ALBERT H. SHERLEY was born in Barren County, Kentucky,
December 6, 1842. He was sprung from a sturdy, brave race. He
received all the advantages obtainable from the schools of his
section and was an apt pupil. When just on the threshhold of
manhood he enlisted in the Confederate Army, but because of filial
love for an aged mother asked for and received a discharge. He
was a beautiful musician and was never happier than when playing
his violin, unless it was when listening to good music from others.
He removed to Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his parents when
a lad. The elder Sherley was engaged in the hotel business, and
his son growing up with such an environment became a Boniface
and continued such all his life. Later he removed to Glasgow
where he married Miss Nellie Garnett, a member of a distinguished
Kentucky family from pioneer days to the present. Here he received
the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Allen Lodge No. 24, and
also those of Capitular Masonry in the local Chapter. He was
later Knighted in Louisville Commandery No. 1. Purchasing property
in Richmond he removed thither in 1877, becoming the proprietor
of the Garnett House, a famous hostelry, under his management.
He affiliated with the local Masonic bodies the same year and
because of both his love for the Order as well as his proficiency,
at once began to take a most prominent part in them. He was elected
Master December, 1880, serving two consecutive terms. He later
became High Priest of the Richmond Chapter and Eminent Commander
of Richmond Commandery. He loved the various branches of the
Order, but the "Blue Lodge" was ever his favorite.
Capt. Sherley was a brilliant ritualist and because of this became
an Inspiration to all the younger members of his Lodge. Masonry
was not to him a mere rehearsal of ethical principles, but the
practice of his daily life. He was a member of the Grand Lodge
of Kentucky for many years and was elected Grand Junior Warden
in October, 1885. He advanced step by step until he became Deputy
Grand Master in 1887. Unfortunately for his Masonic career he
left the state and moved to Texas during his term as Deputy Grand
Master. As a consequence he was compelled to forego receiving
the coveted prize, the position of Grand Master. This was always
a source of regret with him and a great disappointment to his
friends. The writer, who served as Secretary of the local Lodge
during Captain Sherley's terms as Master, can truly say that
his own Masonic career began then and was hugely due to him.
Thus it can be said that none know the influences exerted on
those with whom they are thrown. He died September 29, 1896,
and was buried with Masonic honors at Glasgow, Kentucky.
- A History of Masonry in Madison County, Kentucky 1812-1913,
compiled and written by Robert R. Burnam, 1914, p. 86.
"GARNETT HOUSE - ....In December 1875, the heirs of
I. D. Smith had C. H. Breck, the master commissioner of the Madison
County Court of Common Pleas, conduct a sale of the property.
The high bidder was Mr. J. R. Garnett who bought this large building
for $10,000. In 1876, Garnett was joined by a Mr. Shirley as
manager under the new name, "Garnett House." For several
years after 1878, newspaper ads listed Mr. Shirley as proprietor.
In January 1903, the hotel was leased by R. G. Engle and was
opened for a few months under the name, "New Garnett House."
In December 1903, Charles Jacobs, a Richmond tailor, leased the
building and ran it for a couple of years as the "St. Charles
Married Nelly Garnett on the 31st day of Jan. 1866. Daughter
of J R & L C Garnett, born near Glasgow, Barren County, Thursday
9:30 a.m. August 9, 1843; died Wednesday 2:23 p.m. June 20, 1912
children (source: bible record)
3(i). Lucy Lee Shirley, daughter of A H & Nellie
Shirley born Glasgow, Barren County, Ky. Tuesday 11:30 a.m. Nov.
22, 1871, married Wednesday 7:30 M E Church.
3(ii). Katie Henry Shirley, daughter of A H & Nellie
Shirley, born Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ky., Sunday 1:30 A M
March 15, 1874. Married ___Baird on Wednesday 12:30, Oct. 16,
1895. She died 29 Dec 1955 at Glasgow, Barren, Kentucky
3(iii). John Garnett Shirley son of A H & Nellie
Shirley, born Richmond, Madison County, Ky. Thursday Noon, Oct.
26, 1876, died Thursday 6:45 P.M. Dec. 1, 1881, age 4 years
3(iv). Albert Henry Shirley Jr, son of A H & Nellie
Shirley, born Richmond, Madison Co. Kentucky Tuesday 6:45 a.m.
Sept. 10, 1878. He lived at Elkhorn, McDowell Co WV in 1920;
He died October 26, 1939, age 61 at Glasgow Barren Co
KY. Buried Glasgow Municipal Cemetery
married Blanche Pauline Bray on Wednesday 11 P.M. Louisville,
Ky., Sept. 26, 1917.
4(i). Albert Henry Shirley III, born October 01, 1918,
at Mayberry, WV. He was living with his widowed aunt Katherine
in the 1940 census; He enlisted in the National Guard infantry
on 17 Junauary 1941 at Bowling Green KY; At the time, he had
1 year of college and was working as a sales clerk (single, with
dependents); He died 03 December 1992 (SSDI)