about 1760 PA, died in Olive Township Morgan County Ohio on
May 8, 1824 25 November 1826 in
his 66th year of age. He was buried at Wagner Cemetery in Morgan
County (now Noble County) Ohio. 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
Rev'l War fifer was much more likely George Shively, not Shirley.
I checked all the service and payroll cards. With one exception,
all the cards are Shively as well as all other related original
PA documents. The DAR now shows this warning by George Shirley
in their database FUTURE APPLICANTS MUST PROVE CORRECT SERVICE;
MOB- UPDATED PLACES TO BE HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. RES, SERVICE,
AND AGE NOT ).
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. His will was probated in 1827 in Morgan County OH.
Term Morgan County Ohio Probate Court; Volume 0 page 19 - Will
of George Shirley of Olive Township, Morgan Co OH. Bequeath to
my beloved wife Rhuhannah Shirley all my real estate lying in
Olive Township, a part of the SW qtr of Sec 29, 50 acres with
all my personal property during her life time. After her death
to my eldest son John Shirley $1. Bequeath unto my two daughters
Mary Ogle wife of George Ogle and Betsy Keith wife of Adam Keith
$1 each. To my younger son Lewis Shirley all the remains of the
above described lands and tenaments together with the personal
property at the death of my wife. I also bequeath to my two elder
sons William and Joseph Shirley $50 a piece to be paid in meat
stocks. Appoint Joseph Shirley sole executor. 8 May 1824. <s>
George Shirley. Wit: Dennis Gibbs, Wm H Shackler, Shurliah Clark
[Proven April 1827; Case file located in Box 2]
"In Memory of George Shirley who died Nov. 25 1826 in
the 66 year of his age"
Wagner Cemetery, Three Forks, Morgan (now Noble) Co Ohio
She was the daughter of Joseph Norris, born Jan 11, 1729 Washington,
Co. Maryland and Mary Moody born Dec 11, 1730 Wales. She married
2) James Dobbins on 27 June 1827 in Morgan Co OH
about 1787 Olive Twp, Huntington Co. PA, died Mar 5, 1853 Rome
Twp. Athens Co. Ohio. John enlisted in the War of 1812 at Marietta
Ohio office in May of 1813. He was a private under Capt. Absalom
Martin and General William H. Harrison. He served in the Ohio
Militia under Capt. Hill.
1st Catherine Shanklen
May 14, 1811 in Washington Co. Ohio born 1792 d. 1821.
June 20, 1822 in Morgan Co. Ohio May 10, 1797 VA d. Sept 27,
1887 Rome, Athens Co. Ohio.
George Ogle 1813
about 1789 in Pennsylvania. He sued his non-resident brother
Joseph Shirley in Chancery Court in Morgan Co OH in 1839 where
he was enumerated in 1840 census. Was living with brother John
in 1850 Athens Co OH and with sister-in-law Maria Shirley in
Morgan Co., Marriages, 1828, p. 141, #595 -The State of Ohio,
I do hereby certify that on the 14th of December last I joined
together in the holy state of matrimony William Shirley and Barbary
Keith of lawful age. Given under my hand this 23 of Febr AD 1829.
Jonathan Hughes J. P.
Ohio census Morgan Co., Center Twp, p. (20) - William Sherley:
1 male 30-40; 1 female 20-30.
Ohio census, Morgan Co., Center, p. ? - Wm Shirley: 1 male 50-60;
1 female 30-40.
Ohio census Athens Co, Rome Twp., p.?, dwelling #1406, family
#1421 - age 61. Born in Ohio. Living with brother John Shirley.
Ohio census Athens Co, Rome Twp, p. 159 (221), dwelling #1557,
family #1520 - age 71. Born in Pennsylvania. Personal property
value $600. Living with sister-in-law Maria Shirley. Occupation:
in Morgan Co OH on 14 December 1828.
