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June 12 2021

I just finished a major project. Transcribing all mentions of Shirleys in the Irish Exchequer Court Docket books. The actual bills were destroyed in the 1920s fire at the Irish Archives. The docket books are rare windows into Shirleys who lived between the late 1600s and mid 1800s. There are clues in these docket mentions. Will need to study at some length. Posted to the main Ireland index page in the members' section.

Ireland Exchequer Docket Books: 1674 - 1850

June 6 2021

New Ireland Lineage - I constructed a new lineage for the Shirley family of Camolin Parish Wexford

2. Thomas Shirley bricklayer of Camolin Parish Wexford. Moved to Dublin, Family raised in Dublin

June 1 2021

I extracted all the following Shirley/Sharleys found in the Hearth Tax rolls of Warwickshire; Posted to the Warwickshire page in the members' section

Warwickshire

1662 Warwickshire Hearth Tax

Brayles (Lower Brailes)

Francis Shurley 4

Warwick - Market Place Ward

John Sharley Jr 1
John Sharley Sr 3

1663 Warwickshire Hearth Tax

Brayles (Lower Brailes)

Francis Sherly 4
Jane Sherly 1

Barton on Heath

Thomas Sherly 1

Warwick - Market St Ward

John Sharley Sr 2
John Sharley Jr 2

Warwick - No Ward Identified

Robert Sharley 1

1670 Warwickshire Hearth Tax

Barton on Heath

Willm Shurly 1 exmpt

Bedworth

Mary Shirley 1

Brayles Inferior (Lower Brailes)

Francis Shurly 5 "1 new"
Ralph Shurly 1

Little Wofford

Robt Sherly Sr 1

Warwick - Market St Ward

John Sharley 2 exmpt
John Sharley Sen 3
John Sharley Jr 2

Warwick - Smith St Ward

Edw Sharley 1 exmpt

1671 Warwickshire Hearth Tax

Barton on Heath

Wm Shurly 1 exmpt
Anne Shurly vidua 1 exmpt

Brayles Inferior (Lower Brailes)

Ralph Sherley 1 exmpt
Francis Shurly 5 exmpt

Long Compton

Robt Sherly 1 exmpt

Warwick Market St Ward

John Sharley Jr 3
John Sharley Sr 3
John Sherly 2 exmpt

[1671] Warwickshire Hearth Tax (Duplicate?)

Barton on Heath

Will Shirly 1
Ann Shurly 1 exmpt

Brayles Inferior (Lower Brailes)

Ralph Shurly 1 exmpt
Francis Shurly # hearths 5 Lady 1671 5 Mich 1671 5

Warwick Market St Ward

John Sharley Sr # hearths 3 Lady 1671 3 Mich 1671 3
John Sharley Jr # hearths 2 Lady 1671 2 Mich 1671 2
John Sharley 2

1673 Warwickshire Hearth Tax

Brayles Inferior (Lower Brailes)

Ralph Sherly 1
Francis Shirly 4

Long Compton

Robt Shirly 1

Warwick - Market St Ward

John Shearly 3
John Sherly Jr 2

May 30 2021

I stumbled accross a very old and large Shirley family in the city of Warwick, Warwickshire. I have extracted the parish records and will begin building a proper lineage for the family (if I can). Posted to the Warwickshire page in the members' section

Warwickshire

Warwick St Mary - Baptisms

1651 Sep 1 Sarah Sharley born to John
1652 Sep 11 Elizabeth Shorley born to John
1655 Jul 15 Anne Shorley born to John
1655 Sep 20 Alice Shorley born to John
1656 Feb 8 Charles Shorley born to John
1657 May 26 William Shorley born to John
1658 Aug 10 Elizabeth Shorley born to John
1659 Jul 20 Elizabeth Sharley born to John
1661 Nov 30 Humfrey Sharley born to John
1661 Jan 14 Richard Sharley born to John
1661 Jan 19 Mary Sharley born to John
1663 Apr 5 Richard Sharley born to John
1664 Jun 2 Francis Sharley born to John
1665 Jun 14 Isaack Sharley born to John
1665 Jan 30 George Sharley born to John
1665 Jun 14 Rebecca Sharley born to John
1665 Nov 20 Mary Sharley born to John
1667 Aug 7 Raph Sharley born to John
1668 Jul 5 Anne Sharley born to John
1668 Dec 17 Judeth Sharley born to John
1670 Oct 31 Sarah Sharley born to John
1671 Apr 4 James Sharley born to John
1672 Mar 13 Anne Sharley born to John
1672 Mar 13 Katherine Sharley born to John
1686 Aug 4 William Sherly born to Richard
1688 May 13 Richard Sherly born to Richard
1691 Jun 2 Elizabeth Sherly born to Richard
1693 Sep 5 Fancis Sherley born to John
1693 Dec 14 Joanna Sherley born to Richd
1711 Feb 13 James Sharley born to John, Anne
1715 Feb 1 Mary Sharley born to John, Anne
1716 Nov 17 Robert Sharley born to Jone
1719 Jun 13 Thomas Sharley born to Elizabeth
1721 Jan 22 Anne Sharley born to Sarah
1722 Sep 1 Susannah Sharley born to Elizabethe
1735 May 10 Eleaner Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1768 Jul 13 Hannah Shirley born to Willm, Ann
1768 Jul 13 Thos Shirley born to Willm, Ann
1782 Sep 15 Willm Russel Shirley born to Sarah

