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  Shirleys of
Birmingham, Warwickshire

Thomas Shirley born say 1739, lived Birmingham, Warwickshire. He was a button maker

married Mary Anne Forsebrook on Feb 26, 1759 St. Phillips, Birmingham. She was chr. Apr 25, 1737 St. Martins, Birmingham  


1(i). Thomas Shirley chr. Apr 8, 1765 St. Phillips, Birmingham, He was a button burnisher

married Mary Brookes on 25 Aug 1783


2(i). Thomas Shirley chr. Dec 29, 1784 St. Phillips, Birmingham

married Susanna Marston on May 5, 1806 at St Martin, Birmingham; She is living with son George Shirley in 1861 "mother in law"


3(i). George Shirley chr. July 27, 1807 St. Phillips, Birmingham; Living at St George Birmingham Warks in 1841 and 1851 census, silver plate worker. Enumerated at Aston Manor, Aston, Warwickshire in 1861 and 1871 and 1881; He died in 1886. He was a silver plate worker.

married Elizabeth Harrison on May 5, 1829 at St. Marys, Handsworth, Staffordshire. She died before the 1881 census (She is named Elizabeth in all census)


4(i). George Shirley born about 1830, age 11 in 1841 census, not in family's 1851 household

4(ii). Selina Shirley b: 1831 living in parent's household in 1871

4(iii). Elizabeth Shirley b: 1834 living in parent's household in 1871

4(iv). William Thomas Shirley b: 1836, son of George and Selina [sic] Shirley. Immigration to Boston MA USA in 1880, occupation Silversmith. He died 30 March 1914 at Providence RI USA (death certificate). Buried at Locust Grove Cemetery, Providence RI Shirleys of Providence Rhode Island USA

married Emily A Grey


5(i). William Thomas Shirley born 21 August 1855 chr 5 February 1860 at St Mathias Birmingham Warks, to William T Shirley and Emma Gray, age 15 in 1871 census. He died 7 December 1932 at Providence RI USA. Wife Ann Marie Round, married at Aston Warks in Sept 1880 (death certificate)

5(ii). Charles Henry Shirley born 9 January 1860 chr 5 February 1860 at St Mathias Birmingham Warks to William and Emily Shirley, age 11 in 1871 census

5(iii). Emily Shirley born about 1864 at Birmingham Warks, age 7 in 1871 census

5(iv). George Shirley born 4 September 1865 in Birmingham Warwickshire (tombstone). He died 5 December 1923 at Providence RI USA Buried Oakland Cemetery, Providence RI. He married Sarah N Dawson.

5(v). Jane Shirley born about 1869 in Birmingham Warks, She was age 2 in 1871 census

5(vi). Arthur Shirley born about 1871 in Birmingham Warks, He was age 0 in 1871 census

4(v). Hannah Shirley born about 1837, age 4 in 1841 census, not found in later family census households

4(vi). Jane Shirley b: 1841, age 1 in 1841 census

4(vii). Mary Ann Shirley b: 1843

4(viii). John Shirley b: 1845 at Kings Norton

married Sarah Ann McGuire on May 26, 1866 Mt. Zion Chapel. She was b: 1846 Halesowen


5(i). Alonzo John Ward Shirley b: 1865 chr 1 Oct 1865 Saint Mark, Birmingham

married Ada Ella Docker in 1886 at Birmingham (1901 Census)


6(i). Alick A.Shirley b: 1887

6(ii). Bertram F. D. Shirley b: 1889

6(iii). Mary F. Shirley b: 1895

5(ii). Christopher Shirley b: 1868 chr 14 June 1868 Saint Mark, Birmingham

5(iii). Florence Shirley b: 1870

5(iv). Lilian Shirley chr 12 Dec 1869 Saint Mark, Birmingham

5(v). Eveline Shirley b: 1871 chr 25 June 1871 Saint Mark, Birmingham

5(vi). Frances Shirley b: 1873

5(vii). Albert Shirley b: 1874 married in Birmingham to Edith -immigrated to Regina, Saskatchewn Canada in 1912

5(viii). Frederick Shirley b: 31 Jan 1876 Districts of Aston & Erdington, Birmingham, He died 22 Apr 1939 Port Arthur, Ontario Canada Immigrated to Canada in 1912

Frederick joined The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at Bodmin, Cornwall, 1 Dec 1891. On the enlistment document, his age had been changed from 16 to 18 yrs old. Next of kin was left off. He transfered to the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver and was sent to India for three years. We have his Army Temperance Medals from India. "Watch and Be Sober" is on the backside of one medal. On his return to Leeds Chapeltown Barracks, he was transferred to the 94th Battery RFA and sent to Clonmel, Ireland, Dec 1899. He was completely discharged 30 Apr 1903.
Frederick and Mary Jane immigrated to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1912, with their two sons. Frederick joined the 46th Battalion Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on 31 Mar 1915. He was discharged Sep 1915 as medically unfit. Chronic Rheumatism in legs and feet and unable to walk, the result of climatic conditions and exposure whilst on Active Service. Frederick was given a one year pension of $132 Cdn. They then moved to Port Arthur, Ontario in 1916.

