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Thomas Shirley of Belmount, Coon, co Kilkenny and Knockabranna, co Carlow


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2(i). John Shirley of Knockabranna county Carlow
Born before 1759, held lands of Belmount, Coon, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland; occupation Farmer in Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin Parish, Co Carlow. John died After Oct 1836 and left a will. A contemporaneous note on his LW&T says he is the eldest son of Thomas Shirley, regarding a 1766 land lease (which is documented to have been at Belmount). Children baptized at Old Leighlin Parish, Church of Ireland. He was clearly a Protestant.

May 11 1805 Vol 576 pg 196. Indenture of lease between John Sherley of Knockabranagh Co Carlow farmer of 1st part and Edmund Butler of Coonfile Kilkenny farmer of other partconveyed lands of Bellmount 13 acres, 2 roads and 32 perches to Edmund Butler in possession of James Butler of Coonfile farmer dec'd and part of Bellmount in possession of John Bradley farmer known as Big Meadow Browfield containing 8 ac in Barony of Tasidinen Kilkenny for 42 years for lives of James Butler eldest son of Edmunt Butler the lessor. Wit: Edward Low of Leighlin Bridge Carlow gent and James Sherley of Belmount Kilkenny farmer. Sworn 30 Sept 1805. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

6 Oct 1836 - The last will and testament of John Shirley Knockabrannar in parish of Old Leighlin drawn up at my own request Oct the 6th 1836. I John Shirley being in perfect possession of all y faculties and now wishing to make a final settlement of all my earthly affairs do of my own free will and choice make the following divisions of all my property and wish that same should remain unchanged and binding on all concerned, I John Shirley do will and bequeath to my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley farm which I now hold in Knockabrannar together with all my stock in cattle and all other property that may be thereon at my death to be equally possessed and held by same Deborah Shirley my wife and same Abraham Shirley my son, I further will that if my wife Deborah Shirley should at any further time wish to separate or live distinct from same Abraham Shirley my son, that she Deborah Shirley be entitled to hald of whatever stock and of all other property wihtin and without, which at time of separation may exist. And also I will that she Deborah Shirley shall at such separation be intitled to half of my present farm in Knockabrannar. I further will that after the death of my wife Deborah Shirley that all the stock and other property then existing together with the whole of my farm be the sole property and possession of my son Abraham Shirley, I further will that my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley pay conjointly the annual of four pounds to Catherine Shirley widow of my son Thomas Shirley, and that same sum of four pounds be paid to same Catherine Shirley during the eixstance of the present lease, I further will that my son Ansley Shirley and Catherine Shirley widow of my son Thomas Shirley should hold undisturbed their present farms in the same manner as they now hold and possess them, I further will and bequeath to my son Abraham Shirley the profit rent now arising fro Kilfoyle's farm in Coon, being eight pounds ten shillings annually to be possessed by same Abraham Shirley during the continuance of same forever. I further will that Paul Shirley my son the present occupier of same farm in Coon is not to be disturbed from its possession by my son Abraham Shirley or any person representing him provided the annual interest of eight pounds ten shillings be paid regularly to same Abraham Shriely or his representation, I further will and bequeath to my son John Shirley of Brackin the whole interest in and arrising from my farm near Mount Melick known by the name of Bog Farm, I further will and bequeather to John Shirley son of Ansley Shirley the sum of twenty pounds to be paid by my son John Shirley out of the Bog Farm in four different and equal payments, six months intervening between each payment, I further will and bequeath to my son Ansley Shirley all the interest arrising from the Gowrawn Farm in Coon also known by the name of John Bradley's farm. I further will that when the interest of my son John Shirley shall cease in the Bog Farm the life thereof having fallen, that same John Shirley shall have equal share with my son Ansley Shirley in the interest arising fro the Gowrawn Alias Bradley farm in Coon, this only to commence its interest when interest in the Bog Farm ceases, I further will and bequeath to my daughter Margaret wife of James Butler the sum of ten pounds to be paid same Margaret by my son Ansley Shirley at the experation fo one year from the day of my death, I further will and bequeath to my son James Shirley of Ridge the annual interest arising from the holdings of Martin Kealey, John Tales, Michael Conners and Patrick Walshe, to be possessed and enjoyed by same James Shirley as long as same interest continues, I further will that if my son Abraham Shirley now unmarried should take as wife a person who is a member of the Church of Rome that no part of the property herein by me bequeathed to him shall be his, that such an act shall disentitle him to the possession of any part of my property and the property thus forfeited be equally divided, between my sons Paul Shirley. I John Shirley being in possession of all my faculties and understanding unimparied and directing every and all distributions of property as herin expressed I sign this as my last will and testament. Oct 6 1836 <s> John X Shirley [his mark]. Wit present: Mirtin Kealy, Thos. Morak, Robert Baker [on leaf: 'Dated 6th October 1836; A copy of; John Shirleys will; eldest son of; Thomas Shirley; Lease in the lase; of 1766']

married Deborah _______ born say before 1769, She died on 25 Mar 1845, Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. She is buried: Old Leighlin Ch Co. Carlow, Ireland. Carlow. Deborah was left joint ownership of the farm in Knockabranna

This is a Protestant - Church of England family

Children:

3(i). Mary Shirley born say 1783 at Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, Ireland. Not mentioned in the 1836 will of her father John Shirley of Knockabranna co Carlow. Father identified in her 1801 marriage record. She married John Watters on 27 Jul 1801, in Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow.

