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Valentine Scheurer Sr.1,2

Male
b. 9 December 1760, d. 28 September 1840


Family Elizabeth Kirby b. 1758, d. 9 September 1835
Marriage*   Principal=Elizabeth Kirby 
Children  1. Solomon Scheurer b. 12 Apr 1779
  2. John Jacob Scheurer b. 15 Nov 1786, d. 17 Apr 1843
  3. John Peter Scheurer b. 26 Aug 1788 or 28 Aug 1788, d. 2 Dec 1862
  4. Catherine Shirer b. 1790
  5. Elizabeth "Betsy" Shirer b. 17 Jul 1790 or 17 Jul 1791, d. 14 Feb 1862
  6. David "Davy" Shirar b. 7 Mar 1792, d. 4 Jun 1868 or 6 Jun 1868
  7. Anna Maria "Mary" Shirar b. c 9 May 1794, d. 7 Apr 1872
  8. Valentine Shirer Jr. b. 20 Aug 1797, d. 24 Jan 1881
  9. Hanna L. Shirar b. 20 Jun 1803, d. 27 Mar 1875

Note   Baptism Records where Valentine and or Elizabeth were recorded in the New Hope Lutheran Church Records:

Valentine Shwiger, born 4 Sep 1811, bap. 4 Mar 1812, parents Jacob Shwiger & wife Elizabeth, Sponsors Valentine Scheurer and wife Elizabeth, Pastor Anthony Weyer

Elizabeth Stoiner (Stoner), born 10 Jan 1812, bap. 2 Apr 1812, parents George Stoiner & wife Elizabeth, Sponsors Valentine Scheurer and wife Elizabeth, Pastor Anthony Weyer

Eliza Bender (Bainter), born 12 Oct 1812, bap.3 Mar 1813, parents Jacob Bender & wife Elizabeth, Sponsors V. Scheurer and wife Elizabeth, Pastor Anthony Weyer

Lucinta Scheurer, born 6 Jan 1814, bap.3 Jul 1814, parents Peter Scheurer & wife Catherina, Sponsors William (Valentine) Scheurer and wife Elizabeth, Pastor Anthony Weyer
3 
Note*   Valentine Scheurer married Elizabeth Kirby in Berks Co., PA. There they had their first three sons Solomon, John Jacob and John Peter. Evidence of this appears in the Delong's Reformed Church birth and baptism records. No other record shows them there after 1789.

Tax lists place him in Rockland and Ruscombmanor townships from 1786-1789. He is listed as Valentine Sheirer. 1786-1788 he is listed as being married. The 1789 record lists him as a "soujourner" which equates to one travelling without a home. If he had sold his possesions there in preparation for the move to Bedford Co., this would certainly be true.

There is a listing for a Valentine Scherrer in LondonDerry Twp, Bedford Co. in the list of men over the age of 16 eligible for service in the militia. This comes from the PA archives Sixth Series. In VOlume 3 of this series he is listed as Valentine Shirrer along with Andrew Shirer as imhabintants of Londonderry Twp made subject to the Miltia Laws on 23 Jan 1789.

This Andrew Shirer is listed in the Tax and Exoneration lists for Londonderry Twp, Bedford twp for 1787-1789. Listed in this lists as a Single Freeman is Valentine Shirer. He may have been regarded as single as he may have left Elizabeth and children in Berks Co. while he made a home for them in Bedford. He would follow this same procedure when they moved to Muskingum Co., OH in that he left the family in PA and he and a few older boys went to Ohio to prepare their homestead.

LondonDerry and Bedford Co. were broken up into many townships and also gave birth to Somerset Co. The area where he was living is now known as Southhampton Twp., Somerset Co. which also gave birth to NorthHampton Twp and others. He shows up there again in the list of Heads of Households in 1790 as Valentine Sharer. He is listed in the Southhampton Twp, Tax Lists from 1800 to 1807. He is believed to have lived close to Adam Scheurer near Kennel Mills near the border of Bedford and Somerset counties.

