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Summer Research - New Findings
Shirley Association members can preview my summer 2017 research collection of original documents until the files are posted to their respective country/state/county page in the members' section. New original documents include the following US state/counties and International countries.

Virginia - Augusta (deed index), King William (taxes), Prince William (parish vestry), New Kent (grants)
North Carolina - Dobbs (grants and taxes), Northampton (deeds), Stokes (taxes)
Pennsylvania - Warren (deeds)
Tennessee - Washington (grant), Benton (grants), Hamilton (grants), Henderson (grants), White (grants and taxes), Davidson (grants), Lawrence (grants), Grainger (grants), Marion (grants) , Hardin (grants), Greene (1 deed), Claiborne (deeds)
South Carolina - Spartenburg (deeds), Edgefield (deeds), Newberry (1 deed), York (deed index), Abbeville (loose estate docs), Fairfield (deeds), Laurens (plat and deeds)
Kentucky - Barren (large # of deeds)
New Hampshire - Hillsborough (deed index)
New York - St Lawrence (deeds)

England: Buckinghamshire Archdeaconry Wills for several Shirleys; Warwickshire: some deeds, letters and household accounts of the Shirleys of Ettington

November 8, 2017

Summer Research (see above) I posted the following Summer Research items to their respective country/state/county pages in the members' section

Hillsborough Co NH

Deeds

Grantor index, pg 2

Grantee index pg 2

Warren Co PA

Deeds

Dec 21 1829 Warren Co PA DBD/198 Mary Shirley from Oren Hook et al - Lot 368 Warrenboro

Mar 2 1849 Warren Co PA DBL/5 Benj and Francis H. Shirley from Francis Hook and wife - Glade Twp

Mar 17 1851 Warren Co PA DBL/632 Benjamin, Hannah Shirley to Phillip Zimmerlee et al - Slade Twp

Mar 17 1851 Warren Co PA DBL/656 Benj Shirley from Francis H. Shirley - Glade Twp

Oct 14 1867 Warren Co PA DB30/124 James and Hester Shirley et al from Orin Hook - Glade Twp

Jul 14 1874 Warren Co PA DB37/759 Hiram and Ester Shirley to Robert Dennison - Slade Twp

Mar 8 1875 Warren Co PA DB38/551 pg 552 Wm T. Shirley et al to Geo O. Cornelius - Sheffer Twp

Sep 12 1878 Warren Co PA DB37/581 Francis Shirley from Francis Hook and wife - Glade Twp

Dobbs

Tax Lists

1769 Dobbs Co NC Tax List

David Shirley 1 wp 0 bp total:1

1769 Dobbs Co NC Tax List

Michael Shirley 1 wp 0 bp total: 1

1780 Dobbs Co NC Tax List - Granger's District

David Shurley - valuation of estate: 1,936

Colonial and State Land Grants

1764 NC Land Grant Book 17 pg 269 Issued to Michael Shurley Entered: Acres: 572 Grant No: 398; Issued: Oct. 30, 1765 Surveyed: Warrant No: Entry No: Entered: Apr. 25, 1764 Location: Joining his own & Tom Clarks Lands

Oct 30, 1765 NC Land Grant BK 18, pg 244 Michael Shurley 572 acres in Dobbs, joining Shurleys own line, the Piney Woods, John Byrd, Falling Creek, McClaendons old path, and John Clark on Lower Falling Creek. Crown to: Wm. Tryon, Royal Governor. (duplicate or regrant?)

1768 NC Land Grant Book 23 pg 206 Issued to David Shurley Acres: 150 Grant No: 121 Issued: Apr. 28, 1768 Surveyed: Warrant No: Entry No: Entered: Aug. 11, 1767 Location: The North side of Nuce river and on the E. side of lower Falling Creek and W. side of Clarks bank, joining Jesse Retter, Stanleys line and Shurleys own line formerly Clarks line. Crown to Wm. Tryon.

