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April 20, 2014

I searched through early NY county land records, and found Shirleys in Mortgages where I had previously missed them in traditional land grantor/grantee indexes.

Seneca Co NY

1836 Seneca Co NY Vol O p 522 - Morgagor Bradford Shirley Jr; Mortgagee Robert Forbes

1849 Seneca Co NY Vol A2 p 300 - Mortgagor Philander Shirley; Mortgagee Horace Wilkinson

1850 Seneca Co NY Vol B2 p 284 - Mortgagor Jacob Shirley; Mortgagee Jacob Blooser

1855 Seneca Co NY Vol 33 p 430 - Mortgagor George Shirley; Mortgagee Sylvester Pew

Dutchess Co NY

1813 Dutchess Co Mortgages Vol 19 pg 410 - Mortgagee: Alexander Shurley; Mortgagor: Silas ray - Silas Ray and wife Hannah of Amenia Dutchess Co NY borrowed money from Alexander Shurley of same place, and promised to repay, with 2 acres as collateral. Wit: Thomas Pardee, Ashbel Porter, Lewis Warren, Cyrene Crosby witness for the woman. The debt was satisfied signed by Alexander Shurley on 27 December 1816 (discharged 21 August 1818)

April 19, 2014

DNA. I posted 2 new DNA results for Haplotype E1b1b1, one for Branch 67.

April 18, 2014

Here are the Shirleys recorded in military enlistment records. I have abbreviated the search to only include those Shirleys born before 1860. I haven't looked closely at these yet, but I can already see some golden nuggets.

US Military Enlistments (born before 1860)
*enlistments for the Civil War and after have abbreviated entries here

Timothy Shirley corpl - [muster] Shepherds Town May 7, 1800

Charles Shirley, b Paisley Scotland age 31, Servant; Enl Nov 15 1856 New York; Capt Granger; 5 years; Bllue eyes Sandy hair Fair complx; height 5 5 1/2; 2nd Cav Regt Co K Deserted, Apprehended 6 Aug 57

Richard Shirley enlisted November 1879 New York NY born England age 21 6/12

Alfred Shirley enlisted Jan 1873 Limestone Kan. born Morgan Co MO, age 21

James Shirley priv. 24th US Inf. 5'4" Dr eyes, Fair hair, Fair complx, age 18 farmer born Tennessee. Enlisted Knoxville Sep 17 1814 Lt Johnson for 5 years. Killed in action Nov 30 or Dec 15 1817.

James Shirley priv 40th US Inf; 5' 71/2" Blk eyes, Blk hair, Dk complx; age 24; Seaman. Born Philadelphia; Enlisted Sept 23, 1814 in Boston; Lt Blanchard for duration of war. "Slave delivered to his master. a musician."

John Shirley privt 11th US Inf, Capt JW Weeks; 5'6" Blue eyes, Lgt hair, Lgt complx age 24/25 farmer, born New Chester NH. Enlisted July 4 1812 at Haverhill NH Lt Bliss for 5 years. Deserted May 14, 1814 from Camp Buffalo NY.

John Shireley privt 2nd US Inf Capt McCall [no personal info] Enlisted June 24, 1798 for 5 years; Reenlisted March 24 1803 for 5 years; Discharged April 1, 1805 at Ft Wilkinson "having been mustered unfit for service." [note: Ft Wilkinson was in Georgia]

Edward Shirley born New York NY age 21, clerk enlisted 4 Nov 1862

Benjamin S Shirley born Somerset Ohio age 23 Musician enlisted 14 March 1862 at Somerset OH

James Shirley enlisted 8 June 1870 at Sacramento Cal born Co Tyrone Ireland age 29 laborer

Edward Shirley enlisted 4 Nov 1862 at Wash DC born New York NY age 21 clerk

John Shirley enlisted Nov 5 1832 at Vandalia Capt Duncan; age 23 born Lawrence Co Tennessee farmer (TN confirmed as correct); Discharged 14 August 1833 at St Louis a private (next to Zebedee Shirley in enlistment list)

Zebedee Shirley enlisted Nov 5 1832 at Vandalia Capt Duncan; age 18 born White Co Tennessee farmer;(TN confirmed as correct) Discharged 14 August 1833 at St Louis a Corpl.(next to John Shirley in enlistment list)

John Shirley age 24 blue eyes brown hair fair complx 5'4" born England laborer; enlisted 22 Apr 1840 at Rochester; for 5 years; 2nd Artllery Co F Discharged 21 April 1845 Expiration of service at Ft Hamilton NY a private.

