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  Shirley Families of
Northern Ireland and Mason Co IL
   
 

Joseph Shirley of Ireland; born say 1770-80. named in the death certificate of his son George Shirley

married Nancy _______ named in the death certificate of her son George Shirley

children (known)

1(i). George Shirley born about 1804 in Ireland; Migrated from Londonderry Northern Ireland to Massachusetts about 1852-1855. He was enumerated in Grafton Worcester Co Massachusetts in the 1855 MA state census. Laborer. Named in the marriage record of son James Shirley. George Shirley died Nov 21, 1859 age 56 of Yellow Jaundice, at Northbridge Worcester MA (death cert. naming his parents). He was a widower at the time. Buried at Wilkinsonville Cemetery, Sutton, Worcester Co MA.

married Jane ________ ; born 1803 in Ireland (tombstone) listed as spouse of George Shirley in 1855 MA state census. Also named in the marriage record of son James Shirley. She died 14 April 1856, age 53, and buried at Wilkinsonville Cemetery, Sutton, Worcester Co MA

children:

2(i). John Shirley born Aug 8, 1835 Londonderry, Ireland.; He was working as a weaver in Grafton MA in 1855 census, age 19; Moved to Philadelphia in the late 1860s; In Mason Co IL in 1870 census; He died Sept. 30, 1906 in Mason Co. Illinois. Buried Fairview Cem, Mason Co IL

married 1) Mary Jane Patterson, born Jan 4 1836; married May 5, 1863 in Philadelphia, PA; Died Feb 4 1882; buried Fairview Cem Mason Co IL

married 2) Sarah Sarff Toland.

children:

3.i Nancy Shirley b. ca. 1866 m. L.S. Turner

3.ii John "Mick" Shirley Jr. b. ca. 1872; Died: 1951 Buried Fairview Cemt., Lynchburg Twp., Mason Co., IL

married Annie Blessman 1895-07-25 at Mason Co IL

4.i Vera Shirley b 1898

4.ii Mary I Shirley b 1914

3.iii Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shirley b. ca. 1874 m. William Banks

3.iv James Shirley b. Sept 2, 1868 d. May 31, 1869

3.v child Shirley d. in infancy

3.vi child Shirley d. in infancy

2(ii). James Shirley born 8 August 1835 Londonderry, Ireland; He worked as a weaver in Grafton MA in 1855 census, age 17; He moved to Philadelphia PA in the late 1860s; In Mason Co IL in 1870 census; He died 30 September 1906 Buried Fairview Cemt., Lynchburg Twp., Mason Co., IL

married Jane Pattison born 4 January 1836 Ireland; married 6 December 1865 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The family Bible says they were married Nov 26, 1865). She lived with daughter Martha Williams in 1910 Mason IL census; Died: 4 February 1882 Buried Fairview Cemt., Lynchburg Twp., Mason Co., IL

6 Dec 1865 Worcester Co MA - James Shirley age 26 of Sutton [Worc] born Ireland ; weaver; son of George and Jane Shirley married Jane Patterson age 24 of Grafton, born Ireladn; dau of Robert and Mary Patterson; at Grafton

children:

3.i George Shirley born Oct 4, 1866 died Sept 5, 1867

3.ii Elizabeth Shirley born Aug 29, 1867 died Aug 23, 1868

3.iii James Shirley born Jan 6, 1870 Lunchburg, Mason County Illinois; died Aug 20, 1952,

married Lillie Belle Lippert Feb 5, 1905. She died Nov 28, 1969.

children

4.i Roberna Shirley born Oct 13, 1905 married Archie Ackridge Oct 5, 1925, died Jan 1998

4.ii Nota Mare Shirley born Jan 2, 1907 d. Jan 23, 1907

4.iii Nina Belle Shirley born June 19, 1908 d. April 16, 1909

4.iv Jennie Louella Shirley born Aug 4, 1909 married Wayne Sherer 1950, died 1979

4.v Roy Lippert Shirley born Sept 22, 1911 married Faraba Anderson April 27, 1971 died Dec 1995

