The Families of Adam Keith



John William Shirley [1836-1929]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Julia [Keith] m. [Lewis] Shirley4>John William Shirley5

1883 History of Bremer County [IA] page 1019-1020


John W. Shirley, was born in LaPorte county, Indiana, on the 3d day of October, 1836. When he was five years of age his parents moved to Winnebago county, Illinois, where John was reared on his father's farm, and received an education in the common schools. In the spring of 1864, he left his home and for nearly two years engaged in mining in Nevada. Returning to his former home, he passed a short time, and in 1866, came to Iowa, locating in Douglas township, Bremer county, and the year following his arrival bought the farm on which he has since lived. This land comprises 240 acres on section 10, and three, and ten acres of timber in the township of Frederika. Mr. Shirley has held the office of trustee for two terms, as well as other town and school offices, and is presently chairman of the board of trustees. He was married in Schenectady county, New York, in 1859, to Mary A. Rainbow, a native of New York, who died in Illinois in the spring of 1864. On the 19th day of November, 1868, Mr. Shirley married Miss Elizabeth E. Felt, who was born September 21, 1843, and who is a native of Madison county, New York. Two children have been born to them-Mary Delia born September 26, 1869, Raymond Felt, born August 13, 1882