Thaddeus Shirley b. Aug 25, 1757 Newberry Co. SC, died
November 29, 1840 York Co. South Carolina,
married Elizabeth________; She
died in 1846, York Co. SC.
Elizabeth Shurley's estate
papers in Case 7, File # 1379, York Co. Estate Records. Probated
nov 3, 1846: oldest son Meredith, $10; 2nd son Philemon Shurley,
$10; oldest daughter, Ruth Wright, $10; 2nd daughter, Elizabeth
Wherry, $10; 3rd dau, Nancy Quick, $10; 4th daughter, Frances
Perry, $10; James Shurley $10; all other to youngest son Eli
Clawson Shurley, executor. C. L. Clawson furnished coffin, $10;
Dr. Jacob Clawson, medical bill, $66.25. A. Brown, tombstone,
1.i Meredith Shirley b.
ca. 1790 d. ca. 1863 York Co. SC,
Meredith Shurley taught school in a log cabin in the 1840s
in the Gold Hill area of Fort Mill township. It was said he required
as strict obedience of the adults as he did of the children he
taught. His primary textbooks were the Blueback Speller and Pike's
Arithmetic. In 1860 Meredith Shurley (b c 1790) was living as
a member of the Ware household and was listed in the U.S. Census
as a teacher, aged 70 years.
Master of Arts thesis, "Cultural Factors in the History
of York County" by Eula B. Thomasson, Winthrop College,
June 1937 - Hickory Grove under Meredith Shurley may have been
the first in the county to offer military instruction.) In 1848
Meredith Shurley taught school near the residence of G. C. Leach,
Esq. Many grown men and women were pupils. The Berrys, Leaches,
Hemphills, McKinstrys and Whitesides were the most loyal patrons
of the school. For a week before the closing of the school, Mr.
Shurley drilled his pupils in their studies thoroughly. The boys
were put through a military drill. And the teacher was noted
for his interest in the hygenic welfare of his pupils. The last
day of his school in 1848, he drilled the boys for two hours,
despite the fact that it was raining. They used sticks for guns.
Anyone who failed properly to perform his duty in ranks was taken
out and drilled in an "awkward squad". Spelling matches
were popular, and tickets were given out each evening to those
standing at the head of the class. These tickets were kept and
counted before the patrons and trustees at the end of each term
(a term was one-fourth of the time agreed to teach - usually
twelve months). Mr. Shurley boarded among the pupils. The pupils
were proud to have him in their homes, and many times arguments
and perhaps feelings arose between pupils as to who had the right
to his company. In 1849 Mr. Shurley taught school in a log cabin,
built for that purpose, about one-fourth of a mile from Hickory
Grove. He followed the old method of conducting his school. He
would take up school as soon as pupils could get there in the
mornings, and many evenings he did not dismiss the pupils until
the sun went down. In his day he was a first-class teacher. He
was a splendid penman. The Bible, Webster's Spelling Book, Walker's
Dictionary, Pike's and Smiley's Arithmetics were the principle
text books used in his school. Mr. Shurley was good at promised
whippings, many of which he never gave, but when he did, it was
well done. His method of teaching spelling and reading was for
all the pupils to spell or read aloud in learning the lessons.
He often had as many as forty pupils on the floor spelling at
the same time. Frequently a bench ten feet long was crowded with
bare-footed boys, all swinging their feet and swaying their heads,
and spelling at the top of their voices. The old man, when he
had a chance to be heard, would say, 'Hurrah! boys; that's the
way.' Then they would all begin again joined by as many more.
1830 York SC Census - Meredith Shirley, page 387: 1110001000000
1840 York SC Census - Meredeth Shirley, page 284:
2210000100000 - 0020101000000
1860 York SC Census
Jas R Ware 38
Scythena Ware 39
Meridus Ware 15
Mary E Ware 10
John D Ware 8
Wm Ware 7
Meridus Shirley 70
married Elizabeth Walston, daughter of Elias Walston. She was
still alive in 1862, according to son John R's diary entry.
Elizabeth Shirley died unmarried. She was living with
brother Martin Luther Shurley in 1870 census household in Pulaski
2.ii John Rooker Shirley,
b. November 1818; He was operating a school with many scholars
in Fairfield Co SC in 1850 census; He died March 15, 1863, York
District, SC.; buried Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cem. Rock
Hill York Co
He was doubtless named for the Rev. John
Rooker, founding pastor of the Flint Hill Baptist Church, located
north of what is now Fort Mill and very near the North Carolina
State line. if the name "John Rooker" came from the
Baptist pastor, then the likelihood is that some of the early
Shurleys in York County were of the Baptist faith. John Rooker
Shurley ... was a renowned teacher and school principal in both
Fairfield and York districts. He founded the Shurley Institute
at Winnsboro and then moved it to Ebenezer, where he was the
principal of the Ebenezer Academy until his death. The latter
school was often referred to as "the Athens of York."
married 1st. Martha Ann Leitner Dec.
