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  Patrick Shirkey
b. 1720.  Lived in Botetourt Co Virginia. Family to Grainger Co Tennessee
   
 

2011 Update: This lineage has long been included in Shirley surname research. In the past, researchers uncovered instances when members of this family were known by the Shirley surname rather than Shirkey. Also one of the main branches of this family apparently adopted the Shirley name and it is used by descendents to date. In 2011, the Shirley Association continued to research this family, especially its existance in Mississippi and Tennessee. We are beginning to be convinced that the Shirley/Shirkey issue has been a mistake - that mentions of this family in historical records with the Shirley surname are actually quite rare. And that the Balser Shirley branch which continued to use the Shirley surname is actually a branch of an entirely different family.

Patrick Shirkey Sr. born about 1720; He died 1783 in Botetourt Co. VA  at the family place. Records show Ensign Patrick Shirkey was on Captain Robinson's Muster list of Augusta Co. VA in 1742. Records show that by 1744 Patrick was dealing in land with Col. James Patton. In 1746 he owned 400 acres from a new grant at 'Locust Bottom'. Patrick was paying for purchases from the Patton grants in Botetourt Co. VA by 1753. By 1772 Patrick and Anne owned 1,389 acres in what is now Botetourt Co. and one 44 acre tract was purchased from Benjamin Bordan.

Patrick established a milling business on the Upper James River in 1746. He grew hemp so the mill could have made rope and cloth. He fortified his home from Indian attract by palisades and logs of his-wall were provided with loopholes for firing of guns from within. the loopholes were plugged or filled with wooden plug to keep out the cold. The house had a shingled roof. Patrick and Robert Montgomery gave the land to build a Presbyterian Meeting House 'for all the community'  at Sinking springs in 1754 near Fincastle. After the Rev. War the church building of the Church of England in Fincastle was turned over to the Presbyterians.

Patrick furnished horses in 1776 for an expedition against the Cherokees for the Battle of Long Island in the Holston River. He was listed again in Captain Robinson's Co. in 1783. He furnished 13 horses, 17 cattle and one slave. Two of his sons, Nicholas and James, were listed in Captain May's Co. They also furnished horses, cattle and slaves.

In the name of God, Amen, I Patrick Sharkey of Botetourt County and State of Virginia being of sound Mind & Memory but knowing the Union thy [?] of Life do make Constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made ------------ IMPRIMSS, I commend my Sole to Almighty God who give it in Hope of a Ressurection by the Mediation of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to Eternal Bliss my Body I Will to the Grave to be decently interned at the Discretion of my Executrix Item I lend to my beloved Wife Anne Sharkey the whole of my Estate both rail and Personal except my Tract of Land Containing three Hundred & forty Acres more or less on the on the Head of Catawba Creek whereon David Smyth now lives during the term of her natural Life, Item I give and bequeath to my Son and Hair at Law, James Sharkey five Pounds Current Money of Virginia to be paid him by my Executrix after the Deceas of my Wife Anne, Item my Will is that my Executrix lease my Plantation on the Head of Catawba Creek agreeable to Thos. Rosses Lus(?) who now Lives on Part of Three hundred and forty Acres that after Lease of Thos. Rosses is out then I give and bequeath the Tract of Land to my Son John Sharkey to him and his Hairs and Asigns for ever, Item I likewise give and bequeath to my Son Patrick Sharkey the Plantation I now Live on containing five hundred and fifteen Acres of Patant Land and two Negroes and two work Horses and all Youtentials belonging to the Plantation and three Milk Cows and all my Debts and the remainder of my Stock is to be sold and the Money to be Converted to the Youse of Schooling my Grand Children all to have an equail Part and also an Entry I have farming Robert Coldwells Land and Thompsons Entry is to be sold and the Money to be converted to the same Youse as schooling my Grand Children. Lastly I constitute and appoint my Wife Anne Executrix of this my last Will and Tesstament Signed with my own Hand and Dated this thirtyeth Day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six Patrick Sharkey. Signed, Sealed, and Published and declaed in the Presents of us Test Adam Peck, Jacob Haris Rachel Grant. March Botetourt Cort 1786 This Testament of Writing was produced in Court as and for the last Will & Testament of Patrick Sharkey dec'd & found by the Oaths of Adam Peck & Jacob Haris and ordered to be recorded & at anther Court held for said County the eighth Day of August 1786 on the Motion of Adam Peck & Patrick Sharkey Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probat hereof they having first made both en--tered into & acknowledged Bond in L 1000 with Benjamin Peck & John (unreadable) Surities according to Law. Test A. Smyth DL

