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Shirleys of Barrien County
Michigan

Conflicting DNA Results

   
 

James H. Shirley born 1826 according to Lowell Middlesex Co MA 1860 census and 1865 state census; occupation as brass founder in 1870 Lake Twp in Cook Co IL. (note: a Lydia and Sarah Shirley of Strafford Co NH of the same age married Twombley men in later years)

married Elizabeth Twombly (source: death records of children). born 27 Nov 1829 at Dover NH, dau of Wm H. Twombley, died 11 Jan 1920 at Chicago, Cook Co IL

children

1(i). Joseph H. Shirley born 1848 in NH; living Berrien Co MI in 1910 census; died 8 Nov 1933 in Chicago, Cook Co IL, age 85 (parents named in death cert)

married Emma _____ born 1858 in VT

children

2(i). George Washington Shirley of Lincoln, Berrien Co MI in 1910-20 census;

married 1) Permilia Boomer (source: son's cemetery record),

children:

3(i). Ruth Shirley born 1907

3(ii). Joseph Boomer Shirley born Apr 8 1905 at St Joseph MI; died Dec 24, 1986; buried Spring Grove Cem. Cinncinati OH.

married Luella Barnes, born Jan 15 1907 dau of Floyd Barnes and Lulu Lindsey; buried Spring Grove Cem. Cinncinati OH.

children:

4(i). Joseph Floyd Shirley

4(ii). Edward Paul Shirley of Atlanta GA

Ancestor of DNA Kit #21750 Haplotype R1b (Does not match any other Shirley branches at the moment)

EDWARD PAUL SHIRLEY On that beautiful summer day of June 24, 2005, that lovely spirit flew away from earth to heaven. At eight o'clock in the morning, just as the golden sun was rising above the eastern skyline, that precious spirit which had inhabited its earthly tabernacle for sixty-nine years, nine months, and twenty-seven days peacefully and quietly passed over the river to wake up on the other shore. Always thinking of others, always fighting the good fight-his struggle with cancer ended when he looked at his loving wife and said "Triss, I can't do it any longer". The oil was gone and the flickering light in his eyes went out. The perfect seed sewn, the full ripened grain, the harvest was ready for the reaper. Edward Paul Shirley was born on August 28th, 1935, the youngest son of Joseph Boomer Shirley and Luella Barnes Shirley of Cincinnati, Ohio. He had one brother, Joseph Floyd Shirley. Edward is survived by his wife Patricia Linn Shirley-having celebrated their Golden 50th wedding anniversary almost two weeks ago at Peachtree Presbyterian Church with many family and friends from all over the country. His three children include son Paul Andrew Shirley and his wife Aleta, daughter Susan Shirley Flowers and her husband Anthony, and daughter Carol Shirley Wrape and her husband Eric. His eight grandchildren include Jennifer Lynn Shirley, Grant Paul Shirley, Hannah Aleta Shirley, Kristen-Ana Flowers, Andrew Lee Flowers, Jason Wayne Wrape and his wife Christy, Felicia Grace Wrape, and Fallon Shirley Wrape. His two great-grandchildren include Lissa Elaine Wrape, and McKenzi Christine Wrape.Over his lifetime he contributed countless hours towards his passions that include his faith in Christ, Bible study and teaching, and spreading God's word through the Gideon Ministry. His devotion to Christ was also evident by his service as an Elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and by quietly helping others as a Stephen Minister and Instructor. He was a true patriot and deeply loved his country, especially our national bird the bald eagle. In his younger years he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, was a Boy Scout Leader, and became a 32 Mason. He attended both the University of Arizona and the University of Cincinnati. His professional career included co-founding the Invacare Corporation serving in both vice president and president roles over many years. He served on the Boards of Directors of the American Bald Eagle Foundation, the Florida Oceanographic Society, The Navigators, Wildlife Forever, and co-founded the Shirley Family Foundation with his wife. Other memberships include the Capital City Club, the Atlanta Opera, the High Museum of Art, and benefactor of the Fernbank Science Center.Friends may call or send flowers to the H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel on Monday, June 27, from 6 to 8 PM. The funeral service will be at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 28, at 2 PM in the main sanctuary with a reception following. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, should go to the North Atlanta Gideon's Camp 1003, PO Box 29832, Atlanta, GA 30359 or to the charity of your choosing. Memorial tribute

