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1(vii). "Major" James Albert Shirley born 1 Jun 1800 likely in Spotsylvania Co VA; He moved to Howard Co Missouri in 1831. Enumerated in the Richmond Twp in Howard Co MO in 1840 and 1850 census. In 1860, he had moved to Chilicothe Livingston Co MO and worked as a bank cashier. His son James' obituary says that James Shirley established the first bank in Chillicothe, standing on the corner of Washington and Webster Streets. In 1870 he lived in the household of son in law, R.M. Manifee without any other family. [Ed: The title "Major" is souced from sister Mary/Martha Turner's obituary]

Email: Shirley advertised in the Glasgow Weekly Times as a notary public in the Jan 1, 1852 issue, but it appears the ad was inserted as early as Sept 1851. In the June 29, 1854 issue he advertised his business- the SHIRLEY HOUSE- though it probably opened on Jan 19 of that year. It was located in Fayette... "On the southwest corner of the Public Square in the building recently occupied by W.F. Birch, esq., as a residence, where boarders and travelers shall receive every necessary attention." The ad goes on to tell a bit more...."Entire new stabling and a carriage house has been built, which will be attended by most careful and experienced hostlers, and conveyances will be furnished to any of the neighboring towns.....". At the end of March 1857 there is a note in the old ledger that J.A. Shirley relinquished the keeping of the hotel. New management was not named, but I believe it was taken over by William Maupin, who later changed the name to the Missouri Hotel. In the 1860 Fayette newspaper, he is listed as the owner, while his competition, Fayette House, was operated by L. Crigler.

married 1) Frances (Fanny) Giddings on 20 Apr 1826 in Barren county KY.

married 2) Martha J. Hayden on 21 November 1833 in Howard Co MO. She was said to be a Yankee,


2(i) Sheriff Paul Shirley born 1828. Lived Benecia township in Solano County CA in 1860. Sheriff of Solano County California. Lived at Martinez in Contra Costa County CA in 1870. Elected State Senator for Contra Costa and Marin Counties. Warden of San Quentin prison. He died December 11, 1895.

Paul Shirley (67) born 1828 in KY. He fought in the Mexican War (1846-48) under General George Stoneman who later became Governor of California. He came to California in 1849 (age 21) seeking gold. He was four times elected Sheriff of Solano county, being elected in 1851 and serving until 1857. For more than 40 years Paul was a business associate of Lansing B. Mizner, another early pioneer in Contra Costa county, California. Their business was chiefly the construction and operation of wharfs along the Carquinez Straits. He also owned the ferry between Martinez and Benicia, and lands and wharf property on both sides of the straits of Carquinez. He was one of the outstanding Democratic politicians of the state and served from 6 Dec 1875 to 5 Jan 1880, elected State Senator for Contra Costa and Marin Counties, coming 3 votes short of being nominated for State Treasurer. On 13 Oct 1883, a page 1 article in the San Francisco Daily Morning Call proclaims "Paul Shirley Elected Warden of the San Quentin Prison." He served as warden from 1884-1888. An article written the day after his appointment to Warden says that he "is an old Californian, who has accumulated a fortune by his intelligence and business abilty." He died in Martinez from general debility, and is lsted as a capitalist in his obituary. He and his wife Nora [and his daughter Maud] are buried in the Alhambra Cemetary at Martinez, a privately owned cemetary with some prominent Californian pioneers. Paul died intestate, so there is no will. Probate records from 1895-1897 of about 100 pages, however, have every conceivable type of probate-related document. There is one small mystery in those records....Paul had owned a distillery in Bergin, Mercer County KY that was wholly destroyed by fire 6 Apr 1893. He received insurance in the amount of $1826.

The San Francisco Call., December 15, 1895 - DIED - In Martinez, December 11, 1895, Paul Shirley beloved father of Guy Shirley and Maud Shirley Page, a native of Kentucky age 68 years 7 months and 11 days.

married 1) Mary E. Gift in May 1857. She was born in TN, daughter of Robert Lee Gift); Mary died Sept 1860.

married 2) Leonora (Nora) Edmona Gift. She was the sister of Mary Gift and was born 1843 TN and bapt. 25 Aug 1867 in St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Benicia.


