2(v). Jonathon T. Shirley born
May 28, 1795 Anderson Co. SC, In 1850 Jonathon Shirley family
was living in Walker Co. GA. He died
Dec 10, 1857 Poplar Creek, Attala Co. MS,
Descendants of John Marshall Shirley born Feb 29,
1816, son of Jonathon, son of John Jr. son of John Shirley &
Eliz. Barmore. A group of the Shirley Family at the first reunion,
Bethesda, Texas in 1902
A group of the Shirley Family at the second reunion,
Garner, Texas in 1908
married Eleanor Sharp 1812 Abbeville SC. She was born
April 19, 1791 Abbeville Co. SC., d. Feb 1861. She was
the daughter of Edward and Eleanor Sharp of Abbeville.
3(i). John Marshall Shirley
born Feb 29, 1816 SC, d. Feb
26, 1863 Crystal Springs, MS. In 1844 they settled in Carroll
Co. MS and in 1846 Choctaw Co. MS. where they were in the 1860
census. Later they lived in Capiah Co. MS.
John Marshall Shirley and wife, Matilda Eleanor
He was raised by good faithful Baptist
parents but chose to join the Methodist church in 1835, and he
was appointed class leader the same year. He moved to Mississippi
in 1844, settling in Carroll Co. In 1846 he moved to Choctaw
Co, where he secured, by riding 20 miles for him, the services
of a Methodist preacher, the Rev. Duskin, to organize a church
of five members. This church as now grown to be one of the largest
in the state. It is known as Bethel Church. He moved to Copiah
County in 1858. He died full of faith in 1863 at Crystal Springs,
Children of John Marshall and Matilda Eleanor Shirley:
from left to right... Standing, Mrs. Leach, Mrs. West, Mrs. Book,
Mrs. Moore Sitting.... Rev R. A. Shirley, Mrs. Coalson, Rev J.J.
Shirley, Mrs. Potts
married Matilda Eleanor Black Nov 13, 1834. She was born Nov 10, 1816, d.
Feb 19, 1900.
Matilda Eleanor Black was born in Abbeville
SC. She joined the church in 1826. After 29 years of marriage
she was left a widow with 8 children, several of whom were grown.
She lived to see all married with families of their own, 42 grandchildren
and several great grandchildren, all of whom became Christians
and members of the church as son as they were old enough. She
was almost totally deaf and having lost the sight of one eye
in her later years, she attended church services regularly saying
that it was the duty as well as the privilege of all Christians
and she would do so for an example to her children and others.
4(i). Rev. Robert Alexander
Shirley born Oct 7, 1836 Abbeville
SC, They had no children of their own. They adopted a daughter,
Minda who married Lon Mical.
Robert served in the First Mississippi
Volunteers and served his country during the four years of the
Civil War of 1861-1865. He served most of his time in Virginia.
He was licensed to preach in 1878. He was described as agreeable
and amiable in manners, always makes friends by his simple kindness,
a good-hearted man ready to help when needed. He was Sunday School
superintendent in Throckmorton County and continues as
superintendent until age 71.
married 1) Carrie Rumph Dec 26, 1865. She died in 1867 (no children)
married 2) F. E. Strain of Garner Texas on Dec 24, 1870. (no children)
4(ii). Mary Eleanor Shirley
born June 17, 1839 Abbeville
Co. SC, m. J. M. Coalson April 9, 1856. He was born July 1, 1826
d, Feb 3, 1897 TX. They settled in Texas in 1869.
4(iii). Rev. Joseph Jonathon
Shirley born May 24, 1841 Anderson
Co. SC, died July 25, 1910,
Joseph served four years in the Civil
War in Company F sixth Mississippi Volunteers, first, in the
Cleburne Brigade and later in General Robert Lowery's Brigade
-- Army of Tennessee in the Confederacy of the United States.
He was at the battles of Shiloh, Coffeyville MS., Port
Hudson, Port Gibson, Baker's Creek, Vicksburg, Grand Gulf, Kennesaw
Mountain, Atlanta, Aeworth and Decatur. He surrendered with the
army at Greensboro, NC. In 1871 he graduated from the University
of Mississippi. He was a Methodist preacher for many years. He
was president of Granbury College, Granbury Texas until his health
failed. He moved to Alvin Texas and continued preaching.
married Catherine B. Chilton June 22, 1871. She was of Oxford MS.
