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William Shirley
of co. Carlow Ireland and Lambton County, Ontario Canada

 

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William Shirley
born say 1786 at Knockabranna County Carlow Ireland. He married Elizabeth Kidd by license on 16 December 1806 at Old Leighlin Parish, County Carlow Ireland. He and his family moved to Canada sometime after the birth of son Thomas in 1814 (born Co Carlow); Various family biographies and obituaries fix the date of migration in 1818 (wife Elizabeth obit) and in 1821 (bio of son Thomas). The biography of son Thomas and obituary of son George state the family lived for a time at Drummond Township, Lanark Co Ontario; Indeed, records show that William Shirley was granted 100 acres of land by the Crown in Drummond Township in 1824; However, the family likely resided there as early as 1821, when a Shirley was enumerated there. William Shirley was taxed on land known as Lot 11, Concession 11 in 1822; Not long after selling the land at Drummond, the family moved to Beckwith Township, Lanark County and resided there for a considerable period of time. According to the bios/obits of sons Thomas and George, the family migrated to Lambton County in Western Ontario about 1839 (Thomas bio) or in 1846 (George obit). The Lambton County census for 1851 has been lost, so nothing known about the family from that source, but William Shirley was certainly deceased by the 1861 census, when his wife Elizabeth was widowed and residing alone in Brooke Township, Lambton County;

married Elizabeth Kidd at Old Leighlin Parish, Co. Carlow Ireland on 16 December 1806; She was born in Ireland about 1787; She was age 71, widowed and living in the household of son Thomas in 1861 census for Brooke Twp, Lambton Co Ontario and age 84 in the 1881 Lambton Co censu; She died 24 January 1882, age 95. Buried Saint James Cemetery, Watford Lambton County Ontario (tombstone)

16 Dec 1806 Marriage License. Elizabeth Kidd and William Sherly, of Knockabranna Co Carlow, Parish of Old Leighlin. Cliff-Vigors Papers, National Archives of Ireland

Elizabeth (Kidd) Shirley. On Tuesday 24 February, Mrs. Elizabeth Shirley, mother of George Shirley Esq., 12th line Brooke, passed away at the great age of over 95 years. Although she had been in failing health for some time past, having been a bed-lier for over four years, yet her death was very sudden and unexpected. Mrs. Shirley has been a long in this Country having come from County of Carlow, Ireland in 1818. She has passed away full years and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were borne to the Church of England Cemetery 14con Brooke on Thursday and interred by her pastor Rev. E. Softley. (St. James Cemetery Brooke Township). - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper), Feb 1882.

This is a Protestant - Church of England Family

children:

1(i). Mary Shirley chr 24 April 1808 to William and Elizabeth Shirley at Old Leighlin Parish, County Carlow Ireland; She likely died young

24 Apr 1808 Mary Shirley chr to William and Elizabeth Shirley of Old Leighlin Old Leighlin Parish

1(ii). Thomas Shirley born on 14 May 1814 at County Carlow Ireland (newspaper bio), Immigrated to Canada with parents in 1821. Living at Brooke Twp. Lambton County, Ontario in 1861 census (age 46), in 1871 (age 57) and again in 1881 census (age 66), occupation: farmer, member of the Church of England. He died 29 June 1899, age 84. Buried Saint James Cemetery, Watford Lambton County Ontario

