Winfield Scott Shirk

M, b. 27 May 1849
     Winfield Scott Shirk was born on 27 May 1849. He was the son of Rev. Jacob Balmer Shirk and Susan Stouffer.

Witmer Hostetter Shirk

M, b. 5 August 1863, d. 11 September 1944
     Witmer Hostetter Shirk was born on 5 August 1863 at Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Jacob Balmer Shirk and Anna Elizabeth Gotschall. Witmer Hostetter Shirk married Thurzia L. Williamson on 10 September 1884.1 Witmer Hostetter Shirk lived in 1926 at Utah. He died on 11 September 1944 at age 81.

Children of Witmer Hostetter Shirk and Thurzia L. Williamson


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Zella Frances Shirk

F, b. 9 December 1867, d. 24 July 1899
     Zella Frances Shirk was born on 9 December 1867 at Carroll Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of Jesse McClure Shirk and Cordelia M. Rahn. Zella Frances Shirk married John W. Squires on 21 August 1895 at Carroll Co., IL, no children

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

SQUIRES, JOHN W SHIRK, ZELLA FRANCES CARROLL 08/21/1895 B/ 113 4490. Zella Frances Shirk died on 24 July 1899 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL, at age 31.1


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Zella Irene Shirk

F, b. 19 December 1904, d. May 1975
     Zella Irene Shirk was born on 19 December 1904. She was the daughter of Jesse McClure Shirk and Hattie Emeline Lewis. Zella Irene Shirk died in May 1975 at Clarion, Wright Co., IA, at age 70.

Caroline Shirley

     Caroline Shirley married Caleb Cornelius Mitchell in March 1877 at Washington Co., IN.

Child of Caroline Shirley and Caleb Cornelius Mitchell

Emma Shirley

F, b. circa 1854
     Emma Shirley was born circa 1854 at Shenandoah Co., VA. She married John Andrew Brumback, son of Richard Thomas Brumback and Mary Elizabeth Keyser.

Children of Emma Shirley and John Andrew Brumback

John Shirley

     John Shirley married Elizabeth Hatfield.

Child of John Shirley and Elizabeth Hatfield

Myra Maybelle Shirley

F, b. 5 February 1848, d. 3 February 1889
     Myra Maybelle Shirley was also known as Belle Starr.
Note: Christened Myra MayBelle Shirley - she later change her name to Bella
(not Belle) on a whim. Her father was John Shirley and her mother was
believed to be Elizabeth Hatfield, related to the fueding Hatfield's of
West Virginia-Kentucky. She was born Februrary 5, 1848 and was educated at the Carthage Female Academy where she was liked and considered a very pretty girl. She married first Jim Reed (said to have taken place on
horseback). Years later she said she married Jim Reed because he killed
the soldier who had killed her brother Bud. Bud had been a big influence in
her life and she vowed to marry the man who avenged Bud's death. It was
as Reed's wife that Bella's life of crime really began. A little girl was born in 1869 she was named Rosa Lee Reed and was apparently given to Reed's mother to raise. She was later known to history as Pearl Younger. During this time she met Sam as well as moved to California with Pearl.
Life was good at this time and a second child was born, a son named
Edwin. One night while Reed was eating at a diner a John Morris entered the room and demanded Reed surrender himself. Reed didn't and John shot Reed through the heart. Morris collected the $1700 reward but it did little good because he was killed a short time later. Bella's father died during this time and she moved back to Missouri and acted as a "fence" for
stolen animals. The James brothers and Youngers stopped off at Bella's
during this time. The rumor circulated that she was at one time married
to Cole Younger, the noted outlaw. These reports were further bolstered
by the fact that Pearl Reed sometimes went under the name Pearl Younger.
Another man on Pearl's list was an Indian outlaw named Blue Duck. On June 5, 1880 she married Sam Starr and settled on a 1000 acre claim near the Canadian River near Eufaula Oklahoma and moved into a log cabin. This became a popular meeting place for some of the most notorious outlaws of the day. While here Sam & Bella were arrested on a horse theft and possesion of liquor charge. The Starr's said they were framed and
"Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker apparently believed them. They were given light sentences of one year each in the Detroit, Michigan House of Correction. On release, the Starr's returned to Younger's Bend with Pearl and an orphan, Mabel Harrison. Shortly after this Sam was killed. On Sunday Februrary 3, 1889 Bella rode to the King Ranch Store to eat dinner with the proprieter. Bella left the store about 1 pm, stopped by Mrs. Barnes' for some corn and passed the time until 3 pm. At 4 pm Mike Hoyt spotted Bella's running horse. Hoyt rode back up the road and found Bella's body with two shots from a shotgun in the back. It will probably remain a mystery but many believe a neighbor (Edgar Watson) had done the killing. See the following resources:

Belle Starr and Her Times
by Glen Shirley
Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr      by Phillip W. Steele
Belle Starr and her Pearl
by Edwin P. Hicks


Although she was a companion to known thieves and felons and stole a horse or two, Myra Maybelle Shirley was neither a belle nor the star of any outlaw band...still she remains a legendary wild woman of the Old West.