5(i). Robert Chilton Shirley
born April 22, 1872,
married Nettie Bullington Aug 1899
5(ii). Marshall Shirley born
June 29, 1874, died same day
5(iii). Joseph Watson Shirley
born June 28, 1875,
married Lovie Hood in June 1902
5(iv). Mary Eleanor Shirley
born June 19, 1878, m. Albert
Arledge June 5, 1907
5(v). Julia Shirley born
Sept 12, 1881
5(vi). Ventie Shirley born
July 3, 1885, m. Barcus Brown June
4(iv). Eliz. Matilda Shirley
born June 16, 1844, m. Charles
B. Potts July 10, 1865. He was born June 8, 1835 Leicester Co.
England d. Dec 27, 1904 Ranger TX
4(v). Martha Capers Shirley
born Aug 18, 1846 Carroll Co.
MS m. J. G. Leach Jan 22, 1868. He was born Mar 12, 1846
Copiah Co. MS
4(vi). Adelaide Celestia Shirley
born Feb 13, 1850, m. Robert
Guild West Nov 8, 1870 Parker Co. TX. She started for Texas Sept
29, 1869. She was a teacher.
4(vii). Alice Ann Black Shirley
born Mar 12, 1852 Choctaw Co
MS d. Aug 31, 1910 Ft. Worth TX, m. 1st Thomas J. Blackburn
July 21, 1870 m. 2nd George Boone Oct 18, 1882
4(viii). Augusta Letitia Shirley
born Mar 30, 1855 Choctaw Co.
MS, m. Rev Wm. Jones Moore Dec 19, 1876. She was actively interested
in family history. She contributed greatly to the family genealogy
of this branch of the family.
3(ii). Rev. Robert Clements
Shirley born Oct 15, 1817 SC;
They were living in Choctaw Co. MS in the 1860 census. He died
June 3, 1868 in Choctaw Co Mississippi. He was buried at Bethel
Methodist Cemetery at Kilmichael, Montgomery Co MS
Robert Clements Shirley, Bethel Methodist Cemetery
married Elizabeth Posey on Aug 27, 1840.
4(i). John Franklin Shirley
born Dec 10, 1842 Abbeville
District, South Carolina. They came to Hood Co. TX in 1878 and
then to Parker Co. TX., He died Mar 6, 1904 Authon, Parker Co.
Texas They are buried Authon, Garner, Texas.
Weekly Herald 10 Mar 1904
- Died at Authon - J.F. Shirley of Authon died Sunday night very
suddenly at the home of a friend at that place and was buried
at the Authon graveyard Tuesday afternoon. The cause of death
was heart failure. Mr. Shirley was a resident of this county
for many years and was well liked. Recently he had sold his property
with a view to moving to Oklahoma, and was to have started to
that territory at an early date to make his home.
John Franklin Shirley
married Martha Ann Biles (or Boyles) Sept 19, 1865 in MS. She died Jan
5(i). Mary Etta Shirley born
June 27, 1866 d. Mar 1, 1938 m. Henry
Grable Nov 25, 1888. He was born Mar 5, 1857 Muhlenburg Co. KY
d. Mar 16, 1910 and is buried at Authon, Garner Co. TX. He was
a farmer and a part-time preacher in the Church of Christ.
5(ii). Sarah E. Shirley born
Dec 8, 1867 Calhoun Co. MS. died Sept
9, 1873 age 5 years
5(iii). Willie Edna Shirley
born April 12, 1870 Calhoun
Co. MS d. Sept 8, 1876 age 6 yrs
5(iv). daughter Shirley born
dead May 6, 1872
5(v). John Jefferson Shirley
born Feb 2, 1874 Montgomery
Co. MS. Lived Parker Co Texas in 1900 census. He lived in Palo
Pinto Co Texas in 1920 census. d. Jan 12, 1941 Perrin Texas.
Ancestor of DNA Kit #270720
John Jefferson Shirley
married Susan Ann/Ella Moore July 21, 1895 in Texas. She was born Feb 10,
1879 d. Dec 20, 1940 Perrin Texas.
