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March 17, 2019

I posted the following original will documents to the Gloucestershire page in the members' section. I have abstracted a few of the Wills. The remaining probate docs will be abstracted over time

Gloucestershire Wills and Inventories

1545 Will of William Shurle of Little Compton, Diocese of Gloucester. In the name of God amen and in the yere of owre Lorde God. I Wyllyam Shurle wyke in body and holle in mynde make my last Wyll and testement in forme foloying. First I bequethe my sowle to all myghity God and my body for to be bureyd in the churche yearde of Lytyll Compton parva also I bequethe my mylle to John and Henre my sonnes and also thesyed John and Henrye for to kepe the repar all of the mylle and also ye shall remane to the longgar lyver of them bothe and also I gyffe and beqwethe to the forsed John and Henre a crop of Jerne and a spendell of a jerne to ocupye bytween them both and the longer liver ye for to enjoye I also bequeth to Wyllyam Johns sonne my byede to be standard in the howse also I beqwethe to Wyllyam my son my grette froth and jakett and my cotte and dobelelle also I bequthe to the byellorples and to the rodde lyght and also I beqwethe for to beoayd in Lyttle Compton for me and my fryendes and all the reseduye of any goddes bequethe I gyffe to my Wyffe whom I make my holle executor and also John Robert and Henre my overseers. This my Wylle to be formed. [not signed or proved]

1576 Will of Richard Sherle of Sherington Magna Gloucestershire, husbandman (page 2) 1576/ 23 (Ed: The closest parish name to Sherington with "magna" in the name is Shurdington Magna, or Great Shurdington)

1587 Will of John Shirley of Little Compton Gloucester husbandman (probate) date 1 Dec 1585, to be buried in churchyard of Little Compton, I give to the poor of Little Compton, to my son in law William Biggs, to my son Wyllyam Sherley of Lower Compton 5 sheep, I give to Rychard son of Wyllyam Shurley of Lower Compton 2 sheep, to Barbara Sherley great paine, residual legate and executor my son Wyllyam Sherley of Lyttle Compton. Overseer: Thomas Hecton and Thomas Brown. Wit: John Howse curat than and Wyllyam Blissard Proved 26 April 1587

1591 Will of Edmund Sherle of Maiseyhampton Gloucester yeoman (page 2, probate) 1591/31 (Ed: Maiseyhampton is near Siddington and Cirencester)

1600s

1615 Will of William Shurley the elder of Little Compton county of Gloucester husbandman dated 13 Sept 1610. My body to be buried in churchyard of Little Compton. I give towards reparation of church of Little Compton. To the poor of the parish of Little Compton, I give to Phillipp Shurley my son an inch boorde, to Robert and William sons of William Shurley my son, to John Sherley my son a lande of parve barleye. To Thomas Shurley my son a lande to parve barleye, to the two sons of said Thomas Shurley, to Margery my daughter. Residuary legatee and executor Katherine my wife. Overseers William Parsons and Thomas Spire. Signed William Shurley senior witnessed by James Whikfook clerk Francis Turpin William Parsons and Thomas Spire. Proved at Gloucester 19 July 1615 by executrix.

1632 Will of William Shearle Sen. Shurdington, husbandman 1632/156

1640 Will of Elizabeth Shurlie widow late wife of Robert Shurlie deceased. In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Shurlie of Little Compton in the diocese of Gloucester being weake of body but of perfect memory doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme as followeth Imprimis: I bequeath my soule to Almighty God trusting on the merits of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my body to be buried according to the discretion of mine executor. Item I give to my son Edward Shurlie in money nine pound two todd of ffleece wool Item I give to him a woolbedd a ffeather bolter and a feather pillow one healing a paire of blankets two paire sheets a table cloth 3 table napkins one brass pot one brass kettle two platters one bowel. Item I give to son Thomas Shurlie twelve poundes in money Item I give to him a wool bed a bolster one pillow two paire of sheets a paire of blankets a coverlet 3 table napkins a bord cloth 3 pewter platters one kettle one pott one joyne stoole one dumm mare. Item I give to my daughter Anne Weston three pounds in Mr John Hartleys hand of afsd parish . Item I give to my daughter Margery forty shillings and a cow Item I give to my daughter Barbara a cow if shee returns into England, otherwise if shee doth never return then my Will is that her son Thomas Hession shall have the worth of ye as it is valued. Item . I give to Elizabeth Weston my grandchild a cowe Item I give to her fower pounds wch money is in my Lady Elizabeth Cotton's hand sometime of this parish and the tother fower pound ten shill for which shee stands bound in a bond shall equally divided amongst the rest of my grand children. Item I give to Elizabeth Weston a pewter dish and one little kettle. Item my Will and meaning is that legacys bequeathed unto my children and grand children in moneys shall be taken in forme as follows viz that the two legaces bequeathed to my sonnes Edward and Thomas shallbe taken of by themselves without any trouble to the executor. Richard Shurley and Edward Shurley his brother sometimes of Little Compton both of them being debters with me the executor yielding them his chief assistance. and the legacies bequeathed my grandchildren to be taken up from Lady Elizabeth Cotton ye executor yelding his greatest assistance. Item I give to Elizabeth Weston two napkin and a bord cloth Item I give my grandchild Joan Weston a cow and a napkin. Lastly I make my son John executor of this my last will and testement and I appoint Giles Compton and William Savage overseers of this my last Will and testament. In witness whereof I have sett to my hand and seale the fifteenth day of February 1640. Elizabeth Shurly [her marke] I give to my grandchild Henry Savage the quart goblet. Sealed and delivered in presence of Henry Wrench minister. Giles Compton [his marke]

