Abiather Shirley
b. ca1781. Lived New York and Ohio 

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Editor, 2010: Could Abiather Shirley actually be Abiather Shelley? Evidence from records in Massachussetts is pointing in that direction. See the information at the bottom of Branch #86 Job Shirley (also Shelley?)

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Abiather Shirley
born about 1781 according to an old family Bible.  Abiather Shelley/Shirley is listed as a 1810 grantee in New Salem, Franklin Co (then Hampshire Co) Massachussetts record. He and the Ramsdell family came from Osewego New York in about 1812 in an open boat down the lakes to Ohio. He was a tavern keeper in 1815 in Bloomingville, Huron Co Ohio; In 1818 he and others in Huron Co OH petitioned the government for grants of land due from their efforts against the Indians in the area during the War of 1812; Abiather Shirley died in Aug 24, 1834 of Cholera. [obit: Huron Weekly Reflector for Aug 26, 1834]

1810 Apr 5 Franklin Co MA Deeds - Abiather Sherley to William Whitaker DBk26/518 New Salem; Abiather Sherley of S[ ]les Ontario County NY (wit: Job Sherly) Grantor Index (states: "for Shelly, see Shirley")

"The early record of the Shirley family in Huron is of particular interest to any historical account. The grandfather, Abitha Shlrley, was one of the first pioneers in Huron, having located in this part of Northern Ohio in the early years of the last century. He did much to keep up the activities and to build up the early town, having conducted one of the first inns or hotels, and having secured a large tract of land, ail now in the corporation limits, donated a block for town purposes, and that site the present town hall stands. He was a man of prominence and in his character and activities was a type of the early settler. His death occurred us a result of the plague of cholera in 1834. He was born in Massachusetts, possibly in the Village of Shirley, and was one of the New Englanders who came, out to occupy a portion of the "fire lands" in the Western Reserve not long after the War Of 1812. One of his daughters, named Sarah, was horn the peninsula off the shore of Huron in Erie County as early as 1815. This daughter died after her marriage to Charles Atwater. Abitha Shirley had four sons and two daughters, all of whom are long since deceased." (page 777)

"A. Shirley came to Marblehead Peninsula in 1810, with his wife's family, the Ramsdells. He resided on the peninsula when the Indians killed the three pioneers whose death is commemorated by a little granite slab near the Killey farm. It is said that he took an active part in driving the savages away. He removed to Huron in 1828 and kept the old red tavern for several years, when he purchased the land known as South Huron and laid it out in town lots. The surveying was done by S. Van Rensselaer and B. Carman. Mr. Shirley built the Shirley House, at the corner of Main and Berlin streets, in 1833. He died a year or two later of Asiatic cholera. He was
an active and respected citizen, taking an important part in all matters of general interest. His wife was noted for her benevolence, intelligence and Christian spirit. The late W.B. Shirley, of Huron, was a son of this pioneering couple (page 105).....The first hotel [at Bloomingville] was started in 1812 by Abiather Shirley (page 118)" (A Standard History of Erie County, by Peeke, 1916)

Supreme Court of Ohio - 1834 Lessee of Reynolds and Wife vs. Abigail Shirley - .....Shirley had made and duly executed his last will and testament in 1834. By it he devised to the defendant certain specific real estate, and added this general clause, "All my other freehold estate whatsoever." Shirley died in 1834, and the estate in controversy was obtained after the execution of the will. The proof of reexecution was to this effect.