Thomas Shirley. In a former issue of the Guide-Advocate the decease of Mr. Shirley was briefly noticed. He was one of the few remaining pioneer of the Township of Brooke. He had almost reached the age of 85 years, having been born in the County of Carlow, Ireland, on the 14th May 1814. He came to Canada in 1821, and settled with his father's family in the township of Drummond, in the County of Lanark. The family soon after removed to the Township of Beckwith, where he grew up to manhood. He served in the Royal Canadian Borderers during the rebellion of 1837-8, being stationed at Brockville during the winters of 37-8 and 38-9. He came to the County of Lambton (then the Western District) in the fall of 1839, purchased the farm upon which he lived until the time of his death. On the 6th of July, 1842, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Larrett, who survives him, the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, then rector of Adelaide officiating. Mr. Shirley's name appears in the records of the Township of Brooke as having attended the second Town Meeting, held in the Township. It was held at "Brooke Mills" (now Alvinston) on the 2nd day of January 1843. There were no councils then. The people met and elected a Town Clerk, Assesor, Collector, Fence Viewers and Poundkeepers. Mr. Andrew Lucas, of 12th Con., Brooke is the only person now living who was elected to office that day. The late Mr. Shirley was collector for Brooke in 1846, 7, 8 and 9, was appointed treasurer in 1850, which office he resigned and was elected councillor in 1851 and for many years subsequently. About 1880 he retired from public affairs having never been defeated at the polls. He enjoyed a high record for probity and honorable dealing in the neighborhood where he lived so long. He was scrupalously exact to fulfil his every pledge. His word was his bond and so accepted without questioning. The late Mr. Shirley was a Conservative in politics, but independent enough to support Hon. George Brown, and afterwards Hope E. and Hon. A. Mackenzie in the 50's and 60's when he thought his party had gone wrong. After five years of Reform rule from 73 to 78 he became more firmly attached to Conservative principles than ever before. Their religious principles which he most professed was to obey the Divine injunction "Do justly, love mercy and walk uprightly with thy God." His family and friends are fully satisfied that he departed in the full faith of a blessed resurrection to eternal life. "The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust." - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) 10 February 1899

married Jane Larrett on 6 July 1842; She was born abt 1825, age 55 in 1881 Ontario. She died 12 August 1899, buried at St James Cemetery, Watford Lambton County

Jane Shirley. Another old resident of Brooke passed away on Saturday, at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. W.S. Kelly, Watford in the person of Jane, relict of the late Thomas Shirley, in her 74th year. Mr. Shirley died last January. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon to St. James Cemetery, Brooke, the service being conducted by the Rev. F.G. Newton, of Warwick. - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) 18 Aug 1899

children

2(i). William Shirley born about 1854 in Ontario, age 17 in 1861 census, age 27 in parent's 1871 census household; He supposedly lived in Portland Oregon USA (but not traced thusfar)

2(ii). Eliza Jane Shirley born about 1846 in Ontario, age 15 in 1861 census household; She died 1 July 1872 and was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery at Brooke Township, Lambton County Ontario, age only about 25. She married Robert Coristine son of Rodyford and Mary Ann Corristine on 8 October 1868 at Lambton County (her parents named)

2(iii). John Shirley born 5 May 1848 in Ontario [source 1901 Ontario Census], age 13 in 1861 census, age 22 in parent's 1871 census household; His parents Thomas and Jane Shirley were identified in his marriage to Martha Ann Carroll in 1879 at Brooke Lambton County; He was married with a family living in Brooke Lambton County in 1881 census, age 32, member of Church of England; He died 3 Apr 1916. He was Irish and a member of the Church of England. "of 12th line Brooke"

married Martha Ann Caroll on 21 Jan 1879 at Brooke Lambton County; She was born 1 July 1857 [source 1901 census] daughter of Edward and Eliza Carroll; She died 14 Feb 1946.

children:

3(i). Ernest Howard Shirley born 16 Nov 1879 to John Shirley and Martha Ann Carroll at Brooke Lambton County Ontario, age 1 in 1881 census; age 21 in parent's 1901 census household; He died in 1939 and was buried at St James Cemetery, Watford, Lambton County

married Louisa Powell on 5 February 1910 at Port Stanley, Elgin Co Ontario; She was the daughter of Williaim Powell and Mary Jane Davies

Their descendant: "Albert Shirley, as of 2003, still lived on the family farm in Brooke Township."