1801 July 27 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Married by license, John Waters of Clogrenan and Mary Shirley daughter of John Shirley of the parish of Old Leighlin

3(ii). Thomas Shirley of Knockabranna, co Carlow born say 1785 at Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow. Thomas was identified as deceased in his father's 1836 will.

married Catherine _______ ; Identified as the widow of Thomas Shirley in 1836 will of her father-in-law, John Shirley of Knockabranna co Carlow.

1836 LW&T of John Shirley....I further will that my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley pay conjointly the annual of four pounds to Catherine Shirley widow of my son Thomas Shirley, and that same sum of four pounds be paid to same Catherine Shirley during the eixstance of the present lease,

3(iii). Anne Shirley of Lanark Co Ontario Canada born say 1786 at Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow. Not mentionin the 1836 will of her father John Shirley of Knockabranna co Carlow. However, her father named in her 1803 marriage record. She married John George Willoughby on 31 May 1803 at Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, He was born 1780, Coon, Co. Carlow, Ireland (Editor: more likely Coan co Kilkenny), He died 26 Apr 1874, Beckwith Township, Lanark Co, Ontario, buried: Franktown, Beckwith Township. Anne died 9 May 1871, Beckwith Township, Lanark Co, Ontario., buried: Franktown Cemetery, Beckwith Township. Migrated to Beckwith Township, Lanark Co Ontario Canada

1803 May 31 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Married by license, George Willoughby of Cooan and Anne Shirleydaughter of John of the parish of Old Leighlin

Email: "The family emigrated to Canada around 1818 and settled in the Ottawa Valley. George and Ann are buried in Franktown Cemetery"

3(iv). William Shirley of Lambton Co, Ontario Canada (somewhat likely child of John and Deborah Shirley) born say 1786 at Knockabranna County Carlow Ireland. Not mentioned in the 1836 will of his ?father John Shirley of Knockabranna. Father not identified in his 1806 marriage. He married Elizabeth Kidd by license on 16 December 1806 at Old Leighlin Parish, County Carlow Ireland. He and his family moved to Canada sometime after the birth of son Thomas in 1814 (born Co Carlow); Various family biographies and obituaries fix the date of migration in 1818. He was granted land in Drummond Township, Lanark Co Ontario Canada, and lived for a considerable time in Beckwith Township, Lanark County (see sister Anne above, also of Beckwith Twp), then moved West to Lambton County Ontario where he died prior to 1861.

married Elizabeth Kidd at Old Leighlin Parish, Co. Carlow Ireland on 15 December 1806; She was born in Ireland about 1787

3(v). Elizabeth Shirley born say 1787. Not mentioned in the 1836 will of her father John Shirley of Knockabranna co Carlow. She married Francis Edwards on 24 Feb 1805, in Old Leighlin Parish Co. Carlow Marriage record does not identify her father. (is this daughter actually confirmed, or simply presumed daughter of John Shirley of Knockabranna?)

16 Feb 1805 Marriage License. Elizabeth Shirley and Francis Edwards, of Killedmond, Co. Carlow, Parish of Old Leighlin Cliff-Vigors Papers, National Archives of Ireland

16 February 1805 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Marriage by license Francis Edwards of Kilelmond and Elizabeth Shirley of the parish of Old Leighlin

3(vi). Paul Shirley of Clogrennan, co Carlow born say 1788; occupation Farmer at Copanare Cloydagh. Paul died 21 Jul 1863, Clogrennan, Carlow, Co. Carlow. Paul was left the tenancy of Kilfoyles farm in Coon in his fathers will. See Deed of marriage settlement 3rd October 1815

1836 LW&T of John Shirley. "...I further will and bequeath to my son Abraham Shirley the profit rent now arising from Kilfoyle's farm in Coon, being eight pounds ten shillings annually to be possessed by same Abraham Shirley during the continuance of same forever. I further will that Paul Shirley my son the present occupier of same farm in Coon is not to be disturbed from its possession by my son Abraham Shirley or any person representing him provided the annual interest of eight pounds ten shillings be paid regularly to same Abraham Shirley or his representation..."

married Jane Edwards on 1 Nov 1815; She was the daughter of Francis Edwards.

