John Read Shirley

1804–1849 (Age 45)
South Carolina, United States

The Life of John Read

When John Read Shirley was born about 1804, in South Carolina, United States, his father, Joshua Shirley, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth R Long, was 24. He had at least 1 son and 4 daughters with Harriett Wooldridge. He died about 30 May 1849, in Lowndes, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 45.

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John Read Shirley
Harriett Wooldridge
Elizabeth Shirley
William M Shirley
Martha Ann Shirley
Mary Cornelia Shirley
Caroline O. Shirley

Spouse & Children



  • Elizabeth Shirley


  • William M Shirley


  • Female1840–1911Female

  • Mary Cornelia Shirley


  • Female1842–Female

Parents & Siblings

  • Joshua Shirley


  • Female1780–1826Female



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World Events (7)


Age 0

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1804 · The Twelfth Amendment

Age 0

With not having a very clear statement in the Constitution about Presidents and Vice Presidents, the Twelfth Amendment was Born. Before the Electoral College could cast two votes for those that they saw fit for President. This was changed to just one electoral vote for President and one electoral vote for Vice President. With the amount of people even allowed to vote, there was no way for there to be a tie during the elections.

Age 13

Mississippi is the 20th state.

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)

  • South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964; Sumter Estate papers, bundle 56, packet 5, Reuben Long estate; Receipts from legatees
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Read Shirley - Government record: Probate record or will: death: about 30 May 1849; Lowndes, Mississippi, United States
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Read Shirley - Published information: Family genealogies: birth-name: John Read Shirley

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