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Job Sherley
of New York. Revolutionary War Soldier

DAR Lineage


1. Job Sherley, b. Oct 1757 (rev'l war application); died 20 Aug 1842; Revolutionary War Soldier, served as a minute man and lived to receive a pension. Moved to Niles, Cayuga NY about 1810; He died in Pennyville, N.Y. Entered the service of the United States in May 1775 at Wrentham Massachussetts "where he then resided". Lived Greene Co NY and Cayuga Co NY. [note: Evidence presented at the bottom of this page suggests this Sherley family originally carried the Shelley surname. Any comments from descendants are very welcome.]

Pension: Job Shirley, Massachusetts line, S23418, applied Aug 18, 1832 in Cayuga County New York, aged 74 in Oct 1831 (born 1757). He enlisted at Wrentham [Norfolk Co] Massachusetts. He died Aug 20, 1842, leaving a child, (not named), who received final payment Oct 24, 1853.

married Mary Wilbur on Dec 18 1778 at Raynham, Bristol Co Mass. (both groom and bride of Raynham - source: Vital Records of Raynham); she was born 24 Aug 1756; died 6 Feb 1837 (source DAR)

1778 Dec 18 Bristol Co MA, Raynham Town Marriage Records, pg 247 - Job Sherley married Mary Wilbur, both of Raynham.

2.i Bradford Shirley born about 1781 Massachussetts; lived Franklin Co MA, Cayuga Co NY then moved to Tioga Co NY (source: obituary of grandson Benjamin Bradford Snow and census records).

married Parthenia ______ (Polly? see marriage and dau Bethana birth record)

1804 July 9 - Franklin Co Mass, Shutesbury Town Birth, Marriage, Death Records, pg 198 - Bradford Shelly married Polly Wilbur by Joseph Smalledge (he was a baptist pastor in Shutesbury)


3.i Nancy Medora Shirley born about 1807; She died 7 May 1869, age 62 in Massachusetts (no place named in Mass vital record index), dau of Bradford Shirley, wife of Simkins Snow. Death cert for her daughter Mary Bellows says Mary was born 1828 in Orleans, Barnstable Co Mass.

married Simpkins Snow

5 Sep 1826 at Orleans, Barnstable Co MA, Simpkins Snow and Nancy Sherley both of Orleans ware married by Revd D Johnson

3.ii Bradford Shirley Jr born about 24 October 1808 at New Salem (Hampshire, now Franklin Co) Massachussetts; He lived in Junius Township, Seneca Co NY in 1836, a year he bought and sold a town lot there. He then lived in Niles, Moravia PO, Cayuga Co NY; he was taxed by the US IRS for owning a pianoforte in May 1865 (source census, IRS); enumerated with wife Lucy in 1870 as a hotel keeper in Niles; Died at Kelloggsville, Cayuga County NY on 11 Feb 1882.

1882 "News & Bulletin" (Newspaper Auburn NY) - Obituary

Death of an Old Resident

Kelloggsville Feb 13 - Today, February 13th our village people and others of adjoining towne met at about one o'clock pm at the Shirley House to pay their last tribute of respect to the late Bradford Shirley, who (after a few days illness) died at 2 o'clock pm of Saturday the 11th. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev John W. Steele officiating and the most profound sympathy for the widow and surviving family. The only surviving child or daughter of the deceased is Mary, wife of Frank A. Partello, well known for years past as the proprietor of the shirley House and (during Dr Wm C. Cooper's administration as postmaster) Mr Partello served as deputy postmaster. Mr Shirley was an uncle of B. B Snow so well known in Auburn adn was otherwise connected with many prominent families in this and adjoining counties. Bradford Shirley was born at New Salem Mass Oct 24 1808 In the year 1814 when 6 years of age, with his partents Mr and Mrs Bradford Shirley, he came to what was then called the township of Sampronius, which township has since been divided into three towns, Moravia, Niles and Sempronius. Of other members of his father's family was John Shirley now of Cortland county. One, Mrs Ensign of Broome County NY and one Mrs Snow mother of B.B. Snow of Auburn. Mrs Ensign and John Shirley were younger than Bradford and survive him. Mr Shirley's home where he spent his early years after he came to this county was the premises now occupied by the mansion of Col A.G. Holmer. As he grew to man's estate his business qualifications an genial manners introduced him into the best society, and in 1836 he was married to Miss Lucy Lee, a sister of Rev Day Kellogg Lee, and a daughter of the late Joseph Lee, of Niles. His relative position to this worthy family gave a fresh impetus to his resolution to not only promote his own interests but those of his neighbors. In later years he purchased a home in School Dist No 2 at Moravia where he owned a profitable saw mill, flax mill, spearmint and pepermint distilery etc. While on the premises his son George died. Afterward he was elected a Justice of Peace which office he filled in a manner much to his credit and finally retiring from active labor himself and son-in-law, French A Partello, purchased the hotel at Kelloggsville where he spent the remaining years of his life after having spent more than half a century in active toil ere he retired and went to Kelloggsville to live. Mr Shirley belonged to no orthodox church but was just as well as precise, in each and ever event of his everyday life. He was candid in every day belief pecular to himself. He was open to conviction on all subjects and once convinced he was firm and unyielding. Politically he was an old school Democrat and remained so until the hour of his death. His health had been visibly failing for more than a year past and several attacks of nervous postration have followed during that interval finally resulting in his death. His last hours were peacful and we believe that he as found favor in the eyes of his maker. We overlook all minor faults as all men have when the good and noble deeds form a large majority and steadfastly believe that when our accounts "are balanced" in the book of life that we shall each and all receive our several rewardsa as we are worth.

