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March 1, 2014
I spent free time today updating,
extending and cleaning up the lineage posted at this website
of Moses Shirley Branch
#9 who lived in Hamilton Co IL
February 28, 2014
I spent the morning updating
the lineage of Major James Albert Shirley of Chilicothe Livingston
Co Missouri. His family originated in Barren Co KY and Spotsylvania
Co VA. This is Branch
11. I also found and posted the obituary for his son James
Allen Shirley which you can read below
2(vii) James Allen Shirley
Jr. born 18 July 1846
(source: obit) in Barren Co KY, age 4 in 1850 census. He was
the first Wabash Railroad station agent in Chillicothe, aka a
baggageman in 1870 census. He later worked as a bartender for
Moore and Cox saloon. He was a Civil War veteran wounded near
Vicksburg. He died 8 September 1935 in Livingston Co MO, buried
Edgewood Cemetery in Chilicothe, Livingston Co MO Read
his 1935 Obituary
I also added numerous lineage
extensions, a few photos and a few newspaper snippets to the
overall branch. One interesting member of the family was Capt
John T. Shirley, a steamboat builder and captain who was granted
a Confederate government contract to build the ironclads CSS
Tennessee and CSS Arkansas. He and his wife both died in Memphis
TN in 1873 of a Yellow Fever epidemic that took the lives of
1500 people in that city.
February 27, 2014
A NEW FIND! Thanks to Jenny for sending along the
fruits of her wonderful research on Branch
50, Thomas Shirley who was born 1760 in Fairfield Co SC,
revolutionary war soldier who died in Washington Co Missouri.
Here is what Jenny discovered:
I have been searchin' the
Thomas line b. 1755 SC Rev. Pat. for a little while and wanted
to provide you with some new findings with documented proof.
Thomas's son, Jordan Shirley had a son, (my ggrand dad Francis
Marion) who lived to the ripe old age of 90. Much to my pleasure,
I hit a treasure trove of tid bits, between his obit, death cert.,
and civil war pension papers.
A few things of interest:
1.Jordan Shirleys wife was Samantha Etna Thrailkill (ref. Francis
Marion's death cert.)
2. Jordan's place of birth was Hardin County, Tenn (ref. Francis
Marion's death cert.)
Thomas Shirley's rev'l war pension
record states that he lived at one time in McNairy Co Tennessee,
but I have always thought it might be Hardin and the descrepancy
due to boundary changes (?). So Jenny's news is very helpful.
There are indeed unidentified Shirley families in Hardin Co TN
February 6, 2014
I posted the following published probated
documents and original will and estate documents to the Chester
Co PA page in the members' section.
Chester Co PA
1769 February 18 Chester
Co PA Loose Estate Manuscripts #2478 Original will with inventory
- An inventory of affects [sic] belonging to Thomas Shirley seinor
deceased. [list, "an improvement containing one hundres
1769 February 24 Chester
Co PA WB 5 p 112 - Will of Thomas Shirley of East Caln, Chester
County PA. East Caln. Dated Jan. 7, 1769. Proven Feb. 24, 1769.
To daughters Margaret Kincede and Sarah Lafferty, son Thomas
Shirley, daughter Agnes Cole 5 shillings each. All remainder
to wife Agnes, also Executrix.
more is known about his son Thomas Shirley Jr. But he is worth
keeping in mind for ancestry research.
January 25, 2014
New. I posted another Randolph Co probate document
to the members' section. This family is clearly part of the William
Stubley Shurley grouping in Georgia.
Randolph Co GA
4 May 1874 Randolph
Co GA Wills page 12 (page
14) - Will of John W. Sherly. In the name of God I John W
Sherly of said county being of sound and disposing mind and memory
and wishing to make certain isposition of my worldly goods do
make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking
all former wills by one made. Item. my just debts be paid. Item
2. the crop now planted be carried on and completed by my administrator.
Item 3. bequeath all my estate to my nephew and three neices
namely John T Ozmore, Martha Ann Duke, Rebecca Boone and Nancy
Boone. John T Ozmore executor. Dated 6 April 1874 <s> J
W Sherly. Wit Wm Coleman, J T Calhoun, C C Adams. Recorded 4
January 24, 2014
New. Undiscovered Shirley wills and estate documents
are becoming harder and harder to find. So much territory has
already been covered over 36 years of Shirley Association research.
But here is a new cache of early Georgia probate documents that
I have now posted to the Randolph
County GA page in the members' section
Randolph Co GA
4 March 1861 - Randolph
Co GA Wills, bonds, estates, returns and sales 1837-1869, page
266 - Will of Nathan F. Shearley - In the name of God Amen,
I Nathan F Shearley of said county being of sound and disposing
mind and memory and wishing to make disposition of my worldly
affects do make and devise this my last will and testament. Item.
an equal distribution of my estate be made to my son John W.
