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August 17, 2019

I abstracted the following very early Rockingham Co NH deeds

Rockingham Co NH Grantor Deed Index 1643 - 1850

1733 John Shirla to Jacob Sargent 35/375

John Shirla of Chester, wheelwright to Ensign Jacob Sergent of Chester; L20; 1/2 of home lot No 19 laid out to Thomas Dean; 29 June 1733; <s> John Shirela; Wit Tho Boyle, Ebenezer Abbot; Rec 10 May 1748

1741 John Shirla to James Shirla 25/309

Jno Shirla of Chester yeoman to James Shirla of Chester; for love and good will and affection I do bear to my belovd son; 40 acres in Chester being ye NE-ly end of ye 50 acres of an additional lot 4 I purchased of Wm White of Haverhill Essex lying in ye 4th Range of [ ] by No 13 beginning at ye SE-ly corner by ye highway [ ] No 13 etc; 16 March 1741 <s> John Shirela; Wit Wm Powell, Sam'll Sherburne; Rec 5 Sep 1745

1740 Thomas Shirela to James Quenton 31/259

Thomas Shirela of Chester yeoman to James Quenton of Chester yeoman; L220; Town of Londonderry, part of a farm bought by James Hunter deceased, laid off to his daughter Mary Hunter, alias Shirela...bounding John Boyd's land, containing 31 acres 4 March 1740 <s> Thomas Shirela, Mary Shirela; Wit: John Akun, Saml Boyd, John MacMurphy, Wm Toford; Rec 5 Sept 1746

1745 John Shirla to Rob't Killgreece 32/61

Jno Shirela of Chester wheelright to Roberd Kilgrece of Chester yeoman; L16; Township of Chester land laid out for Wm White adj Jno Kers, adj Nathan Colbes 8 March 1745 <s> John Shirela Wit John Moore, Saml Ingalls; Rec 24 Sept 1746

1745 Thomas Sherla to James Sherla 31/173

Thomas Sherala of Chester Wheelrite to James Sherala of Chester, weaver; L46; Land in Twp of Londonderry adj James Quentin's land adj Chester's line 4 March 1745 <s> Thomas Sherla, Mary Sherla; Wit: John Boyd, Saml Emerson; Rec 18 Aug 1746

1746 John Shirela Sr to John Shirela Jr 44/348

John Shirela of Chester yeoman to John Shirela Junr of Chester, husbandman; for love good will and affection I do bear towards my beloved son; also in consideration and in full of all my real and personal estate; land in Chester containing 40 acres NE-ly end of additional lot of 50 acres laid out for Wm White of Haverhill in the 1st Range known by No 13...marked No 13 by the high way 8 January 1746 <s> John Shirela; Wit: Sarah Emerson, Saml Emerson; Rec 20 July 1755

1749 Thomas Shirla to Rob't Witherspoon 40/257

Thomas Shirla of Chester, yeoman to Robert Witherspoone of Chester, husbandman; L306; land in Twp of Chester 50 acres out of the W-ly side of Lot No 74 in 2nd part of the 2nd Division laid out for Luther Morgan 8 December 1749 <s> Thomas Sherla, Mary X Sherla; Wit Nathan Colby, Jas Varnum; Rec 30 Jan 1753

1758 John Shirla to James Shirela 64/353

John Shirela Junr of Roxbury county of Suffolk province of Massachusetts victualler to James Shirela of Chester husbandman; L133; Township of Chester containing 40 acres NE-ly end of additional Lot of 50 acres laid out for Wm White of Haverhill in the 1st Range known as No 13 etc. 27 June 1758 <s> John Shirela; Wit: Thomas Green, Wm Banc, Suffolk Boston; Rec 30 Dec 1761

1750 Thomas Sherla to James Willson 58/319

Thomas Sherala of Chester husbandman to James Wilson Junr of Chester husbandman; L70; 1/4 of a saw mill in Chester known by name of Nutsmill upon Cohoss brook with 1/4 part of ye stream and dam and mill Hill and saw and other tackling and utensils 8 June 1750 <s> Thomas Sherla; Wit: Saml Emerson, John Clay; Rec11 Sept 1759

1755 Thomas Sherla to Philip Flanders 53/86

Thomas Sherla of Chester wheelwright to Philip Flanders of Chester blacksmith; L1200; Township of Chester...adj Wm Presson's land originally laid out to Edward Gilman thence...24 January 1755 <s> Thomas Sherla; Wit: John Calfe, Josiah Bartlett; Rec 21 May 1757

1756 Thomas Sherla to Daniel Weare 47/500

Thomas Sherala of Chester wheelright to Daniel Weare of Chester yeoman; L600; Chester Twp, 25 acres being 1/2 of that additional lot of 50 acres No 40 laid out to Benj Gambling 22 July 1756 <s> Thos Sherla; Wit: Dorty Emerson, Saml Emerson; Rec 2 Aug 1756