8, 1847 Fairfield Co. SC.,
married 2nd. Mary Ann Fewell Aug 4, 1852.
She was born June 29, 1833, died Aug 2, 1900 and was the daughter
of Alexander Fewell.
children by Mary Ann
3.i Leitner Shirley b.
November 11, 1848; d. Bef. August 01, 1903
As a young man he went to live in Brazil
with his Leitner cousins who had fled the South following the
Civil War. He did not remain there for any length of time and
returned to the United States with Cephas J. and Matilda (Rives)
Kee, natives of Chester District, S.C.
He followed in his father's footsteps
and conducted several well-known schools in South Carolina. He
was at one time principal of the Ebenezer Academy. Later he removed
to Lancaster County, S.C. where he operated an excellent school
for many years. He called the school Carolina Academy for it
was close to the North Carolina line and many of his pupils lived
in Mecklenburg's Providence community.
Lancaster Ledger, 1 Aug 1903. -
The handsome monument erected at Pleasant Valley church to
the memory of Prof. Leitner Shurley, by his former pupils, will
be unveiled with impressive ceremonies next Thursday. Capt. W.
E. Ardrey of Fort Mill, will act as master of ceremonies, and
will make the introductory speech. Mr. Thomas F. McDow of Yorkville;
Mr. Victor S. Bryant of Durham, N.C. and Mr. James a Bell of
Charlotte, all former pupils of Mr. Shurley, will make addresses
appropriate to the occasion. Mr. Shurley, who spent several years
of his life in South America, was one of the most successful
teachers this country has ever known. He was remarkable for the
thoroughness with which he prepared boys for college. He taught
at a private school at Pleasant Valley for a number of years,
which drew a large patronage from North Carolina, as well as
from different parts of this state. He was idolized by his pupils.
married Margaret W. Ross about 1874,
married 26 years in 1900 census.
children by Martha Ann Fewell:
3.ii Margaret Elizabeth Shirley July
7, 1853, She married Nathaniel Jeremiah Napoloen Bowen
3.iii Mary Celia Shirley Oct.
7, 1854, She married Lucien Gill
3.iv Sallie McMeekin Shirley March
1, 1856, died Oct. 5, 1862, age 6
3.v John Alexander Shirley Oct.
21, 1857. Member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. He died
June 10, 1918, obituary in the Rock Hill newspaper.
married Molly Fewell
4(i). Bessie Shurley born 1884.
She died 1973. She married John M. Salters
4(ii). John Rooker Shurley born
1890. He died 1938). Lived Rock Hill SC in 1918
married Margaret Ruff
4(iii). W. T Shurley Lived Pennsylvania
4(iv). Annie Leitner Shurley.
She married F. D. Frissell (named in father's obituary). Lived
Pennsylvania in 1918. Married John Rutherford London.
3.vi Fannie Matilda Shirley June
27, 1859, died Sept. 22, 1860, age 1
3.vii Barron Beauregard Shirley
March 21, 1861, He died Jan 5, 1862, age 9 mos; Buried
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cem. Rock Hill, York Co
3.viii William Rooker Shirley Oct
2, 1862, died Sept 9, 1872, age 9
2.iii Cynthia Jane Shirley b.
ca. 1818 York Co. SC She married James Ware
William Z Shurley born about 1830 in Richland Co SC, age
20 in 1850 Fairfield Co SC census household of his presumed brother
John R Shurley, occupation: Teacher.
Martin Luther Shurley born about 1833 in York Co SC, age
17, scholar, in 1850 Fairfield Co SC census household of his
brother John R Shurley. He was married, living at Plant Township,
Pulaski County Arkansas in 1870 census. He left Arkansas in 1879
leaving his two minor children Robert and John with a guardian.
He lived in Henderson Co TN in 1900 census, occupation servant,
widowed age 67
20 Nov 1862 diary of John Rooker
Shurley: "Brother Luther who has been living
in Mississippi for the last two years, was at my home this afternoon,
when I returned from school...He and his family have come back
to So. Carolina on account of the Yankees taking possession of
the country near where they were living." (The Quarterly,
York County Genealogical and Historical Society, Volume VII,
Number 1, June 1995, page 12).
married Jemima _______ (according to
diary entry and census). She died prior to 1900, most likely
3(i). Josephine Shurley born about
1862 in Mississippi, age 8 in 1870 census; She was a domestic
servant age 17 at Eagle Lonoke Co Arkansas in 1880. She has a
1 year old daughter, Marberry household
4(i). Lucinda Shurley born about
1879, apparently out of wedlock
3(ii). Sarah Shurley born about
1863 in South Carolina, age 7 in 1870 census
3(iii). William Shurley born about
1865, age 5 in 1870 census; He was a laborer age 15 at Eagle
Lonoke Co Arkansas in 1880, Driskill household
3(iv). Robert L. Shurley born
about 1866, age 4 in 1870 census; He was a laborer age 14 at
Eagle Lonoke Co Arkansas in 1880, Glover household. R. M. Driskill
named his guardian in 1880 court record.
