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


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1(iv). Richard M. Shirley, esq. born about 1764 Washington Co. MD. He died 21 December 1849 at Juniata, Blair Co. PA. Buried Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Newry Blair Co PA,

February 21, 1917 Altoona Tribune- page 11 - In the Orphans' Court of Blair County, Pennsylvania. No. O. C. 1917. To Henry Shirley, Mary Shirley. Charity Shirley intermarried, with William Reaney. Sarah Shirley, intermarried with Jeremiah Ivory, Catharine Shirley intermarried Peter Cristy, Alice Shirley intermarried with John Dear, Eliza Jane Shirley, and Patrick Dod Shirley, and James Shirley, being all the legal tees mentioned in the last will and testament of Richard Shirley, deceased, and to all the legal representatives of said Richard Shirley, deceased, and to all the legal representatives of James Shirley, deceased: Take notice that on the sixteenth day of February, 1917, John Sell, presented a petition, setting forth that he is the owner in fee of all that certain message, tenement and tract or piece of land, situate in the township of Freedom, in the county of Blair and state of Pennsylvania, bounded and described, as follows: Beginning at a line tree on the bank of the Juanita branch; thence by lands 01 formerly Michael Walters North sixty-five degrees West- one hundred eighteen perches to a white oak; thence South seventy degrees West eighty-eight perches to a white oak; thence by land of formerly Miller, South sixteen and one-half degrees West fifty-four peaches to a corner; thence by lands of sixty-six degrees East two hundred thirty perches to a corner on bank of said stream; thence down the said stream. North seventeen degrees West seventy-one peaches to a. corner and North fifteen degrees East sixty porches to the place of beginning, containing one hundred twenty-one acres, more or less. That Richard Shirley, one of the former owners of said described tract of land, died, on or about the day of , 1849, having made his last will and testament in writing, bearing date December 21, 1846, and duly admitted to probate in the Orphans' Court of Blair county, December 6, 1849, and recorded in will book "A" page 183, wherein and whereby, amongst other things, he did give and devise the said tract of land or farm to his son, James Shirley, In fee simple, subject, however, to the payment of certain legacies to the following named children:. Henry Shirley, Mary Shirley, Charity Shirley intermarried with William Reaney, Sarah Shirley, intermarried with Jeremiah Ivory, Catharine Shirley, Intermarried with Peter Christy, Alice Shirley, intermarried with John Dear, Eliza Jane Shirley, and the heirs of Patrick Dod Shirley, deceased, and that said legacies were made a charge upon the land above described. That no sufficient release, acquittance. or acknowledgement of payment of any of the aforesaid legacies or charges is of record in the county of Blair, the county in womcn me s&ia lanci is situate, and that a greater period than twenty-one years has elapsed since the principal of such encumbrances or charges have be or has been made on account of said encumbrances or charges -within said period of twenty-five years in fact no payment has been made for a period of about ioriy-nine years, so far as can be ascertained by petitioner, either by the petitioner mmseir, or any or his pre decessors Jn title, and by reason of said period of time, the legal presumption of lAijiiicuL vi mo oaiu ingauien or marges on said land, exists; that no assignment or earn legacies is noted upon the re corn thereof, and that the names of the persons interested in the payment of the above .described legacies, and their resiaence are unknown to the petitioner, me pemiuuer tnereiore prays lor satisfaction thereof. Whereupon the said Court ordered that notice of said facts be served by the Sheriff of Biair county upon persons u wniim tne saia legacies are due and owing,- and if they can not be found within said county of Blair, then to give fuuuu iiuuuts uy wuvertisement, requiring them to appear in said Court on Monday. April 2. 1917. And Antiwar lha said petition, and commence proper legal proceedings to enforce payment of their claims wunin miriy days after said return aay to wit, April 2, 1917, or show cause why the record of said legacies annum nut ue marnea saiisnea, as pro- HARRY S. HOLLAND. Esq., Sheriff of Blair County.

