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Benjamin Shirley
b. ca 1760 Virginia. Family to South Carolina


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Benjamin Shirley born about 1760's likely in Prince William Co Virginia; He died Aug 1824 Abbeville South Carolina.

1783 Fauquier Co VA Personal Property Tax - Benjamin Shirley 1 poll; 2 cows, 1 horse (near John Shirley listing)

Benjamin did not leave a will. His two son-in-laws, James Richey and Weldon Pearmon, were named as administrators of his goods and chattels. His goods were inventoried and sold on October 11, 1824. Some of the many items listed were plows, tools, barrels, saddles, cow, horses, (one blind horse sold for $16), sheep, geese, bushels of wheat and corn, bales of cotton, household items and last but not least, slaves.  The slaves were listed as follows: One Negro man named Jay purchased by James Richey, $500; one Negro boy named Noah purchased by Robert Kay, $400; one Negro woman and her youngster purchased by Weldon Pearmon $600, one Negro girl purchased by Elizabeth Shirley, $300, one Negro boy named Jackson purchased by Nathaniel Shirley, $200, One Negro boy named George purchased by John Shirley, $175. Benjamin's wife Elizabeth  and their children along with neighboring farmers were the buyers of his goods and chattels. The house and 1241 acres of land were not mentioned  in the estate sale papers that descendant Conrad Shirley had in his possession before his death.

married Elizabeth Hughes. Her will probated in 1826 in Abbeville Co SC

1813, in Anderson Co., SC the widow Rebecca Neal left an estate in which Moses Hughes, John Hughes, William Hughes, Edward Hughes, George Brown, Benjamin Shirley, and Starrett Dobbins shared the proceeds from the sale of a slave. Rebecca was the wife of Nathaniel Hughes born abt. 1742 and died abt 1784. After Nathaniel died Rebecca remarried to Samuel Neal born abt. 1790 and died 1811 in South Carolina. Benjamin Shirley married Elizabeth Hughes and Starrett Dobbins married Rhoda Hughes.

In the name of God Amen, I Elizabeth Shirley being weake (sic) of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory doth make and publish this my last will and testament as to what worldly goods I possess.  After all my true debts and funeral expenses is paid, I do hereby will and bequeath that all my property which I possess shall be made sale of directly after my decease and the proceeds thereof together with all moneys in hand or in notes to be equally divided between the different legatees as follows: that is to say my sons Nathaniel Shirley, Mastin Shirley and John Shirley, and my daughters Lety Pearman, Armond Kay, Julaney Richey and Rapady Cullins. I also bequeath to my daughter Lettice Wilson, five dollars. I also bequeath the balance of one eighth part of all my effects be and the same is hereby directed to be appropriated to the redemption of a certain tract of land, situated on the waters of Little River, whereon John and Lettice Wilson, my son-in-law and daughter now live. Said land being conveyed __ my son-in-law James Richey and that the said James Richey on receipt of the money he has advanced to give a bond to secure the right title and interest in the said premises to the bodily heirs of my daughter Lettice Wilson and to them , their assignees forever and do hereby appoint my son Nathaniel Shirley and my son-in-law James Richey to be my lawful Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness where I have hereunto sent my and and seal this  27th day of March in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Six. (Signed X)

children of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Hughes) Shirley:

1(i). Nathaniel Shirley born June 20, 1787  died July 11, 1849  Typhoid fever. Married Nancy Grubbs, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Mitchell Grubbs.

1(ii). Letitia Shirley born 1789  died Feb 2, 1842   Married Weldon Pearman Dec 15, 1806

1(iii). James Shirley born 1791. He is not named in the 1826 will of his mother. All adult children of Benjamin and Elizabeth are accounted for beginning with the 1800 census. Therefore, it is highly likely that this son James Shirley (source?) died as a child, certainly before 1800. For example, it is highly unlikely this child is James Shirley (m Nancy) who lived in St Clair Co AL and Lawrence Co AR.

1(iv). Armand Shirley born August 7, 1792  died Jan 5, 1874 buried First Westminister Baptist Church cemetery, Oconee, South Carolina. Married 1st Robert Kay Oct 9, 1809 and they were the parents of 9 children, married 2nd Jesse Rutledge Oct 19, 1838

1(v). Julaney Shirley born Apr 17, 1794  died Dec 2, 1833  Married James W. Richey July 9, 1812, son of James and Elizabeth Dunn Richey, Jr. They were the parents of  10 children

1(vi). Letizier Irene Shirley born Mar 2, 1797  Married John Wilson and they were the parents of 10 children

1(vii). John Riley Shirley born March 25, 1798  died June 14, 1873 Fulton Co. Georgia  Married 1st Acemith Kay Nov 30, 1817 and they had 7 children. She was the daughter of John and Rosannah Kay. He married 2nd Mary Eliz. Kay before 1850.  She was born Jan 12, 1806 SC and died July 18, 1887. She was the daughter of Rev. William and Catherine Trussell Kay (widow of Asa Kay).  John and Mary lived in Franklin Co. GA and went to Fulton Co. GA after 1852.  He was mentioned as out of state with wife, Polly, in the Trussell estate of March 29, 1854.

1(viii). Mastin Shirley 1800 Abbeville Co. SC m.  Rachel McAdam. She was born Nov 22, 1801 Abbeville Co. SC, daughter of John McAdams. He may have married again after Rachel's death. If so, her name must have also been Rachel. He is said to have moved to Guntown, Lee Co. MS  

1(ix). Rapady Rhoda Shirley  born about 1802 Abbeville Co. SC. She married James Cullens, a wheel-wright. He was born 1798 SC, son of James Cullens.






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