William Shirley (continued)
b. ca1730. Lived in Frederick Co. Maryland. Family to Pennsylvania and Kentucky


Haplogroup E3b

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3(ix). Levi Shirley
born about 1818 KY. Levi was a farmer for most of his married life; however, he led an extremely interesting life before he got married. He worked on riverboats and had many adventures before settling down. They lived at Center, Buchanan Co Missouri in 1850 census, age 32. In 1854, they moved to Fremont County, Iowa, near Plum Hollow (later Thurman), where they are listed in the 1860 US Census of Scott Twp, Fremont Co., IA, age 42. The family moved to IA to get away from the stirrings of the unrest which would become the Civil War and which was especially evident in Missouri in the 1850's & 1860's. The family remained in the same location in Iowa at least until the time of the 1870 census. By the time of the 1880 Census, they had moved to Fairview Twp., Russell County, KS. He died in 1903. They are buried in the Lucas Town Cemetery, Russell County, KS. Shirleys of Russell Co Kansas

married Rhoda Fletcher on 3 February 1839 at Bloomfield, Green Co. Indiana. She was born  24 January 1819 in Indiana and died 1897 in Russell County, KS.  Rhoda was the first child of Abraham Fletcher. It is not completely clear at this time who Rhoda's mother was. When Abraham moved the Fletcher clan to Missouri in 1841, Rhoda and Levi followed.


4(i). John Simpson Shirley, born 3 September 1842, Buchanan Co., age 9 in parent's 1850 census household, MO, age 18 in 1860 census; John enlisted at age 19, against his father's wishes, in 1861 with the Iowa Volunteers. His father came and got him (lucky thing, because the unit he enlisted with was later ambushed and wiped almost completely out!), and John was at home until he became "of age" (which was 20). At age 20, he re-enlisted in Sept. of 1862, joining the 4th Iowa Cavalry, the same unit as his uncles Hiram and James G. Fletcher. After that enlistment ran out, he re-enlisted in the 4th Iowa Veterans Vol. Cavalry in Dec. 1864. He was shot the day the war ended, in Wilson's Cavalry raid, and was hospitalized in Macon, GA. He later received a Federal Pension (Certificate No. 153,446) for gunshot wounds to his left side and head. John was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. After the War, John returned to Plum Hollow, where he worked as a carpenter.   Around the year 1880, John and his family, including his parents, moved to Russell County, KS. He is shown as a native of Missouri in the 1880 Census of Fairview Twp, Russell Co., KS. John S. died  7 September 1910 at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, in Atkinson, KS, and was buried in the Lucas, KS, town cemetery.

married Margaret Ann Van Scyoc on 9 November 1867 in Fremont Co., IA, dau of John Van Scyoc and Julia Winters. She was born between 1846 and 1851 in Missouri.




5(i). William A. Shirley was born  17 September 1868 in Fremont Co., IA, William was a master carpenter. He was also a musician. He traveled sometimes with a group of disabled musicians. He was born without most of the fingers on one hand but became an accomplished violinist, using a specially made strap to help hold the bow. He died about 1937 in Kansas.


William A. Shirley

married Elizabeth McDonald  on 2 July 1899 in Sylvan Grove, Lincoln Co., KS. She was born in Ireland, and died about 1957 in Wichita, KS.

Ancestor of DNA Kit #9328


6(i). Juverna Shirley, born 27 March 1900 in Lucas, Kansas. She taught school in Kansas, worked for a children's book publisher, and after retirement from teaching until age 78 worked as Residence Director of the Asbury Hospital School of Nursing at Salina, Ks. Verna was killed in an auto accident near Geary, Oklahoma, 1 May 1988. She is buried in the Clearwater Cemetery, which I believe is at Haysville, KS. Verna was never married and had no children.

6(ii). Levi (Lee) Edward Shirley was born 27 April 1901 in Lucas, Kansas, died 1 June 1980 at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, KS.

married Berniece Morgenson on 14 June 1935 in Osborne, KS. She was a resident of Vesper, KS. They were both teachers and also had a farm.

6(iii). Violet Marie Shirley was born 13 September 1907 in Lucas, KS., died in Cuba, NM,  17 November 1998.  She had musical talent and her first job was playing the piano at the silent movies. Marie and Doctor Everett Stohr, an osteopath, were married at Lucas, KS on 13 April 1941 and lived in Meade, KS. Their daughter Janet Lola was born  May 5, 1942. Their last residence was at Cuba, NM. Dr. Stohr retired in 1977 and died 17 January 1980. Marie was one of the women who started a monthly newspaper for the Cuba area, the Cuba News. She was featured on 60 Minutes and interviewed by Time Magazine,  on 20 October 1986 edition, pages 9 and 10.

6(iv). Ralph Sylvester Shirley was born 19 October 1909 in Lucas, KS.Ralph was a welder and welding instructor for Kansas Nebraska Natural Gas Co. for many years. Later he worked as director of personnel for the same company. He died in Loveland, Larimer Co. CO 11 April 1996. 

married Myreta Jordan in September 1941 in Hastings, Adams County, NE.

