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Shirleys of Thatcham, Newbury and Peasmore, Berkshire

1. Thomas Shirley of Thacham Berkshire, maulster, Will probated 1672

1672 Will of Shirley, Thomas of Thacham Berks maulster - 1 June 1671 Thomas Sherley of Thatcham, county of Berks, maulster. To be buried in churchyard of Thatcham, to son John Shirley, to daughter Anne Mathews, to daughter Mary Bisley, to granddaughter Elizabeth Burbridge, to Richard Brice maulster of Newbury of Berks. Wife Elizabeth Shirley and my youngest son Ralph Sherley executors. Signed in presence of Jo Knight, Roger Knight. Proven 1672. Another probate Oct 1693. PCC 11/338 p 306

married Elizabeth __________

Berkshire Wills - Sherley, Elizabeth widow, bur Marlow end Thatcham 1680 W. 121/107

Children of Thomas Shirley and Elizabeth:

2(i). John Shirley named in father's 1672 Berkshire will.

[same?] Consistory Court of Salisbury - 1695 Inventory and will of John Shurley, yeoman, of Shinfield Berkshsire - P1/S/598

2(ii). Anne Shirley She married a Mathews

2(iii). Thomas Shirley b 4 Apr 1656 at Shinfield Parish (not mentioned in father’s Will)

2(iv). Mary Shirley b 18 Sept 1657 at Shinfield Parish. Named in father's will. She married Bisley

2(v). unknown Shirley married Burbridge

3(i). Elizabeth Burbridge, named in grandfather Thomas Shirley's will

2(vi). Ralph Shirley, gent. of Newbury and Thatcham Berkshire, maulster - Will probated 1709.

1684 Robert Hyde v. Ralph Shirley and his wife Katherine.: Real and personal estates of John Hyde, late citizen and fishmonger of London, and of Robert Hyde, brother of John, late of Newberry (Berks), mercer. Touching the carrying on of such business of mercer in Newberry by the defendants, Katherine (plaintiff's sister) and her husband, with the assistance of plaintiff's sister Frances; and an award under arbitration between plaintiff (son of Robert, mercer) and defendants, &c. E 134/35Chas2/Mich34 35 Chas 2 Eschequer Cases

Berkshire Wills - Sherley, Ralph, maulster, Thatcham. 1709 W. Afft. 122/179 17.176 239/131

married Katherine Hyde

Children of Ralph Shirley and Katherine Hyde:

3(i). Richard Shirley (possible son?)

Catmore, Berks Manorial Records
1719 Ralph Shirley succeeded by Richard Shirley in 1726

3(ii). Thomas Shirley of Newbury, gent- b 1688 d 1727

Oxford University Matriculations - Thomas Sherley, son of Ralph of Newbury Berkshire, pleb. St. Edmund Hall, matric. Dec 17, 1705, aged 17, B.A. from Balliol College 1710; brother of Ralph 1700.

1727 Will of Thomas Shirley of Newbury Berks gent. To brother Ralph Shirley. To my brother John Shirley, Sister Ann Shirley, messuages lying in Thatcham Berks now in possession of Giles Smith, messuages in High Clear Southampton now in possession of Edward Goddard. Dated 12 Nov 1716. Wit: Jo: Beale Eliz Beale Eliz Avery. Proven by Ralph Shirley 1727 (PCC 11/615 sig 126)

3(iii). Ann Shirley her will was probated in 1731.

1731 PCC Admin of Ann Shirley of Berkshire. July [PROB 6/107]

3(iv). John Shirley

3(v). Ralph Shirley, Clerk, and Lord of manor of Peasmore, Rector of Welford, “of Oxford”, b 1682 died Dec 20, 1760. Named son John Shirley and daughters Catherine and Mary Shirley in 1761 will

Oxford University Matriculations - Ralph Sherley, son of Ralph of Newbury, Berkshire, gent. Balliol College, matric. March 2, 1699-1700, aged 18, B.A. 1703. M.A. 1707; rector of Welford 1709, and Peasmore, Berkshire 1710; brother of Thomas 1705.

