Michael Shirley 1740, killed
by Indians in July 24, 1784 near Fort Boon, Lincoln Co. Kentucky.
Michael Shirley is mentioned
in 1764 Records of Augusta Co. VA page 317. He enlisted Dec 1,
1777 in Capt. William Bentley's company, 3rd Virginia regiment
commanded by Colonel John Neville, formerly known at times as
Captain Reubin Bisco's company, and Charles West's company, commanded
by Colonel William Heth, in the Revolutionary War. His name appears
on the company rolls until Nov 1779. As a young colonial soldier,
he was stationed at Fort Washington. Here he met and married
Katy Franz. When his stint at the Army Fort was finished, they
returned to Pennsylvania. From there they migrated to Augusta
County Virginia where he was a surveyor. They moved to Kentucky
about 1780. On list of deeds: Deed dated Jan 30, 1782 for Michael
Shirley in Fayette Co. KY. In 1784, Michael
was killed by Indians while surveying in old Lincoln Co.,
now known as Madison County KY. His will was probated in 1785,
but his land was not disposed of until his son, Charles, was
Jul. 23, 1784 [death date]
Family story - "Michael Shirley was shot by Indians at Station
Camp, Kentucky. The Indians shot him, breaking both of his legs,
and he fell from his horse behind a log. The Indians thinking
him dead, left him and capture his horse. He crawled to a tree
and from there he dragged himself back and forth to a stream
of water. On a vine he cut with a pen knife how he was killed
and marked each day he lived and on the sixth day, he said he
felt death and as to whether he died that day or lived longer
is not known. The family buried him where he was found and his
buried place was marked by a stone with M. S. curved on it and
the same was cut on the bark of the tree by which he was buried."
married Catherine "Katy
Franz. Her will dated
Jan 23, 1825 in Madison Co. KY. According to family lore, she
was born of emigrants who came to America from France [this is
likely untrue, more likely Germany]. According to lore, her mother
died and her father returned to the old country.
1(i). Mary Shirley born Feb 17, 1762; She died 1845 Bedford Co.
TN; married William McGuire Feb 23, 1778 Rockingham Co.
VA; He was born Mar 12, 1748 VA d. 1834 Bedford Co. TN; buried
Horse Mountain Cemetery.
1(ii). Katherine "Katie"
Shirley born about 1764;
She married John Baughman June 1, 1778
1(iii). Susan Shirley born about 1769; She died May 1859 Benton
Co. MO; She married Mr. Benjamin Proctor Mar 8, 1787
The Proctor's were early adventurers
in KY and associates of Daniel Boone according to Elwood Shirley
who has studied the history of KY.
Shirley He was born about 1770 and died at Cooper
married Betsey Lee on Dec 20,
1797 in Lincoln Co. KY
1(v). Elizabeth "Lizzie"
Shirley born about 1776;
She married Thomas McGuire
Shirley born about 1771 in Augusta Co. VA; They
lived Clark Co. IN and MO. He died 1817 in MO,
married Rebecca Collier Nov 15,
1795 Madison Co. KY, born April 21, 1778. She was was the daughter
of John Collier and Millie Vaughn.
1(vii). Nancy Shirley born Aug 1797; She married Frank Travis
Nov 7, 1797
1(viii). Sallie Shirley; Her will dated Sept 8, 1828, She married
Phillip Phelps Mar 22, 1804
From Sandi Gorin
Taken from old clippings dealing
with Kentucky family history, newspaper unknown. These clippings
are about 100 years old (1997). Reprinted in Kentucky Explorer,
Volume 11, Number 9 - March, 1997. pp. 80-81. Madison County.
Shirley Family. My grandmother
daily gives me our family history, but being ninety-seven years
of age, her once fine memory is somewhat impaired. I write the
following hoping some member of the family may confirm its accuracy.
The name Shirley was spelled
by our ancestors "Shawnee." My great-great-grandfather
as a native of Spain and his wife, Katie Franz or Frants or France,
was a native of Paris, France. They saw each other whilst he
was marching; fell in love and were married at Washington City,
when it was a fort. He was a lieutenant in the Continental army.
He had been sent for supplies at the time of Gen. Wayne's defeat
or possibly would have been captured with the rest of that army.
He was killed by the Indians at Station Camp, Kentucky. They
lived at Boonesboro [sic].
Michael Shirley's children were:
Mary McGuire, Katie Bullock, Lizzie McGuire, Susie Proctor, Nancy
Travis, Sallie Phelps, and George
Shirley. My great-grandfather, Charles Shirley (1771), and his
wife, Rebecca Collier (1778), were married November 17, 1796.
Their children were: Nancy Shirley, 1797; Polly Shirley, 1798;
Lucy Shirley, 1800; Rebecca Shirley, 1801; George, 1804; Lydia,
1805; Silas, 1806; Jenny, 1808; Felix,1811, and Charles, 1813.
My great-grandfather, Charles Shirley, spent his best days in
fighting the Indians.
GATHERING: Boonesboro KY June 23, 2018.
Email from the Director of
the Madison Co KY Historical Society
All of the sponsoring organizations
are pleased to have positive feedback from the Chenault, Callaway,
French and Boone families for participation at this years
Gathering. Additional genealogical support will be provided
by the Society of Boonesborough. Several other local and state
organizations will be present to provide various historical and
property information. Of note, the Boone Society is holding
its bi-annual reunion this year and will have over a 100 members
For those who will come to provide
family information, support will be provided for table and chairs,
power, and a wi-fi connection for computers. However, you should
plan to furnish your own umbrella or canopy for fending off the
sun or rain, if we are beset with inclement weather. The fort
opens to the public at 10:00 am so plan to arrive for setup appropriately
before then. If you have a canopy to erect, several of us will
be there on Friday afternoon about 3 or shortly thereafter to
put ours up. For those who will be manning a table,
you will be allowed in without paying the entry fee and will
be provided a vendors badge. Please provide the
number of key people you will use to Bill Farmer,
see the email address above, and me so adequate badges are available.
For everyone, we would appreciate
you publicizing this unique event using your contact lists of
your members. Even if you do not have a family representative
there to field queries, chances are that others may be able to
help. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces there this
year looking for their roots.
If this year did not fit your
schedule, mark your calendar for 2019, probably the second Saturday
of June for the next Gathering.
The Callaway Family Association has advised that it will have
its annual reunion then so you may run into relatives even if
you arent a direct member of their group. More details
will be furnished to all as dates and other information are settled.