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  Edward Shirley
Canterbury, New Zealand 
   
 

Edward Shirley born 1807 (source: NZ Civil Records). Age 54 in 1861 England census, born Little London Buckinghamshire. Lived St John's Parish Surrey England in 1841 census. Lawrence Shirley age 62 living in the family household. Lived at St John's Horsleydown Surrey in 1851 (birth listed as Oakley Buckinghamshire; occupation: tailor) Lived at St Mary Magdalen Parish, Bermondsey Surrey England in 1861 census. Migrated to Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. He left a will dated 1878 and probated in 1882. Died 2 May 1882, buried Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch City New Zealand.

1882 Christchurch Court Probate Records - Will of Edward Shirley [Sen.] of province of Canterbury New Zealand. Dated 9 August 1878. 1. Give to son John Richard Shirley land part of section No 69 with house. 2. Give to my five children: Ann Elizabeth Downs, Caroline Shirley, Martha Jane King, Edward Henry Shirley, Elizabeth Farr (money). 3. Give to son Edward Henry Shirley (family bible). 4. Give to grandson Edward Henry Shirley son of Edward Henry Shirley (watch and gas co shares) 5. Give to my grandson Edward John Shirley son of John Richard Shirley (gas co shares). 6. Give to my grandson Charles Shirley son of Edward Henry Shirley (gas co shares).

married Elizabeth ______. Age 53 in 1861 census.

Children:

1(i). Elizabeth Ann Shirley christened 14 March 1827 at St John, Horsleydown, Surrey, England

1(ii). Ann Elizabeth Shirley christened 2 may 1830 at St John, Horsleydown, Surrey, England

1(iii). Caroline Shirley christened 25 September 1831 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 29 in 1861 census, living with parents. Listed as "helpless" in 1851 family census (birthplace Horsleydown Surrey). Named in the 1878 will of her father

1(iv). Martha Jane Shirley christened 20 March 1833 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 7 in 1841 census. age 18 in 1851 census. She married James King on 5 August 1855 at Bermondsey London England

1(v). Emma Marie Shirley christened 17 June 1836 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 16 in 1851 census. Nothing more known

1(vi). Edward John Shirley christened 17 June 1836 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England. Buried 13 August 1837 at Horsleydown Surrey

1(vii). Edward Henry Shirley. christened 12 November 1837 at St John Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 4 in 1841 census. Age 13 in 1851 census (birthplace Horsleydown Surrey) Arrived in New Zealand in the ship Mermaid. Named in the 1878 will of his father. He died 1914, age 78 years old

married Annie Teresa Riordan in 1870 in New Zealand

Children:

2(i). Edward Henry Shirley Jr. born 1872. Named in the 1878 will of his grandfather Edward Shirley. He died 1918, age 46 years old.

married Mary Howat Greig in 1908 in New Zealand. She died 1915, age 41 years old

2(ii). Edith Annie Shirley born 18 Sep 1872 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

2(iii). Charles Shirley born about 1874 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. Named in the 1878 will of his grandfather Edward Shirley

[1874 Birth of Charles Shirley] Shirley, Charles, “Oakley Farm,” Hornby. Mr. Shirley took over this property in 1900. It comprises seventy-five acres of land of good quality; it has all been under cultivation, and yields an average return of about thirty-eight bushels of wheat, and sixty of oats to the acre. The original homestead, a sod whare, has given place to a substantial dwelling house, and the farmyward is surrounded with a number of well constructed out buildings. Mr. Edward Henry Shirley, father of the present proprietor, purchased the property about 1883, and worked it successfully until 1900, when he retired. He was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1837, and arrived in New Zealand by the ship “Mermaid,” on her first trip. He now resides in Christchurch, and has a family of five sons and three daughters. Mr. Charles Shirley was born at Linwood, Christchurch, in 1874, educated at the Ricoarton school, and trained to agriculture on his father's farm. Prior to taking over the property he visited England, and studied farming in Yorkshire. Mr. Shirley married a daughter of Mr. Robert Boswell, of Christchurch. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] Farmers.

married Margaret Boswell in 1902 in New Zealand

2(iv). Arthur Shirley born about 1875 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

2(v). Eva Jane Shirley born about 1878 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

2(vi). Walter Shirley born 13 Jan 1880 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

2(vii). Horace Shirley born 15 Apr 1881 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

married Clara May Carter in 1907 in New Zealand

2(viii). Annie Theresa Shirley born 27 Mar 1883 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

1(viii). John William Shirley christened 13 February 1839 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England. Buried 29 June 1840 at Horsleydown Surrey

1(ix). John Shirley christened 19 March 1841 at St John Horsleydown Surrey, England to Edward and Elizabeth Shirley. Buried 25 March 1841 at Horsleydown Surrey

1(x). Thomas John Shirley christened 3 November 1844 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 6 in 1851 census. Nothing more known

1(xi). Elizabeth Shirley christened 26 May 1847 at St John, Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 3 in 1851 census separate person from Ann in 1851 census

9 June 1882 Press [newspaper] - Any person acquainted with particulars of the death of Mr Edward Shirley will greatly oblige his daughter Elizabeth by sending same. Mrs T Farr, Emeral Hill, Mebourne Victoria

1(xii). Ann [Elizabeth] Shirley born about 1849 at Horsleydown Surrey, England, age 2 in 1851 census, age 13 in 1861 cenbsus. Named in father's 1878 will. She married ____ Downs separate person from Elizabeth in 1851 census

1(xiii). John Richard Shirley born 6 June 1851 at Bermondsey London England, age 9 in 1861 census. Named in the 1878 will of his father. He died 10 July [ ] Buried at Waverley Cemetery, Balmain North NSW Australia. He operated a grocery business.

married ______

Children:

2(i). Edward John Shirley. Named in the 1878 will of his grandfather Edward Shirley


Horsleydown Surrey, England

Lawrence Shirley married Eliza Allam on 17 June 1827 at Horsleydown Surrey

Lawrence Shirley buried 27 February 1842 at Horsleydown Surrey

EMAIL from Brian December 2017 - my 2 x Gt Grandfather James King married Martha Jane Shirley on 5th August 1855 in Bermondsey, London. Her father Edward Shirley was born in Little Landon, Buckinghamshire 1807 and died in Christchurch New Zealand on 2nd May 1882. Martha’s brother John Richard Shirley was born 6th June 1851 in Bermondsey and died 10th July 197 in Balmain North, NSW Australia. Last year my wife and I were in Christchurch for a couple of days and I tried to find Edward’s grave in Barbadoes Cemetery but only had a few hours and due to the passage of time and vandalism I was unable to find his resting place. I did get a map from the local genealogy department in the library with the plot number but just could not decipher the map properly. On the positive side, when we were in Sydney I visited North Balmain and found the building that John built and where he lived and ran his grocery business from. I also found his grave in Waverley Cemetery which was quite moving. A beautiful place overlooking Bondi.

   


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