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William Shirley
b. 1788. Lived in Mercer County, Kentucky

 

DNA haplogroup R1b1b2 

   
 

This Lineage Last Reviewed and Updated in January 2019
William Shirley
born say 1788 in Kentucky (age in 1860 census); He appears in Mercer Co KY records as early as 1813 and subsequently on county tax lists in 1816, 1817 and 1818, owning no land at that point and having no sons between the ages of 16 and 21; He was enumerated on the Mercer Co KY census for 1820 age 26-45 (born 1775-1794) with wife and one son age 10-15 (born 1804-1810) William Shirley lived in Mercer Co KY in 1830 age 40-50, with 5 sons and 2 daughters in the household, as well as his wife age 30-40 and an elderly female age 90-100, likely his or his wife's mother or possibly grandmother. He purchased land in Mercer County in 1834 from David Womer and was enumerated in the Mercer Co KY census in 1840 with 6 sons and 1 daughter in his household; By 1850, only 2 sons Andrew age 22 and Elijah age 21 lived with William and wife Roda Shirley in Mercer County; occupation: farmer. He lived in Mercer Co KY in 1860 age 72; died 1868 Mercer Co. KY. He served in the War of 1812 in Capt. Isaac Gray's Company, KY Militia with Isaac Shirley. May be a brother of Isaac Shirley, Branch #17 of Washington Co KY

married 1)____________ She was enumerated in the 1820 census but died prior to 1822. Assumed based on children having been born prior to marriage to Rhoda Evans in 1822.

married 2) Rhoda Evans, a widow on 31 December 1822 in Mercer Co. KY.

children:

1(i). William Frank Shirley  born about 1815 in KY (1850 census age); Enumerated in Mercer County KY in 1840 census, age 20-30 (born 1810-1820; He was enumerated in the 1840 census for Mercer Co KY, but without wife or children at that time; He married in 1843 in adjacent Washington County Kentucky, age about 28; He lived in Washington Co KY in 1850, age 35 with wife and 3 kids, but enumerated back in Mercer County in 1870 census, farmer age 51; Untraced "He moved his family to Missouri by April 1889" (source of this statement?). There is a curious William Shirley (wife Jane) in Grundy Co MO in 1880, living adjacent to Lunenberg Shirley of Branch 17

married Mary Ann Campbell on 2 November 1843 in Washington Co. KY, which is adjacent to Mercer County. She was age 42 in 1870 census;

children:

2(i). Jane Malinda Shirley born about 1845, age 5 in 1850 census; She married Simeon T. Young on 27 October 1870 in Washington Co KY

2(ii). Amanda Shirley born about 1846, age 4 in 1850 census; likely died young

2(iii). John Matthew Shirley born 15 February 1849 (family info), age 2 in 1850 census; He died on 6 August 1877 (family info), prior to the 1880 census when his wife was said to be a widow.

married Nancy Ellen Lay/Lea on 22 September 1868 in Washington Co KY; She is living as a widow with mother Lydia Lea in Hendren Washington Co in 1880; She died 14 July 1938 (family info)

children:

3(i). Talton Taylor Shirley born 5 July 1869 in Cardwell, Washington Co KY; he is living with John T. Royalty of Hendren Washington Co in the 1880 census, then age 11; He lived at Mohall North Dakota at time of marriage in 1904, age 30; He lived at Ocala, Marion Co Florida at the time of the 1935 Florida state census. He died 17 April 1962 at Ocala Florida; Buried Highland Memorial Park Cem.

married Fannie Catherine (Katie) Hankings on 22 March 1904 at Lakota, Nelson Co, North dakota

children:

4(i). Ina Vivian Shirley born 15 December 1910 at Bureau Co IL; She married Oliver Franklin Coward in Ft Lauderdale FL

2011 Email: My maternal grandmother, Ina Vivian Shirley, was born in Arlington, [Bureau Co] Illinois 15 December 1910. She married Oliver Franklin Coward in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on 9 July 1927. Her parents were Talton Taylor Shirley, born 5 July 1869 in Cardwell, [Washington Co] Kentucky and Fannie Catherine(Cate)Hankins, born 8 May 1884 in Greenview, Illinois. We don't know where they were married, just the date. 22 March 1904. Talton's parents were John Matthew Shirley (15 Feb. 1849-6 Aug. 1877) and Nancy Ellen Lay (18 March 1843-14 July 1938). They were married 22 Sept. 1868.

