Posted by Jerald Powell on the Shirleyassociation.com site
My great great great grandparents were David and Tryphena Williams. Tryphena was apparently born Tryphena Shirley, likely about 1800 in North Carolina. The information I have is that she married David Williams (also of North Carolina) on September 8, 1816, in North Carolina. Tryphena died February 27, 1855 in San Joaquin, CA.
Posted by AgnesK on the same site.
I had Williams and Shirley families also in San Joaquin, CA about the same time.See history below.
Some of Jacob Shirley's branch moved to San Joaquin, CA from Crawford County, MO. after 1850. We believe Thomas J. Shirley was Jacob's brother. Thomas was born in NC abt 1810. He died in CA in 1859. His wife Mary Shirley has one of Jacob's daughters with her in the 1860 census San Joaquin, CA. That is Margaret who was born Dec. 2, 1845 in MO.
Margaret Shirley is then listed as marrying H.W. Williams Aug 19, 1864 in Tuolumne Co, CA. The rest of Jacob and Sophia Shirley's children are also living in Joaquin, CA in 1860 under one household. They are William bn Feb 18, 1837 TN; Charles bn Sept 24, 1839 TN and Mary Jane bn Mar. 29, 1842 in TN. Thomas and Jacob Shirley also seemed to have a sister Elizabeth b 1801 in NC. She married John Brooks. They lived in Dent County MO and Iowa. She died 7-12-1877 and is buried Miller Cemetery, Dent Co. MO. Wondering if our Williams and Shirley families were connected in NC and then again in CA.?
Update my cousin Dee gives me more history: The Williams name is interesting, as Margaret Shirley, daughter of Jacob, married H.W. Williams in 1864 in Tuolumne Co. H.W. was killed only a year later by W.N. Harris, in company with Charles Calvin Shirley, Margaret's brother -- C.C. was wounded. I believe Margaret & H.W. had a son named Daniel. Don't know if there's any connection between H.W. and David Williams, though.
Can anyone match these two families up?I'm not able to get in contact with Jerry Powell as he didn't post his email address, so hoping he sees this combined posting.