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Re: Shirkey in KS and CO
Posted by: Robert Shirkey Date: March 03, 2002 at 11:58:40
In Reply to: Re: Shirkey in KS and CO by Karen Sneed of 120

I saw your post on the Sharkey forum and realized I had been looking for information for you in all the wrong places.
In June of 1977 I received a reply from a letter I had sent to Gerald Shirkey. The reply was from his wife Gladys.

To quote:
This is all I know: John, Jim, Albert and Tom, sons of grandfather Shirkey, came from Iowa also two daughters Sarah and Maggie that lived in Omaha a short time later came to Wichita. All have passed away.
John had 4 children. Cleo, Maude Gerald and John.
Jim had 3 children. Francis, Lee and Sadie.
Albert had 3 Children. Erma, Leslie adn Ben.
Tom lived in MO children not known.
Lee Shirkey lives in Okla. City.
Jack Shirkey son of Leslie lives in Denver.
G. Don Shirkey, my son, lives in Wichita.
G. Lynn Shirkey, my son, lives in Wichita.
Maybe some of this will help.
Gladys Shirkey
wife of Gerald Shirkey
end of quote

On a form I sent which they filled out, Gladys listed John Shirkey, born in Des Moines and dying in Denver and Martha Pocock dying in Bentley as being Gerald's parents but said the grandparents names were unknown.

I have heard from others on this line. Albert is William Albert Shirkey who married Margaret O'Brien. I heard from his son Leslie's wife Vada.

I also heard from Ferne Pauline Jacques the granddaughter of James (who married Nancy Ellen Reynands) and the daughter of Francis (who married Nannie Lewis).

I will be glad to pass on this information.

In your post on the Sharkey forum you listed listed the ancestors along your line. The information you listed is consistent with what I have to a point. A minor discrepancy is that I have Harvey marrying Lucretia "Baldon". I don't know that my source had it correct but I had previously listed the name as Baldwin and was corrected. My source was Joseph Paydon who has researched your line quite extensively. I have not corresponded with him in many years. He is descended from James and Sarah (Haley). He shows Sarah's father as Anthony.

Several correspondents on the line of James who married Sarah Haley have speculated that James was the son of James who married Margaret Beale (Beals) but to my knowledge no one has proven this although this is the conclusion of Mr. Paydon and if I research what he sent me I may agree. Do you have a good source for this?

Also several persons have speculated that James (either one) may have descended from the Botetourt line coming from Patrick Sharkey or his son James who married Elizabeth Poague. I have some information that would question this and some that might support it.

James Sharkey (Shirkey) and his wife Elizabeth Poague (various spellings) has 10 children. One was indeed James Jr. as he was mentioned in several legal documents related to family estates. James Sr. died in 1808. In Will Book B p 200 (all of the references to legal papers are from Botetourt Co., VA) one of the appraisers of his estate was Charles Beals.

In Will Book E p211, 13 Oct 1830, the will of Jane, daughter of James Sr., mentions land she inherited from her brother James Jr. James Jr. therefore died in or before 1830. In fact Will Book E p 516, 18 Nov 1830, has the bill of sale of the estate of James Jr. James Jr. died intestate in Botetourt Co. No where in the court records of the settling of James Jr.'s estate does it mention a wife or children or any descendants. I don't know, but it would seem that in an intestate situation, a sister would not inherit land if there were living descendants. The court records seem to show that James Jr. lived in Botetourt prior to his death. Mr. Paydon found records of James and Margaret in Kanawha Co., WV.

Perhaps James Jr. did marry Margaret Beale (Beals) and she died before him, but did he then return to Botetourt Co.?

I have not established any link between the Botetourt Sharkeys (Shirkeys) and James who married Sarah Haley. Do you have good information on this link? You show James who married Sarah as being born in Shenandoa Co. There were also Shirkeys: Thomas Jefferson Shirkey, David Shirkey and others living in Kanawha Co., WV.

I would be glad to share what I have and would like to know what you have to establish these links. I am descended from James and Elizabeth (Poague) Sharkey (Shirkey) through their son Patrick who married Sally Allen and, after her death, moved to IN and then IL, where he died prior to 1850.

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