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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
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>
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>
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>
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>
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
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,
February 14, 2020
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:
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
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
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
Shirley of Branch 34. Warren Shirley apparently died on route
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
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
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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