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  Jeremiah Shirley
Tuscaloosa Co. Alabama

Thanks to Jenny for sending the following lineage, research and family photo May 2010

Jeremiah Shirley born about 1812/1814 in SC; lived Tuscaloosa County Alabama; Likely died sometime prior to 1880 census.

married Lucy_____ she was born about 1820 in GA; She lived with son John J. Shirley in 1880 Tuscaloosa census. She died unknown


1(i). Jurusha Thorington Shirley born 31 October 1841 in AL (source Jeremiah bible), age 18 in 1860 census; She married Wiley K Savage on 10 May 1857 in Tuscaloosa Co AL (so why is she living in parent's household in 1860 if married in 1857?)

1(ii). Elbert Shirley born 1843 in AL, age 17 in 1860 census; nothing more known

1(iii). Mary A. Shirley born 1846 in AL. age 14 in 1860 census; nothing more known

1(iv). Matilda L. Shirley born 1849 in AL, age 11 in 1860 census; nothing more known

1(v). Amanda S. Shirley born 1851 in AL, age 9 in 1860 census; nothing more known

1(vi). George Washington Shirley born 2 December 1853 [tombstone] in AL; Lived in Beat 14 in Tuscaloosa Co AL in 1880 census; He died 22 August 1936 in Parrish, Walker Co AL, but was buried at Wiley Cemetery, Tuscaloosa Co AL corrected October 2014

"I've attached a scan of a photo that my father-in-law had. In it is, for certain, George Washington Shirley.
He is on the far left, in the first standing row, second from the left, with the dark hat and full mustache.
His son Jesse (my husband's grandfather) is on the porch in the center of the photograph, holding a shotgun.
I know that Jesse's brother Henry is in the photo, but I'm not sure where. His daughter Ann is on the far right,
on the first row, last in line, with no shoes on. There are several older folks in the photo--maybe you or
some of the others know them." - Jessie Emerson

married Violet Mackey sometime before 1880; she was born Jun 1860 in AL; She died 23 July 1928 in Berry Tuscalooa Co AL, age 72 years old. She was the daughter of John Mackey and wife Violet. Buried in Wiley Cemetery in Tuscaloosa Co AL.


2(i). Lucy Ann Shirley born 1877 in AL. She died 3 August 1955 at Tuscaloosa Co, age 80 years; She married Tom Davis

2(ii). Robert Lee Shirley born 1878 in AL; Age 2 in the 1880 census family household.

2(iii). Elbert Shirley born 25 March 1880 in Tuscaloosa Co AL; He died 24 March 1932 in Tuscaloosa Co AL.

2(iv). Jack Henry Shirley born 14 Jan 1883 in AL; He died 8 August 1966 at Oakman, Walker Co AL, age 83 years.

2(v). Annie Shirley born Feb 1885 in AL

2(vi). John Wesley Shirley born 4 Jul 1893 in AL; He died 16 February 1973 in Tuscaloosa Co AL, age 79 years; He married Hattie.

Funeral services for John W. Shirley, 79, 231 24th Ave. East, will be today at 2 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Free Will Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Shirley died early Saturday night at Druid City Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Shirley; one son, Eugene Shirley of Tuscaloosa; three daughters, Mrs. Annabell Watkins of Berry, Mrs. Elzora Kimbrell of Berry and Mrs. Kathleen Reece of Elrod; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Chris Shirley of Charlotte, N.C. Active pallbearers include David Shirley, James Otis Shirley, J.C. Day, Elton Reece, Cullen Watkins and John Doyle Watkins. "Tuscaloosa News", February 18, 1973.

2(vii). Maggie Lee Shirley born Sep 1895 in AL; She died 24 February 1963 in Tuscaloosa Co AL, age 66 year. She married Grady Christian.

Mrs. Maggie Lee Christian, 66, of Northport Star Route died Sunday afternoon at Druid City Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Goodwater Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Henry Grady Christian of Northport; three daughters, Mrs. Elona Smith, Mrs. Corene Malone and Mrs. Gelene Montgomery, all of Northport; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hester Fields of Northport and Mrs. Annie Odom of Oklahoma; four brothers, Henry Shirley of Oakman, John Shirley of Tuscaloosa, Chris Shirley of North Carolina and Jesse Shirley of Chicago, Ill. Pallbearers will be Walter Ray Smith, Gordon Smith, Joe Beasley, Joe C. Malone Jr., David Smith, Gerald D. Malone and Ronald Montgomery."Tuscaloosa News", February 25, 1963.

