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Shirley Family
of Bedford and Botetourt Co Virginia

DNA Haplogroup I1

   
 

John Shirley born say about 1771; He apparently died before the 1810 census when wife Elizabeth was enumerated in Bedford county as head of household.

married Elizabeth Shields on 17 November 1791 (by license) in Bedford Co VA; She was the daughter of Elenor Shields who gave consent to her 1791 marriage; She and Eleanor/Ellinder [surname?] inherited 150 acres on Holsten Nob from William Ewing in 1810. Enumerated in the 1830 Bedford Co VA census (age 70-80); In 1819, Mitchell Ewing sold 100 acres of land on Holsten's Nob that he inherited from William Ewing to Elizabeth Shirley and Ellinder Shields. In 1831, Elizabeth and her son Joseph (apparently) mortgaged all of their personal household good for $44.30 to be repaid in six months. She was deposed and gave testimony in the 1830s Chancery lawsuit involving her son Joseph (he is so named in the suit) and Moses Parker regarding a horse purchased from Parker in 1830 for $45. She is enumerated in the 1840 census (age 70-80); In 1844, she and son Joseph once again mortgage their personal and real property (items identified in the document); This debt was apparently unpaid and in 1851 following her death, the list of property (items listed, including 100 acres of land) was sold according to a deed of trust. She apparently died prior to the 1850 census.

children:

1(i). Joseph Shirley He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He enlisted as a private at the age of 18 and served six months in Capt Green's 5th Regiment of VA militia from 27 Feb to 20 June 1814; born in Bedford Co Va; occupation farmer; was very tall, with auburn hair, blue eyes and fair skin. Joseph first appeared in Bedford Co records in the 1815 estate administraation of John Stretch of Bedford Co VA; He appeared in the 1820 Bedford Co VA census (b 1794-1804), but not found in 1830, living in the household of his mother Elizabeth Shirley (he age 30-40, she age 70-80); On Jan 30, 1830 he purchased a chestnut sorrel horse from Moses Parker. This purchase led to a Chancery dispute, Shirley claiming that Parker misrepresented the poor health of the horse at time of purchase for $45 (Bedford Court Sept 1832, Note: one of the depositions in the lawsuit confirms that Joseph Shirley was living at the residence of "Mrs Shirley"). Parker and other witnesses claimed that the horse was injured while in Shirley's possession, one witness claiming that Shirley said he would try to "scare" Parker to drop his own suit and that he would eventually pay for the horse. Shirley filed suit against Parker after the horse died. Court records appear to award judgement to Parker. He and his wife and children are once again enumerated in his mother's 1840 census household; He died 18 March 1848 (source: widow's veteran pension application)

married 1) Nancy Carter; Marriage record not found in Bedford VA, but she is identified in a Virginia chancery lawsuit; She was said to have been abandoned by husband Joseph Shirley in 1838 (divorced?); She is alive in 1859 giving consent to the marriage of her daughter Sarah. She was supposedly the daughter of Fleming Carter of Bedford Co VA

married 2) Eliza Ellett Elder on 6 February 1840 by license in Bedford Co VA at the "widow Otey's house"; Enumerated as head of household in 1850 Bedford census, apparently as a widow, age 34. She purchased a few items of her husband and mother-in-law's property that was sold in 1851 deed of trust; She filed a War of 1812 widow's pension application stating that "neither she nor her husband were previously married". She is enumerated in Bedford Co VA in 1860, age 50; [not found in 1870 census] She moved to Rockbridge Co VA in 1874; She was enumerated at Natural Bridge in the Rockbridge VA census in 1880, age 80. She died 8 Aug 1880

children:

2(i). Edward W. Shirley born about 1827-1833 see below

2(ii). Joseph P Carter (Shirley) born about 1830-35 (age 5-10 in mother's 1840 census); Sent to live with William and Tabitha Carter and appears in their 1850 census household (age 15), then lived with Braxton and Mary Carter according to family tradition, and used the Carter name; Supposedly, he appears as Joseph P Carter in Bedford 1860 census, age 22. nothing more known

2(iii). Eliza Shirley born about 1830-35 (age 5-10 in mother's 1840 census); Sent to live with Braxton and Mary Carter and was said to use the Carter name; However, she is enumerated in her step-mother's 1850 household as Eliza Shirley, age 20

