Becky Colston's info for Frank born 1862 Adair Co. KY
" I Thomas Shirley of the County of Adair and State of Kentucky being in a low state of health but perfectly in my senses do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
Item: It is my will that all my just debts be paid and if the proceeds of the crop now on land should not be enough, such property as can be best spared from off the plantation as appears in the opinion of my Executors hereafter mentioned shall be sold for that purpose.
Item: As I have disposed of some of my property to my eldest children and the younger ones have had none, I will go on to mention which of them have had and to what amount after my daughter Patsey was married to Samuel Hodges. I lent unto them a place to live on also one Negro woman named Nancy, until she the said Negro was delivered of a man child named Solomon. I then gave said Negro and child to my daughter Patsy Hodges which Negroes I rate or value to her at six hundred dollars with other property valued one hundred and fifty dollars which I gave, amounts to $755.
Item: I gave to my son, Paul Shirley, one Negro man named Ben which I rate to him at six hundred dollars and one young mare at forty five dollars and he has since remitted unto me out what I had given him, three hundred and sixty eight dollars and fifty five cents which leaves a balance which leaves him a balance given him of two hundred and seventy six dollars and forty five cents which amount is all Paul Shirley has had of my estate.
I have given unto my son, William A. Shirley, one Negro woman named Hannah which I rate or value to him at five hundred dollars and one hose and bed at one hundred and sixty dollars and seventy one cents, which leaves four hundred and thirty dollars and twenty three cents which is all William A. Shirley has had of my estate.
I have lent to my son, Thomas W. Shirley, one Negro woman I likely named Delilah for his benefit for his life and at his death it is my will that said Negro together with her increase, should there be any, descent to his children, if any he has, if none, then forsaid Negro and increase to return into my estate, as herefore I rate or value her to Thomas W. Shirley at five hundred dollars as though I had given her to him. The property I have given him, one mare and the bed and furniture valued at ninety five dollars which together with the value of the Negro loaned, amounts to five hundred dollars.
I have lent to my daughter, Frances G. Culp, one your Negro woman named Matilda for her use and benefit her live together with the increase of said Negro if any and at the death of my daughter, Frances, I give unto her children together with her increase of said Negro if any, as before mentioned . I have valued said Negro to my daughter, Frances, at five hundred dollars as though I had given her with other property given her at $67 whole Amount five hundred sixty seven dollars.
I have given unto my son, Richard W. Shirley, property to the amount of two hundred and ninety dollars the particulars of which may be seen in a memorandum book I have kept and a fate forbids my giving him as parting with any more of my negroes now having lost some and leaving children yet to be raised and educated, I have loaned him a Negro man named Daniel for five weeks or months, then said Negro is to return home. But should it at any time in the opinion of my Executors be in their power to give said R.W. Shirley help first consulting their mother, it is my will that it be so done.
It is my will that James A. Shirley, John M. Shirley, George Y. Shirley, Mary Ann Shirley, Charles Shirley, these my young children having not as yet had any property of my estate, should have each a good horse, a cow and calf and one bed and furniture as they or each of them should marry or become of age. Also that each of them last mentioned, be raised and educated out of my estate.
I do further leave to my daughter, Mary Ann Shirley, a Negro named Abba when Mary may marry or becomes of age for her benefit of her life and then to descend to the heirs of her body, if any, of the now foresaid Negro together with her increase if any, and to be immediately returned into my estate but should said Negro die before Mary should marry or become of age, then for her to obtain a proportional part of my estate as though said Negro had not been lent her and said Negro and said Negro should be valued to Mary when she receives her, agreeable to the value of the others.
