1768. She was the unwed mother of one child, Lewis Shirley. She
ultimately married Benjamin Fleshman and had several children
children: (surname Shirley)
Shirley illegitimate son of Delilah Shirley. born 1785.
He moved to Melissa Collin Co Texas in 1852 where he died in
1867. Buried at Melissa Cemetery, Collin Co TX
A History of Collin County, Texas
-The Shirley and Sherley Families
Lewis and Pauline Shirley came to Texas from Kentucky in 1851
and settled three miles east of present Melissa. To this union
were born seven children, Rebecca, Tom, Abram Lewis (Jack), Thornton
Alec, Mrs. T. M. Scott, and Mrs. Anna Graves. Rebecca Shirley
married Albert Sherley [note the two ways of spelling the name]
in 1857 and during the following year they settled one mile west
of Melissa. Later they moved to a farm three miles east of Anna.
During the Civil War he was a member of Ross' regiment of the
Confederate Army. They had eight children, Andrew L., Ben L.,
F. H., Mrs. Laura Bond, Mrs. Tella Watts, Mrs. Anna Lou Cox,
Mrs. G. P. Collins, and Miss Maggie Sherley. Rebecca died in
I905 and Albert died prior to that date. Andrew L. Sherley was
born west of Melissa in 1858. He was the first depot agent at
Melissa and later he was a prominent farmer and businessman at
Anna for forty years. His land holdings included over 4,000 acres
in Collin County and several sections in Parmer County. During
the1920s he was a member of the board of regents of Texas Christian
University, to which institution he made a gift of $100,000.
Ben L. Sherley was born three miles east of Anna in 1860 and
was educated at Anna and at Savoy College in Fannin County. In
October, 1899, he married Arronnah Blackburn. They were the parents
of six children, three of whom survived him. He was a member
of the Fortieth Legislature. Twice he was a candidate for congress,
opposing C. B. Randell in 1928 and Sam Rayburn in 1930. He died
at Anna in 1931. Abram Lewis Shirley, son of Lewis and Pauline
Shirley, was born in Kentucky on November 23, 1842, and came
to Texas with his parents in I851. He was a Confederate soldier
and was wounded and captured at Pea Ridge. In 1865 he married
Louise Pattie. To this union five children were born, T. S.,
D. A., Z. M., W.M. (Mort), and Lewis. Only T. S. and D. A. survived
their parents. Mrs. Shirley died in July, 1923, and her husband
on April 17, 1925. W. M. (Mort) Shirley was at different times
county surveyor, county clerk, and county treasurer of Collin
County. D. A. Shirley was business manager at Texas Christian
Unversity for four years and was registrar and associate dean
at West Texas State Teachers College at Canyon for many years
until his death in 1949. Thornton E. Shirley, son of Lewis and
Pauline, was a large land owner near Melissa. He was prominent
in the affairs of Texas Christian University when that school
was located at Waco. He served as chairman of the board for many
years and devoted much time and energy and donated large sums
of money to promote the welfare of that institution.
married 1st. Elizabeth Harris Broaddus; She died between 1827 and 1830.
married 2nd Pauline Kellar, married about 1830.
children: by Elizabeth
3(i). Jane Barsheba Shirley born June 30, 1809 (another source says June
3, 1810). Died Jan 5, 1882
married John Shirley June 7,
1825 in Jefferson Co. KY (son of William Shirley and wife,
3(ii). Capt. Zachariah Madison Shirley born May 7, 1811 Louisa Co. VA, (twin). He
died Feb 18, 1879 Louisville KY, buried Cave Hill Cemetery. (see
extensive biography in the Miscellaneous link at the top of page)
Congressman Joseph Swagar
Sherley and wife Mignon
Zachariah moved to KY at an early age
and became a successful businessman and civic leader; President
of the Louisville and Jeffersonville (IN) Ferry Company; Vice
President of the Henderson Packet Company; principal in the mail
boat line running between Louisville and Cincinnati; trustee
of Kentucky University (now Transylvania University) at Lexington
and of the Medical Department Of the University of Louisville;
trustee also of the Kentucky Institute for the Blind and of the
Young Women's Christian Association; Director and Manager of
The Cave Hill Cemetery Company; one of the founders and Directors
of the Citizen's National Bank, forerunner of the Citizen's Fidelity
Bank and Trust Company of today; aligned with the North during
the Civil War and used his boats without thought of recompense
to forward supplies to the troops in the field; in the fighting
at Pittsburg Landing he was responsible for transporting General
Buell's entire army south by water getting it there in the nick
of time; active church member in his last few years.
