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Samuel Shire

Male 1839 - 1927  (87 years)

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  • Name Samuel Shire 
    Born 07 May 1839  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census Data 1850  Wayne, Darke County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jacob Shire - Age 40
    Catherine Shire - Age 41
    David B Shire - Age 20
    Christopher Shire - Age 18
    Rebecca Shire - Age 14
    Samuel Shire - Age 11
    Elizabeth Shire - Age 9
    Fanny Shire - Age 6
    Isaac A Shire - Age 2
    Jacob L Shire - Age 1/12 
    Census Data 1860  Township 6 Range 13, Crawford County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel Shire - Age 21
    Margaret Shire - Age 17 
    Military 18 Feb 1862 
    Civil War Muster Date.
    Rank: Private
    Residence: Hardinsville, IL
    Remarks: Re-enlisted as Veteran 
    Military 21 Jan 1864  [2
    Civil War Muster Date.
    Rank: Veteran
    Residence: Hardinsville, IL
    Remarks: Mustered out 15 Oct 1865 
    • The Fifty-Fourth Infantry was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna, Illinois, by Colonel Thomas W. Harris, in November 1861, as a part of the “Kentucky Brigade”. It was mustered into United States service, February 18, 1862.

      February 24, 1862, ordered to Cairo, Illinois. March 14, moved to Columbus, Kentucky. Three companies were stationed at Humboldt, Tennessee, during the fall of 1862, and, December 18, the Regiment was ordered to Jackson, Tennessee. December 20, marched to Lexington, Tennessee, and returned on the 22d. 24th, marched to Britton’s Lane and Toon’s Station, returning December 28. Meantime General Forrest captured detachments of the Regiment, stationed on the railroad, and destroyed nearly all the records. The balance of the records were lost by the Quartermaster’s Detachment, in transit from Columbus to Jackson. Remained at Jackson, with two companies at Medon Station, and two at Toon’s, during January, February and March, 1863. In April, went to Corinth, and returned.

      Left Jackson for Vicksburg, as part of the Third Brigade, Second Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, Brigadier General Nathan Kimball commanding Division, May 30, 1863. June 2d, arrived at Haines Bluff, on Yazoo River. Was on the extreme left of Sherman’s army, on the Big Black, confronting Johnson’s army, on the Canton road.

      July 24th, 1863, ordered to Helena, as a part of General Steele’s expedition against Little Rock, Arkansas. August 13th, marched, and September 10th, arrived at Little Rock. October 15th, moved to Benton and Rockport, and returned.

      January 1864, three-fourths of the Regiment re-enlisted, as veteran volunteers, and were mustered February 9th, 1864. Left for Mattoon, Illinois, for veteran furlough, March 28th. Veteran furlough having expired, the Regiment re-assembled at Mattoon. The same day an organized gang of Copperheads, led by Sheriff O’Hair, attacked some men of the Regiment at Charleston, killing Major Shubal York, Surgeon, and four privates, and wounding Colonel G. M. Mitchell. One hour later the Regiment arrived from Mattoon and occupied the town, capturing some of the most prominent traitors.

      April 12th, moved to Cairo. 14th, to Columbus. 16th, to Paducah. Left Paducah 22d, and arrived at Little Rock 30th.

      May 18th, left for Brownsville. Moved, 19th, in pursuit of General Shelby, and arrived at Little Rock 30th. June 25th, moved to Duvall’s Bluff, and thence to Clarendon. Fought Shelby on the 26th. Returned on the 29th. August 5th, assigned to guard 16 miles of Memphis and Little Rock railroad, having five stations, with two companies at each. August 24, was attacked by Shelby, with 4,000 men and 4 pieces of artillery, and one station captured. Six companies were concentrated at a station, by Colonel Mitchell, and fought five hours, when their hay breast-works being burned by the enemy’s shell, they were driven out and captured by detail. Loss, Lieutenant Thomas P. James and 13 men killed, and 35 wounded. Companies F and H, at a distant station, were not attacked. Were paroled at Jacksonport, Arkansas, and arrived at Benton Barracks, Missouri, September 9, 1864.

