Roy Shirk

M, b. 20 May 1898
     Roy Shirk was born on 20 May 1898.1 He was the son of Owen Miles Shirk and Tena Merilat.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.

Ruth Shirk

F, b. 13 August 1892
     Ruth Shirk was born on 13 August 1892.1 She was the daughter of George Gotshall Shirk and Lillie Bowlby.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.

Sadie Shirk

F, b. 27 January 1881
     Sadie Shirk was born on 27 January 1881.1 She was the daughter of Harry Miller Shirk and Alice E. George.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 669.

Sophie Emma Shirk

F, b. 15 July 1851
     Sophie Emma Shirk was born on 15 July 1851 at Franklin Co., PA. She was the daughter of Rev. Jacob Balmer Shirk and Susan Stouffer. Sophie Emma Shirk married George P. Perry on 15 September 1875 at Carroll Co., IL.

Children of Sophie Emma Shirk and George P. Perry

Susan Margaret Shirk

F, b. 29 March 1853, d. 1 November 1928
     Susan Margaret Shirk was born on 29 March 1853.1 She was the daughter of John Stouffer Shirk and Mary Bowles Miller. Susan Margaret Shirk married Henry Lewis Simpson on 25 December 1877.1 Susan Margaret Shirk died on 1 November 1928 at age 75.

Children of Susan Margaret Shirk and Henry Lewis Simpson

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 669.

Susan R. Shirk

F, b. 7 September 1860, d. 29 February 1884
     Susan R. Shirk was born on 7 September 1860 at Carroll Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of Jesse McClure Shirk and Cordelia M. Rahn. Susan R. Shirk married Dr. David Abner Strickler, son of Jacob Strickler and Anna Stouffer, on 27 June 1883 at Carroll Co., IL, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
STRICKLER, DAVID A SHIRK, SUSIE R CARROLL 06/27/1883 B/ 66 2605.2 Susan R. Shirk died on 29 February 1884 at age 23.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 673.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 673, 708.

Walter Bruce Shirk

M, b. 16 May 1867
     Walter Bruce Shirk was Baptist. He was born on 16 May 1867 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Benjamin Palmer Shirk and Sarah J. Moffett. Walter Bruce Shirk married Anna Grace Cormany, daughter of William Augustus Cormany and Susan P. Emmert, on 25 November 1891.1 Walter Bruce Shirk lived in April 1910 at Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO. Occupation: Commissioned Stock Agent, Missouri Pacific Railroad in April 1910. He lived in 1926 at Kansas City, Clay Co., MO.

Children of Walter Bruce Shirk and Anna Grace Cormany

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

Walter Cormany Shirk

M, b. 20 September 1892
     Walter Cormany Shirk was born on 20 September 1892.1 He was the son of Walter Bruce Shirk and Anna Grace Cormany.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

William Minton Shirk

M, b. 4 March 1900
     William Minton Shirk was born on 4 March 1900.1 He was the son of Walter Bruce Shirk and Anna Grace Cormany.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

William Robert Shirk

M, b. 24 February 1872, d. 3 March 1873
     William Robert Shirk was born on 24 February 1872 at Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Benjamin Palmer Shirk and Sarah J. Moffett. William Robert Shirk died on 3 March 1873 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL, at age 1.1 He was buried in March 1873 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 673.

William Snyder Shirk

M, b. 24 August 1843
     William Snyder Shirk was born on 24 August 1843 at Franklin Co., PA. He was the son of Rev. Jacob Balmer Shirk and Susan Stouffer. William Snyder Shirk married Frances Hostain on 23 December 1868.

Children of William Snyder Shirk and Frances Hostain

William Snyder Shirk

M, b. 13 January 1878
     William Snyder Shirk was born on 13 January 1878. He was the son of William Snyder Shirk and Frances Hostain. William Snyder Shirk married Mary McDougall on 16 November 1901.

William St. Clair Shirk

M, b. 15 June 1856, d. 5 October 1922
     William St. Clair Shirk was born on 15 June 1856.1 He was the son of John Stouffer Shirk and Mary Bowles Miller. William St. Clair Shirk married Georgia Smith on 22 January 1880. William St. Clair Shirk married Hannah Witt on 19 October 1896.1 William St. Clair Shirk died on 5 October 1922 at age 66.

Children of William St. Clair Shirk and Georgia Smith

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 669.