2(iv). Sarah Jane Francis Carter (Shirley) born 2 March 1837 in Bedford Co VA; She was age 0-5 in mother's 1840 census; Sent to live with William and Tabitha Carter and appears in their 1850 census household, then lived with Braxton and Mary Carter. She married her first cousin George W. Carter in Bedford Co VA on 12 October1859 (son of Littleberry Carter who was the brother of her mother Nancy Carter Shirley). Consent for the marriage was granted by her mother. He died February 1862 and she married George P Carter about 1867; She died 31 August 1921 at Winston Salem, Forsyth Co NC

2(v). Mary Shirley born about 1840, age 10 in her mother's 1850 household; likely the M Shirley living in the William Agnew household in Bedford Va 1860 census, age 22

2(vi). Daniel M. Shirley born about 1842, age 8 in his mother's 1850 household; Living in the James Chitton/Chilton household in the Bedford VA 1860 census, age 15, as farm laborer. Likely the same Daniel M Shirley who served 20th Battalion, Virginia Heavy Artillery Co C in the CSA during the Civil War. He was age 35 in Bedford Co VA 1870 census (with Elizabeth Shirley age 30). Age 48 (sic) living in his mother's Rockbridge VA household in 1880; He may have not married.

2(vii). Ann Eliza Shirley born about 1844-47, age 6 in her mother's 1850 household, age 14 in her mother's Bedford VA 1860 household, age 33 in her mother's Rockbridge VA household in 1880; In 1881, she swore with her sister Lucy to the date of death of her mother (found in pension documents), apparently unmarried.

2(viii). Lucy E. Shirley born about 1847-8, age 3 in her mother's 1850 household; Living with Hudson Cobb household in 1860 Bedford VA census, age 15; She married William E Fraizier, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fraizier on 19 June 1867 in Bedford Co VA (her parents named)

1(ii). Eleanor (Ellender) Shirley She was deposed and gave testimony in the 1830s Chancery lawsuit involving her brother Joseph (he is so named in the suit) and Moses Parker regarding a horse purchased from Parker in 1830 for $45. Nothing more known

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2(i). Edward W. (Ned) Shirley born about 1827-1833 in Bedford Co VA; He purchased a sorrell mare in the estate of Joseph Shirley; He is enumerated with his step mother Eliza Shirley in Bedford Co in 1850, age 23; He is enumerated in the 1860 census of Botetourt Co. VA, with wife Nancy S. and a son Bob D. 1 year of age (living next to Camper family); He served in the 28th Reg't VA Infantry Co. A. Confederate Army. He died of pneumonia in a hospital in Staunton Virginia during the Civil War on Nov 6, 1862.

married Nancy S. Camper. She was born 1841; She married 2nd Jacob Winger 1868. Nancy Winger filed for a confederate widow's pension to the State of Virginia based on the service of her first husband Edward Shirley (see the Library of Virginia website for online images of her application ); She died 1930.

children:

3(i). Robert Daniel (Bob) Shirley born 1 February 1859 Virginia (birth record), age 1 in 1860 census; age 10 in the 1870 census living in the household of Samuel Young in 1870 Buchanan Botetourt census (living near the Jacob Winger household, see next). He lived in York Twp, Clark Co IL in 1900 and Brown Twp, Morgan Co IN in 1910 and 1920 census.

married Cora Talbert on 29 December 1887 in Botetourt Co VA

children:

4(i). Edgar C Shirley born about 1893 in Indiana, age 7 in 1900, age 26 in 1920 census

married Edith Hadley on 23 Apr 1920 in Morgan Co IN

4(ii). Paul Robert Shirley born about 1899 in West Union IL, age 1 in 1900, age 20 in 1920 census

married Hazel L Johnson on 8 Feb 1921 in Morgan Co IN

married Eloise Hortense Deal on 21 Dec 1935 at Roanoke Co VA; She was the daughter of Jno W Dell and Pearl Ohenskin. born Nare, VA.