      The Regiment was exchanged December 5, 1864, and arrived at Hickory Station, on Memphis and Little Rock railroad, January 18, 1865, and remained as railroad guard until June 6, 1865. Arrived at Pine Bluff, June 9, 1865. Marched, August 18, and arrived at Fort Smith, Arkansas, August 30. October 4, marched, and arrived at Little Rock, October 6.

      Mustered out October 15, 1865. Arrived at Camp Butler, Illinois, October 26, and was discharged.

      Since the organization the Regiment has had 1,342 enlisted men and 71 commissioned officers.
    Census Data 1870  Highland, Greene County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John McIndoo - Age 31
    Polina McIndoo - Age 32
    Charles F McIndoo - Age 12
    Samuel Shire - Age 31
    Martha Shire - Age 27 
    Census Data 1880  Logan, Mitchell County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel Shire - Age 40
    Jane Shire - Age 42 
    Census Data 1900  Agnes, Lyon County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel Shire - Age 61
    Martha Shire - Age 57 
    Census Data 1910  South Cement, Caddo County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel Shire - Age 71
    Martha J Shire - Age 67 
    • 1910 Census shows one child born and zero living. No records yet found of children.
    Census Data 1920  Wichita Ward 6, Sedgwick County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel Shire - Age 80 
    Died 06 Mar 1927  Wichita, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 08 Mar 1927  Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Summary of information contained in about 500 pages of affidavits, correspondence, records, decisions, etc. in the Civil War Pension Records from the Veterans Administration files covering the period from 1861 to 1945.

      Samuel Shire was born Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, May 7 1839 – parents Jacob and Catherine Boyer Shire. Samuel lived with his parents until his marriage. He married Martha Jane Sprague, 18 Dec 1859 in Crawford County, Illinois. One son was born to Samuel and Martha Jane. – William Henry Shire – born Nov 14, 1860. Died May 1, 1869. Buried in Crawford County, Illinois – probably Martin Twp.

      Samuel enlisted in the Army – Co G, 64th IL Infantry, Dec 9, 1861 – Discharged Oct 15, 1865. Spent much of his service time in hospitals with illnesses. Was captured by Confederates and held prisoner about a month but was paroled because of illness and released to go home where he remained on leave for some time.

      Samuel maintained throughout his life that he had numerous ailments that were acquired while in service or were due to service connected conditions. Chronic Diarrhea, Kidney Disease, Rectal Disease – Piles, Hydrocele – Left Testicle, Weak Back, Lumbago, Rheumatism, among other things.

      He resided in Crawford County for a time after his discharge in 1865. Apparently in early 1870s or late 1860s, Samuel and Martha moved to Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas where he engaged in farming. They resided in this area apparently until about 1890s. In 1901 they were living at Allen, Lyon County, Kansas and in 1907 they resided near Bushong, Lyon County, Kansas (near Emporia).

      In 1909, they were living at Cement, Caddo County, Oklahoma. His wife of over 50 years, Martha Jane died at Cement Aug 10, 1910 and is buried there.

      Her brother W.S. Sprague resided at Beloit at the time Samuel lived at Beloit and later, W.S. Sprague age 81 and Martha’s sister, Ellen Sprague Allison age 69, both resided in Wichita when Samuel moved to Wichita about 1911.

      In the 1870s Samuel started applying for Disability Pensions. He continually filed applications along with affidavits of friends and neighbors as well as affidavits signed by James and Elizabeth Groves (his sister) and Jacob L Shire (nephew) who in 1890 was living in Beloit working for Samuel. All affidavits attested to the fact that Samuel was in ill health, was weak, had a bad back, Diarrhea, etc.