Rockingham Co NH Grantee Deed Index 1643 - 1850

1731 John Shirla from Sampson Underhill 18/312

1731 Nov 15 Sampson Underhill [and Eliz Underhill] of Chester, clothier to John Shirla of Chester wheelwright; L50; Land in Twp of Chester 20 acres home lot laid out for Col Peter Wier of Hampton and ?24 lot in No ?5d lot lyin gbetween ye home lot of Col Hunkings and ? Deans; Wit: N Hampsh, Jno Mclanesnlin, Will Wilam, Jacob Sergent; Recorded 22 Feb 1732

1732 John Shirla from Joseph Kimball 18/450

Joseph Kimball of Bradford county of Essex husbandman to Jno Shirla of Chester wheelwright; L22; 1/2 of a home lot No 19 in Township of Chester laid out to Thomas Dean 6 June 1732 <s> Jos Kimball; Wit: Nathll Cogswell, Hannah Pecker; Rec 9 June 1732

1733 John Shirla from Anthony Towl 22/313

Anthony Tole of Chester husbandman to John Shirla of Chester wheelwright; L40; 1 home lot or 1st Divisin of land in Twp of Chester containing 20 acres laid out for Deacon Saml Shaw and is No 60 adj Col Mark Hunkings 10 Sept 1733 <s> Anthony Towl ; Wit: Sarah Emerson, Samll Emerson; Rec 25 Jan 1737

1734 John Shirla from William White 20/502

William White of Haverhill in the county of Essex Massachusetts esq to James Shirla of Brookline in ye county of Suffolk Massachusetts weaver; L22; 1 additional lot of land in Twp of Chester New Hampshire 50 acres it being additional lot laid out to Stephen Johnson and is No 11 in 1st Range adj Saml Ingals 26 November 1734 <s> William White; Wit: Will Heath. Eben Buck; Rec 19 Feb 1735

1734 James Shirla from William White 20/503

William White of Haverhill Essex Massachusetts esquire to John Shirla of Chester NH wheelwright; L8; land in Chester Twp additional lot of land laid out to me Wm White and is No 13 lying in 1st Range 26 November 1734 <s> William White; Wit: Willm Heath, Ebenr Buck; Rec 19 Feby 1735

1736 William Shurley et al from Jno Yeamans 22/202

This is Governor William Shirley in Boston

1739 William Shirley from Robert Auchmuty 24/177

This is Governor William Shirley in Boston

1741 James Shirela from John Shirela 25/309

Jno Shirla of Chester yeoman to James Shirla of Chester; for love and good will and affection I do bear to my belovd son; 40 acres in Chester being ye NE-ly end of ye 50 acres of an additional lot 4 I purchased of Wm White of Haverhill Essex lying in ye 4th Range of [ ] by No 13 beginning at ye SE-ly corner by ye highway [ ] No 13 etc; 16 March 1741 <s> John Shirela; Wit Wm Powell, Sam'll Sherburne; Rec 5 Sep 1745

1744 John Shirlo from Seth Fogg 43/426

Seth Fogg of Hampton NH farmer to John Sherlo of Chester husbandman; L7; land containing 4 acres called Three Camp Meadow in 1st Division of Meadow No 6 laid out to Benoni Fogg in Twp of Chester adj Thomas Dean's right 7 August 1744 <s> Seth Fogg; Wit: Nathl Sargent, Ruth Sargent; Rec 12 April 1754

1745 James Sherla from Thomas Sherla 31/173

Thomas Sherala of Chester Wheelrite to James Sherala of Chester, weaver; L46; Land in Twp of Londonderry adj James Quentin's land adj Chester's line 4 March 1745 <s> Thomas Sherla, Mary Sherla; Wit: John Boyd, Saml Emerson; Rec 18 Aug 1746

1746 John Shirela from John Shirela Sr 44/348

John Shirela of Chester yeoman to John Shirela Junr of Chester, husbandman; for love good will and affection I do bear towards my beloved son; also in consideration and in full of all my real and personal estate; land in Chester containing 40 acres NE-ly end of additional lot of 50 acres laid out for Wm White of Haverhill in the 1st Range known by No 13...marked No 13 by the high way 8 January 1746 <s> John Shirela; Wit: Sarah Emerson, Saml Emerson; Rec 20 July 1755

August 12, 2019

Update - I abstracted the 2 Hertfordshire England wills previously posted - See post for August 7 below

REUNION NEWS

Thomas and Mollie Grubbs Shirley Branch 7 - Shirley Cousins Reunion, Lebanon Indiana - Saturday, August 31, 2019

All Shirleys and Smiths welcome!!
Questions? Contact Mary Hicks 765-894-9087
Boone County Fairgrounds Lebanon, IN

Saturday, August 31 10am to 2pm

Coffee. juice and donuts for the early birds.