1646 Inventory of John Shirle of Cirencester baker 1646/59

1646 Will of John Shirle of Cirencester, baker 1646/61

1676 Will of Edward Shurly of Little Compton 1676/ 13

1678 Will of William Shurle of Swindon milner 1678/166

1694 Will of Anne Shirly of Little Compton [citation?]

1700s

1710 Bond of William Shirley of Siddington 1710/151 (need to check for a Will)

1720 Will of Thomas Shirley of Little Compton yeoman (page 2) 1720/241

1730 Bond of Joan Sherley of Little Compton (page 2) 1730/344 (need to check for a Will)

1735 Inventory of Mary Sherley of Little Compton 1735/ 33

1735 Will of Mary Sherley of Little Compton1735/140

1740 Will of Richard Sherley of Little Compton (page 2) 1740/ 79

1740 Inventory of Richard Sherley of Little Compton 1740/ 17

1747 Will of Richard Shirley of Cirencester 1747/ 79 (Need top of Will)

1767 Will of Richard Shirley of Little Compton yeoman 1767/140

1792 Will of Thomas Shirley of Little Compton 1792/ 81

1796 Will of Richard Shirley of Little Compton 1796/ 60

1800s

1811 Will of William Shirley of Moreton In Marsh butcher 1811/ 51

1815 Will of Elizabeth Shirley of Moreton In Marsh 1815/216

1822 Will of Mary Shirley of Moreton In Marsh (page 2, page 3) 1822/ 62

March 13, 2019

I abstracted and posted the following original probate documents to the Wiltshire England page in the members' section

Wiltshire England

1628 Archdeaconry of Salisbury Will of Edward Shorley of Bourton Maddington Wiltshire - Inventory - Probate - P2/S/443 - Dated 21 December 1627 - to be buried at the discretion of my executrix. To eldest daughter Ann Sherlie, sheep; To son Robert Sherlie 10 pounds; To youngest daughter Marie Sherlie, sheep; wife Alice to be executrix and to her all the rest of goods and chattels..bringing up of my said children; Brother in law Thomas Grange and [ ] Hughes to be overseers <s> Ed: Sherlye, Wit: Tymothie Hooper, Ann Hughes;

1588 Court of the Dean of Salisbury Will (Registered) of William Shorley of Wilsford with Lake Wiltshire (page 2) - P5/5Reg/45B - Dated 5 September 1588 - Bequeath to Edward "his" son 5 pounds 6 shillings, 8 pence in the hands of Willim Hamner of Shaftsbury. All the rest of "his" goods moveable and immovable to Agnes "his" wife" who he makes executrix. Wit: John Ginyllme clerk curate of Durneford, John Willms, the younger, Marrele Ames and John Sherley.

