George Shirley born about
1770; He died at Cooper Co MO
married Betsey Lee on Dec 20,
1797 in Lincoln Co. KY
Known children: (there
are surely more per census)
2(i). Charles David Shirley
born about 1806 KY. He
was an early pioneer in Cooper Co. Missouri, settling on Clarks
Fork sometime in 1820s. His son William A.J. Shirley was born
on the Shirley homestead.
married Susan C. Thomas on Oct
10, 1826 in Madison Co. KY.
3(i). George A. T. Shirley born Aug 25, 1828 KY
married Cornelia Ann Baer
on Oct 23, 1853. (She was the niece of the wife of Valentine
Shirley (branch #20), Catherine Baer).
4(i). Samira J. Shirley born Aug 6, 1855; She died 1922
4(ii). Virginia C. Shirley born May 7, 1859; She died 1926; She
married Frank George in 1883 in Cooper Co MO
4(iii). Charles Henry Shirley born April 29, 1861; He died 1926
left to right: Adell
(and husband), Nellie B., Harry,Everett, Virginai, Lenna (wife
of Everette). Avis
left to right: Charles
Henry holding Lewis (son of Adell), wife of Harry, holding child,
Mary Ann holding child of Everett's.
married Mary Ann Davis on Dec
5(i). Harry Lee Shirley born Nov 27, 1887
5(ii). Avis Mae Shirley born Sept 13, 1889
5(iii). Clarance Everette
Shirley born Sept 25,
5(iv). Una Shirley born Sept 21, 1895
5(v). Henry Wilbur Shirley born Aug 3, 1897
5(vi). Nelle Beatrice Shirley
born Jan 13, 1900
5(vii). Mary V. Catherine
Shirley born Jan 9, 1904
4(iv). Annie Laura Shirley
born Aug 23, 1863
4(v). Arthusa Shirley born May 15, 1865 d. 1957
4(vi). John W. Shirley born May 10, 1867 d. 1958 was
a bachelor and lived with his brother Emmet in Sedalia, Missouri.
4(vii). Emmet Lee Shirley born March 4, 1869 d. 1947
5(i). Irwin Shirley
5(ii). Kenneth Shirley born Sept 15, 1906 d. Jan 20, 1964 m.
Evelyn__. No children.
5(iii). Norbert Shirley born ca. 1911 d. ca. 1920 (?)
4(viii). Andrew Cole Shirley born Jan 11, 1872 d. 1920
m. Pearl White
5(i). Alma Shirley born ca. 1904 d. ca. 1982 m. Frank
Hilton. No Children.
5(ii). Frances Shirley born ca. 1919 d. ca. 1989 m. Herman
Noles. No children.
4(ix). Elmer Shirley born Oct 17, 1873 d. May 11, 1922
m. Margaret White Jan 1, 1900.
She was born Mar 10, 1883 d. April 27, 1956
5(i). Francis Paul Shirley born May 31, 1906 d. May 4, 1973 m.
5(ii). Walter Elmer Shirley
3(ii). Charles Shirley born 1832 MO
3(iii). Syrles Shirley
married Matty Scott
4(i). Leslie Shirley died young
4(ii). Edward Shirley lived Boonville, MO
4(iii). Augustus Shirley lived Chicago, IL
3(iv). Symyra Shirley; She died young
3(v). William A. J. Shirley born ca. 1835 on the old family homestead. William
Andrew Jackson Shirley and his wife, Harriett Eller, lived on
the Shirley homeplace for a few years and then sold it, moving
to the Eller place, finally settling on the homestead of 120
acres in Palestine Twp.
married Harriet Melvina Eller
in 1872. She was born Dec 24, 1850 on a farm near Boonville.
She was the daughter of David and Martha (Oglesby) Eller, David
was born in Missouri in 1822 and was killed by the bushwhackers
during the Civil War. He was the son of Jacob Eller who was one
of the first pioneers to settle in Cooper County Missouri. Jacob
was a native of North Carolina.
4(i). Charles David Shirley born Mar 2, 1872 d. May 5, 1945
Charles attended the Stony Point
School and also the Concord School. After his district school
days he studied at Hooper Institute in Clarks Fork Twp. He always
followed farming. He purchased his first tract of 116 acres in
the fall of 1900 and placed all of the needed improvements on
the place. He rented his next farm for two years prior to its
purchase in 1905. It was the oldest settled place in Cooper County,
known as the Oglesby farm. This tract was entered as Government
land by his grandfather Oglesby who gave the farm to Thomas Oglesby,
an uncle of Charles David Shirley and from who Charles purchased
it. Charles David Shirley was a democrat and a Baptist as was
married Grance Chamberlin Sept
5(i). Charles David Shirley
5(ii). Harriett Elizabeth
4(ii). Florence Shirley born May 7, 1874 d. Jan 29, 1958 m.