March 25, 1793 Huntington Co. PA, In 1837 they moved to
La Porte Co. IN, then to Winnebago IL by 1840. He died Aug 11,
1864 Poyner Twp. Black Hawk Co. Iowa. Shirleys of Black Hawk
Dec 6, 1814 in Washington Co. Ohio. She was born April 11,
1798 Huntington Co. PA and died Oct 5, 1868 Poyner Twp. Black
Hawk Co. Iowa.
born July 21, 1797, died 1830. She married Adam Keith in 8 Aug
1815 Washington Co. Ohio.
b. ca. 1799 PA, Resided in Ohio, then LaPorte Co IN. Moved to
Winnebago Co IL about 1835.
Lewis Shirley was reared to man's estate in his native
town, and when attaining mature years removed to Ohio and resided
for a time on the Muskingum River. He later went to Indiana,
where he was one of the pioneers in La Porte County, and, entering
from the Government a large tract of timber and prairie land,
there made his home until 1835, which was the date of his advent
into Illinois. He was accompanied hither by his wife and a family
of six children, making the journey with teams. Mr. Shirley settled
in what s now Cherry Valley Township, at a time when Northern
Illinois was owned by the Government, and the surveys of that
early day had not been completed. The father made a claim to
a tract of land, and later, when the land came into market, went
to the land office in Dixon and entered his tract. The elder
Mr. Shirley erected on his new place a double log house in which
he established his family, and industriously commenced the work
of clearing and improving his farm. He was very successful in
his undertaking and added from time to time to his acreage until
his estate included twelve hundred acres. He erected a saw and
flonring mill, which he operated in addition to farming and which
netted him a handsome income. He continued a resident of the
above-named farm until his decease. The maiden name of his wife
was Julia Keith, a native of Ohio, who departed this life on
the home farm in Cherry Valley Township. Her parents came to
Winnebago County and located on the creek which was named after
the father, and which extended through Rockford Township.
- Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago
and Boone Counties, Illinois
Julia Keith on
Sept 21, 1819 Morgan Co. Ohio. She was the daughter of Peter
Keith. She died in 1837.
and she died in 1887.
children (by Julia)
Feb 1823 in Morgan Co OH; He moved to Santa Clara Co CA by 1870
census; He was living in the Santa Clara Co alms house in 1910
and died sometime after in Milpitas District, Santa Clara Co.
of Santa Clara California
Patent Office, Silas Shirley of Santa Clara California; Letters
Patent No. 78,141, dated May 19, 1868; Improvement in Tire [Wagon
Wheel] Tightener; To all whom it may concern: Be it known that
I, Silas Shirley, of the city and county of Santa Clara, State
of California, have invented an Improved Device for Regulating
the Set of Wagon-Tires; I hereby declare the following description
and accompanying drawings are sufficient to enable any person
skilled in the art or science to which it most nearly appertains
to make and use my said invention or improvements without further
invention or experiment. My invention relates to an improved
device for regulating the set of wagon-tires, so that they can
be easily made to fit closely when the wheel becomes dry, or
they may be slackened, if so tight as to warp and alter the shape
of the wheel, the whole work being easily done by the teamster
without either taking off or cutting the tire.
Mary Ann Leaman
born about 1829 died after 1860
Lucy B. Marsh
on 12 Dec 1861 in Winnebago Co IL; She died in San Jose CA in
1906 during the San Francisco earthquake. Her first husband was
Barross; Dau of Russell and Averill Marsh
Posted in the Sacramento Bee newspaper, April 17, 1906.
SAN JOSE, CA - _Mrs. Lucy B. Shirley, a native of Rockford,
Ill, died this morning at her home in this city, aged 88 years.
She leaves her husband, Silas Shirley, several married children
and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a prominent
member of Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.
4(i). Sarah A. Shirley
born Oct 1850 in Winnebago Co. IL
4(ii). George L. Shirley
born 10 Apr 1853 in Winnebago Co. IL; died 17 Apr 1945
married Viola E Howe West
4(iii). William Wesley Shirley
born 5 Apr 1855 in Winnebago Co. IL; died 14 Jun 1939
married Cora H. Stowe
3(ii). Mary Ann
born 15 March 1819 Morgan Co. Ohio
3(iv). Adam Keith
born 10 Oct 1829. According to tradition, he was the first
white child born in LaPorte Co. Indiana; He was living in Winnebago
Co IL in 1880 census; He died 10 May 1913
married Anne E. Shipley on 25 Dec 1869 in Boone Co
IL. (wife was Mary in 1880 census)
children: (1880 census)
4(i). Frances Shirley
born about 1871 IL
4(ii). Emerson Shirley
born Jul 1874 died 22 Mar 1910
Shirley , Jr. born Jan 12, 1833 LaPorte Co. IN,
In 1859, Lewis Shirley went to California making the entire
journey overland with ox teams. At that time there were no white
settlements on the plains and the buffalo and antelopes were
numerous. After five months travel, he arrived in California
and was engaged in mining, and then began dealing in wood.
