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Was your James Madison Shirley the brother of "Belle Star"? I know her maiden name was Shirley and I have a letter indicating that she was somehow related to the PERSHALL family. Sam Pershall (b. 3/27/1809-d.4/2/1860) married to MaryAnn Holmes (b. 4/22/1813) had 12 children. One was a daughter, Caroline Pershall (b. 3/5/1833). Perhaps she was born in Potosi, MO.