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Michael Shirley
b. ca1740. Family lived in Virginia and Kentucky, Original Settler at Fort Boonesboro


Family Connections to Branch #29, 31
DNA Haplogroup R1b1 (matches Branch 29)
See this Shalle Family pedigree for the likely ancestry of Michael Shirley


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 of age.

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.

1(iv). George Shirley He was born about 1770 and died at Cooper Co MO

married Betsey Lee on Dec 20, 1797 in Lincoln Co. KY

1(v). Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shirley born about 1776; She married Thomas McGuire

1(vi). Charles 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

Who is this Michael Shirley? Maybe a son of Michael Sr? Or maybe a cousin, possibly son of Lucas Shirley of Greene Co TN, pops up to KY, then back to TN?

1(vii). Michael Shirley enumerated in tax lists in Lincoln Co KY in 1797 and 1798 at the same time and adjacent to George Shirley, son of Michael Shirley

1797 or 1798 Lincoln Co Tax List (dates seem to be uncertain)

Commissioner's Book 3

Michael Shurley 1 free male 21+; 0 free male 16-21; 0 blacks; 1 horses; no land

Dec 2, 1797 George Sherley married Betsey Lee

1799 Lincoln Co Tax List (3 lists)

Commissioner's Book 2

Michael Shurley 1 free male 21+; 0 free male 16-21; 0 blacks; 0 horses; no land

George Shurley 1 free male 21+; 0 free male 16-21; 0 blacks; 1 horses; no land

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.



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 year’s 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 attending.

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 aren’t a direct member of their group. More details will be furnished to all as dates and other information are settled.

With regards,

Tom Black
President, MCHS


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