born March 26, 1779 VA, died Dec
22, 1847, Shirleys
of Orange Co Indiana
Henry came to Indiana about 1809
according to his grandson, William C. Shirley. He located in
Jackson Twp. in Washington Co. northwest of New Albany where
his sister, Barbara and her husband Samuel Baker had settled.
It was probably here that he met his wife, Catherine Wyman. She
was the daughter of Henry and Catherine (Kern) Wyman who had
come to Jackson Twp in 1807 from KY. Henry volunteered
in the War of 1812. He served as a private in Capt. Hiram C.
Boone's Company, Fifth Regiment Indiana Militia from Aug 21,
1812 to Sept 28, 1812. He was paid $8.59. Any other details
of his service are unknown. Henry and Jacob lived together
for a time on land bought by their father, Valentine, who had
died in 1811. These two brothers with families arrived too late
to clear ground and put in crops. Henry built a double log house
with chimney between and fireplaces to face each room. There
were two large rooms. This was one and a half stories high with
porch running the full length of the house. Henry was active
in the Methodist Church. In the history of Orange Co. it is stated
that the society now known as Wesley Chapel was called at its
organization, Bruner's Chapel, organized before 1830 probably
at the home of Henry Shirley. The first meeting was held at the
Henry Shirley schoolhouse, and afterward at the home of A. Bruner......
Among the early members of this church were Henry Shirley, his
wife, mother and family, Nathaniel B. Wilson... and others. In
1837 Henry Shirley was a trustee of the Methodist church of Paoli.
In the late 1830's, Henry Shirley, his wife and all of his children,
except George, moved to Richland Co. IL. Her he owned 480
acres upon which he farmed until 1846, when his health failed.
He then returned with his wife and daughters, Harriet and Susan,
to his farm in Orange Co. IN near his son George. Henry did not
execute a will until the day he died. The will was probated Jan
4, 1848 with bond of $4000 provided by his son George Shirley
and son-in-law, Andrew Wilson, executors. Henry's will (Book
3 page140) specified that his wife Catherine should have such
articles of his personal property as may be most convenient for
her lifetime. The remaining articles should be sold and the proceeds
distributed... 1/3 to Catherine and rest divided equally between
his 7 living children and his grandson Henry Brassie, son of
deceased daughter, Ann. The will specified that wife Catherine
should receive all of Henry's lands in Orange Co. IN for her
lifetime after which they should be sold and proceeds divided
among the 8 heirs. This provision was corrected later, and court
records show that at least 210 acres were sold soon; 170 acres
to Susan and her husband, Enos Halbert. Henry's land in Martin
Co. should be sold and proceeds divided among the 8 heirs. This
amounted to 520 acres. Additional bequests were mad to: John
Shirley $100 to make him equal with the others. Susana Shirley,
1 horse, 2 cows, 4 sheep, 1 bed and furniture, or their value
in money. (Susan received $200 in lieu of the livestock. Harriet
Shirley, 1 horse, saddle and bridle, 2 cows, 4 sheep, 1 bed and
furniture or their value in money. (Harriet received $200 in
lieu of the livestock. Henry Brassie...my schoolarship in the
Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw).
married Catherine Wyman Dec 19,
1812 as recorded in Corydon in Harrison Co. IN . She was
born May 29, 1790 NC and died Oct 8, 1872. (She lived with
her son George after Henry died).
2(i). George Shirley born
Oct 5, 1813 Washington Co. IN, died Sept 21, 1895, married Elizabeth
Wilson Sept 13, 1838 Orange Co. IN. She was born Feb 6, 1822,
died May 5, 1891. They were the parents of five children.
[Catherine, George's mother, lived with them until she died
Biography of George Shirley - George Shirley, a prominent
citizen of Orangeville Township, is a native of Washington County
Indiana, where he was born October 5, 1813, being the oldest
of eight children of Henry and Catherine (Wyman) Shirley.
His father was a native of Virginia, and his mother of South
Carolina, were both of German descent, and came to this State
about the year 1809, and settled in Washington County, and moved
to this county (Orange), about 1814. George Shirley remained
at home and assisted his parents on the farm until he attained
the age of twenty-five years. He received a very limited education,
such as was to be obtained in the primitive log schoolhouses
of his day. September13, 1838, his marriage with Elizabeth Wilson
was solemnized, and to their union five children have been born,
of which these four are now living: William C., who married Mary
E. Hicks; Henry W., whose wife was Emma McKnight; Leroy O., whose
wife was Emma Campbell; Lizzie, who was united in marriage to
Nathan McPherson. George Shirley's occupation has always
been farming, and he has been quite successful in that pursuit.