married Lucy Lee


4.i Mary F. Shirley born about 1841 in NY (source census). Married Frank A. Partello

4.ii George Shirley died on his father's mill property

3.iii Bethana Shirley born 27 May 1810 at Shutesbury, Franklin Co Mass (born to Bradford and Polly)

3.iv John Shirley born about 1822 NY; lived Tioga NY next door to Bradford Shirley Sr. in 1860 census; apparently living as a widower age 78 in the household of his son R. J. Shirley in the 1900 Harford Cortland Co NY census

married Esther A _____; died 1 Aug 1861, age 37 yrs, 11 mos 22 days; buried at Hunts Corners Cem. at Lapeer Twp in Cortland Co NY


4.i Durey (or Dewey) E. Shirley born about 1847 NY; lived Richford Tioga Co NY in 1870; he is likely the Bradford D Shirley agent Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine listed in the 1889 Courtland Village directory. A Walter D. Shirley, student, is listed in the directory at the same address.

married Pennie______ born about 1849 NY


5.i Walter D Shirley born Sept 1868; wood worker at planing mill Courtlandville Courtland Co NY in 1900; traveling salesman in wholesale groceries in 1910 census

married Mabel A. _____ born August 1872 NY


6.i Esther L Shirley born October 1895 NY

6.ii Anthony B Shirley born about 1902 NY; apparently moved to Chattanooga TN by the 1930 census and raised a large family; living Chicamauga GA across line from Chattanooga appearing in notices of his son Anthony Bradford Shirley, Jr seaman 1st class being killed in action in WWII.

6.iii Mildred L Shirley born about 1907 NY

5.ii Dewitt Shirley born Jan 1870 NY


4.ii Royal J. Shirley born May 1851 NY; living with brother's family in Tioga NY in 1870; living in Triangle Twp Broome Co NY in 1880, shoemaker; Ice Cream dealer at Courtland Village in 1889; father was living in his household at Harford Cortland Co NY in 1900; listed as married to Dorothy A Pritchard, a 20 year old English woman, in the Norfolk Valley, Tioga Co NY census.

married Mary ______; born April 1858; in

5.i Katie/Gertie Shirley born August 1879; living with parents in 1900 census

2.ii Mary W. Shirley b: Abt. 1799 d: March 05, 1867 (source: rootsweb posting); living in Moravia Township, Cayuga County, NY in 1840 Burial: Indian Mound Cemetary, Moravia New York

married Daniel Reynolds, Jr. b: October 16, 1795 in richmond, Vermont, sttld east shore of Owasco Lake m: October 11, 1816 d: October 13, 1882 in 1880 cen, Cayuga, Moravia. on 1820 and 1830 Sempronious Burial: Indian Mound Cemetary, Moravia,

Note: The 1810 Cayuga NY census shows Job Sharly 00002 - 01001 enumerated next door to Stephen Sharly 20100 - 10100

May 2010 Commentary I'm now wondering whether the book "Vital Records of New Salem" that listed an alternative spelling of Shelly for the 1810 deed record for Abiather Shirley was an important clue about the origin of this family. Could the family surname actually originate as "Shelley" and not "Shirley"? I dismissed the Shelly variant at first as a normal document transcription error, but further research of Mass. census records suggests otherwise. See if you agree...

Job Sherley who was born 1757 should appear in the 1790, 1800 census, but he only first appears in 1810 census in Cayuga New York. His son Bradford Sherley born about 1781 would certainly appear in census documents in 1810, but he only first appears in the 1820 census. Bradford's son Bradford Jr was born 1808 in New Salem Mass, so again, Bradford Sr. should be found in the 1810 census somewhere. But they are not found in any of these earlier records.