3(i). Albert Guy Shirley born 1859.

The San Francisco call., April 17, 1907 - Guy Shirley son of the late Paul Shirley who was warden of San Quentin prison, is dangerously ill at his home in Vallejo. Shirley at one time was one of the best known men in the city and was a great favorite in society. he and William Schofield, son of General Schofield, were inseparable companions. He left the city some years ago to take a position with the government at Mare Island and had made his home at Vallejo for many years. He has been ill for several weeks and it is feared the end is near.

3(ii). Maud Shirley born 1863, age 16 in 1880 census household. She married ____ Page.

2(ii) John Shirley born about 1835, age 15 in 1850 census. He died at his aunt Mary Shirley Turner's residence in Missouri at the age of 22.

1857 Letter from 1(x). Mary Ann Shirley Turner to brother 1(xi). Charles Michael Shirley "...I have not seen Brother Albert but once since the year '41 , and I have not seen him since until this last winter when his oldest son by his last wife came to my house traveling through the country for a company in St. Louis, and stopped with us a few days, and was taken sick and died in a few days more of erysipelas in the face. He was sick only six days and we had five of the best doctors with him but poor fellow he had to go in the bloom of youth to his long home. He was only in his 22nd year full of life and vigor. He was a very interesting young man and very business one. We wrote to his father and he came in the bitterest of weather I ever felt, but did not reach here till after his death. He died on the 11th of January, and his father reached here on the 15th and took his corpse home. Poor old man I had not seen him for fifteen years, and then met him in a great deal of distress. He still lives in Fayette. He is clerk of the bank and is keeping hotel. His oldest son Paul is in California and has made a fortune there. He has been there seven years and is not married..."

2(iii) Martha A Shirley born about 1837, age 13 in 1850 census. She married Horatio N. Bostwick on Oct 22, 1857 in Howard Co MO

2(iv) Mary E Shirley born about 1840, age 10 in 1850 census. She married George Sexton on July 3, 1857 in Howard Co MO

The following children seem to be out of chronological order in the 1850 census household. This usually means they are from a different Shirley family - but maybe only son Joel was out of order by accident. Son James A below is named as "son" in records, so the accident theory seems more likely.

2(v). Joel H. Shirley born 1 October 1835. Age 15 in the family's 1850 census household. He died 12 January 1857, about age 22, buried at Fayette City Cemetery, Fayette, Howard Co MO (source: findagrave)

2(vi) Ibera S. Shirley born about 1842, age 8 in 1850 census, age 17 in the family's Livingston Co MO census in 1860. Apparently she married Robert Menifee

2(vii) James Allen Shirley Jr. born 18 July 1846 (source: obit) in Barren Co KY, age 4 in 1850 census. He was the first Wabash Railroad station agent in Chillicothe, aka a baggageman in 1870 census. He later worked as a bartender for Moore and Cox saloon. He was a Civil War veteran wounded near Vicksburg. He died 8 September 1935 in Livingston Co MO, buried Edgewood Cemetery in Chilicothe, Livingston Co MO Read his 1935 Obituary

The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo., November 01, 1887 - Chillicothe, Mo., October 27. At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon three railroad men, employes of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway, met James Shirley, a bartender in the saloon of Moore & Cox and after imbibing freely a quarrel ensued, which resulted in the killing of one of the railroad men, a young man 23 years of age, named James Ratchford, from Keokuk, Iowa, known by his friends as "Sandy." The men got into a dispute, 'Sandy" hitting Shirley. the railroad men shortly left the saloon, and as they passed out, Shirley, who was standing outside, pulled his pistol, a 38-caliber, self cocking revolver, and fired The bullet passed through a screen that stood just inside, and through the glass door, and struck Ratchford in the left temple, lodging in his brain. Ratchford was carried to the office of Dr. J. B Freenun, where he expired at 11 o'clock last night. Shirley was arrested soon after the shooting by Sheriff SLfer. and hi a preliminary examination before 'Squire C. A. Perrin, and was sent to jail in default of $10,000 bonds. Shirley is the son of the cashier of one of the oldest state banks of Missouri in this city