Sherly and my fifteen grand children 1/16th to my son John W
Shearley and 1/16th to each one of my grandchildren, viz the
children of my deceased daughter Catherine Boon, J Thoas Boon,
Mary Ann Basbery wife of Peter Barberry, Rebecca, Nancy , William,
Henry Boon. The children of my deceased daughter Kizah Ozmore,
Martha Delacy wife of Dennis Delacy. Richard and John Thomas
Osmore. The children of my deceased daughter Elizabeth Pearce
Lovet Pearce, Polly Ann wife of Moses Maybin, Leah the wife of
Philip Pearce, John, Thomas, Zacariah and Nathan Pearce. Son
John W Sherly executor. 13 December 1860 <s> Nathan F X
Sherley. Wit: Wm Coleman, J W Sherley, George W Blakely. Sworn
and subscribed before me this March 4 1861 T R Stewart, ord.
6 March 1861 - Randolph
Co GA Wills, bonds, estates, returns and sales 1837-1869, page
272 - Appraisement of the goods and chattles of Nathan F
Sherley deceased as made by the undersigned March 6 1861 [list
of property items and a considerable amount of cash and notes
due the estate] Wm Colman, A J Moze, Thomas ____ appraisers
1 January 1862 - Randolph
Co GA Returns page 12 - John W Shearley executor of Nathan
F Sherley in account from probate of Will up to Jany 1 1862.
[list of receipts and payments from estate "making coffin
for N Sherley", etc]
8 February 1862 - Randolph
Co GA Returns page 48 [page
49]- John W Shearley executor of Nathan F Sherley in account
from probate of Will from Jany 1 1862 to date [disbursements]
Recd of John W Sherley executor on the estate of Nathan F Sherley
late of Randolph Co deceased one hundred dollars in part of my
wife's legacy Martha M DeLacy. On this Feb the 8, 1862. D DeLacy.
[same...] in part of my legacy of the estate of Nathan F Sherley
deceased Nathan A Ozmore. February 9 1862 [same...] in part of
my legacy coming to me of the estate of Nathan F Sherley deceased
February 8 1862. Mary Ann [ ] Busbe. [same...] Sixty dollars
in part of of my legacy of the estate of Nathan F Sherley. April
14 1862. Martha [ ] Bone [same...] forty four dollars and eighty
cents n part of of my legacy of the estate of Nathan F Sherley.
Feby 12 1862. Martha R Bone.
8 January 1863 - Randolph
Co GA Returns page 145 - John W Shearley executor of Nathan
F Sherley in account from [disbursements] Recd of John W Sherley
executor on the estate of Nathan F Sherley late of Randolph Co
deceased one hundred dollars for the estate of Thos J Boon dec'd
in part of his legacy in the said estate of N F Sherley.[same...]
in part of my legacy of the estate of Nathan F Sherley deceased
January 7 1863, Polly A Mabin. [same...] Sixty Six 75/100 in
part of my legacy of the estate of Nathan F Shirley decd Jany
8 1863, Phillip Pearce.
10 February 1865 - Randolph
Co GA Returns page 441 - John W Sherley executor of the will
of Nathan F Sherley from the __of April 1863 to Feb 10 1865 [receipts
and disbursements] Recd of John W Sherley executor on the estate
of Nathan F Sherley late of Randolph Co deceased Sixty Six dollars
and sixty six cents in part of my legacy from said estate, Nancy
C Boon. [same...] in part of the legacy of Wm Boon from said
estate Sept 28 1864, Martha R Boon.
4 October 1869 - Randolph
Co GA Returns Book R page 231 - John W Sherley executor of
the will of Nathan F Sherley from the Feby 12 1865 up to the
4th day of October 1869 [receipts and disbursements] Recd of
John W Sherley executor on the estate of Nathan F Sherley late
of Randolph Co deceased Sixty Six dollars in part of my legacy
of the said estate, William N Boone, Feb 18 1864. [same...] forty
dollars in part of my legacy October 29, 1863, Philip Pearce.