Warwick St Nicholas - Baptisms

1653 Oct 16 Mary Sharley born to Edward
1656 Jun 26 Joseph Sharley born to George
1714 Feb 6 John Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1716 Nov 22 Eleanor Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1718 Feb 5 Elisabeth Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1720 Dec 11 Mary Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1722 Feb 9 William Shirley born to William, Elizabeth
1724 Feb 11 Elenor Sharley born to William, Elizabeth
1728 May 11 Elisabeth Sharley born to William, Elizabeth
1731 Jun 17 John Sharley born to William, Elisabeth
1751 Nov 17 William Shirley born to Thomas, Mary
1753 Oct 21 Charles Shirley born to Thomas, Elizabeth
1759 Feb 26 Thomas Shurley born to Tho, Eliz


Warwick St Nicholas - Burials

1634 Oct 21 Jane Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1637 Jan 27 John Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1639 Dec 31 Isabell Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1667 Mar 15 Elizabeth Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1667 Sep 24 Robert Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1697 Oct 14 Edward Sharley Warwick, St Nicholas
1720 Jan 1 Eleanor Shorley Warwick, St Nicholas
1755 Jun 1 John Shirley Warwick, St Nicholas
1759 Feb 26 Elizth Shurly Warwick, St Nicholas

Warwick St Mary - Burials

1655 Jun 9 Elizabeth Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1661 Dec 2 Humpry Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1664 Jul 22 Elizabeth Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1664 Jun 13 Sarah Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1667 Aug 8 Ralph Shurley Warwick, St Mary
1669 May 31 Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1675 Jan 15 Judeth Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1681 Jan 9 Mr Ralph Sherly Warwick, St Mary
1684 Sep 8 John Sherly Warwick, St Mary
1686 Aug 5 William Sherly Warwick, St Mary
1690 Mar 5 Mary Sherly Warwick, St Mary
1692 Mar 18 Elizabeth Sherly Warwick, St Mary
1695 Apr 9 Richard Sherley Warwick, St Mary
1696 Aug 25 John Sherley Warwick, St Mary
1700 Aug 11 Alice Sherley Warwick, St Mary
1708 Apr 11 Alice Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1714 Oct 31 Sarah Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1714 Apr 17 Daughter of John Sharley Mary Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1719 Mar 1 Elizabeth Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1728 Feb 17 John Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1730 Feb 17 John Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1751 Apr 28 Mary Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1752 May 30 John Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1755 Nov 12 William Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1759 Jul 29 John Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1760 Feb 14 William Sharley Warwick, St Mary
1774 Dec 15 Lucy Shurley Warwick, St Mary
1775 Feb 24 Ann Shurley Warwick, St Mary
1775 Nov 11 Joseph Shurley Warwick, St Mary
1778 Apr 19 Mary Shirley Warwick, St Mary

Warwick St Mary - Marriages

1704 Dec 6 Mary Sherley married Thomas Taylor
1705 Jul Elizabeth Sherley married Thomas Lucas
1711 Mar 4 William Sherley married Elisabeth Teacok
1721 Dec 28 Joanna Sharley married Crispin Claridge
1723 Oct 8 Elizabeth Sharley married Daniell Roberts
1725 May 1 Judith Sherley married Richard Willson
1734 Jun 5 Jane Shirley married Wm Smart
1735 Oct 28 Mary Shirley married John White
1750 Jan 28 Thomas Shirley married Elizabeth Ashby
1751 Oct 10 Ann Sharley married Edward Lapworth

Warwick St Nicholas - Marriages

1560 Jan 27 Nicholas Sherly married Emle Collens
1580 Oct 26 Thomam Sherley married Elizabetha Shepy
1647 Feb 24 Joseph Sharley married Anne Cattel
1666 Jun 5 Elizabeth Shanly married Joseph Dincely
1714 Oct 26 William Shirley married Elizabeth Lapworth
1716 Oct 22 Elisabeth Shirley married William Farman

May 27 2021

NEW USA SHIRLEY BRANCH I spent all day yesterday and this morning building a new USA Shirley Branch #106. Motivated by a query post to our Shirley Message Board. I had long gathered bits and pieces on this family, posted in the Members's section of the website, but had yet to build a proper lineage.

106. Shirleys of Caddo Co OK Dr John Shirley and brother William Shirley were brothers, born in Ireland, early pioneers of Oklahoma Territory, operating several trading posts in and around Caddo Co New

May 25 2021

Probate records for Yorkshire England and surrounding counties (similar courts) are 'needle in haystack' research. The published probate indexes are byzantine and the courts of jurisdiction so geographically haphazard to make this truly miserable. But I did manage to find the following original probate record, posted it and my abstraction to the Nottinghamshire page in the members' section

Nottinghamshire

1740 Deanery of Nottingham and Bingham - Original Will of Thomas Shirley whitower [sic] of West Leake Nottinghamshire - I Thomas Shilrey of Little Leake (or West Leake) Co Nottingham whitower. I bequeath all my goods, chattels, ready moneys, all my personalbe estae unto my living friends Joseph Bowley of Stanford in co Nottingham yeoman and George Lomas of Kingston co of Nottingham yeoman. [all of the above to be sold] and unto my dear and loving wife Mary during term of her natural life, also full half year of principal sum to disperse amonst her relations as she shall think proper. I give unto Elizabeth Lomas daughter of sd George Lomas 5L. The other remaining moiety or half part of my sd estate I give unto my nephew Thomas Shirley, my niece Mary Richards and my niece Mary Chamberlain equally divided. Joseph Bower and George Lomas executors. 18 February 1739 <signature, seal> Thomas Shirley. Wit: John Lowther, Robert Murrells, John Davys

May 23 2021

I posted the following orginal deed documents to the Spotsylvania VA page in the members' section

Spotsylvania Co VA

1744 November 16 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book D pg 172 - William Prewett of Caroline Co. VA, planter, to John Shurley of Caroline Co. VA, planter [very short version of next, but Shurley only paid 15 shillings, not 25 pounds. Is this an option to purchase?]