Pitch-in lunch at noon. Chicken, drinks and table service will be provided. Please bring a white elephant item for the auction at 1pm. Proceeds will fund next year's reunion.

August 7, 2019

I posted the following original probate document images to their respective counties in England

Oxfordshire

1607. I 193.261; 300/1/8 Will of Thomas Shurley, Husbandman of Churchill (page 2) To be buried in the churchyard of Churchill. To Thomas, Ann, Robert, Henry, John, Elizabeth and Alice Shirley my sons and daughters money at age 21. To wife Elizabeth. To Elizabeth Sessions wife of John Sessions the elder. Overseers: Thomas Beard, Maurice Kyrkham, Henry Davis

Essex

1638 October 1 Commissary Court of the Bishop of London (Essex division) Will of John Sherlie of Eastwood, Essex, husbandman, (page 2) - Reference Code D/ABW 55/77

1749 Commissary Court of the Bishop of London (Essex division) Will of William Shirley of Woodford Essex (page 2)

1758 Commissary Court of the Bishop of London (Essex division) Will of Richard Shirley of Woodford Essex (page 2)

Derbyshire

1641 Lichfield and Coventry Wills - Will of John Sherley of Marston on Dove, Derbyshire (inventory)

1721 Will of Arthur Shirley of Hilton, Marston on Dove, Derbyshire (Inventory pg 1, page 2)

Berkshire

1695 Will of John Shurley Yeoman of Shinfield Berkshire (Inventory) - Ref No. P1/S/598 Probate records of the Consistory Court of Salisbury

1709 Will of Ralph Sherley, maulster, Thatcham. (page 2) 1709 W. Afft. 122/179 17.176 239/131- Berkshire Probate Records 1653-1710

Hertfordshire

1760 Huntingdonshire Archdeaconry Court - Will of Joan Shurley of Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire - Will of Joan Shurley of Berkhamsted Saint Peters in the county of Hertford, innholder. body buried at discretion of executors; To John Warner of Berkhamsted, barber, otherwise to his son Thomas Warner; To my nephew George Eggleston of Honey Lace Market London victualer; To my maid servant [unnamed]; To son-in-law Francis Shurley son of my late husband Francis Shurley deceased and to Joshua Lovet servant to my maltman Thomas Bray; Francis Shirley and Joshua Lovet joint executors. 21 August 1754 (mark of) Joan Shurly Wit: W Johnson, Marg Johnson, Thos Wilkinson

1764 Huntingdonshire Archdeaconry Court - Will of Francis Shurley of Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (need page 2) - Dated 15 May 1762 Will of Francis Shurley of Berkhamsted Saint Peter in the county of Hertford, innholder; to be buried at discretion of executors; To my wife Hannah Shurley all personal estate; To my sister Elizabeth Shurley in case I have no child then living; Wife Hannah Shurley executrix [wrong 2nd page saved at this point, but clearly was at the end of will otherwise]

August 5 2019

SUCCESS. Thanks to Richard for doing all the legwork to achieve certification for his Shirley lineage. These are the Shirleys of Branch 12

SAR Certified Lineage NEW!

John Shirley;
Born: Apr 1760, Spotsylvania CO. VA
Married: 25 Nov 1782, Frances Gaines YATES
Died: 12 Mar 1840, Adair CO. KY
This couple were the parents of,

John Warfield Shirley;
Born: 28 Dec 1787, Spotsylvania CO. VA
Married: 26 Jan 1809, Martha “Patsy” YOUNG
Died: 27 Feb 1837, Barren CO. KY
This couple were the parents of,

Benjamin Warfield Shirley;
Born: 15 Jan 1822, Barren CO. KY
Married: 15 Jun 1843, Maria Temple TUNSTALL
Died: 09 Oct 1900, Barren CO. KY
This couple were the parents of,

Zerelda Tunstall Shirley;
Born: 19 Dec 1847, Summer Shade, Metcalfe, KY
Married: 13 Sep 1866, John Philip Grinstead
Died: 18 Apr 1894, Wellington, Sumner, KS

If your ancestry includes any of the above, then Richard has just made it easy for you to piggyback on to his SAR certification

August 2, 2019

I have collected and transcribed the following Staffordshire probate documents. This is a work in progress (clearly)

Staffordshire

1500s

1540 Inventory of John Sherle of Cheadle

1573 Will of William Sherle of Leek (page 2) - Inventory Dated 4 July 1573 - Wylliam Sherle of the Abbey Grene of the parish of Leeke county of Stafford, husbandman. To be buried in the churchyard of Leeke; Give unto each of myne god children a share. Unto Robert [Ffynnie/Hynnie] besydes his share; Unto Agnes my lawful wife, the whole lease and indenture of my house and groundes [ ]; Unto Agnes my said wyfe make her myne executor. And William Wente my brother in law. And for myne overseer Richard Sherle my brother and John [Cxonther] . [list] The debtes asynge to me the said Wylliam Sherle: Robt Walker, William Walker, Richard Dale]. Wytnes to the same: Richard Sherle, William Wente, Robt Walker, John Faffey, Robr Barnes, [ ]