But can we find Job "Shelley" and Bradford "Shelley" in census documents instead? The answer is Yes!

1810 New Salem Mass Census

Bradford Shelley 30010 - 10100

He is indexed in Heritage Quest as "Shelby" but it is clearly Shelley in the original image). Next to Bradford in the census is another older Shelley with an illegible first name. Note Job Shirley/Shelley is in Cayuga NY census in 1810.

_____ Shelley 00001 - 00000 (born before 1765) Update: the image in shows the name probably to be Lebeius Shelley

Next I look at the earlier 1800 census and again find our Job "Shelley" in New Salem Mass.

1800 New Salem Mass Census

Job Shelly 01210 - 10110

Job was born between 1755 and 1776, so the profile for Job Shelly fits Job Shirley's birthdate of 1757. It is likely that Bradford Shelly/Shirley (age 19) is enumerated in the household of Job Shelly in the 1800 census.

Again, we should be able to find Job Shirley (Shelley?) in the 1790 census since he would have been about 33 years old at the time. Job SHIRLEY cannot be found, but what about Job SHELLEY?

1790 Raynham, Bristol Co Mass Census

Job Shelley 1 - 3 - 2

Vital Records of Raynham Mass

p246. Lebeus Shirley and Betheny Wilbore both of Raynham Jan 31 1778 (other instances he is a Shelly in records)
p246. Job Shirley and Mary Wilbore both of Raynham Dec 18 1778

There are several reasons why the Job Shelly of Bristol Co in eastern Mass. is likely the same person as the Job Shelly in the western Mass county of Hampshire 10 years later. First, Job Shirley's revolutionary war pension application states that he resided in Wrentham Mass at the time of enlistment. At the time of his enlistment, Wrentham Mass was located in Bristol County! Next, according to the DAR, Job Shirley married Mary Wilbur, and in 1790 Bristol Mass census, Job "Shelley" is living next to Shadrack, Jonathan, Jacob, Ebenezer and many other Wilbores. [note: a Jonathan, Abner, and Libeus Shelley are also nearby]

Evidence strongly suggests that the Shirleys of Branch #86 (and maybe #44) may have originally been Shellys. However, there are a few very early Shirley surname marriages in the Bristol Mass. area, which may suggest that the family used the Shelley surname only periodically. What do you think?

Here is this Shelley family including Abiather and Job Shelley at Rootsweb


May 2010 Update. It seems that Job Shirley (Branch #86) who was a Revolutionary War soldier in the Massachussetts line in the company of Capt Perry was indeed Job SHELLY. Here is the annotated muster roll found in "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War". Note the undlerlined service record, and then compare the record to that claimed by Job SHIRLEY (below)

Shelly, Job. Raynham. Private, Capt James Perry's co. col Paul Dudley Sargent's regt; muster roll dated Aug 12 1775; enlisted July 8 1775; service 1 mo 7 days; also company return dated Oct 6 1775; also, Capt Joshua Wilbore's co. Col John Hathaway's regt service 23 days at Rhode island; company drafted from Taunton, Rayhham and Easton, In apr 1777; also Capt Joshua Wilbore's co, Col Josiah Whitney's regt; service 1 mo 23 days; 1777; also, Capt Jonathan Shaw's co, col George William's regt; service 21 days; company marched from Raynham, Taunton and Easton in Sept 1777 on a secret expedition; also Capt Ebenezer Dean's co, Col Thomas Carpenter's regt; service 1 mo 4 days; company marched from Taunton to Rehoboth, thence to Bristol and thence to Providence RI and thence home; roll dated Nov 5 1777; also Capt Jonathan Shaw's co. Col John Daggett's regt entered service Aug 21 1778; discharged Sept 1 1778; service 12 days at Rhode Island; also pay roll for same service sworn to at Taunton.

Now compare the service record of Job SHELLY (above) with the record stated in the pension application of Job SHIRLEY (next):

1. "That he enlisted in Capt James Perry's company of militia in Col Sergeant's regt. for eight months..."

2. "That in May 1774 he enlisted for three months in Capt Dean's company of milita in Col Wilbers Regiment..."

3. Others: "Capt Shaw's company, in Gen'l Sullivan's army"...was always prepared to go and was frequently called out on short tours but cannot now state the particulars of these services..."

Other Shellys named in the book, also from Raynham Bristol Co Mass - Abiather, Jonathan and Lebeus Shelly - were enumerated near Job Shelly in the 1790 Bristol Co census.


