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October 19 2020

Posted the following official account about the Indian massacre of scouts in what is now Bedford Co PA in 1780. Richard Shirley of Branch 14 was killed in this massacre

Branch 14

History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley - [From the testemony of Capt Phillips who with his son were taken prisoner and survived the massacre]

On entering the valley, they found most of the houses abandoned, but no signs of Indians. Late on Saturday evening they arrived at the house of one Frederick Heater, which had been abandoned by its owner. The house had been pierced with loopholes, to serve as a temporary fortress in case of necessity, but the proprietor, unable to find sufficien tmen to garrison it, had fled to Hartsock's Fort. At this house Capt Phillips determined to remain over Sunday. The entire force consisted of Capt Phillips, his son Elijah, age 14 yrs, Philip Skelly, Hugh Skelly, P and T Sanders, Richard Shirley, M Davis, Thomas Gaitrell, Daniel Kelly adn 2 men whose names are no longer remembered.

After partaking of their supper they all stretched themselves out on the floor and slept soundly until morning. While preparing their morning meal, one of the Skellys happened to open the door, when he discovered that the house was surrounded by Indians. A Glance sufficed to show Capt Phillips how matters stood. They were not less than sixty Indians, and among them 2 white men, dressed, decorated, and painted, the same as the savages. The captain at first supposed they were marauders, and would probably not stop; but the hope was most delusive. A small shower of rain having fallen the day previous this savage war-party had tracked Phillips and his men to the very door of Heater's house. Phillips commanded the utmost silence, and awaited with breathless anxiety the further movements of the enemy. Through the window he discovered the savages grouped upon an eminence - some 10 of them armed with rifles, and the remainder with bows and arrows - in consultation. Directly one of the savages fired his rifle, which was evidently a ruse to draw the men from the house; but it did not succeed. At last one of the Indians venterured within rifle-range of the house, with Gaitrell, unable to resist the temptation, thrust the muzzle of his rifle through one of the loopholes, fired and shot him through the left shoulder. The war-whoop was then raised and the savages ran to and fro for a while, concealing themselves behind trees, some 70 yards from the house under the impression probably that an immediate action would take place.

No further demonstrations being made by the rangers, the Indians waited but a short time until at a preconcerted signal, they fired a volley at the door and window of the house, both of which were riddled by the bullets, but no person was injured. The scout, in his agony of suspense surrounded by a large body of savages with the greatest bravery stood at the loopholes and whenever a savage showed himself within rifle-range he was shot at. In this manner 2 were killed and 2 wounded. The Indians in the mean time continued firing at the door and window; and in this way the fight continued until about the middle of the afternoon when Philip Skelly shot the chief through the left cheek at a distance of nearly a 100 yards. This so exasperated the Indians that they raised the war-whoop a 2nd time, loud nad fierce and appeared determined to have vengeance. At this juncture an occurance too place which seems almost incredible; yet Capt Phillips whose statement we are giving, vounched for the truth of it and he was unquestionably a man of veracity. Davis had the mussle of this rifle out of a loop-hole and was intently watching for a chance to shoot when he felt a sudden jarring of the rifle. He withdrew it and found a sharp-pointed tapering hickory arrow driven into the muzzle so tight that it took the combined effort of 4 men to withdraw it. Whether this new method of spiking a gun was intentional or not, it illustrated most forcibly the wonderful power of the Indian over the bow - whether he fired at the rifle or the loop-hole.

The Indians, finding it impossible to dislodge the rangers from what appeared a stronghold in every sense of the word, by all stratagems yet used, affixed dry leaves and other combustible matter to arrows, set fire to them, and lodged them upon the roof of the house, which soon was on fire in two or three places. The men carried up all the water in the house, and subdued the flames from the inside; but the water was soon exhausted, and a fresh volley of the fire-arrows set the roof in a blaze, and there were no longer means within their reach to quench the destructive element. Still the rangers stood at the loop-holes, even when the upper part of the house was all on fire. Certain death stared them in the face ; they dared not go out of the house, for they would expose the weakness of their force and meet instant destruction as soon as they passed over the threshold; on the other hand, the fire above them was raging, and they did not know what moment they would be buried beneath the burning timbers. And yet the men never flinched. But, at last, Captain Phillips, seeing the desperate strait to which they were reduced, cried for quarter, and told the savages that he would on condition that his men should be trulted as prisoners and not injured. To this the Indians assented, and the men escaped fix)ln the house just in time to save their lives from fire, but only to meet a death equally shocking.