The 1800 census lists him as Valentine Sheirer in Southamption twp. Also list there is John Sheirer who's age is listed in the 45+ column. His wife is included also in the same age group along with a female in the 10-15 year age group. This is possibly the father of Valentine and maybe also Adam. Adam is not listed in this census in Southampton and would not be included in either Valentine or John's household. If this was Valentine's father yuou woud expect him to be in his household in the 1790 census since Valentine is not listed in the Londonderry Twp, Bedford Co., listing but John Shirer is listed as himself and his wife.

In 1805 tax lists Valentine shows up as Valentin Shyrik and also as Valentine Shiery along with Adam Shiery which comes from a list of taxable inhabitants of Southampton Twp. It is also worth mentioning other names found on that list: Christian and Adam Starts (Sturtz), Ph. Shryer, Barnard Stoner, Jacob, Richard and Daniel Gaumer and Jost Leidig, many names that also appear in Muskingum Co., OH. when Valentine shows up there.

Valentine was a Farmer but he also was a blacksmith and was listed in the tax records of Somerset Co. and Berks Co., PA as a weaver. Many of the early settlers had to have many skills but it would apear that Valentine had been trained originally as a weaver. Evidence of this has been passed down from Valentine Sr to Wayne Arthur Shirer whose widow, Mary L. Shirer, is in possesion of a coverlet said to be woven by Valentine. A picture of this coverlet can be found in the Shirer Photo Album.

The book, "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania", page 578 on Southampton Twp., lists Val. Shyry in the taxable inhabitants of the township in 1805. In describing the pioneers of the township, it includes a mention of Valentine Shiery, a blacksmith as an early pioneer. This agrees with what the tax records of the township show.

Valentine was listed as Valentine Scheurer in the early New Hope Church records and is buried there as Valentine Shirrar.

One source has him marrying Lished Scheivn. This is probably a bad interpertation of Elisabeth Scheurer as handwritten in some record.

It is no longer my opinion that he was a son of Ulrich Scheurer. Two of the possibilities were John Peter Scheurer and Jacob Scheurer. John Peter was Valentine's son Peter's baptism sponsor. Through DNA testing of a direct male descendants of Peter Scheruer/Shearer who moved to Franklin Co., PA, he is not a match so is removed from any possibility of a connection.

Another possibility is Johannes Scheurer who was born in Alsace, France. Tax records place him and sons Philip, Jacob, Ludwig and Charles in Rockland Twp along with Valentine. Also found there is Standly Kirby, a possible parent to Elizabeth Kirby, Valentine's wife. However a property vakuation filed by Johannes' son Ludwig after he died intestate, lists all 14 children and Valentine is not one of them. SInce they all lived in the same township for a while it seems likely they are connected somehow.

The other possibility is Hans Scheurer whose line is documented in the book "Eighteenth Century Emigrants the Northern Alsace." Many of his children were weavers like Valentine and beside Johannes Scheurer, his was the only other documented line in Berks besides Ulrich. TGhere is always a chance that Valentine may be related to the Scheurers in Lehigh where the Gaumers were located but they may be connected to the Johannes and Hans Scheurer lines as well.

Valentine's oldest son Solomon is also a mystery. It is listed in the records of Delongs Reformed Church in Maxatawny township, Berks, Co., PA., that he is the son of Valentine and Elizabeth Scheurer, the same as Jacob and Peter. He is listed however in the Early PA Birth book as being the son of John and Elizabeth Scheurer. This might mean that Valentine was Johann Valentine Scheurer or that Solomon is not his son. Delong's records have been fairly accurate so until other proof surfaces, Solomon will remain the son of Valentine and Elizabeth. He does not however come with the family to Bedford Co. and also does not show on any other record in berks Co. It is assumed he died in childhood and never reached the age to marry of move with the family west.