I do lend unto my beloved wife, Molly Shirley, the plantation whereon I now live together with all my negroes not herein disposed of, stock of all kind of household and kitchen furniture, plantation utensils for and during the time she may remain my widow. But if should she marry, then it is my will that she receive one third of said property during her life, the balance at her marriage to be put into the hands of my estate and the said returned and the negroes hired out annually until the death of my wife, then for all my property to be sold on a credit of twelve months, negroes excepted which are to be valued and drawn for giving the preference of one a piece to the children that has had none at which drawing Uriney and the youngest she may have to go together the whole of the proceeds of my property to be divided at the death of my wife so as to make each and equal taking unto consideration what they had had, Patsy Hodges excepted who it is my will have one hundred dollars less than that of the others as either of them she having received her present portion of my estate or proceeds thereof it is my will that what money may be coming into Frances Culp be retained in the hands of my Executors and given to her or the heirs of her body as they may deem necessary.
Lastly I do constitute and appoint my two sons, Paul Shirley and William A. Shirley, my Executors to this my last will and testament given under my hand this 11th day of April 1820.
Nancy W. Coleman
Descent of the Yates family from George Yates 1, Deputy Provincial surveyor of Maryland
1. George Yates died in Maryland 1691, married Mary Stockett, daughter of Dr. Richard Wells
2. George Yates died in Maryland in 1717, married Rahcel Warfield, daughter of Capt. Richard Warfield
3. George Yates, born in Maryland 1700, was in King William Co. VA by 1726, died in Caroline Co. VA 1743. His wife is unknown. He had two sons.......Capt. George Yates and Dr. Michael Yates.
Capt. George Yates 1727 d/ 1777. Wife's name unknown.
(1). John Yates married Elizabeth___
(2). Charles Lewis Yates married Mary Goodloe
(3). James Yates marrieid Lucy Parlow
(4). Frances Yates married John Shirley, Jr.
(5). Richard Yates married Mary Pitt
(6). William Yates married Isabella Gains
(7). Molly Yates married Thomas Shirley
(8). George Yates marriage unknown
(9). Warner Yates married Elizabrth Baxter
Dr. Michael Yates died 1788, married Martha Marshall
(1). Dr. George Yates married Mary Catlett
(2). Dr. Willliam Yates married Sarah Harris
(3). Elmer Yates married Polly Anne Hawes
(4). John Yates married Anne Coleman
(5). Michael Yates married Ann ___
(6). Marshall Yates married Sarah ___
(7). Patsey Yates married ___ Johnson
info from James Young
Owner of the original Bible is James Howard Young, Edmonton, KY, copied 1986. Erben's Introduction to the Holy Scriptures, a New and Concise History of all the Books of the Holy Bible, by the Rev. Washington B. Erben, not dated.
This certifies that Albert H. Shirley and Nellie Garnett were solemnly united by me in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony at Glasgow, Ky. on the thirty first day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty six comformably to the Ordinance of God, and the Laws of the State. /s/ S. Murrell. (no witnesses entered).
Albert Henry Shirley born Edmunton, Barren Co. Ky., Tuesday 9:30 a.m. December 6, 1842, married Wednesday 8 PM Jan. 31, 1866, died Tuesday 2:50 p.m. Sept. 29, 1896. He the son of M & M Shirley. (I believe this is copied incorrectly... Albert H. Shirley is living in the household of John M. Shirley in the 1850 census of Barren Co. Ky).
Nellie Shirley, 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.
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.
Katie Henry Shirley, daughter of A H & Nellie Shirley, born Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ky., Sunday 1:30 A M March 15, 1874. Married Wednesday 12:30, Oct. 16, 1895.
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.
Albert Henry Shirley, son of A H & Nellie Shirley, born Richmond, Madison Co. Kentucky Tuesday 6:45 a.m. Sept. 10, 1878. Married Wednesday 11 P.M. Louisville, Ky., Sept. 26, 1917. Died October 26, 1939.
Wm. Lee Cook, son of Mary & Jno P. Cook, born Hart County, Kentucky March 29, 1867. Married June 31, 1894.
Virgil H. Baird, son of J. C. Baird was born Barren County, Ky. 1867; married Wednesday Oct. 16, 1:00 PM, died April 7th 1945.
John Garnett Cook, son of W L & L--- Lee Cook born Barren Co. Ky., Glasgow, May 4th, 1907.
Albert Henry Shirley, son of A & Blanche B. Shirley born Mayberry, W. VA., Oct. 1, 1918.