1880 May 21 Lonoke Co Probate Court
page 249 - No 157 - Robert Shurley et al minors - This
day comes R M Driskill and presents to the court his petition
verified by his affidavit representing that some time in the
year 1879 M L Shurley removed beyond the limits of this state
that he left petitioner his two minor children, Robert and John
Shurley , both under the age of fourteen years and requested
him to raise and educate them as best he could, that they
have little or no estate that the interest of said minors would
be protected by having a legal guardian appointed for them to
con[ ] person and direct their labor and to reveive and manage
the conpensation for their services and asking that he be appointed
guardian for them. [ordered; discharged December 1881 page 479]
3(v). John J. Shurley born about
1868 in South Carolina, age 2 in 1870 census; He was a laborer
age 12 at Eagle Lonoke Co Arkansas in 1880, Glover household.
R. M. Driskill named his guardian in 1880 court record.
3(vi). Woodman Shurley born about
1870 in Arkansas, age 0 in 1870 census (b Jan, triplet?)
3(vii). Madison Shurley born about
1870 in Arkansas, age 0 in 1870 census (b Jan, triplet?)
3(viii). Edward Shurley born about
1870 in Arkansas, age 0 in 1870 census (b Jan, triplet?)
Oliver Shurley born about 1831 in York Co SC, age 19, scholar,
in 1850 Fairfield Co SC census household of brother John R Shurley.
He died in the Civil War, Private Co F 41st SC regt.
8 Aug 1862 diary of John Rooker
Shurley: "I and John went down to my farm. Found
all well but Mother, she is not very well. She had just got a
letter from bro. Luther bringing the sad news that Bro. Oliver
was dead. He took sick in camp at Tupelo, Miss. and lay in the
Hospital for some time and was carried home but lived only 9
days after he got home. He leaves a wife and two little children
a daughter and son. Bro. Oliver was the youngest of the family
that is living. He was about 26 years old, always had been stout
and hearty...He was a member of the Baptist Church." (The
Quarterly, York County Genealogical and Historical Society, Volume
VII, Number 1, June 1995, page 11).
married Temperance Rachel Perry
on 9 January 1858, became widow of Pontotoc Co MS, Source:
Civil War citizen files; Records show she was of Fairfield Co
1858 January 9 O.P. Shirley married
T.R.C. Perry at Pontotoc Co Mississippi
3(i). daughter Shurley
3(ii). son Shurley
1.ii Philemon Shirley b. ca. 1792 Newberry Co. SC, died ca.
1854 York Co. SC
York District Estate Records,
Case #24 File 1013. 1854. Philemon Shurley, Dec'd. F. D. Schooley,
et al, exors. Tracts of land to sons Absolom Shurley and Eli
Washington Shurley; to wife Lucretia Shurley; dau Malinda Lock,
wife of Levi Lock; dau Lucinda Bennett; dau. Lucretia Schooley;
dau Emeline Ferguson; 2 grandchildren: Wm C. Schooley, son of
my daughter Elvira Schooley, dec'd and George W. Sturgis, son
of my daughter Barbara Sturgis, dec'd.
married Lucretia Walston, daughter
of Elias Walston
2.i Eli Washington Shirley
living with parents age
16 in the 1850 York SC census; His estate was probated in York
Co SC in 1857; died about age 23.
2.ii Lucinda B. Shirley m. Josiah Bennett
2.iii Lucretia Shirley Feb. 15, 1816, died Dec. 4, 1900 m. Daniel
Franklin Schooley. He was born Aug 13, 1816 York Co. SC d. Sept
3, 1887 York Co. SC.
2.iv Barbara Shirley died May 1850 York Co. SC m. 1st. John
Sturgis, m. 2nd George Sturgis
2.v Absolom Shirley Nov. 26, 1818; living in Giles Co TN
in 1850 census, owner of 30 slaves; living in Jasper PO Walker
Co AL in 1860 and 1880 census; died Oct 6, 1898 Walker Co. Alabama
married 1st Mary H. ______ (appears
in the 1850 Giles Co TN census)
married 2nd Nancy Perry born
1832 SC (appears in the 1860 Walker Co AL census)
3.i May E. Shirley born 1844 SC (1850 and 1860 census)
3.ii Elizabeth L. Shirley
born 1845 SC (1850 and
3.iii Mary [ ] Shirley born 1853 TN
3.iv Nancy Jane Shirley born 1855 TN
3.v Sarah [ ] Shirley born 1857 TN
3.vi Henrietta Shirley born 15 Apr 1858 TN or AL; married J.