4(ii). Hudson B Shirley born about 1916 at North Dakota, age 19 in 1935 FL state census;

3(ii). Erastis Shirley born 25 May 1872, living with James Royalty in Washington Co KY in 1880 census; He died 14 May 1894, age 21; bured at Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(iii). Ochena/Odena J. Shirley born about 1874 KY, age 6 in mother's 1880 census household

3(iv). Maggie L. Shirley born about 1878 KY, age 2 in mother's 1880 census household

2(iv). Amanda Shirley born 29 May 1853 Washington Co KY to William T Shirley and Mary A Campbell; She apparently died in the same year 1853, daughter of William F and Mary Shirley (source KY birth records); She is not enumerated in parent's 1870 census household

2(v). Sally Shirley born about 1854, age 16 in parent's 1870 census household

2(vi). George Shirley born about 1858 age 12 in parent's 1870 census household Difficult to distingish in records between him and George W., son of Nelson Shirley below

2(vii). James B. Shirley born 29 September 1857, age 11 in parent's 1870 census household; He died 26 January 1882 in Washington Co KY

Feb 1882 WB W-P:27 Will of Shirley, James B. 26 Sept 1881 Leg: wife Susan A. Shirley all estate and after her death to her mother & "mine if living". Ex: Uncle & Friend E.G. Shirley Wit: E.G. Shirley, T.J. Royalty signed James B. Shirley Washington Co Estate S-92

married 1) Martha N.B. Gritton on 26 Apri 1877 at Washington Co KY

married 2) Susan A. Kidwell on 12 January 1878 at Washington Co KY; she was born about 1861

2(viii). Mary F. Shirley born about 1862, age 8 in parent's 1870 census household

1(ii). Elizabeth Shirley born about 1815. She married William Harrison Devin on 10 February 1834 at Mercer Co KY, William Shirley was her surator; They lived in Spencer Co. Indiana in 1868.

1(iii). J. Nelson Shirley born 1 November 1823 at Mercer Co KY; Lived at Willisburg, Washington Co KY in 1870; He died in Washington Co KY on 27 January 1871 and was buried at Glens Creek Cemetery, Willisburg, Washington Co

1899 Court of Appeals of Kentucky. Nov. 24, 1899 ROYALTY v. SHIRLEY et al - J. Nelson Shirley, the father of appellees Sarah Belle, John W., James H., George W., and Thomas P. Shirley, died in Washington county, testate, devising his estate to his children, and making appellee Thomas R. Phelps executor of bis will, with power to sell and convey his real estate. The tract of land in controversy was sold at a public auction to one Campbell, whose bid of $1,200 seems to have been assumed by Phelps, who was charged with that sum In the settlement of his accounts as executor, and whose title to the land does not appear to be In question. Distribution was made, and the share of Sarah Belle—at that time an infant—paid to one Deshazer, her guardian. Sarah Belle Shirley was adjudged to be of unsound mind, and her brother James H. appointed committee, giving bond October 24, 1883, with his brothers, John W., Robert L., George W., and Thomas P., as sureties. James H. Shirley, as committee, recovered judgment against Deshazer, and collected, after payment of fees, $850, In January, 1885. On February 3, 1885, Phelps, as executor of Nelson Shirley, executed a deed to the 80-acre tract to James II. Shirley, In pursuance of an agreement made some time before. In consideration of $705 in cash and $300 for which James H. executed a note to Phelps Individually. The Southwestern reporter, Volume 53

married Deborah May on 10 August 1846 at Mercer Co. KY. She was born 19 February 1826 and died 14 June 1879 buried Glens Creek Cemetery Willisburg, Washington Co

children:

2(i). John W Shirley born 28 August 1847, age 3 in parent's 1850 census household; age 12 in 1860 census; lived at Willisburg, Washington Co KY in 1880 census, His brother Robert L Shirley age 15 lived in the household; Also in Washington Co KY in 1900 census, then age 51; He died 3 September 1922

married Mildred A. Royalty on 8 September 1868 in Washington Co KY; she was b: May 23, 1849; She died 20 December 1929

children:

3(i). Leeiley Shirley born about 1870 KY, age 10 in 1880 census

3(ii). Martha F Shirley born about 1872 KY, age 8 in 1880 census

3(iii). Nelson Shirley born about 1874 KY, age 6 in 1880 census

3(iv). Mary A Shirley born about 1876 KY, age 4 in 1880 census

3(v). Addie R Shirley born about 1880 KY, age 0 in 1880 census, age 21 in 1900 census

3(ii). William B. Shirley born about 1881 KY, age 19 in 1900 census

3(iii). Sarah L. Shirley born about 1884 KY, age 16 in 1900 census

3(iv). Fanny B. Shirley born about 1890 KY, age 10 in 1900 census

2(ii). Elijah Shirley born 14 Aug 1852 KY (another record says b 27 Feb 1855) Washington Co KY source KY birth records; age 7 in parent's 1860 census household; Likely misidentified as Eliza Shirley (female) age 18 in parent's 1870 census household.