1744 November 17 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book D pg 173 - William Prewett of Caroline Co. VA, planter, to John Shurley of Caroline Co. VA, planter, 25 pounds currency, 200 acres in Spotsylvania Co, part of a patent granted said Prewett. Wit: William Emerson, George Stubblefield and Henry Williamson. Nov 1744, William Pruitt's deeds of lease and release for land John Shirley was proved by oaths of Wm Emerson, Geo Stubblefield and Hen Williamson and admitted to record.

1785 Sept 10 - Spotsylania Co Deed Book K pg 505 - John Shearley and Elizabeth, his wife, of Spots. Co., to Samuel Luck of same county, 10 pounds currency, 9 acres of land etc... wit: Nicholas Payne, Thomas Shirley and Frances Hodges.

1788 March 27 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book L pg 416 - John Shirley Sr. to John Shirley Jr. both of Spots. Co. 50 pounds currency, 191 acres in Spots. Co., etc... wit; Thomas Shirley, Christopher Crawford, Dorothy Dodd, and Thomas Turner.

1788 October 27 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book M pg 77 - James Crawford Sr. and John Sherley, Sr. of Spots. Co. , for the natural love and affection they have for John Crawford and Phebe, his wife, of same county, deed of gift, 70 acres in Spots. Co., and two slaves, etc. Wit: John Waller, Thomas Turner, William Arnold, Thomas Hicks, John Shirley, JR. and James Crawford Jr. ref: Deed book M page 424

1791 January 24 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book N pg 94 - Thomas Towles and Mary, his wife, of Spots. Co.. to John Shirley, Jr., of same county. £145. 264 a. in Spots. Co., etc., etc. Witnesses, Nicho. Payne, Jas. Crawford, Jno. Coates, Benj. Waller, Thos. Shirley, Zachariah Billingsly. Decr. 6, 1791.

1791 April 5 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book M pg 433 - John Shearley, Sr. and John Shearley. Jr., and Frances, his wife, of Spots. Co., to James Wilson of same county, 45 pounds currency, 60 acres adjoining Jams Crawford, Waller Lewis, Jona Clark, in Spots. Co., etc... No witnesses.

1791 May 10 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book N pg 47 - John Shirley, jr., and Frances, his wife, of Spots. Co. to Jonathan Clark of same county. £22 10s. curr. 129 a. in Spots. Co., conveyed to sd. Jno. Shirley, jr., by his father, John Shirley, Senr., etc.,wit: Thomas Turner, Edmund Clark, James Wilson, John Shirley, SR., William Arnold.

1793 January 29 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book N pg 365 - James Arnold and Nancy, his wife, of spots. Co., to Thomas Shirley, of same county, 22 pounds 8 shillings currency, 108n acres, part of tract conveyed by John Arnold to the said James in Spots. Co etc... Wit: John C. Waller, Clement Boroughes, James Wiglesworth Sr., James Sams and Phillip Young.

1793 November 14 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book N pg 493 - Elisha Dismukes of Spots. Co. to John Shirley, jr., of same co. 50. 125 acres adj. lands of Thos. Dillard, Sarah Morris, Jas. Gimbo, Ambrose Shackleford, Jno. Shirley, jr.; Berryman Waller, in Spots. Co. 1 Apr 1794

1794 January 1 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book N pg 544 - Thomas Sherley and Molly, his wife, of Spots. Co., to John Billingsley of same county, 100 pounds currency, 70 acres of land, etc.... Wit: Thomas Towles, Stapleton Crutchfield, and Robert Branham.

1794 March 15 - Spotsylvania Deed Book N pg 540 - John Shirley, Jr. and Frances, his wife, of Spots. Co., to Thomas Shirley of same county. 158 pounds 8 shillings currency, 243 acres whereon said John Shirley lives in Spots. Co., etc... Wit: Benjamin Tompkins, Littleton Pharis and William Aldress.