1(ii). George Shirley born 17 Jan 1849 at Lowell, Middlesex Co MA; Occ: Brass Moulder; died 26 Mar 1922 at Chicago, Cook Co IL, age 73 (parents named in death cert)

married Diana ____ (named in George's death cert) born Dover NH

1(iii). Mary A. Shirley born abt 1852, died 20 Feb 1852 age 0

1(iv). Mary Ella Shirley born Apr 5 1854 in Lowell, Middlesex Co MA married John Ezekiel Cole

1(v). Lydia Abbie Shirley born 24 May 1858 at Lowell, Middlesex Co MA; Abbie's death cert says born 24 May 1859 Redding MA (likely Reading, Middlesex Co MA); died Jan 30 1927 at Chicago, Cook Co IL; buried Evergreen Cem. married Fred D. Safford (her parents named in death cert)

1(vi). Lucinda T. Shirley born 27 Sep 1863 at Lowell Middlesex Co MA; she is "Lizzie A. Shirley" in 1870 census household.

1(vii). Horatio C. Shirley born abt 1869 in Maine according to 1870 family household census

 


The DNA for the lineage of Benjamin Shirley of Berrien MI matches the DNA for Robert Shirley and Susannah Baker of Pennsylvania. It is very interesting to see that Benjamin's lineage may be linking with Daniel Shirley Branch 28 who was also born Pennsylvania. Could Daniel and Branch 28 be a descendant of Robert Shirley?

Hiram Shirley born 15 April 1852 in Ohio; Lived in German Twp, Marshall Co IN in 1910; Lived with his son Milford in 1930 Berrien Co census; He died 19 October 1936; Buried at New Troy Cemetery, Berrien Co MI

married Sarah Starrett on 20 Oct 1877 at Marshall Co IN; She was born 1852 and died 1934.

children:

1(i). Benjamin H. Shirley born 1889 in Indiana; Lived in Chikaming Berrien Co MI in 1930; He was a car inspector for the railroad; He died 1976

married 1) unknown (source 2nd marriage record)

married 2) Eva Tritt on 26 Apr 1910 (license date) at St Joseph (sic) Indiana; She was born 15 Aug 1888 at Warsaw Indiana

married 3) Letha Grose on 8 November 1914 at St Joseph, Berrien Co MI; She was the daughter of Lewis Grose

children:

2(i). Ralph Elmo Shirley born 19 Mar 1918 in Indiana, age 11 in 1930 census; He died 13 March 1991 in Polk Co FL, age 72

Ancestor of DNA Kit #11686 Haplotype I

married Mildred______ divorced 1948 in Escambia Co FL

1(ii). Milford L Shirley born about 1894 in Indiana; He lived in Weesaw, Berrien Co MI in 1930; He died 1974;

married Anna ______

children:

2(i). Lawrence Shirley born about 1919, age 11 in 1930 census

2(ii). Kenneth Shirley born about 1924, age 6 in 1930 census

2(iii). Hazel Shirley born about 1926, age 4 in 1930 census

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DShi132999@aol.com

My name is Dannis Ralph Shirley. My father's name was Ralph Elmo Shirley. My grandfather, Benjamin Shirley, lived in Three Oaks prior to Benton Harbor in Berrien County Michigan. My grandmother's name was Leetha, and her maiden name was either Grose or Gross.

My parents were divorced when I was only four, and I do not have any further information.

Any suggestions for tracing my ancestory would be welcomed.