6(i). Ida M Shirley born about 1896, age 4 in parent's
1900 census household. Not living with parents in 1920 census
6(ii). Susie E Shirley born about 1900, age 20 in parent's
1920 census household
6(iii). Travis F Shirley born 16 November 1901, age
18 in parent's 1920 census household. He died 14 October 1992
at Salem, Marion Co Oregon. Buried at Restlawn Memory Gardens,
West Salem Polk Co OR
marred Berta Goldie Glenn
7(i). Dorothy Shirley born about 1924, age 16 in 1940
7(ii). Lola Lajune Shirley born 30 June 1933 at Wheeler
Texas, age 6 in 1940 census
7(iii). Gene R Shirley born about 1939, age 1 in 1940
7(iv). Jon Franklin Shirley born 15 September 1942
at Winkler Texas
6(iv). James E Shirley born about 1904, age 16 in parent's
1920 census household
6(v). Celia H. Shirley born about 1906, age 14 in parent's
1920 census household
6(vi). Dora Elsie Shirley born 1 December 1907 at Mineral
Wells, Palo Pinto Texas, age 12 in 1920 census
6(vii). Walter E Shirley born about 1910, age 10 in
parent's 1920 census household
6(viii). John Lester Shirley born about 1912, age 8
in parent's 1920 census household
6(ix). Gladys F Shirley born about 1915, age 5 in parent's
1920 census household
5(vi). Birdie Eveline Shirley
born Dec 28, 1875 Montgomery
Co. MS d. Dec 7, 1968 Shamrock Texas age 92, m. William Edward
Bently Dec 8, 1895 Authon, Garner Co. TX. He died Nov 29, 1950.
5(vii). Mattie Luella Shirley
born June 7, 1879 Hood Co. TX
d. Aug 27, 1976 Dozier TX m. William Walter Breeding Jan 13,
1907. He was born May 6, 1875 d. Mar 2, 1955.
5(viii). James Richard Shirley
born 29 January 1882 at Parker Co Texas. He died 21 May 1936
at Parker Co Texas. Buried at Authon Cemetery.
James Richard Shirley
Front row: Ella Burnell,
Bulah Shirley Estes, Mary Elizabeth Fair, James Travis Shirley,
4(ii). James Travis Shirley
born 1844 GA d. Hood Co. Texas.
They lived at Huntsville, Attala Co. MS and settled later
in Hood Co. Texas.
Walter Shirley, Arther Shirley, Back Row: Nannie Shirley Hunter,
Jimmy Shirley, Carrie Shirley,
Claude Shirley, Ethel or Eathel Shirley Forrest, Vivian Shirley
Thanks to Nona Worton firstname.lastname@example.org
married Mary E. Fair in 1867 MS
5(i). Beulah Shirley born
Nov 11, 1868 Huntsville, Attala Co.
MS d. May11, 1955 m. J. F. Estes in 1892 Granbury Texas. They
5(ii). Walter Lee Shirley
born 1870 Huntsville, Attala
Co. MS d. 1930 near Weatherford Texas
married 1) Leona Marsh (or Mash) in 1904 Granbury TX No children
5(iii). William Arthur Shirley
born 1872 Huntsville MS d. May
20, 1966 Attala Co. MS m. Pinkie Renfrow in 1896 in TX. He was
a Christian Scientist. He worked for the city of Ft. Worth TX
for several years. He moved to Houston and worked for the city
before retiring and moving back to Attala MS.
5(iv). Lou Ella Shirley born
1874 Huntsville MS d. Dec 20, 1953
m. Frank Burnett who was born Aug 3, 1862 MO d. Mar 3, 1937.
They lived Cresson. They were Methodist.
5(v). Ethel Shirley born
Nov 4, 1876 Huntsville MS d. April
15, 1915 m. Frank Forrest in 1895 Granbury, TX. He was born July
9, 1872 Montgomery Co. MS d. July 8, 1921. He was killed at a
5(vi). James Preston Shirley
married Neva Boykin in 1907
5(vii). Vivian Shirley born
1880 Grandbury, TX d. May 1961 Amarillo,
TX m Ella Hunter Oct 26, 1903 Granbury. He died Dec 8, 1961 Amarillo
TX. They were Methodist.
