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1.viii James Sherley, Goldsmith, Citizen of London, christened on 2 October 1587 at St. Magnus Martyr parish in the City of London. James Sherley, son of Robert Sherly, Goldsmith of London was apprenticed for 10 years to his father on 14 September 1604. In 1612, James Sherley, son of Robert Sherley was granted his freedom in the Goldsmith's Company 'by servitude' by his master (father) Robert Sherley. He inherited land in Limpsfield in his father's 1612 will. Some, or all of this land desribed as a 'moiety of a messuage and 3 parcels of land formerly bought of Richard Killick, in Limpsfield' was sold by James and his widowed mother in 1615 to Henry Jordan, of Limpsfield, gent. Sherley was by age 33 the treasurer of the the New England Company, a group of mostly London merchant adventurers who financially supported Puritan immigrants who left Holland in 1620 on the Mayflower. He and his wife Mary purchased land on the Island of Mersea Essex by deed of ffeoffment dated 4 August 1623 from William Mott, Samuel Mott and Robert Mott. Sherley was identified as an investor in the the famous East India Company in 1624.

High Court of Admiralty Examinations - Deposition: James Sherley, goldsmith and citizen of London, treasurer of the New England Company who deposes (testifies), 20 November 1624, aged 33 years, "was borne upon London Bridge, within the parish of St.Magnus, and hath for fourteen years kept house and family in the parish of St. Michaels, Crooked Lane, and borne all offices there". He is now Renter-Warden of the goldsmith's Company.

In 1624, Sherley sent out a ship load of passengers to Plymouth in the Charity. Two years later in 1626, he and 3 other adventurers assumed exclusive financing of the Plymouth Colony in return for a six year monoploy on the fur trade. There were numerous fights and spats between the American settlers and their investors in England, especially when the debts began to pile up. Sherley's mother Mary Holman Sherley died in 1626 and left a will saying that James and brother John would inherit all of her movable property in her house in London if they agreed to give their eldest brother Robert Sherley 1/3 portion of land in Godstone Surrey purchased by their father Robert Sherley in the name of his two sons John and James.

In 1627, Sherley, 3 other English financiers, William Bradford and other Plymouth settlers agreed to 'undertake' the resolution of the large debt incurred since the origin of the adventure. The adventurers imported beaver furs from New England and sold them in London, where the merchants then purchased goods needed by the new colonists in America. Later Beauchamp and a 3rd partner named Richard Andrews sued Sherley for importing L12,000 of furs and not providing a proper accounting, thus short-changing them. The suit was heard in Chancery and Sherley prevailed. He and fellow adventurer John Beauchamp jointly leased property in Clapham Surrey in 1634. Extant letters written by Sherley indicate he weathered the plague during the 1636 outbrake at Clapham. In 1637, he granted the freedom of his Goldsmiths Company servant Dudley Lovell. In 1641, James Sherley, of Clapham was still listed by the London Goldsmiths Company in their rolls as a member.

Sherley and the other London partners concluded their business with the Plymouth Colony in 1642. Sherley wrote to John Atwood of Plymouth Colony announcing his release on 14 June 1642.

"...And now for peace sake, and to conclude as we began, lovingly and friendly, and to pass by all failings of all, the conclude is accepted of..."

There is little evidence that Sherley shared in the religious beliefs of the Puritans, but certain letters from Sherley to Gov. William Bradford do show a sympathetic view by Sherley. See Sherley Letters

Sherley appears in the Calendar of State Papers when in 1655 the government ordered certain forts including one on Mersea Island Essex to all be demolished. Sherley owned the property under order on Mersea Island and refused it. This land was later instructed to be sold by his son James Shirley of Earls Coln Essex in his will.

James Sherley died in August 1657 and was buried. 16 Aug 1657 at Clapham, Surrey. The ledger of the New England Company records Sherley's passing, naming a successor for his position in the company.

