Posted by Ray Shirley on September 09, 1999 at 22:21:35:
In Reply to: Thomas Shirley branch #39 SnowHill, TN posted by Stephanie Shirley on September 07, 1999 at 14:50:33:
: I am the great-great-great granddaughter of Thomas Shirley buried in the Shirley cemetary in SnowHill, TN. I am curious if anyone can give me a description of the Shirley Plantation (in the Hamiliton Co. Tn area) that burned down not to long after the Civil War. This was the property that was reclaimed after a supreme court battle (I have the original documents) from a northerner Mr. Monger. I have recently acquired documents and some photos from this era. I have a strong desire to know what this Plantation looked like. My father was William L. Shirley, his father was James Brown Shirley, his father Thomas Jr. Thanks for any help!
You and I need to exchange data. I have researched Thomas Sr. and Thomas Jr. and would be happy to exchange info with you. The Shirley plantation lay in a beautiful valley East of the Tennessee River and between the river and White Oak Mountain. The land is low, rolling hills with good drainage. Two creeks flowed through the property, Long Savannah Creek and Ooltewah Creek. The Shirley cemetery is located on the bank of Long Savannah Creek. It is well kept and easily reached. I have a copy of an 1835 map showing the location of the Shirley lands. There is an overlook on I-75 going South just as the interstate begins a descent down into the valley. It provides a grand vista of the countryside.
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