Thomas Shirley was born before 1775 (source 1820 census
profile) likely in South Carolina. He is living in White Co TN
as early as 1811 (tax list) and appears on the 1820 White Co
census with 6 children. He apparently moved to Marion Co TN sometime
around 1825, the date he sold 70 acres of land in White County
and about the time he started to buy land in Marion Co; He supposedly
died between 1825-1830 TN. Brother
of John Shirley of White Co TN and Jackson Co AL Branch 24
(source: Goodspeed bio of Wm Carroll Shirley) DNA does not match that of John Shirley
"By 1824, Thomas Shirley
Sr. and William D. Shirley owned land lying along the Sequatchie
River in Marion County. They also bought lots in the new town
of Jasper. Around that time, Thomas migrated from White County
to Marion County and established a trading post. He and Thomas
W. Spicer entered into a business partnership in 1827. The trading
business was located in Jasper, Marion County. According to Court
records, they traded in "negroes, horses, cattle, bacon,
corn, passessory, claims, goods, ware, and merchandise."
The partnership was dissolved in 1834, and a series of lawsuits
1825 - Power of Attorney Thomas
Shirley Sen. And Margaret Shirley appoint Thomas Shirley Jr our
lawful attorney whatever is due from any person or estate in
the counties of Guilford and Orange in the state of North Carolina
13 Nov 1825 witness Thomas H Spencer, S Hicks 234 - Marion County,
Tennessee Marion County, TN Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions,
1825, p 234. also DB A 1826.
of DNA Kit #723835
(Matches the DNA result below. Need further details on the exact
descent to present day)
married Margaret _______.
1(i). William Shirley family tradition says he was killed in
an Indian attack. However, it may not be true. A Shirley researcher
finds deed and tax roll documents proving that William D. Shirley
owned land in Marion County, TN as late as 1826. [Editor: An 1824 TN land
grant to William D Shirley has been found, but the only tax list
in existant for this county is in 1836 and he is not on it. Thus
this definitive claim about William D is not exactly true] At some later date, William migrated
north to Montgomery County , Illinois . Montgomery County , IL
1840 Census, p 371. Montgomery County , IL 1850 Census, 22nd
District, SW Part, p 107 B. El Dorado County , CA 1860 Census,
Mud Springs, p 979. He
is Branch 51, and may not be the same as the above William Shirley
who tradition claims was killed by Indians.
1(ii). Thomas Shirley, Jr.
born 1797 North Carolina. Residing in Hamilton Co TN in 1850
census; Living with his son James B. Shirley in the James Co
TN 1880 census, age 82; He died about 1887 and was buried at
the Shirley Cemetery at Savannah Bay
"Thomas Shirley Sr. migrated
to Cheekville (later called Shirleyton) in Marion County, TN
and operated a trading post. An Indian bought a hunting knife,
but he became disgruntled and returned. He attacked and killed
William Shirley, a son of Thomas Sr. Thomas Shirley Jr. was armed
with a huge poker and was able to fend off the attacker." (this tale may not be true)
Thomas Shirley Jr. was witnessing
land deeds in Hamilton County as early as 1828. In 1836, he sold
Moses Payne five slaves for $3,100. An election was held "at
the house of Thomas Shirley" in February of 1836. He acquired
434 acres, including Williams Island and land on the side of
Walden's Ridge. At his property near Ooltewah, he had a ferry
landing and half interest in the Shropshire mill. John Jackson
Shropshire had married Mary Shirley at Whitwell in 1821. Thomas
Shirley Jr. was active in trying to establish the town of Vannville
(Harrison) and was its first postmaster in 1839. He was an admirer
of the Cherokee Chief James Brown, and he named one son for Brown.