January 19, 2014
Needle in a haystack
stuff. I saw FamilySearch
posted a Philidelphia Seamen's citizenship database containing
original documents, but no index. I searched and found a google
book still in copyright, but with snippets that allowed me to
find Shirleys in this document series. Page by page searching
allowed me to find this very odd Shirley stray in Charles City
County Virginia, a place where we have no other Shirleys to this
point. I posted the original document to the members' section
and created a new county page for Charles
Charles City County Virginia
5 March 1819 - Port of Philidelphia
PA, Seamen's Proof of Citizenship [loose
records] - Thomas Shirley...doth declare and say that
he was born in the Charles City County in the state of Virginia
and that he is twenty eight years of age, or thereabouts, five
feet two inches in height black color hair yellow complexion.
Scar on right arm above the elbow. And at the same time appeared
Ralph Izard who being duly sworn doth declare and say that he
is well acquainted with the above Thomas Shirley and verily believes
that he was born in Charles City County and state aforesaid <s>
Thomas Shirley <s> Ra: H Izard.
January 5, 2014
Not sure how I missed posting these over
the last decade, but who knows. I posted the following original
estate documents to the Barren
Co KY page in the members' section. The two families are
both found in Branch 8, James Shirley (m. Mary McMekin)
Barren Co KY
1801 July 23 - Barren
County KY WB 1 page 11 (page
12-13). Estate of James Shirley dec'd - By virtue
of an order of the county court of Barren to us directed we have
proceded to appraise the personal estate of James Shirley
deceased as follows: [3 page inventory list] John Garnett,
Edward Young, Ricard Wagginer. Barren County December County
 1819 (sic) Dec 21 - Barren
Co KY WB 1 p 13 (page
14-15) Estate sale, James Shirley, dec'd - The amount
of the sale of the estate of James Shirley, dec'd to wit [the
first section of the list of sale items reflects the purchase
by "the widow"] Other buyers mentioned: John
Garnett, Thos. Shirley, Richard Shirley, Thos McClain,
Ezekiel Shirley, Moses Shirley, Henry Holsclaw, John Franklin.
Barren County to wit. January Court 1812. The foregoing list
of the sale of the estate of James Shirley dec'd was returned
unto court and ordered to be recorded.
1813 Oct 19 - Barren
Co KY WB1 p 230 - Estate of Robert Shirley, dec'd
- I do hereby wave my right of administration as to the estate
of Robert Shirley my dec'd husband and wish letters of
administration granted to Wm Shirley given under my hand
this 19th October 1813 <s> Elizabeth X Shirley Wit:
Samuel Holloway, Thomas Shirley
1813 Nov Barren
Co KY WB 1 p 256 Estate of Robert Shirley, dec'd -
Inventory Appraisal - Aggreable to an order of the county court
of Barren to us Benj Smith, Reubin Dale and Lewis gooden directed
we have proceeded to appraise the estate of Robert Shirley
deceased as followeth [2 page inventory list] Total $381.25.
I posted the following original
deed records to the Spartanburg
SC page in the members' section.
Jan 10 1792 DBC
p 98-100 William Shurley and wife Elizabeth of Spartanburgh to
Richard Cox of same for L40 sterling sold 150 ac where Richard
lives on N side of Tygar R; border: james Scaggs, Tobias Bright
and Thomas Shurley; grant apr 7 1780 by Gov Thomas Pinckney
to William Shurley. Wit Thomas Shurley, James Skiggs,
and Isaac Philpot. Signed William Shurley and Elizabeth's
mark. Wit oath Feb 1 1793 Thomas Shurley to Thos Moore Rec
Mar 12 1793.
Dec 7 1792 DBC
p191-3 William Shurley and wife Eliabeth of Spartanburgh to John
Meadow of same for L30 sterling sold 100 ac near N fork Tyger
R; border: N Andrew Thomson, E tobias Bright and Robert Rogers
and Thomas Shurley, and SW Tyger R; part of 450 ac grant
Apr 7 1788 Gov Thomas Pinckney to William Shurley. Wit
Joseph Meadows, Zephniah Pinson and Jesse Meadows. Signed Wm
Shurley. Wit. oath Aug 1 1793 Jesse Meadows to Wm Smith Rec
Oct 18 1793.
Dec 13 1800 DBH
p78-80 George Floyd of Spart. to Thomas Shurley of same for
$500 sold 171 ac where Thomas Shurley lives; border: mouth
of Forgeson's Creek on S side Tygar R, mouth of Floyd's Cr, Samuel
Floyd and Richard Willis. Wit: John Ward and Andrew Thomson.
Signed Geo Floyd's mark. Wit oath Jan 27 1802 John Ward to George
Bruton Rec Feb 5 1802.
Jan 25 1808 DBL
p351-2 Isaac Shurley of Spartanburgh to John Means of same
for $50 sold 50 ac; border: W branch of Forguson's Cr, S thomas
Williamson, E and NE John Means, and N David McClarley (or McCearley);
part of grant to Drury McDaniel and sold Jan 1 1800 to Look Thornton
(see DBFp 429) who sold Aug 22 1807 to Isaac Shurley.
