Photo is from Fred Smith.
April 24th, 2006 we asked for help to identify this family
and Margo replied. See her email below.
I have a picture of Elijah, his wife Annis Bright, their children
and grandchildren. I do not know the date the picture was taken,
but I would estimate about 1920. There appears to be Eliah, Annis,
Eight people of the next generation, (four males and four females)
and 10 younger children.
On the back of the picture is written: "Grandpa Riley
Bright's sister Aunt Anice Shirley, Uncle Leige Shirley and family."
The picture has the name Armstrong and Roachdale, Indiana stamped
on the back.
I think this Elijah is the son of Martin Shirley. He was born
sometime around 1854 in Indiana and died after Feb. 1920. He
is in the 1860 census in Jackson Twp. Putman Co., Indiana,
the 1880 Perry Boone Co., Indiana census, the 1910
Jackson Twp, Putnam Co., Indiana census and the 1920 census
of Eel River Twp. Hendricks Co., Indiana. He married Annis
Susan Bright in Lebonon, Boone Co., Indiana on December 22, 1873.
The 1910 census states that Annie had 7 children, 5 of which
were living. The children I have recorded are Cora A., Zada M.,
Louise and Terris E. All born in Indiana. I assume that these
four are in the picture.
Annis Susan Bright is the daughter of Allen
W. Bright and Sarah Elizabeth Smith. Allen is Fred Smith's Great
April 29th, 2006
Hi, Betty! It's Uncle Lige and Aunt Annis. He was the son
of Martin and Nancy Jane (Shirley) Shirley. William Thomas (Margaret
Beaman) Shirley was his brother and Levi Shirley my great grandfather,
was his half brother. I have a picture of the three together,
but it was copied so many times before I got it, it's very faint.
I'll send you a copy and you can judge whether it's worth posting,
but I doubt it. The name "Terris" on the back of Fred's
picture should read Ferris Esta. I also have an old Shirley reunion
picture (1919) with almost all of the people named and may be
able to compare the two and tell you who some of the others are.
What a great find! Give me a few days and I'll get back to you
with more info in a better format to post.
THEY ARE NOW CORRESPONDING WITH ONE ANOTHER... !!!
I just found a death record for
Levi Shirley in Boone County, Indiana. It lists him as
the son of Martin and Malinda Shirley, who were both born in
Levi Born in Indiana 4/24/1844
Died 9/8/1929 in Perry Township, Buried in Fayette (Mount Tabor)
Indiana. This has his wife listed as Alice Shirley.
Levi was known in family
circles to be married at least 4 times. Other wives were
Nancy J. Smith and Nancy Ann Smith.
There was no line of kinship
in the Smith/Shirley line you have for Boone County. Thought
you might like to add this.
The question of who Levi's parents
were has been stumping me for quite some time.