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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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