Martha Ann Shirley

1840–1911 (Age 71)
Alabama, United States

The Life of Martha Ann

When Martha Ann Shirley was born about 1840, in Alabama, United States, her father, John Read Shirley, was 36 and her mother, Harriett Wooldridge, was 30. She married George Washington Henderson in 1855. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1911, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Martha Ann Shirley
George Washington Henderson
Marriage: 1855
Richard Azor Henderson
Carrie C Henderson
Cassie F. Henderson
John Madison Henderson
General Washington Henderson
Thomas Henderson
James Henry Henderson
Martha Henderson
William Hughe Henderson

Spouse & Children



+4 More Children

Parents & Siblings



  • Elizabeth Shirley


  • William M Shirley


  • Female1840–1911Female

  • Mary Cornelia Shirley


  • Female1842–Female

World Events (8)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1849 · Capitol Building Destroyed by Fire

Age 9

The capitol building in Montgomery was destroyed by fire on December 14, 1849, the 30th anniversary of the state.
1861 · Alabama Secedes From Union

Age 21

Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union during the Civil War on January 11, 1861. Several days later, they joined the Confederate States of America. Montgomery, Alabama, became the capital for the Confederate States of America.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and the West Midlands, all so called from Old English scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Martha Shirely in entry for James Henry Henderson, "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Martha Ann Shirley - Government record: Census record: birth: about 1840; Alabama, United States
  • Legacy NFS Source: Martha Ann Shirley - Individual or family possessions: death: about 1911; Mississippi, United States

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