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Aaron Shirley                    
b. ca1810. Lived South Carolina and Mississippi      

Brother of Lewis Shirley Branch #43
Both families are part of Branch #1

Haplogroup E3b    


Aaron Shirley born about 1810 SC; died during the Civil War before August 1862. Supposedly buried in Holly Springs, Marshall Co. Mississippi. His will was probated by his wife in Pope Co Arkansas in 1862.

1862 Feb 22 Pope Co Will Book B pg 43 Last Will and Testament of Aaron Shirley - I will all my real and personal property to Anna Shirley my beloved wife during her lifetime and at the end of twenty one years from this date provided she don't live that long the estate shall all be sold and an equal divide made between all the children. And if she should live beyond that time it shall be sold at her death. I have two hundred and fortty acres of land in Newton County and eighty acres of land in Pope County Arkansas which are included in this will. the reason why I wright this will now is because I volunteered in the service of the southern confederacy for the term of 12 months and if I should live to return I can make this will at pleasure but if I should never return this will shal be at full force and effect. <s> Aaron Shirley. Wit John Cox, Newton [?]. Proven 25 August 1862.

1871 December 21. Newton County Probate Court Records, page 134. On this day Anna Shirley executor of the last will of Aaron Shirley dec and filed her report of the sale of the real estate of said dec'd which report was excepted [sic] and approved by the court.

married Anna Cleveland June 6, 1832 Tuscaloosa Co. Alabama. She was born in Georgia about 1816 and died about 1884 in Pope or Newton Co. AR.


1(i). Jane Shirley born about 1834 AL  m. Daniel Brown

1(ii). George Washington Shirley born Dec 22, 1836 in Alabama

George Washington Shirley and wife Sultana Holt,
and their youngest daughter, Mary Sultana Eveline Shirley.
Photo was taken August 20, 1891 at Wynnewood, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, OK
(photo from Julia Cross)

married Sultana Holt, She was born Feb. 8, 1838 Carroll County, AR; She died Apr. 5, 1905 at Gore, Sequoyah Co OK, dau of James Simpson Holt and Elizabeth Fortner of South Carolina. Buried Old Campbell Cem, Sequoyah Co.


2(i). Nancy A. Elizabeth Shirley born about 1861 TX m. 1st. Wm Alexander Atteberry, m. 2nd Wilburn Craven Taylor

2(ii). Doctor George Washington Shirley born Feb 26, 1863 Dallas, Dallas Co. TX, He died Dec 11, 1945 Altus, Jackson Co. OK

married 1) Aiih Turner

married 2) Harriet Barnes.

2(iii). Cornelia "Nealie" Lousie E. Shirley born Dec 1866   m. 1) Dudley J. McGinnis, m. 2) ___Hancock

2(iv). Joseph A. Shirley born Mar 1868 AR,

married Mary Cox Nov 8, 1908  Oktaha, Muskogee Co. OK


3(i). Elmer Shirley

married Marie Jones and had two daughters

3(ii). Clara Shirley born Feb 1910

3(iii). Clyde Shirley

2(v). John Monroe Shirley born Jan 1, 1870, He died July 31, 1940 Hulbert, Cherokee Co. OK. 

married Emma Lee Davis Oct 16, 1898 Vien, Cherokee Nation Indian Territory. She was born July 2, 1879 AR d. Jan 15, 1955 Waggner, OK.

2(vi). Andrew Jackson Shirley born July 31, 1872 TX,

Juda Pharlen Rogers Jan 27, 1901 Vian, Cherokee Nation

2(vii). Robert E. Lee  "Lee" Shirley born about 1874 TX,

married Lizzie Risenhouser 1897 Los Angeles CA

2(viii). James Aaron Shirley born Dec 8, 1876 Red River Co. TX, d. Jan 13, 1955 Altus, Jackson Co. OK, 

married 1) Adeline Malinda Davis Apr 30, 1899 Campbell, Cherokee Nation,

married 2) Iva Faught 

2(ix). Mary Sultana Eveline Shirley born May 21, 1880 Polk Co. AR, d. July 9, 1930 Muskogee Co. OK, m. Dan Rogers.