Valentine moved to Washington Twp in Muskingum County OH. around 1804 from Somerset County, PA. It would appear he retained his land in Southampton as evidenced by the tax records. They first settled near the Muskingum River about three miles SE of Dresden. This land was purchased in 1813 from Andrew Anderson of Jefferson township and was sold in 1815 to John Stoner who would deed the land to his son in law Hugh King. The Shirers moved to a section of land about five miles up the Symms Creek Valley in Adams Twp. on Sections 25 and 16.

The Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio states that Madison township "was taken from Jefferson township by an order of the county commissioners dated July 2, 1819. It was originally bounded on the north by the county line, on the east by Monroe and Salem townships, on the south by Washington township and on the west by the Muskingum river." The sale of the land in question being in 1813 and 1815, according to the deeds, and Madison township not yet being formed means the deed showing the sale of land to Valentine Shirey in 1813 in Washington township would become Madison township after the latter was formed in 1819.

Also in the History mentioned above was the following:

"The southwest quarter of section 19 on Symmes creek was entered by Wyllis Silliman, who sold it to James Sprague, a Nova Scotian, who settled on it in 1802. Valentine Shriver, a Swiss, located two years later on the northeast quarter of section 23."

This was Valentine Shirer. It would put him in NE quarter of section 23. Since section 23 wasn't really a full section, it would have contained at least 320 acres. A quarter of that would be about 80 acres so I am not sure exactly what the size of that section was but it certainly would seem the placement next to land owned by J. Sharp looks like the deed does identify that particular piece of land. A title search would probably show the transfer from John Stoner into the eventual hands of Hugh King, son-in-law of John Stoner who Valentine sold the tract to in 1815.

While living in on that tract of land in Washington Twp, Muskingum Co., Valentine had an opportunity to buy a large tract of land near the Muskingum River below Dresden which was very rich soil for the sum of one dollar per acre. This land extended all the way to the State Dam. Instead Valentine, who much preferred hilly land which was what he was used to in PA, bought the land his family settled on for between $1.50 and $2.00 per acre. he also turned down the chance to buy the John B. Slack farm for $.75 an acre but turned it down as not being hilly enough.

It would later turn out that the land below Dresden would be purchased by men named Stump and Copeland and would be the most fertile and best producing farm land in Muskingum Co. Valentine remained satisfied with his purchase and never mentioned the missed opportunity.

The Shirer's acquired much land in Adams, Madison, Washington, Salem, and Highland Townships. Valentine's land in Adams township where he lived was located on Section 16 and 25. The land in Madison Twp was in Section 20 which bordered section 16 in Adams Twp. Today the center of section 16 can be found on the corner of Bethesda Church Road and County Road 208. There are the ruins of many buildings there today, some which probably date back to the mid 1800s as they have a stone foundation. The ruins of the mill built by David and Valentine Jr. on Symms Creek has yet to be found but would have been in the center of section 20 in Madison Twp. where is located an earthen dam on the north branch of the creek. By 1916, the land in section 25 had come into the possesion of M.J. Steele. The land in section 16 of the northeast-quarter of Adams Township had come into the possession of W.R. Doughty by 1916, while their land in the south-east quarter of that section had come into the possession of Harry Studer by 1916. Their land in section 20 of Madison Township was later owned by Allen Doughty. Of the 250 acres of Shirer land in Washington Township, 95 acres was transferred to John Stoner, while Valentine Jr. retained 155 acres which he later deeded to his son Daniel. This was later sold to Martin Echleberry in 1881. The Shirer family owned land and many lots in and around Adamsville, Ohio.2 
News/Obit*   From the book Zanesville and Muskingum Co., Ohio by Thomas W. Lewis, 1927. Chapter XIII (selected text)

Pg 126 - Madison Township

     In 1800 Jacob Swigert settled on the Muskingum, built a cabin and cleared field. The place changed hands twice within a year. J. S. Copland was the first buyer and John Bainter the second. Judge Wyllys Silliman entered a quarter section of land on Symmes Creek and sold it to James Sprague, a Canadian, in 1802. In 1804 John Stoner and Valentine Shirer became settlers and in 1808 George Adams, a Virginian, built the township's first hewed-log house.