Shirley was attacked with cholera, on August 23, 1834. A witness testified that he was sent for by Shirley, on the same 23d of August; that he found Shirley sitting on his bed with the will in his hand; Shirley said to the witness, "This is my will; it was signed and witnessed in 1824, and 1 have called you to witness it is my last will and testament." Arth. Goodin was also present. Shirley said, " he supposed the will would be good enough without any further witness, but it would be well enough for witness and Mr. Goodin to write upon it and put their names to it to show it was his will." Mr. Goodin wrote a certificate in these words: "This is to certify that the within is, as therein declared, my last will and testament, acknowledged before those whose names are hereto subscribed, this 23d day of August, 1834. "Subscribed as witnesses by W. Goodin and G. S. Haskins. The witness, Haskins, states, that this certificate was read to Shirley, who said his name was already to the will, and requested Goodin and witness to sign the certificate, and they did so. The witness testified that Shirley was of sound mind at the time of this transaction. Probate of this will was granted in November, 1834.

On the night of August 23, 1834, when the witness, Haskins, entered the room of the testator, he found the testator sitting upon the side of his bed, with a paper in his hand, and the testator immediately addresses him by saying: "I have not called you altogether for medical assistance, but to witness this paper. It is my will."

1834 court case names the heirs of Abiather Shirley

Sally Atwater, the wife of Charles Atwater,
Elmira Munson, the wife of Carlos A. Munson,
Abigail Shirley,
John R. Shirley,
Charles Shirley, and
Barton Shirley, (the last four [are] minors [in 1834]).

married 1) Lydia Hewitt

1798 Aug 16 Abiather Shelly married Lydia Hewitt both of Raynham pg 100. Marriage Intention 23 December 1797

Saturday, December 20, 2003, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Franklin Co MA (This is where Abiathar SHIRLEY lived) 200 YEARS AGO - 1803 Notice! Whereas Lydia, my wife, has left my bed and board, and has behaved herself in an unbecoming manner, this is therefore to caution all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I am determined not to pay any debts of her contracting. - Abiathar Shelly, New Salem.

married 2) Abigail Ramsdell on 17 November 1816 in Huron Co Ohio (marriage from 'Ramsdell sources'). She is enumerated in the 1840 Erie Co OH census, a county formed in 1838 from Huron Co.

Feb 23 1849, Sandusky Register (newspaper). Died. Port Huron, on the 22nd of January. Mrs Abigail Shirley, relict of the late Abiather Shirley, aged 62 years.


1(i). Sarah Shirley born 12 February 1812 OH, first white child born in the area of Huron-Sandusky. She married Charles Atwater Dec 23, 1832 in Huron Co OH; He was born ca. 1800 Connecticut.

1(ii). Almira Shirley born 1 August 1816 OH; She died 10 December 1901 at Detroit, MI. She married Carlos A. Munson

1(iii). Abigail Shirley She was a minor child in 1834

1(iv). John R Shirley born about 1821 OH. He was a minor child in 1834. Lived at Huron Twp, Erie Co OH in 1860 and 1870 census, age 50, He died 13 April 1873 at Huron Village Erie Co Ohio, age 52 (born 1821), farmer, married. (death cert, parents named)

married Louisa ______


2(i). Almira Shirley born about 1845 OH, age 15 in 1860 census, age 23 in 1870 census

2(ii). J B Shirley born about 1844 OH, age 16 in 1860 census (out of order in census)

2(iii). Charles Shirley born about 1846 OH, age 14 in 1860 census, age 22 in 1870 census

1(v). Charles Shirley born Albany NY. A minor child in 1834. He was a sea Captain on the Great Lakes

1(vi). William Barton Shirley born 23 February 1825 in Huron, Ohio, a minor child in 1834. He lived at Huron Twp, Erie Co OH in 1870 census, age 45; He died Dec 31, 1887. Fisherman