3(ii). Neville Carl Shirley born 17 April 1881 to John Shirley and Martha Ann Carroll at Brooke Twp. Lambton County; age 19 in 1901 census; He died on 27 Feb 1959

married Mary Jane Saunders on 2 Nov 1910. She was born 18 April 1884

Ancestor of DNA Kit #78112

3(iii). John Alvin Shirley born on 19 August 1886 to John Shirley and Martha Ann Carroll at Brooke Lambton County; age 14 in 1901 census; Married and lived in Manitoba in 1916 province census; He moved to California USA and petitioned for US citizenship naturalization in 1937; He died in Los Angeles County California on 30 October 1980, buried at San Gabriel Cemetery

married Irene Winifred _____ She was age 44 in 1930 census

married 2) Lucille West, She is buried in San Gabriel Cemetery with her husband

2(iv). Thomas Shirley born about 1850 in Ontario, age 11 in 1861 census, age 20 in parent's 1871 census household, age 30 in parent's 1881 census household, ditto. Enumerated in Vancouver British Columbia in 1911 census, age 54; Deputy Sheriff of Vancouver BC

married Ellen Jane Donaldson on 10 October 1889 at Vancouver British Columbia; She was the daughter of John Donaldson and Margaret Morrow

children:

3(i). Albert Ernie Shirley born 15 August 1890 at Vancouver British Columbia to Thomas Shirley and Ellen Jane Donaldson (death cert says 1889), age 10 in 1901 census, age 20 in parent's 1911 census household; He died on 4 July 1952 at Vancouver BC (death cert, parents named)

married Dorothy May Wilkes

3(ii). Ina Shirley born about 1892 in British Columbia, age 9 in 1901 census, age 19 in 1911 census

3(iii). Alma R Shirley born about 1894 in British Columbia, age 7 in 1901 census, age 17 in 1911 census (as Nora)

2(v). Caroline Shirley born 1 December 1853 at Brooke Lambton County Ontario (death cert), age 9 in 1861 census, age 18 in 1871 census; She died on 3 July 1921 at Watford Lambton County (death cert); She married W. S. Kelly

2(vi). Paul Shirley born about 1855 in Ontario, age 6 in 1861 census, age 16 in 1871 census; He died on 4 March 1877, buried at St James Cemetery, Watford Lambton County (tombstone), age 21

2(vii). Albert G Shirley born about 1859 in Ontario, age 2 in 1861 census, age 11 in 1871 census, age 21 in 1881 census; He is living as a single man in Brooke Twp, Lambton County in 1891 census

2(viii). Mary A E Shirley born about 1862 in Ontario, age 9 in 1871 census, age 19 in 1881 census (as Annie)

2(ix). Victor Wellington Shirley MD born about 1866 in Ontario, age 5 in 1871 census, age 15 in 1881 census, age 25 and living as a border and single at Watford Lambton County in 1891 census; He was 40 years old at the time of his first marriage in Michigan (his parents named). He lived at Hamtrack Twp Wayne County Michigan USA in the 1930 census, age 64; His neice Shirley J Neil age 12 was living in the household at the time; He was a Veternarian of Brant Michigan, USA; No apparent children

married Martha Mielke on 21 March 1906 at Metz Presque Isle Michigan USA; She was age 20 at the time of her marriage to Victor W Shirley; She died 5 May 1957, her obituary noted in teh Detroit Free Press at the time. Buried at Roseland Park

2(x). Laura M. Shirley born about 1868 in Ontario, age 3 in 1871 census, age 13 in 1881 census (as Lorna). Unmarried in 1899 at the time of her uncle George Shirley's obituary

1(iii). Anne Shirley born 31 March 1821 (tombstone) Mentioned in the 1899 obituary of her brother George Shirley; She died 14 August 1901, age 80. She was buried at Saint James Cemtery, Watford, Lambton Co Ontario; She married Thomas Willoughby;

1(iv). George Shirley esquire born about 1824 at Drummond Twp, Ontario. He was enumerated at Brooke Township, Lambton County Ontario in 1861, age 37, born in Canada, member of the Church of England; Lived at Brooke Twp Lambton in 1871 census, age 48, occupation farmer; He was age 57 in the 1881 Lambton Co census; He died 25 October 1899, age 75. Buried Saint James Cemetery, Watford Lambton County Ontario

