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James Shirley (cont.)
b. 1730's. Lived in Culpeper Co.  Family moved to Kentucky



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This Lineage Last Reviewed and Updated May 2019
1(iii). Zachariah Shirley
born say 1757 (twin) He first appears in legal records in 1791 as taxable in Culpeper Co VA; When Madison Co was formed from Culpeper Co, Zachariah found himself enumerated in records in that county. Enumerated with his brother Thomas Shirley in the 1810 census for Madison Co VA. He died sometime in 1825 according to one of the many chancery records involving this Shirley family; His will was probated in Madison Co VA in 1826; On 23 August 1850, his adminstrators received 1/11th share as heir of James Shirley, dec'd; He never married but had 2 sons.

[Full transcription, by Sue] Will of Zachariah Shirley - Dated Dec 31 1825. Madison County Will book [no number] pg.429 - I Zachariah Shirley do hereby make my will and testament in manner and form following. It is my desire that my brother Thomas Shirley should have all my estate both real and personal which I give unto him forever to dispose of as he may think proper with these provisions that he shall appropriate with him my friend and neighbor Thomas Clark and that the plantation whereon my mother now lives shall be bought if it can be and rented out for the purpose of aiding and supporting the Minister of the Gospel belonging to the Baptist order that may preach in this neighborhood where our black people may conveniently attend meetins with convenience as they may think proper to encourage and not confining them to the profits of that platations alone but to give such when pay as they may think proper. I further wish my friend Thomas Clark to be associated with my brother Thomas Shirley to consult with him as I mean to make some provisions for my two sons Zachariah and James if there prudence and econning will merit the same by taking care of themselves uprightly towards the rest of the world. My further will and desire is that my brother Thomas Shirley sell some of our surplus lands as soon as convenient that lies about these mountains and lay the money out in some of the western counties in buying a hundred or a hundred and fifty acres of good landfor our brother Joshua Shirley to live and raise his family on for that use and that only with this further right to will it to any part in all of his children who may have a few simple in the same but shall not be sold or taken for his debths during his life- It is my further will and desire that there be no Executors nor Administrators but that my brother Thomas Shirley take immediate possession of my whole estate as his own. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirthy first day of December in the year if our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty- five.

children: (illigitimate)

child with Elizabeth Keagy. She was born Dec 5, 1776 in VA was the youngest of 11 children of Henry Keagy and Barbara Stoner. She and Zachariah Shirley were the parents of:

2(i). Zachariah Shirley II. born 11 October 1796 in Virginia (tombstone), age 53 in Shanadoah County VA 1850 census; He died 2 March 1875 Shenandoah Co. VA (bible) age 78.

Zachariah Shirley (b 1796)
(Photo, thanks to Sue)

1814 Mar 8 Shenandoah Co VA Court - Zachariah Shirley, a base born child of Elizabeth Kagy, is bound by Overseer of Poor to James Evans. He is 17 yrs old Oct. last.

married 1) Barbara Keagy on 15 August 1825 at Shenandoah County Virginia; She was the daughter of her husband's uncle Christian Keagy She died 23 February 1839 (bible)

married 2) Sally Weaver on 5 October 1842 at Rockingham County Virginia. Enumerated as the wife of Zachariah Shirley in the 1850 census, age 42; She was named in her husband's will as "Sallie Shirley".

children: (illigitimate)

child by Sarah Reed; See this letter written by Sarah Reed on 26 August 1821 to Zachariah Shirley II from her home at Mount Pleasant. According to owners of the letter it contained a lock of (illigitimate) son Zachariah Shirley III's hair. (thanks to Deb for sending)

3(i). Zachariah Shirley III born 16 November 1819 (bible) in Shenandoah County Virginia; His father Zachariah Shirley II and mother Sarah Reed were named in his 1857 marriage record; He was age 36 at time of 2nd marriage; Lived at Fincastle Botetourt County Virginia in 1870 census with wife and son, age 60 (sic); at Fincastle Botetourt County in 1880 census, age 60; Lived at New Market Shenandoah County with his brothers Thomas and Samuel P in the 1900 census, age 81, widowed

Zachariah Shirley (b 1819) and daughter Barbara Annie Rebecca Shirley (b 1853)
(Photo, thanks to Sue)

married 1) Mary "Polly" Koontz on 12 May 1841 at Shenandoah County Virginia; She died 4 March 1856 in Middlebrook VA (bible, husband's obituary). She was born 10 November 1815 in Mt Jackson VA, daughter of Michael Koontz and Mary Brillhart of Mt. Jackson, VA.

married 2) Sarah J Newel on 9 April 1857 in Augusta Virginia; She died 22 Jul 1886; Buried at Fincastle Presbyterian Cemetery

children: (source: bible of Zachariah Shirley)

