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John Shirley (continued)
b. 1728. Lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Family to Ohio, Illinois, Iowa 


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2(iv). Joseph Shirley Mar 25,  1793 Huntington Co. PA, Enumerated in Morgan County Ohio in 1830 census; Received BLM warrant in 1834 for 40 acres in Morgan County. In 1837 they moved to La Porte Co. IN, then to Winnebago IL by 1840. He died Aug 11, 1864 Poyner Twp. Black Hawk Co. Iowa. Buried Poyner Cemetery, Gilbertville, Black Hawk Co Iowa. Shirleys of Black Hawk County Iowa

1830 Morgan Co OH Census - Centre Township

Joseph Shirley 0111010000000 - 2010010000000 (age 30-40, b 1790-1800, 3 sons: Peter age 15, Lewis age 10, Geo B age 9. So where is Joseph Jr age 15, see below)

married Elizabeth Keith Dec 6, 1814 in Washington Co. Ohio. She was born April 11, 1798 Huntington Co. PA and died Oct 5, 1868 Poyner Twp. Black Hawk Co. Iowa.


Who is this? It doesn't appear Joseph Jr is found in father's 1830 census, unless Joseph is aka Peter 18 June 1834 Morgan County OH Court Minutes Book C page 95 - Joseph Shirley junr aged nineteen years on the eighteenth day of June instant came into court and made choice of his father Joseph Shirley as his guardian. Whereupon it is ordered by the court that the said Joseph Shirley junr [sic] be appointed guardian of the said Joseph Shirley junr and that he enter into bond with Absolem Craig as his surety in the sum of two hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs. This also implies that the mother is dead.

3(i). Peter Shirley born June 15, 1815 Morgan Co. Ohio; He bought and sold considerable land in Dekalb Co Illinois in the 1850s; Lived at Benton, Boone Co IL in 1850 census, occupation: farmer; 1860 census: Fox Twp, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa. 1870, Washington Twp, Crawford County, Kansas.He died Jan 27, 1894 Flora Twp, Boone Co. IL and buried at Flora Cemetery.

married Catherine Witter on March 29, 1846 in Boone Co. Illinois


4(i). Emily Shirley born about 1846, age 4 in 1850

4(ii). Huldah Shirley born about 1848, age 2 in 1850

4(iii). Elizabeth Shirley born about 1849, age 1 in 1850 (Adelia in 1860 census)

4(iv). Albert Shirley born about 1852, age 8 in 1860; Living in Crawford Washington Co Iowa in 1880

4(v). Amelia Shirley born about 1853, age 7 in 1860

4(vi). Winchester Shirley born about 1855, age 5 in 1860; He is living in Pittsburg, Crawford Co Kansas in 1920 and 1930

4(vii). Harriet Shirley born about 1857, age 3 in 1860

4(viii). C. H. Shirley born about 1860, age 4/12 in 1860

3(ii). Nancy Shirley m. Jacob Cline

3(iii). Lewis Shirley March 1, 1820 Morgan Co. Ohio, died May 13, 1898 Cherry Valley, Winnebago Co. IL, Shirleys of Winnebago County Illinois