George Shirley, esq. The funeral of the late George Shirley, Esq., who died on Wednesday 25th October in his 76th year, took place on Friday afternoon from the family residence, St. Clair St., to St. James Cemetery, Brooke. Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large number turned out to pay the last tribute of respect to an old and honored citizen. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Downie, B.D., assisted by the Rev. W.G.H. McAlister, M.A., and Rev. R. Haddow, B.D. The pallbearers were George R. Shirley, John Shirley, R. Alexander, J.R. Logan, Paul Kingston and Wm. Kelly. The deceased was twice married and leaves a family of 2 sons, George R., of Brooke; and E.J., of Watford; and 4 daughters, Miss Sarah; Mrs. Paul Kingston of Brooke; Mrs. Robert Alexander of Warwick; and Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia, by his 1st wife, who was Miss Margaret King. In October 1891, he was married to Mrs. McCaw of Brockville, who survives him. Mrs. Willoughby of Watford and Mrs. Duncan of Lanark are the only surviving sisters. The late Mr. Shirley was born in the Township of Drummond, Lanark County, in 1823, and was a son of William Shirley, of that place. He came west about 1846, settling in the Township of Brooke, where he continued to reside until 10 years ago when he removed to Watford. Being a man of superior ability and thorough knowledge of municipal and political affairs he speedily came into prominence and filled many positions of trust and responsibility, among others, Clerk and Reeve of Brooke, for a number of years, Warden of Lambton, County Auditor, Reeve of Watford for 2 terms, Justice of the Peace, President and Treasurer of the East Lambton Liberal Conservative Association, Returning Officer, and at the time of his death was a member of the Watford Council. He took an active and leading part in politics and in 1879 was the Conservative candidate in East Lambton against Peter Graham, the latter winning by a narrow majority. Few men were better informed on the issues of the day, or had the faculty of presenting their views more clearly or forcibly. In his death, Lambton loses one of its most prominent and ablest citizens, whose work has left its impress on the history of the county. (Private services were held in the house previous to interment, as some of the relatives feared to face the heavy downpour of rain. His sister, Mrs. Duncan, resides in the County of Leeds instead of Lanark, and his nephew, W.G. Willoughby, was one of the pallbearers, the name of Mr. Kelly being mentioned mistakenly.) - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) October 1899

married 1) Margaret King She was enumerated as the spouse of George Shirley in the 1861 census, age 32, born Ireland, age 42 in 1871 census, age 52 in 1881 census; She died on 12 August 1883, age 44 and buried at St James Cemetery, Watford, Lambton Co

married 2) Mrs McCaw of Brockville in October 1891

children

2(i). Sarah A. Shirley born about 1850 in Canada, age 11 in 1861 census, age 20 in parent's 1871 census household, age 30 in parent's 1881 census household; She died unmarried in 1925; Buried at St. James Cemetery, Watford, Lambton County

Sarah A. Shirley. The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan, 298 Wellington St., Sarnia, on Sunday 17th May 1925. The deceased was in her 75th year and was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sisters, Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also 2 brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton, the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very ably conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford, assisted by the choir. The pallbearers were; John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F, Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke.- Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) May 1925

2(ii). Mary Elizabeth Shirley born about 1855 in Canada, age 6 in 1861 census, age 15 in 1871 census, age 24 in parent's 1881 census household (as Elizabeth). She married Paul Kingston, son of Paul and Margaret Kingston on 31 December 1884 at Brook Township, Lambton County (her parents named)

2(iii). Margaret Jeane Shirley born about 1857 in Canada, age 4 in 1861 census, age 13 in 1871 census, age 22 in parent's 1881 census household (as Jeane); She married Robert Alexander son of Thomas and Maria Alexander on 10 June 1885 at Brooke Township, Lambton County (her parents named)