     In 1817 the first brick house was built by Charles Copland, who had settled near the mouth of Symmes Creek. George Stoner and Elizabeth Shriver (Shirer) led off as the first couple to be mearried. Godfrey Bainter was the first resident to die (in 1805). His body was laid away in the woods, a part of which became the township's oldest cemetery.

Pg 127 - Off His High Horse

     The first distillery went into operation at a point below the mouth of Wakatomica Creek in 182. Alexander Struthers provided the settlers with the first grist mill, on the south branch of Symmes Creek, above the forks, in 1813. In 1818 he added a saw mill. A second saw mill was built by Valentine Shirer and his brother Davis, in the forks of the Creek in 1833.

Pg 131 - Adams Township

     By 1810 David Brelsford, Jacob Hashmer and Hugh Ballentine were located and by 1818 Benjamin Whitebury, John and William Campbell. Abraham Wisecarver, Caleb Bidwell, Samuel Monroe, Robert Osborn, William Barton, Valentine Shirer and Anthony Slater were in the Neighborhood.

     David Brelsford was the first Blacksmith: David Sigert (Swigert) operated the first sawmill: the first marriage was that of David Shirer and Lydia Gaumer.4 
Image*   Valentine Shirrar's Coverlet, Woven by him and now in the possession of Mary L. Shirer.
Name Variation   Valentine Shirey 
Name Variation   Valentine Sheirer 
Name Variation   Valentine Shirer 
Name Variation   Valentine Shirrar 
Marriage*   Principal=Elizabeth Kirby 
Birth* 9 December 1760  Berks Co., PA 
Census* 1781  Maxatawny Twp., Berks Co., PA, SHERRER, VALENTINE, Proprietory Tax Return, Maxatawny township, Berks County, PA, 1781, taken from the PA Archives Third Series, Vol XVIII, Page 248: Acres-100, Horses-1, Cattle-2, Tax-4965,6
Census 1786  Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, Valentine is listed along with Johannes and his son Philip Scheurer.

1786 Rockland Twp

4004 Sheirer Jno
4005 Sheirer Val
4009 Sheyrer Phil7
Census 1787  Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, All Sheirers listed in Rockland Twp

1787 Rockland Twp

Sheirer Valentine
2 Cow
Weaver
32 - 2

Sheirer Jacob
1 Cow
Weaver
32 - 2

Sheirer Philip
50 Amsa 16f? - 40
1 Hor- 5
1 Cow - 3
48 - 3

Sheirer Ludwig
2 hor
1 Cow
32 - 28

Census 1788  Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, Includes all Sheirers in Rockland
1788 Rockland Twp

Sheirer Charles .2.6
Sheirer John .2.
Sheirer Valentine .2.
Sheirer Jacob .2.
Sheirer Philip .3.3
Sheirer Ludwig .2.


Sheirer Charles
10 A.W.S.
Total 40
Tax .2.6

Sheirer John
1 Co
Total 32
Tax .2.

Sheirer Valentine
2 Co
Weaver
Total 32
Tax .2.

Sheirer Jacob
1 Co
Weaver
Total 32
Tax .2.

Sheirer Philip
50 A.W.S. @ 16/ - 40
1 Ho - 5
2 Co - 7
Total 52
Tax .3.3

Sheirer Ludwig
1 Hors
1 co
Total 32
Tax .2.8

Census 1789  Includes Possible father of Elizabeth Standley Kirby
(the 21 after Valentine's name is not his age)
1789 Ruscombmanor Twp

Soujourners

Sheirer Valentine Weaver 21
1 Co..3..24...2.

Sheirer Valentine .2.


Nonresidentors

Kerby Standley
22. A Impt..@34/.......37.8...3.

