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  Robert Shirley
of Ontario Canada
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Robert Shirley of Gorbals, Lanark Scotland

married Margaret Calderwood


Robert Shirley b. July 10, 1824 Lanarkshire, Scotland, The Shirleys came to Ontario Canada and lived in a log cabin in the country.; In 1880, his occupation was book agent; He died March 5, 1896 Allerton, Wayne County Iowa.

Married  Betheiah Brown b. ca. 1825 Scotland, died Feb 15, 1885. buried at Evergreen Cem. Lineville, Wayne Co Iowa. (her maiden name was provided in son David Shirley's marriage record)

Children in 1880 census of Wayne Co. Iowa. The children were all living without their parents in Keytesville Chariton Co MO in 1870 census, apparently under the care of Richard McDonald age 30 b Canada (in a group/boarding house).

1(i). David Dale Shirley b. ca. 1856 Canada; His marriage record states he was born at Pontiac County, Canada.

married Violena (Lena) Morgan 5 Apr 1885 at Ottumwa Iowa. She was the daughter of William Morgan and Martha Clay.


2(i). Jean Garland Shirley, born in Iowa. She married Chester Tharp in Denver Colorado in 1912. Their son, Chester Tharp, born in 1914, sent the following about his family.

Mother said one of her uncles was maybe 18 years old and never had shoes. He took beef hide to a tannery on his back and then the leather to a shoemaker who made him shoes. The shoemaker kept the leather as payment. Mother told me about one of her uncles who dreamed he was going swimming in a creek. He stood up in the bed and dove off on to a rough hued log floor. Guess that woke him up! My mother and father are buried in Manola Alberta Canada.

1(ii). Margurite Shirley born Feb. 18, 1859, Canada; She died Feb. 5, 1897 in Wayne Co Iowa. Married C. E. Swan. Buried Evergreen Cem. Lineville Wayne Co Iowa.

1(iii). James R. Shirley b. ca. 1861 Canada

1(iv). Isabelle B. Shirley b. 1862 in Canada; She d. 1918 and buried at Evergreen Cem. Lineville, Wayne Co Iowa.

1(v). Janette Shirley b. ca. 1866 Canada; school teacher lived in Colorado Springs CO, never married

1(vi). Grace R. Shirley b. Sep. 22, 1871 in Missouri; She d. Jul. 6, 1958; school teacher lived in Colorado Springs CO, never married; buried at Evergreen Cem, Lineville Wayne Co Iowa

Miss Grace Shirley, a Colorado Springs resident since 1916, died Sunday, July 6 at the Myron Stratton Home after a five year illness. Miss Shirley, a retired musician, studied music at Drake in Des Moines, St. Louis, Mo. and Sherwood School of Music in Chicago, Ill. She taught many years in Seymour, Allerton, Lineville, Clio and Mercer, Mo. schools. She was born Sept. 22, 1871 in Glasgow, Scotland and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by three nieces, Shirley and Pearl Swan of Lineville and Miss Rae Shirley of Alto, Ga., and one nephew, Thomas Swan of Newton. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Remple Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Howard Hansen, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery.



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