Post by John Fuhring on Feb 7, 2020 1:01:33 GMT -5
Hello. My great grandfather was Dr. John Shirley. According to family history, he and his brother William arrived in New Orleans from Ireland just as the Mexican War was starting. John Shirley enlisted in the U.S. Army when it marched through. He received medical training as a hospital steward during the war. After the war, he volunteered to see to the medical needs of the Civilized Tribes and the Indian Agency officials in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), becoming the first official government doctor there. He and his brother were well liked and trusted by the Native Americans and were allowed to set up an elaborate network of trading posts throughout the Territory before, during and after the Civil War. After the CW, he supplied the government agencies and military with food, animal feed and hardware through government contracts. His untimely death in 1875 was due to an accidental poisoning by his own medicine. I would very much like to know where he came from in Ireland and if the Shirley name can still be found in Ireland.