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February 24, 2020

I posted the following original deed documents to the Orange VA page in the members' section. Note: the following James Shirley (married Ann) is not the same James Shirley (married Judith) of next door Culpeper Co VA, Branch 21. I actually theorize this James Shirley is the brother of Richard Shirley of Laurens Co SC and of William Stubley Shirley of Georgia - as described in old transcriptions of the bible of W S Shirley. But just a theory, no proof

Orange Co VA

1763 Orange Co VA DB 13 p 363 (page 364). (On margin "Exd an Deld to John Deer Dept 1767"). Indenture 25 Nov 1763 betw Uriah Garton, house carpenter and Mary his wife and James Shirley, taylor for L50, grant 100 ac bounded George Smith, Stephen I. K. Smith, Bridge on Beaverdam Run...Wit: Roger Bell, Saml. Brockman, Zachy Taylor. Recorded 26 Nov 1763. <Uriah Garton> <Mary Garton>

1765 Orange Co VA DB 14 pp 26-27 (page 28). Indenture 26 Sep 1765 betw James Shirley and Ann his wife and Uriah Garton for L50 grant all that tract formerly conveyed to Shirley by the aforesaid Garton, containing 100 ac bounded Mountain road, Beaverdam, Sam Kerchewal, Elijah Garton, Wm Moore, Mr Terrill's line..Wit: elijah Garton, Francis Garton, Rebeckah (X) Stevens; Recorded 26 Sep 1765 <James Shirley> <Ann (X) Shirley>

1766 Orange Co VA DB 14 pp 122-123. (On margin "Ex'd and del'd to Tho Gholson"). Indenture 8 Sep 1766 betw Uriah Garton and Mary his wife and James Shirley for L18 sell two tracts formerly conveyed by Uriah Garton to James Bradley containing 65 ac, bounded Stephen I.K. Smith, Larkin Chew. Wit: William Cooke, Stephen I.K. Smith, John (X) Bradley, Benja Cave, Mary Burrus, John Hobday. Recorded Orange Co 35 Mar 1767. <Uriah Garton> <Mary Garton>

1773 Orange Co VA DB 16 p 165 (page166). (On Margin "Exd and Deld. to sd Shirley Apl 1778"). Indenture 1773 betw Benjamin Cave and Ruth his wife and James Sherley for L20 sold 40 acres part of tract formerly belonged to John Wormley gent, bounded James Smith in old original line betwixt Larkin Chew, deceast, and John Wormley, gent...Plank bridge run; Henry Wood (no witnesses listed) Recorded Orange Co 25 Nov 1773 <Benja Cave> <Ruth (X) Cave>

1778 Orange Co VA DB 17 pp 60-61 (page 62) (On margin "Exd and Deld to sd Homes Octr 26 1780") Inenture 1778 24 Sep betw James Sherley and Ann his wife and Alexander Homes for L200 sell certain tract being part that formerly belonged to John Wormley gent now in possession of sd Shirley...112 ac bounded the road at the dirt bridge; Henry Wood; Stephen I.K. Smith: small branch; James Smith; Benja Cave; Beaverdam Run to a beach; Plank brodge...Rec 24 Sep 1778 <James Shirley> <Ann (X) Shirley>

February 22, 2020

NEW BIBLE IMAGES - Thanks to Susan who has generously shared her research, photos and documents for a sub-branch of Shirley Branch #21

Branch #21

NEW (Thanks to Susan) Bible of Zachariah Shirley (married Barbarah Keagey); He died in Madison Co VA; His descendants lived in Shenandoah Co VA; Births and deaths. Other surnames mentioned: Keagey; Marriages, Births, Deaths

February 14, 2020

SHIRLEY BRANCHES REVIEW PROJECT If you do not see many posts here, it's not because I am ignoring Shirley research. For the last 6 months or so, I have been systematically reviewing 100s of the various US and international Shirley branches featured in the non-members' section of the website. I am updating the lineages bringing male Shirley lines more toward the 1900s. But as I review each branch, I am also taking time to re-think brick walls and to check sources for overlooked documents and clues. You will see these updates, now with the header:

This Lineage page last reviewed and updated [date]

For example, I spent 4 hours or so yesterday updating US Branch #47. I also researched their residences in Cole and Cedar Counties Missouri and added a few documents to those pages in members' section

47. Nathan Shirley b. ca. 1805 SC. Lived in Greene Co TN in 1830 and Cole Co MO in 1840. Children lived in Cedar Co MO. Appears to be a brother of an Isaac Shirley and John Shirley who appear in Greene Co TN in 1830

The day before I reviewed and updated US Branch #51, specifically the addendum lineage on this page, that of Zebedee P Shirley of Parker Co Texas

51. William Dearing Shirley - b. ca 1800 TN, living Montgomery Co. IL in 1850 Census, wife Jane

January 30, 2020

Thank you to a historian who contributed some of his research that involved Warren Shirley, son of John, son of Ferrers Shirley of Branch 34. Warren Shirley apparently died on route out west

On April 25, 1849, William Z. Walker was traveling overland while en route to California. That day he was in or near Independence, Missouri and wrote in his diary "Shirley taken with the Cholera." On April 26 he noted "Mr. Shirley died in the afternoon at 4 oclk. appointed a committee to look after his effects." April 27– "Went to Kansas [City] & attended the funeral of Mr. Shirley."

The May 1, 1910 issue of the Boston Sunday Globe, p. 76, c. 1-5 has an autobiography of Brigadier General Nathan A. M. Dudley. In 1849, he also was en route overland to California and was in the Independence/Kansas City, Missouri area and wrote that "Shirley is dead. Cholera had taken him... conduct his funeral... coffin of rough black walnut... bier for carrying the body to the grave... pallbearers... deep grave... chaplain reading the 25th chapter of Corinthians..."

On May 21, 1849, the Boston Courier published an article by Robert C. Nichols which states that "Warren Shirley of Boston died on the 26th, after 15 hours illness."

One other 1849 newspaper account from Louisiana agrees with the forgoing facts.

From the above material and information from numerous other sources about deaths in that area in 1849, Shirley probably died near what is now Westport, Missouri (presently located in Kansas City, Missouri). Walker's words "Went to Kansas [City] & attended the funeral" are not clear if he went to Kansas City and *also* went to the funeral or the funeral was *in* KC.

January 13, 2020

WEBSITE TO GO DOWN TEMPORARILY? - I'm changing domain name hosting companies to save money. The Shirley Association website might go down briefly during the transition (so I'm warned)

January 2, 2020

England Branch - I researched and posted the following new Shirley lineage to the England section in the non-members' area


6. Shirley families of Ashbourne Parish. These Shirleys left wills in the late 1500s, early 1600s. There is some indication the surname was alias Cook. Not well traced as yet. NEW


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