Abiathar Shirley who died in Ohio is possibly the son of Job Sherley (Shelley)

Saturday, December 20, 2003, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Franklin Co MA (This is where Abiathar SHIRLEY lived)
1803 Notice! Whereas Lydia, my wife, has left my bed and board, and has behaved herself in an unbecoming manner, this is therefore to caution all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I am determined not to pay any debts of her contracting. - Abiathar Shelly, New Salem.n The members of the Hampshire Missionary Society are hereby notified that their meeting stands adjourned to the second Thursday of January next in Northampton.

Shelly/Shirley Family of Eastern Massachusetts
Benjamin Shelly
born 12 March 1679 at Barnstable Co Massachusetts; listed in 1746 valuation of Raynham MA (Shelley); He died 1757 at Cheshire Co New Hampshire

married Alice Goodspeed on 8 August 1705 at Barnstable Co MA


1(i). Joseph Shelly born 1706; tanner of Raynahm Bristol Co; listed in 1746 valuation of Raynham MA (Shelley)

Joseph Shelley (son of Benjamin Shelley and Alice Goodspeed) was born July 29, 1706 in Barnstable, Mass., and died Aft. February 24, 1767 in Raynham, Mass..He married Thankful Bodfish on February 23, 1735/36 in Barnstable, Mass., daughter of Benjamin Bodfish and Lydia Crocker.

married Thankful Bodfish on 23 February 1735/36 at Barnstable Co MA


2(i). Joseph Shelly/Sherley left an 1818 will at Raynham Plymouth Co MA

1779 Dec 3 Plymouth Deed Vol 60 page 85 - Timothy Bryant of Plymouth to Jemima Sherley daughter, wife of Joseph Sherley of Raynham Bristol Co. land in Middlesboro

1818 Docket - Est of Joseph Shelly, Rachel Wilbur exectrx.; Will 49/387; dau Rachel Wilber, dau Asneth Tubbs wife of Samuel; grandson Seth Wilber, dau Rachel extrx. Wit Isaiah Wilber, Lyman Hooper, Daniel Crane.

married Jemima Bryant in 1766 in Raynham

1780 Feb 17 Jemima Shelly of Raynham Bristol Co et al (heirs of Timothy Bryant) to Joshua Shaw 75/198

2(ii). Lydia Shelly married George Wilbur, son of Mesach Wilbur.

2(iii). Jonathan Shelley, born April 04, 1738, d. October 22, 1811.

Jonathan Shelley (son of Joseph Shelley and Thankful Bodfish) was born April 04, 1738, and died October 22, 1811.He married Sarah Andrews on February 1759, daughter of Henry Andrews and Mary Williams.

married Sarah Andrews in 1759


3(i). Abner Shelley/Shirley b. Abt. 1759, Living at Raynham Bristol Co MA in 1790 and at Sharon Norfolk Co MA in 1800 census; He died February 16, 1840.

married Mary Hartwell

Nov 19, 1781 Bridgewater Vital Records pg 451 Abner Shirley of Raynham and Mary Hartwell of Bridgewater, marriage banns read


4(i). Hartwell Shelley, b. April 11, 1789, Westmoreland, New Hampshire, d. May 03, 1868.

4(ii). Nathan Shelley.

4(iii). Abner Shelley/Shirley - born about 1787 at Sharon Norfolk Co MA; He legally changed his name to Shirley in 1838; He died in Boston in 1854

1838 Private and Special Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume 8 - Abner Shelley, Belinda Shelly, and Daniel H. Shelley may severally take the surname of Shirley

1854 November 26 - Death - Abner Shirley, age 67 (b 1787) born Sharon, Norfolk Co MA, parents: Abner, Mary

married Belinda _______


5(i). Daniel Hartwell Shelley/Shirley - born 26 April 1817 at Bridgewater Plymouth Co MA to Abner and Belinda Shelly; chr 4 October 1822 to Abner Shelly; He died (surname Shirley) 28 January 1873 at Boston MA, occupation piano tuner; Father Abner Shirley

1838 Private and Special Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume 8 - Abner Shelley, Belinda Shelly, and Daniel H. Shelley may severally take the surname of Shirley

married Charlotte Walker (named in daughters marriage record)


6(i). Ellen Bertina Shirley born about 1840, age 15 in 1855 state census; She married Lucius Edwards in 1867; her parents named Shirley

6(ii). Charlotte I Shirley born about 1844, age 21 in 1865 Mass. State census; She married George Torrey in 1861, her parents named Shirley

6(iii). Anna B Shirley born about 1849, age 16 in 1865 Mass State census; She married Isaac Chase in 1894, her parents named Shirley

4(iv). Alanson Shelley.

