The Families of Adam Keith

Inventors and their inventions


Wagon wheel tightener


Silas Shirley [1823-after 1910]


Ancestry:  Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith 3>Julia [Keith] m. [Lewis] Shirley 4>Silas Shirley5

United State Patent Office


Silas Shirley of Santa Clara California


Letters Patent No. 78,141, dated May 19, 1868


Improvement in Tire [Wagon Wheel] Tightener


To all whom it may concern:


Be it known that I, Silas Shirley, of the city and county of Santa Clara, State of California, have invented an Improved Device for Regulating the Set of Wagon-Tires; I hereby declare the following description and accompanying drawings are sufficient to enable any person skilled in the art or science to which it most nearly appertains to make and use my said invention or improvements without further invention or experiment.


My invention relates to an improved device for regulating the set of wagon-tires, so that they can be easily made to fit closely when the wheel becomes dry, or they may be slackened, if so tight as to warp and alter the shape of the wheel, the whole work being easily done by the teamster without either taking off or cutting the tire.


U. S. Census Information


1870 CA>Santa Clara>Redwood Father Sherley 47 PA hotel keeper, Lucy 51 PA, Sarah 20 IL, George 17 IL, Rufus Barrows 17 IL, William Barrows 15 IL