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John Shirley
b. ca1778. Lived in Morgan Co. Virginia. 


MISC INFORMATION FOR THIS BRANCH
Family History Research Report Constructed and written by the Shirley Association July 2010

   
 

Update Jul 2011 - "Daniel Shirley, brother of John and Peter served in the War of 1812 and applied for bounty land many years later when he lived in Iowa. In many of the official US govt correspondences, the Gov't says he served under the name aka Daniel Schyray. I just saw another document in his file that says 'I forwarded a declaration to your office under date of 30 November 1850 for a GERMAN named Daniel Shorely or Schyray. I think he stated in his declaration that he lost his certificate of discharge' .....There is an intriguing orphans court record in York Co PA for John, Daniel, and Peter, sons of John Shirey dated in the 1813-15 timeframe (perfect for the father to have died and perfect for the age of the 3 boys prior to their departure for Berkeley County VA ). BUT....the surname is SHIREY (very clear and legible and the same spelling on numerous orphans court documents). Now, while the names Peter, Daniel and John are very common in this area because of the Germans, this item is still possibly a Shirley (maybe). The reason I say this is because the surname in Berkeley and Morgan tax lists are consistently (year after year) SHIRELY, not Shirley etc. There is always an "e" after the "r"."

John Shirely b about 1778 PA; They lived in Morgan Co. VA.  now West VA.; This family used the surname spelled 'Shirely' rather than Shirley well into the late 1800s. Tradition says his parents came from PA to Frederick Co. VA in 1822 and lived near Siler VA. His estate was recorded in Morgan Co WV in 1857, naming his heirs.

married Christianna Youst.

children:

1(i). Peter Shirely born about 1823; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate, He lived in Whitehall PO in 1860 Frederick Co VA; He died 1898,  

m. Elizabeth Webber Sept  17, 1845 Frederick Co. VA (Eliz.'s brother, Samuel Webber, was the father of Hannah who married Frederick Shirley, son of Peter b. 1794)

children:

2(i). Lydia E. Shirely 1849 VA

2(ii). Christina V. Shirely 1850

2(iii). Mary C. Shirely 1852 m. Andrew Milburn 27 Feb 1873 in Frederick Co VA, son of John Milburn

2(iv). Margaret Shirely April 8, 1859, d. Nov 3, 1901

2(v). Elisha P. Shirely Mar 18, 1861, d. Aug   4, 1918,

married Sarah Alabaugh Sept 2, 1891 

2(vi). Lucy A. Shirely March 9, 1858

1(ii). John Shirely Jr. born about 1818 VA; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate; living next door to brother Daniel in 1850 and 1860 Gainsborough Frederick VA. He died in Macoupin County Illinois. Buried at Asbury Cemetery, Barr, Macoupin Co IL

married Maria Catlett on Mar 22, 1847 in Morgan Co VA/WVA (is this the correct marriage, or maybe a 2nd marriage?) Buried at Asbury Cemetery, Barr, Macoupin Co IL

children:

2(iii). Henry E. Shirely born about 1845 VA; living in family's 1850 and 1860 household

2(iv). John T Shirely born about 1848 VA; living in family's 1850 and 1860 household

2(v). Daniel W. Shirely born about 1849 VA; living in family's 1850 and 1860 household

2(vi). Rachel A V Shirely born about 1853 VA; living in family's 1860 household

2(vii). Lydia E J Shirely born about 1855 VA; living in family's 1860 household

2(viii). Joseph A C Shirely born about 1857 VA; living in family's 1860 household

2(ix). Sarah L E Shirely born about 1859 VA; living in family's 1860 household

1(iii). Elijah Shirely born about 1823; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate; He lived in Morgan Co VA in 1860 and Timber Ridge Township Morgan Co in 1870; He died June 11, 1902,

2 Jul 1902 Morgan Co Estate Inventories pg 401 Inventory of the estate of Elijah Shirley; appraisal, list of personal property sold at auction Oct 18 1902,

married Christina Shade in 1849; She was known as Tena. She died about 1904 in Frederick Co VA leaving all of her personal estate to son Christopher Shirely

10 Oct 1904 pg 351; Will of Christina Shirley of Morgan Co WV (page 351)

children

2(i). Mary E. Shirely born 04 Apr 1853 at Timberridge, Morgan Co WV; living in family's household in 1860 census

2(ii). Lidy J. Shirely born about 1855 VA; living in family's household in 1860 census;

2(iii). Rebecca Frances Shirely born 29 Mar 1858 in Morgan Co WV; living in family's household in 1860 census

2(iv). Emily C Shirely born about 1860 VA; living in family's 1860 and 1870 household

2(v). Fannie R Shirely born about 1864 WVA; ; living in family's household in 1870 census

2(vi). Christopher C. Shirely born about 1866, Morgan Co WV; living in family's household in 1870 census; named as sole heir in his mother's 1904 Will.