Ledger of the New England Company 1650-1660. 26 Aug 1657 - "That Mr John Rolfe bee chosen in the roome and place of Mr. james Sherley deceased"

Administration of estate of James Sherley 1657 to James Sherley, the right and lawful son of James Sherley of Clapham in the county of Surrey.


Visitation of London Vol II, 1633, 1634, 1635

married 1) Mary Mott of Colchester, Essex, She was the daughter of William Mott of Colchester Essex per London Visitation; and granddaughter of Robert Mott, whose will is given in Waters' Gleanings) note: there is also a Mott family in Earls Coln Essex (see below). She was named in the 1626 will of her mother-in-law Mary Sherley. She died prior to 1653.

Related: Will of Priscilla Stephens of Colchester Essex widow [of Mathew Stephens] 5 June 1626. Son in law Geo Gilberd and wife Eliz, my dau. Dau Buxtone. Son and dau Norfolke. Grandchild Priscilla Cosen, John Cosen, Wm and Thos Cosen. Grandchild Anne Buxtone, Thos and Robert Buxton. Grandchild Mary Peeters. Godson Robt Middleton, Cousin Samuel Motte's wife and his son William Mott. My cousin robert Mott and wife. My cousin Shirley and wife and Eliz Mott, the wife of John Langly (she was dau of Wm Mott in visitation). My old cousin Holmes his wife. Son George Norfolk and wife. Dau Anne Buxton. Cousin Wm and Samuel Mott exor. Cousins Thos Mott and Thos Holmes overseers [Robert Mott of Colchester names "sister Stevens" in his 1603 will]

married 2) Rebecca ______ She was named in ?son James Sherley's 1676 Will

Boyds Marriage Index - 1653 James Sherley m Rebecca Bowers - Clapham

Surrey Hearth Tax 1664, # of Hearths - Mrs Rebecca Sherly 5 Clapham

children:

2.i James Sherley of Earls Coln Essex, clerk - Identified in the 1633/5 Visitation of London as son of James Sherley, goldsmith of London. Bound as a draper's apprentice to William Risley on 27 Jan 1640 son of James Sherley Cit and Goldsmith London (Draper's apprentice records and also Visitation of London 1634 II 236)

1671 Earls Coln Hearth Tax - Jas Sherley - 5ht

1673 Earls Coln Hearth Tax - Jas Shurley - 5ht

Indenture dated 5 May 1674 between James Sherley of Earls Colne, Clerk, and Jacob Tayspill of Colchester, Saymaker. For the sum of £200, transfer of Martells, Martells Marsh, Stanesland, Bromans, Cobbs and other lands and tenements at East Mersea including the Blockhouse. An addition to the indenture includes reference to 'A deed of ffeoffment from William Mott, Samuel Mott and Robert Mott unto James Sherley and Mary his wife' dated 4 August 1623. (explains how the Mersea lands came into the Sherley family). - Essex RO D/DEt T166 (courtesy of Sue)

1675 Earls Coln Hearth Tax - Jas Sherley - 5ht

1676 Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection) - July. 9. Very wet weather. yet god is the same to preserve our crop. heard of Mr Shirleys death at London hastened by a son of disobedience. lord I thank thee for thy support under all the trouble and carelessness of my family. god good in his word

