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1(ii). Paul Shirley born Aug 30, 1790 Spotsylvania Co. VA  He died April 16, 1834. (this date may be a typo); lived Nashville, Davidson Co TN. He was buried in the Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville Davidson Co TN.

1833 Aug 24. Will of Paul Shirley naming: To wife: Sarah C. Shirley - slaves Susan and Celia, all house furniture, $500 per annum for support of the younger children, slave Moses; To daughter: Mary - slave Delilah, the piano and $1000; To daughter: Camilla - a slave and $300, the sideboard; To younger children to be brought up and educated in the same manner William and Mary have been. ; To all slaves: $20 ; Son William and my younger boys to be [ ] master of some trade as may seem to suit their talents best (or profession)....; Executors: Mr Robert Woods and Thomas G Moss.; Witnesses: Sarah Wilson and Thomas G. Moss.

1857 Letter from 1(x). Mary Ann Shirley Turner to her brother 1(xi). Charles Michael Shirley - "...I will tell you now about our brother Paul's children. His widow Sally Shirley spent the fall and winter with me three years ago. She then lived in Arkansas. She now lives in Sumner County Tennessee and her youngest child, Carilla, is with her. Paul is in the Navy and nearly always at sea. He is out now on a two year cruise. His wife and child live in Philadelphia. John is in Memphis. George is on a boat from Memphis to New Orleans. William and James have been dead many years. Mary Rice the oldest is in Memphis and has been a widow for three years..."

married Sarah (Sally) Caperton Gibson on Dec 6, 1814. After her husband's death, she lived for a time in Missouri, then Arkansas, and then in Sumner Co TN at the time of Mary Shirley Turner's 1857 letter. In 1860, she and daughter Carilla and son George lived with son John and his wife in Memphis TN, age 64


2(i). Capt. Paul Shirley - born 19 Dec 1820; lived Nashville, Davidson Co TN; He died 24 Nov 1876 “as the result of a severe cold on a train from his home near Philadelphia to Memphis. According to his grave marker in City Cemetery, he had evidently been brevetted as an Admiral. Before his death he resided in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Margaretta Guinn Stanley"

SHIRLEY, Paul, naval officer, born in Kentucky, 19 December, 1820; died in Columbus, Ohio, 24 November, 1876. He entered the navy in 1839 became master, 3 December, 1853 ; lieutenant, 21 July, 1854; commander, 5 November, 1863; and captain, 1 July, 1870. While in command of the sloop "Cyane," of the Pacific squadron, he captured the piratical cruiser "J. M. Chapman" in 1863, for which service he was complimented by Rear-Admiral Charles H. Bell. He also, while in command of the "Suwanee," took the piratical steamer "Colon," at Cape St. Lucas, Lower California, and thereby saved two mail-steamers that would have been captured. He was fleet-captain of the North Pacific squadron, and commanded the flag-ship " Pensacola" in 1867-'8, and was in charge of the receiving-ship "Independence," at Mare island, California, in 1869-'70. - Edited Appletons Encyclopedia

married Margaretta Guinn Stanley - identified in Paul Shirley's "Naval widows pension" records. At the time of Paul's death, they were living in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery Co (Philadelphia) PA


3(i). James R. Shirley - identified in Paul Shirley's "Naval widows pension" records. Mentioned in the 1857 letter of great aunt Mary Shirley Turner.

2(i). Mary Shirley mentioned in the will of her father. She married Robert R Rice on 11 October 1836 in Nashville TN and is mentioned in 1857 letter of aunt Mary Shirley Turner. She died 27 June 1899 in Memphis Shelby Co TN

2(ii). James A. Shirley born about 1825. buried in the Nashville City Cemetery in 21 June 1847, age 22

2(iii). Carilla Shirley born _____, age 20 in 1860 census [sic]. She was mentioned in the will of her father; buried in the Nashville City Cemetery, "a resident of Arkansas, died at 90 [sic] of old age in march 1918." Mentioned in the 1857 letter of aunt Mary Shirley Turner, said to be living with her mother at the time, "youngest child". She lived with her brother John Shirley in Memphis TN in 1860, age 20 [sic]

2(iv). William Shirley mentioned in the will of his father; Dead prior to 1857 letter of his aunt Mary Shirley Turner