2(viii). Jack Chris Shirley born Jan 1898 in Tuscaloosa Co AL; He died 14 November 1978 in Charlotte Mecklenburg NC. He was a painter. He married Ethis Bullard

2(ix). Esther Shirley born 1901; She died 3 May 1964 in Tuscaloosa Co AL, age 63 years. She married Frank Moody Fields.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hester Bell Fields, 63, of Northport Rt. 1 will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Piney Woods Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Fields, a lifelong resident of Tuscaloosa County, died Sunday afternoon in Druid City Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Moody Fields of Northport Rt. 1; four daughters, Mrs. Moody Barger of Northport, Mrs. Earl Homan and Mrs. Jimmy Phillips of Tuscaloosa and Mrs. Charles Mitchell of Centreville; five sons, Wilton Fields, George Fields, Billy Fields and Bobby Fields, all of Tuscaloosa, and James O. Fields of the U.S. Navy; four brothers, John Shirley of Tuscaloosa, Henry Shirley of Oakman, Chris Shirley of Charleston, N.C. and Jesse Shirley of Detroit, Mich., 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Jim Phillips, Earl Homan, Charles Mitchell, Moody Barger, Thurman Fields and Gerald Malone. "Tuscaloosa News", May 4, 1964

2(x). Jesse Shirley, Sr. born 1905. He lived in Chicago IL in 1963. He married 1). Betty Stanford (1897 in Cordova? - 21 Oct 1930) married 2) Stella Amerson Bailey

1(vii). Jeremiah J. Shirley born 27 August 1856 in AL, age 4 in 1860 census; Living in Tuscaloosa Co in 1880 census (born SC). Engaged in mining. Died September 26, 1900 in Center, Cherokee County AL. Buried Old Center Church Cemetery, Tuscaloosa Co AL

married Mary E _____


2(i). John H Shirley born about 1878 in AL, age 2 in 1880 census

2(ii). Pinkie Shirley born about 1879 in AL, age 1 in 1880 census

2(iii). Melissa Shirley born about 1881

2(iv). Minnie Shirley born 26 October 1886, Northport Tuscaloosa Co AL. Never married. She died 24 July 1924 Northport, Tuscaloosa Co AL

1870 Alabama Census, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, Jeremiah, 56, Farmer, SC
Lucy, 46, GA
George, 16, AL
John, 13, AL

1860 Alabama Census, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shearley, Jeremiah, 48, Farmer, AL (real estate $150, personal $320)
Lucy, 39, GA
Jennicia?, 18, AL
Elbert, 17, AL
Mary A., 14, AL
Matilda L., 11, AL
Amanda S., 9, AL
George, 7, AL
Jeremiah J., 4, AL

(many other Shearley's from SC nearby)

1850 Alabama Census, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, Jeremiah, 38, SC
Lucy, 30 GA
(J?)Lurusha L. (f), 8, AL
Elbert, 7, AL
Martha E., 4, AL
Mary F., 1, AL

(2 houses down)
Shirley, Davis, 24, SC
Elizabeth L., 22, AL
Elizabeth M., 1 AL

(a few houses down)
Pate, Charles R., 27, GA
Mary 27, SC
Elizabeth, 2, AL
Shirely, Carmelia, 10, AL

(a few houses down)
Shirley, Moses, 38, SC
Roena, 25, SC
Martha, 10, AL
Zimri (m), 8, AL
Mary, 6, AL
Joseph, 4, AL
William, 2, AL
Amanda, 5 mo., AL

1840 Alabama Census, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, Jeremiah
1 male 20-30
(2 people total in household)

1830 Alabama Census, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, Joel



Note: One of the brothers was called Jack, and he lived in Charlotte, NC. Two of the sisters lived in Oakman, AL.

1920 Alabama Soundex, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, Geo. W., 67, AL (present address, Crabbe Road)
Berlett (w), 55, AL
Jesse (s), 15, AL
Mackey, Ann, (ml), 89, AL

1910 Alabama Soundex, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

(E.D. 137, Sheet 2, Vol. 107)
Shirley, George W., 57
Violet (w), 48
John (s), 16
Maggie (d), 14
Chris (s), 10
Esther (d), 9
Jesse (s), 5
Mackey, Ann, (ml), 74

1900 Alabama Soundex, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Shirley, George W., Dec 1855, 45, AL (present address, Pct. 1, Windham Springs)
Violet (w), Jun 1860, 39, AL
Henry (s), Jan 1883, 17, AL
Annie (d), Feb 1885, 15, AL
John (s), Jul 1893, 6, AL
Maggie (d), Sep 1895, 4, AL
Chris (s), Jan 1898, 2 AL

1880 Alabama Soundex, Tuscaloosa County, AL:

Sherley, George, 25, AL
Violet (w), 19, AL
Lucy A. (d), 3, AL
Robert Lee (s), 2, AL
Elbert (s), 2 mo., AL


From Jeremiah Shirley's Bible:
Jerusha Thorington Shirley born Oct.31,1841
Missouri Ann Savage born July 21, 1862 died June 24, 1863
Elbert Savage born August 23, 1864
Felore Andrew Savage born Feb. 4, 1866
These were all ones in Bible. the 1870 has Jerusha living next to Jeramiah(no husband listed) Her name looks like Gracie or Jracie. Her kids are Elbert 5 and William C. 2



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