5(viii). Carrie Shirley born
Oct. 26, 1882 Hood Co. TX d. Oct 5,
1953 Cresson TX, m. E. P. Crook 1908. He was born
Dec 19, 1882 AR d. Jan 20, 1963 Cresson.
5(ix). Claud Fair Shirley
born Dec 10, 1889 Cesson TX
d. Feb 6, 1967 Deming, New Mexico
married Susan Crook Feb 12, 1911 Cresson TX. She was born Feb 23,
1889 Odea AR.
4(iii). Mary Shirley born
1846 m. Baxter Hearon
4(iv). Eleanor Shirley born
May 19, 1850 Macon GA d. Dec 15, 1932
m. John Davis Boyd (of Hood Co. TX) in 1871 Winone MS. They came
to Texas in 1878 in a wagon train.
4(v). Jane Shirley born
1851 d. 1869
4(vi). Nannie Shirley born
1853, d. 1879, m. Dr. James Staples
4(vii). William Shirley born
1855, d. 1873
4(viii). Sidney Shirley born
1858, d. 1875
4(ix). Hassie Shirley born
1860, m. John H. Berry of Ft.
Worth , TX
4(x). Ida Lenora Shirley born
Feb 27, 1864 Choctaw Co. MS d. Feb
27, 1964 Hood Co. TX. She was an orphan by age 4 and was raised
by an aunt. She and her sister, Hassie, came to Texas with their
brother James Travis. She married James Thompson McWhorter Aug
4, 1885. He died April 16, 1943 Weatherford and both buried in
Lone Creek Cemetery in Hood Co. Texas.
Two children not named here died
in their infancy.
3(iii). James Barmore Shirley
born Sept 8, 1819 SC,
In the 1850 census they are enumerated twice living in Paulding
Co. GA. (as James M Shirley and James B Shurley). They are living
in Cherokee Co AL in 1860 census.
married Priscilla Foggy Mann, a widow.
4(iii). William J. Shirley
born about 1854 in SC, age 6 in 1850 census, age 14
in 1860 census nothing more known
4(iv). Lorenzo D. Shirley
born about 1856 in GA, age 4
in 1850 census, age 12 in 1860 census nothing more
4(i). Rhoda Mann Shirley (Shirley indicated in census as ditto). born about
1834 in SC, age 16 in 1850 census. She was enumerated out of
age order in Shirley household, thus indicating member of a different
family. She is likely a stepdaughter, from Priscilla's first
marriage. Enumerated in age order in duplicate census enumeration.
Not in parent's 1860 census household
4(ii). Whitfield (Mann?) Shirley
(Shirley indicated in census as ditto) born
about 1836 in SC, age 14 in 1850 census.
He was enumerated out of age order in Shirley household, thus
indicating member of a different family. He is likely a stepson
from Priscilla's first marriage; Enumerated in age order in duplicate
census enumeration. Not in parent's 1860 census household. He
is possibly the Whitfield Mann living in Winston Co AL in 1880
3(iv). Susan Eliz. Shirley
born Nov 22, 1821 m. Andrew
Riley Tate in 1842. She died March 13, 1883 in Fayetteville,
Washington County, Ark.
3(v). Tabitha Eleanor Shirley
born b April 8, 1823 in Abbeville, SC and died about
1865 Catoosa Co. GA. m. William Robinson Hammontree who was born
Sept 5, 1827 in Monroe Co., TN. According to family records left
by Joyce Wiseman, her father Frank Hammontree reported that his
grandmother Tabitha Shirley Hammontree died of Arkansas
fever (mosquito) with son. After Tabithas death,
William was married to Sarah S. Roberts Dean (Sarah)
on May 20, 1879 in Clarke Co., GA. William died Jan. 25,
1918 in Keith, Catoosa Co., GA. He is buried at Dunagan Cemetery
in Whitfield Co., GA.
NOTE: Stephen Hammontree has given permission
to place his entire research
of the Hammontree family (.doc) that includes Shirleys on
3(vi). Benjamin Franklin Shirley
born Nov 10, 1825; he lived
in Carroll Co. Mississippi before moving to Los Angeles California.