Oct 3 1818 Marriage Settlement between Paul Shirley of Knockabranner Co Carlow farmer of 1st part, John Shirley, Frances Edwards and Jane Edwards daughter of sd Frances Edwards of other part. Paul and Jane to marry. John Shirley do grant unto sd Paul Shirley rents of lands of Cavan? or Bellinaut? In Co Kilkenny. Wit: John Watters, Thos Richarson clk. Registered Oct 19 1836 [full text below] Register of Deeds

3(vii). John Shirley of Brackin, co Kilkenny born say 1795, occupation Farmer, Mentioned in the 1836 will of his father John Shirley of Knockabranna. He was residing at Brackin co Kilkenny at the time (lands of Mothel, Coolcullen); John was left an interest in the Bog farm and half interest in the Gowran farm in Coon. Nothing more known

3(ivii). Margaret Shirley born say 1798. She married James Butler. She was named as the wife of James Butler in the 1836 will of her father John Shirley of Knockabranna.

3(ix). Dorothea Shirley baptised 5 February 1802 at Old Leighlin Parish, co Carlow to John Shirley and wife Deborah of Old Leighlin possibly died young?

1802 Feb 5 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Baptism of Dorathea Shirley, daughter of John Shirley and Deborah his wife of Old Leighlin

3(x). Annesley Shirley baptised 30 November 1804 at Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, son of John and Deborah Shirley; occupation Farmer. Annesley died 21 Jan 1888, Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow; buried: 19 Jan 1888 at Old Leighlin Church Co. Carlow, Ireland. Ansley was left the tenancy of a farm by his father John.

1804 Nov 30 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Baptism of Annesley Shirley, son of John Shirley and Deborah his wife of Old Leighlin

19 Jan 1888 Registration District of Castlecomer - Death at Coolcullen of Annesley Shirley from Knockabranna, widower age 85, farmer; Informant: Abraham Shirley son present at death of Knockabranna co Carlow

married Elizabeth Waters She died on. 25 Jun 1875, Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow., buried: 28 Jun 1875, Old Leighlin Ch Co. Carlow, Ireland

3(xi). James Shirley of The Ridge, b. 1800 - 1810, Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow. Living at Ridge in 1836.

2 Jan 1836 Carlow Voter Registration - James Shirley of Ridge Old Leighlin; lands at Ridge Old Leighlin with value £10

1836 LW&T of John Shirley. ...I further will and bequeath to my son James Shirley of Ridge the annual interest arising from the holdings of Martin Kealey, John Tales, Michael Conners and Patrick Walshe, to be possessed and enjoyed by same James Shirley as long as same interest continues,

3(xii). Abraham Shirley baptised 15 Jun 1806 at Old Leighlin Parish, Co Carlow son of John and Deborah Shirley; occupation Farmer, d. post 1836. Abraham was the principal benefitter from his fathers will. he was unmarried in 1836. His father's will stated that if Abraham married a Roman Catholic that he would be disinherited.

1806 June 15 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Baptism of Abraham Shirley, son of John Shirley and Deborah his wife of Old Leighlin

1836 LW&T of John Shirley. "...I John Shirley do will and bequeath to my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley farm which I now hold in Knockabrannar together with all my stock in cattle and all other property that may be thereon at my death to be equally possessed and held by same Deborah Shirley my wife and same Abraham Shirley my son...I further will that after the death of my wife Deborah Shirley that all the stock and other property then existing together with the whole of my farm be the sole property and possession of my son Abraham Shirley...I further will and bequeath to my son Abraham Shirley the profit rent now arising fro Kilfoyle's farm in Coon, being eight pounds ten shillings annually to be possessed by same Abraham Shirley during the continuance of same forever. I further will that Paul Shirley my son the present occupier of same farm in Coon is not to be disturbed from its possession by my son Abraham Shirley or any person representing him provided the annual interest of eight pounds ten shillings be paid regularly to same Abraham Shirley or his representation..."

3(xiii). Robert Shirley, baptised 8 January 1808, Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow to John and Deborah Shirley; Not mentioned in the 1836 will of his father; nothing more known. May have died young.

1809 January 8 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Baptism of Robert Shirley son of John Shirley and Deborah his wife of the Parish of Old Leighlin

3(xiv). Edward Shirley buried: 16 Mar 1810, Old Leighlin Ch Co. Carlow, Ireland. Died Young

16 Mar 1810 Edward Shirley chr to John and Deborah Shirley (a duplicate says chr date is 13 Mar 1810) Old Leighlin Parish

16 Mar 1810 Edward Shirley of _____ buried Old Leighlin Parish

3(xv). Sarah Shirley baptised 22 September 1811 at Knocknabranna, Old Leighlin Parish, Co. Carlow daughter of John and Deborah Shirley. She married John O'Neill in 1833.

21811 Sept 22 Church of Ireland - Old Leighlin Parish: Baptism of Sarah Shirley daughter of John and Deborah Shirley

1833 Marriage - Shirley, Sarah and John O'Neill Index of Marriage License Bonds- Diocese of Ossery, Ferns and Leighlin

   


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