Albert Chamberlin Nov 27, 1895
4(iii). William Aubrey Shirley born July 22, 1876 m. Nell Harness Dec
5(i). George William Shirley
4(iv). Harry Lee Shirley born Sept 27, 1878 m. Myrtle Alee Dec
5(i). Le Allee Shirley
5(ii). Clyde Nicholas Shirley
4(v). Susan Martha Shirley
born Mar 28, 1881 d.
April 23, 1968
2(ii). Marthann Jane Shirley
- born 7 February 1819
in Kentucky (date constructed from tombstone). She is named as
daughter of George Shirley in the 1883 biography of her husband
David Dodds who she married on 20 December 1838 in Cooper Co
MO. She died 10 February 1895, age 76Y 3D and was buried at Montrose
Cemetery in Henry Co MO
DODDS, David - Deepwater Township - 1883 History of Henry
County Missouri, National Historical Co pg 609. David Dodds,
a pioneer of Henry County, was born in Butler County, Ohio, May
15, 1812. His father, John Dodds, was a native of Ireland, and
immigrated to the United States when a young man. He married
Margaret Miller, originally from Pennsylvania. David accompanied
his parents on their move from Ohio to Indiana, and settled in
Cass County in 1830, being among the pioneers there. He spent
his youth on the farm, and in 1836, came to Missouri, locating
in Cooper County, where he was engaged in farming, and where
he resided about seventeen years. He was married in Cooper
County December 20, 1838, to Miss Martha Jane Shirley, a Kentuckian
by birth, and a daughter of George Shirley. In 1853, Mr. D. came
to Henry County and located on the land where he has since resided,
and which he entered some two years after. He was one of the
first citizens of Deepwater Township, and one among the first
in the county. He now has a farm of 200 acres in his home place,
on section 21, all improved. fenced, etc. He also has forty acres
of timber, and a farm of fifty acres near Appleton City, in St.
Clair County. Mr. Dodds has raised a family of twelve children:
Cynthia Jane (now Mrs. J. Hill), Elizabeth (now Mrs. Isom Stubblefield),
John, Jesse L., Charles A., Margaret (wife of James McBride),
Matilda Dodds, Mary C. (wife of James Cook), Thomas C., Amanda
(wife of James A. McBride). Martha J. and David. Mr. and Mrs.
D. are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
2(iii). Jesse S. Shirley - born about 1809 in Kentucky,
age 41 in 1850 Cooper Co census. He names his sister Marthann
Dodd in his 1856 Cooper Co will.
1856 Cooper Co MO Will of Jesse S. Shirley Written: 9 June
1856 Recorded: 26 May 1856 To my nephew, Jesse Dodd ... To my
sister, Marthan Jane Dodd ; To my nieces: Elizabeth Catharine
Shirley and Mary E. Gardner ; to my step-daughter, Mary Durncil
; to my son, Robert Miller ; and to my daughter, Elizabeth Smith
...Witnesses: Benjamin Rogers and S. S. Seat
married Elizabeth _______ age 40 in 1850 census
3(i). Martha A. Shirley born about 1837 in Missouri,
age 13 in 1850 census
2(iv). Cynthia Shirley - her daughter is named in the
1856 Cooper Co will of her uncle Jesse Shirley. She married James
A Gardner on 19 November 1835 in Cooper Co MO
Likely children of George (?)
2(v). Thomas C Shirley - his daughter Elizabeth was
a minor, age 17 and heir of Thomas C Shirley deceased in 1857
Cooper Co MO probate record. George Bullock was granted her guardian.
This event is presumably related to the 1856 estate settlement
of Jesse Shirley which mentions his neice Elizabeth Catherine
Shirley as a legatee - thus possibly making Thomas Shirley his
brother. Nothing more known
2(vi). Cyrus Shirley - born in Kentucky. He is closely
involved with George Shirley and is surely his son, but the smoking
gun evidence is lacking (as yet). Cyrus was enumerated as the
owner of slaves in the 1850 census. He was gifted 80 acres of
land from George Shirley in 1851 in return for keeping he and
his wife in their elder years. He lived at Clarks Fork, Cooper
Co MO in 1860 census.