Lewis Shirley. whose life span covered more than the allotted three score years and ten, and who in passing away left behind him the memory of an honored name and an upright career, was born March I, 1820, in Ohio. His parents were Ioseph S. and Elizabeth (Keith) Shirley, both of whom were natives of Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania. The father was born March 25. 1793. and about 1810 accompanied his parents on their removal to Ohio, where he formed the acquaintance of Miss Keith, whom he married in Morgan county, Ohio, in 1814. Lewis Shirley spent his early boyhood days in the Buckeye state and in 1837 accompanied his parents on their removal to Laporte county, Indiana, where the family home was maintained for three years. They then again started westward with teams, driving across the prairies in the fall of 1840 until they reached Winnebago county, where the father purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres. This was a pioneer region, in which much of the land was wild and unimproved, and when most of the houses were little pioneer cabins. The nearest market of any importance was Chicago, and at one time Lewis Shirley drove to that place with a load of pork and a load of wheat, and for the two received only forty dollars. Hardships and privations fell to the lot of the family, but as the years passed they triumphed over these and developed a good farm. Lewis Shirley was reared under the parental roof and throughout his entire business career followed farming. He opened and improved several hundred acres of land and was a very prosperous agriculturist. As his financial resources increased he invested in property, becoming the owner of fifteen hundred acres in different farms. The old homestead property comprises five hundred acres of highly improved land and he erected there a commodious residence in 1878. He also built good barns and other outbuildings for the shelter of his grain and stock. In all of his farm work he was progressive, practical and reliable and he certainly deserved great credit for the success he achieved. When he came to Winnebago county he did not have a dollar and yet as the years passed, through his industry, frugality and judicious investment, he became one of the extensive landowners of the county, having fifteen hundred acres. About I889 he sold most of his land and removed to the village of Cherry Valley, where he lived retired until his death. Mr. Shirley was married twice. On the 6th of January, 1843, he wedded Miss Lucinda Keith, a daughter of Balser and Lucy (Smith) Keith. They became the parents of eight children, but lost two in infancy. The others, three sons and three daughters, are as follows: Elizabeth A., who was born October 31. 1844, and is now the wife of Captain William Van Wert, of De Kalb county, Illinois; Silas W., who was born June 26, I848, and is living in Cherry Valley; Lucretia E., born January 6, 1850, of Cherry Valley; Phoeba Jane, who was born April 2, 1852, and is the wife of VVilliam Thompson, of De Kalb county; Benjamin, who was born November 28. 1855. and is living in Cherry Valley township, and Lewis E., who was born March 13, 1861. and is living in Iowa. After losing his first wife Mr. Shirley was again married in 1893, his second union being with Mrs. Nichols, a native of Canada, and a daughter of Alexander and Orpha (Smith) Black. Her father was born in New Brunswick in I810 and her mother in Canada in 1809. Mr. Black removed to Winnebago county in 1852 and purchased a large farm in Guilford township, but previous to his arrival here he went to California in 1849 and spent one year on the Pacific coast. He then made his way to Australia, where he engaged in mining for a year, being very successful in his search for the precious metal there. Taking up his abode in this county in 1852, he was extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising, and became widely known as an importer of fine horses. He was once the owner of Prince George, a very fine stallion. He continued to reside upon his farm until 1877, when he removed to the city of Rockford, where he lived retired until his death in 1883. His wife survived him about four years, passing away in 1887. In their family were six children, all of whom are residents of Rockford, namely: Hannah B., the wife of John Hutchins, who is now living retired; Alexander; Rachel, the wife of James Falconer, living with Mrs. Shirley; Margaret C., who is the widow of Ira Stafford, and has been an invalid for many years, living with Mrs. Shirley; Orpha Black, who is also with her sister; and Mrs. Mary Shirley. In his political views Mr. Shirley was a stalwart republican, interested in his party and doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its upbuilding. He was active in the work of the Methodist church and favored every movement that tended to promote public progress. He was a large man, weighing two hundred and sixty pounds. He displayed many sterling traits of character, and his genial manner and kindly disposition won him warm friendships. His wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Cherry Valley. Since her husband’s death she has removed to Rockford, where she owns a beautiful residence, at No. 229 North Second street, where she is living with her three sisters. She also owns other property in this city and a farm of four hundred acres in Cherry Valley township. Because of the ill health of her sisters, however, she expects soon to remove to California, hoping that the climate will prove beneficial to them. Both the Shirley and Black families were established here in pioneer days and have borne an important part in the agricultural development of the county.

married  1st Lucinda Keith, Jan 16, 1842,

married 2nd  Mrs. Nichols, a native of Canada and the daughter of Alexander and Orpha (Smith) Black


4(i). Elizabeth A. Shirley born October 31. 1844, married Captain William Van Wert, of De Kalb county, Illinois;

4(ii). Silas W Shirley born June 26, I848, lived in Cherry Valley;

4(iii). Lucretia E. Shirley born January 6, 1850, lived in Cherry Valley;

4(iv). Phoeba Jane Shirley born April 2, 1852, married William Thompson, of De Kalb county;

4(v). Benjamin Shirley born November 28. 1855. lived in Cherry Valley township

4(vi). Lewis E. Shirley born March 13, 1861. lived in Iowa.

