 1764 Washington Co. MD died Dec 21, 1849 Juniata, Blair Co. PA buried Newry PA, married Sarah Jane Cassidy born abt 1770 in Newry, Pennsylvania died Jan 14, 1843 in Newry, Blair Co. PA,  daughter of Patrick Cassidy who was born 1798 Newry Ireland, d. Jan 17, 1829 and Mary Mooney born 1743 Charles Co. MD, d. Dec 1837 

1(v). Ann Dorcas SHIRLEY b 1765, died Feb 25, 1843. She is buried in same cemetery as her parents. She married Nicholas  McGuire.

1(vi). Charity SHIRLEY  1773, died 1846, m. Peter McGuire April 10, 1793 born 1763 Pipe Creek, Frederick Co. MD, died Jan 30, 1850 Loretto, Cambria Co. PA and is buried at St. Michael's Cemetery,  Allegheny Twp. Cambria Co. PA. He was the son of Michael McGuire 1694 Baltimore, MD died 1789 Pipe Creek, Frederick Co. MD and Patience Wells,  born 1712 in Baltimore Co.,  Maryland died Sept 11, 1776 Frederick Co. MD daughter of James Wells.


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