J. Sparks; she died 30 Aug 1928 at Townley, Walker Co AL, age
70y 4m; buried Scott Grove Cem.
3.vii Lucinda Shirley born about 1864 AL
3.viii Jerusha Shirley born Jun 7 1866 AL; married Parker; died
26 Sep 1957 at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, age 91y 3m 19d; buried
Roscoe TX (death cert)
2.vi Malinda Shirley 1819 m. Levi Locke. He was b. July 22,
1816 Chester Co. SC
2.vii Elvira Shirley Nov. 4, 1820 York Co. SC, died Jan 10,
1848 York Co. SC, m. Daniel Franklin Schooley
2.viii Emeline Shirley Oct 20, 1828 York Co. SC d. April 17,
1903 Walker Co. AL, m. Benjamin Joseph Ferguson who was born
Aug 11, 1828 Chester Co. SC and died Feb 9, 1914 Walker Co. AL.
Shirley b. November 26, 1793 Newberry Co. SC,
d. March 23, 1873 Glenwood Mills, IA., married Reuben Wright,
son of Richard Wright and Nancy Morgan. He was born Jan 10, 1790
Rowan Co, NC and died ca. 1843 Putnam Co. Indiana
Shirley b. ca. 1799 Newberry Co. SC, died before
1860 Noxubee Co. Mississippi, married Martin Quick
Shirley b. ca. 1801 Newberry Co. SC, married
Samuel Wherry in York Co., SC, son of William Wherry and Elizabeth
Anderson. He died ca. 1840 in Hickman Co., TN
Shirley b. ca. 1802 Newberry Co SC, married Jeremiah
Perry who died 1870 Pontotoc Co. MS
Shirley b. ca. 1804; He was alive 1846 at the
time of death of his mother; no
other info known. Possibly
Shurley, Branch 102)
Clawson Shirley b. Feb 21, 1808, died Nov 6, 1855 Chester
Dist. SC, buried Jordan Burial Ground.
Eli C. Shurley
Birth: Feb. 21, 1808, Death: Mar. 6, 1855
Burial: Jordan Graveyard East Chester County SC
married Mary Culp. She was born
Feb 22, 1820 Chester Co. SC died Aug 23, 1853 Chester Co. SC. Mary
was the daughter of Henry Culp born Feb 27, 1785 died May 26,
1856 and Nancy Jordan born Mar 7, 1792 Chester Co. SC died July
24, 1847 Cedar Shoal, Chester Co. SC (Nancy was daughter of
Henry E. Jordan b. ca. 1760 d. Nov 1, 1843).
2.i Nancy E. Shirley
she married Robert White
2.ii Mary Shirley
2.iii Elisha Eugene Shirley
born about 1846;
He died 20 Sep 1915, age about 65 at the State Hospital in Richland
SC; buried in the white asylum cemetery
married Margaret N. McFadden
born July 20, 1850 Chester Co. SC d. Jan 9, 1907
3.i John Culp Shirley born Oct 3, 1869 died Feb. 12,
1870; buried Jordan Graveyard Chester Co SC, age 4 mos
3.ii Sallie Shirley born June 28, 1872 Chester Co.
3.iii William Clawson Shurley
Dec 15, 1873 Chester
Co. SC; Lived at Landsford, Chester Co in 1920 and 1930 census.
He died Dec. 18, 1950; He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Fort
Lawn, Chester Co SC
married Maggie Henson. She was
born Nov. 24, 1885, age 44 in 1930. She died Aug. 1, 1960. Buried
at Elmwood Cemetery, Fort Lawn, Chester Co SC
4(i). Gary Shurley born Jul. 4, 1915 in Chester Co SC,
age 4 in 1920 census, age 14 in 1930 census. PFC US Army. He
died Mar. 17, 1988. Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Fort Lawn Chester
married Alma E. ______
3.iv Mary Shirley born 1876 SC; listed in family's 1880
2.iv Thaddeus H. Shirley born Feb 8, 1847 Chester Co. SC d. March
12, 1875 Chester Co. SC, age 28; Buried Jordan Graveyard
Chester Co SC
2.v Josiah Haynes Shirley
born Jan 20, 1851 Chester
Co. SC d. Aug 1, 1858, age 7; Buried Jordan Graveyard
Chester Co SC