He died before 1880. Shirleys
of Los Angeles California
From Ethel Clark's 1938 letter found
in the miscellaneous link above: "Benjamin Franklin
Shirley, thought he saw fortune beckoning to him from the gold
fields of California. He boarded a ship at some eastern port
and went by way of Panama and landed on the coast of California
in the days of the forty-niners. They crossed the Isthmus of
Panama on a railroad at that time, about 1860."
married Sarah Mathews in 1848. Widowed living in Los Angeles CA in
1880 census. Her brother Milton Mathews lived with Sarah in 1880
4(i) Mary J. Shirley born
about 1850 in Carroll Co Miss.
4(ii) Milton Mathew Shirley
born 20 February 1852 in Miss
(death cert). Living with widowed mother in 1880 census. Lived
in San Antonia Fruitland, Los Angeles CA in 1900 census
married Jessie _____
5(i). Milton Carroll Shirley born about 1887 in California, age 13 in 1900
4(iii) Martha V. Shirley born
about 1856 in Miss. She married John
Martin, living with widowed mother in 1880 census.
4(iv) Jonathan C. Shirley
born about 1858 in Miss, age
21, living with widowed mother in 1880 census.
4(v) Lucina F. Shirley born
about 1861 in California. Not living
in mother's 1880 household
4(vi) Benjamin F. Shirley
born about 1863 in California,
age 17 in 1880 census. He died 16 January 1932. Buried Evergreen
Memorial Park, Riverside CA.
Benjamin Franklin Shirley and wife Alice Barto
married Alice Barto on 31 January 1904 at Riverside California
No children in 1900, 1910 census
4(vii) Sarah A. Shirley born
about 1865 in California, age 15 in
4(viii) Henry F. (?T.) Shirley
born about 1867 in California,
age 12 in 1880 census.
3(vii). Henry Tillman Shirley
born Nov 10, 1827 SC d. June
5, 1907 Palo Pinto Co. TX. He spent his early childhood in Abbeville
SC. Later he lived in Walker Co. GA with his parents and after
marrying settled in Montgomery Co. MS. In Dec 1878 he moved to
Hood Co. TX and then to Palo Pinto Co. TX. He served in
the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
Henry lived at Salesville, Palo Pinto
Co. TX and owned a grain binder. He cut grain for the public.
He was cutting grain for one of the neighbors and they did not
finish the field by Sat night. The neighbor wanted Henry to work
on Sunday but Henry being a religious man refused to work on
Sunday. The neighbor suggested that he would run the binder and
cut his own wheat but Henry said no, I do not work on Sunday
and my binder won't either.
married 1) Sarah Ann Kite in MS in 1852. She died Mar 15, 1898
married 2) Nelnia Webster.
children born Montgomery Co. MS
4(i). Isabella Shirley born
Oct 14, 1853 m. D. L. Grantham Dec
4(ii). John A. Shirley born
Feb 26, 1855 MS
married Rhoda Cross of Granbury TX.
4(iii). Georgiana Shirley
born April 9, 1856 m. W. S.
Butler Jan 1876
4(iv). Mary Jane Shirley born
July 16, 1859 m. H. B. Davidson
4(v). Henrietta Shirley born
Oct 18, 1862 Montgomery Co. MS m. J.
4(vi). Alice Shirley born
Oct 5, 1866 m. J.C. Moore Jan 15, 1901
4(vii). Ada Shirley born
Dec 11, 1868 Montgomery Co. MS m. 1st
J. T. Webb in 1896, m. 2nd J. W. Davidson 1902
3(viii). Jonathan Travis Shirley
born Mar 8, 1829 Abbeville Co.
SC, d. May 10, 1915 West Point, Clay Co. MS, They are both
buried Poplar Creek Cem. MS. (she was the daughter of
Jonathon Anderson and Mary Ann Adams Thrailkill).
married Rebecca Jane Thrailkill Feb 27, 1856. She was born Aug 17, 1840 Bibb
Co. AL and died Sept 10, 1914 West Point, Clay Co. MS.
born Poplar Creek, Attala Co. Mississippi
4(i). James Franklin Shirley
born Oct 30, 1856 d. Sept 25,
1859, age 2
4(ii). Amanda Florence Shirley
born April 9, 1858, m. James
Duran Bailey in 1880. She died Oct 26, 1946 in Utah.
4(iii). Selma Ann Shirley
born Dec 24, 1859 d. Aug 24,
4(iv). Octavia Adella Shirley
born May 28, 1861, d. April
4(v). Augusta Theodocia Shirley
Jan 6, 1863, d. May 19, 1910 Winona, Montgomery county, MS.
