|| William Randolph Shirley
b. ca1818. Lived South Carolina and Georgia
William Randolph Shirley born about 1818 in South Carolina. He appears in Franklin Co GA tax lists just after his marriage in 1833 and then 1837 along with a Riley Shirley, who no doubt is a relative. This Riley Shirley is likely the same person who is the son of Moses Shirley of nearby counties. William was living in Dist 211 in Franklin Co GA in 1840; He was living in the Sandy Creek District of Clarke Co GA in 1850; He was the town Marshall of Athens, Clarke County Georgia for 30 years, a Farmer and a Night Watchman. He died at the age of 66 in Athens Georgia.
married Adeline Evans April 17, 1833 Franklin Co. GA.
posted Aug 21, 2001
Info from a letter written by Mildred, wife of Clyde Shirley and published in the Jan. 1985 Shirley NEWS.
Alexander Henry worked for the railroad in Montgomery, AL for a short while. He left his family when Clark was a baby and married a Fannie Davis. They went to Arkansas to live.
Edward remembers working in the textile mill by the time he was 8 years old. He had to stand on a box to reach the work.
Alexander and his second family lived in and around Little Rock. He worked for the railroad.
In 1924, Alexander returned to Montgomery to see his first children. It was then he told them of his life in Arkansas.
Uncle Clark, the youngest of the first family, recalls some of the stories today. He is 84 years old and in fairly good health. He was told about a town named for his father, Alexander Shirley.
We made a trip to Oklahoma in 1980 and on our way back to Alabama, we decided to go through Shirley Arkansas and look around. The population was 336. There was no Shirley's in town and none buried there.
We met Mr. and Mrs. Otto McKinney who were the proprietors of the food store and the variety store. They had been there for 50 years. Mrs. McKinney told us there was a railroad there and the depot and a saw mill just as our Uncle Clark had told us. He had never seen the place but just recalled what his father had told him in 1924.
There had been no contact between the two sets of children of Alexander Henry Shirley. We knew they had lived in Little Rock, so, after leaving Shirley AR we went on home through Little Rock.
We copied the Shirley's listed in the telephone book in Little Rock. We went over the names with Uncle Clark. We decided to write a letter to Hal Shirley in Little Rock. We told him who Uncle Clark was. We wondered if we could make contact with the younger family. When Hal received the letter, he picked up the telephone and called Uncle Clark and talked with him. We determined he was the son of Hal, the half brother of Uncle Clark. We learned Hal Shirley, Sr. and Walter were deceased. Kathleen and Eileen were living in nursing homes.
Kathleen wanted to talk to Uncle Clark when she learned from Hal that he could call uncle Clark for her. She was so thrilled as was Uncle Clark. They had never seen each other or spoken over the telephone before. She was 80 and Uncle Clark was 82.
We immediately set up a meeting and took Uncle Clark out to see her. We met Hal's mother, who invited us to dinner with Hal and his family. We also met Walter's daughter. They were all so nice to us and we will always be thankful for having the privilege of meeting these relatives.
Kathleen was a blind for 22 years as the result of a mastoid operation. She died in 1982 , two years after we were there. Hal's mother died from a heart attack. We are so glad we made contact when we did.
Eileen is in a nursing home in San Antonio. We wrote her but received no response. We do not know her physical condition. She was a musician and her baby grand piano was taken to the nursing home we understand. Perhaps yet.... if we get out that way. Life is full of surprises and this was a delightful story we were glad we had a little part in...making a dream come true.
We brought Uncle Clark with us to the SHIRLEY CONVENTION IN ANDERSON SOUTH CAROLINA IN 1983. We came back through Athens Georgia to look into our history. We truly enjoyed the Shirley Convention and felt very privileged to be among so many SHIRLEY'S from some 26 states. I feel it will be through the Shirley Association that we will finally connect with the South Carolina people.
Uncle Clark had throat surgery before the Shirley Convention in Anderson. Four weeks ago he had heart failure and in a matter of an hour was in the hospital and received a pace maker and is now doing great!
My maternal grandparents were William Randolf Shurley, born of staunch southern parents. I am not sure where he was born, but know he was of English descent. He lived in Athens from manhood till he died at age 66. He was Marshall of Athens for 30 years and is buried there.
My grandmother, Adeline Moore Shurley, was a very refined aristocratic lady. Traced her ancestors back through the Moore's, Evans, and Longworth's. She was of Northern parents and during the Civil war was placed in a very uncomfortable position. Her father and two brothers fought on the Union side and her husband and sons for the Confederate side. When things got to bad during battle, a Confederate guard was sent to their home to protect them from the Yankees. They had two sons and three daughters.
My grandfather freed 30 slaves at surrender.
My mother, Mary Jane Shurley, was the very youngest child. She had her own waiting maid. She went to private school and then to Lucy Cobb Institute, a private female college. She married quite young and was left a widow with two children. She continued her studies and became a doctor's technician. She worked for a Dr. Lallestedt who's mother kept and helped to raise her two small children. They worked in several small towns in Georgia including Augusta and Milledgeville. Came to DeKalb Co. where he established a practice. She married Francis Marion Dobbs in about 1870. She continued her work with Dr. Lallestedt. She was very active in church and community. She also wrote many articles for publication. She died at age 60 of cancer.
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