1596 Court of the Dean of Salisbury Will of John Shorley, senior, husbandman of Durnford (Great Durnford) (page 2, page 3) - P5/6Reg/119D - Dated 7 November 1592 - Buried in a christian burial; To the cathedral church of Sarum, to my parish church, bequeath to my son Thomas 30 pounds when comes to the age of 21 years. To my daughter Grace 20 pounds shall come to the age of 21 years. full age or day of her marriage; [more conditions] but if my children Thomas and Grace shall happe to dy before they.....then to all the children of my son John Sherley, each by Margery his wife divided between them; To son Thomas my best brass pot; To daughter Grace Sherley one brass pot, etc. All the rest of my [ ] to be divided between Thomas and Grace, the rest to son Thomas who I also make sole executor...shall committed to the [g]owment of my son John Sherley and not to any other person until sometime ...shall of lawful age. Appoint George Dyson and John Willim to be my overseers. To Arthur Mason; Witness Edward Younge

March 11, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BRANCH 30 Michael Shirley Descendants - "It’s the time of year to again start thinking about the “Gathering of Descendants” at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Madison County, KY. This year will be the fifth year for the “Gathering.” One of the aims of the Park and other sponsors is to broaden the information available for the attendees, many of whom are descendants of the pioneers who came to Boonesborough between 1775 and the early 19th century. This is a one day event on Saturday, June 15, 2019."

March 8, 2019

I spent last few days cleaning up additional USA branch lineages, re-verifying what we know, what we don't know, updating long-neglected sub branches of each tree. etc.

Reminder, I don't always mention on this research blog all items/documents that I post to the members' section. But here are some of the things I recently posted to the various Kentucky pages in the Members' section. I transcribed LDS film, scrolled page by page, year by year, searching for Shirleys

Selected Kentucky Tax List Transcriptions

1799 Barren Co KY Tax List

James Sherley 200 ac (3rd) Bluespring Cr, Barren Co, James Shirley 1 wm 21+ 1 wm 16-21, 0 blks 5 horses

Thomas Sherley 200 ac (3rd) Barrens R, Barren Co, Thomas Shirley, 3 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 10 horses
...................same 630 ac (3rd) Raven Cr Harrison Co, Robt Johnston
...................same 200 ac (3rd) Barrens R Barren Co, [illeg] Sherley
...................same 200 ac (3rd) Barrens R Barren Co, Tho Sherley Jr

1800 Barren Co Ky Tax List

Thomas Sherley 200 ac (2nd) Barren Co, Whiteoak Cr, Ent by Thos Sherley, same, 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 1 horses (next to Thomas Sherley Senr on alpha list)

Thomas Sherley Senr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Bluespring Cr, Ent by Thos Sherley, same, 2 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 4 horses
.......................same 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Bluespring Cr, Ent by Thos Sherley, same
.......................same 100 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Bluespring Cr, Ent by Danl [illeg], same
.......................same 630 ac (3rd) Barren Co (sic, Harrison), Ravens Cr, Ent by Robt Johnson

James Sherley 200 ac (2nd) Barren Co, Bluespring Cr, Ent by Jas Sherley, same; 1 wm 21+, 1 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 4 horses

Moses Sherley 200 ac (2nd) Barren Co, Whiteoak Cr, Ent by Moses Sherley, same; 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 1 horse (next on alpha list to Dorcas Shirley and Richard Shirley)

Dorcas Sherley no land, no wm, no blks, 1 horse

Richard Sherley 200ac (2nd) Barren Co, Bluespring Cr, Ent by Richd Sherley, same; 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 1 blk 21+, 1 tot blk, 3 horses

1803 Barren Co KY Tax List

Richard Sherley 200 ac in Barren Co on Bluespring, same, same
...................same 300 ac in Barren Co on Whiteoak Cr, same, same, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 4 horses

Thomas Sherley 140 ac in Barren Co on Whiteoak Cr; same
...................
same 200 ac in Barren Co on Whiteoak Cr, same 1 wm 21+, 1 blks 16+, 1 tot Blks, 7 horses

Moses Sherley 130 ac in Barren Co on Whiteoak Cr, E Rogers, same, 1 wm 21+, wm 16+, 0 blks, 5? horses

Robert Sherley 250 ac in Barren Co on ----, Smith, Smith, 1 wm 21+ 0 blks, 1 horses

Thomas Sherley Snr 200 ac in Barren Co on Bluespring, same, same
..........................same 100 ac in Barren Co on Bluespring, ---, same
..........................same 200 ac in Barren Co on Bluespring, [ ] Sherley, same
..........................same 200 ac in Barren Co on L. Barren, T Sherley, same
...........................sane 630 ac in Harrison Co on Raven Oak, R Johnson, same, same 2 wm 21+, 1 wm 16+, 0 blks 6 horses

Mary Sherley 200 ac in Barren Co on Blue Spring, Sherley, same, same; 0 1m 21+, 0 blacks, 0 horses,

1805 Barren Co KY Tax List

Not adjacent on alpha list to others
Richard Shirley 400 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Richd Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 1 blks, 7 horses, 1 studs, 2 "rates this season"