1676 LW&T of Sherley, James clerke of Earls Cone Essex In the name of god amen I Jas Sherley of Earls Colne in the county of Essex clerk being at present in some weakness of body but of sound mind memory and understanding thanks be therefore given unto god considering the frailty of human nature and that there is nothing more certain than death and nothing as to us more uncertain than the time thereof have thought good to make my last will and testament as I do by these presents in manner and form following that is to say first I do recommend my soul to god my heavenly father through jesus christ his only son my lord and saviour and my body to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executor hereafter named and as concerning the temporal estate which it hath pleased god of his mercy to grant me I do therefore give and bequeath to the poor of the parish of Cone (Colne) 4nobles to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of my neighbour Robt Potter and I do give to the said Robt Potter my first part of Caril's works and to his wife the second part item I do give and bequeath to my maidservant Ann Cobbs (may be Ann Cobbs) the sum of 3li sterling item I do give and bequeath to my brother Thos Sherley 10s for a ring to my sister Margt Lewis [Ed: sister-in-law] 10s for a ring to my brother and sister Taspell 20s for two rings to my brother and to my sister Little 20s for two rings and to my niece Sarah Taspell my late wife's gold bodkin item I do give and bequeath to my cousin Barbary Flower 40s [Ed: See Barbara Sherley, d/o Robert Sherley of Wanstead Essex above] item I do give and bequeath to Rich Herlackenden and to Jn Finch the third and fourth part of mr Caril's volumes of which the said Rich Herlakenden shall first make his choice and the other shall be for the said Jn Finch item I do give and bequeath unto my son Jas Sherley all and every my lands houses messuages buildings and appurtenances whatsoever situate lying and being in Bradwell juxta Mare in the county of Essex now or late in the tenure or occupation of Wm Seare and Rich Odle or their assigns and all the rents profits and increase thereof to have and to hold unto my said son Jas Sherley his heirs and assigns forever and I do moreover give and bequeath to my said son Jas Sherley one third part of my farm in Stysted in the said county of Essex now in the tenure or occupation of Edw Baysey and my best purple bed with all the furniture thereunto belonging and mr Perkins' three volumes with my late wife's best diamond ring and moreover I do give and bequeath to my said son Jas Sherley the sum of 5li per annum to be paid out of the rents of the lands houses messuages yards and appurtenances situate lying and being at the backside in the county of Surrey over against the Temple to be paid unto him his executors or assigns for and during the whole remainder of time which I have and hold therein by lease from Jn Arundell esq item I do give and bequeath to my son Jn Sherley all that my house messuage tenement and appurtenances situate and being in Colchester now in the tenure or occupation of Jn Pike or his assigns and all the rents profits and increase thereof and I do give to my said son Jn my green bed and all the furniture thereunto belonging and my second diamond ring and my three volumes or books of martyrs item I do give and bequeath to my three sons Jn Sherley Edw Sherley and Thos Sherley all that my lands situate lying and being in Mersey Island in the county of Essex and all houses messuages tenements buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the tenure or occupation of Jn Brewer and Rich Querne or assigns and I do expressly will and ordain that the said lands buildings and appurtenances shall be sold for payment of my debts and the residue of the proceeds thereof to be equally divided between my said three sons Jn Edw and Thos share and share alike and if any of them shall happen to depart this life under age and unmarried then I do will and ordain that the part and share of the deceased shall belong and appertain to the survivors or survivor of them equally to be divided and therein my said three sons to be heirs the one to the other item I do give and bequeath to my said three sons Jn Sherley Edw Sherley and Thos Sherley all my right title and interest which I have in certain yards lands houses tenements and buildings situate and being on the bankside in the county of Surrey over against the Temple now in my possession and in the occupation of Peter Rich esq Jn Lloyd Robt Bassett Jn Butcher Wm Short or any others the rents thereof to be divided between my said three sons Jn Edw and Thos equally share and share alike for and during all the rest residue and remainder of term and time which I have and hold therein by lease from Jn Arundell esq excepting and always reserved thereout the 5li per annum which I have and do give to my son Jas during all the said term and I do expressly will and ordain that it shall be left in the power of my said son Jas Sherley to renew a lease of the premises of and from the said Jn Arundell item I do give and bequeath to my said three sons Jn Sherley Edw Sherley and Thos Sherley all that my lands tenements and appurtenances situate lying and being in the parish of Holy Trinity in the in the ward of Queenehith London which I hold by lease from the college of Winchester and all the rents profits and increase thereof equally to be divided between them share and share alike for and during all the remainder of time in the said lease mentioned upon express condition that there shall be thereout and thereof paid 5li sterling per annum to my mother Rebecca Sherley according to a note which for that effect I have given unto her under my hand to be paid unto her during her natural life item I do give and bequeath to my son Edw Sherley Burges's sermons item I do give and bequeath to my son Thos Sherley Hildsham's lectures upon the fourth of john and I do moreover expressly will and ordain that all my household stuff plate library rings and jewels by me herein not yet disposed of shall be sold and the monies thereof proceeding shall be employed towards the payment of the debts which I do justly owe and I do hereby make nominate and appoint my said son Jas Sherley sole executor of this my last will and testament and Jacob Tayspell and Jn Little overseers entreating them to be advising and assisting unto my said son Jas in the premises and this I do declare to be my last will and testament revoking all other testaments and bequests whatsoever by me formerly made by word of mouth or in writing during that this my present testament and last will written on six sheets of paper with this may take place and be of force after my death and none other in witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal dated in London the 3.7.1676 etc. Jas Sherley signed sealed and declared by the testator for his last will and testament the day and year aforesaid in the presence of Simon Allinhame Erasmus Norwich J Marius notary public Proven by James Shirley Dec 1681 [margin notes include date 1681 apparently probated by son Thomas Shirley] PCC 11/351 p 323 also see PCC 11/351 p 177 Further grant of probate 1683