She m. Wm Wilton Bailey on Dec 13 1884.
4(vi). Mary Eleanor "Mollie" Shirley
born Sept 28, 1864, d. April
25, 1950, m. Lafayette Rainwater Dec 7, 1887
4(vii). Apless Emile Shirley
born Sept 14, 1866, d. July
27, 1925, m. Baxter Herron March 15, 1887
4(viii). Isamber Erskine Shirley
born May 23, 1868, d. Sept 29,
4(ix). Joseph Selkerk Shirley
born Mar 3, 1870, d. Sept 21,
1874, age 4
4(x). Alice Arizona Shirley
born July 7, 1872, d. Jan 22,
1919, m. James Franklin Ellis Dec 26, 1894
4(xi). Zera Melete Shirley
born Dec 13, 1873, d. Oct 28,
1899, m. Robert Lee Pilcher Dec 17, 1898
4(xii). Ethel Adolphia Shirley
born Feb 16, 1876 Popular Creek,
Attala Co. MS d. May 25, 1965 Logan Utah, m. Arthur Benjamin
Clark Sept 29, 1903. He was born Barking, Essex Co. England Mar
22, 1854 d. Sept 26, 1917. He was the son of Daniel Clark
and Elizabeth Gower.
Ethel moved to Utah Oct 29, 1902 with
her sister and husband, Florence and Duran Bailey who bought
a farm in Cache Valley. They all moved on this farm in 1903.
Ethel moved to Logan and worked for a widow who moved there to
send her children to school. She ran a boarding house to support
her family. Ethel also went to school and here she met her future
husband, Arthur Benjamin Clark. a traveling dentist. He was also
a good musician. He went to Mexico but kept in touch with Ethel
and eventually she went down to Mexico on Sept 29, 1903, at age
27, and married him. They lived in Mexico for eight years. A
civil war was brewing in Mexico and they came back to the states
leaving everything behind.
Arthur was hurt in a car accident at
Blackfoot Idaho and died July 26, 1917. Ethel was left with six
children. With the help of two sisters and a brother, she went
to school. She taught school for a year or two. She came back
to Logan and worked as a practical nurse so she could be with
her children. She managed to give all of her children a college
education. She was a faithful member and worker in the
Mormon Church. It is through her work and records that
a portion of this record was made possible.
NOTE: See letter written by Ethel
posted on "Misc Info" link at the top of this page.
She was a devout member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and
4(xiii). Effie Eugenia Shirley
born May 16, 1876 Montgomery
Co. MS, and died Sept 1, 1963 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County,
CA. She m. Amasa Adelbert Packard Apr 7, 1904. He was born Sept
17, 1878 Ogden Utah son of William Henry and Cynthia Ernistine
4(xiv). Milford Bard Shirley
born June 17, 1880 Attala Co.
MS d. Feb 18 1952 in West Point, Clay County, MS.
Ancestor of DNA Kit #11724
married Nancy Eliz. McClellen Dec 28, 1902
5(i). Gladys Rebecca Shirley
born Oct 31, 1903 Attala Co.
MS m. George Cox
5(ii). Leora Doris Shirley
born Sept 7, 1905 Attala Co.
5(iii). Earl B. Shirley born
Jan 25, 1908 Clay Co. MS
5(iv). William Travis Shirley
born April 27, 1910 ditto d.
July 27, 1947
5(v). Clara Katherine Shirley
born Aug 13, 1912 ditto
5(vi). Herman Milford Shirley
born Jan 17, 1915 ditto
5(vii). Leora Elizabeth Shirley
born May 31, 1917 Monroe Co.
4(xv). Leora Beatrice Shirley
born May 5, 1883 Attala Co.
MS, died June 25, 1973. She m. Joseph William Davis June
16, 1899 Attala Co. MS. He was born French Camp, MS d. Nov17,
1942 Hermleigh, Scurry Co. Texas. They were Baptist.
3(ix). Nancy Matilda Shirley
born Nov 15, 1831 SC, d. Oct
24, 1872, m. 1st Nathan King in 1856. He was killed at Vicksburg
MS in war. They had 4 children. She m. 2nd Oscar King and they
had one child.