1580 Will of Richard Sherle of Leek (page 2, page 3) - Inventory - Richard Sherle of Leek county of Stafford, husbandman dated 2 Oct 1579. Buried in churchyard of Leek. To 3 servants. To Agnes my wife house and messuages at Leeke. After her decease unto Thomas Holme of ye [meragrange] and Robert Holme of Thonmabighe? in ye parish of Leeke and co of Stafford. Unto John Chlarke of Mitfforse; Give unto Hughe Sherle my brother [ ] of apparrel. Unto Robert Vigare my brother one [ ]; Unto my [Px]ant Agnes Webbe and her [ ]. Unto Randolph Fichen [ ] sheepe; Unto William Hammet [ ] hogges; Unto Agnes Plant my [Ax]ant one hog; Unto Robert Page; Wife Agnes to have the rest of my goods. Appoint for my executors Agnes my wife, John Gonshile and Thomas Dorsye, my overseers Rafhe Holme and John Holme of Thownchile to this my last will and testmaent be performed. Wit Thos Dorsy etc. Wm Broddoaks, Thos Walker.

1581 Inventory of William Shurle Or Sharle of Cheadle (page 2)

1585 Sherle, Agnes of Leek 105a (Not found in original will files, Registered?)

1600s

1614 Wills at Lichfield Consistory Court - Will of Richard Sherley of Marchington [Hanbury Parish] Staffordshire (inventory) - Richard Sherley of Marchington, Hanbury Parish, Staffordshire. Body to be buried in the churchyard of the chappel of Marchington. To James Sherley and to his children. To Mary Morge(n, l) To Ellen Sherley. To Willim Sherley my brother and to his other two children viz Mary Sherley and to Elizabeth Sherley. To Richard Bagnold my servant. To Maud Sherley my wife all the rest of my goods and debts vovable and unmovable. Make Maude Sherley my wifel lawful executrix and make my brother Willem Sherley my overseer of this my last will and testament. In Wit: Raffe Alkins, William Sherley, Richard Asher, Sampson Road.

1625 Wills at Lichfield Consistory Court - Will of John Sherle of Cheadle (inventory) - John Sherley of Huntley in the parish of Cheadle. My body to be buried in the church of Chedle. Bequeath unto John Sherle my son conditionally fourtie shillings ....deed made between John the father and John the son. But if the sd John my son shall by ....To Edith ffoesbrooke my brass pot. To Elizabeth my wife ...funeral expenses...executrix. [debts listed] George Lea, widow Clarke, John Addelye] Wit: [ ] Rich[\ Narvell, John Howfeley

1688 Shirley, Anthony, gentleman, Lichfield Staffordshire Court: Dean of Lichfield Reference: P/C/11

1700s

1714 Shirley, John, farmer, Holly Bush Hall, Little Saredon, Shareshill, Staffordshire, Court: Royal Free Chapel of Penkridge
Reference: P/C/11

1729 Shirley, Elizabeth, not given, Baswich Staffordshire Court: Prebend of Whittington and Baswich Reference: P/C/11

1734 Inventory of William Shirley of Alton Staffordshire
1741 John Shurly [ ] Staffordshire, England
1753 Shirley, John of Alstonfield
1754 Shirley, Mary of Alstonfield

1758 Shirley, Thomas of Leek - 1758 Office copy of the Will of Thomas Shirley of Barn Gates near Leek Staffordshire, husbandman, 25 march 1756. He left four houses standing at Barn Gates, Leek wherein he, Samuel Hulme, his son in law Samuel Toft and his sister Patience "now severally do dwell". To his wife Sarah for life. The description mentions outhouse, buildings, cowhouses, orchards, gardens, yards, etc. After her death, the house occupied by Samuel Hulme he gave to his daughter Sarah for life for her own separate use "without control of her husban". After his daughters death it was to pass to Sarah's daughter Hannah Ribson and her heirs. If their were no heirs, it was to pass to the heirs of his daughter Mary Toft wife of Samuel Toft and their heirs forever. The house held by his son in law Samuel Toft was to pass to Samuel Toft on the death of the testator's wife, for life and after Toft's death, to the testator's daughter Mary for life and after her death to her various children as tenants in common. The house in which testator's sister Patience's hands and the one he dwelt in, he gave (after his wife Sarah's death) to his son Thomas Shirley for ever. He also gave his daughter Sarah Ribson and her daughter Hannah L5 each; his daughter Mary Toft L4. Daughter Sarah was also to receive one bed with bedstocks, blankets, sheets, etc. He appointed his daughter Sarah as his executor. Thomas Shirley's will was witnessed by William and Catherine Condlyffe and Samuel Lucas. It was proved at Lichfield on 27 April 1758 on the oath of Sarah Shirley, widow, sole executrix. - Box 38 Bednall Archive, Documents Relating to Property at Barngates, Leek, Staffordshire