Not adjacent on alpha list to others
Daniel Shirley [no land] 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 1 horses

All adjacent to each other on alpha list, not adjacent to others
Robert Shirley 250 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bever Cr Ent by Aaron Smith 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 3 horses

Moses Shirley 130 ac (3rd) Barren Co Whiteoak Cr Ent by M Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 6 horses

All adjacent to each other on alpha list, not adjacent to others
Thomas Shirley Senr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Thos Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 2 blks 16+, 7 horses
........................same 100 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by D Johnson
........................same 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Thos Shirley
........................same 630 ac (3rd) Harrison Co Raven Cr Ent by Newman and Johnson

William Shirley Jr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by self 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 1 horses

William Shirley Senr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Lewis Gooden 0 wm 21+ (taxable), 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 0 horses

Thomas Shirley Jr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Whiteoack Cr Ent by Shirley and Smith 1 wm 21+, 0 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 6 horses

Not adjacent to above on alpha list
Polly Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Jas Shirley 0 wm 21+, 1 wm 16-21, 0 blks, 2 horses

1813 Barren Co KY Tax List

Craddock's Co, 45th Regt

Moses Shirley 130 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Little Barrens Cr Ent by Moses Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 6 horses
..............same 100 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Timber Cr Ent by E. Rogers

Nimrod Sherly no land, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 2 horses

Thomas Sherley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co, Little Barren Cr Ent by Wellackey 1 wm 21+, 5 blks 16+, 12 blks total, 7 horses
................same 400 ac (3rd) Adair Co, Little Barren Cr Ent by W Lamb

Creeks Co 45th Regt

Robert Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by W Sherly 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 8 horses

Caleb Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Jas Sherly 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 3 horses

Richard Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Richd Sherly 1 wm 21+, 1 blks 16+, 10 horses
................same 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Big Bear Ent by Tho Dickison
................same 200 ac (3rd) Adair Co Little Barren Ent by R. Sherly

Darcus Shirley 36 ac (3rd) Barren Co Whiteoak Cr Ent by Wm Cullins 0 wm 21+, 0 blks, 2 horses

Thompson's Co

Daniel Shirley no land 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 4 horses

1816 Barren Co KY Tax List

Wilson's Company

Thomas Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co [illeg] Ent by E. R. Richd Sherly 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 5 horses

William Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co F Timber Cr Ent by Pacer & Reynolds 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 horses
..................same 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co B For B C Ent by Aron Smith

Elizbeth Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by W Sherly 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 1 tot blks, 0 horses

Thomas Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Richd Sherly 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 2 horses

Anderson's Company

John Shirley 242 ac (3rd) Barren Co Little Barren Cr Ent by Geo Scott 1 wm 21+, 4 blks 16+, 7 tot blks, 4 horses

adj "Shirley, John admr of Warner Yates, dec'd" [land listed]

Thomas Shirley Sr 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by T Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 tot blks, 9 horses
.....................same 100 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by D Johnson
.....................same 70 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by T Smith
.....................same 60 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by T Shirley
.....................same 440 ac (3rd) Harrison Co Licking Cr Ent by [ ] Johnson
.....................same 190 ac (3rd) Harrison Co Licking Cr Ent by G [Berorna?]

Creinseh? Company

Caleb Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by Jas Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 tot blks, 4 horses

Moses Shirley 130 ac (3rd) Barren Co Whiteoak Cr Ent by M Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 tot blks, 7 horses
.............same 100 ac (3rd) Barren Co [illeg] Cr Ent by E. R. 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 tot blks, 9 horses

Creek Company

Richard Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Bluespring Cr Ent by R Shirley 2 wm 21+, 2 blks 16+, 2 tot blks, 9 horses
...............same 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Big Barren R Ent by R S
...............same 200 ac (3rd) Adair Co Little Barren Cr Ent by R S

Hardis Company

Daniel Shirley 200 ac (3rd) Barren Co Barrne R Ent by T Shirley 1 wm 21+, 0 blks 16+, 0 tot blks, 5 horses

1830 Fayette County KY Tax List

McDowell's District

Edmd Shirley 71 ac Scott Co; Water: McConnels; 1 wh 21+;1 bl 16+; 2 total blacks; 6 horses........Value 400
Presley Shirley .......................................,...........; 1 wh 21+; 0 bl 16+; 0 total blacks; 2 horses.......Value 100