Captain Sherley was married three
times. The first wife was, as we have mentioned, Mrs. Taylor,
a member of the celebrated Tarascon family. The second one was
Miss Clara Jewell, of Louisiana; the third, who survives him,
was Miss Susan W. Cromwell, of Fayette County. A single son by
each of these wives survives him. He left a large estate which
was divided among these four heirs. The afflictive illness which
carried him off was cancer of the stomach. This deprived him
of appetite, and during the last twelve months of his life he
rarely felt any disposition to take any kind of food. His mind
was remarkably clear, and he attended to a variety of business
with an unclouded intellect. This was very conspicuous in all
his affairs long after his debility drove him to bed. Indeed,
this was his condition up to near about the time the cancerous
tumor of the stomach ate through his duodenum. At 2:15 o'clock
on the morning of February 18, 1879, his long, beautiful life
closed upon earth, amid a host of sorrowing friends and relatives.
He had become a member of the Presbyterian Church some time before
his death, and his hours of consciousness were, as his life had
been, peaceful and calm. His funeral was attended by a multitude
of his admirers, the Rev Messrs. Simpson, Wilson, Humphrey and
Tyler officiating. His body reposes in the beautiful Cemetery
of Cave Hill, which he did much to adorn and beautify.
married 1st. Nannie Tarascon, daughter of John Tarascon of Louisville. She
was the widow of Edmund Taylor.
married 2nd Clara Jewel of Louisiana Mar 18, 1843.
married 3rd. Susan Wallace Cromwell. She was born Aug 20, 1831.
4(i). Lewis Shirley d. Feb 18, 1873,
married Laura Brannin, b. April 12, 1846, d. Sept 5, 1871, daughter
of Elizabeth Roberts and Abram Owen Brannin who was the son of
Eliz. Owen Brannin.
5(i). Brannin Shirley In the 1880 census, he is listed as b. ca.
1866 and is a patient in the Beechhurst Sanitarium.
married Brite MacDonald
6(i). Elizabeth Shirley born Jan 4, 1888, died July 4, 1944, m. 1st.
Thomas Lee Shevlin of Minneapolis. For three years he was All-America
end at Yale and Captain of undefeated team of 1905.
6(ii). Thomas Henry Shirley
5(ii). Bettie Shirley born Nov 17, 1869, d. May 3, 1940, m. George
Ewing Nov 12, 1890 Louisville, KY. He was born Sept 6, 1866,
d. June 3, 1919
4(ii). John Colmesneil Shirley born May 12, 1836, d. July 28, 1912 Jefferson
Co KY, age 76 (death cert),
married Susan Hobbs. She was born Dec 16, 1845, d. Dec 7, 1917.
5(i). Edward Hobbs Shirley born Sept 19, 1868, d. Nov 24, 1931
5(ii). Nannine Shirley born Nov 4, 1866, m. 1st T.S. Locke,
4(iii). Thomas Huffman Shirley born Dec 31, 1843, d. Nov 29, 1898,
m. Ella Swagar
May 9, 1864. She was born June 18, 1845, daughter of Joseph Swagar
b. Oct 29, 1792, d. May 22, 1883 of Louisville KY, and
Rachel Moore of Philadephia PA as his 2nd wife. Joseph Swagar
was born in Montgomery Co. PA, emigrated to KY in 1815 and settled
in Louisville where he engaged in ship building and the river
trade; first man to sail a steamboat to the mouth of the Yellowstone;
inspector of hulls at Louisville; President of Franklin Bank;
made the trek to California and back in 1849, died in Louisville
and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.
5(i) Eva Belle Shirley born 1865 d.1940, m. Robert Lewis
5(ii). Zachary M. Shirley born 1867 d. 1939
5(iii). Clara Moore Shirley born July 27, 1869, died May 14, 1949, m. Burt
Adams Tower, Professor at University of Hawaii.
5(iv). Congressman Joseph Swagar
Shirley born Nov 28, 1871, Joseph
Swagar was a lawyer for 16 years, Republican in Congress from
Louisville; Chairman Appropriations Committee in W.W.I.; Director
of Finance , U.S. Railroad Adm. March 1919-Sept 1920; practiced
law in Washington D.C. from 1920 until his death. d. Feb 13,
1941, He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.
married Mignon Critten (chr. Mary Winifred)
April 21, 1906 Staten Island, NY, daughter of DeFrees Critten
and Olive Stilwell.
5(v). Minn-Ell Shirley born 1877 d. 1944, m. Fulton Mandeville
4(iv). Benjamin Jewel Shirley born Nov 8, 1845, d. Oct 19, 1863 (18 yrs old)
4(v). George Douglas Shirley born 1857 d.1917
3(iii). Thomas Jefferson Shirley born May 7, 1811 Drowned in the Mississippi
when young. Twin of Zachariah Madison
3(iv). Mary Shirley born July 13, 1813 d. Apr 16, 1884 m.