3(ii). Elizabeth W. Shirley born about 1862 Virginia, age 8 living in her stepfather Jacob Winger's household in 1870 Buchanan Botetourt Co VA census; She married Addison B. Hamilton on 31 October 1883 at Botetourt Co VA

3(ii). John William Shirley born Jan 10, 1863 VA; age 7 living in his stepfather Jacob Winger's household in 1870 Buchanon Botetourt Co VA census; He and family living at Buchanan Botetourt Co. VA 1900, 1910, 1930, 1940 censuses; He died Dec 15, 1944,

married Minnie W. Winger on July 12, 1882 Fincastle, Botetourt Co [marriage record says Minnie S. Davis, dau of Davis]. VA. She was born July 11, 1859 VA, died April 21, 1935 Catabawa WV.

children:

4(i) David Moscoe Shirley born Dec 1883

4(ii). Blanche Shirley

married Heck (in 1900 census ... Julia B. Apr 1886 VA)

4(iii). William Lloyd Shirley born Mar 19, 1888, died 1950 They lived and died Bluefield, WVA but was from VA. Was conductor for Norfolk & Western RR. Lived at 233 Boone Street, Bluefield, WVA

married Eula Gay Hall. She was born Sept 7, 1894 Snowville, VA. (She was the daughters of Jonathan Richard Hall and Lucinda Terry Covey of the Pulaski/Snowville area).

children:

5(i) Juanita Gay Shirley born Dec 7, 1913 Snowville VA

5(ii). Robert Shirley born Dec 16, 1915

5(iii). Janice Shirley born April 12, 1917 Radford VA

5(iv). Virginia Pauline Shirley born May 21, 1919 Bluefield (Mercer Co.) WV

5(v). Grace Esther Shirley born Jan 9, 1922 Bluefield WV

5(vi). James Lloyd Shirley born Mar 22, 1924 Bluefield WV

5(vii). David Elmer Shirley born Nov 2, 1925 Bluefield WV

5(viii). William Ray Shirley born Nov 10, 1928 Bluefield WV

5(ix). George Curtis Shirley born July 19, 1933 Bluefield WV

5(x). Ronald Lee Shirley born Aug 19, 1935 Bluefield WV

4(iv). Stella Shirley married Lugar (in 1900 census... Cora S. Feb 1891 VA)

4(v). Annie L. Shirley born Jan 1893 VA married Beckner

4(vi). John T. Shirley born Set 1895 VA

4(vii). Virginia A Shirley born Apr 1898 VA single

[Note: from Roberta Allen...William Lloyd Shirley, my great-grandfather was the son of Edward W. Shirley and Nancy S. Kamper. Need information preceeding Edward W. Shirley Thanks!] roberta120841@hotmail.com


Edward Shirley appears in the 1850 Bedford Co VA census of the approx correct age

Bedford Shirleys

1810 Bedford Census

Elizabeth Shirley

1820 Bedford Census

Joseph Shirley

1830 Bedford Census

Elizabeth Shirley

1840 Bedford Census

Elizabeth Shirley

1850 Bedford Census

Wm Carter 1827 VA
Tabitha Carter 1830 VA
Elmira Carter 1850 (age 6m)
Joseph Shirley 1835 VA (age 15) (son of first wife)
H Shirley 1837 VA (age 13) ?

Eliza Shirley born 1816 VA (age 34) (widow of Joseph Shirley)
Edward 1827 VA (son of first wife?) He purchased a sorrell mare in the estate of Joseph Shirley (he and Eliza the only Shirleys)
Eliza 1830 VA (dau of first wife)
Mary 1840 VA
Daniel 1842 VA
Ann 1844 VA
Lucy 1847 VA

1870 Bedford Census

Lisbon Twp
Elizabeth Shirley age 30
Daniel Shirley age 35

Elizabeth Shirley was the mother of: (source: VA Chancery suit 1833)

1. Joseph Shirley - He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He enlisted at the age of 18; born in Bedford Co Va; occupation farmer; was very tall, with auburn hair, blue eyes and fair skin. His widow's pension application made by wife Eliza Elden states she married Joseph Shirley on 6 February 1840 by Wm (or James) Leftwich and that "neither she nor her husband were previously married". She further claims that Joseph died in the 18 March 1848 (she moved to Rockbridge Co VA in 1874 and died 8 Aug 1880)

married Nancy Carter

2. Ellender Shirley

   


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