[Standard History of Erie County Ohio, 1916, page 777] Barton Shirley, one of the younger of the children, and the father of the Shirley Brothers, was born in Huron, February 23, 1825. The date of his birth of itself indicates an extraordinarily early residence of the family in this community. The presence of Lake Erie early attracted his energies, and he spent practically all his active life as a fisherman. His death occurred on New Year's Eve in 1887. He was married in Erie County to Rhoda Martin who was born near Montreal, Canada, and when a small girl was brought to Huron by her parents Francis and Angeline (Lafayette) Martin. Her parents were of French parentage and both natives Of Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Martin spent the rest of their lives in Erie County and died when quite Old. Frank Martin, a brother of Mr. Shirley's mother, lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is now ninety years Old the last of that Old pioneer family of Martins. He was born near Mont- real, Canada. Rhoda Shirley Survived her husband and died in Huron in 1908 at the age of eighty-one. She was an attendant Of the Episcopal Church, and in politics both the Shirley and Martin families Were early Whigs and later republicans.

married Rhoda Martin who was born near Montreal Canada (this lineage previously stated her name was Lydia?). Lived with son Abiathar Shirley in 1900 census; She died 1908.


2(i). Abigail Shirley born about 1849 OH, age 21 in 1870 census

2(ii). Charles D. Shirley born 15 March 1850 OH, age 20 in 1870 census, age 30 in parent's 1880 census household He died 17 June 1896, age 46; buried Scott Union Cem, Huron Twp, Erie Co OH

2(iii). Abiather Barton Shirley born about 1852 OH, age 19 in 1870 census, age 28 in parent's 1880 census household; He died 7 December 1908 at Huron Twp, Erie Co OH

married Ada R ______


3(i). Francis L Shirley born about 1890 OH, age 10 in 1900 census; He died in 1908

2(iv). Francis (Frank) Shirley born about 1853 OH, age 17 in 1870 census, age 27 in parent's 1880 census household; Lived at Lake Co OH in 1910 census; He died 24 August 1940 at Lake Co OH (death cert, parents named)

married Hattie Gibson


3(i). Grace Shirley born 29 January 1881 at Corporation, Erie Co OH, age 28 in parent's 1910 census household

3(ii). Emma Shirley born 19 February 1883 at Huron, Erie Co OH, age 27 in parent's 1910 census household

3(iii). Charles Shirley born about 1893 OH, age 17 in parent's 1910 census household, age 48 in parent's 1940 census household, single

2(v). Henry Shirley born 14 August 1856 at Huron County, OH, age 14 in 1870 census, age 23 in parent's 1880 census household. Lived Huron Twp, Erie Co OH in 1910 census, age 53, Fisherman.

[Standard History of Erie County Ohio, 1916, page 777] HENRY SHIRLEY. All the Great Lakes, Erie is foremost in the production of fish on a commercial scale. Many firms have been engaged in this industry and around the lake shore can be found hundreds of the known and substantial families whose activities have been mainly directed to this branch of business. the many men and families whose activities connect them socially with Lake Erie and its primary industry at Huron, none are perhaps better known or more prominent than the Shirleys. Shirley is a name that goes back into the earliest history of this section of County and the firm of Shirley Brothers have some special distinctions ae fishermen and they and their family deserve special menntion in the pages of this. The firm comprises Henry Shirley and his brother, Orley W., both tried and experienced veterans of the fishing industry. Both have been identified with the pursuit more or less actively since they were fourteen years of age. For the past ten years they have been independently operating and have at Huron well- equipped quarters, formerly the twine and fish house of the Kishman Company, Both men are masters of their trade, and are skilled not only in the practical business of fishing in the deep waters of Lake Erie but also in the details of their industry as net makers, and like many other fishermen around the lake they manufacture all their own equipment. They own and operate a fine fishing boat and deserve much commendation for their success.

