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  Richard Shurley
b. ca 1665. Lived St. Marys Co.Maryland
   
 

Richard Shurley born about 1665. Richard first appears in records of Calvert co. in 1686. So 1665 would be a good guess for his birthdate.  died 1737 St. Marys Co. MD

1737 Will of Richard Shurley dated April 4, St. Marys Co.MD, probated Nov 19, 1737, his wife Sarah to have possession of all lands currently under lease and after her decease to be distributed to his three sons George, William and John Shurley. She is also to have possession of two negroes Mary and Judith and after wife's decease to be distributed evenly between the three sons. The remainder of his estate after the wife's third portion to be distributed to his four sons Richard, George, William and John Shurley. Executors: Sarah Shurley, Hugh Kelly, Thomas Watt and John Mansfield.

1737 liber 23 folio 22 Inventory of Richard Shirley (page 23) Estate of Richard Shirley was appraised at £99/19/4 Appraisers: Charles King Jr., Stephen Sulliborn[?], Creditors: George Clarke, Jos Killey, Next of Kin: Richard Shirley, Jr, "one relation", minors. Administrators: John Diall and Sarah Diall;

married first to Catherine Miles Wiseman, widow of John Wiseman; daughter of Francis Myles of St Mary's County MD. She was born about 1665 and died after 1721. Catherine's daughter Catherine Wiseman (m. Greenwell) has minor children in 1723 and is married in 1717. Her daughter Mary Wiseman (m. Cornelius Manning) is married by 1704. Therefore the daughter is possibly born about 1684, putting Catherine Miles Wiseman's birthdate back about 20 years from that date.

married 2nd Sarah ____ and Sarah married next to John Dial following the death of Richard Shirley. Her husband soon abandoned the family and fled to North Carolina

Known children:

1(i). Richard Shurley, Jr. born about 1706  died 1747 Likely born to Richard Shirley Sr's wife Catherine Wiseman (nee Myles). He is referred to by Catherine's son John Wiseman as brother.

1747 April 17. liber 25 folio 100 Will of Richard Shirley probated July 5, 1747... of St.Marys County, 100 acres where I live..... to be sold by wife and settling of debts and estate with advice of Robert Greenwell. He bequeathed to his son, Robert Shirley, land east side of Whetstone Br. that leads into St Marys River.... His wife to to receive the remaining part of the plantation and will. Grace Shurley took oath. Witness: Thomas Norris, Robert Greenwell, and John Brian.

1747 liber 28 folio 371 Inventory of Richard Shirly (page 372) 35.371 SM £33.5.6 July 15, 1747 Oct 16, 1747 Inventory... "Sows, piggs, corn, house, gun, tools, mair and colt, good pewter, old pewter, bed and rug, old bed, covering, table and chairs, pots, glasses, lumber, leather, etc." Creditors: Benjamin Salley and Charles Greenwell Notes due from: A.H. Nottingham, John Fin and John W. Canley. Grace Shirley came and made oath Oct 16, 1747 to the above inventory.Appraisers: Samuel Abell, Richard Wimsatt. next of kin: John Wiseman Greenwell, John Wiseman Administratrix/Executrix: Grace Shirly

married Grace_____.

Known children  

2(i). Robert Shurley born about 1735. (d unknown) It is unclear if Robert is of majority age at the time of his father's death. If so, then that puts his birth further back to about 1727. Inherited land in his father's will located "on the east side of the western branch that leads into the head of St Mary's River "part of the land that his father lived on. (another 100 acres to be sold)

2(ii). Mary Shirley, dau of Richard Shirley Jr and wife Grace. Born 1741. died 1801 St Mary's Co Maryland. Reported age at death, 60.

married Thomas Norris of St Mary's Co MD

1(ii). George Shurley (son of Sarah) Estimated birth date: 1725. born after the death of Richard's wife Catherine; therefore, born about 1725. George patents Shirley's Grudge in 1761. Listed as eldest of three siblings in order of mention in father's will.

See below for possible descendants

1(iii). William Shurley (son of Sarah) Estimated birth date: 1728. born after the death of Richard's wife Catherine; therefore, born say 1728. Listed as second eldest of three siblings in order of mention in father's will.

