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George Orr Shirley
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1847, Ireland
Death: Apr. 25, 1935
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

George Orr Shirley was born 23 Jun 1847 in Aghadowey, likely Townland of Rhee, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and died 25 Apr 1935 in Quincy, Norfolk County, MA. He was the son of Ann Orr and Valentine Shirley, and married Mary Moodie on 2 Jan 1879 in Quincy, in a Methodist Church. Mary was born Apr 1857 in Quincy and died there 23 Sep 1933. She is the daughter of James Moodie and Agnes McGowan, who immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland. George and Mary Shirley are in Mt Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

As a child, George is said to have threaded needles for his mother and sisters as they did fine needlework to support the family. He immigrated to the U.S. on 21 December 1869, at the Port of New York the 1920 census says his naturalization was in 1896. He first went to Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, where he worked for a time as a fireman on a locomotive at the blast furnaces. In the spring of 1872, he went to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he learned the stone-cutting trade. He worked with granite. He was a charter member of the local granite cutters union. He later became a custodian of Lincoln and John Hancock Schools in Quincy, retiring in 1925 after 33 years. George was the first treasurer of the local YMCA in Quincy.

George had been a Presbyterian and he preferred that church, so he and two other men took steps to start the First United Presbyterian Church of Quincy, and George Orr Shirley was one of the first elders. George was there when the church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1934; family members donated funds and a chapel in the church was dedicated to the memory of George Orr Shirley and his wife, Mary Moodie Shirley. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary with a large reception, in January 1929. Their daughter Annie Agnes Shirley, reported that the reception was attended by "friends and relatives from far and near." George and Mary had five children Annie Agnes, Mary Elizabeth, Margaret Isabella, Jessie Orr Shirley, and George Valentine Shirley. Only their son had children.
Family links: 
  George Valentine Shirley (1804 - 1895)
  Ann Orr Shirley (1809 - 1895)
  Mary Moodie Shirley (1857 - 1933)*
  Annie Agnes Shirley (1880 - 1977)*
  Mary Elizabeth Shirley (1882 - 1977)*
  Margaret Isabella Shirley Turner (1884 - 1979)*
  George Valentine Shirley (1890 - 1990)*
  George Orr Shirley (1847 - 1935)
  Alexander Shirley (1853 - 1923)*
  Mary Ann Shirley Quigg (1855 - 1941)*
  Margaret Shirley Paul (1856 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Wollaston Cemetery
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Elaine Orr
Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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George Orr Shirley
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