1705 PEASEMORE - 1686, when Thomas Coward, sen., clerk, and Mary his wife placed the manor in settlement, (fn. 71) for the Mary in this case, as appears from the inscription on her monument, was the daughter of Richard Lyford. (fn. 72) On 5 April 1705 her only daughter Mary was married to Mr. Ralph Sherley of Oxford, (fn. 73) and Mrs. Coward died 16 October 1709, aged seventy-four years. (fn. 74) In 1719 Ralph Sherley, clerk, and Mary his wife conveyed the manor to John Beale, apparently in trust. (fn. 75) Mary died in 1729 and Anne, her daughter, in 1745. (fn. 76) In 1756 Ralph and other members of the family conveyed the manor to John Archer and John Loder, clerk, (fn. 77) probably as trustees for a settlement. Ralph died in 1760, when he was described as 'Rector of Welford and of this Parish Church and Lord of the Manor of Peasemore.' (fn. 78) He seems to have been succeeded by his son William, who is described as lord of the manor, and who died childless in 1775, aged sixty-one. (fn. 79) The manor then seems to have passed under the provisions of the settlement of 1756 to John Archer of Welford, and he and Rosanna his wife with others conveyed it to trustees in 1784. From: 'Parishes: Peasemore', A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4 (1924), pp. 81-4.

LW&T of Ralph Shirley, clerk of Peasemore Berkshire - 1761. Refers to an indenture dated 1719 the right to appoint the several advowsons or patronage of the rectories and parish churches of Peasemore and Cottmeere. lands tenements called the parsonage house, lately in posession of Giles Haft, barns stables etc unto my daughter Catharine Shirley. I give and appoint all that the manor of Peasemore messuages lands tenements cottages, meadows woods unto my son John Shirley the heirs of his body lawfully. I give all the coppiess woods, under woods lands tenements in Brad[]i[]fd in Berks and all my real and personal estate unto my said son John. I commennd my daughter Mary Shirley to the care of her sister Catharine to be maintanined by her. 1746 Ralph Shirley. Wit: Rob Jones, Joseph Allen, John Dowes. Ecor John Shirley gent.

married Mary Coward on 5 Apr 1705 at Peasmore, died 1729. Daughter of Thomas Coward Sr, clerk, and Mary, daughter of Richard Lyford, Lord of the manor of Peasmore.

Children of Ralph Shirley and Mary Coward:

4(i). John Shirley, gent. chr 6 June 1714 at Wickham. Named as heir general in 1761 will of father Ralph. Inherited the manor of Peasemore

      Oxford University Matriculations
      John Shirley son of Ralph of Wickham Berkshire, cler. Hart Hall, matric. Feb 22, 1733-4, aged 19; B.A. 1738 (? Vicar of Welford, Berkshire, 1761), brother of Thomas 1730.)
      1775 Will of John Shirley of Peasemore , Berkshire 17 July 1775 PROB 11/1010, esquire. 27 June 1775. To John and Mary Allen and to John Allen their brother. Joseph Allen their late father. To John Allen all my stock in husbandry consisting of corn grain hay horses waggons carts etc. in my possession at Peasemore. To Joseph and John Allen all my wearing apparel. Parcel of my manor of Peasemore for the natural life of Joseph Allen. [other land at Peasemore] now in the occupation of Elizabeth Prince. To the right honorable Lady mary Archer wife of John Archer of Welford esquire and her ladyships daughter Miss Charlotte Archer . To my goddaughter Henrietta Watts daughter of the Rev Mr George Watts of Uffington and to my god daughter Hannah Stevens daughter fo Mr. Robert Stevens of Catmore . To my brother the Reverend Thomas Shirley clerk and to my sister Catherine the wife of the Rev Robert Ready clerk all household goodsand also my books etc. To my worthy friend John Archer esq. all that my manor of Peasemore after the deceases of the aforesaid Joseph, John and Mary Allen. And all of my revisionary estate for life of sister Catherine Ready the advowson and right of presentation to the rectory parish church of Catmore. Residual estate to John Archer...[all listed again] to the use fo teh said John Archer and his heirs in trust for my said brother the Reverend Thomas Shirley clerk for and during the term of his natural life...benefit for the first, second, third, fourth, fifith and all and every other the son and sons of the body of the said Thomas Shirley all my said manor messuages lands tenements and hereitaments and also my advowson donations and rights to the said John Archer [in default of issue male of my brother Thomas Shirley....Wit: Edw Withers, John Heath, richard Townsend. 11/1010 Probated 17 July 1775.

