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William Shirley
b. ca1825. Lived England and Maury County Tennessee 

 

 DNA Haplogroup R1a

   
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Submitted by Riley Shirley in Aug 1984 

William Shirley was born about 1825 Buckinghamshire England. died Feb 2, 1903 Columbia, Maury Co. TN.  William brought over two brothers, Jonathon Shirley born Nov 10, 1810 in England and a Riley Shirley.

Shirley, William, 77, died in Columbia, buried rose Hill, (Columbia Herald, 6 Feb 1903) Mr Shirley of Columbia says his father fought under Wellington in the battle of Waterloo. (Columbia Herald and Mail, 22 Jan 1875) William Shirley has often told me that he cut the eagle which adorns the finished structure (i.e. the State Capitol in Nashville). (Maury Democrat 24 May 1894).

Bottom Left: William Shirley - Branch # 60 from Buckinghamshire England
Bottom Right: Melvin Shirley (Charles' son)
Top Left: Alfred Shirley (William's son)
Top Right: Charles S. Shirley (Alfred's son)

According to Christopher Shirley, Melvin's great-grandson, who submitted this photo in 2010,
it originates in the possession of Martha Powell (Shirley), Melvin's daughter. It dates to the 1890's.

married 1) Manerva E. Lambertson, they had six children. She was born Jan 7, 1825 MA and died Feb 22, 1888 of Heart disease, buried Rose Hill Cemetery  in Columbia, TN.

Shirley, Mrs Manervie, 63, died 22 Feb 1888 of heart disease, wife of William Shirley, buried Rose Hill in Columbia (Maury Democrat, 1 March 1888)

married 2), Anna Eliz. Morrow in Maury Co. Tennessee 1 Apr 1889. They were the parents of 5 children. She married her stepson William Shirley following the death of her husband.

children: (by 1st wife)

1(i). Samuel T. Shirley born 1861 TN

1(ii). William Nelson Shirley born 3 July 1864 Nashville TN; He died 22 Dec 1937 Columbia, Maury Co, TN buried Rose Hill in Columbia.

Shirley, William, Discoverer of phospahte in Maury buried. Funeral services were held at Rose Hill Cemetery this afternoon for William Nelson Shirley, 73 years old stone carver and prospector and th efirst discoverer of phosphate rock in Maury County. Mr. Shirley died late yesterday at the King's Daughters Hospital, where he was taken after he broke his leg in a fall on the icy streets here the second week of this month. It was in 1878 when a lad of 14 that Mr. Shirley, who was then learning his father's trade of stonecutter, did his first prospecting here, seeking onyx, zinc and other ores. However, nothing came of this discovery at the time, it being in the last few years of the nineteeth century before mining was started here and that on new discoveries of much more valuable deposits near Mt Pleasant. Mr Shirley was a stone carver for 57 years but was never "in the money" in his phosphate deals. A man of visionary mind, he was often planning for new ventures but few of his activities netted him much profit although until his heath failed he was a hard worker. He had been aided for years by friends here, including H. Allison Webster, Sr who had been associated with him in prospecting years ago. Two years agi he did his last active prospecting for pay, this being the cutting of the stone on the W. P. Morgan farm near here, when a veteran's hospital was being sought. Mr. Shirley was born in Nashville, but came here early in life with his parents. (Daily Herald, Columbia TN 23 Dec 1937)

married Anna Elizabeth Morrow Shirley, his step-mother, who was born Sept 26, 1864 and died June 7, 1940.

children:

2(i). Marion Shirley (twin) born 28 Apr 1904 at Athens AL; He died at Central State Hospital at Nasville TN on 9 Nov 1932, age 28. (note: his death certificate implies that his father William Shirley was his grandfather, stone mason b England)

2(ii). Meredith Shirley (twin)

2(iii). Milton Shirley born about 1908

1(iii). Alfred M. Shirley born 1855 Columbia TN; He died 1902 (Appendicitis), buried Rose Hill Cemetery.

married Mary G. Young Sept 6, 1876, Maury Co. TN. She was born Feb 10, 1854 and died April 3, 1918.

children:

2(i). Charles S. Shirley born 1878 (see photo)

3(i). Melvin Shirley (see photo)

2(ii). Dasey Shirley born 1879

1(iv). Emily Rose Shirley born 1867 TN; She married Robert Lee Manor Aug 8, 1887

1(v). Elizabeth Shirley born about 1853; She died 13 Sep 1949 at Nashville, Davidson Co TN, age 96. Married ____Alexander

1(vi). Edith Clymenia Shirley born 13 Oc 1851 at Nashville TN; died 8 Jul 1924 at Chicago, Cook Co IL at age 73; married Alexander S. Roberts; According to her death record, she was the dau of William Shirley who was born in Lankenshire England (sic) and Minerva Lamberson who was born in Bedford MA

children: by 2nd wife Anna Morrow

1(vii). John A. Shirley born 1890; age 10 in his parents' 1900 census household; Lived with his mother and new husband, their step-brother in 1910 census; He died 1954

1(viii). Sarah Ann (Sally) Shirley born 1891, age 9 in his parents' 1900 census household; Lived with his mother and new husband, their step-brother in 1910 census;

1(ix). Riley Pillow Shirley born 1893, age 7 in his parents' 1900 census household; Lived with his mother and new husband, their step-brother in 1910 census; . (father of Riley Shirley, who submitted the family lineage to the Shirley Assoc)

1(x). Alexander Shirley born 1896; age 4 in his parents' 1900 census household; Lived with his mother and new husband, their step-brother in 1910 census;

1(xi). Eva May Shirley born 1900, age 0 in her parents' 1900 census household; Lived with his mother and new husband, their step-brother in 1910 census;

   


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