The Families of Adam Keith



George Benjamin Shirley [1821-1906]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Elizabeth [Keith] [m. Joseph] Shirley4>George Benjamin Shirley5

The Waterloo Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Monday Evening, May 28, 1906


Geo. Shirley Passes Away


Pioneer of Poyner Township Passes to the Beyond. He Came to Black Hawk County in 1858.


George Shirley, a pioneer settler of Black Hawk county, passed away at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at his home, five miles east of this city, at the age of 85 years. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the house and burial will be in Poyner cemetery. The funeral is held from the home because of the ill health of Mrs. Shirley, who has been very frail since last December. The pall bearers will be chosen from among the pioneers of this part of the county.


Mr. Shirley came to Black Hawk county in 1858, settling on a farm of 800 acres east of this city, to which was later added 200 acres. He was born in Morgan Co., O., Dec. 22,1821. He came here with his parents bringing his household effects in wagons overland. He drove four horses and eleven head of cows, making the journey without mishap or inconvenience, although the country was filled with Indians. Mr. Shirley by his industry and improved methods of farming brought his big farm under an ideal state of cultivation. The buildings were abundant and built for the comfort of the stock and the convenience of those who cared for them. The Shirley farm has long been known as an ideal country home, with orchards and shade trees in abundance and with all of the improvements which comfort and convenience could suggest.


Mr. Shirley was twice married. His first wife was Louisa Clogston, who died in Illinois, leaving one son, George, who is a resident of Oregon. On May 21, 1857, Mr. Shirley married Hannah S. Pierce, who was born in Delaware Co., N. Y., and reared in Pennsylvania. The children of the second marriage were Elizabeth A., Joseph, Bird B., Abbie, Della and Dora (twins), and Charles. Joseph lives on the home place; Bird B. has been a teamster in Waterloo, Alvin A. a farmer in Barclay, Abbie is the widow of Charles Kimble, of Knox Co., Neb., Della is the wife of William Prangley of Hancock, S. D.; Dora is the wife of Edward Engle of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Charles is a private in the United States army, belonging to the 32nd regiment coast artillery, stationed at Ft. Baker, Calif. Mr. Shirley was a member of the Methodist church and was a devoted Christian.