DNA result posted! Note:

Name: Ralph Elmo Shirley
Death Date: 13 Mar 1991
County of Death: Polk
State of Death: Florida
Age at Death: 72
Race: White
Birth Date: 19 Mar 1918

SS Death Index

Name: Ralph E. Shirley
SSN: 383-05-5809
Born: 19 Mar 1918
Died: 13 Mar 1991
State (Year) SSN issued: Michigan (Before 1951)

Divorce

Name: Ralph Elmo Shirley
Gender: Male
Spouse's name: Mildred Shirley
Divorce Date: 1948
County: Escambia

WWII Enlistment Record

Name: Ralph E Shirley
Birth Year: 1918
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Indiana
State of Residence: Michigan
County or City: Berrien

Enlistment Date: 8 Oct 1940
Enlistment State: Michigan
Enlistment City: Detroit
Branch: Infantry
Branch Code: Infantry
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Three year enlistment
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Machinists
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 73
Weight: 155

1930 Chikaming, Berrien, Michigan

Benjaman Sherley 38 b IN; OH; IN Car Inspector for Railroad (was not a veteran)
Letha Sherley 36
Ralph Sherley 11

also in the same county (also born in Indiana with parents born OH and IN)

1930 Weesaw, Berrien, Michigan

Milford Shirley 36 b IN; OH; IN farmer
Anna Shirley 35
Lawrence Shirley 11
Kenneth Shirley 6
Hazel Shirley 4
Hiram Shirley 77 b OH; VA; OH (b abt 1853); likely of Marshall Co IN in 1880 Possibly of this lineage
Sarah Shirley 76 b IN; OH; OH (online pedigree says her maiden name is Starret)

This looks like a fit? Is Hiram B in this next family, Hiram Benjamin Shirley?

1900 German, Marshall, Indiana

Hiram Shirely 50 b OH
Sarah Shirely 46 b IN
Hiram B Shirely 10 b IN
Milford L Shirely 6 b IN

1910 German, Marshall, Indiana

Hiram Shirey 57 b OH
Sarah Shirey 55 b IN
Milfred Shirey 16 b IN

room's name: Benjamin Shirely
groom's race:
groom's age: 25 years
groom's birth date: 1889
groom's birthplace: Indiana
bride's name: Letha Grose
bride's race:
bride's age: 18 years
bride's birth date: 1896
bride's birthplace: Indiana
marriage type:
marriage date: 08 Nov 1914
marriage place: St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan
groom's father: Hiram
groom's mother: Starrett
bride's father: Lewis
bride's mother: Ewanh

name: Ben Shirley
event: Marriage
event date:
event place:
other event place:
registration place: , St. Joseph, Indiana, United States
marriage license date: 26 Apr 1910
residence: Bourbon, , Indiana
gender: Male
age (estimated):
number of prior marriages: 1
race: White
birth date: 15 Aug 1888
birthplace: Warsaw, , Indiana
father's name: Hiram Shirley
mother's name: Sarah Starrett
spouse's name: Eva Tritt

name: Hiram Shirely
event: Marriage
event date: 20 Oct 1877
event place: , , Indiana
other event place:
registration place: , Marshall, Indiana, United States
marriage license date: 19 Oct 1877
residence:
gender: Male
age (estimated):
number of prior marriages:
race:
birth date:
birthplace:
father's name:
mother's name:
spouse's name: Sarah Starrett

Hiram Shirley
Birth: Apr. 15, 1852
Death: Oct. 19, 1936
Family links:
Spouse:
Sarah Starrett Shirley (1852 - 1934)*

Children:
Benjamin H. Shirley (1889 - 1976)*
Milford L Shirley (1894 - 1974)*

Burial:
New Troy Cemetery
New Troy
Berrien County
Michigan, USA

1860 Wood Co OH Census

Edward Shirley 41 b 1819 Maryland
Martha Shirley 37 b OH
Jacob Shirley 14 b OH
Sarah Shirley 12 b OH
Anthony Shirley 10 b OH
Hiram Shirley 8 b OH (b 1852)
David Shirley 6 b OH
Wm Shirley 3 b OH
Marias Shirley (male) 8/12 b OH

1850 Hancock Co OH Census

Edward Shirley 31 b 1819 Maryland (FOUND IN GRATIOT CO MICHIGAN IN 1900)
Martha Shirley 21 b OH
Jacob Shirley 4 b OH
Sarah Elizabeth Shirley 1 b OH

Name Edward Shirely (note spelling)
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 31 Mar 1844
Event Place Hancock, Ohio, United States
Spouse's Name Martha Ann Hemderson

