John Shirley (cont.)
Of White County TN and Jackson Co AL; Born 1770-1780

 

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1(ii). Jesse Shirley b March 18, 1808 White County Tennessee. He died Aug 24, 1894 Whitwell, Marion county Tennessee. Shirleys of Marion Co TN

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 Shirley Cemetery.

married Clarandy Coffelt. Clarandy was born Feb 3, 1827 and died Feb 6, 1900 Osage Co. MO.

children

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. MO

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 as such.

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 Rice’s 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.

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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

no children

Their farm passed to their niece Sarah Elizabeth Shirley Roberts

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

children:

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 Smith

3(iv). Lyda C. Shirley b Feb 16, 1879 TN m. Minnie Bell Slatton

3(v). Ida J. Shirley m. James Worley

3(vi). Donia Shirley b Feb 3, 1884 TN  m. John F. Slatton

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 A. Gann

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.

   


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