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Thomas Shirley
b. 1797. Lived Massachusetts and New York 

Misc info for this branch

      

   
 

I. Thomas Shirley born Sept 17, 1797 New Hampshire; He died Jan 2, 1875, Both Thomas and wife Hannah are buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Messena, St Lawrence Co New York.  (The 1850 census says Thomas was born in NY but the 1860 and 1870 says NH)        

"The Shirley`s came from Ware, Mass [ed: Hampshire Co]. They were on their way to Canada when someone told them they were foolish to go to a wilderness and they bought a farm about a mile from Louisville, near where Massena Springs are in New York State [St Lawrence Co]. They lived there for awhile and Grandma`s mother (Jane Shirley) died there.  Mother thinks Thomas Shirley had the home place. One of Grandma Shirley`s sisters, Polly Shirley (Mary), was married to Thos. Steinburgh who lived on Steacy Island in the St. Lawrence River until there was trouble between great Britain & United States (about 1812). They got afraid and left the place and all improvements & went back on a new farm on the 6th or 4th concession of Township of Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario, & some of their descendants still live there. Aunt Polly died at Bearbrooke, Russell County Ont. (near Leanard, Ont. & about 20 miles from Ottawa) and was buried there. I think at the time of her death she was living with her son Thomas Steinburgh who had a farm at Lenard and died there.  Thos. Steinburgh, husband of Polly, died in Matilda & was buried there. In his earlier years he had been a river pilot - lumber. Her grave is located outside of Vars on Force Road.  Her birth date appears to be 1785. " (ed: her death was recorded 20 Feb 1878, Rusell Co Ontario, age 90)

From the Messena Observer, Jan 19, 1940 - Thomas came from Boston MA where his family had lived for several generations. Thomas settled first in Louisville Landing just below the ferry dock. He left two brothers, John and William, in Boston. (website editor: one wonders if this newspaper is sourced from family who are mistakenly connecting their Shirleys to Gov William Shirley of Boston. He had two sons John and William. Many US Shirley families claim connections to Gov Shirley through family lore, but they are all in error )

married Hannah Howe who was born Apr 23, 1804 d. July 30, 1887.

children:

1(i). Myron Shirley born Sept 1, 1831 NY  d. Nov 31, 1854 (age about 23)

1(ii). John Shirley born Feb 2, 1837 d. June 19, 1849 Louisville, New York (age about 12)

1(iii). William Shirley born Sept 18, 1839 Messena, NY d. April 3, 1894 Hartford, Vermont, 

married Olive Ann Hill. She was born July 15, 1839 Benson, Vermont, d. June 21, 1909 Norwood, Vermont.

children:

2(i). Jane (Jennie) Shirley born Nov 7, 1859 d. Dec 25, 1881 Messena NY,  m. Hiram Melvin Chase June 25, 1881 Messena NY

2(ii). Etta Shirley born Oct 24, 1860  m. Mr. A. L. Bradish

2(iii). Addie Shirley born July 7, 1862 m. Mr. F. Minkler    

2(iv). Myra Shirley born Sept 17, 1864 d. April 11, 1945 White River Junction, Vermont . Never married, was a nurse.  

2(v). Mary Ethel Shirley born July 19, 1866 Messena NY, d. Sept 15, 1928 Hartford, Vermont 

2(vi). William E Shirley born Sept 13, 1867  d. Oct 5, 1930

 

William Shirley 1867-1930

married May Cobane

children:

3(i).  Myrtle Shirley b. Aug. 1, 1890, d. Aug. 17, 1961 married Irving Thomas Elger

3(ii).  Myron Emery Shirley b. Dec. 29, 1892, d. Jan. 28, 1945  

married Eva Flossie Sheets, Aug. 4, 1914 in Massena, N.Y. Later, they moved to Lacona, N.Y. near Sandy Creek, N.Y.

3(iii).  Mary Shirley b. ?   d. 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pa. from the Flu. She never married.

3(iv).  Clifton H Shirley. b. April 15, 1898 d. Nov. 15, 1948 WWI, married Lena Cuglar

Clifton Shirley

3(v).  Max Shirley b. May 5, 1900, d. Dec. 26, 1952 .

Max Shirley

married Clara Cryderman in 1924

children:

4(i). Paul Shirley

Paul and Patricia Shirley (son of Max)

 

3(vi).  Beatrice Shirley b. June 27, 1904, d. July 8, 1970. married Charles Wuth and they lived in Massachusetts.