Court Order Book covering the period from January 8, 1793 to April 12, 1797, page 365, and is entered Friday May 13, 1796 as follows: Rev. Edward Crawford, Nicholas Carper, James Snodgrass, Davld Little and Samuel Walker, for and on behalf of the Sinking Spring Congregation of Presbyterians. vs. Nicholas Sharkey, James Sharkey, Patrick Sharkey, John Sharkey, Peter Wiley and Mary, his wife; Adam Wood and Anne, his wife; and Adam Peck and Eliza, his wife, representatives of Patrick Sharkey, deceased; and James Montgomery William Montgomery, Thomas Montgomery, Samuel Montgomery, Joseph Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, John Simpson and Mary, his wife representatives of Robert Montgomery, deceased. This cause was this day heard upon the bill, answers and exhibits, and the argument of counsel on both sides. In consideration whereof, it is decreed and ordered that the defendants convey a title, in fee simple, of the lands in the bill mentioned to complainants, or such person or persons as the Sinking Spring Congregation shall direct, in trust for the said congregation, and that the complainants pay the cost. "The Seed Bed of the Republic-Botetourt County, Va." By Stoner

married Anne _____. died after 1786; mentioned in her husband Patrick Sharkey's 1786 Botetourt Co VA will.

children:

1(i). Anne Sharkey born 1748 Augusta Co. VA; She married Adam Woods in 1773 in Botetourt Co VA

1(ii). James Shirley/Sharkey born 1750 Augusta Co. VA; he is enumerated in Pryor's District in 1785 Botetourt Co VA tax lists; mentioned in his father Patrick Sharkey's 1786 Botetourt Co VA will.

married Eliz. Poage in 1774 in Botetourt Co VA; She was the daughter of George Poage and Rachel Stevenson

children: Descendants known as SHIRKEY

3(i). George Shirkey born about 1776 Locust Bottom, VA

married Ellen Callahan

3(ii). Anne Shirkey born about 1777; She married James Anderson in 1797 in Botetourt Co VA

3(iii). Mary Shirkey born July 13, 1779; She married Robert Shanklin 18 May 1802 in Botetourt Co VA

3(iv). Patrick Shirkey born about 1780; living in Botetourt Co VA in 1830 census as "Shurley"

married Sally Allen 25 Jul 1809 in Botetourt Co VA, dau of John Allen

3(v). Rachel Shirkey born Mar 26, 1782; She married William Shanklin on 21 Jan 1804 in Botetourt Co VA

3(vi). Nicholas Shirkey born about 1784 Locust Bottom, VA 

3(vii). John Shirkey born about 1786

3(viii). James Shirkey born April 16, 1788 Locust Bottom, VA; died January 12, 1858 in Victoria, TX;

"He was the 8th child of his parents, successively attained the ranks of captain, major and colonel of the militia, was a Colonel in war of 1812, he is shown as having had a plantation on the James River, afterward removing in 1853 from Virginia to Texas where he bought a plantation in Victoria. He was a merchant and farmer and together with his wife, Mary, had 9 children."

married Mary Thompson September 09, 1821

3(ix). Elizabeth Shirkey born about 1790; She married James Weir

1(iii). Nicholas Sharkey born about 1752; he is enumerated in Pryor's District in 1785 Botetourt Co VA tax lists; Not mentioned in his father Patrick Sharkey's 1786 Botetourt Co VA will. According to a message board, his will mentions no children.

married Sarah Woods in 1777 in Botetourt Co VA, She was the dau of Susanna Woods

1(iv). Elizabeth Sharkey born about 1753; She married Adam Peck on June 24, 1777 in Botetourt Co VA. Elizabeth "was born in 1757 and died in 1832; dau of Patrick and Ann Sharkey of Botetourt Co Va. Adam Peck was an ensign in the Rev'l; settled in 1788 at Mossy Creek, now Jefferson Co TN; was a member of the first legislature of Tennessee;..."