1782 Shirley, Ralph of Alstonfield
1786 William Shirley [ ] Staffordshire, England
1790 Shirley, Joseph of Ipstones

1791 Will of Thomas Shirley of Leek Parish, Staffordshire (page 2, page 3, page 4) -

1800s

1802 Shirley, John of Hanley

1802 Will of Thomas Shirley of Hoomes, Alstonfield Parish, Staffordshire, yeoman - To son Joseph Shirley 5 shillings, to son Thomas Shirley 1 guinea, to John Shirley the son of John Shirley of Pruleech 1 guinea whom I also make my executor with my son Thomas Shirley. Pay to my son William Shirley the bill which my late son Benjamin owed to him. To my gran daughter Martha Shirley daughter of Benjamin Shirley 5 pounds, bed etc; The rest of my stock husbandrdry mare housheold goods ready money divided amongst my late son Benjamin Shirley's four children: William, Martha, Benjamin and Ann Shirley. Appoint my said son Thomas Shirley and John Shirley Junr of Pruleech executors. 10 April 1802 <s> Thomas Shirley. Wit Thos Wood, Richard Mellor

1806 Will of John Shirley of Alstonfield Parish, Staffordshire (page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7) -

1810 Will of Joseph Shirley, Yeoman of Alstonfield, Staffordshire. Proved in the Court of Lichfield. November 01 1810
1811 Shirley, Thomas of Alstonfield
1824 Shirley, Robert S Tamworth

1826 Will of Samuel Shirley of Alstonfield Parish, Staffordshire (page 2, page 3) -

1829 Shirley, William of Hanley
1837 Shirley, John of Alstonfield
1837 Shirley Senior, John of Rewlath
1840 Shirley, William of Longton

1842 Will of Joseph Shirley, grocer: Premises to wife Susannah for life. Contents to Susannah absolutely. 7 pounds per annum to son John; small amounts to: Mary, wife of Thomas Whieldon, daughter Susannah Buxton, wife of John Buxton, son Emmanuel Shirley, "Standales" in Calton to William Shirley & son-in-law Thomas jointly. This Will was written 18/2/1834, proved 1842.

1857 Shirley, Ralph of Cheddleton

July 24, 2019

THANKS! The Shirley Association recently received 2 very generous donations from supporters of our research. Thanks to Marcene! And thanks to Gary!

July 1 2019

I went page by page, book by book to abstract the following tax lists. Posted to the Jefferson Co KY page in the member's section. (These people are from Branch 21)

Jefferson Co KY

1797, 1798, 1799 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

No Shirleys in either of the 2 districts, in any of the above years

Note: A Christian, Jacob and Phillip Shively in tax for all these and future years, but always in the 2nd tax list from the Shirleys

1800 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 4

1801 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 4

1802 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

Absalem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 0

William Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 5; 1 stud horse; Rate $2.50

1803 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 6; 1 stud horse; Rate $2

1804 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 5

1805 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 8

1806 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 7

1807 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 7

1808 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

Absalem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 1; Tot blk 1; horses 0; 1 stud horse; $4

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm+16 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 5

1809 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; blk+16 1; Tot blk 1; horses 7

Absolem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 1; 1 stud horse; $3

1810 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 10

........................ 20 ac Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Geo Stephesn; Surveyed: Geo Stephens; Patented: Geo Stephens

1811 Jefferson Co KY Tax List (both paid tax on same day)

William Shirley 100 ac (2nd), 20 ac (3rd) Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm16-21 0; blk+16 0; Tot blk 2; horses 9

Absolem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm16-21 0, blk+16 1; Tot blk 1; horses 3;

1812 Jefferson Co KY Tax List (both paid tax on same day)

William Shirley 100 ac (2nd), 20 ac (3rd) Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm16-21 0; blk+16 3; Tot blk 4; horses 6

Absolem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm16-21 0, blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 3;

1813 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 100 ac (2nd), 20 ac (3rd) Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; wm16-21 0; blk+16 3; Tot blk 7; horses 6

Absolem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; wm16-21 0, blk+16 1; Tot blk 1; horses 3;

1814 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 148 ac (2nd), 70 ac (3rd) Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; blk+16 2; Tot blk 6; horses 4

Absolem Shirley [no land] wm+21 1; blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 4;

No tax books for 1815, 1816

1817 Jefferson Co KY Tax List

William Shirley 218 ac (2nd) Jefferson Co, Harrod's Cr; Entered: Jas Nouse, Surveyed: Jas Nouse; Patented: Alex White; wm+21 1; blk+16 0; Tot blk 0; horses 2

June 19, 2019

More New Branch 105 - I posted the following to the Preble Co OH page in the members' section. This is potentially important, confirming facts in an 1875 biography of Jonathan Shurley the progenitor of Branch 105