October 21, 1851 Cooper County, Missouri - Deed Record
Book: 2, page: 183 - State of Missouri County of Cooper - Be
it remembered that on the 21st day of October 1851 agreed by
and between George Shirley of the County of Cooper and State
of Missouri and Cyrus Shirley of the same county and state, in
manner and form following, viz: the said Cyrus Shirley for the
consideration hereinafter memtioned doth for himself, his heirs
and assigns, proimise and agree to and with the said George Shirley,
his heirs and assigns that he, the said Cyrus Shirley, shall
and will to the best of his ability supply the said George Shirley
and Elizabeth, his wife, with good and sufficent board, clothing
and medical attention during the life of either or both. In consideration
whereof the said George Shirley for himself, his heirs or orphans,
promise and agree to and with the said Cyrus Shirley, his heirs
and in addition to 80 acres of land during my life time or that
of my wife, Elizabeth, during her life time as follows, the Northwest
Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 35, Township 48 and
Range 16, containing 40 acres, but it is upon the express condition
that the said Cyrus shall, will and truly comply with the afore
mentioned conditions to board, clothing and medical attendance
when neccessary and whenever the above memioned are not complied
with, then the instrument to be null and void and for the performance
of all and every part of the aforesaid agreement, the said George
and Cyrus Shirley do hereby bind themselves, their heris and
assigns. In testomony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands
and seals this day and year before mentioned. Cyrus Shirley,
George Shirley, By James N. Baker
married Mary Ann Robertson on 10 March 1841 at Cooper Co MO
3(i). Arthusa Shirley. born about 1845, age 15 in 1860
census. She married Thomas B Boyles on 7 June 1866 in Cooper
3(ii). Mary Elizabeth Shirley - enumerated as Mary
in 1850 and as Elizabeth in 1860 census, age 13
3(iii). Georgian Shirley born about 1850 age 10 in
3(iv). Emeler Shirley (f) - not enumerated in parents'
1850 census household, but age 12 in 1860, Enumerated as Emma
E Shirley age 21 in 1870 census household of parents
3(v). Andrew Shirley born about 1852, age 8 in 1860
3(vi). Amanda C Shirley born about 1856, age 4 in 1860
HISTORY OF COOPER COUNTY (1919)
Charles D. Shirley. The progressive farmer of today
is not content
to till his land in a mediocre, hit-and-miss manner, and is not
keep any but the best of live stock on his place. Here and there
county are men of intelligence and foresight who are making a
of producing pure-bred live stock and are engaging the business
as a com-
mercial venture. Charles D. Shirley, of Clarks Fork township,
is one of
this class. Mr. Shirley is specializing in Angus cattle, and
breed this fine variety of cattle. He also keeps pure-bred Shorthorns
the place, and pure-bred Poland China hogs. A flock of 100 head
Shropshire sheep are a paying venture on the farm. The Shirley
consists of 336 acres, and has been the home of the present proprietor
since 1902. During the past 17 years all of Mr. Shirley's time
could spare from crop production, has been devoted to building
ments on the farm. The big barn has been remodeled, fences built,
concrete silo erected, an attractive driveway is in process of
and the time is coming when the Shirley estate will be one of
in the land. Mr. Shirley was born March 2, 1872, on a farm in
Fork township, Cooper County.
William A. J. Shirley, his father, was born on the Shirley
in the same township in 1835, and died in 1882. He was a son
Shirley, a native of Virginia, who was an early pioneer in Cooper
settling on Clarks Fork sometime in the twenties. William A.
was married May 3, 1871, to Harriet Malvina Eller, who was born
24, 1850, on a farm near Boonville, and is a daughter of David
(Oglesby) Eller. David Eller was born in Missouri in 1822, and
1864. He was killed by bushwhackers during the Civil War. He
son of Jacob Eller, who was one of the first pioneers to settle
County, and was a native of North Carolina. The mother of Mrs.
was born in Virginia in 1828, came to Cooper County with her
1831. and died here in 1912. Mr. Shirley's mother, Malvina
ley, was one of the following children born to David and Martha
Nancy Jane, Bunceton, Mo. ; Mrs. Harriet Shirley ; Henry, Susan
Kepner, Lucretia Ann Moore, William, Mrs. Mattie Knaus, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Shirley lived on the Shirley home place for a
then sold it and moved to the Eller place, finally settling on
of 120 acres in Palestine township. The children born to them
follows: Charles D., of this review; Florence, wife of Bert Chamberlin;
Harry L., living on an adjoining farm ; Susan, at home with her
and William, managing the home farm.
Charles D. Shirley attended the Stony Point School and also
cord School. After his district school days he studied at Hooper
tute in Clarks Fork township. He has always followed farming.
purchased his first tract of 116 acres in the fall of 1900, and
placed all of
the needed improvements on the place. He rented his present farm
two years prior to its purchase in 1905. The farm which Mr. Shirley
owns is one of the oldest settled places in Cooper County, known
Oglesby farm. This tract was entered as Government land by his
father Oglesby, who gave the farm to Thomas Oglesby, an uncle
D. Shirley, and from whom the present owner purchased it. The
elm tree, from which "Lone Elm Prairie" takes name,
stood on this farm.
Mr. Shirley was married in September, 1912, to Miss Grace
berlin, born in Cooper County, a daughter of the late Albert
lin, a sketch of whom appears in this history. Mr. and Mrs. Shirley
two children: Harriet Elizabeth, born Sept. 7, 1913; and Charles
born March 11, 1915.
Mr. Shirley is a democrat, as were his ancestors before him.
a member of the Baptist Church, the faith of his fathers. He
is a mem-
ber of the Woodmen of the World, at Speed, Mo.