2(iii). James H Shirley born about 1855 KY; age 5 in 1860 census household; age 15 in 1870 census; He lived at Willisburg Washington Co KY in 1880 census; This page previously listed his birth as Aug 28, 1847 KY, but clearly this is incorrect.

married Linnie/Tinnie Birch on 10 May 1878 in Washington Co KY

children:

3(i). Walter Shirley born about 1880 in KY, age 0 in 1880 census

2(iv). George W Shirley b 21 Mar 1857 Washington Co KY, age 12 in 1870 census; He lived with his brother James H Shirley in 1880 census at Willisburg Washington Co KY; Lived in Mercer Co KY in 1900; lived at Stringtown Mercer Co KY in 1920 with 2nd wife and children; He died 21 March 1936 at Mercer Co., KY; buried Harrodsburg City Cem.

married Nannie Leonard (source: findagrave) ; she was born Sept 6 1866 and died Feb 20 1913; buried Harrodsburg City Cem.

married 2) Josephine Sallee (source: findagrave); Daughter of John P Sallee; she died 1950; buried Harrodsburg City Cem.

children:

3(i). Rev. Robert Lee Shirley born 1 July 1883 in KY, age 17 in 1900 census; He died 9 January 1943, age 59, bured Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(ii). Effa Shirley born about __ in KY, age __ in 1900 census

3(iii). Clarence Shirley born about 1890 in KY, age 10 in 1900 census

3(iv). James Marion Shirley born 15 February 1895 KY, age 5 in 1900 census; He died 1 June 1963, buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(v). Susan B Shirley born 6 February 1896 in KY, age 3 in 1900 census; She died 5 September 1974, buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(vi). William M (Willie) Shirley born 1 July 1898 in KY, age 2 in 1900 census; He died 24 June 1945, buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(vii). Daisy J Shirley born 24 February 1900, age 0 in 1900 census; She died 13 Dec 1900, age 9 months

3(viii). Margaret Shirley born 28 March 1902 in KY, age 17 in 1920 census; She died 2 August 1997 at Paducah KY, buried Cothron Cem, Livingston Co KY. She married Roudell Orien Wilson

3(ix). Blake E. Shirley born 25 January 1904 in KY, age 15 in 1920 census, He died 25 August 1975 in Florida, buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY

3(x). May Shirley born 6 February 1906 in KY, age 13 in 1920 census; She died 6 September 1966; buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co KY. She married W. C. Yates.

3(xi). Marthey Shirley born about 1911 in KY, age 11 in 1920 census

2(v). Elizabeth J Shirley born 4 April 1859 KY, age 1 in 1860 census; age 10 in 1870 census

2(vi). Sarah Belle Shirley born 12 October 1861 KY, age 8 in 1870 census; She died 10 March 1937, unmarried

2(vii). Robert L. Shirley born 19 February 1864, age 6 in 1870 census; He lived with his brother John W Shirley in 1880 census, then age 15.

2(vii). Thomas P Shirley born 6 February 1868, age 2 in 1870 census

1(iv). James M. Shirley born about 1824 in KY, age 26 in 1850, also enumerated in 1860, 1870 and 1880 Washington Co KY census; Both he and his wife died in Washington Co. KY., date unknown.

married Caroline Hungate on 12 October 1846 in Washington co. KY. 


Signatures of groom and bride on 1846 marriage bond

children:

2(i). Mary Catherine Shirley born about 1847 KY, age 3 in 1850 census, age 13 in 1860; She died 18 July 1926 at Coles Co IL; She married John N (or H) White;

2(ii). George W. Shirley born about 1849 KY, age 1 in 1850 census, age 12 in 1860

married Nancy E Hays on 14 October 1869 at Washington Co KY

2(iii). Berry Shirley born about 1851 KY, age 9 in 1860 census

2(iv). Elizabeth Jane Shirley born about 1853 KY, age 7 in 1860 census, age17 in 1870 census

2(v). Martha (Mattie) F. Shirley born about 1856 KY, age 4 in 1860 census, age 15 in 1870 census; age 21 in 1880 census

2(vi). Amanda F (Florence) Shirley born about 1859 KY, age 1 in 1860 census, age 12 in 1870 census, age 20 in 1880 census

2(vii). James Shirley born about 1861 KY, age 8 in 1871 census, age 19 in 1880 census

2(viii) Thomas Shirley born about 1864 KY, age 6 in 1870 census, age 16 in 1880 census

2(ix). Sarah A Shirley born about 1866 KY, age 4 in 1870 census, age 14 in 1880 census

2(x). Bertha Shirley born about 1872 KY, age 8 in 1880 census

1(v). Malinda Shirley  born about 1826. She was said to be living in Missouri in 1868. (What is the source for this?). Supposedly, she married John L. Merritt in KY (Ed: Have yet to find Malinda Shirley or Merritt in 1870 census).  