Possibly William Shirley of Branch #14

1(iv). John Shurley  (son of Sarah) Estimated birth date: 1730. born after the death of Richard's wife Catherine; therefore, born say 1730. Listed as youngest of three siblings in order of mention in father's will.

Possibly John Shirley of Branch #13


The following Shirley family are clearly descended from the above family (possibly via George Shirley)

1(ii) George Shirley (possibly - not proven)

married Mary ____ named in son William Shirley's 1796 estate distibution. A Mary Shirley appears regularly in St Mary's County Catholic church records as godmother to various infants.

2(i). William Shirley. born _____; . Served as a private in the Maryland line in the Revolution; 5th Company, 1st Maryland Regiment. Capt Benj. Price; In 1781 was entitled to bounty land 'west of Fort Cumberland'. Died 12 June 1783 (source: military records). His mother, brother and sisters are named in the 1796 distribution of his estate

1796 May 10 pg 122 Distribution of the estate of William Shirley of St Mary's Co MD. The account of Bennet Shirley administrator of William Shirley of St Mary's Co deceased. Estated valued at L24.2.9 (L4.14.9 already allowed). To the deceased's mother Mary Shirly and one sister and three brothers, to wit: Mary Shirley, John Shirly, Bennet Shirley, and Joshua Shirley, their parts each L3.17.7 (totalling 19.9.8)

2(ii). John Shirley - named in the 1796 distribution of his brother William Shirley's estate

2(iii). Bennet Shirley - administrator to his brother William Shirley's estate in 1796; lived in Upper St Mary's County in 1798 (with 5 slaves). Moved his family to the city of Baltimore and died there in 1810.

1800 St Marys Census Bennet Shirley 20010 - 12220 - 00

1836 -37. MARYLAND ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS. No. 12. Passed Jan. 19, 1837. Resolution in favor of Susanna Shirley, widow of Bennet Shirley a soldier of the revolution. Resolved by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the Treasurer of the Western Shore, be, and he is here- by authorised and directed to pay to Susanna Shirley, widow of Bennet Shirley, or order, out of any unappropriated money in the Treasury, the half pay of a private during her life, as a further remuneration for his services during the revolution.

married 1) Mary _____. She apparently died prior to 1793

married 2) Susannah Peake on May 15.1793 at St Mary's Co MD. She was age 56 in 1838 when she applied for a widow's pension on behalf of her deceased husband's military service.

children:

3(i). Anastasia Shirley christened 1790 Sept 26 (to Bennet and Mary Shirley) at St. Frances Xavier/St. Inigoe (Jesuit) Catholic church, St Mary's Co MD

1797 Dec 5, Guardians Accounts page 356. The second account of Bennet Shirley, guardian to his daughter Sophia Shirley. Estate total L54.9.5 (less disbursements)

3(ii). Sophia Ann Shirley - She married Fielden T. Bennett Oct 10, 1812 in Baltimore MD. She may be daughter Anastasia chr 1790; She is living in Baltimore in 1839

1839 May 23. Affidavit by Sophia Ann Bennit (nee Shirley) and Ann Marie Gundy (nee Shirley) both of the City of Baltimore state that to the best of their knowledge they are the only surviving children of Bennet Shirley and sole heirs at law.

3(iii). Ann Marie Shirley. She married John Gundy on Mar 26, 1825 in Baltimore MD. She may be daughter Anastasia chr 1790; She is living in Baltimore in 1839

1839 May 23. Affidavit by Sophia Ann Bennit (nee Shirley) and Ann Marie Gundy (nee Shirley) both of the City of Baltimore state that to the best of their knowledge they are the only surviving children of Bennet Shirley and sole heirs at law.

2(iv). Joshua Shirley - named in the 1796 distribution of his brother William Shirley's estate

1797 Apr 4 1797 pg 133 Distribution of the Estate of Joshua Shirley of St Mary's County. The account of Joshua Sherly late of St Mary's county deceased by George Buchanan administrator. Value of estate L15.8.9 (already distributed L6.2.7). To the deceased's widow (wife this accountant one third part, the other two thirds to the deceased's son George Bohanan [sic] L9.6.2

married Catherine _______; She married next, George Buchanan/Bohanan

A George Bohanan is enumerated in St Marys in 1800: 20010 - 20010, on same page as Bennett Shirley. In 1810: 21001 - 21010. Not there in 1820

children:

