|Posted By:||Ted Pack|
|Subject:||John Fletcher Shirey, b. 1844, m. Rebecca Woolridge: Biography|
|Post Date:||January 29, 2008 at 12:28:49|
|Forum:||Clearfield County, PA Genealogy Forum|
Commemorative Biographical record of Central Pennsylvania : including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, etc..
Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1898.
J. F. Shirey of Bradford Township, Clearfield County, was born there in 1844 and is a representative of one of the pioneer families of that locality. His parents were John and Hannah (Mapes) Shirey.
The father of our subject was born in Clearfield County in January 1800, was married in Lawrence Township and began his domestic life upon a farm in Bradford Township, where he continued to make his home until his death in march, 1863. His wife died in 1844. They had a family of nine children:
Israel, who died in early life;
Mrs. Sophia Kyler, of Boggs;
Isaac, who died in 1894;
W. D. [Walter D.] of West Clearfield;
Matilda, of Lawrence;
W. H. [Wesley Howe], of Bradford Township;
Mary Ellen, who died in childhood;
Mrs. Susan Forcey of Bradford Township;
and J. F. [John F.]
After the death of his first wife, the father married Nancy Norris in Bradford Township in 1866. [she was] a native of Lawrence Township and a daughter of Moses Lawrence, one of the pioneers of the county, now deceased. Her death occurred in Bradford Township in 1887. Mr. Shirey served as Justice of the Peace for many years. [he was] a stalwart Republican, a recognized leader in public affairs and a highly respected citizen.
He had two children by his second marriage:
R. B., [Russell B.] now of Philipsburg, Penn,
J. H., [James B.] who was married and died in Bradford in 1890.
J. F. Shirey was reared on his father's farm and received his education in the schools of the neighborhood. As soon as he was old enough to handle the plow he began work in the fields, and has always followed farming. In 1872 he purchased the Matthew Forcey homestead, comprising 210 acres of improved land, on which he has erected substantial buildings. He now owns 285 acres, all under a high state of cultivation, and the well-tilled fields yield him a good return for his labor, while the neat and thrifty appearance of the place indicates his careful supervision.
In 1879 he was married, in Bradford, to Rebecca Woolridge, who was born there, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Jury) Woolridge, natives of England, who in early life came to America, locating in Philadelphia, whence they came to Bradford. The father died in 1893, and the mother is now living in Graham Township.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Shirey is blessed with five children: Mary Ivy, Maud, Bessie (Elizabeth), Wayne Winters and Sarah Alva.
Mr. Shirey takes an interest in politics, but votes independently, giving his support to the man whom he thinks best qualified for the office, regardless of party affiliation. He belongs to the Society of American Mechanics, at Kylertown, and he and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church. He has always lived in Clearfield County, and for more than half a century has witnessed its development and progress, while as a loyal citizen he has ever borne his part in its advancement. True to the duties of both public and private life, he has so lived as to merit the high esteem in which he is held.
In 1860 John F. is with his father, step-mother, siblings and half-brothers in Bradford, Clearfield, Pennsylvania:
John Shirey, 60
Nancy Shirey, 47
Matilda Shirey, 23
Susan W Shirey, 19
John F Shirey, 17
Russell Shirey, 12
In 1880, John Fletcher is hiding out as "J. Fletcher" and living with Rebecca Woolridge in Bradford, Clearfield, Pennsylvania:
J. Fletcher Shirey, Self, S, Male, W, 36, PA, Farmer, PA, PA,
Rebecca Woolridge, Other, D, Female, W, 31, PA, Keeps House, PA, PA,
Birtha Mcgavern, Other, S, Female, W, 18, PA, School Teacher, PA, PA,
John's CBR entry says they married in 1879. The fact she has her own last name and her marital status is "D-ivorced" in 1880 means
1) He fudged the marriage date in the biography, or
2) The enumerator made a mistake, or
3) She started out his housekeeper, he liked her cooking well enough to marry her, and he forgot the exact year in 1898, when he filled out the form from the publishing house drummer, or
4) None of the above.