THE LIFE OF Myra Maybelle Shirley, better known as Belle Starr, has been romanticized by many writers and, of course, by Hollywood. The appeal of a "lovely lady" leading thieves and rustlers has been powerful through the years, often too powerful to allow facts to spoil the stories. Many tales were published by the National Police Gazette in the 19th century, and other publications picked up on the intriguing copy. Fraudulent biographies, spiced by bogus letters and entries from Belle's diaries, sold for 25 cents. The fascinating, often fantastic, stories led to the myth and legend of Belle Starr. Belle Starr, according to the legend, was the "Bandit Queen"--a lovely lady who ruled outlaw gangs with her guns, her will and her personal favors. She was born on 5 February 1848 at Carthage, Jasper Co., MO. She was the daughter of John Shirley and Elizabeth Hatfield. Myra Maybelle Shirley married James C. Reed, son of Solomon Reed and (?) Susan, on 1 November 1866 at Collin Co., TX. Myra Maybelle Shirley married Sam Starr, son of Thomas Starr and Catherine Reese, on 5 June 1880. Myra Maybelle Shirley died on 3 February 1889 at King Creek at age 40.

Children of Myra Maybelle Shirley and James C. Reed

Robert Forbes Shirley

M, d. 30 June 1956
     Robert Forbes Shirley married Mary Elva Slocum, daughter of Leigh W. Slocum and Elva Reesa Burr, on 1 February 1936. Occupation: Airline pilot for United Airlines. Robert Forbes Shirley died on 30 June 1956 at Arizona On the morning of June 30, 1956, two airliners took off within minutes of each other from Los Angeles. United Flight 718 for Kansas City, a DC-7, climbed eastward above the great Mojave Desert to its requested cruise altitude of 21,000 feet. The other was a Lockheed Super Constellation, TWA Flight 2, also climbing toward the east. Destination: Chicago Midway. Both were on instrument flight plans under the control of the CAA (Civil Aeronautics Authority). TWA 2 was assigned 19,000 feet.
Over Arizona, both airliners obtained clearances to divert "off airways."
It was the custom of that time on commercial flights to give passengers a view of the Grand Canyon. There were towering clouds over much of Arizona, and the pilot of TWA 2 radioed a request for a higher altitude in order to fly above them. The request was denied by the CAA enroute controller in Salt Lake City.
According to the "hemispheric rule," eastbound instrument flights are assigned odd altitudes. The next such for TWA 2 would have been 21,000 feet, which was already occupied by United 718. The pilot of the Constellation elected to go "visual" and cancelled his instrument flight plan. Under the visual flight rules in effect at that time, a plane could legally fly at any altitude and in any direction so long as it remained clear of clouds. "See and avoid" then became the operative principle for separation. TWA 2 climbed to 21,000 feet.
Unknown to each other, the two airliners -- one a silver-winged cylinder with tall tail marked in red, white, and blue, the other having an inflected fuselage, gleaming white, and triple tail -- each with four perfect engines delivering rated power, each gently banking above the clouds, their passengers gaping at the natural wonders below -- two crafted marvels of performance and reliability took up momentary courses that converged in the sky.
All persons aboard both planes, a total of 128, died. Front pages around the world pictured only sooted rocks and aluminum shards glinting on the desert cliffs. Inaccessible silence. The worst such tragedy of its time. But not the last.

Bob Shirley was the pilot of the United flight.

Viola Shirley

     Viola Shirley married Henry Fulgham.

Child of Viola Shirley and Henry Fulgham

Ella Shisler1

F, b. 5 January 1887
     Ella Shisler was born on 5 January 1887.1 She was the daughter of John B. Shisler and Hannah Cassel.1 Ella Shisler married Ellsworth Nyce, son of Abraham H. Nyce and Leah Ann Gottshalk, on 15 September 1906.1

Children of Ella Shisler and Ellsworth Nyce


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Emma Laura Shisler1

F, b. 21 September 1884
     Emma Laura Shisler was born on 21 September 1884.1 She was the daughter of Henry B. Shisler and Irene Frederick.1 Emma Laura Shisler married Levi N. Shelly, son of Jeremiah S. Shelly and Elizabeth Nice, on 10 October 1903, Ceremony by Rev. H. Krouthammel.1

Children of Emma Laura Shisler and Levi N. Shelly


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Gordon D. Shisler1

M, b. 24 May 1920, d. 11 May 1999
     Gordon D. Shisler was born on 24 May 1920 at Franklin Co., OH, Date from SSDI.1 He was the son of Stanley H. Shisler and Oma L. Boyd.1 Gordon D. Shisler died on 11 May 1999 at Wilson, Teton Co., WY, at age 78 Date and location from SSDI.


  1. [S1075] 1930 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1792 - 1802; FHL #2341526 - 2341536.