15 December 1681 Amended commission to Thos Ball lawful guardian assigned to Thos Sherley natural and lawful son and also legatee named in the will of Jas Sherley sen late of Earls Colne in the county of Essex deceased to administrate the goods rights and credits of the said deceased according to the tenor and effect of the will of the deceased for Jas Sherley jun the natural and lawful son and also executor nominated in the will of the said deceased also had died having not fully administrated it to the use and benefit of Thos Sherley the natural and lawful son and legatee named in the will of the said Jas Sherley sen deceased he swore

9 September1683 Amended commission to Thos Sherley the natural and lawful son and also legatee named in the will of the said Jas Sherley sen deceased to administrate the goods rights and credits of the said deceased according to the tenor and effect of his will the aforesaid Jas Sherley jun the natural and lawful son and the executor nominated in the will aforesaid of the said deceased had also died having not fully administrated he swore the administration of the goods etc of the said will annexed of the said Jas Sherley sen deceased in the month of .12.1681 was committed to Thos Ball for the use and benefit of the said Thos Sherley until the said Thos attained his age of 21yr it is ceased and ended he swore

married Sarah Hawkins in 1655 at Dinton Buckinghamshire. She was daughter of John and Sarah Hawkins of Braintree Essex. Sarah died prior to the death of her husband James Sherley, as mentioned in his will dated 1676.

Proof: 1667 Dec 14 Will of Sarah Hawkins of Braintree Essex, widow of John Hawkins gentleman. To grandaughter Lady Christian Dawes, dau of William Lyons. To my son in law Edward Lewis of London, daughter Margaret Lewis his wife 10L, to Sarah and Mary Lewis dau of the said Edward and Margaret. To son in law James Sherley clerk 10L. to James Sherley eldest son of the said James Sherley and mary his wife my late daughter deceased 50L. To John Sherley, Edward Sherley, Thomas Sherley sons of the said james 100L a piece to be paid within a year after my death. To son in law John Little of ?Hatfield/ Halstead/ Felstead gent and to Judith his wife my daughter 10L a piece. To my grandchild Thomas Little 200L. Household chattle to daus Margaret Lewis and Judith Little. To minister of Braintree 40s. Exor dau Margaret Lewis

More Proof:1675 9 Feb C78/1941 [Estate of Sarah Hawkins, legacies paid to] James Sherley the elder, clerk; James Sherley the younger; John Sherley; Edward Sherly; and Thomas Sherley the four sons of said James Sherley the elder by Mary his late wife, infants under the age of one and twenty years. (James being about 18; John, 17; Edward, 15; and Thomas, 13) by James Sherley the elder their father; John Little, gentleman & Judith his wife; Thomas Little their son an infant (about 8) by John Little his father and next friend, complainant, exhibited the bill of complaint into htis most high and honroable court of Chancery v. Margaret Lewys, widow late wife of Edward Lewys and executrix of Sarah Hawkins widow, Defendant. They are setting forth that Sarah Hawkins widiow and relict of John Hawkins by her last will dated the eigth and twentieth of January 1666 did give to the complainants severall legasies viz to James Sherley the elder the sum of 10 pounds to James Sherley the younger 50 pounds to John Sherley 100 pounds to Edward Sherley 100 pounds to Thomas Sherley 100 pounds to John Little 10 pounds and to Judith his wife 10 pounds and to the complainant Thoams Little the son and infant 200 pounds all which legacies were to be paid without delay [by the] defendant executrix of the said will and died in October 1667...benefit of the legatees in the mean time and son of the complainant want the sums to bind them forth apprentised and to support of themselves in some honest employment..., No. 6 [15].