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 


2(i). Margaret Shirley

2(ii). Patrick Shirley born 1795 Bedford Co. PA, died June 1847 drowned by accident,

married Martha Gilson 1813 Oil Creek, Crawford Co. PA. She was born Oct 1797 Woodbury, Bedford Co. PA died Oct 1885 Tidioute, Warren Co. PA


3(i). Mary Jane Shirley born Oct 17, 1814 Crawford Co. PA m. Robert Morrison

3(ii). Catherine D. Shirley born July 18, 1824 Oil Creek, Crawford Co. PA m. John Wilks Nofsker

3(iii). Susan May Shirley born 1825 m. Lauren L. Hills

3(iv). Martha Shirley born 1828 m. Elisha S. Goodrich

3(v). Thomas Shirley born Aug 11, 1834 d. Aug 1857 Tidioute, Warren Co. PA, age about 23

3(vi). Alice Shirley born 1836

2(iii). Henry F. Shirley born about 1797 Bedford Co. PA. He was a blacksmith. He appears in the 1830 and 1840 tax list for Frankstown, Bedford Co (later Blair Co) He actually appears in the 1840 Huntingdon Co census (also later Blair Co). He is living in Blair Township in the 1850 and 1860 census

married Lydia Westover, born 1813 Blair Co. PA d. 1878 Newry, Blair Co. PA


3(i). Jerushia Shirley

3(ii). Betsy Shirley

3(iii). Elizabeth Shirley born March 23, 1823 Newry, Blair Co. PA m. William Weaver

3(iv). Mary Shirley born May 1, 1825 m. Timothy Bowman

3(v). Sarah Shirley born 1828 m. 1st Thomas Keys, m. 2nd ___ Rogers, m. 3rd Benedict Stephens

3(vi). Hellena Ellen Ann Shirley born March 17, 1832 m. ___Dill

3(vii). Charity Ann Shirley born 1834; She is living with her parents in the 1850 census; m. Moses Reffner

3(viii). Lydia Shirley born 1835 m. Fred Streith

3(ix). John Shirley born March 31, 1836 Newry, Blair Co. PA died young

3(x). James Shirley born Sept 24, 1840 Newry, Blair Co. PA; He is living with his parents in 1850 and 1860 census; He died 1918

3(xi). Margaret Lavinia Shirley born Jan 1844; She is living with her parents in the 1850 and 1860 census; Married Uriah Benton Feb 17, 1863

3(xii). Ruth Anna Shirley born June 26, 1845 m. Samuel Curry 

3(xiii). Sylvester Shirley born 1853 PA; he is living with his parents in the 1860 census.

2(iv). Mary Shirley born 1800 Blair Co. PA m. Thomas Applegate

2(v). Sarah Ann Shirley b. 1801, married Jeremiah Ivory 1795-1848, son of Matthew and 
Rebecca Ivory, on May 19th, 1819, in St. Michael's Church, Loretto, Cambria County, PA. The ceremony was performed by Father Dimitri Gallitzin. 

Jeremiah and Sarah appear on the 1820 Census living in Ebensberg, Cambria Co., PA. Jeremiah and Sarah lived in Ebensberg until 1830, at which time they moved to Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, Jeremiah became a steamship captain. He died of brain fever in 1848. The 1850 Census shows Sarah as head of family. Sarah, however, is not recorded as a witness at Roselia's wedding in 1860, so she probably died before then.

2(vi). Charity Shirley born 1802 Blair Co. PA m. William Reny  Apr 2, 1820  Loretto, Cambria Co. PA

2(vii). Catherine Shirley born 1805 near Newry PA, d. Oct 6, 1881 Loretto, Cambria Co. PA, m. Peter Christy Nov 28, 1828. 

2(viii). Alice Jane Shirley born 1805 Newry, Blair Co. PA. d. Mar 8, 1898 Newry, Blair Co. PA.  m. John Dare Nov 24, 1829 Loretto, Cambria Co. PA born Jan 23, 1799 PA. d. Nov 22, 1851 Newry PA. His occupation is listed  as Cooper shop and Cabinet maker. They are both buried in New St. Patrick's cemetery.

2(ix). Eliza Jane Shirley born May 19, 1808 Blair Co. PA m. Michael Campbell Jan 22, 1832 in Newry, Blair Co. PA

2(x). James Shirley  born July 6, 1814; He was executed for the murder of his 2nd wife Mary 12 Aug 1853 Juniata Twp. Blair Co. PA. 