2(vi). George A. Shirley born about 1834. No doubt one of the other "younger" children mentioned in the will of their father. He is mentioned in the 1857 letter of aunt Mary Shirley Turner, said to be on a boat from Memphis to New Orleans at the time of the letter. He lived with his brother John Shirley in Memphis in 1860. He died in March 1867 in New Orleans Louisiana while on his way to Cuba. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Shelby Co TN

Memphis Daily Appeal March 5 1867 - We regret to learn that Mr. George A. Shirley, a well known citizen of this city and brother of capt. Shirley, is dead. Mr. Shirley was well and favorably known among river men, and was at one time proprietor of Bailey Springs, a fashionable summer resort in this state. Mr. Shirley has been in ill health for some months, and started for New Orleans on the last trip of the Atlantic to see whether a milder climate would not be beneficial. The same boat which carried him south conveys his remains to this city, where they will arrive this afternoon. Mr. S. was a worthy member of the Masonic fraternity, and no doubt the brethren of the "mystic tie" will pay due attention to the remains on arrival.

2(vii). Capt. John T. Shirley born about 1823, age 37 in 1860 Memphis, Shelby Co TN census. No doubt one of the other "younger" children mentioned in the will of their father. He is mentioned in the 1857 letter of aunt Mary Shirley Turner, said to be living in Memphis at the time. In 1860 his real estate and personal property was valued at $17,500. In the 1870 Census his family moved to Louisville Kentucky and was in business as the proprietor of a hotel with J.M. McCorkle. His personal estate is valued at $6500. He died 9 September 1873 in Memphis, Shelby Co TN. He lived at 96 Promenade Street in Memphis at the time of his death of a Yellow Fever epidemic. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, age about 50.

Ironclad CSS Arkansas, constructed by John T. Shirley & Co, Memphis - "Maritime Entrepreneur. John T. Shirley was a steamboat captain and builder. He was also the President of his own company, John T. Shirley & Co. He was well known in the city of Memphis for his philanthropy and for his large and lovely home on Promenade Street. However, his greatest claim to fame came during the Civil War when he was selected to build two Ironclads for the Confederacy, the CSS Arkansas and the CSS Tennessee."

Chicago Tribune September 10, 1873 - Memphis, Sept. 9--Flags on the steamers in port were at half-mast to-day in respect to the memory of Capt. John T. Shirley, the veteran commander, who died at his residence in Promenade street this morning of congestive chills. He was a native of Louisville, and builder of the famous Confederate ram Arkansas, and several others.

Jasper Weekly Courier 14 Nov 1873 How the Yellow Fever was Brought to Memphis - ....toward the end of August it appeared on the top of the bluff, carrying off Capt John T Shirley on the 9th of September, in the naval commandant's residence on Promenade Streeet, after which Mrs Shirley died; then two relatives who came from Helena sickened and died at the latter place, and after this, the saffron-hued sickness spread rapidly over the northern part of the city until now, after nearly three months of pestilence we have to record the loss of nearly 1,500 of our people....

married Virginia Ann E. Epps 16 September 1846 in Montgomery Co TN (also recorded in Christian Co KY?). She died 4 days after her husband of Yellow Fever and is also buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis TN. Note: a yellow fever epidemic occured at this time in Memphis.

Memphis Daily Appeal., April 28, 1872 - A delightful reunion renuion took place yesterday at the residence of Mrs. Rice, corner of Orleans and Vance streets. where all the members of the Shirley family now living, were privileged to greet each other after years of absence, and to receive the blessings of their aged mother, now In her seventyfifth year. Besides others, there were present Captain John T. Shirley, so well aud favorably known to the river men of the Mississippi Valley, and his brother of the United States Navy, Captain Paul Shirley, who, for fifteen out of thirty-five years' service has been stationed on the Pacific coast. He entered the navy in 1837, and has spent twenty-five years at sea, a longer term than any other officer in the service, During the late civil war he was in command at San Francisco, and for some yeas was captain or executive officer of our Pacific fleet. He served in the Gulf during the Mexican war, and spent some years on the coast survey. A gallant officer and gentleman, he has hosts of frieuds in Memphis and many former comrades, ail of whom will be glad to welcome him to our city and renew the ties that are considered sacred by all true sail ors. We welcome Captain Shirly aud congratulate him upon the very happy auspices under which he visits us. Family reunions are always delightful occasions; this one of the Shirley's must be unusually so, the lapse of time and distance that has heretofore separated them considered. We again tender our congratulations.


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