4(i). Elizabeth Shirley born 4 May 1842; She died 11 July 1873. She married William E. Gaines on 25 Oct 1866 in Page Co VA (marriage record: "dau of Zachariah Shirley")

4(ii). Sarah Katherine Shirley born 12 September 1843; She died 25 June 1897; She married John Ward Nicklin

4(iii). Ann Minverva Shirley born 22 March 1845; She died 29 March 1845; died young

4(iv). Isaac Newton Shirley born 27 April 1846; He died 26 February 1850, age 3, died young

4(v). Mary Evelynn Shirley born 8 December 1848; She died 9 April 1864, age 5, died young

4(vi). John Russell Shirley born 1 May 1851; He lived in Chicago Cook County Illinois; He died 3 October 1909;

married Cora May Neely

4(vii). Barbara Annie Rebecca Shirley born 11 February 1853; She died 18 August 1935 at New Market VA. She is buried at Emmanuel Lutheran Church cemetery; She married James Knolk Pickering on 18 May 1875 in Shenandoah Co VA

4(viii). William Plunket Shirley born 6 December 1855 He died 7 December 1855, died young

4(ix). Robart A. O. Shirley born 30 September 1857 at August Virginia, son of Zachkariah and Sarah Shirley (Virginia record); age 13 in 1871 census household, age 22 in parent's 1880 census household

4(x). Charles Ashby Shirley born 15 June 1862; He died 7 August 1862, died young

children (legitimate, by wife Barbara)

3(ii). Thomas J. Shirley born 11 May 1826 VA, age 24 in parent's 1850 census household ;Lived at New Market Shenandoah County with his brothers Samuel P and Zacharia in the 1900 census, age 74, single; His will was probated in Shenandoah Co VA in 1917; never married

[transcription by Sue] WILL of Thomas J. Shirley in Shenandoah county courthouse (Will book 32, Pg. 91). I, Thomas J. Shirley, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament as follows, hereby revoking any wills or parts of wills by me hereyofore at any time made. I give and divise to my nephew R. Lee Shirley, son of my decesed brother Martin Shirley, all of my Home Place lying on the north and west side of the New Market and Sperryville Turnpike and the field known as the old school house field lying on the south side of said Pike. said farm being same on which I now reside and is situated in the county of Shenandoah and state of Virginia, and adjoins the lands of Shaffer, the G Koiner lands, Dr. Miller, L H Zirkle and B. F. Conner; also I give and divise to my said nephew, R. Lee Shirley, my mountain tract of land known as the A. Neff tract containing about 100 acres. I hereby charge my said nephew, R. Lee Shirley, with the payment of the sum of six thousand dollars to be paid by him in annual sums for the amount of one thousand dollars each equally and rably to all of the children of my deceased brother, Martin Shirley, except that the R. Lee Shirley shall not participate in the distribution of lhe said sum of sir thousand dollars as he is otherwise provided for in this will. The said R. Lee Shirley shall have a period of six years from date of my death to pay the said sum of six thousand dollars in payments as above provided. and he shall be charged no interest, A lien is hereby created and retained upon the lands civised to the said R. Lee Shirley as security for the payment of the said sum of six thousand dollars. To my said nephew, R Lee Shirley, I also give and bequeath all my horses, cows, cattle, hogs, sheep, and all other livestock of even' kind and description; also all wagons. harnesses and all agricultural implements of every kind whatsoever; also all provender of every kind which I may have at the time of my death; also all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and description. I give, devise and bequeath to my sister, Mrs. Barbara A. Cone all that portion of my home place lying on the south side of the said New Market and Sperryville turnpike, except the field known as the old Schoolhouse field and which has herinbefore been devised to the said R. Lee Shirley: also I give and bequeath to her 20 acres of mountain land off of the old home place: also to my said sister I give and bequeath all monies, nots, bonds, and debts due and coming to me at the time of my death, but subject to the payment of all debts and all legacies herein made, the payment of which is not herein otherwise provided for. I give and devise to my nephew, Dr. W. C. Shirley, son of my deceased brother, Christian Shirley, my land situated west of town of New Market, part of the old home place, and containing 56 acres, more or less adjoining the J.Frank Zirkle lands, the Dr. Miller lands, and fronting on the road leading from town of New Market to the New Market Depot; also my "Pine Woods" lands containing 33 acres more or less , adjoining the lands of Wise, Spitzer and Williamson. To Sallie Clem, I give and bequeath the sum of Five Hundred dollars to be paid to her out of any monies which I may have, or which may be coming to me or my estate. I hereby nominate and appoint the said R, Lee Shirley and Dr. W. C. Shirley executors of this my last will, and I hereby respectfully request that they, nor either of them, shall be required to give security on their offical bond when qualifying as such executors- Witness my hand and seal this second day of March, 1916. Thomas J. Shirley Witness by J. W. Roberts, B. F. Conner, P. W. Morehead Recorded in court May 4, 1917