The spokesman for the Indians-one of the white renegades-demanded, in the first place, that all their arms should be delivered up. To this the men readily agreed; and they handed their rifles and knives to the savages. The next demand was that they should suffer themselves to be pinioned, in order that none might escape. This degrading proposition met no favor with the men; but they were compelled to submit, and their hands were secured behind their backs by strong thongs. In this condition they started-as the Indians said-for Kittaning; but, after getting half a mile from the house, some five or six of the Indians, who had Captain Phillips and his son in charge, continued on their route, while the remainder ordered a halt. The ten men were then tied to as many saplings, and two or three volleys of arrows were fired into them.

The fate of the scout was not known until Tuesday. Some persons passing Heater's house on Monday morning, seeing it in ruins, carried the news to Hartsock's Fort. An express was sent to Colonel Piper, who arrived on the ground with a small force late on Tuesday. About the house they found a number of tomahawks, knives, and other articles, which indicated that an action had taken place; but the fate of the men could not be conjectured. Finally, some one discovered the tracks, and proposed following them, which they did, and found the men at the place designated, each man with from three to five arrows sticking in him. Some of them had not been killed outright, and it was apparent that their struggles to get loose must have been most desperate. Kelly was one of these, who, in his efforts to free himself, had buried the thong in the flesh of his arm. All of the men were scalped. They were buried on the spot where they appeased the savage appetite for blood; and their mouldering bones still repose there, without even the rudest of stones to commemorate the sad event or perpetuate their memory.

October 16 2020

I continue my lengthy project to review (for proof/accuracy) and update all Shirley branches and lineages posted to the website. While trying to update the family of John E Shirley of Branch 21 (James > William) I came across this later will for his widow, also nee Shirley. There are 2 untraced children of this family and if you see below, only 1 is named in the will of the mother. I suppose the evidence is leaning to them dying young not long after the will of John E Shirley which mentions them? I posted the following to the Jefferson KY page in the members' section

Jefferson Co KY

1882 Jan 16 WB 11 pg 115 Will of Jane B. Shirley - I Jane B Shirley of Co of Jefferson state of Kentucky make this my last will and testament hereby revoking any and all former wills I may have made. I give to my son Andrew E Shirley and his wife Nannie Shirley and to their three children William Shirley Mary Shirley and Jane Shirley all of my pictures, books, household furniture and all of my personal property to be equally divided among them; that is one fourth to may said son and his wife during their natural life and at their death to be divided among their said children, and the other 3/4th to my said grand children (named again). It is my wish that no sale be made of any of my property after my death. It is my wish that the farm on which we now reside be divided as the law directs. Ppoints Nannie Shirley my sole executrix of this my will and I desire that there be no bond or security be required of her. In witness whereof I have nto set my hand this October 26th 1880 <s> Jane B Shirley; Signed in the presenceby Mrs Jane B Shirley, ?N H Miller, A B Duerson (Proven 16 January 1882)

Update: OK, my riddle is solved. Apparently the 2 sons of John E Shirley did not survive by 1845.

Jefferson Co KY

1845 April 29 - Jefferson Co KY Commissioner's Book 2 page 615 - Indenture between William Shirley of 1st part, Andrew Elias Shirley only heir of John Shirley dec'd of 2nd part and Jane B Shirley widow of the said John Shirley dec'd of the 3rd part, suit in chancery 2nd and 3rd part vs 1st part of 25 Feb 1845 was ordered to partition between complainants and defendant of following tract of land in Jefferson Co on banks of Ohio River to be divided into 2 equal parts; 436 acres which they divided (land described)