1(v). John Sharkey born about 1760; mentioned in his father Patrick Sharkey's 1786 Botetourt Co VA will; He appears in Grainger Co TN deed, court and census records as early as 1809. (I don't know if this is correct) In 1812, John petitioned and was approved to keep an ordinary or house of entertainment in the town of Rutledge, Grainger Co. In 1818, he placed an ad in the Knoxville Register newspaper looking to hire 6 journeymen cabinet makers. He last appears in Grainger Co in the 1820 census. Descendants lived in Mississippi.

married 1st Jane George in 1780 in Botetourt Co VA. They lived French Broad North Carolina/TN in 1787.

married 2nd Jean Calloway There is a very long published story about the Revolutionary War naming this John Shirley who married a Calloway. I don't know if this is correct

1(vi). Mary Sharkey according to a 1796 lawsuit of the heirs of her father Patrick Sharkey, she married Peter Wiley

1(v). Patrick Sharkey, Jr.  born about 1760 Augusta Co. VA; ; mentioned in his father Patrick Sharkey's 1786 Botetourt Co VA will; Enumerated in 1789 Botetourt Co VA tax list; died 1813 Grainger Co. Tennessee. 2011 Update: There are no estate records for Patrick Sharkey and wife in Grainger Co TN, nor in Knox County (see bio next). Mentions of the estate of Patrick Shirkey and Mary Shirkey are instead found in early Warren Co MS tax records, the county where their son William Lewis Sharkey settled.

married Polly Rhodes Aug 17, 1797 Knox Co. Tennessee daughter of Christian Rhodes.

children:

2(i). William Lewis Sharkey born 12 Jul 1798; He became Governor of Mississippi

"William Lewis Sharkey, son of Patrick Sharkey, was probably born in Knox County, Tennessee, on August 12, 1798. Sharkey moved with his family, including younger brothers Jacob Rhodes and James Elliott, to Warrenton, Warren County, Mississippi, around 1800. Both of Sharkey’s parents had died by 1813, leaving him to support himself and his brothers by farming. During the War of 1812, Sharkey enlisted in a Mississippi military unit that participated in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. After the war, Sharkey continued farming and began reading law. He became a member of the Mississippi bar in 1822 and thereafter established a law practice in Vicksburg, Warren County. Sharkey was elected to the Mississippi legislature in 1827 and served until becoming a circuit judge in 1831. On March 15, 1832, Sharkey married Minerva Steele Wrenn, widow of Belfield Wrenn of Warren County, Mississippi. The couple divided their time between homes in Vicksburg, Warren County, and Jackson, Hinds County. They also spent time at Bogue de Sha, the Hyland family plantation near Yokena, Warren County. Minerva Sharkey had two children from her first marriage: Peterson Goodwin Wrenn (b. June 18, 1823) and Emily (Fannie) Steele Wrenn (b. January 14, 1825), whom William Lewis Sharkey adopted. Sharkey served as an associate justice (and later as chief justice) of the Mississippi High Court of Errors and Appeals from 1832 until his resignation in 1850. He briefly served as consul of Havana, Cuba, during the administration of President Millard Fillmore in 1852. Sharkey returned to Jackson and resumed the practice of law before being appointed to an 1854 committee, including William L. Harris and Henry T. Ellett, which was responsible for revising and codifying the laws of the state Mississippi. The resulting work was the Revised Code of the Statute Laws of the State of Mississippi, 1857. In 1865, Mississippi governor Charles Clark appointed Sharkey and William Yerger as commissioners responsible for proposing a state Reconstruction plan to President Andrew Johnson. After a plan was adopted, President Johnson appointed Sharkey as Mississippi provisional governor on June 13, 1865. He served in that capacity until December 14, 1865. Sharkey was later elected as a United States senator, but the Mississippi congressional delegation was never seated because of the state’s failure to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment and its passage of the Black Codes. William Lewis Sharkey continued practicing law until his death in Washington, D.C., in 1873. He was interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson." - Mississippi Department of Archives and History

married Minerva Cage; She was b. 28 Sep 1808, Sumner Co. TN and d. 28 Jul 1884, Jackson, Hinds Co. MS

3(i). Willim L. Sharkey Jr born about 1835 MS; He appears in the family 1850 household and in 1860 census in Vicksburg, lawyer

married Betty______

children

4(i). William Sharkey born about 1859

2(ii). Jacob Rhodes Sharkey named as a younger brother of William Lewis Sharkey in the MS archives biography