Kirby Standley .3.9

Draft Registration* 1789  SHIRRER, VALENTINE, List of the Inhabitants of London Derry Township, (Bedford County, PA,) Mde Suibject to the Militia Laws of this State, taken by Cornelius Devore 23rd Jany 1789.6 
Census 1800  Londonderry Twp., Somerset Co., PA, Sheirer Valentine7

Census 1800  1800 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Londonderry Township, Series: M32, Roll: 43, Page: 559
Sheirer, Valentine, 22010-30010-00

Next to Valentine is found the following:

1800 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Londonderry Township, Series: M32, Roll: 43, Page: 559
Sheirer, John , 00001-01001-00
10 
Census 1801  SHIRER, VALENTINE, 1801 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: , Land: 160, Cleared: 20, Horses: , Cattle: 4, House: 1, Value: $83.00, Tax: $.336 
Census 1802  SHEYER, VALENTINE, 1802 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: , Land: 100, Cleared: 20, Horses: 1, Cattle: 1, House: , Value: $80.00, Tax: $.246 
Census 1803  SHRYER, VALENTINE, 1803 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: , Land: 100, Cleared: 20, Horses: 1, Cattle: 1, House: , Value: $80.00, Tax: $.246 
Census 1804  SHIRER, VALENTINE, 1804 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: weaver, Land: 100, Cleared: 30, Horses: 1, Cattle: 3, House: , Value: $200.00, Tax: $.806 
Census 1805  SHYRY, VALENTINE, 1805 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA (according to the History of Somerset Co., PA.) It gives his occupation as Weaver.6 
Census 1805  SHYRICK, VALENTIN, 1805 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: weaver, Land: 100, Cleared: 30, Horses: 1, Cattle: 3, House: , Value: $200.00, Tax: $1.006 
Census 1806  SHENCH, VALENTIN, 1806 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: weaver, Land: 100, Cleared: 30, Horses: 1, Cattle: 3, House: , Value: $200.00, Tax:6 
Census 1807  Shoemaker, Peter for SHIRER, VALENTINE, 1807 Tax Lists for Southampton township, Somerset County, PA
Occupation: , Land: 100, Cleared: 30, Horses: 1, Cattle: 1, House: , Value: $168.00, Tax: $.846 
Census 1810  SHENEY, VALENTAN, 1810 Federal Census, Misc Township, Muskingum County, OH. Page 012 (Tax list substitute)11 
Census 1812  SHIRY, VALENTINE, 1812 Ohio Taxpayers, Muskingum County, OH. 
Land 27 December 1813  Washington Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, This is the record of the sale of land in Washington township (later Madison Township) to Valentine Shirer by Andrew Anderson and wife of Jefferson Co., OH.

Vol D Pg 344

344 R. June 1st, 1814

This Indenture made this twenty seventh day
of December, One thousand eight hundred and thirteen between Andrew Anderson
and Jean his wife of Jefferson County and State of Ohio of the one part & Valentine
Shirey of Muskingum County and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth,
that he the said Andrew Anderson and Jean his wife for and in consideration
of the sum of one hundred dollars to them in hand paid by the said Val-
entine Shirey the receipt where of they do hereby acknowledge have granted bar-
gained, sold, offered, released and confirmed and by these presents do grant
bargain and sell, enfeoff, release and confirm to the said Valentine Shirey
his heirs and assigns Ninety five acres of land with the appertenances situate
lying and being in the first quarter, second Township and seventh Range
of the United States Military Land in Muskingum county and State of
Ohio, and bounded as follows Viz. Beginning at a post, corner to Land of
Joseph Sharp, thense west with said Sharp twenty six and a half Chains and
fifteen links to a corner, thence South thirty five chains and Sixty four and
a half links to a corner, thence East twenty six and a half Chains and fifteen
links to a corner, thnce North thirty five chains and thirty five and a
half links to the place of Beginning, containing ninety five acres, be the
same more or less. It is a part of the same tract of Land which John Adams
president of the United States granted by patent to Janus Stansbury of
New York and the said Janus Stansbury, by his deed dated the seventh
day of November Eighteen hundred did convey to Alexander Struthers and
the said Alexander Struthers by his deed dated the Seventh day of August
Eighteen hundred and Eight, did convey to the above named Andrew
Anderson (to have and to hold) together with the appertenances
(described the tract of land promised with the appertenances) to the said Valentine Shirey his
heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behalf of him the said
Valentine Shirey his heirs or assigns forever; And the said Andrew
Anderson, himself and his heirs executors and administrators doth
hereby covenant, and agree to and with the said Valentine Shirey his
heirs or assigns that he, the said Andrew Anderson, the above described
tract of land and promises to the said Valentine Shirey his heirs or
assigns, shall and will warrant and forever Defend against all persons
and claims whatsoever: Intestimony where of the aforesaid Andrew
Anderson and Jean his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals
the day and year first above written.
Andrew Anderson (Seal)
Jean Anderson (Seal)