October 1, 2020

An hour of sleuthing various locales derived from Cheraws District South Carolina led me to this mis-indexed state land grant for David Shirley of Darlington Co SC, Branch 23. Posted to the Cheraw District page in the members' section

Cheraw District SC

1 December 1795 State of South Carolina Plat Book Vol 32 pg 516 - State of South Carolina to David Shierly 200 acres, Cedar Creek, Cheraws District

I was spending a few days reviewing and updating the Branch 23 lineage, David Shirley of Darlington Co SC, and came across this South Carolina legislative petition. Posted to the Darlington SC page in the members' section

Darlington SC

State of SC, Darlington Dist - To the Honble the Senate and House of Rep. of the state afsd. The peitition of Jessee Gilbert sheweth tha a negro man named Tom the slave of your petitioner was tried by a court of magistrates and freeholders on 14 March 1825 in Darlington Dist for committing a rape on the body of Dicey Shirley and was convicted and executed as will appear by the certificate here unto annexed - Your petitioner therefore prays that he may recieve the usual compensation allowed by law in such cases. Your petitioner will pray Dec 7 1825 <s> Jessee Gilbert

September 20, 2020

Posted the following Bureau of Land Management land warrants index to the Tuscaloosa AL page in the members' section

Tuscaloosa

1834 Joel Shirley Sec 3 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1834 Jonathan Shirley Sec 3 Twp 21S Range 10W 40 acres
1835 James Shirley Sec 33 Twp 20S Range 10W 40 acres
1837 Lewis Shirley Sec 3 Twp 20S Range 12W 41 acres
1837 Aaron Shirley Sec 10 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1837 Beverley Shirley Sec 32 Twp 20S Range 10W 80 acres
1837 Richard Shirley Sec 34 Twp 24N Range 3E 80 acres
1838 Aaron Shirly Sec 11 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1839 James Shirley Sec 5 Twp 18S Range 9W 40 acres
1839 James Shirley Sec 9 Twp 18S Range 9W 0 acres
1839 James Shirley Sec 9 Twp 18S Range 9W 160 acres
1839 Robert Shirley Sec 2 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1839 Wade Shirley Sec 3 Twp 20S Range 12W 41 acres
1839 Lewis Shirley Sec 10 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1839 Lewis Shirley Sec 10 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1839 Beverly Shirley Sec 19 Twp 20S Range 10W 82 acres
1839 Jonathan Shirley Sec 4 Twp 21S Range 10W 40 acres
1840 Rolen Shirley Sec 9 Twp 20S Range 12W 40 acres
1858 Davis Shirley Sec 25 Twp 17S Range 9W 80 acres
1858 Davis Shirley Sec 26 Twp 17S Range 9W 0 acres
1858 Davis Shirley Sec 26 Twp 17S Range 9W 40 acres
1858 Wright Shirley Sec 6 Twp 20S Range 12W 80 acres
1858 Wright Shirley Sec 6 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Wright Shirley Sec 6 Twp 20S Range 12W 120 acres
1858 Wright Shirley Sec 6 Twp 20S Range 12W 80 acres
1858 Wright Shirley Sec 6 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Aaron Shirley Sec 11 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Aaron Shirley Sec 11 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Aaron Shirley Sec 14 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Aaron Shirley Sec 14 Twp 20S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 Aaron Shirley Sec 15 Twp 20S Range 12W 280 acres
1858 James Shirley Sec 15 Twp 21S Range 12W 320 acres
1858 James Shirley Sec 21 Twp 21S Range 12W 0 acres
1858 John N Shirley Sec 36 Twp 24N Range 3E 80 acres
1858 John N Shirley Sec 36 Twp 24N Range 3E 0 acres
1858 Levi M Shirley Sec 36 Twp 24N Range 3E 40 acres
1860 Little B Shirley Sec 5 Twp 17S Range 8W 40 acres
1860 Little B Shirley Sec 5 Twp 17S Range 8W 0 acres
1860 Little B Shirley Sec 5 Twp 17S Range 8W 0 acres
1860 Little B Shirley Sec 8 Twp 17S Range 8W 0 acres
1860 Little B Shirley Sec 8 Twp 17S Range 8W 160 acres
1860 Davis Shirley Sec 25 Twp 17S Range 9W 0 acres
1860 Davis Shirley Sec 26 Twp 17S Range 9W 80 acres
1861 Robert Shirley Sec 19 Twp 17S Range 8W 80 acres
1861 Robert Shirley Sec 19 Twp 17S Range 8W 0 acres

