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Richard Sherley of Brill, Buckinghamshire England

Married Elizabeth _______

Parents of:

Thomas Sherley of Salisbury Farm; (aka Shenley Manor, Herts.) son of Richard and Elizabeth Sherley of Brill. He was baptised at Ludgershall December 16, 1698 (this fact needs to be re-confirmed). His wife was Ann (marriage record not yet found). They had seven children. Thomas died in 1786 in Shenley, Hertfordshire, where his burial record says "of Salisbury Farm".

Salisbury Farm and Hall (aka Shenley Manor) was held by various aristocrats throughout the centuries including the famous Earl of Warwick. The Snell family held the manor in the early 1700s and apparently the Sherleys leased and occupied the manor from the Snell family. Documents show the Sherleys as occupants as early as the 1780s. Interestingly, later occupants of Salisbury Hall were Lady Randolph Churchill and her son Winston Churchill and members of the aircraft de Havilland family.

Salisbury Hall (16th and 17th century)

Thomas Sherley left the lease of Salisbury Farm in his Will to his wife Ann. But the occupation of the farm and the Hall becomes rather confused when it is seen that the Land Tax Record shows his son Edward as Occupier of Salisbury Farm.

Salisbury Hall and Farm were owned by a William Snell who also owned land in Brill and there are several legal documents dealing with land and payments of money involving William Snell and his brother and one or more of the Sherley family.

Married Ann _______ she was buried 13 May 1783 at Brill, Bucks

Children of Thomas Sherley and Ann:

1(i). Thomas Sherley baptised March 14, 1730 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley

1(ii). William Sherley baptised Oct 9, 1732 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley

1(iii). John Sherley baptised May 12, 1734 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley

1(iv). Edward Sherley baptised June 2, 1736 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley; He was buried at Shenley, Hertfordshire in 1802 where the burial records say "of Salisbury Farm, age 66".

Married 1) Mary Rolfe June 4th , 1759 at Moulsford, Berkshire; she was baptised at Holburn in 1723 so was 36 when she married While Edward was only 23. Mary, of Shenley Herts, was buried at Brill Bucks 13 Sept 1773 Brill having born eight or nine children, three of whom died at birth.

Banns of Marriage between Edward Sherley of the Parish of Brill in the County of Bucks., a bachelor, and Mary Rolfe of this Parish, spinster, married in this church by Licence this fourth day of June in the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine by me, I Blip, Minister. The marriage was solemnised between us...Edward Sherley and Mary Rolfe... both signed their names. In the presence of George Tuce and John Sherley.

Married 2) Hannah ______ Edward married a second time to Hannah but no record of the marriage has been found yet. Edward and Hannah had five more children. Hannah was buried 22 Decv 1789 at Brill, Bucks.

1(v). Anne Sherley baptised April 5, 1738 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley

1(vi). Mary Sherley baptised Aug 10, 1740 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley

1(vii). Sarah Sherley baptised Jan 6, 1745 at Ludgershall Buckinghamshire to Thomas and Ann Sherley




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