      The War Dept. had doctors examine him for all the alleged ailments. Each time, the doctors stated they found no disability due to any of the causes. Samuel never gave up. He kept at his appeals until finally in late 1890s he was granted a $6.00 per month pension. He kept appealing for increases. In 1900s t was increased to $30 per month. He continued to appeal for increases. His eyesight was failing. In 1926, a year before his death, his pension was $90.

      After the death of his wife, Martha, he moved to Wichita, Kansas and on May 16, 1912, was living at 1904 S. Santa Fe in Wichita.

      On Sept 8, 1912, Samuel, age 73, married a Myrtle Blaylock Harper, age 36, widow of another Civil War veteran, with 3 sons living with her. She was illiterate and as it turned out, was a woman of ill-repute. The marriage was a disaster for Samuel. They did not get along. On at least five occasions she left taking with her some of Samuel’s property, leaving Samuel without care. She started numerous efforts to get half of his pension which at the time was only $30.00. Would have left him with only $15.00 per month.

      It then became a battle of affidavits as to who deserted who, character, who was abusing who, etc. Samuel’s friends stated under oath that she was mean to Samuel, beat him with broom handles and other objects, blacked his eyes with her fists, and on at least one occasion, locked him in a room and left the house with the key. They also stated she (Myrtle) was a whore, street walker, not a faithful and dutiful wife. She entertained men in rooming houses as well as at her mother’s home.

      She filed affidavits that he was abusive to her, would not provide food for her, that he called her all kinds of names and that she was a respectable woman. One of the affidavits was from her mother. She was unsuccessful in getting half of his pension. She accused him of wife desertion when she was the one that moved out. On one occasion, she caused him to be arrested and jailed on charge of wife desertion and non support. The charges were dismissed. He was 77 at the time.

      His eyesight was failing more – cataracts – and was becoming more dependent on help. He got an increase to $60.00 per month in his pension.

      In April 1919 she entered the hospital for allegedly an operation for an abdominal tumor. The doctors stated they had given her ether in preparation for surgery. One of the doctors performed an examination and discovered she was about to give birth to a child. On April 12, 1919, Myrtle gave birth to a son. She maintained Samuel was the father. The birth certificate sates Father – Samuel Shires – age 80. Mother – Myrtle Harper Shires – age 43.

      Child – Roy Kindred Shires, later known as LeRoy K. Shires.

      Samuel denied parentage and had several doctors who attested that he was incapable of fathering a child because of his condition and genital injury in the Civil War. She had been seen numerous times with other men going into rooming houses. She deserted Samuel for the last time in July 1919. The thing that led to her leaving this time – was that her 21 year old son was bringing women into Samuel’s home, taking them into a bedroom and locking the door. Samuel finally ordered him to leave saying he was not going to bring women there for immoral purposes. Myrtle said that if her son had to leave she was going too. Samuel told her she could go. She filed for separate maintenance and support. Later, in 1923 a divorce was granted. Samuel was then 84 and blind. He had nothing left except his pension. She had cleaned him out. A neighbor took him in and took care of him for the rest of his life. When he died in 1927, age 88, Bronchial Pneumonia and Influenza – he had less than $200 left. No other property except a few clothes. The lady who cared for him used the money to pay doctor, hospital and medicine, and had $95 left to pay on funeral bill. There was a balance of $100 on funeral bill. She appealed to the V.A. for help on the funeral bill but was rejected. Apparently the balance of the bill remained unpaid as Mrs. J.T. Foster, the lady who cared for him, received a statement from the funeral home in 1937, ten years later. Downing Mortuary of Wichita handled the arrangements.

      Samuel Shire died in near poverty, without any family support, in Wichita Hospital, March 6, 1927. Listed residence at time of death 1942 South Santa Fe, Wichita which was the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Foster who cared for him during his final years. He was buried in the Old Soldiers Circle in Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita.