2(iv). George Robert Shirley born 12 November 1860 in Canada, age 1 in 1861 census, age 10 in 1871 census, age 20 in parent's 1881 census household; Parents named in his 1888 marriage record; Mentioned in the 1899 obituary of his father George Shirley as residing at that time in Brooke Township, Lambton County; He died on 1 June 1936 at Watford Lambton County (death cert, parents named)

married 1) Margaret J Kennedy on 31 October 1888 at Brooke Lambton County; She was the daughter of Michael and Nancy Kennedy

married 2) Selina Evelyn Coke on 5 October 1920 at Watford Lambton County; She was the daughter of Laurence Coke and Mary Ann Kennedy; Named as spouse on the 1936 death certificate of her husband George R Shirley

children:

3(i). Helena Victoria Shirley born on 2 December 1890 at Brooke Twp Lambton County to George Robert Shirley and Margaret Jane Kennedy; Her named is found on the tombstone of her parents

2(v). Edward James Shirley born 22 July 1864 at Brooke, Lambton County Ontario (US immigration), age 6 in 1871 census age 16 in 1881 census; Mentioned in the 1899 obituary of his father George Shirley as residing at that time in Watford Township, Lambton County; He was noted in US records when he crossed into Niagara NY on 4 October 1943 on his way for a visit to Florida, age 79

married Maria Annie Crone

children:

3(i). Lloyd Crone Shirley born 3 June 1889 to Edward James Shirley and Maria Annie Crone at Brooke Lambton County

3(ii). Russell Edward Shirley born 22 October 1891 to Edward James Shirley and Maria Annie Crone at Brooke Lambton County

3(iii). Reginald Shirley born 4 June 1896 to Edward James Shirley and Maria Annie Crone at Brooke Lambton County

3(iv). Georgia Margaret Shirley born 18 December 1899 to Edward James Shirley and Maria Annie Crone at Warwick Lambton County

3(v). Frances Edna Shirley born 6 February 1902 to Edward James Shirley and Maria Annie Crone at Pickering Ontario County, Ontario

2(vi). Esther Abigail Shirley born about 1870 in Canada, age 1 in 1871 census, age 11 in 1881 census (as Abbie); She married John Robert Logan son of John and Margaret Logan on 31 October 1894 at Watford, Lambton County (her parents named)


Abigail Shirley
(source: Photo album of Joseph Leslie Holbrook, now possessed in Australia)

1(v). Mary Shirley born about 1825 in Lanark County, Ontario Canada, daughter of William Shirley (b Ireland) and Elizabeth Kidd (death record). She married John Duncan, named in the 1900 marriage record of their son George Shirley Duncan; She was mentioned in the 1899 obituary of her brother George Shirley stating that she was at that time living in Leeds County; She died on 10 December 1909 at North Crosby, Leeds County Ontario, age 84 (parents named)


1821 Drummond, Lanark Ontario Census

SHIRLEY, John 1 2 2 6 (Head, women, sons, daus, # in HH)

1822 Drummond, Lanark Ontario Assessment List

William Shirley Lot 11, Con 11

1861 Lambton Ontario Census

Thomas Ire CE (Ch. Eng.) 46 Farmer
Jane Ont CE 37 (Nee Larrett)
William Ont CE 17 Labourer
Eliza Jane Ont CE 15
John Ont CE 13
Thomas Ont CE 11
Caroline Ont CE 9
Paul Ont CE 6
Albert G. Ont CE 2
Elizabeth Ire CE 71 Widow

Marriage

#010197-02 (Lambton Co): Henry Gustav BLUMENFIELD, 31, farmer, Michigan USA, same, s/o Albert BLUMENFIELD & Hannah GUSKECHT, married Laura Maria SHIRLEY, 34, Brooke, Walford, d/o Thomas SHIRLEY & Jane LARRETT, witn: Howard SHIRLEY of Brooke twp & Esther BLUMENFIELD of Michigan USA, 12 March 1902 at Walford