1(iii). Mary A. Shirley born about 1840 m. 1st ____  Holt, m. 2nd _____   Fulton

1(iv). Joseph Shirley born about  1842 Tuscaloosa Co. AL, d. Mar 19, 1885 Mt. Ida, Montgomery Co. AR. Buried Amerson Cemetery. Joseph became a Baptist minister and moved back south across the Arkansas River to Montgomery County AR with his uncle Lewis and family. 

Joseph Shirley, born Dec. 14, 1841; Died Mar. 19, 1885
Amerson Cemetery, Montgomery Arkansas

married Martha Jane Shirley Dec 30, 1860 Jasper, Newton Co. Arkansas. She was his 1st cousin, daughter of Lewis F. Shirley and Mary Ann (Polly) Patterson.


2(i). William Lewis Shirley born about 1862 in Arkansas, age 8 in family's 1870 Montgomery Co census

2(ii). John Milton Shirley born Jun. 8, 1864; The family lived at Antioch and Mill Townships, Garland Co AR in 1900 census; died Nov. 2, 1946; buried at Fourche Loupe Cemetery, Hot Spring Garland County, AR

married Attie Rowe on 22 Jul 1886 at Montgomery Co AR. She was born Jan. 10, 1869; She is buried in Fourche Loupe Cem.


3(i). Lily A. Shirley born about Aug 1887

3(ii). Robert J. Shirley born Oct. 1, 1889 d. Feb. 22, 1953; He and his family are buried at Fourche Loupe Cem. at Hot Spring AR.

3(iii). Roy C. Shirley born about Mar 1891

3(iv). Bessie M. Shirley born about Sep 1894

3(v). Algie S. Shirley born about Dec 1897

2(iii). Joseph A. Shirley

2(iv). Andrew J. Shirley born about 1868 AR; living at Sims Montgomery Co AR at time of marriage (age 30)

married Susie Z Johnson of Sims AR on 24 Dec 1899

2(v). Annie Jane Shirley born about 1874 Living Sims, Montgomery Co AR at time of her 1st marriage (age 18); She married 1) Albert Rowe of Garland Co AR on 17 Jul 1892 by Rev David L. Shirley. Albert died Nov 7 1893 and buried at Fourche Loupe Cem in Garland Co AR; She married 2) John S. Mitchell

2(vi). Robert Shirley 1878 AR

1(v). James Shirley died during the Civil War

1(vi). Robert Shirley born Nov 9, 1846 Tuscaloosa Co. AL; Private in Company E, 57th Infantry Regiment Alabama; died July 9, 1908 in Pontotoc Co.OK after suffering a stroke. He was a Baptist minister and established the New Bethel Church in Pontotoc Co. Oklahoma.. The church is no longer in existence. They are buried in New Bethel Cemetery, Pontotoc Co. OK.

Robert Shirley and wife Saphrona Ross
(source: posted to

married Safrona Ross on Aug 16, 1866 in Pope Co. Arkansas. She was born Apr. 17, 1850 at Pope County, Arkansas; She died Jul. 28, 1903; Buried New Bethel Cem, Pontotoc Co OK


2(i). Joseph Aaron Shirley born July 1, 1867 Newton Co. AR.

married Ida Alene Fleet


3(i). Effie Shirley

3(ii). Forest Shirley

3(iii). Alpha Shirley b. Nov 16, 1897 Pontotoc Co. OK. m. Dudley Edward Young, 4 children

3(iv). May Shirley

3(v). baby girl Shirley

3(vi). Verna Shirley

3(vii). Robert T. Shirley

3(viii). Frank C. Shirley

3(ix). Alice Juanita Shirley

2(ii). James Benjamin Shirley Sept 29, 1869 AR d.  Jan 26, 1938 Garvin Co. OK


3(i). Arthur M. Shirley born Oct. 24, 1896 died Oct. 19, 1906; buried New Bethel Pontotoc OK

3(ii). Esther May Shirley born Nov. 28, 1905 died Jun. 19, 1906 buried New Bethel Pontotoc OK

3(iii). Robert L Shirley  m. Essie

3(iv). Arthur Lee Shirley m. Sally Spence 

3(v). Ann Shirley m. Archie Tate

3(vi). Virginia Shirley m. Stephanore

3(vii). Jay Shirley  m. Dorothy

3(viii). Ruth Shirley

2(iii). Martha "Mattie" Ann Shirley Dec 17, 1871 AR died 1923 Wynnewood, OK  m. Robert Jones 