      Samuel was 5 ft. 5 inches in height and never weighed over 140-145 lbs. His pension was increased to $90 per month in 1926. Other service records listed him as 5 ft. 7 inches. Anyway he was not a tall man. In fact most of the Shire men were apparently short.

      Samuel’s sister, Elizabeth Groves, had possession of the Family Bible of Jacob and Catherine Shire. Probably some of her descendents retained possession for some time.

      James M. Groves, husband of Elizabeth Groves, operated the Cottage Hotel in Oblong, Illinois in 1893. Rooms rented for $1.50 per night. Two sheets of hotel stationary are among the VA Pension File with a statement written by James Groves on them. There is also a statement notarized by Edward T. Shire as a Notary Public.

      Itemized funeral expense:
      - Casket $102.00
      - Outside Case $12.00
      - Embalming $25.00
      - Burial Robe $12.00
      - Hearse Service $10.00
      - 2 Automobiles $14.00
      - Minister and singers $10.00
      - Cemetery Expense $10.00
      - Total $195.00
      - Paid $95.00
      - Balance $100.00

      Funeral held on March 8, 1927 and interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

      The son, said to have been Samuels by Myrtle Harper, was mentally and physically retarded. A guardian was appointed for him. The guardian applied for a pension for LeRoy as a dependent of a Civil War Veteran. After much negotiation with the Veterans Administration, a dependent’s pension was awarded on the basis that LeRoy K. Shires was helpless and a moron and would never be able to live independently. A lawyer in Wichita was appointed guardian to receive and control the expenditure of the pension funds while LeRoy continued to live with his mother and step brothers.

      In 1944 however, LeRoy was drafted into the Army – age 24. His pension was stopped. After 6 months he was discharged as “inept and mentally deficient”. He then went to Chicago where he lived with a woman from Wichita and worked in a Defense plant for a while helping to build airplane engines for B-29s. This job lasted a short time. He then went to Fort Scott, Kansas where he worked for a Rock Crusher or Concrete plant.

      After further testing and investigation, the VA ruled that it was apparent that LeRoy was capable of working at some type of gainful employment although it might be limited. His pension was completely terminated. No information is known as to what ever happened to him after 1945.

      Although he was considered to be legally the son of Samuel Shire, Samuel denied such parentage. It is very doubtful that he was the son of Samuel (biological that is).

      So ends the saga of the last 60 years of a brother of my great grandfather David B. Shire. My grandfather, E.A.Shire, son of David B. Shire, and nephew of Samue, operated a dairy at Wellington, Kansas (30 miles from Wichita) during the last 7 years of Samuel’s life. Apparently neither of them knew about the other’s location or did not acknowledge each other. My uncle Ivan Shire, son of E.A., told me last August he knew nothing about a Samuel Shire.

      It seems sad that Samuel lived his last years in such turbulent conditions and died without family. With all his illness and ailments for so many years, he outlived his brothers and sisters.

      I read somewhere that Samuel taught school in Kansas for two years in his early years.

      Lowell W. Shire
      January 1, 1988
    Person ID P2310345357  Conrad Shire Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2008 

    Father Jacob Shire,   b. 19 Jan 1809, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1867, Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Catherine Boyer,   b. 05 Jun 1809, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jan 1888, Annapolis, Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 20 Aug 1829  Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jacob and Catherine Marriage Announcement
    Jacob and Catherine Marriage Announcement
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Martha Jane Sprague,   b. Oct 1842, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1910, Cement, Caddo County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1859  Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
     1. William Henry Shire,   b. 14 Nov 1860, Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1869, Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2008 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Myrtle Blalock,   b. Nov 1879, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 08 Sep 1912  Wichita, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Divorced 1923 
     1. Roy Kindred Shire,   b. 12 Apr 1919, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1983, Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F1218  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Shire Family Bible.

    2. [S1] Illinois GenWeb, (, (Reliability: 3).
      Adjutant General's Report Transcribed

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    3. [S5] Illinois Marriage Index (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S8] Document, ( (Reliability: 3).