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Henry Shirley, esq
of Hyde Hall Jamaica

You will want to order this book loaded with information and stories about this family before coming to Jamaica.
A limited quantity of books have been printed.

More information about Hyde Hall including Henry Shirley's list of slaves (c1817)

DNA Haplotype I


Henry Shirley (aka Sherdley) of Chambery France (Haute Savoy), partner in the Compagnie Anglais, British diplomatic envoy to Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia and Savoy.

married Maria De Vliger


1(ii). Bernard Shirley see here

1(iii). Edward Shirley

1(iv). James Shirley - he died in British, East Florida after some controvery

1(i). Henry Shirley, esq. christened 1745 in Chambery Savoy (now France). Charges d' Affaire at the court of Catherine the Great in Moscow Russia; Proprietor of Hyde Hall Jamaica; He died 1813 London, England 

married Hannah Spencer, daughter of John Spencer, esq, proprietor of Petersfield estate, Jamaica WI. She married 1st Thomas Rock.

1797, Sat., Dec. 9. Monday last died at. her lodgings in Bath, Mrs. Shirley, wife of the Hon. Henry Shirley, one of the Members of the Colonial Council in Jamaica.

illigitimate children  (mother: Sally Skiers, a free mullato woman of Petersfield estate, Jamaica 

2(i). Mary Edmund Shirley born 14 November 1791. Baptised 25 June 1793; Died as an infant in 1793.

2(ii). Edmund Skiers Shirley  baptized on October 15, 1794 in Kingston, Jamaica,

married Mary Ivey Mann on August 18, 1812  Portland  Jamaica


3(i). Elizabeth Ivy Shirley born October 14, 1813 Portland, Jamaica; christened 12 March 1817 at St George, Jamaica

3(ii). Bernard Ivy Shirley born July 16, 1815 Portland, Jamaica, christened 12 March 1817 at St George, Jamaica

married Elizabeth Young Harrison  

3(iii). Edmund Lilley Shirley  b.1820 Portland, Jamaica; christened 19 August 1820 at St George, Jamaica

married Mary Rebecca Harrison


4(i). Theresa Shirley born October 19, 1837 Portland, Jamaica; christened 11 March 1838 at St George, Surrey, Jamaica to Edmund Lilley and Mary Shirley

She could be the daughter of Edmund Lilley Shirley instead

4(ii). Matilda Rebecca Shirley born 1839; christened 23 February 1840 at St George, Surrey, Jamaica.

4(iii). Edward Shirley (possible son)

4(iv). Richard Carby Shirley christened 22 May 1842 at Saint George Parish, Surrey, Jamaica, son of Edmund and "Margaretta" Shirley

3(iv). Richard Mann Shirley b. 1820 Portland, Jamaica; christened 19 August 1820 St George, Jamaica

married Margaret Hall

3(v). David Robert Harrison Shirley  born 10 April 1823 Portland, Jamaica; christened 29 November 1823 at St George Parish, Jamaica, son of Edmund and Mary Ivy Shirley. He died 12 June 1893 at Doman Pasture Trelawny, age 70 (b 1823)

David Shirley, age 70 [b 1823], married, laborer, died on 12 June 1893 at Doman Pasture, Trelawny. His daughter Amelia Scarlett was the informant

married Isabella _________ widow of David Shirley of Doman Pasture Trelawny at time of her death on 17 February 1895

Isabella Shirley widow of David Shirley, laborer, died at Doman Pasture Trelawny on 17 February 1895, age 50. Son Robert Shirley was the informant.


4(i). Amelia Shirley She was the informant at the time of her father David Shirley's death in 1893. She married _____ Scarlett

4(ii). Robert Shirley He was the informant at the time of his mother Isabella Shirley's death in 1895.

3(vi). Peter Cairns Shirley b. December 24, 1824 St George, Portland Jamaica 


Who is this Shirley family? Clearly from Portland, Jamaica

Email 2019 - opening of 1 page autobiography of Hylton Neil Morris, son of James Morris and wife Maria Shirley of Hope Bay, Portland Jamaica.

"I was born in Jamaica, British West Indies in 1885 on the 9th of June. My grandparents were English stock and Shirley was the family name. Grandpa's name was David, but I can't recollect Grandma's Christian name.... My Mother was one of five children -- David, Samuel, George, Matilda, and Maria (my mother). My father's name was Peter James Morris. He died when I was one and a half years old and I do not remember him. He was nicknamed Maury. Mother lived to raise that large family by her own ingenuity. She operated a country store and bakery."

David Shirley - nothing more known

married ________


1(i). David Shirley Jr

1(ii). Samuel Shirley

1(iii). George Shirley

1(iv). Matilda Shirley

1(v). Maria Shirley born say 1860 - She married Peter James Morris and had children, one of whom was Hylton Neil Morris b 1885




NOTE: There are several Shirley families who may have had additional children. The child was not named in the birth records. Sometimes the parents were not listed, just the name of the child. Other times just the mother's name and no father was listed.






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