1830 Jackson Co TN Census: Jesse Shirley (pg 116) 0000100000000
- 0001000000000 (age 20-30)
1840 Marion Co TN Census: Jessee Shirley (pg 273) 2100010000000
- 1000100000000 (age 30-40)
Goodspeed's Biography of Marion County - Jesse Shirley
was educated in the common schools of the valley and was twice
married. His first wife bore the maiden name of Brandon, and
one child, Wilson, was born to them. He died in Osage, Mo., at
the age of fifty-six years. The mother died in Tennessee, and
the father subsequently married Sarah Grayson, who was born in
Buncombe county, N. C., and died in 1880. They were both members
of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and are buried at Red
Hill. Politically he was a Democrat and for eighteen years was
magistrate and also served for some time as chairman of the county
court. To this union were born ten children, of whom we have
the following record: Jane, wife of Joseph Anderson, a farmer
of the Third district, Marion county; John, deceased; William
Carroll, the subject of this sketch; Thomas was a Confederate
soldier under Forrest, and was killed at Fort Donelson; Elizabeth
died in infancy; Francis M., married Miss Emma King; Henry died
at the age of fifteen years; Nancy, wife of James Smith, of Sequatchie
county, Tenn.; Christopher C., married Miss Laura Condra, and
is living in Whitwell; and Jesse L., married Miss Sallie Thacker,
and is making his home in Graysville, Ga., where he is engaged
in the practice of medicine.
married 1st _______ Brandon,
married 2nd Sarah Grayson July 27, 1834.
child by 1st wife:
2(i). Wilson Shirley b Jan 6, 1831 Jackson Co. AL,
He served in Co. H. 26th Mo Infantry as a Pvt. He died in 1887
Mint Hill Community, Osage Co. Missouri and is buried in the
married Clarandy Coffelt. Clarandy was born Feb 3,
1827 and died Feb 6, 1900 Osage Co. MO.
3(i). Sarah Shirley b 1854
3(ii). Martha J. Shirley b 1855
3(iii). Ann A. C. Shirley b 1857
3(iv). John W. B. Shirley b Jan 20, 1860 Osage Co.
MO, d. Jan 20, 1866 Osage Co. MO
3(v). Nathaniel Lyon Shirley b Jan 27, 1862 Osage Co.
children by 2nd wife:
2(ii). Martha Jane Shirley b April 3, 1836 Marion
Co. TN. died July 6, 1919 m. Josiah Anderson Oct 29, 1868
2(iii). John Shirley b Dec 23, 1837 Marion Co. TN,
died Sept 11, 1870 (no more info)
married Mary Ramsey
Note: In the 1870 census for Marion Co. TN a John 7 years
of age living in home of Jesse 1808 and 2nd wife Sarah.
2(iv). William Carroll Shirley b Feb 18, 1840 Marion
Co. TN. d. 1924 Marion Co. TN
Goodspead's Biographies of Marion County (1886) WILLIAM
CARROLL SHIRLEY is a well-known and honored citizen and member
of the farming community of the Third district, Marion county,
and is also the postmaster at the village of Shirleyton. He was
born February 18, 1840, in the Third district, Marion county,
a son of Jesse and Sarah (Grayson) Shirley. The father was born
in White county, Tenn., March 18, 1808, and died August 24, 1894.
Jesse Shirley was a son of John Shirley, who was born in South
Carolina and married a Miss Frost. John Shirley migrated from
his native state to White county, Tenn., and in 1818, moved from
thence to the Sequatchie valley. His brother, Thomas, went to
White county at the same time and moved with him to the Sequatchie
valley in 1818. He, Thomas, and his son, William, sold goods
to the Indians where Whitwell now stands, and the house they
built and occupied as a residence is still standing and in use
William Carroll Shirley, the subject of this sketch, was educated
in the public schools at Cheekville, and Red Hill, after which
he taught school fourteen sessions in Marion county, Tenn., and
Jackson county, Ala., both before and after the war. He enlisted
in Rices command of cavalry in the Confederate army, at
Shellmound, June 3, 1862, and was sent first to New Albany. From
there he went to Athens, Tenn., and from thence he went to Bridgeport,
Ala., and at the battle of Chickamauga he was wounded in the
right arm. At the battle of Philadelphia, Tenn., he was wounded
in the left arm, breast and shoulder and went to the home of
a friend on the Coosa river, Ala, and stayed five months until
he recovered from his wounds. He then rejoined the army at Dalton,
Ga., and was all though the Atlanta campaign. He was wounded
in the left hand at Noonday church. He served until the close
of the war, surrendered with the army near Whiteside, Tenn.,
and was paroled at Nashville, May 27, 1865. He then returned
to his home and resumed his teaching.
September 2, 1869, Mr. Shirley was united in marriage with
Miss Semiramis Andes, who was born in Marion county, Tenn., in
1836, a daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Lewis) Andes. Mrs. Shirley
was educated in the public school at Red Hill. After their marriage
they first settled on a farm not far from their present home
and lived there eight years, and then moved to where they now
live. In 1879 Mr. Shirley began selling goods at his home, and
later moved to Whitwell, following that occupation there until
1892, but since then has devoted more of his attention to farming.