[note: further investigations into names in John Hawkins clothier's 1634 will show connections with Mott family of Colchester and with New England families. Mary Hawkins mentioned but before marriage. Hawkins was alderman of city of London in 1626. Wife Sarah was dau of George Wood clothier of Bocking Essex who left will in 1636 naming her]

children:

3.i James Sherley born 1656 at Dinton parish, Buckinghamshire to James and Mary Sherley. Eldest son of James Sherley of Earls Colne Essex, clerk. He was appreenticed to the Skinners guild in 1671. He was age 18 in the probate of grandmother Sarah Hawkins estate in 1675. Named executor of father's 1676 Will. He died in November 1677 prior to the completion of the administration of his father's estate.

1671/2 - Skinners Apprentices - James Sherley, son of James of Earles Colne, Essex

Amended Probate of Will of James Shirley Sr - Saturday 15 December 1681 amended commission to Thos Ball lawful guardian assigned to Thos Sherley natural and lawful son and also legatee named in the will of Jas Sherley sen late of Earls Colne in the county of Essex deceased to administrate the goods rights and credits of the said deceased according to the tenor and effect of the will of the deceased for Jas Sherley jun the natural and lawful son and also executor nominated in the will of the said deceased also had died having not fully administrated it to the use and benefit of Thos Sherley the natural and lawful son and legatee named in the will of the said Jas Sherley sen deceased he swore (- PROB11/351/95 Jas Sherley 1676 1676

Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection, Source: Earls Colne Project) -

Sunday 2 February 1668 A very dry, calm, warm Jan. but the night wet. but sun shone, the lord good to me in his word and worship: Mary at White Colne with Mr Shirly who preached there. lord let the word prosper. Johns hand very ill(,) lord sanctify this affliction to him.

Tuesday 3 October 1676 my sister Dorothy went from me, we parted in much kindness. I sent them not empty away. I was much in my thoughts to buy the Newhouse lands in Colne, but I found Mr Eldred was backward. at night Mr Shirly came to Mary , which seemed a speaking providence to the contrary. my wife was ill pleased with it. I submit to god.

Friday 23 November 1677. Heard of the death of James the eldest son of Mr [ Shirley. ] who made great love to my daughter and then fell off. a mercy she is not a widow. she never showed respect to any young man but to him. god warn my son and do her good by it.     

3.ii John Sherley - born 1657 at Dinton parish, Buckinghamshire to James and Mary Shirley . He was age 17 in the probate of grandmother Sarah Hawkins estate in 1675. Named in father's 1676 Will, age about 19 at the time. He is alive in 1681 when he sold the lands at East Mersea on behalf of his brother James Sherley (Jr), both sons of James Sherley, clerk of Earls Colne Essex. Needs more research

Release by John Sherley, 'brother and heir of James Sherley, late of London merchant deceased which James was son and heir of James Sherley late of Earls Colne clerk deceased' to Ralph Creffeild, 29 December 1681. - Essex RO D/DEt T166 (courtesy of Sue)

Receipt by John Sherley 'sonne of James Sherley late of Earles Colne in ye Countye of Essex Clarke' of £65 13s.4d. from Ralph Creffeild 'from ye Sale of ye Lands of East mersey according to ye last will & Testament of ye said James Sherley my Father and also in full of all legacies given unto me by ye last will and testament of Sarah Hawkins my Grandmother. And I do hereby remise and release unto Margarett Lewes widd executrix of ye last will and testament of ye said Sarah all manor of legacies and demands which I have or may clayme'. Witnessed by William Mott et al. Dated 30 December 1681. - Essex RO D/DEt T166 (courtesy of Sue)

3.iii Edward Sherley - born 1659 at Dinton parish, Buckinghamshire to James Shirly. He was age 15 in the probate of grandmother Sarah Hawkins estate in 1675. named in father's 1676 Will. He died without naming a wife or children in his 1692 will, then age about 33.

