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Stemmata Shirleiana page 333-334 - "The Shirleys of Yorkshire were originally, as tradition affirms, from Shirley in Derbyshire (*1), in which county, at Mill Town, in the parish of Chapel-en-le Frith, the representative of the family (*2), possessed property in the year 1841. They settled at Laughton about the year 1534, but appear to have been merely yeomen, Richard Shirley, their ancestor, describing himself in his will, dated February 4, 1613, as "Richard Shirle of Wickersley, yeoman." About the beginning of the seventeenth century, as appears from the parish registers, they were seated at Wickersley, in the county of York. The Shirleys of Wickersley are thus noticed in Hunter's South Yorkshire: ---

Thomas Shirley settled in Laughton about 1534

his son

1. Richard Shirley of Wickersley, yeoman; died 1615. He died 29 Aug 1615; Will dated Feb 4 1613 at Yorkshire (Registry at York: Richard Shirle 33/742)

married Margaret Linacre Feb 8, 1568. She died 3 May 1618


2(i). Ann Shirley chr Jan 6, 1569; Only daughter; She married Richard Rusby of Laughton

2(ii). Richard Shirley chr Sept 16, 1576; 2nd son; nothing more known

married Ann Falstone

2(iii). Thomas Shirley of Wickersley born Dec 24, 1570; Eldest son and heir

married Sarah Eyre in Laughton Yorks on Jan 24, 1616; She was chr 28 May 1593; daughter of William Eyre, of Bramley, Co. York, gent. (see Harleian Society, Volume 37)


3(i). John Shirley born Feb 24, 1618; eldest son; nothing more known

married Frances Abdy of Wickersley on 1 Aug 1657


"and had issue" (source Harleian Society, Volume 37)

3(ii). Thomas Shirley born Jan 23, 1619; 2nd son; Yeoman of Wickersley; One of the principle freeholders of Wickersley, Yorkshire; He died Dec 27, 1667 and is buried in the church of Wickersley. His will dated 16 Aug 1667.

"One of the principal proprietiors of Wickersley in the first half of the 17th century was Thomas Shirley, son of Thomas & Sarah (formerly Sarah Eyre of Bramley). He was married to Elizabeth Scargill of Sheffield on 29/5/1657 at Wickersley.The greater part of the Shirley Estates descended to his Grandson Thomas Wylde, a prominent member and liberal supporter of the Rotherham Meeting House. His name appears in the first deed book of 1704." Extracts from "Education & Socialogical Changes in Wickersley" a Dissertation by Kenneth Baker (in Rotherham Library):

In the middle aisle of Wickersley church is the gravestone of Thomas Shirley, of Wickersley, who died Aug 19, and was buried the 21st of the same month, 1667. This stone has a shield of arms, Paly of six, or and az. for Shirley, which are repeated on the door of a pew near to the place, impaling a saltier, which is intended for Scargel, his wife being the sister of Robert Scargel, of Sheffield. Shirley was one of the principal freeholders of this manor; he was the son of Thomas Shirley and Sarah Eyre, (daughter of William Eyre, of Bramley, Co. York, gent.; married at Laughton in 1616,) and grandfather to Thomas Wylde, who inherited the greater part of the lands of Shirley, and died at Wickersley in 1756

"The gravestone of Thomas Shirley, mentioned by Hunter, is no longer to be seen at Wickersley. It was covered over in 1834, when the church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt from the ground. The old house of the Shirleys, in the same village, has been also of late pulled down, and another built on its site"

married Eliz. Scargell on April 29, 1657 at Wickersley Yorks; The banns of marriage were read on 3 occassions: 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr prior to the marriage by Wm Beckwith; She was the sister and co-heir of Robert Scargell, of Sheffield;


4(i). Timothy Shirley born about 1660 (he was a minor in 1667); son and heir; He was a London merchant. He returned to Yorkshire and died at Rotherham

married Rachel Langford of Rotherham Yorks on Aug 3, 1691.


5(i). Samuel Shirley born 27 Jul 1691, chr Aug 3, 1692 at Sheffield, Yorkshire (Non-conformist); Only child; died and buried 2 August 1714 at St James, Bath Somerset

Samuel Shirley 3 Aug 1692 of Rotherham reg at Sheffield Yorks son of Timothy Shirley at Upper Presby Chapel at Norfolk Street in Parish of Sheffield

4(ii). Nathaniel Shirley born Feb 1, 1661 suppose to have did as an infant

4(iii). Elizabeth Shirley chr May 25, 1664 

married John Lee of Sheffield Yorks on Mar 28, 1686

4(iv). Sarah Shirley; born 1658; She died 27 May 1719; buried with her husband in the churchyard of Wickersley Her descendants were heirs of the Shirley properties

married Robert Wylde of Wickersley, gent. (as his 2nd wife) on 4 June 1683. His will is dated 1714.Buried in the churchyard of Wickersley

"Rotherham Library have a book "The Old Meeting House and its Ministers by William Blazeby" which charts the history of that building - a non-conformist chapel. This book mentions Thomas Wylde at great length, and even includes a pedigree of a couple of generations of his descendents."

3(iii). Richard Shirley ; 3rd son; no info

6 Jan 1719 Mary Shirley chr to John Shirley at Wickersley, Yorks

12 Jul 1736 Ann Shirley married John Linley at Wickersley, Yorks

email received from: David Lindley Email updated Nov 2017

My own interest in the Shirley name has only just begun. You see, my 6x Great Grandfather married into the family in 1736. His bride was Ann Shirley, presumably a local lass in Wickersley (Yorkshire) where they married. He (John Lindley) was the local schoolteacher, though as yet I know nothing more about either of them before the marriage.

Curiously, they called their first-born son Shirley Lindley, and Shirley (as a middle name at least) was still being used by male descendents over a hundred and thirty years later.





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