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Shirley Family
of Laurens and Fairfield Counties, South Carolina and Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Haplogroup E3b   

Misc. Information for this branch

Theory detailing other children of Richard Shirley


Richard Shirley born say 1712. He died about 1769. He obtained Royal land grants on Raburn's Creek in 1768, a short time prior to his death.

[The following information describes the migration of the Pinson family, which matches the migration route of their neighbors, the Shirleys of Laurens Co SC] "It is not known from where Aaron Pinson came to settle in old Orange county NC nor how long he had been there when four tracts of land were surveyed for him in late 1753, (Wm Stutley Shirley in 1755 Orange NC tax list). The first new Light Separate Baptist church in the colony of NC was begun at Sandy Creek in 1755. An early convert, Aaron Pinson with his family joined some of the Sandy Creek group who sought greater freedom by removing to the Georgia/SC border about 1765...applied in August 1766 to the colony of Georgia for 200 acres on Rosemary Branch in St George Parish (see William S. Shirleys grant in St George's parish Richmond Co Ga in 1769). In May 1767 a 250 ac tract was surveyed on the NE side of the Saluda River in the area that became Laurens Co SC. Raeburns Creek meeting house was built nearby in 1767. Aaron Pinson preached there and had charge fo the Little River off Saluda church in 1771-2. Religous harassment, lawlessness and a massive Indian raid in 1773 caused settlers to flee the area. Many members of the old mother church at Sandy Creek had gone west by 1771 over the mountains into what is now eastern Tennessee. by late summer of 1775 Pinson and various other members of the SC churches had settled there also. They refused to move back east of the mountains, built forts acquired ammunition, formed their own government adn took their stand against the British and Inddians on 20 and 21 July 1776. He was named justice of peach in 1776 for Washington Co NC and served Cherokee Creek (a branch of the Nolichucky) Baptist Church after removing to Wilkes Co NC by 1782 (see item for Thomas Shirley, his son in law, in Wilkes Co). He and his family had returned by 1784 to Laurens Co SC where he resumed his pastorate of Raeburn Creek Church and served until his death by 1800."

DB F: 212 Recorded 1797 Indenture. Jan 10 1775. Between Robert Shirley, planter and Jane, his wife, and Mary, his mother, of the one part to Andrew Cunningham, planter, of the other part for the sum of four hundred pounds, hath granted 350 acres of land, it being the plantation on which said Robert and Mary now live, it being a part of the 500 acres of land which was originally granted unto Richard Shirley, dec'd, which was the said Robert Shirley's father and the said Mary Shirley's husband, situate in Craven or Berkley Co on Raburn Creek waters of Reedy and Saluda Rivers which land was granted unto the said Richard Shirley by Hon. Lord Charles Granville Montague, Commander and Chief of the Proviince of South Carolina..wit: David unningham, Godfrey Isbell and Joseph Pinson.

married Mary [?Mattison] (surname according to family info, no proof).


1(i). Robert Shirley born about 1736; probably alive in 1810 Fairfield SC census living in the household of son Elijah Shirley

1(ii).Thomas Shirley no information is known (editor: I dont' know the origin of this claim)

1(iii). Nathaniel Shirley no information is known (editor: I dont' know the origin of this claim)

1(iv) John Shirley was born Aug 27, 1738 Culpeper Co. VA, d. Mar 11, 1816 according to the descendants of this branch. He also received a land grant on Raburn Creek in Berkeley Co. SC.




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