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  African-American Lineages
John Shirley of Maryland
   
 

John Shirley born about 1825; possibly a slave of George F. Adams of St Mary's County Maryland who was Emancipated May 20 1864; father and mother born Maryland (1880 census); farmer of Mechanicsville MD; May be related to Jetson Shirley also enumerated in the slaveholdings of George Adams; Grandson Marcus Patterson age 17 living with John in 1900 census.

John Shirley served Co. K 29th Regiment US Colored Troops; private; age 36; height 5'9" born St Mary's MD; Laborer; enlisted Dec 9 1864 at Benedict MD by Capt Holland for 1 year term. "Drafted 5 District Maryland". Present on muster rolls until listed as sick at the post hospital at Brownsville Texas since July 16 1865; on list of died Nov 7 1865 at Post Hospital Brownsville TX of Ascites (two John Shirleys of St Mary's MD?)

Another John Shirley who is a free man in 1850 census. Dist 2 St Mary's MD (enum. near Bisco Adams)

Henry Goodrick 33 Merchant
Elizabeth O Goodrick 22
Wm T Herbert 16
Wm Shirley 16 black male born St Mary's Co. laborer (living free in Thomas Springer HH in 1860 census)
John Shirley 18 black male born St Mary's Co. laborer

married: Mariah Shirly; born about 1825; slave of Benjamin Adams of St Mary's County Maryland; Emancipated Nov 1 1864 with two children Sarah and George. Her mother was Lucy Contee b abt 1796 in Maryland (indexed as Contes) who lived with the family in 1880 census. Grandaughter Jane Green age 4 also living in household in 1880 census; she died before 1900 census when John was listed as "widowed". Mother Lucy Contee enumerated with husband David Contee in Dist 4 Charles Co MD in 1870 census.

children:

1. Eliabeth Sherly - age 17 in 1870

2. Claresy Sherly - age 16 in 1870

3. Henry Sherly - age 15 in 1870; still living in parents household in 1880; living Mechanicsville St Mary's MD in 1900

married Emiline_____ - age 29 in 1900 census

children:

A. Blanche E Green - age 8 in 1900 census (stepdaughter)

B. Bertha S Dorsey - age 4 in 1900 census (stepdaughter)

C. George S Shirley - age 2 in 1900 census (son)

4. Sarah Sherly - age 12 in 1870

5. George Sherly - male age 8 in 1870 ( a daughter named Georgiana b 1862 married Josephus Patterson - both living in family household in 1880)

6. Mary Susan Sherly - age 7 in 1870

7. Mary A. Sherly - age 3 in 1870

8. Benjamin Shirley - age 9 in 1880; living Mechanicsville St Mary's County MD in 1900 census

married Mary E. _____ age 24 in 1900 census

children:

A. Clarence M Shirley age 5 in 1900 census

B. St Joseph Shirley age 3 in 1900 census

C. Frances M Shirley age 3/12 in 1900 census

9. Rachel Shirley - age 6 in 1880

 


 

Maryland Census of Slaves
George F. Adams-Owner
August 31. 1867
Frank Dorsey M 19 Nov. 1, 1864
Maria Shirly F 34 Nov. 1, 1864
Sarah Shirly F 6 Nov. 1, 1864
George Shirly M 1 Nov. 1, 1864 (48)

Number of Slaves #4

OWNER Benjamin Adams
DATE August 22, 1867
Name Of Slave Sex Ago Emancipated
by State of Maryland Remarks
Jetson Shirly M 70 Nov. 1, 1864

Charles Nevel M 45 L-May 20, 1864
Washington Tinison M 38
John Shirly M 37
Richard Jenifer M 17 L-Sep. 15, 1863
John Coats M 13 L-May 20, 1864
William Coats M 16
Thomas Green M 8
Samuel Green M 6
Richard Green M 4
Wm. Henry Tyler M 6
Harriet Tyler F 37
Alice Tyler F 14
Sophia Tyler F 8
Fannie Tyler F 1
Bellie Coats F 30
Lulie Coats F 16
Ada Coats F 5
Susan Coats F 1
Sallie Green F 27
Mollie Ford F 7 (55)
Marie Ford F 21
Dolly Tyler F 13
Number of Slaves #23

Another family in St Mary's County in 1860 - Great Mills PO

Jack Shirley 29
Mary Shirley 26
Mary Ellen Shirley 6
Susan Shirley 4/12

St Marys County Maryland - 1870 Census

John Sherly 65 (should this be 45?)
Mariah Sherly 45
Elizabeth Sherly 17
Claresy Sherly 16
Henry Sherly 15
Sarah Sherly 12
George Sherly 8
Susan Sherly 7
Mary Sherly 3

1870 St Mary's MD census - Chaptico

William Sherley 40
Virginia Sherley 33
Jane Sherley 12
Irene Sherley 4
Duglas Sherley 9 (age 21 living in John McCabe HH in St Mary's in 1880)

1880 St Mary's MD census - Milestown

William Shirly 52
Mary J. Shirly 36
Jane Shirly 12
Henry Shirly 8
Jef. Shirly 6
Agnes Shirly 1

   


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