Sealed and delivered
in presense of
Thos. Elliot
William Elliot

State of Ohio Jefferson County so
Before me Thos. Elliot a Justice of the peace in and
for said county came Andrew Anderson and Jean
his wife and acknowledged the written instrument of
writing to be there act and deed for the purposes therein contained and the said
Jean being by me examined seperate and apart from her said husband did
declared that she signed and as her act and deed delivered as the same without
the coersion or compulsion from her said husband. Witness my hand and
seal this twenty seventh day of December A. Dom. 1813.

Thos. Elliot Justice of the peace
(Sponsor) Baptism 3 July 1814  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Lucinta Scheurer, born 6 Jan 1814, bap.3 Jul 1814, parents Peter Scheurer & wife Catherina, Sponsors William (Valentine) Scheurer and wife Elizabeth., Principal=Lucinda Shirer12,3 
Land 26 November 1814  Washington Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Vol D Pg 573

Recorded March 22, 1815

This Indenture made this twenty sixth day
of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred
And fourteen between Valantine Shirey and Elizabeth his
wife of Muskingum County and State of Ohio of
The one part and John Stoner of the same place of the
other part witnesseth, that the the said Valentine Shirey and
Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of

Vol D Page 574

One hundred and sixty dollars to them in hand paid by the
said John Stoner the receipt where of they do hereby acknowled-
ge have granted bargained and sold and by these presents
do give grant bargain and sell, release convey and confirm to
the said John Stoner his heirs and assigns Ninety five acres
of land with the appertenances situate lying and being in
The first Quarter, second Township and Seventh Range of
the United States Military land in Muskingum county and
State of Ohio, and bounded as follows viz Beginning at a post
Corner to Land of Joseph Sharp, thense west with said Sharps
Land Twenty six and a half chains and fifteen links to a corner
Thence south thirty five chains Sixty four and a half links to a corner
thence East twenty six and a half chains and fifteen links to a corner
thence North 35 chains and sixty four and a half links
To the place of Beginning, containing ninety five acres, be the same
More or less. It is a part of the same tract which John Adams
President of the United States granted by Patten to Jonus Sta-
nsbury of New York and the said Jonus Stansbury, by his De-
ed dated the Eleventh day of November Eighteen hundred did conv-
ey to Alexander Struthers and the said Alexander Struthers
By his Deed dated the seventh day of August Eighteen hundr-
ed and Eight did convey to Andrew Anderson the said
Andrew Anderson by his deed dated the Twenty seventh day
of December, Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen did convey to the
Above named Valentine Shirey together with the appertenances to
Have and to hold the above described tract of land with the Ap-
pertenances there to belonging to the said John Stoner his heirs
And assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the sai-
s John Stoner his heirs and assigns forever and the said
Valentine Shirey and Elizabeth his wife for themselves their
Heirs executors and administrators doth hereby Covenant and
Agree to and with the said John his heirs or assigns that
They, the said Valentine Shirey and Elizabeth his wife the above descr-
ibed tract of land and appertenances to the said John Stoner his
Heirs and assigns shall and will warrant and forever defend afrom
All claims whatsoever in testimony where of the aforesaid Val-
entine Shirey and Elizabeth his Wife have hereunto set there
Hands and seals the day and year first above written.