August 19, 2020

Thanks to Dann for the heads up on this item

Posted to the Wilkes Co GA page in the members' section

Wilkes Co GA

1792 Wilkes Co GA Tax List

Capt Medlock's District

Edward Shurley 200 ac in "Washington and Wilkes", "mother oak and hickory lands throughout the state", adjacent Thomas Porter;

1793 Wilkes Co GA Tax List

Capt Medlock's District

William Shurley (no land) 1 white poll

Edward Shurley 200 ac Wilkes adj Porter; 1 white poll

Capt Newsom's Defaulters List (sic)

William Shurley

August 4 2020

New free e-book Ancestors and descendants of Branch 49 Richard Shirley Jr who died in Barren Co KY - specifically through his son Daniel R Shirley. Published in 2020 by Ken Shirley. 534 pages of remarkable family history, with numerous photos, documents, family letters and stories. The book skillfully walks the reader through the known evidence for various theories tracing the origins of the Shirleys who migrated from Virginia to South Carolina and then to Kentucky

It's really well done

Shirley Ancestry of Kenneth E. Shirley [1913-1989]
with Related Dale Family

click here

July 26 2020

I posted the following court record abstracts to the St Lawrence Co NY page in the members' section. This family is Branch 58. Note the new name James Shirley

St Lawrence Co NY

1814 June 23 St Lawrence Co Circuit Court Minute Book - The People vs James Shirley (written same in 2 spots, so not typo) - On indictment for Grand Larceny - Arraigned and plead "not guilty"

1814 June 23 St Lawrence Co Circuit Court Minute Court Book - Charles Whalen vs Samuel Browning and Clement Tuttle; Witnesses for Plaintiff: Susan Langhary, William Shirley

1814 June 23 St Lawrence Co Circuit Court Minute Book - William Grant vs Samuel Browning and Clement Tuttle; Witnesses for Plaintiff: Daniel Grant, Charles Whalen, William Shirley

1814 June 23 St Lawrence Co Circuit Court Minute Book - The People vs William Shirley - Indictment for receiving stolen goods. Arraigned, Plead "Not Guilty"

July 18, 2020

Jamaican Shirleys - I spent time connecting the family of Gordon Shirley, former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, to the existing Shirley lineage posted to the website

EXCITING DNA NEWS - I recently worked with a Shirley male living in England to trace his ancestry back to Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland. Here is his documented and confirmed Shirley lineage recently posted to the Shirley website in the Ireland section

5. Robert Shirley of Caheny Townlands, Aghadowey Parish, Londonderry; Born about 1835 (age at death); He was Presbyterian but his children were raised as Catholics; He died at Caheney in 1874, age 39; Married Elizabeth Hutchinson New

We next took the step to obtain his Y-chromosome DNA for the Shirley surname project at FTDNA.

The "definitive" Londonderry Shirley DNA seemed elusive - due to conflicting results - but a pattern of USA DNA results hinted at the true Londonderry Shirley DNA.

The Shirley Association can now claim with strong likelihood that the results we received today from the above documented descendant confirm the true Londonderry Northern Ireland Shirley DNA, and they match DNA of the following USA Shirley lineages

DNA: Londonderry Northern Ireland Shirley matches

20. Robert Shirley - b. ca 1735, wife Susan Baker. Came from Bucks Co. Pennsylvania.   Family lived Franklin Co., Armstrong Co. and Indiana Co. Pennsylvania.

