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Noah Shirley   
b. ca1809 Lived White Co TN 

 

DNA Haplogroup R1b

   
 

1. Noah Shirley b abt 1809 TN; He first appears in White Co TN records in 1833 enumerated in Capt Wilson's district; By 1836, Noah was taxed on 88 acres; He still resided in White Co TN in 1850 and died sometime before 1857.

"I grew up only a few miles from the Cherry Creek/ White Co. area of TN.My dad was actually born in the White Co. area. Our line goes back to a Noah Shirley. He was on the census records as being in White county in I think 1850 with his family. I believe from the stories that my grandpa told me that Noah was a Baptist preacher, that we came from Sequatchie Valley (around Marion co.) and also before that from N.C. and Virginia as well as grandpa telling me Noah was from Cherry Creek.I know that Thomas bought land in Cherry Creek, so I believe that Noah was one of Thomas's sons. According to the census he was born about 1809.in S.C. My grandpa also told me that "old Noah" and his family sold whisky to the Indians when they were going on war parties. The Indians would go through, fight, get bloody, and then come back through and tell them that they" fought like hell, and got beat like the devil." I also heard a story that one winter before he had a house to live in, Noah spent the winter in a huge hollowed out tree. Noah was supposed to have been buried in the lower end of Board Valley (Clouse Cemetery) where the church is at. His grave was lost supposedly due to flooding. So we know he is there, just don't know what spot.There are other Shirley children buried there though." - Sent to the Shirley Association by Anita, a descendant of Noah Shirley

married Rebecca Sparks about 1835; She was born Oct 24, 1815 Washington, VA; She died Dec 1, 1891 Lower Board Vall, White Co. TN; Her maiden name is identified in the death cert. of their daughter Margaret. She married Lancaster Randolph after the death of her husband Noah Shirley

children

2(i). James Brucington Shirley b abt 1835 TN

2(ii). Polly Ann Shirley b abt 1833 TN

2(iii). Roda Shirley b abt 1839 TN

2(iv).William Shirley b June 6, 1843 TN; At age 18, William is living with William Sparks, age 77 in Dry Valley, Putnam Co in 1860; living with his new family in the household of Mary Patton, age 50 in 1870 Putnam Co census; lived Putnam Co TN in 1900; He died Nov 23, 1919 age 77; Note: the Putnam Co death cert of a William Shirley born 5 Jun 1842; died 1919 says his father was Thomas Shirley and mother Lizzy Randolph. G.W. Foister was the informant (clearly not correct.)

William and MaryAnn Jackson Shirley

married Sarah ______ wife listed in 1870 Putnam Co census; Margaret _______ wife listed in 1880 census; William's wife was Mary Ann Jackson in 1900 census

children

3(i). Mary Shirley b abt 1868 TN; she is found in the 1870 Putnam Co census

3(ii). Thomas Jasper Shirley b abt 1870 TN; He is found in the 1870 Putnam Co census

3(iii). Elizabeth Shirley b abt 1875 TN

3(iv). Isaac W. Shirley b abt 1877 TN

3(v). Dicy Shirley b abt 1878 TN

3(vi). Levi Shirley born Feb 1879 TN; living with parents in 1900, age 21

married 1) Bell Bilbory on 30 Aug 1900 in Putnam Co TN

married 2) Ellen Miller on 5 Mar 1911 in Putnam Co TN

3(vii). Noah Andrew Shirley born 18 Mar 1880 TN; living with parents in 1900, age 19; died 20 Feb 1941 Civil District 8, White, TN;

married Mary Jane Osborne

3(viii). Rebecca Shirley born Aug 1884 TN; living with parents in 1900, age 16

3(ix). Melissa Shirley born Feb 1887 TN; living with parents in 1900, age 13

3(x). Solomon Shirley born Oct 1890 TN; living with parents in 1900, age 10

2(v). Thomas Carroll Shirley b May 7, 1843 TN; They are living in Hogan, Franklin Co Arkansas in 1910; He died Jan 5, 1929 TN,

married Nancy Elizabeth Randolph Oct 24, 1871 in White Co TN; She was born July 4, 1852 TN d. June 23, 1934 TN

children:

3(i). Thomas Randolph Shirley

married 1st. Mary Diggins,

married 2nd Elizabeth Mauz

3(ii). Elzada C. Shirley born 5 Aug 1872

3(iii). Benjamin Franklin Shirley born 25 Aug 1874 in TN

married Tabitha T. Murray Aug 26, 1895 Franklin Co. AR, born 1878 AR d. Detroit, Wayne Co. Michigan.

