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Shirley family collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: G-047

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from Ellen Shirley and others as well as a Shirley family history by Evelyn P. Shirely in Balitmore, Maryland and England ranging from about 1860 to the 1920s regarding the Shirley family and their friends.


  • 1860 - 1910

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Genealogy Division.

Biographical / Historical

William Shirley was born January 20, 1816 in London, England. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Anness Shirley a earthenware dealer. William was sent to Brussels to learn the queensware business. At 18 he traveled to Baltimore Maryland where he started working in a wholesale crockery business. He purchased a crockery business in 1843 and later sold it in 1855. He married Ellen G. Davis June 20, 1840. They were the parents of Eliza, Henry C., Hannah, and William W. Shirley. Ellen Shirley died August 26, 1898. William Shirley died December 19, 1900. Both William and Ellen are buried in Green Mount Cemetery along with two of their children.

Association, Shirley Family. n.d. William Shirley of Hanley Staffordshire (cont.). Accessed 12 14, 2022. Find a Grave. n.d. William Shirley. Accessed 12 10, 2022.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by the Genealogy Division as a records transfer from the Indianpolis Public Library as part of the Darragh Collection in 1951


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/21 by Sarah Pfundstein. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/22 by Sarah Pfundstein.
Shirley family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.