1913 Sept 1 - Missouri Confederate Pension Application - approved - Cert 535. James A Shirley, Chillicothe MO. App #539. Shot in right leg at Straight Fence Creek on the Big Black and the wound is still a running sore and cripples me badly....incapacitated to perform labor; have no bussiness or profession or property from which I may derive an income and no means of support. My wife has a very modest little home, but have no children or relations who are able to support me. <James A Shirley> 24 June 1913. Entered service at Howard County Mo about October 1861. [battles] Wilson Creek, Pea Ridge, [illeg] and others. [next document] James A Shirley enlisted in Clarks Battery afterwards known as Kings Battery; wounded in the ankle by the enemy near Vicksburg Miss. in the fall of 1863, removed to hospital and later sent to Canton, Miss. Mo. Vols. [document] private Capt Farris' Battery Missouri Light Artillery, enlisted 28 Feb 1862 at Cove Creek Arkansas...reported as 17 years of age and as 'wounded severely right leg in action of 14 Oct 1863 at Straight Fence Creek, Miss. [descrption of battle]

married Carrie Robey on Dec 18, 1866 in Livingston Co MO (James' obituary says he married Carrie Jennings on Oct 15 1866, daughter of W. O. Jennings, the first sheriff of Livingston Co MO)

children: (online source)

3(i). Ida Shirley may be the Mrs R.S Shelly of Austin TX named in father's obituary

3(ii). George Shirley (?Guy Shirley) living in Denver at time of father's death

3(iii). daughter Shirley

3(iv). Joseph Pearson (Joe) Shirley born on 2 Nov 1884 in Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri. His gravestone shows a birth year of 1885. His obit says he was born Nov. 2, 1884. He died on 20 May 1964 in Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri. He was buried in Edgewood Cemetery, Livingston, Missouri. He and his wife operated a tea room and confectionery shop on the east side of the Chillicothe square. He lived at Kansas City at the time of father's death

3(v). Georgia Shirley living in Los Angeles at time of father's death. Married Farmer

3(vi). Carl Haden Shirley born 3 July 1885 (at Chillicothe Missouri (source WWI draft); Lived in Denver Co at time of WWI draft in 1917, self employed as a druggist, married; Lived at Kansas City at time of father's death; He was living in Chillicothe in widowed mother's household in 1940 census; He died 7 July 1959 and buried at Chillcothe Livingston Co MO

married 1) Lola ______ living with husband and mother-in-law in 1940 census

married 2) Della Belle Dawkins on July 23, 1946

3(vii). Paul Jennings Shirley born 29 June 1890 at Chillicothe MO (source: WWI Draft); Lived at Denver Co at 1918 (WWI Draft); He was living in Denver at time of father's death; Denver CO in 1930 census; Lived in Los Angeles CA in 1940 census. He died 22 November 1959 at Los Angeles CA (source: findagrave)

SHIRLEY - Paul J. Shirley, beloved husband of Lou V S. Shirley; father of Christine Blake, and Paul B. Shirley. Memorial services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Westwood Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Avenue. Westwood Village Mortuary, director- Pasadena Star News: Nov. 25, 1969 Page 27

married Lou V Short (surname identified in dau Patricia's marriage record)


4(i). Paul J Shirley born about 1920 at Missouri, age 10 in 1930 census

4(ii). Patrica L Shirley born about 1927 at Colorado, age 3 in 1930 census, age 13 in 1940 census. She married Jacque Sherman in California

4(iii). John Shirley born about 1929 at Colorado, age 1 in 1930 census; Not found in family 1940 census

2(viii) Charles H. Shirley born about 1848, age 2 in 1850 census, age 12 in family 1860 census, untraced after that



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