Preble Co OH

1853 Revolutionary War Pension Application, Christina Armantrout, widow of Charles Armentrout - Deposition by Jonathan Shurley (b 1801) says knew both before their marriage in 1807, and after their marriage he lived with them "as a family"

June 17, 2019

New USA Shirley Branch! - The following Shirley lineage has long been posted to the Preble Co Ohio page in the Members' section as a 'working lineage'. It was believed the branch would soon be connected to USA Branch #31 Peter Shirley who lived in Augusta Co VA, the birthplace of the following Shirley male, but that connection continues to elude researchers. Thus, we create a separate branch hoping others may see it and discover the connection:

105. Jonathan Shurley born about 1801 in Augusta Co VA. Lived in Monroe Township, Preble Co Ohio. Married Mary Pense New

June 11, 2019

I abstracted 3 old original Norfolk England wills previously posted. See March 26 below

Nofolk England

1442 Nofolk Consistory Court page 170 Will of Nicholas Scharlye of Horstede Norfolk

UPDATE JUNE 11 - [Will in Latin] I Nichlas Scharlye de Horstede of sound mind etc. Buried at Horstead (I think, then various brief bequests, no names, maybe to the poor etc) I give the rest (residium) to my wife Alice (uxor). Alice my relict and Johan Scharlye my son (filio) executors.

1572 Nofolk Consistory Court page 643 Will of Thomas Shirley, mariner, of Aldeburgh, Suffolk (page 644, page 645)

UPDATE JUNE 11 - I Thomas Shirley of Aldeburge in the county of Suffolk marriner; First my bodye [religious]. I wish that [ ] my wyffe shall hand all my [ ]. And that James Sherly my son to have his [ ] at my [ ] and after her decease I wysh the said [ ] remayne unto James my said son and his heires, that he well and [ ] paye unto Margery Shirley, Agnes Shirley and Joquum Shirley my daughters [ ] tenne pounds [ ] Unto Margery my daughter [ ]. Paye unto Agness my daughter tenne pounds [ ] Paye unto Joanne my daughter tenne pounds. And if any of my said three daughters die before [ ]. I give unto Christian my said wyffe a quarter of my [ ] called the...appertenances and to James my son the [ ] quarter of my said [ ] after my decease. I give unto Thomas Ryott my ?wyfes sonne and to [ ]alery Jaxkson my [ ] to each of them [ ] after my decease.I give unto James my sonne sylver spoones and to each of my daughters sylver spoone daye of marriage by my said wyffe. I give unto Christian my said wyffe [ ] paye unto the towne of Aldeburgge aforesaid (for the poor) [ ] Unot Joanne Shirley the daughter of James Shirley my sonne at her age of xxiii years. Unto Joquam Jaxson and [Ff...] Brasse to each of them. Christian my wyfee shall give unto Thomas Jaxon my[ ] at his age of xiii years. Wife Executrix and James my son executor. Wit: John C[ ] Jeffrey Ffreeman and Richard Role [ ] of John Stannard [ ] of the manner fo Aldeburgge [ ] Richard Rooke, Jeffrey Fferman bonds [ ]

1797 Nofolk Consistory Court page 11 Will of Thomas Shirley fellmonger, of St Martin at Oak, Norwich, Norfolk (page 12)

UPDATE JUNE 11 - Will of Thomas Shirley of St Martin at Oak in City of Norwich fellmonger. Appoint brother James Shirley of Chippenham Park Cambridge, gardener and good friend John Dybak of Upton Co Norfolk farmer executor of my will. To Mary my wife L30. To my father James Shirley L10 and to my sister Mary Shirley L5. Give all my household furniture, plate, linen and china to be equally divided between my said wife and daughter. Residue of my personal estate shall be converted into money, give to my said executors in trust during the minority of my daughter Judith Shirley ...education... maintenance. In case my said daughter die (before date) but leaving issue, I give such residue unto to be equally divided between such issue. But if Judith shall not live to attain said age of 21 (and no issue) then I give L100 to my said father James Shirley, and the remainder to be equally divided between my said brother sister and wife if living. Dated 3 November 1796 <s> Thos Shirley. Proven 19 January 1797 by brother James Shirley and John Dyball executors.

May 23, 2019

Lineage Reviews Don't forget, just because you do not see an update posted here, does not mean I am not adding new info to our webpages. For example, I just performaned a major review and update of the lineage pages in Branch 21 James Shirley of Culpeper Co VA. I have been doing reviews periodically to other Shirley branches too.

April 29, 2019

I found a few more Kilkenny Ireland deeds. These are very hard to find. Indexes are grantor only, no grantees, and the grantor indexes were constructed in an inexplicable manner.