Thomas Shirley Jr. on Nov. 25,
1863, fled his home "under advice from neighbors from threats
that had been made that would cost him his life." Julia
Ann and the daughter, Adaline, stayed at the house, though they
spent most nights with Henry and Louisa Penick. Shirley made
his way to the home of Robert and Eliza Williamson near Tunnell
Hill , Ga. , refugeeing there several weeks. He became deathly
ill, but finally recovered. His wife and daughter arrived with
two horses, a wagon and some bedding, and they went on to join
James B. Shirley at Thomaston. Meanwhile, a Union man, Peter
Monger, took over the Shirley place. He allowed a cohort, Joseph
G. Ritchie, to live there. Other members of Ritchie's family
had been killed by Confederate sympathizers, and he had vowed
revenge. While Ritchie was at the Shirley home, it was burned
down in the winter of 1864-65 by the Confederate William Snow
"and his bandits."
married Julia Ann Johnson; she died in the 1870s. buried at the
Anderson Cemetery at Ringgold GA
2(i). Lucien Bonaparte
Shirley born about 1828,
bachelor. He was one of the leading attorneys of early Hamilton
County TN. Living in his parents household, age 22 in the 1850
Hamilton Co TN census Update
2018: I recently found record of Lucien B Shirley and Thomas
Shirley (presumably his father) in Fannin Co GA court records
in the mid 1850s, apparently residing in that county, serving
on juries, with LB Shirley taking the oath to practice law in
Fannin Co GA. More research needed.
2(ii). Cordelia Shirley m. George Oliver Cates in Hamilton Co.,
TN. Cordelia died either in childbirth, or soon thereafter. George
Cates remarried a widow, Mary Davis, & had many other children.
George is buried in the Mitchell Cemetery in Hamilton County
2(iii). Adaline R. Shirley born about 1832; died in 1876 at the
age of 44; buried at the Anderson Cemetery at Ringgold GA
2(iv). Thomas Shirley lll
born about 1834, died
2(v). Dr. James Brown Shirley born May 31,1837; 2nd Co.
K of the 1st Confederate Cavalry at Oltewah. He rose to the rank
of third sergeant, but he was captured May 12, 1863, at Linden
, Tenn. He was exchanged the next month and then was hospitalized
at Thomaston , Ga. , in October; graduated from Tennessee Medical
College in 1890 and became a doctor. Living in what was then
James Co TN in 1900 census; He died 1902.
married Mary Acshah Andrews
3(i). Adaline Josephine Shirley, married W. Edward McDonald on 2 Sep
1916 at Hamilton Co TN
3(ii). James B. Shirley Jr.
After the family's land
was taken by TVA, James moved to a farm at Winchester
married 1st Sarah Conner born
7 Oct 1905; died 18 Feb 1941 at Winchester, Franklin Co TN; daughter
of John Emory Conner and Sally M. Roberson
married 2nd Louise Axmacher Lutz.
4(i). Walter Shirley married Nellie Ruth Morris,
4(ii). James B. Shirley III
died of colitis when
he was three,
4(iii). William Shirley married Retha Hershman,
4(iv). Mary Frances Shirley married Phil Burkhalter,
4(v). Jesse Paul Shirley married Willa Ann Myers.
3(iii). Homer Shirley born 17 Sep 1885; died 17 Nov
1941 at Chattanooga, Hamilton Co. TN
married Beulah Wilson.
3(iv). Thomas Griffin Shirley born Jun. 1, 1877. He was living in
the household of his mother in 1910 census, status: Divorced:
He died Jun. 22, 1944; buried McDonald Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton
married 1st Daisy Hartman; divorced
married 2nd Elizabeth Monger.
4(i). Kate Shirley (of 1st wife)
4(ii). James Fielding Shirley who married Louise Glover,
4(iii). Thomas Griffin Shirley
born 8 November 1918
at Ooltewah, James County Tennessee. He died 8 July 1988.
DNA Kit #39124
married Jemima Reed on 4 July
Griffin Shirley III
b. July 27, 1957; He was a graduate of the University of Georgia.
He was murdered in Burke Co, Ga July 3-4, 1981. He is buried
in New Boynton Cem next to his father.
4(iv). William Frank Shirley who married Ruby Arnold,
4(v). Glenn Frederick Shirley
who married Lynita Guess,
4(vi). Robert Lee Shirley who married Elizabeth Carlock.
2(vi). Commodore Perry Shirley