3(iii). Mary Shirley born 31 October 1827 at New Market, Shenandoah Co VA; She died 9 June 1834, age 6 in New Market VA. She is buried in Kagey, Shirley, Newman cemetery, in New Market, VA died young

3(iv). Martin V. Shirley born 6 September 1829, age 20 in parent's 1850 census household; They are living in Page Co. VA in 1880 census. He died 10 May 1915

Martin V Shirley (b 1829)
(Photo thanks to Sue)

married Eliza Ann Brubaker on 14 March 1850. She was born 1 Nov 1832 and died 24 July 1898, daughter of John Brubaker Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Koontz.


4(i). Barbara Elizabeth Shirley born Dec 15, 1850 m. Daniel S. Hite

4(ii). Sarah Catherine Shirley born Feb 11, 1852 m. John William Long, son of Philip and Mary Long

4(iii). John Thomas Shirley born Jan 8, 1858

married Martha A. Comer. She was born June 13, 1858

children: (born Page Co. VA)

5(i). Mary Kate Shirley born Jan 19, 1886 m. James Kemper Burner

5(ii). Zachariah Martin Shirley born Oct 1, 1887 d. Fe 5, 1935

5(iii). Thomas Rueben Shirley Sr. born Sept 18, 1889 m. Linda Shaffer

5(iv). Annie E. Shirley born Sept 19, 1892 m. Hubert Monroe Strickler

5(v). Lelia Ruth Shirley born July 18, 1894

5(vi). Dollie E. Shirley born Mar 22, 1899 m. G. Clifford Long

4(iv). Abraham Zachariah Shirley born April 1, 1859

married Mary Ellen Rebecca Aleshire Mar 19, 1885 Page Co. VA. She was born Oct 6, 1866 died Jan 21, 1948


5(i). Martin Reuben Shirley born July 10, 1890, d. Feb 4, 1949

married 1) Ethel Williams Feb 2, 1880, divorced 1911,

married 2) Mabel Claire Ruffner June 12, 1915


6(i). Virginia Ella Shirley born Sept 5, 1916, d. ___ m. 1st. Eckel Davis, m. 2nd Lemoine Johnson

6(ii). William Abraham Shirley born Mar 22, 1918, d. Nov 22, 1877, was in the Army in WWII in 1941.

6(iii). Reuben Martin Shirley born May 10, 1919, d. Feb 12, 1996, m.1st ___ m. 2nd Liz ____

6(iv). Clara Elizabeth Shirley born Feb 23, 1921, d. May 4, 2001 m. Francis Brown

6(v). Mary Catharine Shirley born Oct 22, 1922, d.___ m. Kauffman Long

5(ii). Eliza Elizabeth Shirley born Aug 20, 1898 m. Augustus Martin Modisett

5(iii). Leo Abraham Shirley born Jan 28, 1906, d. Aug 12, 1992, m. 1st. Edna May Kite, m. 2nd Lillian M. ___ m. 3rd ______.

5(iv) Infant Shirley d 1884, 5(v). Infant Shirley d 1886, 5(vi). Infant Shirley d 1887

4(v). Mary Ellen Shirley born April 1, 1862 m. John R. Brubaker, son of Gideon and Mary Brubaker

4(vi). Annie Eliza Shirley born March 15, 1868 m. Philip Long Brubaker, son of Gideon and Mary Brubaker

4(vii). Robert Lee Shirley born Jan 30, 1871

married Gertrude Camella Brubaker Nov 28, 1895. She was born Sept 21, 1869 and died Dec 17, 1898


5(i). Elizabeth Shirley born Sept 1, 1896

3(v). Elizabeth Shirley born about 1832 VA, age 18 in parent's 1850 census household; She never married

Elizabeth Shirley (b 1832)
(Photo thanks to Sue)

3(vi). Catherine Shirley born about 1834 VA, age 16 in parent's 1850 census household; She married Andrew J. Brubacker 7 Nov 1850

3(vii). Maj. Christian Shirley born 31 October 1835 VA (bible), age 14 in parent's 1850 census household. Married and living at New Market, Shenandoah County VA in 1860 census, age 24; Shenandoah Co VA in 1870 census, age 34; Shenandoah Co VA in 1880 census, age 44; He was the father of Dr. W. C. Shirley, a longtime dentist. at New Market, VA. He died on 10 April 1915, age 80; Buried Saint Matthews Cemetery New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia

Confederate Veteran Magazine July, 1916 - Obituary of C. Shirley, New Market, Virginia.