25. James Shirley - b. ca 1649. Came from Ireland about 1730 and settled in Chester New Hampshire. His family lived in New Hampshire, Canada, New York and Pennsylvania (NOTE: but only the Shirleys of Warren Co PA who are tentatively linked to Branch 25 at the moment)

44. Abiather Shirley - Originally lived in Massachusetts, then New York. Moved to Ohio in 1812.

58. Thomas Shirley b. ca. 1797 Lived Massachusetts and St Lawrence Co New York.

85. Shirleys of Bedford and Botetourt Co VA John Shirley married Elizabeth Shields in 1791; Edward Shirly born about 1833 VA. Lived in Botetourt Co VA. Some family to Morgan Co Indiana

98. Shirleys of Berrien Co Michigan. James H. Shirley family originated in Lowell Mass and lived in Cook Co IL; Another, Hiram Shirley family originated in Ohio and Indiana (Note: only the latter family matches)

July 18, 2020

I posted the following deed index to the Huron Co Ohio page in the members' section

Huron Co OH Grantor Deed Index

1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/459 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/527 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/634 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/536 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/605 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/627 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/641 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/641 Grantor: Abigail Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/128 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/153 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/290 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1818 Huron Co OH DB 2/343 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1818 Huron Co OH DB 2/383 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1818 Huron Co OH DB 2/506 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1819 Huron Co OH DB 3/440 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1820 Huron Co OH DB 3/116 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1821 Huron Co OH DB 3/292 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1823 Huron Co OH DB 3/684 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1824 Huron Co OH DB 4/153 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1828 Huron Co OH DB 5/287 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1829 Huron Co OH DB 6/29 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1829 Huron Co OH DB 6/74 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1829 Huron Co OH DB 6/83 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1829 Huron Co OH DB 6/206 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1827 Huron Co OH DB 6/270 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1829 Huron Co OH DB 6/273 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1830 Huron Co OH DB 6/339 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1831 Huron Co OH DB 6/515 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1831 Huron Co OH DB 6/516 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1830 Huron Co OH DB 7/280 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1832 Huron Co OH DB 7/305 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1833 Huron Co OH DB 7/463 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1833 Huron Co OH DB 7/510 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1832 Huron Co OH DB 7/616 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1833 Huron Co OH DB 8/258 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/293 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/305 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/349 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/446 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/460 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/497 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/498 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/535 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/563 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/584 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/584 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/637 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/638 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/639 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/639 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/642 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/64 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/659 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 9/155 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 9/177 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 9/260 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 9/260 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 9/353 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 9/377 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/79 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/80 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/80 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/81 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 10/84 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 10/94 Grantor: Abiather Shirley ; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/147 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/159 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/160 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/171 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/181 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/215 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/257 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/285 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1835 Huron Co OH DB 10/349 Grantor: Abiather Shirley; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 10/99 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 11/28 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 11/59 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 11/61 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 11/169 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 11/361 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix Contract
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 12/271 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 13/407 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 13/466 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 13/557 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix Contract
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 14/503 Grantor: Abigail Shirley; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 14/671 Grantor: Abiather Shirley by executrix; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 15/224 Grantor: Abigail Shirley; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB15/505 Grantor: Abigail Shirley; Erie
[cant read date] Huron Co OH DB 15/628 Grantor: Devisees of Abiather Shirley; Erie

Huron Co OH Grantee Deed Index

1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/457 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/458 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1815 Huron Co OH DB 1/518 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/626 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 1/639 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1816 Huron Co OH DB 2/11 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/132 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/132 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/188 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/221 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/221 Grantee: Abiatha Sherley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/239 Grantee: Abiatha Sherley; Erie
1817 Huron Co OH DB 2/239 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1818 Huron Co OH DB 2/539 (mortgage) Grantee: Abiather Sherley
1818 Huron Co OH DB 2/765 (mortgage) Grantee: Abiather Sherley
1819 Huron Co OH DB 2/817 Grantee: Abiather Sherley
1820 Huron Co OH DB 3/55 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1820 Huron Co OH DB 3/136 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1821 Huron Co OH DB 3/238 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1823 Huron Co OH DB 3/619 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1822 Huron Co OH DB 3/660 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1823 Huron Co OH DB 3/719 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1824 Huron Co OH DB 4/122 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1824 Huron Co OH DB 4/183 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1825 Huron Co OH DB 4/544 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1826 Huron Co OH DB 4/578 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1824 Huron Co OH DB 4/667 (mortgage) Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1827 Huron Co OH DB 5/116 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1827 Huron Co OH DB 5/142 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1827 Huron Co OH DB 5/143 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1831 Huron Co OH DB 6/510 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1831 Huron Co OH DB 6/583 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1831 Huron Co OH DB 6/586 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1833 Huron Co OH DB 7/635 Grantee: Abiather Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/638 Grantee: William B Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/639 Grantee: Abigail Shirley; Erie
1834 Huron Co OH DB 8/639 Grantee: John R Shirley; Erie
[can't read date] Huron Co OH DB 8/643 Grantee: Charles D Shirley; Erie
[can't read date] Huron Co OH DB 16/32 (mortgage) Grantee: Abigail Shirley