2(iii). James Elliot Sharkey he is living in Vicksburg Warren Co MS in 1850, age 44, not married; occupation: lawyer

2(iv). Balser Shirley has been removed from this lineage as of Dec 2011

 

 


Other Information

Records show Ensign Patrick Shirkey was on Captain Robinson's Muster list of Augusta Co. VA in 1742. Records show that by 1744 Patrick was dealing in land with Col. James Patton. In 1746 he owned 400 acres from a new grant at 'Locust Bottom'. Patrick was paying for purchases from the Patton grants in Botetourt Co. VA by 1753. By 1772 Patrick and Anne owned 1,389 acres in what is now Botetourt Co. and one 44 acre tract was purchased from Benjamin Bordan.

Patrick established a milling business on the Upper James River in 1746. He grew hemp so the mill could have made rope and cloth. He fortified his home from Indian attract by palisades and logs of his-wall were provided with loopholes for firing of guns from within. the loopholes were plugged or filled with wooden plug to keep out the cold. The house had a shingled roof. Patrick and Robert Montgomery gave the land to build a Presbyterian Meeting House 'for all the community'  at Sinking springs in 1754 near Fincastle. After the Rev. War the church building of the Church of England in Fincastle was turned over to the Presbyterians.

Patrick furnished horses in 1776 for an expedition against the Cherokees for the Battle of Long Island in the Holston River. He was listed again in Captain Robinson's Co. in 1783. He furnished 13 horses, 17 cattle and one slave. Two of his sons, Nicholas and James, were listed in Captain May's Co. They also furnished horses, cattle and slaves.

Info from Ruth Shirley 


Contributed to Rootsweb by: Grant A. Van Vranken <gb234@bresnan.net>

Patrick Sharkey was born ca 1720 in Ireland. He died in February/March of
1786. His wife was Anne (some say her last name is Knolleys, but this is
unsubstantiated). Patrick and Anne had the following children: Mary who married
Peter Wiley; Nicholas who married Sarah Woods; James who married Elizabeth
Poage; Anne who married Adam Wood(s); Elizabeth who married Adam Peck; John who
married Jane George; Patrick who married Sally Allen and Polly Rhodes.

Patrick Sr. established a milling business on the Upper James River in 1746,
where he might have produced hemp rope. In 1756 the following entry is listed
in Botetourt County "processioned by Thos. McFarrin and Robert Montgomery,
in Cap. John McFarrin's Company, on Catawbo Creek, for viz... Patrick
Shurkey." On April 24, 1767, Patrick Sharkey was a witness to land sold my
Matthew Patton to William Rowland. Aug 21, 1767, Surveyors of highways
appointed Patrick Shirley and William Watkins from James Montgomery's at Catawho
to the south side of Craig's Creek Mountain where John Potts quit clearing.
August 17, 1769 (Augusta County Will Book 4, page 237) Patrick was listed as
paying for land belonging to Col. Patton's estate.
In 1772, Patrick and Anne had amassed a considerable estate totaling 1,389 acres
all lying in Botetourt County, Virginia. Patrick furnished horses in 1776 for
an expedition against the Cherokees for the Battle of Lond Island in the Holston
River. He was listed again in Captain Robinson's Co. (Militia- probably Patrick
Jr.) in 1783. He furnished 13 Horses, 17 cattle and one slave

A Seed-Bed of the Republic p 328 unknown Author, publisher and date

THE SHARKEYS
Patrick was paying for purchases from the Patton grants in Botetourt as early as
1753. He accumulated a large estate on the Upper James River, now known as
Buhrman Bottoms, where he established a milling business. He fortified his home
from Indian attack by palisades, and the logs of his house-walls were provided
with loopholes for the firing of guns from within. The remains of this home are
still remembered by some of the older citizens of the community who recall that
the loopholes were plugged, or filled, with wooden plugs to keep out cold.
Nicholas Sharkey lived up the river from Patrick, at Locust Bottom. Both
Nicholas and James were in Captain Pryor's Company in 1783.


1850 Hinds Co MS census (Jackson MS)

William L Sharkey M 51y
Minerva Sharkey F 44y
Sally Goodwin F 14y
William L Sharkey M 15y

 

   


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