1794 March 20 - Spotsylvania Deed Book N pg 513 - Henry Johnston and Agnes, his wife, of Spots. Co. to John Shirley of same co. 158 8s. 280 acres adj. lands of Ambrose Smith, Jas. Smith, Elizabeth Towles, Benj. Reynolds, Waller Lewis, Jas. Gimbo, Ambrose Shackleford's Estate, Thomas Shirley and Waller

1794 March 20 - Spotsylvania Deed Book N pg 516 - James Wiglesworth Sr. and his wife, Mary, James Wiglesworth Jr. and his wife, and John Shirley and Frances, his wife, to Henry Johnston. Whereas the Wiglesworth sold to the said Shirley, 193 acres in Spots. Co. and before conveyance there of the said Shirley sold the same to Johnston. This ind. wit: the said Wiglesworth in consideration of 144 pounds 15 shillings currency, to them paid by said Shirley and said Shirley in consideration of 144 pounds 15 shillings to him paid by the said Johnston, they convey the said land to him the said Johnston, etc... Wit: Thomas Towles, P.O. Nunly, and John Duerson. Deed book 1791-1794 page 467

1794 September 13 - Spotsylvania Co DB O pg 20 - Know all men by thse presents that I, John Shirley, Sr. of the County of Spotsylvania Co. VA had this day bargained and sold to William Anderson of Cumberland Co. VA one negro woman named Bess for an in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds to me in hand paid by him and said Anderson which negro woman slave I am to have the use of during my life and then to be delivered to the said Willaim Anderson, his heirs, executors or administrators or assigns and I do hereby warrant and defend the right of the said negro woman slavae against the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever. Given under my hand this the 13th day of September 1794. Test: John Shirley, Jr., Henry Dodd, James Crawford. John Shirley, Senior "At a court held for Spotsylvania County December 2nd 1794 this bill of sale from John Shirley Senior to William Anderson was proved by the oath of two witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

1794 December 31 - Spotsylvania Co Deed Book O page 29 - Henry Johnson and Agnes, his wife, and John Shirley Jr. and his wife Frances, exchange of lands. Said Johnson conveys to said Shirley Jr. 193 acres formerly purchased from said Shirley, James Wiglesworth Sr. and Jr. etc... The said Shirley conveys to said Johnson, 258 acres in Spots. Co., etc... wit: Thomas Towles, Richard Shackleford and Mary Shackleford.

1795 January 12 - Spotsylvania Co DB O pg 143 - John Shirley Sr. of Berkeley Parish, Spots. Co., to his daughter, Dorothy Dodd, deed of gift, a Negro girl, et. Wit: Thomas Shirley, Morady Morris and James Crawford. .

1795 December 1 - Spotsylvania Co DB O pg 212 - Thomas Shirley and Polly, his wife, of Spots. Co., to Samuel Maxley of same county, 36 pounds currency, 108 acres part of a tract conveyed to said Shirley by James Arnold, etc...

1796 January 17 - Spotsylvania Co DB O pg 416 - John Shirley and Frances, his wife, of Spots. Co., to Thomas Dillard of same county, 40 pounds currency, 115 acres in Spots, Co., etc... wit: Henry Dodd, Sarah Morris and Mary Ward.

April 28 2021

Project Complete - I transcribed over 100 Shirley entries in the Ireland Chancery Court docket records, from 1633 to 1851. Sadly none of the bills, answers or replies survived the fire of the 1920s that consumed the Ireland archives

April 15 2021

New Norfolk England Branches. I created 2 new family lineages for the Shirleys of Great Snoring parish Norfolk and for Wighton Norfolk. Descendants of the Great Snoring familyalso lived in Norwich Norfolk. May be connected to the older Shirley family of Wighton Norfolk

3. Shirleys of Great Snoring and Norwich; John Sherley of Great Snoring, and brothers Francis and James NEW

4. Shirleys of Wighton Norfolk. This family dates back to the late 1600s. May have died out, moved away NEW

April 14 2021

I have been working with descendants of the various Shirley families of Sheffield Yorkshire to untangle their connection with the Shirley family of Alstonfield Staffordshire. Days and days of work. And there are more questions than before!

I posted the following probate records to the Norfolk England page in the members' section. I also abstracted the Wills

Note: looks like the Shirleys of Wighton died out, but the Shirley family of Great Snoring connects to other later Shirleys we've researched. So this discovery is exciting for that research.

Archdeaconry Court of Norwich

1763 Archdeaconry Court of Norwich - Registered Wills pg 279, Item 5 - Will of Elizabeth Sherley of Wighton (page 2, page 3) - I Elizabeth Sherley of Wighton co of Norfolk widow first give unto Charles Sherley my son all that piece of land containing by estimation 3 roods lying in Holkham Lane in Wighton next the lands of Mr Sherringham East the glebe land west the Long lane North and Holkham Lane afsd South . I give all my other real estate unto John Shirley my son condition he pay unto afsd son Charles Sherley L10 at age 21; Give unto Mary Woods my daughter all my wearing apparel; All the rest of my goods chattles household stuff unto John Sherley and Charles Sherley my sons equally provided they pay to the said Mary Woods L5 sole use exclusive of her husband. Appoint the said John Shirley my son sole exectuor. Dated 27 December 1762 <mark> Elizabeth Sherley Wit: Simon Severington, John Coppy, William Starleings; Proven by John Shirley 3 Jan 1763

1763 Administration bond of Charles Shirley of Wighton - That I John Shirley of Wighton in the co of Norfolk gardiner firmly bound ...12 September 1763. The abovementioned John Shirley natural and lawful brother and administrtor of all goods etc of Charles Shirley late of Wighton co Norfolk batchelor deceased Intestate without parents. - ANW 1763, no. 63 Nofolk Record Office