Only a few people understand the general methods of the commercial fisherman in Lake Erie, and as a result of this lack of knowledge many misconceptions have arisen and in some cases have resulted in an unwise interference with the substantial business of those who pursue this work as a means of livelihood. The, Shirley Brothers operate eighteen double-tunnel trap nets of the Earl pattern, better known among fishermen the hell-devil trap net. The word 'trap' as applied to this net has proved unfortunate since it has been the cause of institution of a number of measures in the Legislature to prevent fishing by any means employing devices that would in way be called traps. As a matter of fact this type of net is in practical use the most humane method of taking fish. The entrance of the net is in heart shape from which the fish enter the long leads extending from twenty-two to twenty-four rods in length, and thence pass through tunnels into a "crib" about twelve feet long by seven or nine feet wide, and then by other tunnels on into another crib, where unable to proceed further, they must remain captive until the net and its contents are raised to the boats. In passing into these tunnels which extend about two-thirds of the length of the cribs, and while entrance is easy, the fish never find an exit through the noses of these tunnels, and as it is the nature of fish to seek the deepest water, they immediately, after entering the nose toward the top of the crib, sink down to the bottom and remain there. Like all other firms engaged in fishing on extensive scale with nets, the Shirley Brothers pay a large annual revenue to the Government for the privilege. They keep their nets and boats in operation about eight months of the year, beginning in March and continuing until late in the fall. They handle many tons of fish ever year, and this product is distributed to the retail trade all over the country.

The Shirley Brothers Were both born in the same house in the Village Huron. There were nine other brothers and one sister. These brothers now occupy one home on Center Street. Henry was born August 14, 1856. his brother, Orley W., on March 13, 1863. Both were reared and educated in the village and have always lived in Huron. Since he was fourteen years Henry Shirley has practically lived on and close to the edge of Lake Erie, the greatest body of fishing waters in the world. Orley likewise began when a boy as a fisherman, but, subsequently spent a part of each year from 1885 to 1910 as a sailor on the Great Lakes. Since he has been actively identified with his brother in the above firm. Orley is unmarried, and makes his home with his brother Henry.

Mr. Henry Shirley was married in Huron, Ohio in 1888 to Miss Elizabeth C. Kritzer. She was born in Erie County, July S8, 1868, and was educated in the localitv of her birth. Mr. and Mrs. Shirley have six children: Milton J , now twenty-six years of age, is a fisherman ; Munson G., aged twenty-four, is a cement, worker, and still unmarried : Manola is the wife Of Basil Doane of Detroit Michigan; Gladys. Who like the other daughters, has been liberally educated is a member Of the high school class Of 1915; Abbie is now In the first grade of the high school; and Elnora, the youngest, is also in school.

married Elizabeth C. Kritzer in 1888; She was born July 8 1868 in Erie County Ohio


3(i). Milton John Shirley Sr born 16 June 1889 OH, age 20 in 1910 census. Lived at Erie Co OH in 1940 census, age 50, a fisherman; He died 3 June 1952 (death cert, parents named)

married Hazel W. Witherall (her mother's surname in census was Masterson)


4(i). Ellagene Shirley born 14 July 1916 OH; She married Elmer Glass

4(ii). Charles H Shirley born about 1919 OH

4(iii). Orley W Shirley born 2 April 1920 OH, age 20 in 1940 census

4(iv). Lieut. Milton Shirley Jr born 1922. He died 1945 in WWII, age 23; Buried Scott Union Cem, Huron, Erie Co OH

3(ii). Munson George Shirley born 5 March 1891 OH, age 19 in 1910 census; a cement worker; He lived at Lucas Co OH in 1940 census; He died 12 June 1943, buried Willow Cem, Lucas Co OH

married Ella Ruth Haley


4(i). Betty Shirley born about 1927 OH, age 13 in 1940 census

4(ii). Franklin Shirley born about 1929 OH, age 11 in 1940 census

3(iii). Manola Shirley born about 1894 OH, age 16 in 1910 census; She married Basil Doane of Detroit Michigan