1850 US Census Mortality Schedule - Ohio

Hancock County OH

1850 Apr, Elizabeth Shirley, widow, age 71 (b 1779 PA); no cause listed; ill 110 days (mother?)

1902 AUG 8 MI DEATH CERT OF EDWARD E SHIRLEY SAYS BORN VIRGINIA 6 MARCH 1819, AGE 83 WIDOWER 12 CHILDREN, 7 LIVING. INFORMANT M. MARZOFF, ITHACA MI. BURIED EMERSON CEMETERY GRATIOT CO MI (SON JACOB ALSO BURIED IN SAME CEMETERY AKA BEEBE CEMETERY)

FROM FACEBOOK PAGE

1 Edward Shirely b: Mar 1818 in Maryland
.. +Martha Ann Henderson b: Abt. 1824 in OH
...... 2 Jacob Shirely b: Abt. 1846 in OH
.......... +Catherine
...... 2 Sarah Elizabeth Shirely b: Abt. 1849 in OH
...... 2 Anthony Shirely b: Abt. 1851 in OH
.......... +Lovisa Simons
...... 2 Hiram Shirely b: Abt. 1852 in OH
...... 2 David Shirely b: Abt. 1854 in OH
...... 2 William Shirely b: Abt. 1857 in OH
...... 2 Francis Marion Shirely b: Abt. 1859 in OH
...... 2 Louisa Shirely b: Abt. 1864 in OH
*2nd Wife of Edward Shirely:
.. +Elizabeth Crozier b: 08 Jan 1837
...... 2 Minnie E. Shirely b: Dec 1874 in OH
.......... +William Bauddis
...... 2 John Edward Shirely b: 24 Sep 1878 in OH
.......... +Lucy May Jarvis b: 24 Aug 1883
............... 3 Delbert E. Shirely b: 09 Apr 1903
................... +Eva Elizabeth Fuller
....................... 4 Delbert J. Shirely
............................5 James J Shirely 27 Dec 1960
...............................+ Holly Renee b: 24 Apr 1964
.................................6 James D. Shirely b 26 Dec, 1986
.................................6 Nathan P Shirely b 4 Apr 1989
.................................6 Joseph M. 19 Apr 1991
....................... 4 Eva J. Shirely
............... 3 Alfred R. Shirely b: 29 May 1905
............... 3 Francis W. Shirely b: 05 Oct 1907
......................4 Kent Shirely b: Jan 6 1935 Mi
......................4 Lynn Eldon Shirely b: June 20 1942 Mi
...........................+ Mary P. Walsh b: Feb 4 1942 OH
.................................5 Chris Shirely b: may 5 1966 MI
......................................+ Natalie b: April 6 1965 NC
............................................6 Heather Shirely b:Mar 13th 1993 NC
.................................5 Anthony John Shirely b: Nov 10 1070 MI
......................................+ Amanda D. King b: Nov 5 1973 NC
...........................................6 Haven Shirely b: Nov 27, 1999 NC
...........................................6 Desaray A. Shirely b: April 24 2004 NC
...........................................6 Tyce J. Shirely b: Aug 22 2008 NC
.................................5 Ian M. Shirely b: Feb 10 1972 MI
.....................................+ Rebecca
...........................................6 Joshua M. Shirely b: Nov 8 1995 NC
...............3 Lewis J Shirely b: 29 Apr 1909
............... 3 Dorothy M. Shirely b: 22 June 1911
............... 3 Paul J. Shirely b: 9 Feb 1914
............... 3 Clare K Shirely b: 14 April 1916
............... 3 Wilbur F. Shirely b: 31 Aug 1919
............... 3 Lawrence E. Shirely b: 22 Jan 1925
..................+ Katherine
.......................4 Ron Shirely b: April 11 1947 in MI
.........................5 Jason Shirely b: April 4 1973
.........................5 Jamie Shirely b: April 26 1977
.......................4 John Shirely
...........................+ Susan
...............................5 Heather Shirely b: Apr 19 1980
...............................5 Jonathan L. Shirely b: Aug 12 1985
...............................5 David J. Shirely b: feb 12 1990
.......................4 Linda Shirely
.......................4 Rayanne Shirely

   


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