2(iv). Mary Shirley m. Sid McGinnis

2(v). Robert Shirley Jan 29, 1877 AR, d. Mar 5, 1891 Walla Walla, Washington

2(vi). John Milton Shirley Feb 15, 1879 Pope Co. AR died 1948 Oklahoma City, OK

m. Docia Conn

2(vii). George Frank Shirley July 11, 1880 Pope Co AR, died Hereford TX,

married Nora Zellie Wright


3(i). Emily Shirley  d. Wewoka, OK of Cancer, m. Clarence Lolis 

3(ii). George Lewis Shirley d.  Hereford Co. TX, Stomach Cancer, m. Sadie Barnes, 4 children 

3(iii). Jim Shirley  d. Sulpher OK, Stomach Cancer, m. Betty ___. 5 children

3(iv). Jewel Shirley d. Amarillo, TX, Cancer, m. Marion O'Neal, 1 child

3(v). Edd Shirley  m. Bonnie ___.

3(vi). Hester May Shirley b. 1913 Ada, OK,  m. 1st. Elmer Davis, m. 2nd Jasper Less Thompson

3(vii). Rhoda Shirley m. Clarence Stevens, 2 children 

3(viii). Thelma Shirley m. Malloy

3(ix). Ralph Shirley  m. Stella Gogomose

3(x). Nadine Shirley d. Chicago, IL, Cancer, m. George Woodrow Lutz, 6 children

2(viii). Kate Shirley born Feb 25, 1884 Pope Co. AR d. Ucumcora, NM, buried OK,  m. John W. Romine

2(ix). Rhoda Shirley born Mar 1887 Indian Territory m. T. A. Ingram

2(x). Grover Cleveland Shirley born Mar 5, 1889 d. 1966 Seminole OK


3(i). Vernon Shirley

3(ii). Aaron Shirley

3(iii). Kate Shirley  m. Holly

3(iv). Ida Shirley  m. Jackson

3(v). Stella Shirley  m. Riggs

3(vi). LaVerne Shirley m. Neavitt

3(vii). Leroy Shirley

1(vii). Elizabeth Shirley 1849 AL   m. ___Davis

1(viii). Anna Shirley 1851 AL  m. ___Ellison

1(ix). Rhoda Shirley born Aug 17, 1854 d. July 11, 1908 m. 1st. Pleasant O'Neal Mar 31, 1831, m 2nd Albert Gattlain Jones Aug 11, 1872. He was born Jan 24, 1854 d. Feb 15, 1917   (info from Kim White 1/12/06)

1(x). Doctor Aaron Shirley  Jan 16, 1856 Mt. Ada, Montgomery Co. Arkansas  d. Aug 31, 1942 Konawa, Seminole Co. Oklahoma. 

married Arkansas "Cancy" Bolin Oct 1, 1874. She was born Nov 10, 1858 AR, died May 6, 1889 OK. 


2(i). John Shirley born about 1875 Pope Co. AR

2(ii). Lewis Shirley born about 1877 AR

2(iii). James Wright Shirley born about 1879 AR

2(iv). Anna Shirley born Feb 12, 1881 AR (lived in Ada OK)

2(v). Aaron Jackson Shirley born Jan 13, 1883 Pope Co. AR, m. Bernie Forte McDowell

2(vi). Minnie Shirley born about 1884 AR

2(vii). Georgia Bell Shirley Sept 17, 1888 Indian Territory. Georgia Belle was not raised by the Shirleys. Her mother, Cancy, died when Georgia Belle was 16 months old. Her father did not remarry. He raised the other children. 

1(xi). Andrew Jackson Shirley  July 3, 1861. died Jun 11, 1939; buried Maysville Cemetery, Garvin Co OK; Andrew was the ancestor of professional baseball player, Bob Shirley.

married 1) Martha A. Nobles Sept 20, 1879 Montgomery Co. AR

married 2) Lucinda Fulton Aug 12, 1886 


2(i). Joseph Andrew Shirley (by wife Martha)

2(ii). Rhoda Shirley m. Ashley

2(iii). Tom Shirley

2(iv). Nora Shirley

2(v). Lola Shirley





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