1(vi). Joseph W. Shirley born about 1830, age 40 in 1870 Willisburg Washington Co KY census; Also living at Willisburg in 1880 census, age 51; Lived in the household of son John C Shirley in 1900 census, age 70; He died 1906 Owen Co. KY.  Not found as yet in 1860 census

Joseph W. Shirley

married Mariam Keightley on 11 September 1856 at Owen Co. KY   Parents of 10 children.

children:

The first children died as infants. Names unknown.

2(i). Ida Shirley born about 1867, age 3 in 1870 census, age 14 in 1880 census She married Silas Souder

2(ii). John C. Shirley born 28 February 1869 KY, age 1 in 1870 census, age 11 in 1880 census;Lived Owenton Owen Co KY in 1900 and 1910 census; Father Joseph lived in his household, age 70; He died 24 March 1941, buried Owenton IOOF Cemetery, Owenton Owen Co KY

married Eva Rowlette on 25 February 1897 at Owen Co Kentucky

children:

3(i). John Monroe Shirley born about 1896 KY, age 5 in 1900 census, age 14 in 1910 census, age 24 in 1920 census;

3(ii). Mary L Shirley born 14 March 1898 KY, age 2 in 1900 census, age 12 in 1910 census; She married Simpson

3(iii). William Gobel Shirley born about 1900 KY, age 1 in 1900 census, age 10 in 1910 census

3(iv). Joseph S Shirley born 2 June 1901 KY, age 8 in 1910 census

3(v). Roy R Shirley born about 1903 KY, age 7 in 1910 census

3(vi). Paul Shirley born about 1904 KY, age 6 in 1910 census

3(vii). Virgie Shirley born about 1906 KY, age 4 in 1910 census

3(viii). James S Shirley born 15 March 1907 KY, age 3 in 1910 census, age 23 in parent's 1930 census household

3(ix). Ida Mae Shirley born about 1910 KY, age 0 in 1910 census

3(x). Randolph Shirley born about 1911 KY, age 19 in 1930 census

3(xi). Charles Emerson Shirley born about 1916 KY, age 14 in 1930 census

2(iii). Mahala "Dolly" Shirley born about 1872 KY, age 8 in 180 census; She married Will Denny

2(iv). Ray Shirley born about 1873 Washington Co KY, age 7 in 1880 census; He was age 24 at time of his marriage in 1896; He lived at Washington Co KY in 1900 census, age 28; Lived at Haysville Marion Co KY in 1910 census; Lived apart from his wife by the 1920 census and divorced between 1920 and 1930; Ancestor of DNA participant

married Tillie Hillard on 1 March 1896 at Owen Co KY, she was age 17; She was born in Owen Co KY (source: daughter's death cert); Lived at Fayette Co KY in 1920 census; "married"; She lived at Covington Kenton Co KY in 1930 census, "Divorced".

children:

3(i). Ralph Shirley born about 1895 KY, age 5 in 1900 census, age 14 in 1910 census

3(ii). Opal Shirley born about 1897 KY, age 3 in 1900 census, age 11 in 1910 census

3(iii). Pearl Shirley born about 1901 KY, age 9 in 1910 census

3(iv). Grace Shirley born about 1904 KY, age 6 in 1910 census; age 15 in mother's 1920 census household; She married Clifford Neimeyer in Brown Co Ohio in 1922

3(v). Blanch Shirley born about 1906 KY, age 4 in 1910 census, age 13 in mother's 1920 census household

3(vi). Ruby Shirley born about 1910 KY, age 0 in 1910 census, age 10 in mother's 1920 census household, age 20 living with mother in 1930 census

3(vii). Margaret Shirley born 15 February 1915 at Lebanon KY, age 4 in mother's 1920 census household; age 15 living with mother in 1930 census; She died 30 April 1934 at Cinncinatti Ohio (parents named), single age 19; Buried Highland Cemetery