6(v). Gwenneth Elizabeth Shirley was born 28 November 1911 in Lucas, KS. She weighed three pounds at birth! She died 30 January 2000, prob. in KS.  After high school she attended the Salina Business college. She married Harry Alderson, a brakeman and conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad. They were married in July 1933.

6(vi). Stella Aileen Shirley was born in Lucas, KS 14 February 1914. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1932. She taught country school for one year, then attended the Wichita Business College. After 5 or 6 months of school, she was hired by Gulf Oil and worked there until her retirement. She died 4 May 1988 of injuries from a car accident near Geary, OK. Aileen was never married and had no children.

6(vii). Russell Marvelle Shirley was born 16 May 1916 in Lucas, KS. He worked during the depression for the Civilian Conservation Corps, then later was drafted for WWII and spent over four years in the Army in Europe. At the end of the war, Russell was the First Sgt. of Company A, 593rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion. He and some of the other men who were musically inclined also had an "official" army dance band called the Continentals. Russell attended Wichita Business College. He worked for Boeing and Cessna aircraft companies until his retirement in July, 1981.

married Maxine Gray in July, 1957. Maxine has two sons, James McPherson and John McPherson. Maxine died 1 June 2000 in Wichita, KS. 

5(ii). Luella Shirley born about 1877, Fremont Co., IA; She died in 1893, KS. A pretty girl! She was never very strong, though, and unfortunately died of typhoid at age 16.

5(iii). Daisy Shirley born 25 September 1882 in KS. She was born without the lower part of her legs (below the knee), but otherwise healthy. Was working as a telephone operator in 1910. She died 3 January 1969, Santa Barbara, Co., CA; She married Sims; Their last residence: Santa Barbara, CA. Probable granddau or granddau-in-law is Nancy Sims, born 5 October 1952, who died Oct 1983 in Santa Barbara.

4(ii). Rhoda C. Shirley, born about 1843, MO, age 7 in parent's 1850 census household, age 15 in 1860 census; She died 1881, Soloman Rapids, Mitchell Co., KS.   She married William Hewitt Rider 20 December 1862 in Fremont Co., IA, son of Ephraim Rider and Margaret McCloud. He was born 3 April 1841 in Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, and died 25 October 1921 in Denver, Denver Co., CO. William was in the Civil War with the 15th Iowa Vol. Cav., Co. D. Later he was a farmer and wagon maker.

4(iii). Robert N. Shirley born about 1848 MO, age 2 in parent's 1850 census household, age 12 in 1860 census; He died sometime after 1880 (not found in 1900 census)

married Sarah ____ sometime prior to 1870 census. She was born about 1853 in MO, and died sometime after 1880.


5(i). Effie Shirley, born about 1869 Iowa, age 1 in 1870 census

4(iv). Bathilda Shirley born about 1851 MO, age 9 in 1860 census 

4(v). Mary E. Shirley born about 1853 MO, age 7 in 1860 census; She married Thomas J. Doyle, 17 Mar 1873, Fremont Co., IA.

4(vi). Sarah Shirley born about 1853 MO, not enumerated in parent's 1860 census household (source?)

NOTE:  May not have been Levi's daughter as she is listed after Levi's children (along with Effie) in the 1870 Iowa census.

4(vii). Lewis Worth Shirley born 4 November 1855, Thurman, Fremont Co Iowa, age 4 in 1860 census; Lewis died 15 August 1936 in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Co. CA.

married Alice Jane Thorpe about 1877 in Solomon Rapids, Mitchell Co., KS, dau of John Thorpe and Amanda Garrett. Alice died 22 April 1927 in Hanford, Kings Co., CA.


5(i). Roscoe Garrett Shirley, born 27 March 1880 Lucas, Russell Co. KS; He died 3 October 1945, Los Angeles Co., CA. 

5(ii). John Elmer Shirley, born 2 December 1881 Lucas, Russell Co. KS; He died 7 February 1948, Tulare Co., CA.

5(iii). Marcina Belle Shirley, born 24 August 1885 Lucas, Russell Co. KS; She died 10 November 1962, Fresno, Fresno Co., CA; She married Edward Lewis Cullens, 19 November 1905 Russell Co., KS.

5(iv). Nina V. Shirley, born April 1888, Lucas Russell Co. KS.

5(v). Orval Riley Shirley born 2 October 1891 Lucas Russell Co. KS.

5(vi). Lela Hazel Shirley, born 9 December 1895 Parsons, Labette Co., KS; she died 3 June 1980 probably in Oregon; She married Don Silsby on 2 September 1919 Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.

 4(viii). Emma Louisa Shirley, born 5 May 1860 Thurman, Fremont Co. Iowa; She died in May 1946 Lucas, Russell Co., KS; She married Frank Harris, sometime after 1880.




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