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John Shirer1,2

b. 1735, d. 7 March 1817

Family Elizabeth Unknown b. circa 26 May 1741, d. 26 February 1829
Marriage*   Principal=Elizabeth Unknown1,2 
Child  1. Peter Shirer Sr. b. 10 Dec 1769, d. 10 Mar 1846

Note*   John supposedly came to Somerset Co., PA. from Frederick Co., MD. sometime after 1800. There are some rent records that show a John Sharra in 1768 and a John Shir living in Frederick in 1783. There are also land records for a Johannes Shirer in Philadelphia Co., PA. in March 3, 1742, and John Shirer in York Co., Manheim Twp., PA. Whether these are the same John Shirer is yet to be determined. His name is listed as Shirer so either he or his parents changed the spelling on reaching America from the original Scheurer.

It is possible that John had some other children possibly a daughter Susannah who married a George Ohler in Frederick, MD and another daughter Margaret Shiror whose will was witnessed by Andrew Oler. He also sold some land possibly around 1790 before he left for Somerset to the Ohlers.

See the article by Lois June Orton for other information on John.

Name Variation   John Shirey 
Name Variation   Johan Scheurer 
Marriage*   Principal=Elizabeth Unknown1,2 
Birth* 1735   
Burial* March 1817  Old Cemetery, Salisbury, Somerset Co., PA, Inscription: Died the 7th March 1817 John Shirer Aged 82 Years
(Etched on a piece of field stone)3
Death* 7 March 1817  Salisbury, Somerset Co., PA4 

  1. [S31] The Shirar Family, Ara Shirar.
  2. [S32] Joan Handtke Personal Research, Joan Handtke.
  3. [S28] UInion Cemetery, Salisbury, Somerset Co., PA, online
  4. [S28] UInion Cemetery, Salisbury, Somerset Co., PA, online, (Small triangular well weathered stone) DIED THE 7TH MARCH 1817 JOHN SHIRER AGED 82 YEARS

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