|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1873|
Maritime Entrepreneur. John T. Shirley was a steamboat captain and builder. He was also the President of his own company, John T. Shirley & Co. He was well known in the city of Memphis for his philanthropy and for his large and lovely home on Promenade Street.
However, his greatest claim to fame came during the Civil War when he was selected to build two Ironclads for the Confederacy, the CSS Arkansas and the CSS Tennessee.
September 10, 1873
Memphis, Sept. 9--Flags on the steamers in port were at half-mast to-day in respect to the memory of Capt. John T. Shirley, the veteran commander, who died at his residence in Promenade street this morning of congestive chills. He was a native of Louisville, and builder of the famous Confederate ram Arkansas, and several others.
Cause of death: congestion and/or yellow fever. Source: Elmwood Burial Records and Shelby County Death Register.
In the 1860 Census Capt. Shirley's real estate and personal property is valued at $17,500. The following are in his household:
Virginia, his wife, age 34
George, age 26, his brother, real estate valued at $10,000
Carilla, age 24, his sister
Sarah, age 64, his mother
Paul Rice, age 19, his nephew
In the 1870 Census his family has moved to Louisville Kentucky and he is now in business as the proprietor of a hotel with J.M. McCorkle. His personal estate is valued at $6500. With him are:
Virginia, age 40, his wife
Sarah, age 70, his mother,
Corilla, age 30, his sister, her estate is valued at $3000
Virginia, age 9, I believe this to be his daughter.
Paul Shirley (____ - 1834)
Sarah Caperton Gibson Shirley (1776 - 1876)
Virginia A. Shirley (____ - 1873)
Carilla J Shirley (____ - 1918)*
George H. Shirley (____ - 1867)*
Mary Ann Shirley Rice (1818 - 1899)*
Paul Shirley (1821 - 1876)*
John T. Shirley (1823 - 1873)
James A Shirley (1825 - 1847)*
Note: If he ever had a marker it is long gone.
Plot: Lot 538 1/2, Chapel Hill
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Feb 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105081738
Mary & Kent
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