1765 Administration bond of John Sherley of Wighton - Wilson Andrews of Barney in the co of Norfolk woolcomber and John Baldwin of Wells west the sea sd county woolcomber firmly bound. 13 July 1765. Sarah the wife of the above bound Wilson Andrews cousen and next of kin and administratrix of goods of John Sherley late of Wighton co of Norfolk batchelor deceased intestate without parents or brother or sister. - ANW 1765, no. 42 Norfolk Record Office

1771 Archdeaconry Court of Norwich - Registered Wills pg 127, Item 100 - Will of Thomas Shirley of Hempton (page 2) - I Thomas Shirley of Hempton co of Norfolk farmer. I give unto my beloved wife Ann Shirley all and every my goods and chattles whatsoever with all my money in my house together with all my money due to me. Dated 25 March 1771. Appoint wife Ann executrix. <s> Thomas Shirley. Wit: John Sands, Francis Johnson, Richard Overton. Proved 4 November 1771

1778 Archdeaconry Court of Norwich - Registered Wills pg 134, Item 94 -Will of John Sherley of Great Snoring (page 2) - I John Sherley of Great Snoring co of Norfolk malster; Give unto my wife Mary Sherley all and every goods chattels cattle other personal estate; Also to my wife all my messuages lands tenements with appurtenances situate in Great Snoring during term of her natural life and after her decease I dispose of them following: I give unto my nephews Thomas Sherley the eldest son of James Sherley all messuage belonging which lately was the property of one [H]akenbridge situate in Great Snoring only paying out of it to his brother James and his heirs the sum of L5. Also my other messuage belonging lately the property of Ann [J]ackell situate in Great Snoring. I give unto my nephew Francis Sherley the eldest son of Francis Sherley paying out of unto John Browne the eldest son of John Browne a nephew of mine L5. Appoint my said wife Mary executrix. Dated 4 June 1772 <s> John Shirley. Wit: Richd Curle, William Wright, Elizabeth Plowright; Proven by Mary Sherley 12

March 30 2021

I found this Irish court record that relates to an Irish-Canadian branch of Shirleys

1807 February 3 - Ireland Exchequer Court of Equity Bill Books [this looks like an estate lawsuit of heirs] - James Honahan vs Cath. Honahan, Jno Honahan, Wm Honahan and Edmd Honahan, James Mulroony, Cath his wife, William Shirly, Mary his wife

March 28 2021

I spent a few hours, posted a new page in the Ireland members' section surveying Shirleys living in England in the 1851 census, but born in Ireland

March 27 2021

I posted the following land sale item to the Kilkenny Ireland page in the members' section

Kilkenny Ireland

1854 October 27 County of Kilkenny - In the matter of the Estate of James Shirley esq of Garranaman in the County of Kilkenny, owner. Ex parte John Shirley esq petitioner - Rental and particulars of SALE of the valuable estate of Bellmount county of Kilkenny which will be sold by auction by the commissioners on Friday the 27th Day of October 1854 at the hour of twelve o'clock at noon at their court, 14 Henrietta Street Dublin

The lands of Bellmount are situate in the Parish of Mothill, Barony of Fassadining and County of Kilkenny and are within four miles of the Post Town of Castlecomer and about eleven miles from the City of Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Railway Terminus and about eight miles from the Town of Carlow. This estate has many peculiar advantages and is of a very improveable nature and the entire is demised under two Leases for Lives renewable forever, the one paying a renewal fine of a pepper-corn only on the fall of each life, and the other payiong a renewal fine of L37 15s. 0d. old Irish currency on the fall of each life, under each of which leases the tenants have very valuable interest above the rents payable thereout.

March 6 2021

New Ireland Branch - I posted the following lineage to the Ireland lineage page in the non-member's section. This lineage had long been a "working pedigree" posted inside the member's section, but now has a DNA result for a descendant which matches the DNA of the Shirleys of Killkenny Ireland

Killkenny Ireland

3. Thomas Shirley of Tullamaine Kilkenny, gent. Catholic. He held considerable townlands at Knockreagh, Tullamaine, Thomastown Catholic Parish, Kilkenny. He was a cess payer for lands at Tullamaine, Shillelogher Barony in 1834. Catholic. haplotype E

February 25 2021

I posted the following to the USA Branch 34 Ferrers Shirley lineage

Philadelphia PA

First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia PA

Baptisms

1764 April 20 Baptism of Lucia and Phares, children of Phares and Elizabeth Shirley; Lucia born 26 January 1762, Phares born November 1764 (sic, 1763?)

1765 February 20 Baptism of Ferrers son of Ferrers and Elizabeth Shirley; Ferrers born 19 February 1765

February 22, 2021

Dont' know any more details than this, but....

There are 3 Shirleys who earned medals for service during the Battle of Waterloo campaign

Name: Wm Shirley
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th (or Queens Own) Hussars

Name: Edward Shirley
Rank: Private
Regiment: 15th (or Kings) Regiment of Hussars

Name: Wm Shirley
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1st (or King's) Dragoon Guards

February 12, 2021

Still hard at work researching (correcting) the Shirley family of Jamaica lineages in preparation of a new E-book

Posted the following records to the Buckinghamshire page in the members' section

Buckinghamshire

1798 Land Tax "Redemption"

Aston Clinton
Owned by: Thos Shirley Occupied by: Thos Shirley
Owned by: Mr Newman Occupied by: Thos Shirley