4.vi Merrit Paul Shirley born Oct 7, 1913 married Veldor Bohm Sept 12, 1940, d. Feb 1998

4.vii Bertha Evel Shirley Dec 6, 1915 married Aurel Lacey Aug 3, 1940

MANITO [Mason Co IL] - Bertha E. Lacey, 82, of 201 N. Jefferson died at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, at Hopedale Nursing Home. Born Dec. 6, 1915, in Snicarte to James and Lillie Belle Lippert Shirley, she married Aurel Lacey on Aug. 3, 1940, in Virginia, Ill. He died Dec. 20, 1995, in Hopedale. Four sisters and two brothers also preceded her in death. Surviving are three sons, Lee, Earl and Kenny, all of Manito; one brother, James Shirley of Browning; one sister Ferne Jones of Metamora; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She was a member of Manito United Methodist Church. She worked at Lee's Bakery from 1974 to 1976. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church. The Rev. Deb Cain will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maas Funeral Home. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

4.viii Ferne Corlena Shirley born June 3, 1819 married Richard Jones July 5, 1936

METAMORA [Woodford Co IL] - Ferne Corlena Jones, 87, of 203 E. Madison, Metamora, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1, 2005) at her residence. She was born May 3, 1918, in Easton, to James and Lillie Belle Lippert Shirley. She married John R. "Dick" Jones July 5, 1936, in Southern Illinois. He died Dec. 13, 1970. Surviving are three sons, Larry (Coleen) Jones of Bloomington; Terry Jones of Congerville; and John (Gina) Jones of Edgewater, Fla.; three daughters, Shirley (Roger) Mueser of Roanoke; Janice (Ron) Alig of Morton; and Lori (Brad Weinstein) Jones of Metamora; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one brother, James (Rosemary) Shirley of Astoria. She was preceded in death by one son, James; two brothers; and three sisters. She was a cook at Metamora Grade School and then Hallmark Metamora Fixtures Operations before retiring. She was a member of Metamora Christian Union Church and its Women's Guild, and the American Legion AuxiliaryHer service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, the Rev. Jeremy Heller officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, and also one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora. Memorials may be made to her church. (Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, October 4, 2005)

4.ix James Emil Shirley born Apr 5, 1921 married Rosemary Hamlin Dec 6, 1946; She died: Mar. 28, 2008 Astoria, Fulton, Illinois, USA , James died June 19, 2009 (contacted by daughter Peggy (Shirley) Spencer in 2010)

3.iv Robert Shirley born Sept 19, 1873 Ill.; owned Shirley Brothers Grocery in Havana (215 W Main Street), Mason Co IL;


Shirley Brothers Grocery Store in 2013
(Photo courtesy of William Shirley)

married Bessie Ellen Sarff Nov 18, 1897

children:

4.i Ephraim Shirley born 21 Apr 1885 Mason Co IL

4.ii Burrel Patteson Shirley born 3 Feb 1900 Mason Co IL

3.v Martha Shirley; She married Matt Guilliam [1910 census shows her as spouse of Will P. Williams]

3.vi William John Shirley b. Nov 8, 1879 Mason Co. Ill. He belonged to the Moose Lodge #1421. owned Shirley Brothers Grocery in Havana Mason Co IL; He died 1939


William John Shirley and wife Effie
(Thanks to William Shirley for sending the photo)

married Effie Lois ["Effie Ellen" according to William Shirley's WWI Draft Card] Pearson Aug 8, 1907 Mason Co. Ill.

children

4.i Lloyd Shirley born 1904 Mason Co IL

4.ii Mary Frances Shirley born 1918 died 1924

4.iii Robert "Bob" Shirley

4.iv William John "Bill" Shirley

2(iii). Joseph Shirley born about 1842 age 13 in parents HH in 1855 Worcester MA state census; Working as a weaver in the 1860 Worcester MA census, age 18 (living in HH of Wm ?Kenontty); A Joseph Shirley, son of George Shirley, born 1847 died 2 June 1856, age 19 and buried at Wilkinsonville Cemetery at Sutton Worcester Co MA

2(iv). Elizabeth Shirley - by family tradition. This sister of John and James Shirley married a Southerner named either a Wing or a Turner after the Civil War. According to tradition, they moved South after marriage. Nothing more know. (Note, an Ellen Shirley age 15, b Ireland was enumerated in 1855 census of Southbridge Worcester Co in the household of Liberty Lyon family, maybe as a servant?)


