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  John H. Shirley
b. ca 1786 North Carolina.  Lived in Hempstead Co. AR

John H. Shirley born ca. 1786 North Carolina. John was in St. Louis Missouri 1812-1814 fighting Indians. First appears in the records of Hempstead Co Arkansas in 1825. His will was written in 1858. In 1860 census he is living with son, Wesley in Hempstead Co. Arkansas.

Will of John H. Shirley

In the name of God, Amen. I John Shirley of he county of Hempstead in the state of Arkansas, being of sound mind and in ordinary hearlth, but sensible of the uncertainty of human life, deem it expedient at this time to make this my last Will and Testament. For my daughter, Elvira, wife of James McIntyre, I give for the term of her natural life to deseent at her death to her brothers or their children, the tract of land on which she now lives, it being the east half of the southwest quarter section twenty four (24) in township elven (11) south of range twenty-six (26) west, containing eighty (80) acres situate in the county of Hempstead afore said. To my two sons, Walker Wesley and John Fletcher Shirley, to be divided equally between them, I give and bequeath all other lands and tnements of which I may died posessed. My wagon I give to my son Wesley Walker shirley. My beds abd bed clothing I give to my son John Fletcher Shirley. My cattle, hogs, sheep, household and kitchen furniture and all other personal property I may have may be divided equally among all my children. And for the prupose of carrying into effect the foregoing provisions, I hereby appoint my friend Doctor Nathan D. Smith Executor of this my last Will and Testament given under my hand and seal this twentieth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight (1858). Signed and sealed in the presence of: (His mark)... John Shirley. Franklin Smith, Hadley Smith, Willoby Smith

married Sarah ________ b. ca. 1806 TN.


1(i). Elvira R. Shirley b 1827 Arkansas; She married James F. McIntire,  Aug 22, 1844 in Hempstead Co.

1(ii). Wesley Walker Shirley b 1828 Arkansas; He was listed in the 1868 voter register for Bakersfield, Kern Co California.

married Nancy Reeder on Oct 20, 1850


2(i). John F. Shirley b 1852 Arkansas died 1938 Wiggin, Stone Co. MS,

married 1) Mary E. Irwin on Sept 7, 1873

married 2) Sarah Evaline Tally  

2(ii). Thomas Reeder Shirley b 1853 Arkansas; He died beffore 1930

married Mattie Laurie Putnam 9 Mar 1876 at Howard Co, AR

2(iii). Sarah Shirley b 1855 Arkansas; died young

2(iv). William F. Shirley b 1856 Arkansas; He lived in Kern Co California in 1900 census, single.

2(v). Samuel Shirley b 1858 Arkansas; he must have died before the 1870 census.

2(vi). Lydia Shirley b 1859 Arkansas; died young

1(iii). John Fletcher Shirley born Aug 27, 1828 Hempstead Co. Arkansas, He went to California in 1852 and to Kern Co. California in 1862. died Jan 24, 1870 Paso Robles, CA.

married Lydia A. Reeder March 29, 1861 born Alabama. (she married 2nd Allen E. Rose). She was living alone with children in the 1870 Kern Co CA census, known as a 'stock raiser'


2(i). Jefferson Davis Shirley born Aug 3, 1863 Merced, California, died June 16, 1933.

married Isabelle Hitchcock.


3(i). Ivy Shirley born March 1892 Clover Flat, Kern Co. California, died Aug 14, 1909. Married Leslie L. Darling

3(ii). Mrytle Shirley born Nov 21, 1893 Long Tom Mine, Kern Co. California, m. Leslie L. Darling

3(iii). Davis William Shirley

married Pearl Hitchcock

2(ii). Wesley Shirley born 1865 CA, living with mother in Kern Co CA in 1870 census; died young?

2(iii). Samuel Shirley born 1868 CA, living with mother in Kern Co CA in 1870 census; died young?

2(iv). Jerome Shirley born 1870 CA, living with mother in Kern Co CA in 1870 census; died young?


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