John Garnett Cook, son of W. Les and Lucy C. Cook.
Caroline B. Allen born Louisville, KY., June 3, 1915, married April 10, 1937.
Lou... Terrell Shirley Alexandria, L... Oct. 12, 1945
NOTE: I am interested in connecting with and collaborating with anyone who may be able to shed more light on these ancestors and connected lines, whether Gibson, Caperton, Shirley, or other line. Thanks! Martha firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha also sent this article about Paul Shirley (Jan 2007).
was a Private in the 8th Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel
Abraham Bowman. He enlisted Jan 21, 1777 and fought in the battle
of Cowpens, South Carolina. His name last appears on the muster
roll March 1778, Valley Forge.
About 1805 Thomas prepared to move to Kentucky. He took 60 of his best slaves to cut a road through the forest.
The Civil War divided this family. Nine of his children sided with the North and two with the South.
letter written in 1857 by Mary Ann (#10) to Charles Michael (#11),
gives us some details about the family.
LETTER WRITTEN by MARY ANN MAY 31, 1857, from ROUND GROVE, CARROLL COUNTY MISSOURI to her brother,
CHARLES MICHAEL SHIRLEY in MILLERSTOWN, KENTUCKY
I received a letter from you a few days since of April the 4th after your long silence. I took a great interest in looking over the lines to see what had happened for you so seldom write. I thought you had lost some one of your family, which I was glad to see was not the case. I seldom hear from you or brother John, and as far as Brother Tom I never expect to hear from him except by chance through some friend. I made it my business to write him several letters some years ago, and I never received a line in return so I at last wrote him a farewell beseeching him to chance his course of life and try to live more like a man for his family's sake and for the sake of his soul that could not die with the body.
Brother Warner's oldest son George came to this country to live a year or so ago, but became dissatisfied and left for Kentucky again. I did not see him but once. He lived sixteen miles from us.
I am sorry to hear of the ill health of Sister Sally, but hope if she gets to Texas she will regain her health by change of climate.
You speak of paying us a visit in the fall. I shall be glad to see you indeed. I have seen Brother George once since I came to this state. He and his present wife came to see me about four years ago, and only stayed a few days. I moved to this county then, and I have not seen Brother Albert but once since the year '41 , and I have not seen him since until this last winter when his oldest son by his last wife came to my house traveling through the country for a company in St. Louis, and stopped with us a few days, and was taken sick and died in a few days more of erysipelas in the face. He was sick only six days and we had five of the best doctors with him but poor fellow he had to go in the bloom of youth to his long home. He was only in his 22nd year full of life and vigor. He was a very interesting young man and very business one. We wrote to his father and he came in the bitterest of weather I ever felt, but did not reach here till after his death. He died on the 11th of January, and his father reached here on the 15th and took his corpse home. Poor old man I had not seen him for fifteen years, and then met him in a great deal of distress. He still lives in Fayette. He is clerk of the bank and is keeping hotel. His oldest son Paul is in California and has made a fortune there. He has been there seven years and is not married.
Your brother George has a Yankee wife. She I think is a very fine woman. He has seven children. Your brother Albert seven. Sister Culp I have only seen once since she came to the state. I went to see her once a year or two after she came here. I heard from her the other day. She and family are will. She has some children in California. I am very much confined at home. We live in a noted place on the state road, and I don't know when I shall get to see her again. WE are more than a hundred miles apart, and that is too far to visit often. Ninety miles from brother Albert, and three hundred and fifty miles from brother George.
I saw a traveler the other day who told me that our brother John had moved from Bearwallow to Greensburg and was keeping hotel. I am sure I could not be contented in such a poor old place as that. He has but one child and so little incumberance tis a wonder that he will be contented in that old worn out place.
Our relatives are scattered to the four winds of the earth almost. I have never invited any of our relatives to come to this country. The climate is very changeable and hard on the constitution. It is entirely too harsh. Mr. Turner speaks of moving to California next spring on account of the climate. We have to feed stock eight months our of twelve, and it takes all a man can make in summer to keep him in winter. Mr. Turner would like to move to Central America, but it is not a fit place to raise a family.