4(ii). Thomas Shirley, clerk. chr 1 June 1711 at Wickham. He inherited the family estates from brother John Shirley, but the lands and manors fell out of the Shirley family and into the Archer family because Thomas apparently did not have any male children.

    Oxford University Matriculations
    Thomas Shirley, son of Ralph, of Welford, Berkshire, cler. Trinity College, matric. March 18, 1729-30, aged 18; B.A. from Pembroke College 1733, died rector of Peasmore, Berks, Dec 20, 1760 [sic, father's death], aged 50, brother of John 1734.
    PCC Will Probated 1780. Written 1774 - Thomas Shirley of Wickham in the county of Berks. I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Dorothy Shirley all teh estate title and interest I have for right of disposition and right of patronage to the parish church of Welford and Chapelry of Wickham with the manor to the same being within the parish of Welford and to all that messuages farm lands and premises at Peasemore in the county of Berks and of all that the farm of Elton situate in the parishes of Welford and East Welford Berks with allt he houses lands and premises of Peasmore are in the possession of John Cole and the farm of Elton are in the possession of John [ ]. I give unto my said wife Dorothy Shirley all that my messuagages and [ ] yard lands situate at Clopton in the parish of Kintbury Amlwoolbury in the county of Berks in possession of Mary Savage widow. I give to my brother John Shirley an annuity of sixty pounds during his natural life. I give unto my sister Catherine Ready the wife of the Reverend Robert Ready one annuity of forty pounds. I give unto my goddaughter Dorothy Huges daughter of the Rev. William Huges and Elizabeth his wife 500 pounds provided she survives my wife and attains the age of 21. If she dies, then divided between her brothers and sisters except Edward and Eliz Hughes. I give to my godson Charles Fowle son of the Rev. Thomas Fowle and Jane his wife 500 pounds [as before]. I give unto my worthy friend and kinsman Mr Henry Sawbridge of Aldermanbury London mercer 2000 pounds after the decease of my wife. Appoint wife Dorothy and kinsman Henry Sawbridge joint executors. Signed 7 July 1774 in the presence of John Jennings, Barnard Jennings of Elton, farmers, Jno Walton, girdlershall. Proven 1780 by Dorothy Shirley and Henry Sawbridge, esq
    Newbury Parish Church Memorials - To the memory of the Rev. Thomas Shirley who succeeded his father Ralph Shirley as rector of this parish. He died XIVth Feb MDCCLXXX (1780) in the LXXIth year of his age (age 71). Also of Dorothy his wife, daughter of John Rolfe, esq many years a clerk in the house of lords. She died XXVIIIth Nov MDCCLXXXV (1785) aged LXXVIII years. And also Susanna, who died July MDCCLXI aged XVIII, Dorothy who died Nov MDCCLVIII aged XIV, Sophia who died an infant

married Dorothy Rolfe, d/o John Rolfe esq. she died 1785

Children of Thomas Shirley and Dorothy Rolfe:

5(i). Susanna Shirley chr at Wickham 14 Oct 1743 died 1761 age 18

5(ii). Dorothy Shirley chr at Wickham 17 Sep 1744 died 1758 age 14

5(iii). Sophia Shirley chr at Wickham 19 Aug 1745 died as in infant

4(iii). William Shirley chr 28 Apr 1719 at Wickham. He was Lord of Peasmore Manor, Rector at Welford.

Ralph Shirley died in 1760 as rector of Welford and Lord of Peasmore Manor succeeded by William Shirley [sic] who died without issue in 1775 aged 61 years. Succeeded by Ferrers Shirley who died in 1790 aged 81 years.

4(iv). Catherine Shirley chr 28 Sept 1716 at Wickham. Heiress, named in will of father Ralph Shirley. Named in brother Thomas Shirley's 1774 will; Named in brother John Shirley's 1775 will; Married Rev. Robert Ready on 28 July 1755 in ____ Hampshire (LDS)

4(v). Sussannah Shirley chr 24 Sept 1723 at Wickham; Not named in any wills

4(vi). Anne Shirley chr 9 Dec 1724 at Wickham; Not named in any wills

4(vii). Mary Shirley chr 17 Mar 1705 to Ralph Shirley and Mary at Peasemore (Was she born before their marriage?) Named in 1746 (probated 1761) will of father Ralph Shirley. placed in the care of her sister Catherine in the will of her father.

4(viii). Richard Shirley chr Feb 1727 at Welford (is this legit?) Not named in any wills




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