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  John Shirley
born ca 1773-1778, likely in Virginia. Family moved to Gerrard, Gallatin and Owen Co KY

The core of the following family tree sourced from an online posting to Rootsweb. The tree has been traced and annotated with additional facts and information.

John W. Shirley born ca. 1773-1778, likely in Virginia. His middle initial is likely W, as signed for the 1829 marriage of son John Shirley Jr. According to one source he performed many marriages in Gerrard and Gallatin Co KY, and moved from Garrard to Gallatin in the late 1820s. Enumerated in the 1820 Garrard Co KY census with 5 sons and 4 daughters. An inventory of his estate is found in Gallatin County, Will Book F, page16, 17 and 19, 3 September 1841. Abner Wood, Administrator, Susan Shirley, Administratix. He may be connected with James Shirley whose daughter Mary married James Gardner in Rockbridge Co VA in 1788.

married Susanna Gardner on 10 December 1793 in Albemarle Co VA. She was born about 1775 in VA, age 75 in 1850 census. She appears in the 1850 Gallatin Co KY census in the household of son Miley Shirley. Died after 1850 likely in Gallatin Co KY

children of John and Susanna Shirley:

1(i).[Son] Shirley (Ed: I don't know the source for this child. Maybe the child Miley W Shirley was named a grandson in some document)


2(i). Miley W. Shirley

1(ii). Elizabeth H. Shirley b: c1798 VA d: Dec 29, 1853 Gallatin Co., KY. She married John Gardner b: Aft. 1794 m: Sept 05, 1815 Garrard Co., KY

1(iii). Miley W. Shirley b: c 1800, likely in Virginia. He first appears in 1840 Gallatin Co KY census. Age 50 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY census. He was elected Gallatin Co tax assessor.

The grandfather, Miley Shirley, came from Virginia at an early date, and the more remote ancestry came from Ireland. Miley was a prominent farmer of Gallatin County, where he held the office of county assessor. He was a Whig until that party was disbanded, and after that he was a democrat. Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley Vol 1 pages 161-162 (published in 1903)

married Matilda Anderson in April 1826 in Garrard Co., KY. age 46 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY census

children of Miley W. and Matilda Shirley:

2(i). Zerelda Shirley b: c 1827, age 23 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY

2(ii). Amanda Shirley b: c 1832, age 18 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY

2(iii). John W. Shirley b: c 1834 in Gallatin Co KY, age 16 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY, age 36 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY census. In 1880, the family is living at Hoggins School House, Gallatin Co KY, farmer. He died in 1881.

John W. Shirley, father of W.A. Shirley, was a teamster and a farmer. He did overland freighting before the advent of the railroad; finally settled in Carroll Co. KY and took up the occupation of a farmer until his death in the fall of 1881. His widow still lives on the old homestead. Both parents were members of the Christian Church. They had nine children, viz. W.A., the subject of this sketch; T. M., who was burned to death in his infancy, G.W., now associated with his brother in business, Ellen, deceased, J.E., a farmer in Carroll Co; E.F., in the livery business at Sanders, F.W., a dealer in fine horses at Sparta, KY, Nora, wife of Walter Kennedy and resides on the old homestead, F. B., deceased. Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley Vol 1 pages 161-162 (published in 1903)

married Emily F Knox 8 March 1857 in Carroll Co KY, age 30 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY census

children of John W and Emily Shirley:

3(i). William A. Shirley born about 1858, age 12 in 1870 census, age 22 in 1880 Carroll Co KY census. He died in 1934 and was buried in Ghent Masonic Cem, Carroll Co KY.

W. A. Shirley, one of the leading business men of Sanders, Carroll Co. KY., was born in that county, and is a son of John W. Shirley, a native of Gallatin County Kentucky. In the fall of 1886 W.A. Shirley traded a team and wagon for a stock of drugs at Eagle Station; followed this business until the fall of 1889; in 1890 came to Sanders and opened a general store, sold out in 1891 and for awhile operated the livery business now owned by J. C. Griffith; formed a partnership with his brother in 1892 and embarked in the business of general merchandizing, dealing in tobacco and live stock, built a large store in 1900, and a fine residence since. Mr. Shirley is an active Republican; has been frequently sent as a delegate to conventions, served as a member of the county council; and in 1901 appointed postmaster. He and his brother have the largest mercantile establishment in Sanders, carrying a complete stock of general merchandise and machinery. Mr. Shirley is also a director in the Sanders Deposit bank, which was organized on July 23, 1904, with a capitol stock of $15,000, and of which G.W. Deatherage is president. He is also interested in the Eagle Valley Lithia Water Company. Mr. Shirley was married on Dec 5, 1878 to Miss Susie K. Southworth, a native of Owen Co. KY and a daughter of James and Lucy Southworth of Scott County KY. To this marriage has been born one son, Arthur W.. born Sept 20, 1880, and on Dec 28,1898 he married Miss Rosa D. Williams. They have one son, Russell M. born Nov 5, 1902. Mr. Shirley and his son are both members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythisas, and the father is also a member of the Daughters of Rebekah. He and his family all belong to the Christian Church. Mr. Shirley is a fine specimen of a self-made man. All he has and all he is have been the result of his own efforts through the exercise of his industry and intelligence. Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley Vol 1 pages 161-162 (published in 1903)

Mrs Shirley (mother of W. A), W.A Shirley, Snowden Shirley, Jack Shirley
source: Findagrave

married 1) Susie K Southworth, on 5 December 1878, age 18 in 1880 Carroll Co KY census

married 2) Rosa D Williams on 28 December 1898.