1779 NC Land Grant Book 50 pg 24 to David Shurley Entered; Acres: 108 Grant No: 439 Issued: Oct. 13, 1783 Surveyed: Warrant No: Entry No: 752 Entered: Oct. 29, 1779 Location: On the No. side of Neuse River and Et. side of Lower Falling Creek

November 6, 2017

Summer Research (see above) I posted the following Summer Research items to their respective country/state/county pages in the members' section

Tennessee State Land Grants

1855 Hardin Co TN - Middle Tenn. Grant Book 8 (ocupants) pg 841 #23946 James Sherley 3ac (FHC only)
1845 Hardin Co TN - West Tenn. Grant Book 2 pg 46 #956 Thomas Shurly 171ac (FHC only)
1849 Hardin Co TN - West Tenn Grant Book [Book/page missing] #8592 H. Shurley 160ac
1849 Hardin Co TN - West Tenn Grant Book [Book/page missing] #8590 Henry Shurley 127ac
1845 Hardin Co TN - West Tenn. Grant Book 2 pg 42 #952 James Shurley 197ac
1824 Hardin Co TN - General State Grant Book Y pg 469 #21622 Luke Shirley Jr 100ac

1852 Marion Co TN - Mountain Dist Grant Book X pg 51 pg 52 #10974 Jessee Sherley 26ac
1824 Marion Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 9 pg 689 #9835 William D Shirley 50ac
1825 Marion Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 12 pg 331 #11651 Thomas Sherley 9ac
1826 Marion Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 11 pg 392 #13325 Thomas Sherley 20ac
1826 Marion Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 13 pg 17 #131327 Thomas Shirley 5ac
1826 Marion Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 11 pg 433 #13355 Thomas Shirley 50ac

1821 Grainger Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 6 pg 255 pg 256 #6698 Balser Shirley 100ac
1826 Grainger Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 11 pg 777 #13875 Balser Shirley 100ac

1824 Lawrence Co TN - General State Grant Book Y pg 470 #21665 George Shirley 5ac

1841 Davidson Co TN - Middle Tenn. Grant Book 20 pg 126 #17065 Paul Shirley 600ac

1819 White Co TN - Mountain Dist Grant Book 8 pg 632 #13890 Thomas Shirley 80ac (Couldn't find this page in Book 8, but appears to be a duplicate of the same grant # in the TN General State Grant Book Q)
1819 White Co TN - General State Grant Book Q pg 277 #13890 Thomas Sherley 80ac

1830 Henderson Co TN - West Tenn. Grant Book 2A pg 623 #1525 Thomas Shirley 20ac

1832 Hamilton Co TN - East Tenn Grant Book 17 pg 571 #17524 Thomas Shirley and John Cummings 400ac

1846 Benton Co TN - West Tenn. Grant Book 3 pg 60 #1900 James Shurley 192.5ac
1846 Benton Co TN - West Tenn. Grant Book 3 pg 93 #1933 James Shurley 192.5ac

1789 Washington Co TN - North Carolina Grants in Tenn. Book 4 pg 573 #982 John Shurly 639ac

 

October 9, 2017

I posted the following deed indexes to the Habersham Co GA page in the members' section

Habersham Co GA

Habersham County Deed Grantor Index to about 1855
Habersham County Deed
Grantee Index to about 1855

August 20, 2017

I created a new English lineage of the County of Staffordshire

16. John Shirley born about 1770, raised his family in the parish of St Mary, Stafford, Staffordshire. New

July 30, 2017

SAD NEWS AND CELEBRATION OF A LIFE - I hadn't heard from Fainnie Linder of Binghamton NY in some time. Fainnie has been one the Shirley Associations great friends over the years. I emailed her this morning about a new research strategy that I thought might help her Shirley quest. Her email bounced back to me, so I googled her name and sadly discovered she had passed away.

Here is Fannie's Barnes-Shirley family tree and info on her unique quest that began with the assistance of Shirley Association's founder Betty Shirley

Here is a YouTube video of Fannie's life produced by her son Ray. Trust me, even without knowing Fannie, you'll enjoy the video.

July 20, 2017

REUNION NEWS!!! (Thanks Margot!)

103rd Reunion Thomas and Mollie Grubbs Shirley Branch 7

September 2, 2017 Boone County 4H Fairgrounds Lebanon, Indiana

10am-2pm Drinks, dinnerware and chicken provided.

Please bring side dishes, dessert and an item for the auction to raise funds for next year's reunion.

The more the merrier! Please pass this along.

Need more information? Mary Hicks 765-894-9087

June 22, 2017

A volunteer for the Guild of One Name Studies sent along a photograph of a tombstone in the churchyard of Edingthorpe Norfolk England. The stone was for one of the church's rectors George Sharley. So I traced this family back to Derbshire and created the following working lineage page.