Alfred Herr Dec 7, 1830
3(v). Martha Shirley born Apr 25, 1815 d. about 1856
m. Col. Stephen Ormsby Jr.
3(vi). Robert Pope Shirley born May 22, 1818 d. Mar 11, 1897
3(vii). Harriet Louise Shirley born May 27, 1820 d. Mar 27, 1871 m. Wm. D.
Scott Mar 23, 1843
3(viii). Warner Lewis Shirley born Nov 12, 1822 d.s.p.
3(ix). Agnes Glen Shirley born Jan 1, 1824 d. 1884 m. Dr.
Abijah Samuel Frederick of Shelby Co. KY
3(x). William Malborn Shirley born Jan 26, 1826 Jefferson Co. KY. d.
Feb 12, 1856 Collin Co. TX
married Sophronia Gist.
3(xi). Eliz. Matilda Shirley born Aug 13, 1827 d. May 19, 1922
m. Thomas Morton Scott (brother of Wm. D. Scott).
3(xii). Alexander Henderson Shirley born June 5, 1830 KY, died 1902 TX.
m. 1st Louisa Watson in 1852 and they
had no children.
m. 2nd May 9, 1878 Mary Lora Burns.
4(i). Lewis Thornton Shirley
4(ii). Jerusha Maude Shirley m. Thomas Allen Brown
4(iii). Louetta Shirley m. Walter Ellis Floyd
4(iv). Ashel Henderson Shirley
4(v). Thomas Earl Shirley
3(xiii). Rebecca Kellar Shirley born Feb 27, 1837 Jefferson Co. KY d. Apr 24,
1905 TX m. Albert Gallatin Shirley, her cousin Jan 26, 1856 Collin
3(xiv). Thomas Meridith Shirley
m. Louise Van Alstyne
3(xv). Abram Lewis (Jack) Shirley born Nov 23/5, 1842 in Kentucky. He died Apr
18, 1925 at McKinney, Collin Co Texas, age 84y 4m 25d. Buried
at Melissa Cemetery
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married Susan Louise Patty on 27 December
4(i). Hon. Zachary M Shirley born 30 November 1865. He was identified as
a McKinney TX lawyer, deceased in the 1920 obituary of his brother
William Morton Shirley. He died 22 June 1895. Buried Pecan Grove
Cemetery, McKinney, Collin Co Texas
married Anna Throckmorton Bailey
4(ii). William Morton Shirley born 11 August 1868 in Texas. He died 19 October
1920 in Collin Co Texas. He was Collin County Treasurer and his
long obituary was published on the front page of the Weekly Democrat-Gazette
newspaper on 21 October.
married Iva M. Slaughter on 14 January
1897. She was a graduate of Mary Nash College and a daughter
of Matthew Slaughter
4(iii). Thorton S. Shirley born 30 July 1870 in Texas. He died 10 August
1865 at Houston, Harris Co Texas. He was a furniture salesman.
Buried at Melissa Cemetery, Collin Co Texas
married Allie M _____
4(iv). Lewis Edgar Shirley born 8 October 1876. He died 6 September 1903,
about age 27. Buried Melissa Cemetery, Collin Co Texas
4(v). Prof. Douglass Alfred Shirley
born 29 June 1883 at Melissa
Collin Co Texas. He was Assistant Dean of the State Normal College
at Canyon Texas at the time of his brother William Morton Shirley's
death. He died 22 December 1949 at Canyon, Randall Co Texas.
Buried Dreamland Cemetery, Randall Co TX
married Willena M Hannaford
3(xvi). Dianna Shirley born Aug 27, 1846 d. April 21, 1927
m. Albert Goodwin Graves May 30, 1865
3(xvii). Thornton Edgar Shirley born July 16, 1849 KY. He was Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of what would later to become Texas Christian
University in Texas. He died on 22 June 1938 at Phoenix Arizona.
Buried at Melissa Cemetery, Collin Co TX
Thornton Edgar Shirley
AT TOP OF THIS PAGE, CLICK
ON LINK "MISC INFO FOR THIS BRANCH". THERE IS AN
ARTICLE ON THAT PAGE ABOUT THORNTON EDGAR SHERLEY.
married Virginia H. Bean on 12 February
4(i). Pauline Shirley born about 1885, age 15 in 1900 census
4(ii). Carl Shirley born about 1889, age 11 in 1900 census
4(iii). Hattie Shirley born about 1891, age 9 in 1900 census
are Delilah Shirley's legitimate Fleshman children
m. 1st George Price Mar 13, 1820 in Madison Co. VA m. 2nd James
Powell from whom she divorced.
She m. Nelson Gillespie Dec 2, 1830 in Louisa Co. VA
She m. Archey Brown
2(x) Mildred Fleshman.