Brill
Owned by: Corpus College Occupied by: Michl Shirley Gentleman
Owned by: John Snell Esquire Occupied by: Wm Shirley
Owned by: Marquis Buckingham Occupied by: Rev Mr Slopes and Michl Shirley
Owned by: Mr Harriess Occupied by: Mr Shirley
Owned by: Michd Shirley Junior Occupied by: Michd Shirley Junior
Owned by: Mr Partons Occupied by: John Shirley
Owned by: Lanard Pauling Occupied by: Richd Shirley
Owned by: Edwd Shirley Occupied by: Wm Shirley
Owned by: Mr John Shirley Occupied by: Michd Shirley Junior
Owned by: Mr Watker Occupied by: Miche Shirley Junior
Owned by: Lawrence Shirley Occupied by: Wm Shirley
Owned by: Wm Snell Esquire Occupied by: Michd Shirley Jour
Owned by: Sarah Shirley Occupied by: Sarah Shirley

Buckland
Owned by: Mr Newman Occupied by: Thos Shirley
Owned by: Mr Stevens Occupied by: Thos Shirley
Owned by: Thos Shirley Occupied by: Thos Shirley

Caversfield
Owned by: John Kirby Occupied by: Robt Shirley
Owned by: Wm Rolls Occupied by: Robert Shirley

Chalfont St Peter
Owned by: Mrs Sherley Occupied by: Mrs Sherley

Chesham
Owned by: Heny Parrott Occupied by: John Shirley
Owned by: Wm Christmas Occupied by: John Shirley

Horton
Owned by: Her Grace The Dutchess of Burdough Occupied by: Rd Sherley

Marsh Gibbon
Owned by: Gough Widow Occupied by: James Shirley
Owned by: John Ashite Occupied by: James Shirley
Owned by: James Shirley Occupied by: James Shirley

Oakley
Owned by: Wm Snell Esquire Occupied by: Miche Shirley Senior
Owned by: Margius of Buckingham Occupied by: John Shirley
Owned by: Mrs Anderson Occupied by: Wm Shirley
Owned by: Mr Walher Occupied by: Miche Shirley Senior

Oving
Owned by: Miche Shirley Occupied by: Miche Shirley

Stoke
Owned by: Mr Shirley Occupied by: Mr Shirley

Upton
Owned by: Wm Nash Occupied by: Edwd Shirley
Owned by: Edwd Shirley Occupied by: Edwd Shirley

Wing
Owned by: Chesterfield Earl of Occupied by: Stephen Shirley

 

January 30 2021

I extracted the wills of George and Thomas Shirley of Lower Shuckburgh Warwickshire and posted to that county page in the members' section

Warwickshire

1813 Lichfield Consistory Court - Will of George Shirley Lower Shuckburgh (page 2) - George Shirley of Lower Shuckburgh co of Warwick, Taylor; To my nephew Thomas Shirley of Lower Shuckburgh taylor and to my good friend Richard Tew of Lower Shuckburgh executors; Pay unto Samuel Shirley, Elizabeth Shirley Martha Shirley and Lucy Shirley four of the children of my said nephew Thomas Shirley L50 each at age 21; to nephew Thomas Shirley all that my messuage situate in Lower Shuckburgh until said son Samuel Shirley shall attain 21. At 21 then to said Samuel Shirley; If he dies then at the behoof of nephew Thomas Shirley. Whereas my nephew John Shirley of Priors Marston co Warwick indebted unto me L150 mortgage of his estate in Priors Marston, bequeath the interest to brother Thomas Shirley for his natural life , and after decease I give the principal L150 unto all sons and daughters of my said brother Thomas Shirley who shall be living at the time of his decease. To my brother John Shirley 5 shillings. All wearing apparel to my brother John Shirley and his son Wilks Shirley. To my sisters Fridaysweed Laurence and Mary Browning L5 each; Residue of personal estate unto said nephew Thomas Shirley; In witness <seal> George Shirley

1828 Lichfield Consistory Court - Will of Thomas Shirley Lower Shuckburgh (page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6) Thomas Shirley of Lower Shuckburgh in co of Warwick, Taylor 3 July 1820; Give my messuage in parish of Lower Shuckburgh to my wife Elizabeth Shirley for natural life. After her decease to William Walker of Lower Shuckburgh yeoman and to my son Samuel Shirley for trusts after death of my wife Elizabeth Sirley to sell messuage, proceeds equally to my said son Samuel Shirley and my daughters Elizabeth, Martha, Lucy and Maria Shirley; Household furniture to wife Elizabeth Shirley duirng natural life. AFter death to my 4 daughters; Trustees also to hold messuages in parish of Napton Warwickshire then to be sold after my death; to pay L50 to daughter Lucy Shirley; money to daughter Maria Shirley; additional monies to daughters Elizabeth, Martha, Lucy and Maria after death of wife Elizabeth Shirley; <seal> Thomas Shirley Wit: William Beasley, Knightcote, William Russell, Grandborough, Rich: Burman, Southam

January 20 2021

I posted the following land entries to the White Co TN page in the members' section

White Co TN

1815 Land Entry 4236 - Thomas Shirley assignee of John McBride by virtue of part of warrant No 650 enters 10 1/2 acres land White County on the waters of Cherry Creek beginning on a hickory it being the SE corner of a 200 ac survey granted to John McBride running thence S 85deg West with his line to the east boundary line of a 200 acre survey granted to Benjamin Weaver thens S 5deg [?] with his line to ?harp line and East with the same for ?camplemeeeh 8 November 1815. Thos Sherly Loc.