3(iv). Gladys Shirley born about 1898 OH, age 12 in 1910 census

3(v). Abbie Shirley born about 1901 OH, age 9 in 1910 census

3(vi). Elnora Shirley born about 1904 OH, age 6 in 1910 census

2(vi). Oliver Shirley born 4 April 1858 OH, age 12 in 1870 census, age 22 in parent's 1880 census household; Lived at Toledo, Lucas Co OH in 1910 census, age 52; He died 4 August 1943 at Toledo Lucas Co OH, residence Rossford Wood Co OH (death cert)

married Hattie S ________


3(i). Lloyd Shirley born about 1893 OH, age 17 in 1910 census

3(ii). Glenford Shirley born about 1896 OH, age 14 in 1910 census

3(iii). Gladys Shirley borna bout 1897 OH, age 13 in 1910 census

2(vii). George Shirley born about 1861 OH, age 10 in 1870 census, age 19 in parent's 1880 census household

2(viii). Orley W. Shirley born 13 March 1863 at Huron County OH, age 7 in 1870 census, age 17 in parent's 1880 census household; He died March 23, 1935. buried Castelia, Erie County. Unmarried. Fisherman (see narrative for brother Henry Shirley for more details)

2(ix). Arthur J. Shirley born about 1865 OH, age 5 in 1870 census, age 14 in parent's 1880 census household; Married and living in Erie Co OH in 1900 census, age 34; Lived at Seneca Co OH in 1910 census; Lived at Toledo, Lucas Co OH in 1930 census; He died 27 March 1959 at Toledo, Lucas Co OH

married Mary E. Appleton


3(i). Edith L Shirley born about 1889 OH, age 11 in 1900 census

3(ii). William Fred Shirley born about 1892 OH, age 8 in 1900 census

2(x). Warren/Josephine Shirley born about 1870 OH, age 0 in 1870 census (as Josephine, female), age 10 in parent's 1880 census household (as Warren, male)



This Lineage Last Verified and Updated November 2019
John Carmi Shirley of Ottawa Co Ohio
born 14 July 1811; Lived Portage Township, Ottawa County OH in 1840 census, Enumerated at Ottawa Co OH in 1850 census, born 1811 Virginia (sic); He died 25 May 1858, age 47y 10m 7d (tombstone), buried at DeWelle Cemetery near Port Clinton Portage Twp, Ottawa Co OH. His estate account was probated by Benjamin F DeWelle in Ottawa Co OH (Vol BC pp 43-53,. and Vol 2 pp 53-66) Did this lineage die out in the male Shirley line?

married Caroline Dwelle about 1836 in Ohio; She was born June 1816. Enumerated as wife of Carmi Shirley in 1850 census, age 36 (b 1814); She was named as mother of son George Harrison Shirley in his 1911 death certificate (Betty - I also have another source that gives him marrying Eliza Chichester. Perhaps he was married more than once).


2(i). Alfred B. Shirley born about 1836 OH, age 14 in parent's 1850 census household; He died 15 December 1853, about age 17; Buried at Port Clinton Ottawa Co OH

2(ii). Charles Stillman Shirley born 15 September 1837 Ottawa Co. Ohio, age 12 in parent's 1850 census household; Enumerated alone in Danbury Twp Ottawa Co OH in 1860 census, age 22, age 37 in 1870 Ottawa Co census, occupation: sailor; age 40 in 1880 Ottawa Co census; Lived at Port Clinton, Ottawa Co OH in 1910 census, age 72; He died 1 May 1911 at Port Clinton OH

married Mary Jane Warner on 19 December 1868 at Ottawa Co OH


3(i). Clarence E Shirley born 13 October 1869 OH (Ohio civil births, parents named), age 1 in 1870 census, not enumerated in parent's 1880 census household

3(ii). Silvester Shirley born 24 October 1872 at Danbury OH (death cert, parents named) age 7 in 1880 census, age 37, single in parent's 1910 census household; He lived in Ottawa Co in 1920 and 1930 census, no children in the household; He died 15 October 1947

married Bertha C Hehl on 26 February 1911 at Ottaw Co OH. She was enumerated as a Shirley household servant in the 1910 census

3(iii).  Grace Shirley born 9 September 1883, age 3 in 1880 census; She married James Horth