children

4(i). Bessie B. Shirley born about 1897 in AR

4(ii). Minnie M. Shirley born about 1900 in AR

4(iii). Clarence S. Shirley born about 1902 in AR

4(iv).Mary J. Shirley born about 1904 in AR, United States

3(iv). G. Miles Shirley born 8 Jun 1876 in AR, died 8 Oct 1898; buried Mt. Olive Cemetery, Healdton, Carter, OK

married 1st. Anna E. Couch,

married 2nd Annie Murray

children

4(i). Edgar "Dewey" Shirley born 18 Jun 1898

3(v). Elbert Walling Shirley born 19 Oct 1877 in TN; He died May 2, 1969

married Mary Greenwood (Emile?)

children

4(i). Verna Shirley born about 1906 in Franklin, AR

4(ii). Loy Shirley born about 1908 in Franklin, AR

3(vi). Garfield Shirley born 24 Dec 1880; He died Dec 10, 1906

married Rita Maonaw

3(vii). Robert Lee Shirley born 24 Jan 1882

married Mary Buchanan

3(viii). Samuel Cleveland Shirley born 5 May 1885

3(ix). Ada B. Shirley born about 1889 in AR; She married Lee Garner

3(x). Maude May Shirley born 01 Oct 1893 in Denning, Franklin, AR; living with parents in 1910 census; She married Burt Hill

3(xi). John Chester Shirley born Mar 8, 1895 in Denning, Franklin Co AR; living with parents in 1910 census; d. Mar 19, 1983

married 1st. Elizabeth Lee Bridges Jan 17, 1919

children

4(i).  John Chester Shirley, Jr 

4(ii). Eugene Shirley

4(iii). Minta Shirley

4(iv). Bernardine Shirley

4(v). Thomas Cecil Shirley born June 24, Denning, Franklin Co. AR

 

2(vi). Elizabeth Shirley born 5 Mar 1847 TN; married _____Hall; She died 22 Apr 1919 Buried Clouses Chapel, Putnam Co TN (death cert: dau of Noh Sherly and Rebecca Sparks)

2(vii). Margaret Shirley born 1 Nov 1849; She married 1) Conley, married 2) Joseph H. Judd; She is widowed at the time of her death 25 Sep 1924, at Putnam Co TN, age 75; Buried Cloises Chapel, Putnam Co TN (death cert: dau of Noah Sherley and Rebecca Sparks)

 


August 6th, 2006, I received an email from Peggy and this is all her husband knew about his ancestry.

The only thing I know right now is that my husband's Grandfather was Curtis Shirley. He died a few years ago in Illinois.

August 7th, 2006, Ken and I went to work again to see what we could do to help this family. A few more email exchanges and it didn't take very long to find Curtis. Would you believe it is the Curtis above who is 8 months old in the 1920 Census of TN? 

Peggy seemed surprised we found this info. (We love to surprise folk with our finds.) She says: This is so interesting, we are just excited as can be. My husband says that he thinks his great grandfather (maybe) died in Sparta around 20 years ago.

Evening of August 7th, we sent the census info above including the 1850 White Co. TN census. There is was, their lineage.

August 9th, 2006   we received this email:

Hi Betty, 

This has been a very productive few days. The information that you gave us was just so intense, it has just really pushed us to want to know more and more.

Well. Trent was able to find a posting from someone looking for information on Noah Shirley. He was able to track her down and he spoke with her on the phone today. Turns out that she is his second cousin and grew up with is dad. We are going to get in touch with each other and see about getting more info from here. She had also said that someone in her family had been doing a lot of research into the genealogy. So we will be emailing her and trying to find what else she has for more information.

I will keep you posted and also see if we can give you here email if you would like.