He now owns 480 acres of well improved land. He also raises some
stock. Mr. and Mrs. Shirley are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and are prominent people. His political views are Republican,
and he takes a live interest in the political affairs of the
community.History of Orange Co. Indiana
3(i). William Crawford Shirley
born Aug 31, 1839, died
Aug 14, 1832,
Biography of William C. Shirley - William C. Shirley,
farmer in Orangeville Township, of which he is a native, was
born August 21, 1839 to George and Elizabeth Wilson Shirley.
He was the oldest child. He received a good common school education,
having attended college at what is now DePauw University, a few
terms. Most of the time previous to attaining his majority he
rendered his assistance on the farm. March 19, 1867, he
married Mary E. Hicks, to whom the following named children have
been born: Charlie, Fred and Nellie. In November 1861,
he enlisted as a volunteer private in Company G, Forty-ninth
Indiana Regiment and he was honorably discharged at Indianapolis
in December, 1864, that being the expiration of the time for
which be had enlisted. He has been a very successful
farmer, owning 280 acres of well improved land under an excellent
state of cultivation. History of Orange Co. Indiana
married Mary Ellen Hicks March
19, 1867. She was born May 1847 d. 1907
4(i). Charles Hicks Shirley
born Dec 29, 1867 d.
Feb 12, 1918
married Maud Hardy May 20, 1896.
She was born Dec 20, 1866
d. Aug 8, 1949
5(i). Mary Margaret Shirley
born Feb 7, 1899 d. June
11, 1946 Graduated from Indiana University in 1922. She
received her PHD in psychology from the University of Minnesota
in 1927. She taught schools at various places.
5(ii). Hardy Lomax Shirley
born Nov 20, 1900
He graduated from Indiana University, was Dean of New
York Forestry at Syracuse, retiring as Emeritus Dean in 1967
married Mary Hayward Connard
April 22, 1930
5(iii). Samuel Crawford Shirley
born April 26, 1902
He received the a. B. and A. M. degrees in chemistry from
Indiana University in 1924. He retired in 1960 after a long career
with the American Can Company in Illinois and New York City,
followed by research for U. S. Steel until 1967.
married Mayree Ballantine Dec
4(ii). Fred Lee Shirley born Oct 13, 1870
married Rebecca Pearl Millis
May 18, 1897. She was
born Dec 26, 1873 d. Mar 23, 1953.
5(i). Millis George Shirley
born Mar 25, 1898 d.
June 12, 1946
5(ii). Harold James Shirley
born Mar 29, 1900 d.
Sept 18, 1965
married Ruby Daugherty Allen
(widow with children and grandchildren) NO CHILDREN
5(iii). John William Shirley
born Mar 1902 d. Nov
married Dorothy Carmaechal July
4, 1942. Divorced.
5(iv). Robert Hicks Shirley born Aug 3, 1906 d. April
married Ruth Ann Beatty June 28, 1941 NO CHILDREN
5(v). Franck Lewis Shirley born July 12, 1912
married Ruth Eleanor Martin
4(iii). Nelle Shirley born Sept 1877 d. 1965 m. Arthur Lewis
3(ii). Henry Wilson Shirley
born May 15, 1842, died
Jan 28, 1919
married Nancy Emily McKnight
May 18, 1870.
4(i). Oscar Harry Shirley
born Sept 25, 1871 d.
Mar 10, 1936
married 1st. Clara A. __ born
1869 d. 1923
married 2nd Dolly Packwood.
4(ii). Arthur Clare Shirley
born Jan 12, 1875 d.
July 13, 1876
4(iii). Helena Grace Shirley
born Sept 11, 1878 m.
David Andrew Rothrock May 25, 1948 (Henry Rothrock's ancestor)
4(iv). Wayne McKnight Shirley
born Dec 3, 1880 d. Mar
married 1st. Clara_____,
married 2nd Hazel Nockels
3(iii). LeRoy O'Blenis Shirley
born Sept 20, 1845 died
Nov 9, 1926,
married Mary Emily Campbell April
7, 1870. She was born Mar 24, 1849 d. Aug 18, 1914.