Derbyshire

5. Christopher Sharley of Heanor Derbyshire. He died and was buried on 27 May 1801 at Heanor Derbyshire. Family also lived Measham Derbs and Edingthorpe Norfolk New

June 16, 2017

I found this early newspaper item that indicates Ezekiel Shirley (s/o James Shirley) and wife Dolly (nee Shirley, d/o Argeland Shirley) may have had 2 more children than the 7 we we show in this Branch 8 and Branch 10 lineage

Boone Co IN

12 September 1861 Greencastle Banner,Greencastle, Putnam County, - Some 'old folks' - A correspondent of one of our exchanges, writing from White Lick, Indiana [Boone County], says: - 'There is an old couple in this place that are seldom found equaled. Mr. and Mrs Ezekiel Shirly are 85 years old, enjoying good health. They have living nine children, forty-seven grand-children, one hundred and four great-children, and nine great-great grand-children or fourth generation - which would make a party of one hundred and sixty-nine descendants of a single living couple.

I've been working a bit on Branch 13 descendants who lived for a time in Washington Co, Morgan Co and Noble Co Ohio before moving further West.

This original court document potentially 1) adds a previously unknown child to the lineage and/or 2) puts a spanner in the works for what we thought we knew about the mother Elizabeth Keith Shirley.

Morgan Co OH

June 1834 Morgan County OH Court Minutes Book C page 95 - Joseph Shirley junr aged nineteen years on the eighteenth day of June instant came into court and made choice of his father Joseph Shirley as his guardian. Whereupon it is ordered by the court that the said Joseph Shirley junr [sic] be appointed guardian of the said Joseph Shirley junr and that he enter into bond with Absolem Craig as his surety in the sum of two hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs.

Doesn't this court record imply that the mother is deceased (in all likelihood)? Isn't that how these things worked in those days?

Just a few more tidbits posted for this region

1824 Morgan Co Tax List

Olive Township - Resident Proprietors

George Shirley R9; T6; S29 SW
Lewis Shirley R9; T6; S29 SW "SW corner"
John Shirley R9; T6; S29 SW "East half"
Joseph Shirley R10; T6; S23 SW

1827 Morgan Co Personal Property Tax List - Resident Proprietors

Olive Township

Lewis Shirley 2 horses 2 cows
Ruthama Shirley 3 cows
John Shirley 4 cows

Center Township

Joseph Shirley 1 horse 2 cows (property tax say R10; T6; S33 [sic]

June 9, 2017

I posted the following original tax list images to the Cumberland Co PA page in the members' section. This family is Branch 14.

Cumberland Co PA

1769 Cumberland County PA Tax - Baree Township

William Shirley,  Barree Twp., 2 horses, 1 cow, 20 acres [sic] L., 13 acres cleared.

1770 Cumberland County PA Tax - Baree Township

William Shirley, Barree Twp., 2 horses, 4 cows, 200 acres L., 13 acres cleared.

I posted the following original deed images to the Huntingdon Co PA page in the members' section. This family is Branch 14

Huntingdon Co PA

1792 Nov 15 Huntingdon Co DB B1 pg 454 William Shirley dec'd administrators to William Phillips

1796 Sept 2 Huntingdon Co DB H1 pg 543 William Shirley and Margaret his wife of Huntingdon County to Samuel Isop and John Logue. 150 acres in Hopewell Twp. held by warrant and survey in the name of William Shirley and Margaret his wife. Recorded 12 Aug 1802

June 8, 2017

I posted the following original deed images to the Washington County OH page in the members' section. This family is Branch 13, specifically involving George Shirley, wife Ruhanna and their children. One deed certainly implies that George Shirley likely ended his days in Washington County OH, and would therefore likely be buried there.

Washington Co OH

Grantor Index (through about Vol 30)

1814 Oct 5 Washington County DB13 pg 59: George Shirley of Waterford Township Washington County OH to Joseph Shirley of same; 50 acres; recorded 25 October 1814.

1814 Oct 25 Washington County DB13 pg 60; George Shirley of Waterford Township Washington County OH to Joseph Shirley his son; $1 [list of personal effects] to maintain George Shirley and wife Ruhanna Shirley; recorded 25 October 1814.

