Myra Maybelle "Belle Starr" Shirley

Myra Maybelle "Belle Starr" Shirley

Female 1848 - 1889  (40 years)

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  • Name Myra Maybelle "Belle Starr" Shirley 
    Nickname Belle Starr 
    Born 5 Feb 1848  Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1850  , Jasper County, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Indexed by ancestry.com as Myra Shirley.
    Census 1860  Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Indexed by ancestry.com as Myra Shirley.
    Census 1870  Los Nietos, Los Angeles County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Indexed by ancestry.com as Mary M. Reed.
    Biography
    • "Christened Myra MayBelle Shirley, she later changed her name to Bella (not Belle) on a whim. Her father was John Shirley and her mother was believed to be Elizabeth Hatfield, related to the fueding Hatfield's of West Virginia/Kentucky. She was born February 5, 1848 and was educated at the Carthage Female Academy where she was liked and considered a very pretty girl. She married first Jim Reed (said to have taken place on horseback). Years later she said she married Jim Reed because he killed the soldier who had killed her brother Bud. Bud had been a big influence in her life and she vowed to marry the man who avenged Bud's death. It was as Reed's wife that Bella's life of crime really began. A little girl was born in 1869, she was named Rosa Lee Reed and was apparently given to Reed's mother to raise. She was later known to history as Pearl Younger.

      "During this time she met Sam as well, and moved to California with Pearl.

      "Life was good at this time and a second child was born, a son named Edwin. One night while Reed was eating dinner, John Morris entered the room and demanded that Reed surrender himself. Reed didn't and John shot Reed throught the heart. Morris collected the $1700 reward but it did little good because he was killed a short time later. Bella's father died during this time and she moved back to Missouri and acted as a "fence" for stolen animals.

      "The James brothers and the Youngers stopped off at Bella's during this time. The rumor circulated that she was at one time married to Cole Younger, the noted outlaw. These reports were further bolstered by the fact that Pearl Reed sometimes went under the name Pearl Younger.

      "Another man on Pearl's list was an Indian outlaw named Blue Duck.

      "On June 5, 1880, she married Sam Starr and settled on a 1000 acre claim near the Canadian River, near Eufaula, Oklahoma, and moved into a log cabin. This became a popular meeting place for some of the most notorious outlaws of the day. While here, Sam & Bella were arrested on a horse theft and possession of liquor charge. The Starr's said they were "framed" and Hanging Judge Parker apparently believed them. They were given light sentences of one year each in the Detroit, Michigan, House of Correction.

      "On release, the Starrs returned to Younger's Bend with Pearl and an orphan, Mabel Harrison. Shortly after this Sam was killed.

      "On Sunday, February 3, 1889, Bella rode to the King Ranch Store to eat dinner with the proprietor. Bellas left the store bout 1:00 PM, stopped by Mrs. Barnes' for some corn and passed the time until 3:00 PM. AT 4:00PM, Mike Hoyt spotted Bella's running horse. Hoyt rode back up the road and found Bella's body with two shots from a shotgun in the back. It will probably remain a mystery, but many believe a neighbor (Edgar Watson) had done the killing.

      See the folling resources:
      'Belle Starr and Her Times', Glen Shirley
      'Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr', Phillip W. Steele
      'Belle Starr and Her Pearl', Edwin P. Hicks" - [Descendants of Jasper Reed]
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      "Belle Starr [...] legally married James C. Reed in Collin Co., TX and both Pearl and Edwin were children of Jim Reed. Jim Reed, who rode with Quantrill during the Civil War, was the son of Solomon Reed and Susan D. Brock of Vernon Co., MO, who moved to near present day Rhome, Wise Co., TX during the Civil War. Solomon Reed died in Wise Co., in 1863. At the end of the war, Susan Reed moved to Collin Co., TX, It was while here that Jim and "Belle" married. Susan later reclaimed her MO land.

      " After Jim was killed near Paris, TX, Belle married Bruce Younger in Kansas, but the marriage lasted only a short time before Belle Married Sam Starr. No record of Belle having divorced Bruce Younger who apparently wandered off into the sunset. Supposedly an outlaw also. It was from this brief marriage that Belle named her place in OK 'Younger's Bend." - Shelba Davis - e-mail on RootsWeb.
      Sources: Belle Starr and Her Times by Glen Shirley
      Starr Tracks Belle and Pearl Starr by Phillip W. Steele
      Belle Starr and Her Pearl by Edwin P. Hicks
    Name Belle Shirley 
    DNA Family Group Peden01 
    Died 3 Feb 1889  Eufaula, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Shot in the back by an unknown assailant 
    Buried 6 Feb 1889  Porum, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Route 2
    Porum (Muskogee County), Oklahoma 
    • Find A Grave Memorial# 975
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
    CEMETERY: OK, Muskogee; Belle Starr Cabin
    Person ID I14357  Peden1
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2013 

    Father John Shirley,   b. 1794, , , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1876, , Dallas County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth "Eliza" Pennington,   b. 1816, , , Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1894, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1837  , Greene County, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3325  Group Sheet

    Family 1 James C. Reed,   b. 6 Feb 1845, Metz, Vernon County, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1874, Paris, Lamar County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1866  , Collin County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rosie Lee "Pearl" Reed,   b. Sep 1868, , Collin County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1925, Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     2. Eliza W. Reed,   b. Apr 1870, Los Nietos, Los Angeles County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Edwin "Eddie" Reed,   b. 22 Feb 1871, Los Nietos, Los Angeles County, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1896, , , Indian Territory (Cherokee Nation), USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F3386  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Bruce Younger,   b. 1853, , St. Clair County, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1888, , , New Mexico, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 15 May 1880  Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F3408  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Samuel Starr,   b. 24 Nov 1859, , , Indian Territory (Cherokee Nation), USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1886, , , Indian Territory (Cherokee Nation), USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1880  , , Indian Territory (Cherokee Nation), USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F2550  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Jim July,   b. 1863,   d. 26 Jan 1890, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married Abt 1887  , , Indian Territory, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F3387  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
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    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889)
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    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889) and Blue Duck
    Shirley, Myra Maybelle (1848-1889) and Blue Duck
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3050] CEMETERY: OK, Muskogee; Belle Star Cabin, Myra Maybelle (Shirley) Starr. (Reliability: 3).
      CEMETERY: OK, Muskogee; Belle Starr Cabin