James Shirley age 29 hazle eyes, sandy hair, light complx 5'81/2" born Hunley (sic) England; enlisted Nov 17, 1841; 2nd Artillery Co A; Deserted 26 July 1842

Thomas Shirley enlisted 11 March 1867 at Boston Mass, born Swanton Mass age 21 peddler

Walter Shirley enlisted 10 Oct 1879 at Fort Porter NY born Beaufort NC age 25 moulder

Thomas Shirley born Phillipsburg Canada age 21 laborer; enlisted 25 Feb 1864 at Burlington VT

John Shiverly aka John Shierley privt 38th US Inf. 5'6" grey eyes dk hair lgt complx age 21 farmer born Alexandria DC; enlisted March 19 1814 at Richmond Ens. Buckley for duration of war;

George Shirley privt 22nd US Inf 5'10" grey eyes fair hair fair complx age 18 mason, born Franklin Co PA enlisted July 9 1814 Lt Brooke for duration of war; [mustered at Pittsburg a few times] discharged March 25 1815.

Robert Shirley privt 12th US Inf 5' 113/4" lgt eyes bro hair "?florid" complx age 32 farmer born Jefferson Co VA; enlisted Nov 7 1812 at Charlestown Lt Callis for 5 years; Discharged at Belle Fontaine []T [likely now Ohio] Nov 7 1817. Term expired. See pension case.

Robert M Shirley, aka Robert McShirley privt 21st US Inf Capt Jos Treas. 5' 4" blue eyes bro hair lgt complx age 21 blacksmith born Orrington Hancock Co Mass [now ME]; Enlisted Aug 24 1812 at Bangor [ME] Capt Treas for 5 years; deserted from Detroit May 20 1816 [later muster rolls] Discharged May 11 1820 term expired

Samuel Shirley aka Samuel Sherley rank: "rect" 8th US Inf 5'8" blue eyes bro hair fair complx age 26 farmer born Abbeville SC; enlisted May 9 1814 at SC; Lt Black for duration of war; at Ft Hawkins in June 1814; Discharged March 6 1815

Martin Shirley privt 18th US Inf 6' 1" blue eyes lgt hair lgt complx age 21 farmer; born Edgefield SC; enlisted Sept 20/21 1814 at Edgefield; Lt Addison for 5 years; [numerous musters] Discharged Sept 19 1819, term expired.

Ebenezer Shirley age 21 dark eyes black hair dark complx 5'6" born NY Phelpstown laborer; enlisted Jan 23 1841 at Rochester Capt Lowe for 5 years 2nd Artl Co [ ]; Discharged 7 May 41 by civil authority at Rochester NY a private

Thomas Shirley enlisted Feb 25 1864 at Burlington VT born Phillipsburg Canada East age 21 laborer

Benjamin S Shirley enlisted March 14 1862 at Somerset Ohio born Somerset Ohio age 23 musician

Benjamin Shirley prvt 42nd US Inf Lt J S Carby; [no personal info] enlisted Nov 23 1813 for duration of war. On muster roll at Governor's Island Nov 30 1813

Benjamin Shirley prvt 42nd US Inf 5'4" blue eyes black hair fair complx; age 17 laborer; born Amenia Duchess Co NYenlisted Jan 2 1814 Capt J D Wadsworth for 5 years, on roll of recruits provided by Capt J D Wadsworth March 21 1814.

Walter Shirley enlisted March 16 1867 at Fort Porters NY born Beaufort NC age 22 moulder

John Shirley age 21 blue eyes brown hair fair complx 5'9 1/2" born Ireland Kilkenny, clerk enlisted Sept 30 1850 at Rochester; 2nd Drgoons Co F Discharged 30 Sept 1855 expiration of service at Fort Chadbourne Texas a private

Daniel Shirley prvt 11th US Inf Capt JW Weeks 5'6" Brown eyes Grey hair Dk complx age 53 farmer born Chester NH enlisted Sept 2 1812 at Haverhill MA Lt Col Beedle until March 1 1814 absent accounted for Book 672 page 37 deserted

Theodore Shirley born Christiana Norway age 21 farmer enlisted Sept 20 1853 at Chicago 5 years Brown eyes, brown hair ruddy complx 5' 9 1/2" in 3rd Artillery; drowned on 24 Dec 1853 "from steamer San Francisco, a recruit"

Richard Shirley age 22 grey eyes brown hair fair complx 5'7" born Ireland Kilkenny laborer; enlisted 22 July 1837 at Boston Capt Dix 2nd Artillery Co H. POW

Franz Shirley enlisted 26 Jan 1872 at St Louis [ ] [no birth info] age 34

John R Shirley enlisted March 7 1882 at Chicago IL born Shenandoah Co VA age 30 painter

Franz J Shirley enlisted Jan 9 1869 at Jefferson Bk MO born Wurtemburg Germany age 34 stockkeeper

Samuel H Shirley 5'7" age 32 born England Lancashire brown eyes, brown hair lt complx manufact.enlisted Lt Shue on 11 Apr 1825 at N[ew] ?Tak deserted 24 May 1825

