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James Shirley
born ca 1750's. Lived in Fauquier and Prince William Cos Virginia.
Family to Abbeville SC, then to Barren Co Kentucky

Haplogroup E3b 


James Shirley born in the 1750's (Updated estimated birthdate), probably in Prince William County Virginia. He is first noticed as a witness to the 1774 will of George Nevill of neighboring Fauquier Co VA, then again enumerated in the 1777 Fauquier County rent rolls. In 1780, he furnished seven bushels of Rye to the Commonwealth of Virginia for army provisions in the Revolutionary War effort. The next year, he married Mary McMekin in Fauquier County on 9 October 1781. He does not appear in the 1782 titheable list for Fauquier County, but is likely the same James Shirley who next appeared on 1782 and 1783 personal property tax rolls for Prince William county, being tithed and owning 1 horse, 1 cow in 1782 and 2 horses and 3 cows in 1783. Soon thereafter, James Shirley moved south to South Carolina. James and his wife Polly were received into membership of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Abbeville District South Carolina by baptism on 6 July and 7 May 1787 respectively. He and his wife Mary Ann "living in Abbeville Co SC" sold 300 acres of land in neighboring Pendleton District on 18 August 1789 (recorded 27 Apr 1791). In 1790 Abbeville District SC census, he is enumerated as over age 16, with three sons under age 16. The census also lists 3 females in the household, one presumably his wife Mary. He was still living in South Carolina when he was censored by Turkey Creek Church for drinking on 11 January 1791, then restored to fellowship on May 7. He does not appear in South Carolina records after that date and may have left about the time that Thomas Shirley applied for letters of dismissal from Turkey Creek church, 10 February 1798. James first appeared in Kentucky when he secured a land grant for 200 acres in Barren County on 25 July 1799. The 1800 census for Kentucky is lost, but James was enumerated in Barren Co KY in the 1800 tax rolls. He died July 23, 1801 Barren Co. KY.

1801 July 23 - Barren County KY WB 1 page 11 (page 12-13). Estate of James Shirley dec'd - By virtue of an order of the county court of Barren to us directed we have proceded to appraise the personal estate of James Shirley deceased as follows: [3 page inventory list] John Garnett, Edward Young, Ricard Wagginer. Barren County December County Court 1801

married 1) _____________ mother of child Ezekiel

married 2) Mary McMekin in Fauquier County VA on 9 October 1781 by marriage bond (note son Ezekiel's birth suggests that James married prior to Mary McMekin)


1(i). Ezekiel Shirley born about 1776 VA; He appears in Scott Co KY as early as the 1796 tax list for that county; He appears in the minutes as a member of the Great Crossing Church; Mentioned in the 1797 estate record for Richard Shirley, dec'd; He was taxed in Scott Co KY in 1805 in the Eagle Creek area and in 1826 was taxed for 400 acres in that area; In 1828, Ezekiel and wife Dully sold 450 acres in Scott Co KY to Lewis Suggett, apparently in preparation to move to Indiana; In 1835, he was named as part of the Presbytery of the founding of Mt Tabor church near Brownsburg, Boone Co Indiana; He appears in the 1840 Boone Co IN census and thereafter; Ezekiel died 1864 Perry, Boone Co. IN and buried at Mt Tabor cemetery. Son of James Shirley according to the "History of Boone, Clinton and Hendricks Counties". Shirleys of Boone Co IN

married Dulcina "Dolly" Shirley, daughter of Argeland Shirley branch #10.

1(ii). Robert Shirley born about 1780, age 26-45 in 1810 census. His date of birth is estimated at 1780 since he had 4 children under the age of 10 in the census household, thus say about age 30 at the time. He died in 1813 Barren Co.  .

married Elizabeth Shirley, daughter of Thomas and Mollie (Grubbs) Shirley. Robert and Elizabeth were 1st cousins.

1(iii). Jane "Jennie" Shirley married William Dale (brother of Elizabeth Dale who married Richard Shirley, branch #49)

children: surname: DALE

2(viii). America E. Dale Aug 22, 1826 Barren Co. KY d. Feb 2, 1877 Harrison Co. MO m. Daniel R. Shirley (son of Richard and Eliz. Dale Shirley branch #49)

1(iv). Caleb Shirley born 1788 SC. He died Oct 1864 Carroll Co. MO. Shirleys of Carroll Co MO

married Pheobe Gibbons Mar 24, 1819 Barren Co.  KY

1(v). Malinda Shirley 1791 SC  married Presley N. Thomas Nov 28, 1807 Barren Co. KY 

children: surname: THOMAS

2(i). Alexander Thomas  m. Elizabeth Shirley (2nd cousin)

1(vi). Parmelia Shirley born Feb 14, 1793 Barren Co. KY, died Nov 25, 1855  married David Faulkner June 29, 1825 Barren Co. KY 

1(vii). Jesse Shirley born about 1800 KY; moved to Carroll Co Missouri by 1850. He apparently died before the 1860 census Shirleys of Carroll Co MO

married Jane Witt June 28, 1828 Green Co. IN

children as shown in 1850 census Carroll Co. Missouri

2(i). Amanda Shirley 1827 TN (not in 1860 HH)

2(ii). Virginia Shirley 1835 IL (not in 1860 HH)

2(iii). Thomas J. Shirley born about 1837 in Illinois; Living with mother in 1860 census; Lived Morris, Carroll Co MO; T. J. Shirley age 51 died Feb 24, 1888 (MO Death Register, Vol 29 pg 91).. He was married, a farmer

married Missouri A. _____

children as shown in 1870 Carroll Co MO census

3(i). Charles W Shirley b abt 1863 in Missouri

3(ii). John M (or L) Shirley b abt 1865

3(iii). James H. Shirley b abt 1868

3(iv). Jesse L. Shirley b abt 1869

3(v). William N Shirley b abt 1874

3(vi). Mary M. Shirley b abt 1876

3(vii). Sarah V. Shirley b abt 1880

2(iv). Caleb W. Shirley 1839 IL Living with mother in 1860 census; served in the Union Army cavalry; 3rd and then 6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry; Apparently discharged due to disability Mar 29 1863 at Warrensburg MO. Nothing more known


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