Kilkenny Ireland

1766 October 12 - Vol 254 page 137 Memorial of Indenture - John Deacon of Innisnagg co Kilkenny draper did demise unto John Shirly of Croan in sd co, farmer lands of Blackbogg then in the tenure of Martin and John Butler and party aforesaid John Shirley in as ample as sd Shirley then held. To hold unto the sd John Shirly heirs etc from 1 day May for the lives of John Deacon of Danganmore and John Deacon of Innisnagg and Dan l Deacon of Baysrath, yearly rent of 30pds. Wit: Jas Delany and Danl Connell, <seal> John Shirly

1768 December 10 Vol 271 page 307 - Lands of Castlehoyer (aka Carrickathana) - Memorial of an indented deed of lease between Patrick Rice of Ballyvishi co Kilkenny farmer did let unto John Shirley of Croan co Kilkenny farmer that part of the lands of Castle Hoyler called or known by the name of Carrickathana as was formerly held by Thos Comerford and was then held and enjoyed by the sd John Shirley situate in Barony of Kells co Kilkenny to hold for 23 years payable 8 shillings per acre half yearly. Wit: John Cole of Callen co Kilk gent and Bryan McInnerry of Castlehayle farmer. Mem'l wit: sd Bryan McInnerry age 28 and Bibby Hartford of Kilkenny gent. <seal> John Shirly; Regd 2 Jan 1770

1791 February 11 Registry of Deeds Vol 428 page 244 (page 246) - Lands of Whitescourt Ballyclare - Deed of assignment between Elinore Julian otherwise Lewis wife of Henry Julian of Callan Kilkenny gent of 1st part and John Shirly junr of Croan Kilkenny gentleman of other part, reciting dated 29 Sept 1777 betw sd Henry Julian of 1st part and Elinor Lewis then Julian of 2nd part. the Rt hon George Ld Callan by the name and addition of George Agar of Kellmarry in Killkenny esq guardian to sd Elinor of 3rd part and Thomas Flaherty of Castlefield and Patrick Welsh the younger of Newtown esqs of 4th part that sd Elinor was under the will of her father Foukes Lewis of the lands of Kerinehill called Newpark as Henry Cavenaugh held the same containing 277 acres (plantation measure) Barony of Kells under lease made to the sd Faulke Lewis by Harvey Morris esq dated 3 Aug 1743 for the lives of sd Foukes Lewis, Patrick Welsh and Richard Welsh , also one house and garden in the town of Callan...further recites that a marriage was intended to be between the sd Henry and Elinor that upon solemnization the sd Thomas Faherty, Patrk Welsh shoudl stand seized of the lands....death of Foulkes Lewis....differences arisin between the sd Henry Julian and Elinor his wife, agreed to a separation. Elinor should have all the benefit....Memorial the sd Elinor Julian for consideration granted sold released and confirmed unto the said John Shirley the said lands of Hivishill Arunise Newpark for residual of term....Wit Wm Gregory of City of Kilkenny surgeon and George Robbins of City of Dublin gent. Registered 14 Feb 1791

1791 August 3 Registry of Deeds Vol 441 page 113 (page 114-115) - Lands of Ballynacooly and Corbally - Deed of release between Wm Gleadow-Newcomen of Dublin Bt. of 1st part and Rt Honble Hen. Welbore Lord Vt Clifden eldest son and heir at law of James late Lord Vt Clifden now deceased of 2nd part and Jno Shirley Senr and Jno Shirley Junr both of Croan in the county of Kilkenny gent of the 3rd part. Reciting that Morgan Kavanagh of Ballyheal in the co of Kilk esq was seized in his demein as of fee simpleof and in one undivisded moitey of half par tof the town and lands of Ballynacooley and Corrobally together with the to sd last mentioned lands belonging situate co of Kilkenny and that sd Wm Gladow-Newcomen was likewise seized in his demein as of fee simple of the other undivided half part of the said town lands etc. That the sd M. Kavanagh and Newcomen had mutually agreed to make partition between them....Together deed of lease and relase dated 22 and 23 Feby 1780 between Kavanagh of 1st part, Newcomen of 2nd parrt and the sd Jas late Ld Vt Clifden of the 3rd part granted to Clifden the afsd lands 146 acres and also 65 ac sd lands of Ballynaacooley adjoining the lands of Ballyfinian and lands of Ballynehard. And M Kavanagh as to all sd lands of Corrobelly 130 acres together with the commons containing 30 acres and the [ ] of sd lands of Ballynacooly containing 117 acres in consideration of two thousand six hundrd and fifty nine pds 5 shillings paid by the sd Jno Shirley Senr and Jno Shirley junr and the Rt Hon W. Ld Vt Clifden at the request of the sd Sir Wm G-Necomen and in condieration of 10 shiling to him likewise paid by the sd Jno Shirley senr and Jno Shirley junr give grant bargain sell forever quit claim unto the said Jno Shirley senr and Jno Shirley junr in consideration therein all that town and lands of Corrobelly containing 130 acres together twith the common therunto belonging containing 30 acres and the remr of the sd lands of Ballynecooly containing 117 acres being the moity to which the sd Sir Wm G-Newcomen became entitled upon the sd partition to hold unto the sd Jno Shirley senr and Jno Shirley junr their heirs etc. Wit Jno Walsh and Saml Aicken of the City of Dublin gent <seal> Wm Gleadow-Newcomen in presence of Jno Walsh, Saml Aicken

April 23, 2019

Ireland/Canada I have been working for days and days (and days!!) trying to gather very early Canadian records, sorting out the various Irish Shirleys who migrated to Canada. Then I spent time all day yesterday and today cleaning up the Ireland lineages, better sorting them for their proper family groupings - then spent time analyzing the records previously gathered, trying to identify any overlooked clues.