Likely relative
Robert Shirley
of Ireland
, named in the marriage record of son John Shirley. There is no evidence as yet of him immigrating to the US.

married Jane/Jennie Blake. Named in the marriage record of son John Shirley and named fully in John Shirley's death certificate

This might be the correct family?

12 Jan 1834 Birth - Shirley, Jane to Robert Shirley and Jane ____, Ballymoney, Antrim,

29 Oct 1838 Birth - Shirley, Margaret to Robert Shirley and Jane ____, Ballymoney, Antrim,

Children:

1(i). Mary Shirley born about 1837 in Ireland. She married Alexander Aboyce, age 21 born Ireland weaver, on 26 November 1857 in Grafton, Worcester Co MA, Her parents, Robert and Jane Shirley, named in marriage record.

1(ii). John B. Shirley. born 6 May 1834 in Ireland (death cert). His immigration from Ireland to Worcester Co MA is given in his death certificate as 1855. He was then living in the 1855 census household of presumed relative George Shirley in Worcester Co MA, age 19. He was working as a weaver at the time. His parents are identified in the 1860 marriage record. He was enumerated at Millburn Worcester Co MA in the 1865 state census. He died on 4 November 1915 at Grafton Worcestor MA, age 81. He was buried at Riverdale Cemetery, Northbridge Worcester Co MA.

4 Nov 1915 Death of John B. Shirley at Grafton Worcestor MA, age 81 weaver in a cotton mill, born 6 May 1834 Ireland, son of Robert Shirley and Jennie Blake both born Ireland. Informant: Margaret Shirley; buried Riverdale Cem, Northbridge MA; Immigration year: 1855

married Margaret Maxwell on 29 May 1860 at Sutton Worcester Co MA. She was born about 1840 daughtger of James and Mary Maxwell.

29 May 1860 John Shirly age 26 weaver of Uxbridge, son of Robert and Jane Shirly married Margaret Maxwell age 20 of Uxbridge, dau of James and Mary Maxwell; at Sutton

Children:

2(i). Robert J Shirley born about 1862, age 3 in 1865 census household

2(ii). James Thomas Shirley born 11 August 1863 to John and Margaret Shirley at Sutton Worcester Co MA, age 2 in 1865 census household.

11 Aug 1863 James Thomas Shirley born to John and Margaret Shirley at Sutton

2(iii). George A. Shirley born 24 June 1865 to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Millbury MA. He died 1939 and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Grafton Worcester Co MA.

June 24, 1865 George born to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Millbury

married Mary Ann Maxwell on 6 April 1886 in Grafton MA. She was born 6 September 1864 and died 8 August 1919 at Grafton Worcester Co MA

2(iv). William Henry Shirley born 9 August 1869 to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Grafton MA

9 Aug 1869 William Henry Shirley born to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Grafton

1(v). David H Shirley born 3 December 1871 to John and Margaret Shirley at Grafton MA

3 Dec 1871 David H. Shirley born to John and Margaret Shirley at Grafton

1(vi). Margaret Jane Shirley born 24 February 1878 to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Northbridge MA

24 Feb 1878 Margaret Jane Shirley born to John Shirley and Margaret Maxwell at Northbridge


Rootsweb Message Board 2011:

Searching for Shirley brothers James and John who were born in Derry, Ireland 1839 and 1836. I think they are in 1855 Grafton, MA census with father George and mother, know they were in Philadelphia by 1865 where one married and both had children die in infancy. Moved to Mason County, IL by 1870 where they are listed in that census. James in Fulton County, IL 1900. Trying to verify they are sons of George (whose father is Joseph)and where they lived in Ireland. Aghadowey has other Shirleys, but haven't found a connection. James married Jane and John married Mary Jane Pattison.

   


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