In 1883 he secured the establishment of the post office of Shirleyton
at his home and has been its postmaster ever since. Mr. And Mrs.
Shirley are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.
He was a well known and honored citizen and member of the
farming community of the 3rd District, Marion Co. TN. He was
the postmaster at the village of Shirleyton. He was
educated in public schools, after which he taught school in Marion
Co. TN and Jackson Co. Alabama. He enlisted in Rice's command
and Calvary in the Confederate Army at Shellmound June 3, 1862.
He was wounded in the left arm, breast and shoulder at the battle
of Philadelphia, TN, and went to the home of a friend on the
Coosa River in Alabama and stayed five months until he recovered
from his wounds. He then rejoined the army at Dalton GA and was
all through the Atlanta campaign. He was wounded in the left
hand at Noonday church. He served until the close of the war,
surrendered with the army near Whiteside TN and was paroled at
Nashville May 27, 1865. He then returned to teaching and
married Semieramis Andes.
Civil War Veterans Questionaire
SHIRLEY, W. C., Whitwell, Marion Co., Tenn, "today Feb
18, 1922 - 82 years, born Marion County Tenn','. Before the war,
W. C. had no property. Was 22 and living with parents. Father
had 300 acres land worth about $8 an acre. Log house, 4 rooms.
As a young man, W. C. worked with a plow and hoe and was teaching
school when war came. Father worked on the farm and mother cooked
and made clothes. No idleness in their community and everyone
friendly. W. C. went to public school for about 8 months total.
Enlistment was 1862 June in 3rd confederate cavalry and. went
to Ky for four or .five months of battle. In next sentence he
says his 1st battle was a raid near Nashville where they taken
a train loaded with confederate prisoners. Got back 80 of our
men and taken 300 yankees". Discharge was in Trenton Ga.
Then he mentions being captured and two weeks in stockade in
Chattanooga. Now he is farming in Marion County and selling sewing
machines. His father was Jesse Shirley, born White County, and
Mother was Sarah Grayson. Parents were from England.
married Semiramis Andes Sept 2, 1869
Their farm passed to their niece Sarah Elizabeth Shirley
2(v). Thomas L. Shirley b Sept 4, 1842 Marion Co. TN
d. Feb 3, 1863 Dover, Stewart Co. TN in a Civil War battle: Fort
Doneldson. He was unmarried.
2(vi). Sarah Elizabeth Shirley b July 18, 1845 Marion
Co. TN d. July 23, 1845
2(vii). Francis Marion "Buck" Shirley b July
23, 1846 Marion Co. TN d. Feb 28, 1929.
Civil War Veteran Questionaire - SHIRLEY, Francis Marion,
Whitwell, Tenn., 75 years, born Marion County, Tenn. He and father
farmed, no slaves but had 300. acres land, log house with four
rooms. Francis plowed and worked with hoe ax. Father farmed and
Mother cooked and made clothes. No servants or slaves to help.
Everyone worked. No idleness those days. Everyone friendly and
helpful. Francis went to public school, 2 months each year. He
enlisted Aug 1863, near ft. Payne Ala, Co H 31 confederate cavalry.
Remained at ft Payne on pickett duty til war ended. Was paroled
near Whiteside "just went home". Since the war, has,
been farming in Marion Co. Father was Jesse Shirley, born White
County, living Whitwell. Mother was Sara Grayson.
married Emma King Sept 14, 1871
3(i). Sarah Eliz. Shirley b June 12, 1872 TN m. James
A. Roberts; She and her husband inherited the farm of her uncle
William Carroll Shirley
3(ii). Jesse T. Shirley b July 30, 1874 TN
3(iii). James Albert Shirley b Feb 12, 1877 TN m. Ethel
3(iv). Lyda C. Shirley b Feb 16, 1879 TN m. Minnie
3(v). Ida J. Shirley m. James Worley
3(vi). Donia Shirley b Feb 3, 1884 TN m. John
3(vii). Claude William Shirley b Aug 9, 1886 TN
m. Ida White
3(viii). Nannie Lena Shirley b Jan 10, 1889 TN
m. Charley Smith
3(ix). John Heber Shirley b May 24, 1895 TN m. Georgia
Ancestor of DNA Kit # 33054
2(viii). Nancy D. Shirley b Dec 14, 1848 Marion Co.
TN d. 1928 m. James Smith.
2(ix). James W. Shirley b May 31, 1851 Marion Co. TN
d. Sept 15, 1865
2(x) Christopher Columbus Shirley b Jan 11, 1854 Marion
Co. TN d. Dec 21, 1921 Marion Co. TN
married Laura Condra.
2(xi) Jesse Lee Shirley b Feb 14, 1858; lived in Graysville
GA, "where he was engaged in the practice of medicine"
married Sallie Thacker.