Maj. C. Shirley was born in the 31st of October, 1835, and died on the 10th of April, 1915, in his eightieth year, at his home, in the western suburbs of the town of New Market, Va. He had for years been commander of the Neff-Rice Camp of Confederate Veterans, and as such he held the reverence and the respect of every member of the Camp. Not only was Major Shirley popular at home, but he had occupied various public positions, having been justice of the peace and supervisor for the county of Shenandoah. As such he held the esteem and respect of the people of his own community, of the whole county, and of many adjoining counties as well. He was a man of commanding personal appearance, stern when occasion required, but possessed of kind and generous traits of character. All his life he had been blessed with good health, never having had any serious illness until the last. In 1861 Major Shirley was a member of the State Militia with the rank of lieutenant. On the breaking out of hostilities he volunteered in Company K, 12th Virginia Cavalry, George J. Grandstaff, captain, Rosser's Brigade, C. S. A. He was captured and confined for about two years at Camp Chase and Point Lookout. A good man has been taken from us. His memory will long be revered.

Christian Shirley

This photo appeared in a newspaper identifying Christian as a Confederate Veteran. He attended 'The Old Soldiers' Reunion, an event the was the highlight of the year.

Christian and Elizabeth Rosenberger Shirley
ca 1900

married Elizabeth Rosenberger She was age 25 in 1860 census household; She died 8 November 1923; Buried Saint Matthews Cemetery New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia


4(i). Emma Shirley born about 1859 in Virginia, age 1 in 1860 census, age 11 in 1870 census

4(ii). Arthur Daniel Shirley born about 1860 in Virginia, age 10 in 1870 census, age 19 in 1880 census; He died 22 May 1896 at Washington DC, age 34, occupation: laborer, single

4(iii). Ellen V Shirley born 22 Jan 1862 in Virginia, age 8 in 1870 census, age 18 in 1880 census

4(iv). Laura Alice Shirley born 27 July 1868 New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia, age 2 in 1870 census, age 11 in 1880 census

4(v). Margaret Florence Shirley born 23 January 1871 New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia, age 9 in 1870 census

4(vi). Charles Thomas Shirley born 29 April 1873 New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia; He died on 28 Feb 1875, age 1

4(vi). Elizabeth Shirley born 18 December 1874 New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia, age 5 in 1870 census

4(vii). Sallie Shirley born about 1877 in Virginia, age 3 in 1870 census

4(viii). Dr. William Christian Shirley born 15 Dec 1880 New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia

3(viii). Samuel Patrick Shirley born 17 March 1837 VA (bible), age 12 in 1850 census; Lived at New Market Shenandoah County with his brothers Thomas and Zacharia in the 1900 census, age 63, single; He died July 28, 1915 Shenandoah Co. VA never married

Samuel P Shirley (b 1837)
(Photo, thanks to Sue)

3(ix). Barbara A. Shirley born 18 February 1839 VA (bible), age 11 in 1850 census; She married Rev. William Cone of Rowan, North Carolina.

Barbara A Shirley (b 1839)
(Photo, thanks to Sue)

children: (illigitimate)

Child with Lucretia/Lucy Clark (sister of Sallie); She and Zachariah Shirley had 1 child.

2(ii) James Clark, alias Shirley born Oct 28, 1798 Madison Co. VA. In 1822 he was boarding with his cousin, Lewis Sherley, in Caswell Co. NC. where he engaged with him in horse racing; He died "on water" in 1828 or 1829 and is buried in "Carolina".

1829 - Thurs. July 23, 1829 "Sherley", died on 16th of May, about 60 miles below Natchez, Mississippi, James Sherley of Caswell Co., aged 30 years leaving a widow and 3 small children... RRW .From Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh NC Newspapers 1820-29

1829 Sept 30. Caswell Co Will Book L pg 445 - Inventory of the property of James Sherley decd: 1 side board, a cow and calf; stallion and 1 horse left in Tennessee. by said Sherley. By James W. Jeffreys, adm.

married Susan Mitchell (A "runaway" marriage) in 1823. She was a daughter of Thomas Mitchell of Caswell Co. NC, with whom James was engaged in slave trading;


3(i). Marion Shirley Identified in Virginia Chancery documents as one of three children of James Clark, alias Shirley (son of Zachariah Shirley). According to Chancery documents, he died unmarried before the age of 21.

3(ii). Virginia C. Shirley. Identified in Virginia Chancery documents as one of three children of James Clark, alias Shirley (son of Zachariah Shirley). She married James B. Upton

3(iii). Indiana Shirley. Identified in Virginia Chancery documents as one of three children of James Clark, alias Shirley (son of Zachariah Shirley). She married 1st Theodore Perkins, (they had a daughter Clarissa); m. 2nd Robert B. Joyner, (they had a daughter Georgette)


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