3(i). George Shirley christened March 4 1792 at St. Frances Xavier/St. Inigoes Catholic church in St Mary's Co MD. (son of Joshua and Catherine Shirley)

 


The following Shirley family are clearly descended from the above family

1. Ignatius Shirley born ______; Inherited land from his father-in-law John Norris, Jr. Ignatius died 15 November 1809 in St Mary's Co MD

1810 Sept 10. St Mary's Land Commission books page 461, (page 463, page 465, page 467) Estate of Ignatius Shirley. Richard Shirley commission for partition. To the Honorable the Judges of St Marys County Court the petition of Richard Shirly, Joseph Shirly, John Shirly, Elizabeth Shirly, Ignatius Aud and Mary his wife, Nancy Shirly and Henny Shirly humbly shewith that Ignatius Shirly late of St Mary's Co died on or about the 15th day of November in the year 1809 intestate leaving the following children heirs at law namely Richard, Joseph, John, Elizabeth, mary who intermarried with Ignatius Aud one of the petitioners, Nancy and Henny the said petitioners who are of the age of twenty one years and Ignatius and Ann who are minors [description of land tracts owned by Ignatius Shirley: "St Margaret" 200 acres, "No Shift" 50 acres, part of "Last Shift"]; Determiniation that the land could not be divided without loss [value too low]. Mentions the incumberance of the "widow's third". <the marks of the following> Rich Shirly, Joseph shirley, John Shirley, Eliza Shirley, Ign Aud for self and wife Mary, Ann Shirley, Henrietta Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, Ann Shirley

1790 St Mary's Co census - 1m 16+, 4m under 16, 4f

1800 St Mary's Co census - Ignatius Shirley 01201 - 12201 - 00

1810 St Marys Co census - Ignatius Shirly 00110 - 00401 - 00

married Mary Norris on Nov 25, 1775 at St. Frances Xavier/St. Inigoes Church in St Mary's Co Maryland

1781 Will of John Norris, Jr., SMC, 2/5/1781-4/24/1781. Son-in-law: Ignatius Shirley, 50 acres of part of "Last Shift"; a negro boy named Philip; one bed and bedstead; cord and hide; the furniture that I sleep in; one desk and all that's in it; one case of bottles; and all of my shoemaker's tools. To: Thomas Norris, son of Clement Norris, a negro woman named Agnes. Brother: Stephen Norris, one young sorrel mare, one cow and one yearling. Son-in-law: Robert Shirley, one young horse colt; one bed and furniture; cord and hide. Brother: Stephen Norris, my riding saddle. To: Robert Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, and Thomas Norris (of Clement) the balance of my estate. Exec.: Son-in-law, Ignatius Shirley. Wit.: Stephen Gough, Ignatius Greenwell, Bennet Norris.

About this family:

Shirley News Apr/May 1990 - "Among old letters and photos given to me by my paternal grandmother is a dagurerreotpe of her paternal grandmother, Henrietta Warthon, nee Shirley. A letter dated in 1852, telling great grandfather of Henriettas' death, once contained a lock of her hair. It was red, like grandmother's. She is buried in the Old Mountain Cemetery near Mount aint Mary's College, Emmitsburg Frederick Co MD. her tombstone bears the informatin that Henrietta was born in St Mary's Co MD that he was 66 when he died an that she was the mother of three sons and one daughter. In the same cemetery are buried her brother John Shirley who died in 1863 and a Richard Shirley, possibly John's son who was buried March 6 1822. In addition to the brother, Henrietta had at least three sisters, one of whom Elizabeth was Mrs John Dabelstein. The others were Sisters Mary Clare and Mary Magdalen Shirley nuns trained in their vocation by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Clare died in 1844 and is buried in the cemetery at St Joseph's Provincial House, Emmitsburg. Magdalen Ann Shirley was born about 1801 and died in the 1870s buried in New York. Growing up I often heard my grandmother and her sister grandaunt Ida Kephart refer to their grandaunt "Betsy Dabelstein" . She and John Dabelstein were married at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church Frederick City in 1821. According to Aunt Ida, John Dabelstein became a judge in Cumberland MD. In a letter dated in the 1850s-60s reference is made to Lizzie Shirley's brother "Nace" who went to New Jersey fathered three children and died "without his poor mother knowing if he were in his church or not." - letter from Ed Duggan to the Shirley Association in 1990 (See St Mary's Co)

children:

2(i). Richard Shirley - A Richard Shirley was listed in 1794 St Mary's militia records. Supposedly, he was the Richard Shirley who died Mar 6, 1822 and buried in Frederick Co MD according to descendants of his sister Henrietta.