July 16, 2020

Warren Co PA Lineage Update I worked today with a descendant of the Shirley family of Warren Co PA to significantly re-arrange previously posted lineage claims. This family is currently attached to Branch 25 of New Hampshire. After considerable research a few years ago, I deleted numerous lineage problems long posted to the Shirley website, claimed by descendants who were applying for DAR membership. Thanks to Claire C.who today answered several of my pending puzzles (previously posted to the page in red text)

July 8, 2020

Sorry for the lack of posting here. I've been spending time this summer continuing my project to clean up Shirley lineages, verifying, adding more recent generations, etc. Also helped several people with their research queries. I typically use queries as an opportunity to add research items to various pages in the members' section connected to the family being researched. Usually small items, nothing earth shattering.

May 6, 2020

I posted the following original wills to their respective England county pages in the members' section

London and Middlesex

1617 Commissary Court of London Will of John Sherley laborer of St Mary Mat.(Whitechapel) Original will - 23/97 LW&T. The ninth day of October. I John Shirley of St Mary Whitechapel in the county of Middlesex laborer. To my wife Jane during her life and after her death to William Shirley my brother's son. His marke wit: Henry Mallory. Proven 1617

1643 Original Will of William Shirley (mentions his landlady at Poplar Stepney)

1678 Commissary Court of London Original Will of Alice Shurley, wid. of Limehouse Mdx. (page 2) O.W. 36 278 (23 40)

1678 Original Will of Standardine Shirley of Whitefriars London

1697 Original Will of Christopher Shirley of St Andrew Holborn Middlesex

1747 Original Will of William Shirley of Chiswick Middlesex

1828 Consistory Court Diocese of London Original Will of Andrew Shirley, Gentleman of Saint Martin in the Fields
(page 2)
Address: Northumberland Street, Strand; Microfilm Reference: X019/033 Folio/Page: 157

Essex

1698 Original Will of William Shirley of Waltham Abbey Essex

May 3, 2020

Northern Ireland Branch - I created a new Shirley branch for Northern Ireland

Londonderry

5. Robert Shirley of Caheny Townlands, Aghadowey Parish, Londonderry; Born about 1835 (age at death); He was Presbyteriran but his children were raised as Catholics; He died at Caheney in 1874, age 39; Married Elizabeth Hutchinson New

April 24, 2020

England Branch - I created a new Shirley branch for Lincolnshire England

Lincolnshire

1. Shirley Family of Grantham and Caistor Lincolnshire. This family were notable makers of windsor chairs

April 19 2020

I posted the following transcription to the Scotland page in the members' section

Scotland

1881 Census Households

March 24, 2020

BREAKTHROUGH I have formally merged USA branches 26, 27 and 28 together. Long suspected and accepted as brothers based on family tradition as well as DNA match; But I now have significant evidence their surname was originally SHIREY (as also long suspected), and that the 3 boys John Daniel and Peter were the sons of John and Magdalena SHIREY of York Co PA.