3(iv). George Benjamin Shirley Dec 22, 1821 Morgan Co. Ohio; He lived at East Waterloo Twp in Black Hawk Co Iowa in 1860 census; He died May 27, 1901 Poyner Twp. Black Hawk Co. Iowa,

GEO. SHIRLEY PASSES AWAY - Pioneer of Poyner Township Passes to the Beyond. He Came to Black Hawk County Iowa in 1858. George Shirley, a pioneer settler of Black Hawk county Iowa, passed away at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at his home, five miles east of this city, at the age of 85 years. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the house and burial will be in Poyner cemetery. The funeral is held from the home because of the ill health of Mrs. Shirley, who has been very frail since last December. The pall bearers will be chosen from among the pioneers of this part of the county. Mr. Shirley came to Black Hawk county in 1858, settling on a farm of 800 acres east of this city, to which was later added 200 acres. He was born in Morgan Co., OH., Dec. 22,1821. He came here with his parents bringing his household effects in wagons overland. He drove four horses and eleven head of cows, making the journey without mishap or inconvenience, although the country was filled with Indians. Mr. Shirley by his industry and improved methods of farming brought his big farm under an ideal state of cultivation. The buildings were abundant and built for the comfort of the stock and the convenience of those who cared for them. The Shirley farm has long been known as an ideal country home, with orchards and shade trees in abundance and with all of the improvements which comfort and convenience could suggest. Mr. Shirley was twice married. His first wife was Louisa Clogston, who died in Illinois, leaving one son, George, who is a resident of Oregon. On May 21, 1857, Mr. Shirley married Hannah S. Pierce, who was born in Delaware Co., N. Y., and reared in Pennsylvania. The children of the second marriage were Elizabeth A., Joseph, Bird, B., Abbie, Della and Dora (twins), and Charles. Joseph lives on the home place; Bird B. has been a teamster in Waterloo, Alvin A. a farmer in Barclay, Abbie is the widow of Charles Kimble, of Knox Co., Neb., Della is the wife of William Prangley of Hancock, S. D.; Dora is the wife of Edward Engle of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Charles is a private in the United States army, belonging to the 32nd regiment coast artillery, stationed at Ft. Baker, Calif. Mr. Shirley was a member of the Methodist church and was a devoted Christian.

married 1st. Louisa Clogson on 18 Nov 1845 in Winnebego Co IL

married 2nd Hannah Pierce on 21 May 1857 in Dekalb Co IL


4(i). Pecilia Shirley born about 1849, age 11 in 1860; untraced

4(ii). George Shirley Jr. born about 1855, age 5 in 1860; He supposedly moved to Oregon, but appears in Spokane Washington in 1900, single, occupation: teacher.

4(iii). Elizabeth Shirley born about 1858, age 2 in 1860

4(iv). Joseph Shirley born Oct. 31, 1860; He lived on the family home place; He died Aug. 31, 1930; Buried Poyner Cemetery, Gilbertville, Black Hawk Co Iowa.

4(v). Abbie A Shirley born about 1863, age 17 in 1880 married Charles Kimble of Knox Co NE

4(vi). Bird B Shirley born about 1864, age 16 in 1880; was a teamster in Waterloo Iowa

4(vii). Elvin A Shirley born about 1868, age 12 in 1880; He was a farmer in Barclay Iowa

4(viii). Dora Shirley born about 1873, age 7 in 1880 married Edward Engle of Sioux Falls, S. D.

4(ix). Della Shirley born about 1873, age 7 in 1880 married William Prangley of Hancock, S. D

4(x). Charles Shirley born about 1877, age 3 in 1880; became a private in the United States army, belonging to the 32nd regiment coast artillery, stationed at Ft. Baker, Calif.

3(v). Ruhama Shirley m. William B. Mervin Oct 3, 1844 Winnebago Co. IL

3(vi). Julia Ann Shirley b March 10, 1825 Morgan Co. Ohio, d. Jan 6, 1911, m. William Witter Nov 18, 1845.


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