1692 LW&T of Shirley, Edward mariner of London of HMS Greenwich - Edward Sherley of London, mariner, dangers of the seas, wages due of my defense for my service in his majesty's fleet, to brother Thomas Shirley citizen and distiller of London executor 16 Nov 1689. In presence of Bedford Carr, Thomas Ayates servants to Thomas Carr. Proven by Thomas Sherley 1692. PCC 11/411 p 222

3.iv Thomas Sherley, Citizen and Distiller of London, Lived St. Dunstans in East - born 1661 at Dinton parish, Buckinghamshire to James and Mary Shirley. He was age 13 in the probate of grandmother Sarah Hawkins estate in 1675. named in father's 1676 Will - named in brother Edward's 1692 Will

Proof: Distillers Apprentices - Shirley, Thomas son of James of Earl Colne Essex clerk to John Elwick 16 Oct 1677

Proof (connection to Dinton Bucks) 19 Jul 1701 London Consistory Court Depositions -Thomas Shirley (40, born Dinton BKM, St Dunstan in West 28 years, distiller)

PCC Will of Thomas Shirly citizen and distiller of London. 1 April 1717. Being a freeman of the city of London 1/3 part to my dear and loving wife Hester Sherley that is to say the cottage lease in Trinity Lane in parish of Queenhythe in the City of London. 1/3 part I will be divided to my sons and daughters . 1/3 the remainder to my wife. Wife and Edward Stanley, grocer of London joint executors. Evan Pugh, Katherine Edwardson (her mark) Samuel Thornton. Probated by Estore Shirly relict2 6 April 1717 PROB 11/557

married Hester Russell 27 April 1692 at Aston Abbots Buckinghamshire (Vic Gen. Marr. License)

1720 PCC Will of Hester Shirley widow of St Dunstan in East City of London. Late husband Thomas Shirley. To son James Sherley, To son Thomas Sherley and 3 daughters Mary Gatliffe Avorina, Honoria. To son-in-law James Gatliffe. To Mary houses etc in parish of Holy Trinity, City of London made to James Sherley, clerk since deceased. Dwelling house on Thames Street. Dated 21 Oct 1719. Wit: Honoria Kinber, Hester Stanley, Ann Merrett. Proven by Thomas Sherley 17 Mar 1720

Children:

4.i James Sherley - born before 1695. named in household of parents for 1695 London tax record. Mentioned in mother's 1720 Will, then age about 25 years old.

1695 London Tax- Thomas Shirley, L600 (subject to surcharge due to wealth), wife Hester, son James , St Dunstan in the East

married Dorothy _____ named in the christening record of her son James Sherley

Children:

5.i James Sherley born 13 Dec 1717; chr 23 Dec 1717 Saint Dunstan In The East. Nothing more known.

4.ii Thomas Sherley - born 19 Dec 1698 St Dunstan East P.R., Likely died young

4.iii Thomas Sherley - born 29 Dec 1700 St Dunstan East P.R. mentioned in mother's 1720 Will. He removed to Chipping Barnet Hertfordshire in 1731 and died there leaving a will dated 1753. He named his wife Frances but no children in his will.

6 June 1716 (Apprentices) Sherley, Thomas (s of Thomas Sherley, Citizen Distiller), Citizen and Frame Work Knitter, Joshua Eland, Mentioned in sister Mary Gatliffe's 1751 Will.

