John Ambrose Shirley was born Sept 10, 1770. He died Oct 9, 1843 Marshall Co. Indiana. John was a farmer and a carpenter. The traditional family story is that after a family problem of some sort, John left the home of his parents and took off on his own. His parents are unknown to us at this time. By 1799 John and Elizabeth were listed on the tax records of Mason Co. Kentucky They apparently settled in that part of Mason Co. which in 1807 was to become Lewis Co. In 1811 John was listed as a Justice of the peace in Lewis Co.. On June 28, 1813 John granted Power of Attorney to one Reuben Pollard of Ohio to assist in acquiring John's share of his father's estate. This document is recorded in the deed book of Lewis Co. Kentucky. About 1815 John and Elizabeth Shirley moved from Kentucky to Indiana Territory. In 1816 Indiana became a state and a new capital was laid out at Indianapolis in 1825 in Marion County. In 1827 the Shirley family settled on virgin land about 13 miles from Indianapolis which then was nothing more than a village. John took land in Madison Co. which in 1828 was to become Hancock Co. Indiana. One history of Hancock Co. states that amongst the first settlers was John Shirley of Kentucky.
married Elizabeth Braxton or Danner, (or he may have been married twice, both named Elizabeth), in Marietta, Washington County Ohio in 1797. She was born in PA.
1(i). Ambrose Sheppard Shirley Dec 12, 1798 KY, died Nov 5, 1877 Le Claire, Iowa. Ambrose was a carpenter, a farmer and later became a Justice of the Peace for almost 50 years.
1(ii). Philemon William Shirley Apr 29, 1803 died Dec 31, 1866 Marshall Co. IN.
1(iii). George Benjamin Shirley 1807. George lived in Fayette and Hancock Co. IN in 1850 census. He died about 1858.
1(iv). Tabitha Shirley, May 19, 1808 Lewis Co. KY. She married Jacob Laurence Payne in 1828 in Marion Co. IN. Children born in Monroe Co IN.
1(v). John Alexander Shirley June 24, 1812 in Lewis Co. KY. He died in 1861 of erysipelas.
1(vi). Samuel Newton Shirley 1814 Lewis Co. KY. They lived in Johnson Co. MO. Samuel spent his early boyhood in and around the territory now known as Columbia Township in Fayette Co. Indiana. In 1827 the family moved on west, settling in the area surrounding the future town of Cumberland Indiana, on the county line between Hancock and Marion Counties of Indiana. John Shirley located on the Hancock County side.
1(vii). William Braxton Shirley born 10 March 1816 Lewis Co. KY. William died April 1887 from smoke and fire inhalation, and burns suffered during a fire that swept the prairie near Norcatur Kansas. He lived only 6 miles away. His profession was that of a minister. He lived several places. ..Marshall Co. IN, Maclean Co. and Richland Co. Illinois, then to Decatur Co. Kansas in 1881. He also was called upon for doctoring such things as arthritis, setting bones, coughs and fevers.
1(viii). Reuben Franklin "Frank" Shirley born 21 August 1820 Fayette Co. IN, died 1906 Rockfalls, Whiteside Co. Illinois, In 1864 Reuben and Jane moved to Lee Co. Illinois where they purchased a 240 acre farm. IN 1867 they moved into Whiteside Co. where they purchased an 80 acre farm on the Dixon Road east of Rock Falls. they sold this in 1876 to their son, Samuel, and purchased a half block in Arey's Addition on Rock Falls, erecting a home in which they were still living in 1885.
1(ix). Levi Shirley died about age 2 years
1(x). Levin Shirley died about age 2 years.
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