4(i). Edward C. Shirley born Dec 1870 died in the 1950's unmarried
4(ii). Maude L. Shirley born Oct 1872 d. before 1943 unmarried
4(iii). Lena Pearl Shirley
4(iv). Herbert W. Shirley
born Aug 1879 d. Mar
17, 1944 (?), He became a missionary of the Nazarene Church in
married 1st Nellie E. Wires Dec
married 2nd Etta Innes
4(v). Ethel Shirley born Feb 1884 d. Feb 22, 1933 m. Corwin
A. Pierson Mar 10, 1908
4(vi). Ralph Campbell Shirley
born April 11, 1890 d.
married Lelan Mae Trinkle June
3(iv). Samuel Albert Shirley
born April 22, 1849,
died Mar 15, 1854
3(v). Maria Lavinia Eliz.
Shirley born July 5,
1857, died Aug 1931, married Nathan McPherson Feb 13, 1879.
2(ii). Garrett Shirley born Aug 20, 1815,
died Jan 14, 1873
married Mary Cropper Aug 29,
1844. She was born April 19, 1824 and died Dec 2, 1898.
born in IL)
3(i). Nancy Catherine Shirley
born June 1, 1846, died
Jun 1921, m. Jefferson Jackson Oct 16, 1872.
3(ii). Martha Jane Shirley
born Jan 9, 1849, died
Dec 23, 1889, married Reuben Ard Sept 17, 1878. (no children
3(iii). Margaret Lucy Shirley
born June 4, 1851, died
may 8, 1924, m. 1st Lot Basden, (9 children), m. 2nd John Strouse,
3(iv). George Washington Shirley
born Feb 9, 1854, died
Nov 28, 1929, They lived in Chicago in 1919.
married 1st Sarah Lucinda
Landis June 2, 1878 (5 children),
married 2nd Mrs. Carrie Donaghue.
4(i). Sarah Elizabeth Shirley
born Feb 8, 1880 m. Mr.
4(ii). William Ellsworth Shirley
born Oct 17, 1884
4(iii). Mary Etta Shirley
born Dec 5, 1885 m. Anton
4(iv). Gilbert Elmer Shirley
born Nov 24, 1888
4(v). Nellie Elsie Shirley
born Dec 12, 1890 m.
3(v). Dora Ann Shirley born Sept 19, 1856, died Jan 8, 1919
KS, m. 1st Hiram Cochran Nov 16, 1876 (7 children), m. 2nd Russell
Carter. No Children
3(vi). Frances Leanna Shirley born July 15, 1859, died after 1940,
m. Thomas Martin Wilshire Oct 3, 1883
3(vii). Henry Grant Shirley
born Mar 4, 1862, died
Aug 5, 1926, He lived in Caspar Wyoming in 1919. No Children
married 1st Emma Jane Malone
Mar 25, 1897
married 2nd Lida Richardson-Fritchey.
3(viii). Mary Della Shirley
born Sept 21, 1865, died
July 15, 1921, m. Frank Stoops, June 26, 1904. They lived Denver,
2(iii). Annie Shirley
born June 12, 1818, died
Mar 4, 1838, married William Bracey. She died at the birth
of her first child., Henry Bracey, who was cared for by the Henry
and Catherine Shirley (grandparents).
3(i). Henry BRACEY, cared for by the Henry and Catherine
Shirley (grandparents). He married and had two sons. Henry
was killed in the Civil War at Stones River, Murfreesboro, TN.
The two boys went west and nothing is know of them.
2(iv). Margaret Shirley born July 18, 1820, m. 1st Eli Heartsell,
m. 2nd Isaac Boggs.
2(v). Catherine Shirley born March 29, 1822, died before 1860.
She married William Young Christy June 4, 1844. In 1850 they
were living in Lawrence Co. IL.
2(vi). John Wesley Shirley
born Oct 22, 1825, d. ______, They
lived in Richland Co. IL in 1850 and in Lawrence Co. IL in 1860.
In 1869 a John W. Shirley m. Barbara Theobolt. William C.
Shirley said... John was not as industrious as other members
of Henry Shirley's family. He could fish a little and hunt a
little and drink a little whiskey. He married a Catholic woman.
Several children were born of whom all trace is lost.....
married Catherine McManis b.
ca. 1826 IL and they were the parents of at least five children.
3(i). Elizabeth Shirley b. ca. 1847 IL
3(ii). Charles B. Shirley b. ca. 1848 IL
3(iii). Ann Shirley b. ca. 1852 IL
3(iv). Catherine Shirley b. ca. 1854 IL
3(v). John Shirley b. ca. 1858 IL
2(vii). Susan Shirley born Feb 17, 1828, died May 2, 1915,
married Enos Halbert Jan 16, 1848.
2(viii). Mary Ann Shirley
born Oct 28, 28, 1831,
2(ix). Harriet Shirley born July 15, 1834, died ca. 1914, m.