Wit Joseph Johnston,, Andrew Otts and James Otts. Signed Isaac
Shurley. Wit oath May 7 1808 james Otts to Drury McDaniel Rec
Oct 11 1808.
Jan 23 1809 DBM
p56-7 Thomas Shurley of Spartanburgh to three grand daughters
Matildia Ward, Abigail Ward and Cynthia Ward of same for
good cause give 2 cows and heifers, a large reddish bundle cow
with star in her forehead, a small white spot on her shoulders
and some whte on her flanks and a pide (or side ) cow red and
white with a white face, the heifer "molley yellow"
with some white. Wit Thomas Wright and Robert Shurley. Signed
Thomas Shurley. Wit oath Apr 12 1809 Thomas Wright to Drury
McDaniel. Rec Apr 12 1809.
Apr 11 1809 DBM
p57-8 Samuel Floyd and Aaron Shurley to John Ward; for $100
sold ___ac on N side of N Tygar R; "our" part of grant
Nov 10 1784 to Patrick March who sold to Frances Ward desc. Wit:
Thomas Wright and Geo Floyd. Signed Aaron Shurley and
Samuel Floyd. Wit oath apr 12 1809 Thomas Wright to Drury McDaniel.
Rec Apr 12 1809
Mar 18 1809 DBM
p92-3 Thomas Shurley of Spartanburgh to Thomas Price of same
for $256 sold 171 ac on S side of S Tygar R; border: E Richard
Willis, S Sam Floyd, W Furgason Cr and N S. Tyger River; Condition:
deed void if Thomas pays $256 by mar 1 1810. Wit John
Ward and Robert Shurley. Signed Thomas Shurley. Wit oath
Jul 1 1809 John Ward to Drury McDaniel. Rec Jul 4 1809.
Feb 7 1810 DBM
p262-3 Thomas Shurly to Thomas Price of Spartanburgh for
$300 sold 171 ac at mouth of Furgason's Cr on S side of Tygar
R; border: mouth of Floyd's Cr, Samuel Floyd, and Richard Miller.
Wit John Ward, Wm Wood and Robet Shurley. Signed Thomas Shurley.
Wit oath May 5 1810 Wm Wood to Drury McDaniel Rec Jun 4 1810.
Aug 20 1820 DBR
p235-6 Richard Gentry of Spart to John Shurley of same for
$187 sold ___ac at head of branches of Ferguson's and Jemme's
Creeks; border: N and W John Skinner and S and SE widow King
and Richard Gentry. Wit Wm Otts, Samuel Floyd and James Barnett.
Signed Richard Gentry's mark. Wit oath Apr 6 1821 james Barnett
to John Brewton. Rec Apr 10 1821.
Jan 6 1826 DBT
p238 Wm W Smithwick of Spart to John Shurley of same for
$250 sold 100 ac on S Tyger R and N Tyger R; border: Jonathan
Crow. Wit John Ward and John Gentry. Signed Wm W Smithwick. Wit
oath Jun 23 1826 John Ward to Robert Ligon. Rec Jul 3 1826.
Oct 13 1825 DBT
p238-9 Nathaniel Gentry of Spart to John Shurley of South Carolina
for $205 sold 75 ac on N Tyger R; border: mouth of Tapp's Spring
Br and Solomon Autrey's Spring Br. Wit James Nesbett and John
Gentry. Signed Nathaniel Gentry's mark. Wit oath Jun 25 1826
james Nesbett to Robt Ligon Rec Jul 3 1826.
Jan 6 1826 DBT
p239-40 John Shurley of Spartanburgh to John Gentry of same
for $400 sold 100 ac in fork of Tyger R; border Jonathan Crow.
Wit James Nesbett and John Ward. Signed John Shurley.
Wit oath Jun 23 1826 James Nesbett to (not signed). Rec Jul 3
1826. Dower renounced Jun 23 1826 Fanny Shurley to Robt
I posted the following original
bible record in the free non-members' section of the website
Bible of Mary
T Beesley, wife of William Shirley b Jan 22, 1818 who
lived at Kiawatha Kansas. The bible provides births, marriages
and deaths for many early Shirleys in Branch #7 including Thomas
Shirley who married Hannah Dale. (note: Several of the earliest
dates shown in this bible differ from dates published for this
family on this website and that were clearly sourced elsewhere).
Other surnames mentioned: McDaniel, Berryhill, Margueling,
Beesley, McGrath, Bedker, Ellis
the archived postings>>