4(v). Mary Shelley.

4(vi). Daniel Hartwell Shelley

4(vii). Sewell Shelley.

3(ii). Jonathan Shelley, b. 1764.

3(iii). Calvin Shelley.

3(iv). Mary Shelley.

3(v). Hannah Shelley.

3(vi). Sarah Shelley.

1(ii). Thankful Shelly born 1707

1(iii). Lydia Shelly born 1713

1(i). Benjamin Shelly Jr - born about 1720; listed in 1746 valuation of Raynham MA (Shelley); His will was probated in 1780 at Raynham Bristol Co MA

1780 Will of Benjamin Shelly of Raynham Bristol Co MA - names sons Libeus Shelly, Barnabus Shelly, Job Shelly, Sarah Hewitt ('his sister'), and Olive Shelly (who must have been incapacitated in some way)

married Mary Turner at Bridgewater Plymouth Co MA on 21 December 1749


2(i). Abiather Shelly died 1777 as a soldier in the Revolutionary War

2(ii). Libeus Shelly/Shirley Held land in Franklin Co MA. His estate was probated by Lot Shelly in Bristol Co MA

married 1) Bethana Wilbur in 1778 in Bristol Co MA

Jan 31 1778 p246. Lebeus Shirley and Betheny Wilbore both of Raynham

married 2) Phebe ______ (named in birth records of children)


3(i). Rhoda Shelly born 20 Sept 1778 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Bethany Shelly

3(ii). Lot Shelly born 30 Jan 1782 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Phebe Shelly

3(iii). Green Shelly born 13 Aug 1784 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Phebe Shelly

3(iv). Phebe Shelly born 7 Nov 1786 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Phebe Shelly

3(v). Polly Shelly born 23 June 1788 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Phebe Shelly

3(vi). Libeus Shelly born 11 March 1790 at Raynham Bristol Co MA to Libeus and Phebe Shelly

2(iii). Job Shelly/Shirley

married Mary Wilbur in Bristol Co, moved to Franklin Co MA, then NY, son Abiather Shirley?)

Dec 18 1778 p246. Job Shirley and Mary Wilbore both of Raynham Vital Records of Raynham Mass


3(i). Abiather Shelly (later Shirley in Erie/Huron Co Ohio)

married Lydia Hewitt at Bristol Co MA

1798 Aug 16 Abiather Shelly married Lydia Hewitt both of Raynham pg 100. Marriage Intention 23 December 1797

2(iv). Barnabas Shelly served in the Revolutionary War;

So not the following: Barnabas Shelly born about 1770; Residence: Raynham at time of marriage; lived at Cheshire Co NH in 1803

1803 Bristol MA DB83/168 Cole, Shelly et al to Richard Newcomb (Estate sale of Robt Cole dec'd by heirs incl, Barnabus Shelly and Lydia his wife, Jonathan Shelly and Mary his wife who all were living in Cheshire Co NH at the time)

married Lydia Cole on 26 August 1792 at Norton Bristol Co MA

children: (6 children)

3(i). Barnabas Shelly Jr

BARNABAS SHELLEY came here from Raynham, Mass about eighty years ago. and located upon the place now occupied by Warren Shelley, off road. BARNABAS SHELLEY, one of the six children of Barnabas Sr., was born at the old homestead, and reared a family of four children as follows: Elisha, Joseph, Emeline and Lewis C. ELISHA SHELLEY married Lucy S. Hall, and is a farmer in East Westmoreland. JOSEPH SHELLEY,
who was born on the old homestead, remained there until twenty-one years of age, when he left for a year or so, then returned, and owning a part of the old farm lived there about fifteen years, then moved to Westmoreland village, where he has been postmaster fifteen years. He has been selectman, assessor and town treasurer, each three years, and collector nine years. He has been a partial invalid through rheumatism the past twenty-seven years He is much esteemed and is valued as an efficient post-master. He married Betsey F. Balch and has
reared four children, all of whom are living. His son, WARREN W. SHELLEY has been a butcher in Westmoreland, but left the business on account of rheumatism, and now resides on road 44. EMELINE SHELLEY married Henry Livingston of Walpole, and has had two children. She is left a widow, and keeps a store in Westmoreland. LEWIS C. SHELLEY married Betsey Woodward, has two children, both living at home, is a farmer and lives in East Westmoreland. -- History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1886

2(v). Sarah Shelly

1(iv). Mehitable Shelly born 1721




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