Henry B. Shisler1

     Henry B. Shisler married Irene Frederick.1

Child of Henry B. Shisler and Irene Frederick


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Rev. James B. Shisler1

     Rev. James B. Shisler married Sallie Frederick.1

Child of Rev. James B. Shisler and Sallie Frederick


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John B. Shisler1

     John B. Shisler married Hannah Cassel.1

Child of John B. Shisler and Hannah Cassel


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Lillie Shisler1

F, b. 15 November 1890, d. 8 January 1915
     Lillie Shisler was born on 15 November 1890.1 She was the daughter of Rev. James B. Shisler and Sallie Frederick.1 Lillie Shisler married Mathias Landis, son of Abraham M. Landis and Elizabeth Price, on 29 August 1911, Ceremony by Rev. James B. Shisler (father of the bride)

No children.1 Lillie Shisler died on 8 January 1915 at age 24.1


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Stanley H. Shisler1

M, b. 27 October 1888, d. September 1968
     Stanley H. Shisler was born on 27 October 1888 at Ohio Date from SSDI.2,1 He was the son of William H. Shisler and Annie D. (?)2 Stanley H. Shisler married Oma L. Boyd, daughter of Douglas S. Boyd and Rosa Irene Devol, circa 1915.1 Stanley H. Shisler died in September 1968 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, at age 79 Date and location from SSDI.

Child of Stanley H. Shisler and Oma L. Boyd


  1. [S445] 1920 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, Series T625, Roll 1384.
  2. [S230] 1900 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1266 - 1270; FHL #1241266 - 1241270.
  3. [S1075] 1930 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1792 - 1802; FHL #2341526 - 2341536.

William H. Shisler1

M, b. August 1859
     William H. Shisler was born in August 1859 at Ohio.1 He married Annie D. (?).1

Child of William H. Shisler and Annie D. (?)


  1. [S230] 1900 Federal Census, Franklin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1266 - 1270; FHL #1241266 - 1241270.

Amanda Shively

     Amanda Shively married John B. Metzger.

Child of Amanda Shively and John B. Metzger

Catherine Louise Shively1

F, b. 1 April 1915, d. 2 September 1915
     Catherine Louise Shively was born on 1 April 1915.1 She was the daughter of Mery J. Shively and Nora M. Early.1 Catherine Louise Shively died on 2 September 1915.1


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Daniel E. Shively

     Daniel E. Shively married Cora May Born on 14 February 1894 at Piatt Co., IL.

Child of Daniel E. Shively and Cora May Born

Helen Elizabeth Shively1

F, b. 3 March 1917
     Helen Elizabeth Shively was born on 3 March 1917.1 She was the daughter of Mery J. Shively and Nora M. Early.1


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Mary Shively

F, b. 20 August 1755, d. 10 October 1831
     Mary Shively was born on 20 August 1755 at Frederick Co., MD. She married Henry R. Rowland in 1776. Mary Shively died on 10 October 1831 at Washington Co., MD, at age 76.

Child of Mary Shively and Henry R. Rowland

Mery J. Shively1

     Mery J. Shively married Nora M. Early, daughter of Perry A. Early and Eliza A. Gilbert, on 24 April 1907.1 Mery J. Shively lived in 1926 at Nappanee, Elkhart Co., IN.1

Children of Mery J. Shively and Nora M. Early


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Robert Early Shively1

M, b. 14 February 1919
     Robert Early Shively was born on 14 February 1919.1 He was the son of Mery J. Shively and Nora M. Early.1


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Sophia Shively

F, d. 24 February 1895
     Sophia Shively was born. She married John Nyce, son of George Nyce and Elizabeth Price. Sophia Shively died on 24 February 1895.

Children of Sophia Shively and John Nyce

Vera M. Shively

F, b. 30 October 1905, d. 23 September 1997
     Vera M. Shively was born on 30 October 1905 at Cerro Gordo, Piatt Co., IL. She was the daughter of Daniel E. Shively and Cora May Born. Vera M. Shively married Malcolm Wayne Stewart Jr., son of Malcolm Wayne Stewart and Gwendolyn Uhlma Duncan, circa 1927. Vera M. Shively died on 23 September 1997 at Illinois at age 91. She was buried in September 1997 at Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL.

Jay Shives

M, b. 4 December 1917, d. 28 December 1918
     Jay Shives was born on 4 December 1917 at Marion Co., IA. He was the son of Samuel Beryl Shives and Alle Belle Wendel. Jay Shives died on 28 December 1918 at Marion Co., IA, at age 1. He was buried at Gosport Cemetery, Gosport, Marion Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 102252362.

Samuel Beryl Shives

M, b. 21 February 1898, d. 14 September 1972
     Samuel Beryl Shives was born on 21 February 1898 at Marion Co., IA. He was the son of Samuel Richardson Shives and Mary Elizabeth McLean. Samuel Beryl Shives married Alle Belle Wendel, daughter of Cyrus Edwin Wendel and Josephine Victoria London, in 1917. Samuel Beryl Shives died on 14 September 1972 at Milbank, Grant Co., SD, at age 74. He was buried in September 1972 at Gosport Cemetery, Gosport, Marion Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 102252518.

Child of Samuel Beryl Shives and Alle Belle Wendel