2(ii). Joseph Shirley - born St Mary's Co MD. Named as one of the heirs at law, children of Ignatius Shirley in 1810, second eldest son; moved to Washington Co MD by 1820; His estate was probated May 8 1822 in Washington Co.

1820 Washington Co MD census - Joseph Shirley 200010 - 20010 (born 1775 to 1794)

married Elizabeth Bartol on 22 Feb 1813 in Harford Co MD; She is living in Washington Co MD in 1850 census, age 56, born PA. Also in the 1860 census.

children:

3(i). Elizabeth Shirley - born 22 Jan 1820; christened 21 May 1820 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Washington Co MD. Living with her widowed mother in 1850 census of Washington Co MD, age 26

21 May 1820 Elizabeth Shirley baptized to Joseph and Elizabeth Shirley born 22 jan 1820; Catherine Justis as sponsor; mother's maiden name is Bartol St Marys Catholic Church - Hagerstown Maryland 1818-1900

3(ii). George Shirley - named as a minor child in the 1822 estate documents of his deceased father Joseph Shirley. His estate was probated Sept 28, 1828 in Washington Co MD.

30 Mar 1824 p 176; Guardianship of Elizabeth Shirley, George Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, Joseph Shirley and Marian Shirley granted to William G. Drury; surety: Ignatius Drury and John Harry. Washington Co MD Guardianships 1786-1834

3(iii). Ignatius Shirley - named as a minor child in the 1822 estate documents of his deceased father Joseph Shirley. Untraced after this date (see research below this lineage about an intriguing Ignatius Shirley)

30 Mar 1824 p 176; Guardianship of Elizabeth Shirley, George Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, Joseph Shirley and Marian Shirley granted to William G. Drury; surety: Ignatius Drury and John Harry. Washington Co MD Guardianships 1786-1834

3(iv). Joseph Shirley - born 21 Mar 1822; christened 23 Apr 1822 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Washington Co MD; named as a minor child in the 1822 estate documents of his deceased father Joseph Shirley. Living with his widowed mother in 1850 census of Washington Co MD, age 26; Living in Washington Co MD in 1860 census with no children, occupation: barber.

23 Apr 1822 Joseph Shirley baptized to Joseph and Elizabeth Shirley born 21 Mar 1822; Anna Condon as sponsor; mother's maiden name is Bartell. St Marys Catholic Church - Hagerstown Maryland 1818-1900

30 Mar 1824 p 176; Guardianship of Elizabeth Shirley, George Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, Joseph Shirley and Marian Shirley granted to William G. Drury; surety: Ignatius Drury and John Harry. Washington Co MD Guardianships 1786-1834

3(v). Marian Shirley - named as a minor child in the 1822 estate documents of his deceased father Joseph Shirley. Mary Ann Shirley married John A. Davis June 3 1834 in Washington Co MD

30 Mar 1824 p 176; Guardianship of Elizabeth Shirley, George Shirley, Ignatius Shirley, Joseph Shirley and Marian Shirley granted to William G. Drury; surety: Ignatius Drury and John Harry. Washington Co MD Guardianships 1786-1834

2(iii). John Shirley - According to descendants of sister Henrietta, this particular John Shirley died in 1863 and was buried at Old Mountain Cemetery near Mount aint Mary's College, Emmitsburg Frederick Co. John Shirley who appears regularly in Frederick Co census was born about 1780-90 and apparently had no wife or family.

2(iv). Elizabeth Shirley - according to descendants of her sister Henrietta, she married John Dabelstein at St John's Catholic Church, Frederick Co., MD;

2(v). Mary Shirley. Born say 1785 in Maryland. She married Ignatius Aud, son of John Aud at the Catholic Church on December 19, 1805 in St Mary's County. Mary Shirley apparently died prior to 1821 when her husband married 2nd Ann Louise Watt.