Hertfordshire Settlement Index: Thomas Shirley D/P15/13/2 St Dunstan-in-the-East, City of London to Chipping Barnet Mar 29 1731

PCC Will of Thomas Shirley, Cheesmonger of Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire - 5 July 1753 to my sister Honoria Forrest widow 10 guineas also all of the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever to my wife Frances Shirley. Wife sole executor Wit: James Gatliffe, Wm Beatty - Proven by Frances Shirley 2 January 1756 PROB 11/820

married Frances ______ named in husband's 1753 will.

4.iv Mary Sherley - mentioned in mother's 1720 Will. Married James Gattliffe of St Magnus Martyr London. His short will probated 1726.

PCC Will of Mary Gatliffe of the parish of All Saints Hertford but late of the parish of St Magnus the Martyr in the city of London widow. 15 June 1751...I give to my brother Thomas Sherley the sum of 10 pounds to buy him mourning and unto my sister Honoria Forest widow 10 pounds...unto my niece Honoria Stevens and her husband Thomas Stevens 10 pounds. Mrs Agatha Dunn Mrs Sarah Barker widow and Mrs Eliz Hendry widow. To my son James Gatliffe of All Saints Hertford in the county of Hertford, cheesemonger all goods chattels etc executor. Wit: Sarah Bray, Ester Darkin. Proven 28 Aug 1751 by James Gatliffe PROB 11/789

4.v Avorina Sherley - mentioned in mother's 1720 Will.

4.vi Hester Sherley - born 26 Jan 1702, chr 27 Jan 1702 St Dunstan East P.R. Possibly married ___Stanley.

4.vii Honoria Sherley - born 9 Mar 1705, chr 16 Mar 1705 St Dunstan East P.R. Mentioned in sister Mary's 1751 Will. Possibly married 1) __Kinber. Married ___Forest who died prior to 1751.

PCC Will of Honoria Forrest, Widow of Saint Margaret Westminster, Middlesex - 19 Mar 1762- ...sell all my goods and furnture...support of my two grandchildren, Isabella and Francis Stevens. I give my daughter Honoria Stevens widow 1 shilling and no more. Mr Artdall Harris executor. Wit Thomas Fagg - Proven 9 May 1763 PROB 11/887

2.ii Thomas Sherley - Identified in the 1633/5 Visitation of London as son of James Sherley, goldsmith of London. He was apprenticed into the Goldsmith's Company and granted his freedom 'by patrimony' of his father James Sherley in 1656. Named in brother James Sherley's 1676 Will, Needs more research

2.iii Elizabeth Sherley chr 8 July 1635 at Clapham to James Sherley. Buried 17 April 1638 dau of James Shirley. Not identified in the 1633/5 Visitation of London as daughter of James Sherley, goldsmith of London

2.vi Sarah Sherley She married Jacob Tayspell by license at the Faculty Office on 17 August 1666. She was named in brother James 1676 Will, Not identified in the 1633/5 Visitation of London as daughter of James Sherley, goldsmith of London, possibly born after.

1666 Aug 17 Marriage Licenses at the Faculty Office - Sherley, Sarah to Jacob Tayspill

Children:

3.i Sarah Tayspell - named in uncle James's 1676 Will

2.vii Susan Sherley born before 1626. She was named in the will of her 1626 grandmother Mary Sherley. Not identified in the 1633/5 Visitation of London as daughter of James Sherley, goldsmith of London, possibly born after.


The following are children of James Sherley, goldsmith from old published sources (need to reconcile with above information)

2.v Samuel Sherley chr. 15 Aug 1638 Clapham to James Sherley (is this a typo for Sarah instead?)

2.vi John Sherley chr. 2 Sep 1638 Clapham  nothing more known

 


1. Samuel Sherley

Note: A Samuel Sherley is prominent in Colechester city governement during the Cromwellian disruptions. Royalists fought Parliamentarians for control of the local government. Samuel Sherley was a city councillor who signed a peitition read in council Sept 1657. A birthdate for this Samuel Sherley of Colechester of 1638 is inconsistent with this date and may indicate a different connection to the above Goldsmiths family lineage (if at all)

The son of the following Samuel Shirley, is documented to have been born about 1657. That would potentially place the birthdate of Samuel at about 1637. This date is in the correct timeframe for the following Samuel Sherley to be the son christened to James Shirley, goldsmith, in 1638 in Clapham Surrey.