3(ii). T. M. Shirley burned to death in his infancy.

3(iii). George W. Shirley born about 1861, age 9 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY census. Age 19 in 1880 census. He was associated in business with brother William A Shirley. He died 13 June 1945. Buried Ghent Masonic Cem, Carroll Co KY

married Mollie Southworth 19 December 1883 in Owen Co KY

3(iv). Martha Ellen Shirley born about 1864, age 6 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY, age 17 in 1880 census.

3(v). John Edward Shirley born about 1865, age 5 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY. Age 14 in 1880 census. He was a farmer in Carroll Co KY

3(vi). Ernest Thomas Shirley born about 1869, age 1 in 1870 Gallatin Co KY. Age 13 in 1880 census. He was in the livery business in Sanders KY.

3(vii). F. W. Shirley He was a dealer in fine horse in Sparta KY

3(viii). Fred B. Shirley born about 1873, age 7 in 1880 census

3(ix) Frances H Sherley born about 1875, age 5 in 1880 census

3(x). Nora J. Shirley born about 1879, age 1 in 1880 census. She married Walter Kennedy

2(iv). Mary A. Shirley b: c 1837. age 13 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY. She married Willis Gardner b:c 1831 Montgomery Co.,, KY m: Febr 17, 1853 Gallatin Co., KY

2(v). William C.B. Shirley born Jun. 22, 1841. Age 9 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY census. Served in Co F, 4th KY Cav. CSA. He died July 1916 at Eagle Carroll Co KY (son of Miley Shirley and ___Anderson) Buried Ghent Masonic Cem, Carroll Co KY

married Emma T. _____She was born 15 Oct 1852 and died 29 Nov 1912

1(iv). John C. Shirley, Jr. b: c1804, age 46 in the 1850 Owen Co KY census.

married Eliza Ann Bledsoe on 16 July 1829 in Gallatin Co KY, Permission granted by John W. Shirley and W. Bledsoe. Daughter of Winnefred Bledsoe

children of John C and Eliza Ann Shirley:

2(i). James Shirley b: c 1832, age 18 in 1850 Owen Co KY

2(ii). Elizabeth Shirley b: c 1834, age 16 in 1850 Owen Co KY. She married William M. Smith 22 March 1852 in Owen Co KY

2(iii). Nancy Shirley b: c 1835, age 15 in 1850 Owen Co KY. She married Robert B Perry 16 April 1851 in Owen Co KY

2(iv). Mason Shirley b: c 1838, age 12 in 1850 Owen Co KY

2(v). Ann Shirley b: c 1842, age 8 in 1850 Owen Co KY

2(vi). Sarah F. Shirley born 16 September 1854 in Gallatin Co KY (dau of John C Shirley and Eliza M Bledsoe)

1(v). Fanny Shirley b: c 1806, age 44 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY census, living in the household with her brother Miley Shirley.

1(vi). Nancy Shirley born say 1808 KY. She married Richard Anderson on June 22 or 28, 1828 in Gallatin Co KY

1828 June 22 or 28, Nancy Shirley dau of John Shirley married Richard Anderson by Rev. Wm Thompson. Bond signed by Wiley Shirley. Consent signed by John Shirley and Richard Anderson.

1(vii). Susan S. Shirley b: March 10, 1810 KY d: August 29, 1877 KY. She married Daniel Price Gardner b: c 1809 VA m: Mar 03, 1837 Gallatin Co., KY d: Dec 1856 Carroll Co., KY

1(viii). Uriah H. Shirley b: 1814. First appears in 1840 Gallatin Co KY census. age 46 in 1860 Owen Co KY census

"On 6 May 2011 a descendant of William F Shirley (1884-1974) said the remains of Urias H Shirley were interred at Rowe Cemetery although a memorial marker for him resides in Poplar Grove Cemetery with the remains of his wife Elizabeth Steger."

married Elizabeth A Steger on 16 November 1836 in Owen Co KY, age 42 in 1860 Owen Co KY census. She was born Aug. 23, 1819 in Kentucky.Daughter of John Steger & Sookie Webster

children of Uriah H and Elizabeth Shirley:

2(i). John Shirley b: c 1840

2(ii). William F. Shirley b: c 1844, age 16 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(iii). Malinda Shirley b: c 1845, age 15 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(iv). Zachariah Shirley b: c 1847, age 13 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(v). James T. Shirley b: c 1849, age 11 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(vi). Pettis Shirley born Oct. 7, 1850, age 10 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(vii). Sallie Shirley born about 1853, age 7 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(viii). Lucy Shirley born Nov. 10, 1856, age 6 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(ix). Edmund Shirley born Aug. 6, 1858, age 1 in 1860 Owen Co KY

2(x). Newton Ellis Shirley died 1945 in Carroll Co KY (father Rice Shirley, mother Elizabeth Steger, spouse: Emma)

2(xi). John W. Shirley born Jan. 13, 1862. died Jun. 28, 1934. Buried Poplar Grove Cem. Owen Co KY (death cert. identifies his parents)

1(ix). George W. Shirley b: c 1817, age 33 in 1850 Gallatin Co KY census

married Mary D. Thompson on October 27, 1841. She was born about 1825, age 25 in the 1850 Gallatin Co KY census.


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