"Blair County had its first execution in 1853. The victim’s name was Mary Ann McCoy Shirley. Her killer was her husband, James Shirley. Little is recorded about the Shirley; in fact, it is difficult to find Mary Ann’s name in the records of the time. It is only through the work of genealogists that it has come to light. James and Mary Ann Shirley lived near Leamersville, in Juniata Township. This small settlement was about a mile and a half from Newry. James Shirley had been married previously; he had three children by that marriage; William, John, and Eliza. Also in the home was a young girl, a domestic who helped the family. Mary Ann was James’ second wife, and they had been married about two years. He was a farmer, and a man of some property, but addicted to strong drink; reports of the time state that the two had been married in a ‘drunken frolic.’ The marriage was not a happy one.....What of the Shirley children, who were home that terrible night? William served in the Civil War and died in 1916; John died in 1870; and Eliza died in childhood"

married 1) _________ She is the mother of the three children listed below

married 2) Mary Ann McCoy Feb 23, 1843 dau. of Hugh McCoy and Ann O'Hara dau. of Hugh McCoy and Ann O'Hara; She was murdered by her husband James Shirley 19 November 1852.


3(i). William James Shirley born Jan 28, 1841; He was a Civil War Veteran. He was living at Galletin Cambria Co PA at the time of his brother's death in 1870; He worked as a carpenter. Died Nov 28, 1916, Altoona Blair Co PA  was buried in Calvary cemetery in Altoona,

November 30, 1916 Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday Morning, WILLIAM J. SHIRLEY - William J. Shirley, of 2214 Beale alley, died at his home at 11:45 Tuesday evening of cerebral hemorrhages. He had been ill fourteen years, following an accident in which he fell from a scaffold while working for contractors in charge of the construction work at the South Altoona shops. He was born in Newry, January 28, 1841, the son of James and Mary Shirley, deceased. He served in the Pennsylvania cavalry, Company G, Eleventh regiment, during the Civil war. After the war he returned to this city, where he was married to Miss Sebina Hoover, September 10, 1865. She survives with the following children: Mrs. Mary Gochenour, of Johnstown; Mrs. Jennie Miller, of Claysburg; Mrs. Cora Kuhn, Mrs. Lillie Doorman, William E. and Harry A., all of this city. The funeral will be held with requiem mass at Sacred Heart church at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, followed by burial in Calvary cemetery.

married Sabina C. Hoover on 10 September 1865; She was the daughter of George S. and Catherine Pottsgrove Hoover. Named in her husband's 1916 obituary. She died 22 February 1922. Buried Calvary Cemeter, Altoona Blair Co PA


4(i). James Shirley born about 1866, age 4 in 1870; not in family's 1880 census household

4(ii). Frank Shirley born about 1868, age 2 in 1870; not in family's 1880 census household

4(iii). John Shirley born about 1870, age 0 in 1870; not in family's 1880 census household

4(iv). Mary Shirley born about 1872, age 8 in 1880. Named in father's obituary. Married ____ Gochenour

4(v). William E. Shirley born about 1874, age 6 in 1880. Named in father's obituary.

4(vi). Liza Shirley born about 1878, age 2 in 1880. May be Jennie Miller of Claysburg who was named in father's obituary

4(vii) Henry Shirley born about 1880, age 20 in 1900; Named in father's obituary. He married Mary McAllister 11 Dec 1903 in Blair Co PA

4(viii). Cora Shirley born about 1883, age 17 in 1900; Named in father's obituary. She married Peter Kuhn 18 Jun 1901 in Blair Co PA

4(ix). Lillie Shirley born about 1893, age 7 in 1900; She married ___ Doorman

3(ii). John Augustine Shirley born Feb 14, 1844  died 1870 Newry PA.  Single.

1870 Blair Co PA Will of John A. Shirley of Newry - WB C pg 120, William J Shirley and Adam Hoover executors

3(iii). Eliza Jane Shirley born July 2, 1845  d. young; Not mentioned in her father's will.

Sources... St. Patricks Church Records (Newry PA), Court House records and the Obituary of Wm. J. Shirley. 

2(xi). John Augustine Shirley born July 6, 1814 died young


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