3(iv). Mand (?Amanda) Shirley born about 1885 OH, age 15 in parent's 1900 census

2(iii). George Harrison Shirley born 24 February 1840 OH, age 10 in 1850 census (as George W); Married with 1 child at the time of the 1860 Ottawa Co OH census, age 20; Age 30 in 1870 Ottawa Co OH census, age 39 in 1880 Ottawa Co census; He died 20 January 1911 at Danbury Ottawa Co OH (death cert, parents named)

1859 April 2 Guardian Book 1, page 34 - George Jamison appointed guardian for G.H. Sherly born January 24 1840, minor and heir at law of Camia Sherly

married Susan Lefleur on 27 February 1859 in Ottawa Co OH


3(i). Elisa Shirley born about 1859 OH, age 6/12 in 1860 census; She was not enumerated in parent's 1870 census household, died young?

3(ii). Franklin B Shirley born 16 January 1861 OH (death cert, parents named), age 9 in 1870 census; He was named as a legatee, son of George H Shirley in the 1869 will of his uncle Job Shirley; age 18 in parent's 1880 census; He died 8 January 1944 at Portage Twp Ottawa Co OH No apparent children in any census

married Alzora Wygle on 18 September 1886 in Ottawa Co OH (surname Naggle in husband's death certificate)

3(iii). Job F Shirley born about 1868 OH, age 2 in 1870 census, age 11 in parent's 1880 census (as Joe); He died 7 August 1918 at Danbury Twp, Ottawa Co OH (death cert, parents named) No apparent children

married Nellie Gellette Lombard on 24 June 1903 at Franklin Co OH

3(iv). Grace G. Shirley born about 1872 OH, age 8 in parent's 1880 census

2(iv).  Benjamin F. Shirley born about 1843 OH, age 7 in 1850 census untraced thus far

1859 April 2 Guardian Book 1, page 33 - Henry J Miller appointed guardian for Brymin F Shirtz [sic] born November 22 1843, minor and heir at law of Cammie Shirtz [sic]

2(v). Jacob Shirley born 15 January 1844 OH, age 6 in 1850 census; Married and living in Ottawa Co OH in 1870 census, age 26; Lived at Sandusky Erie Co OH in 1880 census (indexed as Shorley) He died 10 May 1893 at Bloomingville Erie Co OH; His wife drew a pension for her husband's Civil War service.

1859 April 2 Guardian Book 1, page 32 - Henry J Miller appointed guardian for Jacob Sherly born January 15 1844, minor and heir at law of Camie Sherly

married Hannah Salina Ramsdell on 13 November 1866 at Ottawa Co OH; She was born 4 October 1846; daughter of William Ramsdell and Emily Ladd; She apparently remarried after the death of husband Jacob Shirley (pension record) but then divorced her 2nd husband (?). She was enumerated in Sandusky Erie Co OH in 1910 census, age 60, divorced with son John R in household; Also enumerated in 1920 Erie Co OH census, widowed. She died 21 June 1921


3(i). William Corine/Carmi Shirley born 10 May 1868 at Port Clinton Ohio, age 2 in 1870 census, age 12 in 1880 census. He lived at Sandusky Erie Co OH in 1910 census, age 42; Died 12 December 1924 at Sandusky Erie Co Ohio. Buried St Mary's Cem.; Occupation: Night Watchman

married Agnes M _______


4(i). Roland G Shirley born 24 July 1891 OH (findagrave), age 18 in 1910 census; He died 20 August 1939, age 48 at Toledo Lucas Co OH, buried Erie Co OH; No apparent marriage or children

3(ii). Alfred Shirley born about 1872 OH, age 8 in 1880 census

3(iii). John R. Shirley born 8 December 1885 at Sandusky Erie Co OH (Ohio civil births, parents named), age 24 in mother's 1910 census household, age 35 in mother's 1920 census household, single

2(vi). Job Shirley born 25 (sic) January 1844 OH, age 6 in 1850 census. He died and left a will in Ottawa Co OH in 1869, age about 25. No apparent marriage or children