Posted Sept 5, 2006

I grew up only a few miles from the Cherry Creek/ White Co. area of TN. My dad was actually born in the White Co. area. Our line  goes back to a Noah Shirley. He was on the census records as being in White county in I think 1850 with his family. I believe from the stories that my grandpa told me that Noah was a Baptist preacher, that we came from Sequatchie Valley (around Marion co.) and also before that from N.C. and Virginia as well as grandpa telling me Noah was from Cherry Creek. I know that Thomas bought land in Cherry Creek, so I believe  that Noah was  one of Thomas's sons. According to the census he was born about 1809.in S.C. My grandpa also told me that "old Noah"  and his family sold whisky to the Indians when they were going on war parties. The Indians would go through, fight, get bloody, and then come back through and tell them that they" fought like hell, and got beat like the devil." I also heard a story that one winter before he had a house to live in, Noah spent the winter in a huge hollowed out tree. Noah was supposed to have been buried in the lower end of Board Valley (Clouse Cemetery) where the church is at. His grave was lost supposedly due to flooding. So we know he is there, just don't know what spot. There are other Shirley children buried there though. My other Shirley family is buried in the Upper end of Board Valley. I found the 3 Shirley men on the 1810 White co. census records. There was Thomas, John, and Champanus. I know John's family went back to Marion Co. I think Thomas went with him, but I wonder if the Cherry Creek property was left to Noah in his will? Perhaps that is why he stayed there instead of staying in Marion co. From going to Marion co. and talking to Paul Shirley, one of my "Marion co. cousins", John and Thomas, and possibly Champanus were brothers and went from N.C., to S.C. , around through Georgia or Alabama, came up to Whitwell, in Marion Co. TN, went on up and bought property in White Co. at Cherry Creek, and then went back to Whitwell.  I found a marriage license for Champanus in the far eastern part of TN. I have a copy of it and of the property deed where Thomas bought land in Cherry Creek. I found it at the White Co. courthouse.  I would like to submit the info I have on my family which is taken from actual gravestones and from family stories. I also have some pictures. How would I go about doing this? There was also a "Mary Shirley" in white county about the same time with a family of children. could she have been related somehow? Any info that you have on Thomas would be greatly appreciated. I have gotten stuck at his name, and can't seem to get farther back with any kind of accuracy. I would like to know the links of who he actually goes back to. I have read small portions of the "Stemmata Shirliana'' by Sir Evelyn Shirley, but I don't know for sure where out line goes. Do all Shirley's connect? Do we all somehow go back to the main family in England or were there people who lived on the land that took the family's name? Anyway, it is great to be in contact with you. I hope that the info I have will end up helping someone else along the way. Hope to hear from you soon! It is great to meet another cousin!                         Anita M. Shirley

1850 White Co. TN Census

NOAH 1809 TN      (Noah Shirley married Rebecca Sparks)

Rebecca 1816 VA

James Brucington 1835 TN

Polly Ann 1833 TN

Roda 1839 TN

WILLIAM 1842 TN

Thomas 1844 TN

Elizabeth 1847 TN

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1880 Census of Putnam Co. TN

WILLIAM 1843 TN

Margaret 1847 TN

Mary 1868 TN

Thomas J. 1870 TN

Elizabeth 1875 TN

Isaac W. 1877 TN

Dicy 1878 TN

Levi 1879 TN

Newton A. 1880 TN

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1900 Census Putnam Co. TN

WILLIAM June 1843 TN

Mary A. Dec 1847 TN

Levy Feb 1879 TN

NOAH Mar 1881 TN

Rebeeky Aug 1884 TN

Malissey Feb 1887 TN

Soloman Oct 1890 TN

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1920 census for Putnam Co. TN - District Five

NOAH Shirley age 38 TN TN TN (father of Curtis)

Mary Jane Shirley 36

Nettie Shirley 19

C[onnor] Shirley 10

Jenel Shirley 8

Ima Pearl Shirley 6

Mattie Ethel Shirley 4 7/12

Nellie [T]emple Shirley2 10/12

[W.H.] CURTIS Shirley [8]/12 (this means....8 months old)


Anita sent the pictures below...

Solomon Shirley on the left, and my grandfather Dallas Oba Shirley on the right.

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In August 2006, we heard from 2 people who are connected to this family of Shirleys. Neither knew one another. Based on the info they each provided and research by Ken and myself,  we have expanded our knowledge of this family and will share it here as branch #81.


From: Christina Shirley dolphfan@swbell.net

So far the names I have are my dad, Daniel Paul Shirley, born 1-14-56 in Dayton, Ohio. He died 5-3-96. I got 2 different names for my grandfather (I don't know why). His name was George William Franklin Shirley, says my uncle. My grandma said it was George Franklin Washington Shirley (later dropped the Washington). He was born in Black Oak Community in White County, Tennessee close to Sparta. He married my grandma, Naomi Morris. His dad's name was Noah Andrew Shirley who was married to Mary Jane Ozborne (spell?). Noah's grandfather's name was William Shirley married to Mary Ann Jackson. That's all I have right now. I hope you can help me trace this family more accurately, my family can't wait to find out.

George Franklin Washington Shirley or George William Franklin Shirley was born on December 30,1924. He did serve in the navy during WW2 on the USS Alabama.

 

   


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