1815 November 16 - Survey of land entered - State of TN 3rd District - Surveyed on the 16th day of November 1815 for Thomas Shirley assignee of John McBride 10 1/2 acres of land by virtue of part of Warrant No. 650 located the 8 day of November 1815 Location No 4236 situate in White Co on the waters of Charry Creek beginning on a hickory McBride's corner of his 200 acre survey running hence with his line S 85deg West 70 poles to Weaver's corner thence S ?6deg past with his line 22 poles to a white oak on Warmacks line thence East with the same 78 poles to three hickory trees North to beginning. W P White DS. Chain carriers: Thos Shirley, Enoch Sherley

I posted the following land records to Hickman Co TN page in the members' section. I suspect these records are for Revolutionary War Soldier Thomas Shirley b 1760 Fairfield Co SC

Hickman Co TN

1809 October 17 - Land Entry; Warrant 330; Locr 4018; 50 acres; Thomas Sherley assignee of Christopher Robertson - By virtue of a certificate warrant No 330 for 300 acres enters 50 acres of land in Hickman County on Turkey Creek of Piney River beginning at a branch on the N side of said creek marked thus T. S. Running E 120 poles and ?Poueh for complement by Thomas (his mark) Sherlock loc (sic) Survey returned Oct 25 1809 by Wm B Ross

1814 Sept 10 - Survey of land for Edmund Miller assigniee of Thomas Hickman. 22 acres in Hickman Co on Turkey Creek beginning at a chestnut on the W boundary line of Thomas Shearly land...... Chaincarriers Thomas Shearley, Edmund Miller

1815 TN Land Entry No 14662 Survey Pet 25 April 1815 made void 25 Oct 1815 - James R Shearley assignee originally of James Davis by virtue of a certificate warrant No 714 issued by the Commissioner of West Tennessee for 640 acres Entered 18 acres of Land in Hickman County on the waters of Turkey Creek beginning at a chesnut on the East side of a S branch of sd Creek part below a small Spring runs East 22 poles and S and for complement so as to include a spring at the head of sd branch 6 March 1815; Thos Shearly Loc [There is a survey for this warrant dated 16 March 1815; Chain carriers James R Shearly, Ezekiel Shearly]

1815 TN Land Entry No 14663 Survey Pet 25 April 1815 made void 27 November 1819 by Ezekiel Shearley [looks like original signature of Ezekiel Shirley] - Ezekiel Shearley assignee originally of James Davis by virtue of a certificate warrant No 814 issued by the Commissioner of West Tennessee for 640 acres Entered 15 acres of Land in Hickman County on the waters of Turkey Creek beginning at a gum Thomas Shearley's SE corner runs South 38 and East etc for complement 6 March 1815; Thos Shearly Loc [There is a survey for this warrant dated 16 March 1815; Chain carriers James R Shearly, Ezekiel Shearly]

January 19 2021

I posted the following newspaper item to Branch 39 Thomas Shirley of Hamilton Co Tennessee. It details a major court case by Thomas Shirley describing an elaborate Civil War era fraud designed to steal 800 acres of land he owned. The case was heard locally and was ruled against Thomas Shirley, but Shirley won on appeal at the Circuit Court of East Tennessee (see news account below), and when appealed again was upheld by the US Supreme Court in October Term 1874

Branch 39 Thomas Shirley of Hamilton Co TN

Knoxville Daily Chronicle, January 29, 1871, Page 4

Important Decision by Judge Trigg

A Deep-Laid Plot Exposed

Judge Trigg delivered a very important judgment yesterday in the equity side of the Circuit Court in the case ot Thomas Shirley vs. Peter Monger, argued some terms since. A statement of the facts of the case, as it is one of considerable magnitude, may not prove uninteresting.

In March, 1868, Messrs. Baxter, Champion and Ricks filled a bill in equity in the Circuit Court for Thos. Shirley against Peter Monger and others, of Hamilton county, East Tennessee.

The material allegations of the bill were, substantially, these: Mr. Shirley charged that, in November, 1863, he was compelled to leave his home, near Harrison, Hamilton county, and flee to Georgia, because of his sympathy for the Confederate cause. At the time he left, he owned, unincumbered, a valuable tract of land ot 800 acres, worth $20,000.

In October, 1865, he alleges, the defendant, Peter Monger, obtained a judgment against him for $10,000 and interest on a note purporting to have been executed by Thomas Shirley (the complainant) to one John W. Westmoreland for $10,000, on the 1st of December, 1863, and endorsed by Westmoreland for value received to defendant, Peter Monger. This note Shirley alleges was a forgery; that at the time it purports to have been executed he was lying at the point of death in Georgia; that he never owed a debt of anything like that amount to any one; that no such a man as John W. Westmoreland ever lived or could be found; that the endorsement was a forgery and the whole claim and judgment fraudulently procured by Monger and his confederates, to obtain possession and title to his farm. Under the judgment obtained at Harrison, the land was sold and Monger became the purchaser. The note, after judgment was rendered, was taken by some one from court and has never since been seen. Afterward, to complicate the plot, Shirley charges Monger had the farm libeled for confiscation in the District United States Court here, and condemned for sale. Monger then intervened and set up his claim under the judgment at Harrison. Shirley alleged the whole proceeding fraudulent and a conspiracy to get his land; that he never knew anything about the judgments or sale until he returned home after the war, and prayed that the judgments of Harrison and Knoxville might be set aside, and a writ of possession for his land awarded, and a decree rendered for back rents. Monger answered and denied all the allegations, particularly the forgery conspiracy; claimed that he bought the note from Westmoreland. for Confederate money, in good faith. The proof failed to identify any such man as John W. Westmoreland, but showed, on the other hand, that Shirley was a close business man, and never owed any large sum of money or had such dealings as to make the execution of a note of that amount necessary.