Valentine Shirey (Seal)
      her
Elisabeth X Shirey (Seal)
      mark

Signed sealed and
Delivered in presense of
Sealedand delivered
in the presence of
John Adams
George Shurtz

State of Ohio Muskingum County
I hereby ceritfy that Valentine Shirey
Elisabeth his wife personally appeared
before me the subscriber & Justice of the peace of said county
and made the acknowledgments required by Law to the written instrument
given under long hand & seal this the 26th day of November in the year of our Lord 1814. John Adams

John Adams JP

Census 1820  1820 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Madison township, Series: M33, Roll: 92, Page: 166
Sherey, Valentine (000021-010010-200-0000-0000)13 
Census 1825  SHIREY, VALENTINE, 1825 Ohio Taxpayers, Muskingum County, OH.
R6 T3 Sec18 W1/2 Madison 321 acres 
Land* 4 January 1825  Adams Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, This is a transcription of the recorded certificate granted to Valentine Shirer by the United States but recorded after his death by sons David Shirer and Valentine Shirer Jr. It is for the 341 acres that were divided equally between David and Valentine.

Vol 9 Pg 442
United States to V. Shirer
Executed Oct 16th 1846
Recorded Oct 16th 1846

John Quincy Adams President of the United States
of America To all to whom these presents shall come greeting:
Know ye that David Shirer and Valentine Shirer Junior
assigns of Valentine Shirer having deposited in the General land
office the certificate of the register of the land office at Zanesville whereby it
appears that full payment has been made for the West half
of section sixteen in Township Three of Range Six of the unap
propriated lands in the Military District containing Three
Hundred and Forty one acres and four hundredths of an acre
of the lands subject to be sold at Zanesville Ohio by the act
of congress entitled "An act providing for the sale of the land
of the United States in the Territory North West of the Ohio
and above the mouth of the Kentucky River" and of the note
amendatory of the same there is granted by the United
States unto the said David Shirer and Valentine Shirer Jr and
to their heirs the half lot on section of land afore described and
to have and to hold said half lot on section of land with
the appertenances unto the said David Shirer and Valentine
Shirer Junior and to their heirs and assigns forever as tenants
in common and not as Joint Tennants. In Testimony
where I have caused these letters to be made patent and
the seal of the General land office to be hereunto affixed
Given under my hand at the City of Washington the
fourth day of January the year of our Lord
One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty five
And the Independance of the United States
of America the Forty Ninth.
          By the President J. Q. Adams
Grantee Vol 51 page 409
Examined

Geo. H. Graham commissioner of the General Land Office
Misc 7 September 1829  Muskingum Co., OH, Valentine Shirey appointed Petit Juror from Adams Twp. for 182914 
Census 1830  1830 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Adams Township, Series: M19, Roll: 137, Page: 339
Sorer, Valentine (0000001010000-0000000010000)

1 male 40-50 (Jacob 42)
1 male 60-70 (Valentine 70)
1 female 60-70 (Elizabeth 72)
15 
Death* 28 September 1840  Muskingum Co., OH 
Burial* after 28 September 1840  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: Valentine Shirrar
died Sep. 28, 1840
Aged 79 years 9 mon. & 19 ds.

This mortal body here is laid
No more to mourn & die.
The immortal soul on earth is gone
To live with God on high.16

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  11. [S284] 1810 U.S. Federal Census , 1810 Federal Census.
  12. [S45] Ione B. Supplee, "The Shirer's of Adams Twp.".
  13. [S279] 1820 U.S. Federal Census , 1820 Federal Census.
  14. [S970] OH, Muskingum Early Jurors & Justices, Genealogy Society Muskingum Co..
  15. [S121] 1830 U.S. Federal Census , 1830 Federal Census.
  16. [S43] New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohmuski2/cemetery/newhopea.html.


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