African-American Ancestry
Research Center
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This center is designed to assist Shirley family members who are researching their African-American ancestry. This site will include data from sources exclusive to African-Americans (such as Freedmans records) and from traditional sources copied from other data pages at the Shirley Association website. This center will also collect Shirley family lineages of African ancestry.

 Research Data




1850 Slave Schedule (all states)

1860 Slave Schedule (all states) New

African-American Shirleys in the 1870 Census

Kentucky New

Tennessee New

Virginia New

African-American Shirleys in the 1900 census

All States



Civil War Soldiers (Union)


Other Records

Freedmens Bureau Records

WPA Slave Narratives - Edd Shirley of Kentucky

Branch 84: John W. Shirley born about 1825 in Kentucky. African-American ancestry living Metcalf Co KY. This lineage includes the famous opera tenor George Irving Shirley

Branch 87: John Shirley born about 1825; slave of George F. Adams of St Mary's County Maryland; Emancipated May 20 1864; father and mother born Maryland (1880 census); farmer of Mechanicsville MD; May be related to Jetson Shirley also enumerated in the slaveholdings of George Adams; Grandson Marcus Patterson age 17 living with John in 1900 census.

Branch 88: Marion Taylor Barnes Shirley - b. May 1, 1907  Hart County Georgia, d. 1963; Marion was the son of Minnie Harris Craft, the daughter of Elisha Harris of Hart Co Georgia and his wife Mary (Mae).

Branch 92. Shirleys of Edgecombe Co NC - African-American families including George Shirley, Samson Shirley and Edgar Shirley, among others.

94. Turner Shirley born about 1830 in VA, possibly Madison Co VA. African-American family living in Broad Run, Loudoun Co Virginia

95. Charles Shirley born about 1815 in Pennsylvania. He and his family appear as free mulatto/black in 1850 Lancaster Co and 1860 Chester Co PA census. Descendants lived in West Chester Township, Chester Co PA

96. Barnaby Shirley born about 1810 in Virginia. African-American family living at Orange Courthouse PO, Orange Co VA in 1870 New

Shirleys of Jamaica (and the USA)

Shirleys families of Jamaica (buy the new book

Don Shirley famous pianist and a member of the Shirleys of Jamaica family.

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Metcalfe Co KY

1869 Metcalfe Co KY Estate Inventory of Nat Shirley, Vol 1 p 140-141

A true and just inventory and appraisment of the personal estate of Nat Shiirley of color deceased was produced to us by George Shirley his administrator this 29th day of December 1869.





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