Obituaries

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 29 JANUARY 1899
THOMAS SHIRLEY

After a lingering and painfull illness, Thomas Shirley, one of the pioneer settlers of Brooke, passed away on Sunday last in his 85th year. The surviving members of his family are: William of Portland, Oregon; John of 12th line Brooke; Thomas, Deputy Sheriff of Vancouver, B.C.; Caroline, wife of W.S. Kelly of Watford; Victor W. Veterinary Surgeon of Brant, Michigan and Laura M., at home. The funeral took place Monday to the English Cemetery, 6th line. Rev. J. Downie conducting the service.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 FEBRUARY 1899
THOMAS SHIRLEY

In a former issue of the Guide-Advocate the decease of Mr. Shirley was briefly noticed. He was one of the few remaining pioneer of the Township of Brooke. He had almost reached the age of 85 years, having been born in the County of Carlow, Ireland, on the 14th May 1814. He came to Canada in 1821, and settled with his father's family in the township of Drummond, in the County of Lanark. The family soon after removed to the Township of Beckwith, where he grew up to manhood. He served in the Royal Canadian Borderers during the rebellion of 1837-8, being stationed at Brockville during the winters of 37-8 and 38-9. He came to the County of Lambton (then the Western District) in the fall of 1839, purchased the farm upon which he lived until the time of his death. On the 6th of July, 1842, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Larrett, who survives him, the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, then rector of Adelaide officiating. Mr. Shirley's name appears in the records of the Township of Brooke as having attended the second Town Meeting, held in the Township. It was held at "Brooke Mills" (now Alvinston) on the 2nd day of January 1843. There were no councils then. The people met and elected a Town Clerk, Assesor, Collector, Fence Viewers and Poundkeepers. Mr. Andrew Lucas, of 12th Con., Brooke is the only person now living who was elected to office that day. The late Mr. Shirley was collector for Brooke in 1846, 7, 8 and 9, was appointed treasurer in 1850, which office he resigned and was elected councillor in 1851 and for many years subsequently. About 1880 he retired from public affairs having never been defeated at the polls. He enjoyed a high record for probity and honorable dealing in the neighborhood where he lived so long. He was scrupalously exact to fulfil his every pledge. His word was his bond and so accepted without questioning. The late Mr. Shirley was a Conservative in politics, but independent enough to support Hon. George Brown, and afterwards Hope E. and Hon. A. Mackenzie in the 50's and 60's when he thought his party had gone wrong. After five years of Reform rule from 73 to 78 he became more firmly attached to Conservative principles than ever before. Their religious principles which he most professed was to obey the Divine injunction "Do justly, love mercy and walk uprightly with thy God." His family and friends are fully satisfied that he departed in the full faith of a blessed resurrection to eternal life. "The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust."

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 18 AUGUST 1899
JANE SHIRLEY

Another old resident of Brooke passed away on Saturday, at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. W.S. Kelly, Watford in the person of Jane, relict of the late Thomas Shirley, in her 74th year. Mr. Shirley died last January. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon to St. James Cemetery, Brooke, the service being conducted by the Rev. F.G. Newton, of Warwick.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 JULY 1967
LOUISE SHIRLEY

Mrs. Louise Shirley, 88 died Sunday. The former Louisa Powell, she was predeceased by her husband Ernest Howard Shirley of the Watford area. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary McLean of Watford and a son Albert of Brooke Township. Funeral service will he held from Harper Funeral Home, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Brooke Township.


WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE OCTOBER 1899
GEORGE SHIRLEY, ESQUIRE

The funeral of the late George Shirley, Esq., who died on Wednesday 25th October in his 76th year, took place on Friday afternoon from the family residence, St. Clair St., to St. James Cemetery, Brooke. Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large number turned out to pay the last tribute of respect to an old and honored citizen. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Downie, B.D., assisted by the Rev. W.G.H. McAlister, M.A., and Rev. R. Haddow, B.D. The pallbearers were George R. Shirley, John Shirley, R. Alexander, J.R. Logan, Paul Kingston and Wm. Kelly. The deceased was twice married and leaves a family of 2 sons, George R., of Brooke; and E.J., of Watford; and 4 daughters, Miss Sarah; Mrs. Paul Kingston of Brooke; Mrs. Robert Alexander of Warwick; and Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia, by his 1st wife, who was Miss Margaret King. In October 1891, he was married to Mrs. McCaw of Brockville, who survives him. Mrs. Willoughby of Watford and Mrs. Duncan of Lanark are the only surviving sisters. The late Mr. Shirley was born in the Township of Drummond, Lanark County, in 1823, and was a son of William Shirley, of that place. He came west about 1846, settling in the Township of Brooke, where he continued to reside until 10 years ago when he removed to Watford. Being a man of superior ability and thorough knowledge of municipal and political affairs he speedily came into prominence and filled many positions of trust and responsibility, among others, Clerk and Reeve of Brooke, for a number of years, Warden of Lambton, County Auditor, Reeve of Watford for 2 terms, Justice of the Peace, President and Treasurer of the East Lambton Liberal Conservative Association, Returning Officer, and at the time of his death was a member of the Watford Council. He took an active and leading part in politics and in 1879 was the Conservative candidate in East Lambton against Peter Graham, the latter winning by a narrow majority. Few men were better informed on the issues of the day, or had the faculty of presenting their views more clearly or forcibly. In his death, Lambton loses one of its most prominent and ablest citizens, whose work has left its impress on the history of the county. (Private services were held in the house previous to interment, as some of the relatives feared to face the heavy downpour of rain. His sister, Mrs. Duncan, resides in the County of Leeds instead of Lanark, and his nephew, W.G. Willoughby, was one of the pallbearers, the name of Mr. Kelly being mentioned mistakenly.)

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE MAY 1925
SARAH ANN SHIRLEY

The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan, 298 Wellington St., Sarnia, on Sunday 17th May 1925. The deceased was in her 75th year and was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sisters, Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also 2 brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton, the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very ably conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford, assisted by the choir. The pallbearers were; John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F, Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE FEBRUARY 1882
ELIZABETH (Kidd) SHIRLEY
On Tuesday 24 February, Mrs. Elizabeth Shirley, mother of George Shirley Esq., 12th line Brooke, passed away at the great age of over 95 years. Although she had been in failing health for some time past, having been a bed-lier for over four years, yet her death was very sudden and unexpected. Mrs. Shirley has been a long in this Country having come from County of Carlow, Ireland in 1918. She has passed away full years and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were borne to the Church of England Cemetery 14con Brooke on Thursday and interred by her pastor Rev. E. Softley. (St. James Cemetery Brooke Township).

 

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 JULY 1967
LOUISA (Powell) SHIRLEY
Mrs. LouisA Shirley, 88, died Sunday. The former Louise Powell, she was predeceased by her husband Ernest Howard Shirley of the Watford area. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary McLean, Watford and a son Albert of Brooke Township. Funeral service will be held from Harper Funeral Home, at 2;30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Brooke Township.

 

LONDON FREE PRESS 10 JULY 1967
LOUISA (Powell) SHIRLEY
Passed away on Sunday 9 July 1967 Louisa Powell, beloved wife of Ernest Howard Shieley in her 89th year. Dear mother of Mrs. Mary McLean of Watford; Albert of Brooke and predeceased by son Harold, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Resting at the Harper Funeral Home, Watford where services will he held on Wednesday 12 July at 2;30 p.m. Interment if St. James Church Cemetery Brooke Township.

 

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE MAY 1925
SARAH ANN SHIRLEY
The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan 298 Wellington St, Sarnia on Sunday 17 May 1925. Deceased who was in her 75th year was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very able conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford assisted by the choir. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leave to mourn her loss two sisters; Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also two brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. Pallbearers were John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F. Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke Township.

 

 


 

 

 

   


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