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.
I will now give you a history of my family. John T. Snoddy, my oldest son is living at Miles Point a small town five miles above us on the river. It is a very business place. He is doing business for Miles in the store, and keeps his books of store and all of his out business. Mr. Miles is a man of large capital, and does a great deal of business. John Thomas was in St. Louis last summer, buy Mr. Miles wrote for him to come back to take his books again. The man he had did not suit him so he came back to him early this spring and is doing very well there. He has good health and is study to business. He has been to Old and New Mexico to South America and to Central America to California and to Orleans and nearly all over the states. He has been to sea twice, and traveled a great deal for his age, and he would like to travel all the time if he was rich. James Albert my other son is in St. Louis at the Commercial College and has been for the last twelve months. He will finish his education in two more months, and we expect him at home the first of July. He is very promising boy in his 19th year. George Ann our oldest daughter is now sixteen years old. Pauline the second daughter is fourteen years old and as large as the oldest. They are going to school in Carrollton ten miles from home at the Seminary. They are both very interesting children and very good scholars. Laura is our baby. She is the youngest and is eleven years old. She goes to school from home and is a very peart child. Abby is alive and well. All of her children are dead but two Tilman and Harriet one that you never saw. She is as large as Abby now. Abby sends her love to your all. Tom and Eliza died three and four years ago. They were both grown and good servants.
Land in this prairie is selling for twenty dollars without any improvement, and thirty with improvements. No timber to be had. I think Mr. Turner will sell out here soon and move to California for sake of the climate. My health is till feeble but better. We live in a large prairie twenty-two miles through the way the state road runs. We live on the road and in the center ten miles from any public house on either side of us. The Missouri River is two miles from us on the south side of our farm. We see and hear the boats all the time in the river. We are twenty miles from Lexington, twenty miles from Richmond, ten miles from Carrollton, eight miles from Waverly, six miles from Dover, seven miles from Hills Landing, five from Blews Landing and five from Miles Point. I have written up all my paper and must close. Give my love to all of your family and let us try to get to Heaven. Let others do as they may and let us pray for each other as long as time lasts with us on earth.
I am still your loving sister, Mary Ann Turner
[This letter was sent by James Young]
Bible of John Mason Shirley
Published in New York by G. Lane and P. P. Sanford for the Methodist Episcopal Church at the Conference Office, 200 Mulberry St., James Callard, Printer, 1842.
John M. Shirley and Mary Lee Pool was married on the 16th
day of Sept. 1824.
Samuel Harvey Rodgers and Margaret Shirley Morton was
married on the 10th day of Feb. 1848.
A. H. Shirley and Nelly Garnett was married on the 31st
day of Jan. 1866.
John Mason SHirley was born on the 19th day of Feb. 1802.
Mary Lee Pool was born on the 31st day of July 1804.
Margaret Shirley Morton was born on the 29th day of
John Wm. Shirley, son of Jno. M. and Mary L. Shirley was
born on the 29th day of Dec. 1836.
Albert Henry Shirley, son of Jno. M. and Mary L. Shirley
was born on the 6th day of Dec. 1842.
Ellen Catherine Maria Rodgers was born on the 27th day of
John Pool, father of Mary Lee Pool, was born Feb. 25th 1763.
Lucy Pool, mother of Mary Lee Pool, was born Dec. 9th, 1796.
Thomas Shirley Senr. departed this life on the 7th day of
April 1820, aged 59 years and 27 days; born March 21st,
Mary Pool Shirley died in Richmond, Ky., June 10th 1885 in
the 81st year of her life.
Charles B. Pool, son of John and Lucy Pool departed this
life on the 14th day of March 1825.
John Pool Senr. departed this life on the 25th day of
William A. Shirley departed this life on the 25th day of
Mary Yates Shirley Senr. departed this life on the 16th
day of July 1839.
Lucy Pool departed this life on the 15th day of Oct. 1837.
John William Shirley departed this life on the 15thd ay of
Nov. 1838, aged 3 years and 5 months.