Eventually he returned to his home and farming. He
once again became engaged in the wood business and was
very successful. His estate was one of the finest in the county
containing five hundred and seventy five well improved acres.
married 1st Leah Ream Nov 3, 1861 in Boone Co IL. She
died Feb 28, 1876
married 2nd Sohia Z. Smith, Mar 14, 1880.
children (by Leah)
4(i). Celestia Sophronia
4(ii). Flora F.
died age 13 of Scarlet fever
4(iii) Caroline Alice Shirley died 1903
4(iv). Roswell Ream
died age 7 of Scarlet fever
4(vi). Delbert Wallace
about 1876 Boone Co. IL
child (by Sophia)
4(vii). James Lewis
Shirley "Jay" born Jan 23, 1884
3(vi). Charles W.
17 August 1835 in LaPorte Co IN. He lived in California
and then returned to Boone Co IL then Winnebago Co IL. Member
of the Continental Methodist Church.
CHARLES W. SHIRLEY. This gentleman, ~ who is now living
retired from active work of any kind, formerly owned an excellent
tract of land of ninety-one acres, one-half mile from Rockford,
to the cultivation of which he gave his personal attention. He
has, however, platted the greater part of it into city lots,
which he has disposed of at a handsome advance. He was born in
LaPorte County, Ind., August 17, 1835, while his father, Lewis
Shirley, was born in Pennsylvania. As far as is known, the grandfather
of our subject was also a native of the Keystone State, where
he spent his entire life. Charles W. Shirley was an infant when
his parents came to Illinois, and, being reared to manhood in
a new country, the hardships and privations which they were called
upon to endure have made lasting impression upon his mind. There
were no railroads in this vicinity for years, and while an inmate
of the parental household he often hauled grain to Chicago, which
was seventy-five miles distant. After reaching his twenty-first
year, he worked for his father one season, and then, employing
a good carpenter at $1 per day, built a house on the land which
he purchased from his father, in Boone County, and in the spring
of 1857 moved into the dwelling before it was lathed or plastered.
He was engaged in farming there for two years, when, renting
his estate, he went to California via New York and the Isthmus
of Panama. Going into the mines in Placer County, Mr. Shirley
was thus engaged for sixteen months, at the end of which time
he returned home via the same route and commenced farming in
Boone County. In 1868, he sold the farm and purchased land in
Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County, where he was employed
as an agriculturist until 1883. Then coming to Rockford, he became
the proprietor of a good home in the city and later bought a
farm of ninety-one acres, located one-half mile from Rockford.
As before stated, he has platted this into lots and sold. Miss
Matilda A. Ream was married to our subject in 1856. She was a
native of Thompson Township, Seneca County, Ohio, and was the
daughter of Samuel and Sarah Ream, natives of Philadelphia, and
later pioneers of Seneca County. The two children comprising
the household of Mr. and Mrs. Shirley are Lafayette B. and Jessie
C. The son married Katie Pratt and is the father of two children:
Nettie and Dayton. Jessie became the wife of Frank L. Lake and
has one child, Francis A1meda. Our subject and his wife are members
of the Centennial Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics
Mr. Shirley votes the Republican ticket.
- Portrait and Biographical Record of Winnebago
and Boone Counties, Illinois
married Matilda A Ream in 1856; She was born in Seneca
Co OH, dau of Samuel and Sarah Ream, who originated in Philadelphia
4(i). Lafayette B Shirley
married Katie Pratt on Dec 7 1881 in Winnebago Co IL
5(i). Nettie Shirley
5(ii). Dayton Shirley
4(ii). Jessie C Shirley;
She married Frank L. Lake