1859 April 2 Guardian Book 1, page 31 - George Ramsdell appointed guardian for J[illeg. John crossed out] Shirley born January 25 1844, minor and heir at law of Camie Shirly

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

2(vii). Frank Shirley

2(viii). Lucy Shirley
She was named residual legatee of her brother Job Shirley's 1869 will. She maried Clayton McRidens on 16 October 183 in Ottawa Co OH

1859 April 2 Guardian Book 1, page 36 - Summer Knapp appointed guardian for Lucy Sherly born Sept 22 1854, minor and heir at law of Cammi Sherly

2(ix). John Phineas Shirley born 8 August 1850 Ottawa Co. Ohio; He was enumerated in the household of George Ramsdell, age 17 in the 1860 census following the death of his father Carmi Shirley; He lived with brother George H Shirley's family in 1880 census, single; Married and living in Delaware Co OH in 1910 cens us, age 59

1859 May 18 Guardian Book 1, page 35 - Isaac Wonnell appointed guardian for John P Sherley [no birth ment.], minor and heir at law of Cammi Sherly

married Mary E. Main on 29 December 1886


3(i). Florence Shirley born about 1888 OH, age 22 in parent's 1910 census

3(ii). Carmi Joseph Shirley
born 17 March 1891 (Ohio civil births, parents named), age 19 in parent's 1910 census; He lived in Thompson Twp, Delaware Co OH in 1940 census; He died 14 June 1957, buried at Troyton Delaware Co OH; No apparent children

married Edna Marie Milligan on 16 December 1914 at Delaware Co OH

3(iii). Clarabelle Shirley born about 1895 OH, age 15 in 1910 censu s

A brother of Abiather Shirley?

Email January 2017 - Stillman SHIRLEY (arrived to Sandusky City area of Ohio, about 1818).
He was the father of Stella (SHIRLEY) MARTIN-NICHOLS-METCALF.
Also probably the father of Carmi (a.k.a. John C.) SHIRLEY;
and probably also Deborah (SHIRLEY) KNAPP.
[Stillman SHIRLEY might be a brother of Abiather SHIRLEY, of this same area of Ohio. The above children have sometimes been attributed to Abiather...but they were probably all children of Stillman, instead. ]

I forgot to add, that Sophia (SHERLEY) KNAPP (wife of Chandler Knapp) was another probable daughter of Stillman SHERLEY. [...researcher Sharon Mariscal seems to have been a descendant of Sophia.....do you perhaps know if Sharon is still living....or any other descendants of this branch?]
Anyway...it was Stella (SHIRLEY) MARTIN-NICHOLS-METCALF's obituary which states her father's first-name as "Stillman". And that name seems to have been continued to be used for some of his grandchildren (...or their middle-names, at least) by several of Stillman's children.
I currently suspect that Stillman Sherley died very shortly after the family arrived to the Sandusky City area.

This Stillman Sherley arrived to Sandusky City, "Huron County" Ohio with his children in 1818 (...including his daughter Stella, who much, much later married the Metcalf).
(And presumably, this Stillman died here very shortly after their 1818 arrival here.). The only record that I have found which mentions his first-name, is Stella's obituary. (The Carmi which you mentioned, was probably Stella's brother....which would also explain why these same first-names keep popping up in their subsequent generations).

p.s. on your webpage for Abiathar, you have an error ("1816") for the marriage year of Abiathar to Abigail (Ramsdell)......they were married prior to coming to Ohio (prior to 1811), [...and there is no Ohio marriage-record for Abiathar, post-1811 in "Huron County"/Erie County, or etc..)

16 Aug 1807 Stilman Shelly married Mary Sander at New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts,

Is this Stillman's widow re-marrying? SHURLEY, Mary ..m: THOMPSON, John ....2 Sep 1819, "Huron County" Ohio.


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