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Shirleys of Preston
Sussex, England


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By an Act of Parliament passed in 1559 the Crown enforced an exchange of property with the bishop and Preston was amongst the manors ceded to Queen Elizabeth in 1561, when it was valued at £38 12s. 4d. (fn. 20) a year. Richard Elrington continued as lessee of the demesne lands until his death in 1569. He had married Mary, widow of William Shirley of Wiston, to whom he left his property and she left it to her younger son Anthony Shirley, (fn. 21) the author of a long moral and religious poem entitled 'Witts New Dyall: or A Schollers Prize', (fn. 22) written during an 'idle year' spent with his sister-in-law Mary and her husband Sir Thomas Pelham. He was the lessee of the demesnes in 1608. (fn. 23) Queen Elizabeth in 1597 had granted a lease in reversion to Richard Newman for a further 30 years, (fn. 24) which was acquired by Anthony Shirley. - From: 'Parishes: Preston', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 268-73.

Anthony Sherley born about 1546 in Wiston, Sussex, England; died 7 DEC 1624 in Preston, Sussex, England; buried at Preston. second son of William Shirley, esq. of Wiston, and lineally derived from the Shirleys of Staunton Harold.

married Barbara Walsingham of Kent Co. England at 29 MAY 1575 in Chislehurst, Kent, England; she was born 1552 in Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, Kent, England


1.i Thomas SHIRLEY esq. b: 3 MAR 1570 in Preston, Sussex , England; He attended Queens College at Oxford - Shirleys of Preston, Sussex

married 1) Jane Essex on 13 JUN 1598 in Angmering, Sussex, England, dau of Sir William Essex; she born 1572 in Berkshire, England

married 2) Grace Stapley, dau of Anthony Stapley in Dec 8, 1606 at Westham, Sussex (also noted at East Hoathley Parish)


2.ii Abigail Shirley - no info

married 3) Eliz. Stoner, widow of Thomas Stephens.


2.iii Anthony Shirley - no info

1.ii Anne SHIRLEY b: 1578 in Preston, Sussex, England

1.iii Anthony SHIRLEY b: APR 1580 in Preston, Sussex, England d. 1622 without children; of Bishopstone, Sussex

1620 Probate (PCC) of the will (14 Apr 1620) of Thomas Pelham of Laughton, bt 5 Feb 1625 Flock of sheep and corn on Bishopstone Farm occupied by nephew Anthony Sherley to remain in occupation with the farm during his term (other provisions afterwards) Overseers: brother-in-law Thomas Walsingham, kt, nephew John Sherley, kt, and brother Anthony Sherley of Preston, esq - ref. SAS/A106 - Archives of the Pelham Family of Stanmer, Earls of Chichester

1623 Shurley, Anthony of Bishopstone gent 1623 27 Mch - Sussex Archdeconry Wills at Lewis

1.iv Richard SHIRLEY b: JAN 1581 in Preston, Sussex, England - mentioned in 1638 PCC will of neice Abigail Shirley of Preston

1.v Walter SHIRLEY b: 1582 in Preston, Sussex, England; d. 1584 Judith SHIRLEY b: 1585 in Preston, Sussex, England

married 1) Herbert Randolph of Sussex

June 4 1603 Harbert Randolph of Tiseherst, gent., & Judith Sherley of Preston, maiden : sureties, said H. R. and Thomas Sherley of Preston, gent.

married 2) Sir Henry Mallory

1.vii Edmund/Edward SHIRLEY b: NOV 1586 in Preston, Sussex, England - no info

1.viii Mary SHIRLEY b: 1587 in Preston, Sussex, England

1.ix Walsingham SHIRLEY b: 28 JUL 1589 in Preston, Sussex, England; died 13 Jun 1637. He was educated at Westminister and elected to Trinity college, Cambridge in 1608.He was minister of Haynes in Bedford Co. and is buried near the alter of that church.

Epitaphs at Haynes Co Bedford - Here lieth the bodie of Walsingham Shirley deceased, late minister of this parish who died the 13 of June 1637.

married Constance Grub on 6 Feb 1623

1.x Elizabeth SHIRLEY b: 19 MAR 1590 in Preston, Sussex, England

m. Sir Samuel Smith

1.xi Henry SHIRLEY b: 19 MAR 1591 in Preston, Sussex, England

m. Mary Seaman, widow.Oct 31, 1620 at Preston

1.xii Sarah SHIRLEY b: 1595 in Preston, Sussex, England

m. 1st Humphrey Gratwick, Oct 20, 1627 at Lewes, Sussex
m. 2nd Edward Godman of Ote Hall

1.xii Robert SHIRLEY he is not found on any printed pedigrees, but his connection is undeniable. Died 1654 at East Hoathley Sussex

1654 Shirley, Robert gent of Halland in East Hotley [Hoathley] Sussex
Memorandum Robert Shirley late of Halland in parish of East Hotley [Hoathley] Sussex Last Will and Testament 4 Feb 1653, to nephew Henry Mallory executor. Signed in the presence of Thomas Pellham, William Merfoll/Mersoll. Proven 1654. PCC 11/239 [Quire 315]






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