2(vi). Nancy Shirley - possibly Catholic nun, sister Mary Clare who is said to have died 1844 and buried in the cemetery at St Joseph's Provincial House, Emmitsburg

2(vii). Henrietta Shirley - born 1795 (1850 census); according to descendants, she was born in St Mary's Co MD and married John Warthon on 20 Jan 1817 in Frederick MD; John died June 1825; She is living with her brother John Shirley in the household of James Hickey, professor of drawing in 1850; She died before 1852 in Frederick Co MD, age 66 and buried at Old Mountain Cemetery near Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg;

"Among old letters and photos given to me by my paternal grandmother is a dagurerreotpe of her paternal grandmother, Henrietta Warthon, nee Shirley. A letter dated in 1852, telling great grandfather of Henriettas' death, once contained a lock of her hair. It was red, like grandmother's. She is buried in the Old Mountain Cemetery near Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg Frederick Co MD. her tombstone bears the informatin that Henrietta was born in St Mary's Co MD that he was 66 when he died an that she was the mother of three sons and one daughter..."

2(viii). Ignatius Shirley - Possibly the person who appeared in Berkeley Co VA (later WV) in 1820, married. Untraced afterward.

1820 Berkeley Co VA Census Ignatious Shurley 000010 - 10100 (born about 1775 - 1794)

In a letter dated in the 1850s-60s reference is made to Lizzie Shirley's brother "Nace" who went to New Jersey fathered three children and died "without his poor mother knowing if he were in his church or not."

There is an intriguing death document that might point to this family. Charles Shirley born 1851 in New York City to Ignatius Shirley and Susan Clark. He died 15 January 1907. Lived 243 W. 66th Street NYC. The following John/George/Ignatius born 1821 cannot be Ignatius Jr since Sr died in 1807

1850 NYC Census

John Shirley M 29 Maryland, occ: tailor
Susan Shirley F 25 New York
Emeline Shirley F 5 New York
George Shirley M 2 New York
Jeremiah Clark M 53 New Jersey

1860 NYC Census (skipped?)

1870 NYC Census

Susan Shirley 42
George Shirley 44 b NYC
Charles Shirley 19

1880 NYC Census

Charles Shirley 29 b NYC (married Isabel Thompson 1877 in NYC, parents: Ignatius Shirley, Susan Clark, died 1907, not found yet in 1900 census)
Maggie Shirley 22 (she died 1926 in Brooklyn)
Florence Shirley 2
Susan Shirley 53 widowed born Maryland (She died 1886 in Manhattan born NYC, dau of JH and Emily Clark, buried New York Cemetery which is now Maple Grove Park, Hackensack Bergen Co NJ )

2(ix). Ann Shirley - born about 1801; Catholic nun named Magdalina Shirley working as the Assistant Principal sister at the Orphan Asylum in New York City in 1860 census, age 59 (b MD); Supposedly died in New York in the 1870s (Note: An Ann M. Shirley is also listed as a teacher in the NY Orphan Asylum in 1860, age 40 b Ireland - likely a coincidence)


The following Shirley family are clearly descended from the above family

1. Robert Shirley - Served in the Maryland regiment in the Revolutionary War. He died 20 July 1782. Clearly related to the above Shirley families, but this Robert Shirley is apparently too young to be the Robert Shirley identified in the 1747 will of his father Richard Shirley Jr of St Mary's Co MD.

1780-1782 Robert Shirley, Private, served in the same companies with Bennett and William Shirley. Robert enlisted on August 1, 1780 and died July 20, 1782. Robert received 124 shillings and 40 pence for his service. (Commissioner of Army Accounts, Pay Accounts, No. 1, 1780-84, f 118). Revolutionary War Records

1. George Shirley - Served in the Maryland regiment in the Revolutionary War. He died 24 Aug 1778. Clearly related to the above Shirley families. It doesn't seem likely he is the same George Shirley who was named in his father Richard Shirley Sr's 1737 will.

1778 George Shirley on May 31, 1778 enlisted from St. Mary's County for 9 months as a Private, in the Third Regiment, Maryland. He served approximately 3 months until August 24, 1778 when he was listed as discharged with entry "Died". (Revolutionary War Muster Roll, 1776-80, f 201; Archives of MD, American Revolution 1775-1783, Volume 18, f 164 & 329). Revolutionary War Records

1778 George Shirley, Private, died Aug 24, 1778, 3rd Maryland line. Return of Substitutes, Drafts, and Vagrants June 10, 1778

   


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