Melton D Shirley enlisted 4 Jan 1867 Pottsville PA born Luzerne PA age 22 carpenter

Joseph P Shirley enlisted 12 Aug 1891 at Oregon City OR born Waterloo Iowa, age 28 laborer

Franz J Shirley enlisted 31 Jan 1877 at St Louis MO born Germany age 39 soldier

Frank P Shirley enlisted 11 October 1866 at Concord NH born Lowell MA age 18 farmer

John R Shirley enlisted 1 July 1886 at Chicago IL born Shenandoah Virginia age 35 painter, [and another enlistment when age 40 and another when age 24]

James M C Shirley enlisted 22 Jan 1867 at Pittsburgh PA, born Saltsburgh PA age 21 blacksmith

William N Shirley enlisted 4 Feb 1862 at Cleveland OH, born Oakland Co MI age 27, plane maker

John F Shirley enlisted Aug 16, 1867 at Baltimore MD, born Carroll Co MD age 21 farmer

Kelly Shearley aka Kelly Shirley privt 43rd US Inf Capt John Goodwyn 5'8" blue eyes fair hiar fair complx age 23 farmer born Chesterfield SC. Enlisted Sept 27 1813 at Columbia Darlington SC Capt John Goodwyn for druation of war RR Oct 26/13 - DR Feb 16 and IR May 17/15 present. Disharged at Camp Greenfield NC May 1815 term expired See Pension Case

Benjamin Sherly aka Benjamin Shurley, Shirly prvt 41st US Inf Capt W S Radcliff 5' 3" blue eyes bro hair dk complx age 17 farmer born Armenia NY enlisted Dec 18 or 26 1813 or April 14 1814 at NY Capt Radcliff for duration of war; Discharged at New York June 6 or 7 1815 term expired. See Pension Case

 

April 12, 2014

I posted the following original estate documents to the Warren Co GA page in the members' section.

Warren Co GA

1841 Warren Co GA Wills WB [3rd indexed book] page 118 - LW&T of William Shurley of Warren County...all estate to wife Elizabeth Shurley and at her death to be equally divided amongst all my children to wit, Edward Shurley, Mahaley Parker wife of Samuel Parker, Charles Shurley, Nathan Shurley, Thomas Shurley, Nathaniel Shurley, Mary Shurley, William Shurley, and Elizabeth Shurley...sons Edward and Thomas executors...10 Oct 1841.. William Shurley (seal). Wit: charles Raley, W. M. Bales and Adam Jones J.I.C. Proven 3 May 1841. Rec 5 May 1841

16 June 1841 Warren Co GA Inventories Vol F page 395 (page 396) - Inventory and appraisement of the estate of William Shurley deceased taken this sixteenth day of June 1841 [long list of property] 16 head of cattle, 43 head of hogs, 43 head of sheep, corn, weat, one log chain, lot of books, glass ware, wood clock, (6) beds, one stand of bees, 8 geese and 13 goslins, (and various notes owed the estate), etc. Appraisers: Boze B Kitchens, John Parker, Wiley Ritchard, Wm Bales, Charles Raly

April 11, 2014

I posted the following original estate documents to the Crawford Co GA page in the members' section.

Crawford Co GA

10 Feb 1854 - Crawford GA Annual Returns Vol G pg 450 (page 452) Shurley, William T dec'd - John W Strother, james Preston William Crouch Francis H Cheeves and Joseph Poweell as appr returned an inventory and appr of the estate as produced to them by John R Jordan as admin. Included was 400 ac of land in Crawford at $1600 and land in Dooley ag $300 Slaves incl were Ben, John, Iham, Mary, Amanda, Hannah and Victoria valued at $4100. The deceased was mentioned as having an interest in the firm of Shurley and Montfort. Notes: [list] Edward Shurley......

21 July 1859 Crawford Co GA Annual Returns Vol K page 354 - Gray Andrews, W H Hall, William Davis and Bennett Fitzpatrick do swear to make a just and true appraisement of all and singular the goods and chattels of Ruth Shurley deceased by Ezekiel Matthews the executor of the estate [short list] wheat, farmers utensils, horse, hogs, cattle, house furniture, kitchen furniture, corn, fodder. Recorded 4 March 1880.

1863 Crawford Co GA Annual Returns Vol K page 242 (page 244) Ann T Shurley administratrix of William T Shurley decd in account with said estate [long list of payments recorded] [these may be slave names: Jno and Isham, Amanda, Hanna, Victoria, Ben and Mary]

April 7, 1868 - Crawford Co GA Annual Returns Vol K page 187 - Inventory and appraisement of the estate of Aaron Shurley [list] 300 acres of land (home place), 300 acres of land (Piles place).... We also assign to Mrs Nancy Shurley widow of decd 6 head cattle, etc...bacon, corn.... Appraisers: Jacob Lowe, Leroy W Hicks, Joseph x Welder, Gray Andrews. Recorded Jan 14 1880

April 6, 2014

I posted the following original probate documents to the Franklin Co GA page in the members' section. This family is Branch 82.