Elizabeth C. COok departed this life on the 5th day of
John Mason Shirley died in Glasgow on the 2nd day of Sept.
1866 at 2 O'clock in the afternoon.
A. H. Shirley, son of J. M. and Mary Lee Pool, departed this
life Sept. 29th 1895.
Nelly Garnett Shirley died 20th of June 1917.
Becky Colston: email@example.com
1. JOHN SHIRLEY
2. THOMAS W SHIRLEY
3. RICHARD WARNER SHIRLEY
4. JOHN SHIRLEY
5. FRANK W SHIRLEY
6. HELLEN SHIRLEY
7. MABLE LUCILLE MCKINNEY
8. JO ANN BAKER
9. REBECCA BRANNON COLSTON
Posted by Constance Putnam on March 15, 1999 at 20:46:05:
I'd like to fill in my line of Shirley that went to California:
Thomas W. Shirley(59) and Molly Yates (72) were married 5 Apr 1788 Caroline Co and lived in VA until going to KY in 1805. Thomas was born on his father's plantation in Spotsylvania VA. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War and served in John Dunns Compay, 8th VA Regiment, joining at the age of 15. War Folder 178-1-6. Thomas and Molly had 11 children. His daughter Martha married into my Hodges family line and his son James Albert is my g-g-g-grandfather.
James Albert Shirley b 1 Jun 1800 in Culpepper county VA married W1 Frances (Fanny) Giddings on 20 Apr 1826 in Barren county KY. Their son, Paul Shirley was born 1828. James Albert married W2 Martha J. Hayden, a Yankee, and they had at least 5 children (1850 census in Howard county MO: John, Martha A, Mary E, Ibena S., James A, and Charles H.).
Paul Shirley (67) born 1828 in KY. He fought in the Mexican War (1846-48) under General George Stoneman (who later became Governor of California). He came to California in 1849 (age 21) seeking gold. He was four times elected Sheriff of Solano county, being elected in 1851 and serving until 1857. While sheriff he married W1 Mary E. Gift (from TN and daughter of Robert Lee Gift) in May 1857; they had a son (Albert) Guy Shirley born 1859. Mary E.died Sept 1860. Paul then married her sister, Leonora (Nora) Edmona Gift (b. 1843 TN and bapt. 25 Aug 1867 in St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Benicia). Their daughter, my g-grandmother, Maud Shirley was born 1863.
For more than 40 years Paul was a business associate of Lansing B. Mizner, another early pioneer in Contra Costa county, California. Their business was chiefly the construction and operation of wharfs along the Carquinez Straits. He also owned the ferry between Martinez and Benicia, and lands and wharf property on both sides of the straits of Carquinez. He was one of the outstanding Democratic politicians of the state and served from 6 Dec 1875 to 5 Jan 1880, elected State Senator for Contra Costa and Marin Counties, coming 3 votes short of being nominated for State Treasurer. On 13 Oct 1883, a page 1 article in the San Francisco Daily Morning Call proclaims "Paul Shirley Elected Warden of the San Quentin Prison." He served as warden from 1884-1888. An article written the day after his appointment to Warden says that he "is an old Californian, who has accumulated a fortune by his intelligence and business abilty." He died in Martinez from general debility, and is lsted as a capitalist in his obituary.
He and his wife Nora [and his daughter Maud] are buried in the Alhambra Cemetary at Martinez, a privately owned cemetary with some prominent Californian pioneers. Paul died intestate, so there is no will. Probate records from 1895-1897 of about 100 pages, however, have every conceivable type of probate-related document.
There is one small mystery in those records....Paul had owned a distillery in Bergin, Mercer County KY that was wholly destroyed by fire 6 Apr 1893. He received insurance in the amount of $1826. I have not been able to locate any further information about that distillery.....anyone have information about it?
I have more about the next generation if anyone is interested. Maud married James Daniel Page, District Attorney of the city and county of San Francisco, in a gala affair. Captain (Albert) Guy Shirley was a pilot and worked at Mare Island Naval base in California.