April 18 2019

I posted the following abstracts and original deed/land grant documents to the Ontario Canada page in the member's section

Ontario Province Canada

Drummond Twp, Lanark Co Deed Index-

1824 May 26 Patent Deed Liber N (A?, No?) - Crown to William Shirley 100 acres; Southwest Half of Lot 11 in Concession 11

1825 April 23 Deed Lanark Co Liber A Memorial: 172 (dated 19 March 1825) - William Shirley yeoman of Drummond Township, Lanark Co to Patrick Henighan of same; 50 acres; L20.00 for front half of Southwest Half of Lot 11 in Concession 11

Huntley Twp, Carlton Co Deed Index - Concession 6, Lot 24

1828 June 9 Patent - Crown to William Shirley 100 acres
1829 Dec 15 #258 B& S Dated 3 Dec 1829 - William Shirley to Joseph Hagerman 100 acres

1831 Aug 13 Carlton Co DB 3, Mem: 498 - Leonard Stoneburner to Wm Shirley of Nepean Twp, Carlton Co, yeoman; L100; Lot 1 Concession A, 200 acres in Nepean Twp. Wit: M Browne, Jas Rose

1834 November 5 Carlton Co DB 4, Mem 810 - William Shirley of Nepean, yeoman to Daniel Fisher; L300 by mortgage; Lot 1 in Nepean Township; Wit: Daniel Kennedy, A J Christie (Shirley is mortgaging his land, see payoff in 1842 document)

1835 Oct 3 at Kingston Petition of John McAuliffe for mitigation of sentence against him [list of names] - Upper Canada Sundries : C-9824 (image 102)

Thos Shirly

1837 January 31 Petition of elders, managers, communicants and adherents of the Presbyterian congregation of Lanark for equality of the Church of England and the Church of Scotland [list of names] - Upper Canada Sundries : C-9824 (image 413)

William Shirley

1838 January 10 Petition for a new district with Bytown as the District town [list of names] - Upper Canada Sundries : C-9824 (image 611)

William Shirley

1838 August 20 Address of people of Bath to Sir George Arthur [list of names] - Upper Canada Sundries : C-9824 (image 1061)

Thomas Shirley

1842 July 19 Carlton Co DB 4 Mem 1900 - Daniel Fisher esq to William Shirley - Satisfaction of Mortgage. Certify that William Shirley of the township of Nepean yeoman hath paid and satisfied all such sum of money as were due upon a mortgage made by the sd William Shirly to me bearing the date 25 May 1834

1836 September 29 Carlton Co DB 4 Mem 1241 - Wm Shirley of Nepean Twp, yeoman to John Robertson; 200 acres in Nepean Twp Lot 1 Concession A from the Ottawa River; Wit: James McIntosh, John Du--d

1842 March 16 Lanark Co Montague Twp DB (no number) pg 532 - Duncan McDougal to John Shirley

1852 August 5 Carlton Co Nepean Twp DB G Mem 5864 - Alexander Beaty to Edward Shirley of Nepean Twp, yeoman; L100; the West 1/2 of Lot 2 in Concession B on the Ottawa River in the Township of Nepean Edward [X] Shirley; Wit: Robert Lees, James Farley

1854 Dec 23 Carlton Co, Nepean Twp DB G Mem 8119 - Edward Shirley of Nepean Twp, yeoman to Robert Shirley of same place, yeoman and Thomas Shirley of same place, yeoman; L150; 100 acres in Nepean Twp, composed of the SW 1/2 of Lot 2, Concession B Ottawa Front; Edward [X] Shirley; Wit: Robert Lees, John Wade

April 3 2019

DNA Confirmation - The unusual Y-chromosome DNA test result obtained many years ago from a descendant of Berryman Shirley Jr has now been confirmed as an exact match with a male Shirley descendant of Rev Beverly Shirley. Both Berryman Shirley Jr and Rev Beverly Shirley were sons of Berryman Shirley Sr. This (almost certainly) means that Berryman Shirley Sr, head of Branch 38 shared the same "Shirley" DNA as the descendants of his 2 sons. And thus, all of his male descendants shown in Branch 38 should have the same "Shirley" DNA.

 

 

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