1811 July 22 Washington County DB13 pg 58: John Shirley of Waterford Township Washington County OH to George Shirley of same; 50 acres; recorded 27 October 1814

Grantee Index (to about Vol 30)

1817 Apr 24 Washington County DB15 pg 228; Joseph Shurley of Waterford Township Washington County OH from William Rand of same; "tow acres" (10?); recorded 14 October 1817

1815 January 4 Washington County DB13 pg 388; John Shirley and Catherine Shirley of Waterford Towsnship Washington County OH to William Hall of same; 50 acres; Catherine Shirley released dower; recorded 21 November

May 21, 2017

Posted the following land grant (with plat image) and deed book sale of that land to the Greenville Co SC page in the members' section. This James Shirley was a resident of Abbeville Co SC at the time. He is Branch #8. His wife was Mary McMeeken

Greenville Co SC

1784 May 31 - Land Grant Book A pg 23 - Land survey laid out unto James Shirley a tract of land containing 340 acres above the ancient boundary line situated on the Golden Grove Creek a branch of Saludy River, bounded NE Francis Gottier. Surveyed 2 June 1784. Recorded 1 July 1784 "Delivered to John Bowie"

1789. Greenville District DB B page 147. James and Mary Shirley of Abbeville County, 96 District to John Bowie of same, 340 acres on Grove Creek a branch of the Saluda River in Greenville County, 96 District, adj Francis Gollier on N, vacant on other sides, land granted to James Shirley 7 July 1784 recorded Book AAAA pg 23. <s> James X Shirley, Mary X Shirley Wit: Mary Jones, John Jones, John Rosamond. Recorded 13 November 1789.

April 30, 2017

I posted the following very early South Carolina deed to the Camden District page in the members' section

Camden District

1780 Camden District DB C pg 72 - Nicholas Robinson to Thomas Shirley of St Marks Parish by release in feeof bearing date 7 Apr 1780 and recorded in Lancaster County Court clerks office in Book C page 72 containing 200 acres situated lying and being in the District of Camden on the South side of North Lynches Creek bounding on the N by a narrow stripe of vacant land running along Robert Cook's line and on the NE by land belonging to Josiah Canty ...the original grant being vacant on all sides when first surveyed

I posted the following 3 land plats to the Fairfield Co SC page in the members' section.

Fairfield Co SC

1792 Fairfield Co SC Land Plat Book E pg 38 - 13 acres surveyed for Robert Shirley and Lewis Harding

1792 Fairfield Co SC Land Plat Book E pg 39 - 520 acres surveyed for Robert Shirley and Lewis Harding

1792 Fairfield Co SC Land Plat Book E pg 129 - 153 acres surveyed for Robert Shirley and Lewis Harding

I posted the following grantor and grantee deed indexes to the Fairfield SC page in the members' section

Fairfield Co SC

Grantee Index 1785-1841

1810 Jno Shirley from Jno Gwinn Jr T/285
1810 Elijah Shirley from Jno Gwinn Jr T/287
1830 Jno Shirley from Jno M Weir HH/367
1838 Elijah Shirley from Thomas Gwin MM/507
1839 Jno Shirley Sr from Wm B Meane NN/202
1839 Jno shirley Sr from Griffin Coleman NN/203

Grantor Index 1785-1841

1804 Robert Shirley to Robert Henson O/434
1805 Robert Shurley to William Pickell P/117
1812 Robert Shirley to Thomas Briggs U/227
1813 Elijah Shirley to James Murdoch W/125
1831 Elijah Shirley to Rich Gwinn HH/315
1833 John Shirley to Thomas Weir LL/5
1835 Elijah Shirley to Henry Castles LL/540
1838 John Shirley to William B Means NN/23
1838 John Shirley to Wm B Means MM/482
1838 Jno Shirley Jr to Sarah Bean MM/547
1838 Jno Shirley JHr to Dan'l R Coleman MM/549
1838 John Shirley to Wm B Means NN/8

 

April 29, 2017

BRANCH 11. A board member of the Nashville City Cemetery emailed yesterday. They are performing research on notable persons interred in the cemetery. Capt Paul Shirley of Branch 11 and family are buried there. Curiously, his tombstone says 'Admiral', but no evidence exists to justify the claim of that Naval rank. I posted original documents from a widows pension for Paul Shirley's Naval service to the Davidson Co TN page in the members' section.

April 28, 2017

THANKS! This is a quick shout-out to Kay of Bellevue Washington who tirelessly monitors the Shirley Association query board for new messages. She also lets me know when an internet hacker posts spam - usually a QVC-style sale on Nike shoes - on the query board. I mean, who doesn't like a sale on running shoes!!! HA. Thanks, Kay!

 

 

 

 

 

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