The son of Maud and James Daniel Page, Shirley Page, married an Irish girl, Margaret Boland, and their first son, my father, married into the Hodges line that has connections back to the Samuel Hodges and Martha Y "Patsy" Shirley marriage of 1807. Small world, huh? =====================================================================
from: Shirley Monell firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Shirley , born March 21, 1761 in Berkeley Parish, Spottsylvania, VA: died April 17, 1820 in Adair Co, KY-Pickett Farm in Edmonton, KY. He married Mary "Mollie" Yates April 5, 1788 in Caroline Co, VA, daughter of Captain Yates and Mary Brow.
Children of Thomas Shirley and Mary Yates are:
1. 1. Martha Y, 2. Paul Shirley, 3. William A. Shirley, 4. Thomas W. Shirley, 5. Frances G. Shirley, 6. Richard W. Shirley, 7. James A. Shirley, 8. John M. Shirley, 9. George Y. Shirley, 10. Mary A. Shirley, 11. Charles M. Shirley
3. William A. Shirley, born May 29, 1792 in Spottsylvania County, VA; died December 25, 1836. He married Harriet H. Logan, born Nov. 29, 1803 daughter of William Logan, (born Oct 13, 1767, died July 24, 1836) and wife Sarah Haskins, (born 1770, died , married 1790; service of ancestor: Christopher Branch 1 [1602-1681] was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1639.)
Children of William A. Shirley and Harriet H. Logan are:
1. 1. Amanda J. Shirley, 2. Mary A. Shirley, 3. William T. Shirley, 4. James A. Shirley, 5. Sally Shirley, 6. Nancy Porter Shirley, 7. Christopher T. Shirley. 8. Mary C. Shirley, 9. Albert Shirley, 10. Lucinda Huggins
2. Mary A. Shirley, born Sept. 22, 1824 Louisville KY, died Oct 29, 1896. She married William B. Morris, (born June 22, 1819, died Oct 10, 1889) Oct 8, 1846.
Children of Mary A. Shirley and William B. Morris are:
1. Molly Morris, born April 1, 1851 Bowling Green KY died on Aug, 15, 1933. She married William (Charles) Mathews (born June 21, 1850 died Nov 11[May 13 ?], 1904 in New York City of Bright's disease) Nov. 30, 1871.
Note: Charles Mathews was a tobacco rehandler of Louisville KY. His three brothers are James L., Walter S., and John T. Mathews and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Mathews Taylor and Mrs. E. B. Davis.
2. Other children unknown
Child of Molly Morris and William Mathews is:
1. Hallie Mathews, born Jan 3, 1873 in Bowling Green KY died ? Ridley Park, PA. She married William Wilson Ford (born Feb 11, 1873 in ? died ? , son of Mrs ? Steck Ford and Mr. Ford of the Penn RR,) Sept. 30, 1903.
Note: Mrs. Ford's mother was a Miss George of a very famous family in PA, the George School named in honor of one of the family. Her father William Steck was from a family dating back to the early 18th century, when the first Lutheran ministers crossed the Allegheny Mountains coming from Germany and settling in PA.
Child of Hallie Mathews and William Wilson Ford is:
1. Mary (Molly) Ford, Feb. 8, 1905 KY died ? 1997. She married Leland Madison Jones, born Nov 14, 1903 VA. Note: Leland M. Jones was the son of Edgar L. Jones and Margaret Quinn Jones.
Relatives mentioned in Hallie Mathews Ford's diary: Cousin Corille Shirley, sister of Commodore Paul Shirley
I am looking for the children of John Mason Shirley (b.Feb. 19, 1802 and married Mary L. Poole ) - son of Thomas Shirley (b. Mar. 12,1761, married Mollie Yates d. Apr. 27, 1820).
My great grandfather - John Mason Shirley (b. Jan 10, 1823, married LouiseHolleman d. June 2, 1878) was thought to be the grandson of Thomas Shirley.The family bible was stolen at a funeral in this century and never recovered.I have a complete list of the children of Thomas and his brother John that I will share with any that would like the info.
John D. Shirley JohnVolFan@aol.com