married Mary Jane Armstrong 10 Oct 1901 in the Wesleyan Chapel in Erdington, District of Aston, Birmingham


6(i). Frederick James Shirley Jr b: 10 Jan 1903 Aston and Erdington, Birmingham d: 1944 Port Arthur, ON

6(ii). Joseph Henry (Harry) Shirley b: 3 Oct 1906 Aston and Erdington, Birmingham d: 1978 Thunder Bay, ON

6(iii). Raymond Shirley b: June 1920 Port Arthur, ON d: 28 Aug 1981 Thunder Bay, ON

married Donelda Spencer on Aug 7, 1948, Parents of member Jay Shirley and wife Karen.

5(ix). Bertram Shirley b: 20 Jan 1882 chr 24 Feb 1884

3(ii). Mary Anne Shirley born Sept 9, 1809, chr Mar 6, 1810 Saint Phillips, Birmingham

3(iii). Hannah Shirley born Nov 3, 1811, chr. Sept 25, 1812 Saint Martin, Birmingham

3(iv). Thomas Shirley born April 7, 1814, at Summer Lane, Birmingham; chr. Jan 2, 1815 St. Phillips, Birmingham

married Jane Young on June 1, 1834


4(i). Thomas Shirley b: Sept 5, 1834, regimental gunsmith 82nd Sth Lancashire Regiment


5(i). Thomas Shirley 1854

4(ii). William Shirley b: July 6, 1836, jeweler, age 44 in 1881 census

married Ann Caney. Her neice Emma Caney was living with the family in 1881 census.


5(i). Annie Shirley born about 1859 in Birmingham Warks, age 22 in family's 1881 census

5(ii). William Shirley born about 1865 in Birmingham Warks, age 16 in 1881 census

4(iii). Jane Shirley b: 1838

4(iv). Samuel Shirley b: 1840, jeweler,

married Martha _____

4(v). Frederick Shirley b: 1842, gunfinisher

4(vi). Hannah Shirley b: 1854

4(vii). Frances Shirley b: 1857

3(v). John Shirley b: 1816

3(vi). William Shirley b: 1820

3(vii). Harriet Shirley chr 30 May 1828 at St Phillips, Birmingham

3(viii). Emma Shirley b: 1822

3(ix). Jane Shirley b: 1824

2(ii). Elizabeth Shirley chr Feb 28, 1789 St. Phillips, Birmingham

2(iii). Mary Shirley chr Aug 25, 1788 St. Phillips, Birmingham

2(iv). John Shirley

1(ii). Elizabeth Shirley chr. July 18, 1774 St. Phillips, Birmingham

1(iii). Mary Shirley chr. July 18, 1774 St. Phillips, Birmingham

1(iv). John Shirley chr, Oct 2, 1767 St. Phillips, Birmingham


More family info... from Karen and Jay Shirley

George age 44 Silver Plate Worker -living at Bridge St. West, Birmingham. (1851 Census)
Elizabeth age 46 Wife
Selina age 20 Hand Burnisher
Elizabeth age 17
William age 15 Silver Plate Worker
Jane age 10 scholar
Mary Ann age 8 scholar
John age 6 scholar

William (John's brother) age 44 Jeweller -living at 105 Wheeler St. in Birmingham. (1881 Census)
Ann age 43 Jewellers Wife
Annie age 22 Engraver Artz
William age 16 Jeweller
Emma CANEY age 12 -niece
George (John's father) age 74 W Silver Brazier -living at No 107 Wheeler St. Aston, Birmingham (1881 Census)
Selina age 50 Silver Polisher U
Elizabeth age 47 U
John - Electro Plater m: 26 May 1866 Sarah Ann McGuire in the Mount Zion Chapel (baptists)
-her parents are Michael and Sarah McGuire
-Michael, a Chelsea Pensioner was born in Canada

John age 36 Painter and Glazier -living at 125 New Spring St., Birmingham (1881 Census)
Sarah A. age 36 Wife
Alonzo John Ward age 16 painter c: 1 Oct 1865 Saint Mark, Birmingham
Christopher age 13 errand boy c: 14 June 1868 Saint Mark, Birmingham
Florence age 11 scholar c: 14 June 1868 Saint Mark, Birmingham
Lilian age 10 scholar c: 12 Dec 1869 Saint Mark, Birmingham
Evelyn age 9 scholar c: 25 June 1871 Saint Mark, Birmingham
Francis E. age 9 scholar
Albert E. age 7 scholar
Frederick J. age 5 scholar b: 31 Jan 1876 -in the Districts of Erdington and Aston, Birmingham
Bertram b: 20 Jan 1882 c: 24 Feb 1884



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