2(v). Thomas H. Shirley born about 1875 KY, age 5 in 1880 census; Lived at Cincinnati Hamilton Co OH in 1910 census; Lived at Stringtown Mercer KY in 1920; Lived at Mercer Co KY in 1930, age 52, no children in the household

married 1) _____Woods (source for this?)

married 2) Gertrude (Gullie) Devine (widow), identified as "Gullie Shirley" in 1910 and 1920 census

children:

3(i). May Shirley born about 1898 KY, age 13 in 1910 census, age 22 in parent's 1920 census

3(ii). Floyd Shirley born about 1902 IN, age 8 in 1910 census

1(vii). Andrew J. Shirley born 8 August 1827 in Mercer Co KY; He lived with father William in Mercer Co KY in the 1850 and 1860 census, age 32; living in Mackville Pct Washington Co KY in 1870; He died on 26 July 1909 at Spencer Co. KY

married 1) Tempa Hughes; she died on 28 May 1860

married 2) Salvisa Owen on 19 December 1860 in Washington Co KY; She lived with her son Robert Shirley in 1910 census, age 77. She died 10 July 1914, buried at Plum Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Spencer Co KY

children:

2(i). William Allin Shirley born 16 December 1855 at Mercer Co KY, son of Andrew J Shirley and Tempy Hughes. He died 7 February 1859, age about 3

2(ii). Mary Elizabeth Shirley born 8 December 1857 KY, age 12 in 1870 census; she married Commodore F. Adkisson

2(iii). Martha Allice Shirley born about 1863 KY, age 7 in 1870 Washington Co census; married Thomas W. Moore

2(iv). Amanda Ellen Shirley born 5 September 1864 KY; She died 6 October 1866, age 2 years

2(v). Anna Eliza Shirley born 5 October 1865 KY, age 4 in 1870 census

2(vi). Robert Owen Shirley born 25 January 1869 KY, age 1 in 1870 census; Married and lived at Spencer Co KY in 1910 census. His mother was enumerated with the family in that census; Widowed and living in Waterford Spencer Co KY in 1920 and 1930 census.

married Dolly M. Sanders on 13 April 1907 at Spencer Co KY; She died 1919, buried Valley Cemetery, Spencer Co KY

children:

3(i). Harvey Shirley born about 1908 KY, age 2 in 1910 census, age 11 in 1920

3(ii). Garnett S. Shirley born 1 September 1910 KY, age 9 in 1920 census; Died 26 July 2002 at Spencer Co KY. He married Dorothy L Cox

3(iii). Halley Shirley born about 1913 KY, age 7 in 1920 census

3(iv). Lillie Shirley born about 1915 KY, age 5 in 1920 census

2(vii). Cordelia Nelson Shirley born 28 November 1870 KY, age 9 in 1880 census; she married Andrew J. Hardin

2(viii). Louella Grant Shirley born 28 December 1872 KY age 7 in 1880 census; she married John R. Burkhead b: Mar 25, 1872

1(viii). Rev. Elijah Gordon Shirley  born 2 November 1831. He was age 21 at the time of his marriage in Mercer Co Ky 1852; He was a Baptist minister and circuit rider. He died Jun 9, 1898 Mercer Co. KY; buried Bethel Baptist, Church Cemetery, Washington Co KY;

married Mary Ann Lay on 2 (or 23) December 1852 at Cornishville, Mercer Co. KY. This marriage is also listed in adjacent Washington Co KY 

children

2(i) ____ Shirley born 16 October 1853 in Washington Co KY source: KY birth records

2(ii). George Ann Shirley born 22 October 1854 KY; age 5 in parent's 1860 census household; She died 2 August 1918; She married Thomas Johnson Royalty on 25 December 1874 at Washington Co KY

2(iii). Sarah F. Shirley born 10 February 1857 at Mercer Co KY, daughter of Elijah G Shirley and Mary A. Lea at Cornishville. She died on 11 July 1858 Mercer Co., KY, age about 1

2(iv). Strother Cook Shirley born 30 September 1860 in Kentucky, age 9 in 1870 census household; He died on 5 May 1907

married Sarah E Pinkston on 29 January 1880 in Washington Co KY; she was b: Apr 06, 1864 d: May 16, 1947

2(v). Betty Shirley b: Apr 04, 1859, not enumerated in parent's 1870 census household

 


Info from Elwood Shirley of Kentucky

More than 20 years ago,  Elwood told me (Betty Shirley) that he had talked to some of his older family members about where their Shirleys had come from. He was told their family of Shirleys came out of Culpeper Co. VA.

Elwood Shirley

 

   


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