Judge Trgg, in delivering his opinion, characterized it as one of the most remarkable cases he ever knew; made some severe comments upon the fraud and rascalitv developed, and ordered counsel for Shirlev to prepare a decree setting aside the judgment in the court at Harrison: the order of condemnation, sale and intervention in the District Court at Knoxville; an order awarding possession of the land to Shirley, and an account for back rents since I865, allowing Monger credit for the amount paid on the condemnation in the District Court.

The decision is worth about $20,000 to Mr Shirley, and for this reason, as well for the peculiar and startling facts developed, is worthy ol especial attention.

I created a page for the defunct James County Tennessee in the member's section. And transcribed the will of Thomas Shirley of Ooltewah James County (later Hamilton County). This is Branch 39

James County TN (later Hamilton Co)

1887 [James County TN Record, now defunct] Hamilton County TN Wills Vol 2 page 1 (page 2-3, page 4-5). Will and Codicil of Thomas Shirley of Ringold GA - Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Shirley of Ringgold in the county of Catoosa nd state of Georgia farmer being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament. 1st I give and bequeath to my son James B Shirley all of my estate both real and persona of which I may be possessed at my death. With the following exceptions. To my grandson George O Cate Jr I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars 2nd I give and devise to my belowed wife Julia Ann a good and comfortable support for life out of my estate. 3rd I give and devise to my son James B Shirley any and all estate in lands personality which I may acquire after date of this will afterpayment of my debts and legacies. 4th I ordain and appoint James B Shirley as executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. In the presence of the witnesses named below. This January 25th in the year 1873. Thomas Shirley (seal). Wit: A J Robert, W S Inman, W L Whitman, J L Varnell, J D Shropshire, Ferdinand Jett, Dated Feb 13 1873 Dr J A Esmon, Hix Padget, Rufas Padget

Codicil - Terms of this codicil or supplement are as follows: 1st My beloved wife Julia Ann having died the said demise and bequest in her favor is revoked and recalled and in no sense is to be deemed or held a charge upon the land or other property bequeathed by my said Will above copied to James B Shirley. 2nd I do in all othe respects ratify and confirm said Will in which the above is a copy. 3rd I declare in addition to the statements in said Will contained, that the lands and real estate intended to be therein devised lie mainly in James County Tennessee and on and near the waters of Savannah Creek and through which the road from Ooltewah in James Co Tn to Georgetown at the Meigs County line runs past and being known as the Shirley Lands and about which I once had a lawsuit in the courts of the US with Peter Monger and is now being occupied by tenants and embrace 800 acres more or less. But my devise and bequest aforesaid to said James B Shirley is not to be understood as limited and restricted to the said lands last above referred to; but is to be understood and his hereby expressly declared to include and embrace all the lands of which I may die owned or possessed situated in the County of James in the state of Tennessee and in any other county in said state and also to embrace any and all lands and personal property which I may own at my death in any county of the State of Georgia or any other state or government where ever the same may be 4th. I also give and bequeath to my said son James B Shirley all the moneys notes accounts and debts I may die owner or possessed where ever situated without regard to limits or boundaries of state or county lines. 5th And if anything remains of my estate not embraced in the foregoing provisions of this and the Original Will of 25 January 1873 I give and bequeath the same real perosnal and mixed rents, moneys choses? in action and everything else to the said James B Shirley absolutely and forever subject alone to the payment of all my just debts and the bequest of one hundred dollars to George O Cate Jr. It is proper to state I have many years ago give to George O Cate Sr father of George O Cate Jr all I think he or his child should have of my estate. 20 August 1878. Thomas Shirley (seal) Witnessed by: Maxey Ethridge, Robert G Andrews, John W Andrews, J L Varnell, J D Shropshire, Ferdinand Jett. Feb 13 1883: Dr J A Esmon, Hix Padget, Rufus Padget; Recorded at Oolteway 2 August 1887. J C Heaton clerk, James Co TN; Re-recorded 19 August 1916, John A Hall clerk, James Co TN

January 4 2021

I posted the following original Catholic parish record to the Quebec Canada page in the members' section

Montreal Quebec

1835 Basilique de Notre Dame Montreal - Thomas Shirley resident of this parish [domicille en cette paroisse] widower of majority age [Venf Majeur] deceased [décédée] Catherine Anderson in the English Hospital of this parish [a l'hopital Anglais de cette paroisse] of one part (note: Catherine Anderson is in the spot for his parents but clearly was his deceased wife?) and Catherine Daly resident of this parish [domicille en cette paroisse] daughter of majority age [fille Majeur] of deceased [des defuncts] John Daly and Joanna Shahen of County Cork in Ireland of the other part. In presence of Thomas Fant and Mary Small and Jean B Sanier

 

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