William St. Clair Shirk

M, b. 17 September 1884, d. July 1971
     William St. Clair Shirk was born on 17 September 1884.1 He was the son of William St. Clair Shirk and Georgia Smith. William St. Clair Shirk died in July 1971 at Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 86.2

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 670.
  2. [S89] Social Security Death Index.

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

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.

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:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
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

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy.

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.

Arthur Louis Shirley

M, b. 11 July 1943, d. 30 December 1988
     Arthur Louis Shirley was also known as "Mickey". He was born on 11 July 1943 at Greene Co., NC. He began military service on 19 July 1960 Vietnam War service, enlisted, discharged 18 jul 1968. He married Judy Hurley on 21 September 1963 at Greene Co., OH. Arthur Louis Shirley died on 30 December 1988 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH, at age 45. He was buried in January 1989 at Byron Cemetery, Fairborn, Greene Co., OH, Findagrave #119137221.

Caroline Shirley

F
     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

M
     John Shirley married Elizabeth Hatfield, Elizabeth was John Shirley's third wife, as he had previously twice married and twice divorced.

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 changed 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 feuding Hatfields 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.

From Wikipedia:
After a Union attack on Carthage in 1864, the Shirleys moved to Scyene, Dallas County, Texas. According to legend, it was at Scyene that the Shirleys became associated with a number of Missouri-born criminals, including Jesse James and the Youngers. In fact, she knew the Younger brothers and the James boys because she had grown up with them in Missouri. Her brother, John A. M. "Bud" Shirley, was called Captain Shirley by local Confederate sympathizers. He does not appear on any list of Quantrill's Raiders, but rode with a group who were called partisans by some and bushwackers by Union sympathizers. Bud Shirley was killed in 1864 in Sarcoxie, Missouri, while he and another scout were eating at the home of a Confederate sympathizer. Union troops surrounded the house and when Bud attempted to escape, he was shot and killed.

Bella Shirley 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. 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.

Following the war, the Reed family also moved to Scyene and May Shirley married Jim Reed in 1866, after having had an earlier crush on him as a teen. Two years later, she gave birth to her first child, Rosie Lee (nicknamed Pearl). Belle always harbored a strong sense of style, which would feed into her later legend. A crack shot, she used to ride sidesaddle while dressed in a black velvet riding habit and a plumed hat, carrying two pistols, with cartridge belts across her hips. Jim turned to crime and was wanted for murder in Arkansas, which caused the family to move to California, where their second child, James Edwin (Eddie), was born in 1871.

Later returning to Texas, Jim Reed was involved with several criminal gangs. While Jim initially tried his hand at farming, he would grow restless and fell in with bad company—the Starr clan, a Cherokee Indian family notorious for whiskey, cattle, and horse thievery in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), as well as his wife's old friends the James and Younger gangs. In April 1874, despite a lack of any evidence, a warrant was issued for her arrest for a stagecoach robbery by her husband and others. Jim Reed was killed in August of that year in Paris, Texas, where he had settled down with his family.

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. 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.

Children:
Belle's son, Eddie Reed, was convicted of horse theft and receiving stolen property in July 1889. Judge Parker sent him to prison in Columbus, Ohio. Belle's daughter, Rosie Reed, also known as Pearl Starr, became a prostitute to raise funds for Eddie's release. She did eventually obtain a presidential pardon in 1893. Ironically, Eddie became a deputy in Fort Smith and killed two outlaw brothers named Crittenden in 1895, and was himself killed in a saloon in Claremore, Oklahoma on December 14, 1896

Pearl operated several bordellos in Van Buren and Fort Smith, Arkansas, from the 1890s to World War I.

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

More:

BY RICHARD D. ARNOTT

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 Commodore Reed, son of Solomon Reed and Susan Demanda Brock, 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, Oklahoma, at age 40.

Children of Myra Maybelle Shirley and James Commodore Reed

Citations

  1. [S4344] 1900 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 73; FHL #545572.

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

F
     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

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 308.

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

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 302.

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.

Citations

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

Henry B. Shisler1

M
     Henry B. Shisler married Irene Frederick.1

Child of Henry B. Shisler and Irene Frederick

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 302.

Rev. James B. Shisler1

M
     Rev. James B. Shisler married Sallie Frederick.1

Child of Rev. James B. Shisler and Sallie Frederick

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 255.