Franklin Co GA

1892 Franklin Co GA Loose Estates. [Original] Will of Abraham Shirley - I Abriham Shirley of said state and county being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. Item. First I give bequeath and devise to my wife Elizer Shirley the following property to wit my intire estate real and personal free from all [ ] or limitation whatsoever to her own proper use benefit and [ ] this bequeath is made to my wife in lieu of her whole dower during her natural life. Item second. I give bequeath to my son W A Shirley forty or forty one acres of land on the east end of my land after my wife's death. Item third. I give bequeath and devise to my grand son G W Tyner the following property to with after the death of my self and wife one milk cow and calf for and during his natural life. Item fourth. After my and my wife's death the remaining of my property both real and personal to be sold and after payment of my just debts if any the remainder to be equally divided amongst my heirs - Jackson Shirley, W. A. Shirley, H. R. Shirley, M G F Shirley, Elizer Griffin, Mary Francis Vickery, Caraline Vickery and G W Tyner grand son being legal heirs of mine. Item fifith. I hereby institute and appoint my son W A Shirley executor of this my last will and testament February 19, 1892. <Abriham (his X mark) Shirley >

1893 Dec 11 - Franklin Co GA Estate Sale Bills page 608 (page 610) - Estate of Abraham Shirley, W. A. Shirley, executor. Legatees named: M. G. L Shirley, G W Tyner, H. R. Shirley, Caroline Vickery, Andrew J. Shirley, Mrs J. W Vickery, Eliza Griffin

April 5, 2014

I posted the following original probate document to the Preble Co OH page in the members' section. The ancestry of the following Jonathan Shurley is not proven as yet, but he is likely an unnamed son of Jonathan Shurley who died in Augusta Co VA (son of Peter Shurley, Branch 31)

Preble Co OH

1879 Oct 2 Preble Co OH Wills, Vol E pg 524 (page 526) Will of Jonathan Shurley of Preble County. to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now reside situated in Nevuror Township containing 126 acres....and my town land being 160 acres in Audubon County. Item one thousand dollars to Harriet Ayns late Harriet Shurley. Item the second thousand to go to Sarah Shurley. Item To Anna Petry late Anna shurley two hundred dollars Item. To Jane Harshman late Jane Shurley three hundred dollars. Item I give to Clinton Shurley two hundred dollars. Item I give Julia Day late Julia Shurley land which she sold for one thousand dollars. Item I gave Eliza Spitlar late Eliza Shurley land which she sold for one thousand dollars. Item I give to Mary Beckel late Mary Shurley three hundred and fifty dollars. Item I give to Josephine Bennett late Josephine Shurley six hundred dollars . Item I give to my grandson Jonathan Shurley and Shurley Harshman each twenty five dollars. [upon sale of property] balance is to be equal divided between all nine of my children. Item appoint Clinton Shurley to assist his mother to manage her domestic affairs . Dated 24 March 1872 <Jonathan Shurley>

Posted the following original probate document to the Ottawa Co OH page in the members' section. This family is Branch 44.

Ottawa Co OH

23 October 1869 Ottawa Co OH Will Vol A page 268 - Will of Job Shirley - I give to Susan Shirley wife of George Harrison Shirley one hundred dollars. I give to Franklin Shirly son of Geo H. Shirley my double barrell shot gun. All of the remainder of my property to my sister Lucy Shirley now under the guardianship of Sylvester Dwells. 17 January 1869. <Job Shirley> Wit. Wm E Kelly George Ramsdell

April 4, 2014

DNA! Spent several hours today tracking a 19th c. Shirley family of Bexar Co TX, but in the end realized that we already had most of the lineage already posted to the Shirley website (and I used the search function prior to doing the work!). I tracked the family in order to identify the ancestry of a somewhat recent DNA project participant. When I matched the family, I realized that I had also failed to post an older DNA result, which turns out to be the only results we have for descendants of Peter Shirley (Shally), Branch 31. By the way, DNA results confirm that Michael Shirley (Branch 30), Valentine Shirley (Branch 29) and Peter Shirley (Branch 31) are indeed related, and most likely brothers as we have documented in the German lineage of Carl Shally

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 acres..."]

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.

Note: nothing 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 May 1874.

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 City VA

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 Court 1801

[1812] 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.

Spartanburg SC

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 Ligon.

I posted the following original bible record in the free non-members' section of the website

Branch #7

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

 

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