Likely father of John Shirley
of Croan, County Kilkenny
Paul Shirley of Ballykeal County Wexford, farmer. Held lands
of Toumbrick and Coolegarrow as primary tenant of Shapland Carew.
The tenancy was terminated by Carew due to a 'great arrear of
rent'. Sons John Shirley (likely later of Croan Kilkenny) and
Thomas Shirley (likely later of Belmount Kilkenny) were named
in the original 1742 tenancy agreement.
1742 Dublin Deed Registry Vol 104 page 514 - 3 June 1742 Shapland
Carew to Paul Shirley - Shapland Carew of Woodstowne in Co Waterford
esq demised unto Paul Shirley of Ballykeal in Co Wexford farmer
town and lands of Toumbrick and Coolegarrow then late in the
possession of Mr Walter Devereux situated in the Barony of Scarwalsh
and Co Wexford [excepting woods, minerals, etc] to hold unto
the said Paul Shirley from the Twenty Fifth day of March then
last past during the natural lives of the said Paul Shirley and
Jno Shirley and Thomas Shirley sons of the said Paul Shirley
and the survivor and survivor of them from of immediately after
the decease of the survivor fo them to Hold sd premises for 21
years at yearly rent of L90. Said indenture of Lease is witnessed
by Robert Wiley servant to the sd Shapland Carew and Arthur Shepheard
of the City of Dublin Publ Not. Memorial witnessed by sd Shepheard
and Jno Gaddiz of same city cordwainer. Paul Shirley <seal>
Registered 4 June 1742.
John Shirley of Croan, Kilkenny, gent.
1. John Shirley, of Croan, Kilkenny, gent. - born about
1721. Appears in Kilkenny documents as early as 1761 "of
Croan, Kilkenny, farmer". Held 398 acres of town and lands
of Belmount. Died before 1794 [per a document indicating he is
deceased] Will dated 1 Dec 1791. Proven 19 June 1793 [per Betham's
Abstracts], naming sons John and Paul Shirley. This John Shirley
leased his lands at Belmount to Thomas Shirley [per a 1794 document
involving members of this family and the Shirleys
married Sarah "Shirly" in 1741 [index of
marriage bonds in the Diocese of Ossery, Ferns, and Leighlin].
Appears to have "separated" by 1779 [deed of separation:
"Wife accepted payment of 20 pounds sterling annually for
the rest of her life. Relinquish all claims she might have]
2.i John Shirley "the younger "of Croan, esquire.
- born, say 1745. Involved in land transaction called Monagore
and the Chapelle Quarter (24 acres) in the Barony of Kells, Kilkenny
in 1790. Held 100 acres at Ballynacooly called Corrabeney in
the barony of Knoctopher, Kilkenny , held 33 acres of Closeregg
in the barony of Gowran, Kilkenny , 9 acres and a dwelling
house at Balyduffe called Mount Argula Conly in the barony of
Gowan , 57 acres called Clonbugg in the barony of Knoctopher
. His will was dated Dec 17 1810 and probated Feb 25, 1811.
Directed to be buried in the family burial place in the churchyard
of Aghaviller. Named his niece Mary Shirley, daughter of his
brother Paul. Also named daughter Mary, and cousin Thomas Shirley
who he granted his lands at Garrynaman. He named next an unidentified
John Shirley to whom he granted lands at Newland. The residual
of his estate was granted to brother Paul Shirley. He granted
his son Paul an annuity out of lands at Croan "after he
married Naomi Reade, spinster and elder daughter of
Henry Reade, esq. of the town of Wexford about Dec 7 1799 [by
marriage agreement which conveyed lands of Sheepstown, Garrynaman
and Croan]. She instituted a petition for divorce in 1807 in
the Consistorial Court of Ossery Diocese. "had agreed to
live separate lives and any disputes to be referred to barristers."
Involved 107 acres at Ballynacooley, lands of Clopregg known
as Bishopes Hills in the barony of Gowan, Kilkenny, 310 acres
within the town lands of Kilmanogue, Kilkenny, 140 acres within
the town lands of Sheepstown called Ballinvadory Garealeagh.
3.i Paul Shirley - likely identified in 1828
as "of Sheepstown, Kilkenny". named in father's 1810
will under age of 21. Therefore born, say 1800 [1 year after
marriage to Naomi Reade]. Place in the care of his uncle Paul
Shirley upon his father's death.
3.ii Mary Shirley - named in her father's 1810 will
2.ii Paul Shirley of Ballintee , of Meyne ,
of Croan  gent. - born, say 1750. Died prior to 1821 [document
stating somewhat contradictory that he is deceased]. Possibly
the same Paul Shirley who married Frances Eaton in 1790 [per
Index of Marriage Bonds]
3.i Mary Shirley - unmarried as of 1810. Named in 1810
will of uncle John Shirley of Croan
The drive leading to historic Croan House, Kilkenny
A Stray family whose connection cannot be determined
1. John Shirley of Templeorum, Kilkenny. Held 182 acres
of land at Templeorum, Kilkenny. Deceased by 1781 [per document
involving the grant of his lands]
married Joanna otherwise Byrne, otherwise Gallawan, mother
2.i John Shirley of Templeorum, Kilkenny - granted
182 acres of land of Templeorum in 1781 by mother Joanna Shirley
to be "held for the natural life of Sarah, wife of John
Shirley of Croan". Regranted the same lands to other parties
in the same year.
Taken from a letter written in 1988 by a member of the
"I felt I should have no trouble fitting the pieces
into place. The more I read the more confusing it became. KNOCKABRANNA
I found was only 2miles from Coolcullen and John Shirley came
to Burnchurch from there. I did not find the name PAUL in his
family. After reading your Shirley NEWS, I took off on John Shirley
of Croan who in 1761 lesed 398 acres in Bellmouth. I followed
my imagination last Sunday and to my surprise, I discovered the
headstone in a remote graveyard ACHAVILLAR in KNOCKTOPHER BARONY.
A Shirley was known to have had land near KNOCKTOPHER and BELLMOUNT.
The headstone is in very bad shape and the writing is almost
worn off. No year could be found there, just the words: ERRECTED
BY PAUL SHIRLEY OF CROAN IN THE MEMORY OF HIS FATHER JOHN SHIRLEY,
ESQ.There are more Shirley names but the Christian names are
missing from the rain, etc.
I did meet a man who told me that Thomas Shirley was in
Garnamon in 1830-1850 and he took for g ranted that James Shirley
the coroner was his son. The lands of Garnamon were 345 acres
and April 25, 1860 James Shirley became legal owner. Some of
this acreage was leased to tenants leaving 213 acres with Garnamon
YOUR EDITOR, BETTY SHIRLEY, HAVE VISITED GARNAMON HOUSE.
The following letters were submitted by member, Bill Shirley
on January 17, 2008.
Email: ...As for the typed letter, I got it from Donna
Wagner I think it was a preacher that wrote it, but I can't remember
his name. I may have it in my e-mails, or some of the papers
that she has sent me. As for the hand written letter was written
by Allison ( Fulton ) Thurrott In August 1941 material coming
from her mother ( Matilda Fraser Fulton )and from her aunt (
Annie Fraser Shirley.) I got it from Carmen Glenn he is a descendent
of Jessie Shirley and Alfred Glenn. Hope this helps;