I am interested in the following family: 6. A Shirkie line from Scotland and Shirkieville, IN that had the following names in the earliest generation for which I have information: John (d. in Danville, IL), Ed, Hugh, Stewart, and Margaret who married an Anderson.
This is the information I have: Robert Shirkie Married Mary Thompson 22 Aug 1862 and had children, Mary, Margaret, Edward, James, Robert, Margaret, Jessey and Janet (Jessie and Janet may be the same person.All born Scotland , there may be more children.This family shows up on the census records in Diamond Grundy Illinois and I have found two of the childrens marriages in Vermillion Co. Indiana.
Robert's brother Stewart or Edward Stewart Shirkey married Jane Haggerty in 1857 at Dalmellington, Ayr, Scotland.They had the following children:Edward, Hugh, Peter, Jeanet and Margaret mostly at Irvine and Kilwinning, Ayr Scotland. Children Jane born Ohio,Stewart andJohn born Indiana. This family is recorded in 1880 census at Van Buren, Clay Co. Indiana The daughter Margaret or Maggie married Lawrence B. Anderson in 1891 at Vermillion Co. Indiana as mentioned in your post. Hugh married Ella Taylor 1882 Clay Co. John Shirkie married Caroline Gerard 1905 Marion Co.Jean Shirkie married Fred A Staats 1891 at Vermillion, Jeanette married Decatur Payton 1887 at Vermillion.
Roberts sister Agnes Shirkie married Peter Devlin or Develin 1851 at Kilwinning Ayr Scotland.I could not find any children for this couple.They show up on 1880 census of Diamond Grundy, Illinois.
Roberts sister Margaret married Matthew Sinclair 1851 at Irvine, Ayr, Scotland.They had four children in Scotland and they emigrated in 1856 with the only surviving child Agnes.They had joined the Mormon Church and came through Pennsylvania andIllinois, having 4 children on the way before they got to Utah.They had 7 children in Utah. Only 5 children survived to adulthood, all girls. There is too much information available on this family to go into here.
Robert, Stewart, Agnes and Margaret were four of the 13 known children of Edward Shirkie/Shirkey and Margaret Barr of Kilwinning, Ayr, Scotland.I have information also on the previous generations.
I am a relative of Elizabeth Sinclair sister of Matthew Sinclair who married Margaret Shirkey. I would be interested if you or anyone else has further information on the Shirkey/Shirkie families who settled in Illinois and Indiana. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org - Please contact me even if you do not have additional information.