26. Shirey/Shirely of York PA - John Shirey/Shirely b. ca 1778, wife Christina Youst. Came from York Co. Pennsylvania to Frederick Co. Virginia in 1822. Now includes Branches #27 and #28

27. Peter Shirely - b. ca 1794, York PA; wife Elizabeth. Branch merged with #26

28. Daniel Shirely - b. ca 1792, wife Anna Flynn. Lived Morgan Co. Virginia  Branch merged with #26

March 10, 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 (born 1819, lived Shenandoah Co VA) Other surnames mentioned: Koontz, Norrel, Fritsch, Strachan , Kouder, Hoffman, Martin, Sauermann; Marriages, Births, Births (page 2), Deaths

NEW (Thanks to Susan) Bible of Christian Shirley (born 1835, lived Shenandoah Co VA) Other surnames mentioned: Andrews, Roller, Horner, Miller, Brumback, Rosenberger Births, Marriages, Deaths

March 7, 2020

I posted the following abstraced records to the Warren Co GA page in the members' section

Warren Co GA

1817 Warren Co Tax List

Capt McCrary's District 154

William Shirley 1 poll; 0 slaves; 153 ac Warren Co; Grantee: Brooks and others; Rocky Comfort River; Adj: Railey; Tax 00.57.8 1/4

Nathan Shirley 1 poll; 0 slaves; 125 ac Warren Co; Grantee: Stanford; Rocky Comfort River; Adj: Hall; Tax 00.40.6 1/4

1850 (couriously begins Aug 1848) Warren Co Estate Final Returns page 154 - The estate of Nathaniel Shurley and William Shurley in account with Charles Shurley admin [list of voucher payments beginning Aug 1848]

1850 Dec 25 To Mahalay Parker receipt for her distributive share of said estate as per voucher 39 $144.50
1850 Dec 25 To William Dye receipt for same as per ditto 40 $144.50
1851 Jany 8 To Catherine Shurley receipt for her share as per voucher 41 $144.50
1850 Dec 25 To Mary Shurley receipt for same as per voucher 42 $144.50
1850 Dec 25 To Thomas Shurley receipt for same as per voucher 43 $144.50
1850 Dec 25 to Elizabeth Shurley receipt for same as per voucher 44 $144.50
1850 Dec 25 to Nathan Shurley receipt for same as per voucher 45 $144.50
Retained by the Admr [Charles Shurley] as his distributive share $145.50

March 6, 2020

New and ?Important I posted this very interesting tax record to the new Granville Co NC page in the members' section. The name David Shirley is quite rare in Shirley families, and a David Shirley appears for a few decades in the NC counties of Dobbs/Greene etc. The courthouses in those counties burned and so the new item may be the break in the brick wall long needed for families originating out of Dobbs Co NC (example: Darlington SC Shirley families)

Granville Co NC

1755 Granville Co NC Tax List

David Shirley 1 wh 0 bl 1 total

March 4, 2020

I posted the following abstracts to the Sumter Co GA page in the members' section

Sumter Co GA

1862 December 1 - Sumter Guardian Bonds Book 13 pg 79 - Henry Bradley with Alexander W Wheeler and Joseph a Cobb security; Henry Bradley appointed guardian of the property of Susan Shirley orphan child of Uriah Shirley deceased

1862 Sept 15 - Temporary Admininstrative Bonds - Joseph B Murphey with Jesse Hardy security bound onto Louis Bounes/Brines, county ordinary, temporary letters of administration on the goods and chattels of Matilda Shirley, deceased.

1863 January 10 - Temporary Admininstrative Bonds - Joseph B Murphey with Littleton P Dorman security bound onto Louis Bounes/Brines, county ordinary, temporary letters of administration on the goods and chattels of Bryant Shirley, deceased.

February 28, 2020

I posted the following abstracted item to the Houston Co GA page in the members' section

Houston Co GA

1857 Dec 7 - Guardian Bond Book A page 52 - Guardian: John R Jordon, Security: William Nelson, William T Scott; Bond: $6,000; Orphans: John A Shurley, Thomas E Shurley, Nancy A Shurley children of William T Shurley deceased

1858 July 12 - Guardian Bond Book A page 61 - Guardian: Ann T Shurley, Security: William T Scott and William Nelson; Bond: $8,000; Her minor children: John A Shurley, Thomas E Shurley and Nancy A Shurley

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

Derbyshire

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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