John Walter Shirley
DNA Haplotype: E3b (matches large USA/Ireland/Oxfordshire lineages)
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Info from Carol Lloyd and Alan Shirley
John Walter Shirley born about 1850 He was a Soldier in the Army. From June 1866 to Oct 1867 he was stationed with the Royal Artillery at Kingston, Canada as duties were handed over to Canadian troops on independence from Britain. He came there from 5 Divn. Depot Brigade. He was promoted to Corporal Royal Artillery. They went to Gibraltar then Malta and arrived in the Plymouth/Saltash area in Apr.1874. He must have met his wife, Mary Glanville, between then & 1875. He was given a long furlough from 1st. Feb. to 10 May 1875. (This could have been for their marriage). By 1889 he was a Gen Lab possibly a Journeyman and later by 1899 he became a Mason's Apprentice. Resided in Saltash from ca 1875 to ca 1900. A cousin said J. W. Shirley died in Cornwall aged 54 years in abt 1904/5. (This was via enquiries made by my cousin on behalf of her mother at an Adoption Agency in Detroit, Michigan, USA)
The family came from in and around Saltash, Torpoint, Landrake, Plymouth etc, ( St. German's Parish ). Some worked and married in Stoke Damerel, Devon but eventually moved back to Cornwall.
The "Depot Brigade" was a part of the Royal Artillery and was headquartered at Woolwich Kent.
Here's the link to the history of Fort Henry at Kingston Ontario where J. W. Shirley was clearly posted during his stay. http://www.parks.on.ca/fort/pasthist.htm
J.W. is in either Malta or Gibralter in the 1871 census
from Carol Loyd email@example.com
Our branch come from Landrake/Saltash areas.
My Great grandad was a Farmer, with a large family, unsure as yet to his christian name, probably, John or Robert Shirley.
The elder boys of my Great Grandad, hated farming, and my Grandad, John Robert (Bob) joined the "Devons" (Army). His 2 brothers joined the Navy. Don't know names yet.
My grandad, (Bob) left Army to join the Navy also. He met and married ?----------then settled in Torpoint, with my Uncle Jack's, Grandma and Grandad Willcocks ? names.
My Grandad's wife died approx 1939. So he left Cornwall to
live in the Isle of Man, with his 2 young sons, Ernest Charles
Robert aged 7 yrs. b.1932 d.1992 (my father) and Frank aged 5
yrs.b1930. This left my Uncle Jack b.1921--still living, Auntie
May b?1923, and Auntie Rosina b.?1925 (Ex School Headmistress
in Littleover, Derby) in Torpoint to complete their education,
they lived with family.
Uncle Jack -joined the Army, met and married Elizabeth(Betty) from Wales.
Auntie May- ? unmarried- I met her once when she visited us on I.O.M in 1959 (I was 4yrs old) she was not in contact with family members, and died a few years ago, I believe.
Auntie Rosina- joined the Wrens, married Norman Bucknall, she was Head Mistress at Comprehensive School in Littleover, Derby. Where she still lives, has been married for just over 50 years.
My father- Ernie, joined Navy at 15yrs, for 15yrs.He had known
my mother Brenda Marjorie Kneale-Armstrong for years (I.O.M)
they married Dec 1952.
Any help with family info would be appreciated.
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