Mary Jane Shirah  12-20-1857 - 1-9-1897  Wife of J.A. Shirah

James M. Shirah 8-13-1853 - 9-291908

Jane D. Shirah ? -19-1831 - 4-17-1881

Lurany Shirah  Died 8-19-1880  Age 70 yrs. 6 mo.  Wife of Charles Shirah

Monroe C. Shirah  5-12-1893 - 9-1-1894  Son of J.M. and H.V. Shirah

the Shirah Cemetery: That cemetery is listed twice in your data. The address you have is Harmon Rd. It is near Harmon Rd but is on Harmon Way, behind residence at 26 Harmon Way. Take Leesburg Rd east from Interstate 77, 9.6 miles to Harmon Rd, turn right. Go a few miles to Robert Rd and turn right again. Robert Rd dead-ends at Harmon Way. Turn left on Harmon Way and within about a half mile there will be two houses on the left. The second house (medium blue color) is 26 Harmon Way, which now belongs to the Beaselys, no relation to the Shirahs. I think the property belonged to Jacob C. Shirah in the 1860's-1880's, maybe longer. Mrs Beasely is a nice person, she is deaf but can read lips very well.

The cemetery is in the wooded area behind the blue house, about 35-40 yards away from the back door, and in line with the back door. There are two large dogs chained between the house and cemetery. When I was there 2 days ago, neither dog's chain would reach a path between them, between the back door and cemetery. A dog treat would be good to take.

The headstone for Lurany (actually/originally Lurania Medlin Shirah, daughter of Turner Medlin) Shirah was stolen about 1982. It was found in a field off Mt. Elon Church Rd last week and I have returned it to the Shirah Cemetery. There were slight depressions in the earth at each headstone. I do not know where her grave was for sure, but there was a depression with no stone a few feet from the grave of Lurania's daughter-in-law, Jane D. Shirah. She and Jane were the first/oldest graves there and they died within 8 months of each other. I placed the stone at that depression without a stone.

I live in North Carolina and I am the grt-grt-grt grandson of Lurania and Charles Shirah. Charles died in Macon County, GA in 1849. Lurania and family moved to Taylor County, GA. Lurania lost four of her sons in the war, in Virginia. She moved back to Richland County in about 1868 to live with her eldest son, Jacob C. Shirah. Also in the 1870 census, living with them is Jacob's father-in-law, Victor Neeley.

Is there any record of exact placement of graves before the stone was stolen?


(Charles Stephen Shirah)

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