1662 Essex Hearth Tax
Lexden Hundred, Colchester, St Peter: Samuel Sherly - 7 hearths

1681 LW&T of Shurley, Samuel merchant of Colechester Essex
7 Sept 1681 Samuel Sharley of Colechester Essex merchant taylor, to wife Margaret Sharely lands in parish of St Michael Myhend Colchester now in occupation of John Phillips, lands in Eaststreete in parish of St James in Colechester now in occupation of William Clarke, lands in Shalford in County of Suffolk now in occupation of David Phithian, to my son Joseph Sherley, to son Isaac Sherley, and Rachel his wife, to grandhchild Sarah Sherley, to sister in law Joanna Bloys, to sister Elizabeth Miller widow, to my maid servant Elizabeth Morden, to poor of St Peter, wife executrix. In presence of John Wyatt, Thomas Lourny, James Whooly. Proven by Mary Sherley 1681. PCC 11/368 p 360

Married: Margaret Addenbrooke Will Probated 1691 Margaret Addenbrooke was identified as the wife of Samuel Shirley in the PCC wills of brothers Edward Addenbrooke 1664, and Thomas Addenbrooke 1667, both upholsterers of London. Son Isaac Sherley was also named in the will of Edward. Thomas Addenbrook's estate was also probated in Maryland USA.

1691 LW&T of Sherley, Margaret widow of Colchester Essex
12 March 1690 Margaret Shirley of Colchester Essex widow being very aged, to son Joseph Shirley lands in Eaststreet in parish of St James Colechester now occupied by Robert Lewes widow, Randall and George Kant, to grandchild Sarah Shirley, late husband in his LW&T gave Sarah 10 pounds, house I now live in St Peters Colechester, to my son Isaac Shirley and Rachell his wife, to 2 grandchildren Samuel Sherley and Mary Sherley, to my sister Joanna Bloys widow, to servant John Phillips. Signed in the presence of John Phillips, John Wyatt. Proven by Joseph Sherley 1691. PCC 11/405 p 103

Children:

2.i Joseph Sherley - Lived in the parish of St Peter in Colchester, Essex. Salesman. Named in father's 1681 Will, probated mother's 1691 Will. Married Mary Loan Nov 26 1689 at St James Colechester; described as a merchant taylor of Colchester in 1692. Held land at Stratford Essex (Suffolk?). Will written 1692, probated 1693

2.ii Isaac Sherley - born about 1657 (age 38 at date of death in 1695 according to church epitaph) named in 1st cousin Edward Addenbrook's 1664 PCC will as "youngest son of Samuel Sherley". named in father's 1681 Will, named in mothers 1691 Will. Named in brother Joseph Sherley's 1693 will. His own will probated 1696

1696 LW&T of Sherley, Isaac merchant of Colchester Essex
Last Will and Testament of Isaac Sherley of Colechester Essex 26 Jan 1695, lands to wife Rachell, to my son Samuel, 3 daughters Mary, Abigail, and Rachell. Signed in the presence of John Garrison, Mary Maynard. Proven by Rachell Sherley 1696. PCC 11/430 p 160

Married Rachel ______

Children:

3. Samuel Sherley - named in father's 1696 Will

3. Mary Sherley - named in father's 1696 Will. Married John Eglonton at St James Colechester May 2 1693.

3. Abigail Sherley - named in father's 1696 Will

3. Rachell Sherley - named in father's 1696 Will

3. Sarah Sherley - named as grandchild in Will of Samuel and wife Margaret Sherley. Likely married Thomas Mathews in April 1696 at St James Colechester, Essex

Another Sarah Sherley married James Purckes on 6 Jan 1675 at St James Colechester

   


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