Beatrice Shirley Wuth

3(vii). Verna Virginia Shirley b Aug 30, 1907 d. Nov 27, 1970 m. Elmer Niles 1931 New Hartford, NY

Email 2013 from Jan - "Grandma (Verna) was born apparently in Massena, NY - on some island that no longer exists...? She married when she was 23, so I think it would be safe to say her birth year was 1908 (?). She lived in Chadwicks, NY for most of the time she was married (near Utica and New Hartford). I believe she met my Grandfather Elmer S. Niles in Utica. After Elmer died in 1955, Verna moved to Sauquoit, NY (just South of Utica, NY - Oneida Cnty) and lived there until her death in 1969. That's also where we (myself and 5 brothers and a sister) grew up. She lived next door to us. I mentioned MA because Verna's sister Beatrice married and moved there to live with her husband Charlie - we visited there a few times. I forget exactly where in MA though."

3(viii). Donovan Shirley b. July 5, 1914 at Pittsburgh Pa.  d. ?

3(ix).  Addie Shirley b. Oct. 24, 1918 at Pittsburgh, Pa. d. Aug 1969 Houston TX

Addie Shirley

2(vii).  Orville H. Shirley born Mar 7, 1870 Messena NY, d. Oct 15, 1954. He held a position with S.S. Pierce Importers of Boston.

2(viii). May Anna Shirley born Oct 8, 1871 d. April 1, 1931

2(ix). Burton Shirley born April 29, 1872 d. Dec 10, 1877 Messena NY

2(x). Allen Shirley born March 18, 1874

2(xi). Melvin J. Shirley born July 18, 1877 Messena NY d. Mar 8, 1949 Hanover, Vermont,

married Fanny Louise King  Oct 7, 1908 White River Junction, Vermont

2(xii). Burdette Shirley born June 9, 1879 Messena NY d. Jan 8, 1905 Providence, Rhode Island. He was ill but a few days with diphtheria and nature of the disease prevented a public funeral.  

He a member of the Royal Methodist Church of Providence, instructor of singing at the YMCA and active worker of the same. He was studying for the ministry and would have entered Dartmouth College in the fall. 

2(xiii) Lulu Shirley born Dec 1, 1881 Messena NY d. Aug 27, 1887 Messena NY buried Pine Grove Cemetery Messena NY 

II. John Shirley (listed as a brother of Thomas Shirley in the 1940 Messena Observer newspaper, but this claim is not proven)

III. William Shirley (listed as a brother of Thomas Shirley in the 1940 Messena Observer newspaper, but this claim is not proven)

 


Posted January 10th, 2001

Info from : Kent Stienburg beeman@kingston.net

Hello Betty,

I'm presently researching my family name (Steinburg) I've found that my 3grt grandmothers names was Mary Polly Shirley. I have pasted the information that was sent to me below. She married Thomas Steinburgh. I'm stuck here. I know their first child was born 1811 in Osnabruck twnp Stormont county. So I assume they were married around 1809. On the 1851 census in Matilda twnsp Ontario. They are recorded as Americans and Baptists. I was wondering if you could enlighten me about them

The Shirley`s came from Ware, Mass. They were on their way to Canada when someone told them they were foolish to go to a wilderness and they bought a farm about a mile from Louisville, near where Massena Springs are in New York State. They lived there for awhile and Grandma`s mother (Jane Shirley) died there. Mother thinks Thomas Shirley had the home place. One of Grandma Shirley`s sisters, Polly Shirley (Mary), was married to Thos. Steinburgh who lived on Steacy Island in the St. Lawrence River until there was trouble between great Britain & United States (about 1812). They got afraid and left the place and all improvements & went back on a new farm on the 6th or 4th concession of Township of Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario, & some of their descendants still live there. Aunt Polly died at Bearbrooke, Russell County Ont. (near Leanard, Ont. & about 20 miles from Ottawa) and was buried there. I think at the time of her death she was living with her son Thomas Steinburgh who had a farm at Lenard and died there. Thos. Steinburgh, husband of Polly, died in Matilda & was buried there. In his earlier years he had been a river pilot - lumber.

Her grave is located outside of Vars on Force Road. Her birth date appears to be 1785.

This was a portion of a note concerning the Murray family and I copied it for you exactly as written. Hope it is some interest.

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(Ed: my pedigree construction)

Unknown Shirley

married Jane _______ She died in Massina NY

children:

1. Mary Shirley b 1788 d 20 Feb 1878 age 90; married Thos Steinburgh; lived in Ontario Canada; Her death cert says she was born in Stormont Canada (?) and died in Cumberland, Russell Co Ontario

2. Grandma Shirley - her grandchild wrote the above family history

3. Thomas Shirley - had the home place.

   


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