married Alma L. Steele 23 Feb 1888 in Frederick Co WV

2(vii). Alice V Shirely born about 1866 WVA; living in family's household in 1870 census

1(iv). Henry Shirely born about 1826; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate, See a long story about this family written by daughter Arizona Shirley at link, top of this page.

m. Hester A. Finch 

children: (as given in 1880 census)

2(i). William Shirely born about 1856 W. VA; He never married

2(ii). Lida Shirely born about 1859   W. VA; She married Ananias Spiker

2(iii). Catherine (Caty) Shirely born about 1862 W. VA; She married John Dawson

2(iv). Betty Shirely born about 1865 W. VA; She married William H. Cross

2(v). Jessy Shirely born about 1870 W. VA; She married Wade Purcell of St Louis MO

2(vi). Virginia Shirely born about 1872 W. VA She never married

2(vii). Della Shirely born about 1875 W. VA no info

2(viii). Arizona Shirely born 15 Jan 1878 in Morgan Co WV; She married Charles C. Capps of Greenfield IL

1(v). Elizabeth Shirely; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate; m. William Young

1(vi). Lydia Shirely; named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate; m. Henry Hovermale

1(vii). Daniel Shirely born about 1815 (1850 census); named as an heir in the settlement of his father's 1857 Morgan Co estate; He lived at Frederick Co VA (later WVA) in 1850. His estate was probated in 1867 in Frederick Co Virginia.

1867 Frederick Co VA WB 32, pg 440 The Estate of Daniel Shirely dec'd . In account with Mordicai Purcell, his administrator. 1867 [list of accounts] pg 442. Distributed as follows: Amt. in hand. $101.00, deduct for cost 12.00. $89.00. Divided among the eight children of Daniel Shirely gives each $11.12 1/2....John W. Shirely, Peter Shirely, Chris T. Shirely, Daniel T. Shirely, Eliza Ann Hardy, Elizabeth Milburn, Ida V. Shirely, and Henry Shirely. Sept 20th 1876. [sic]

married Mary (Paulina?) Hovermale by marriage bond in Morgan Co WV 29 Mar 1839 (the Shirley Association originally posted the date 1856)

children (1850 and 1860 census)

2(i). Eliza A Shirely born about 1840 VA, age 10 in 1850 census. Married ____ Hardy.

2(ii). John Washington Shirely born 5 Dec 1842 VA, age 8 in 1850 census; farmer; He died 14 May 1926 at Arden, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, age: 83 years 3 months 9 days; Buried at Winchester VA; His parents were named in his death certificate.

2(iii). Elisha Peter Shirely born about 1844 VA, age 6 in 1850 census. He is likely the person living in Macoupin Co IL in the 1870 (as Peter Shirly age 25) and also again in 1880 census.

2(iv). Mary Elizabeth Shirely born 24 October 1846 Frederick Co VA, age 4 in 1850 census. Named in father's 1867 estate distribution as Elizabeth Milburn. She married earlier the same year 15 January 1867 to Isaiah Milburn, then married three more times. She died 2 October 1928 in Xenia, Green Co OH.

2(v). Lydia A Shirely born about 1848 VA, age 2 in 1850 census. Not named in father's 1867 estate distribution,

2(vi). Christain T. Shirely born about 1850 VA, age. Named in father's 1867 estate distribution

2(vii). Daniel F. (T?) Shirely born about 1851 VA; Named in father's 1867 estate distribution; his parents are named in his marriage record, age 22

married Mary Ann Adams on 30 Sep 1873 Frederick Co VA; She was 18 at time of marriage and the daughter of Jefferson and Mary Ann Adams.

2(viii). Henry J Shirely born about 1856 VA, age 4 in 1860 census; A son named Henry was menntioned in father's 1867 estate distribution. Is this particular Henry a son of a relative rather than above Daniel's son? (see Henry E. Shirley below)

2(ix). Joseph A. Shirely born about 1858 VA, age 2 in 1860 census; Not named in Daniel Shirley's 1867 estate distribution, so either deceased, or a son of a relative who lived with the family in 1860 census.

2(x). Daniel W Shirely born about 1859 VA, age 1 in 1860 census (living at same time as Daniel F. in 1860 household, but likely the son of a relative)

2(xi). Henry Elijah Shirley born about 1861 VA. His parents are named in his Macoupin Co IL marriage record. He died in Morgan County Illinois.

Macoupin Co IL Marriages: Name: Henry E. Shirley; Birth Date: Birthplace: Age: Spouse's Name: Annie Cox; Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Birthplace: Spouse's Age: Event Date: 17 Nov 1879; Event Place: Macoupin County, Illinois; Father's Name: Daniel Shirley; Mother's Name: Paulian Hoverman; Spouse's Father's Name: Samuel Cox; Spouse's Mother's Name: S. Garison


   


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