1820 Hart Co KY Tax list

Daniel Shirly 200 in Hart Co on Barrens R; entered by D Sle[ ], surveyed and presented in Shirley name; 1 white poll +21; 7 horses and mares

1813 Muhlenberg Co KY Tax List

John Shirley [no land] 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 1 horse (clearly spelled Shirley)

1815 Muhlenberg Co KY Tax List (no list for 1814 extant)

Uriah Shirley 400 ac (3rd) Muhlenberg Co Pond River. Ent by C Lewis, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 1 horse

John Shirley [no land] 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 1 horse (clearly spelled Shirley)

1816 Muhlenberg Co KY Tax List

Uriah Shirley 400 ac (3rd) Muhlenberg Co Pond River. Ent by C Lewis, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 1 horse

John Shrady (sp?) [no land] 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 0 horses

1817 Muhlenberg Co KY Tax List

Ureah Shurley 400 ac (3rd) Muhlenberg Co Pond River. Ent by C Lewis, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 2 horse

1818 Muhlenberg Co KY Tax List

Uriah Shurley 400 ac (3rd) Muhlenberg Co Pond River. Ent by J. Gibson, 1 wm 21+, 0 blks, 1 horse

March 1, 2019

Branch 30 - I am spending a few days cleaning up the lineage of Michael Shirley Branch 30, and adding new documents to the Madison Co KY page in the members' section (and to a few surrounding counties, and to Cooper Co MO where descedants migrated to).

Curiously, I ran across a few early Madison Co KY court case files and realized that several members of the Peter Shirley family Branch 31 are also heavily involved in affairs of Madison Co KY (and with Branch 30 Shirleys). Son Balser Shirley (son of Peter) and Patrick Shirley (unknown) are almost immediately enumerated in tax and census lists back in Western Tennessee following their appearance in Madison Co KY records.

February 25, 2019

NEWS - The Green Book, a movie telling the story of Civil Rights-era pianist Donald Shirley won the Academy Award for Best Picture last night. We have his Shirley family tree here

February 23, 2019

Trying to clean up long-posted Shirley lineages. Spent a few hours yesterday cleaning up the lineage posted for USA Branch 10 Argeland Shirley. This lineage has been poorly presented, omitted children etc. for a very long time.

February 21, 2019

I posted a lot of new material to the England pages in the members' section over the last few days, particularly apprenticeship records, probate records etc. Here is an example of what has been posted (These records pertain to the Shirleys of Ettington Warwickshire)

Inquisitions Post Mortem (through Henry VII)

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight Writ 28 July 1403.

SUFFOLK. Inquisition. Barnham. 24 Aug. He held nothing in Suffolk. He died on 21 July 1403. Ralph his son and heir was aged 13 on 23 April last.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight Writ 28 July 1403.

NOTTINGHAM. Inquisition. Nottingham. 17 Sept. He held in his demesne as of fee of the king in chief a rent of 13s.4d. in Bunny, service unknown. Date of death and heir, aged 12 years and more, as above.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight

DERBY. Inquisition ex officio. Derby. 21 Aug. 1403. He held in his demesne as of fee of the king in chief of the duchy of Lancaster by knight service: Shirley, the manor, annual value £20 [sic]. Hoon, the manor, annual value 10 marks. Date of death and heir, aged 12 years and more, as above. Robert del Heygh of Cheshire, who adhered to Henry Percy, the traitor, held in his demesne as of fee 1 messuage in Chaddesden, now forfeited to the king, annual value 12s.4d. John de Assheburn of Cheshire, who similarly rebelled, held in his demesne as of fee two parts of a messuage in Spondon, also forfeited, annual value 15s.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight Writ 7 Sept. 1403.

DERBY. Inquisition. Callow. 22 Sept. He held of the king in chief of the duchy of Lancaster by knight service:
Shirley, the manor, annual value £10 [sic]. Hoon, the manor, annual value 10 marks. Hollington, 6 marks rent, service unknown. Wyaston, 1 messuage, service unknown, annual value 3s. Yeaveley, the manor, service unknown, annual value 46s.8d. Cromford, 1 messuage, service unknown, annual value 20s. Date of death and heir, aged 12 years and more, as above.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight Writ 28 July 1403.

STAFFORD. Inquisition. Stafford. 25 Oct. He held nothing in the county. Date of death and heir, aged 15 years and more, as above.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight Writ 28 July 1403.

LEICESTER. Inquisition. Leicester. 3 Sept. He held nothing in the county. Date of death and heir, aged 12 years and more, as above.

1403 Inquisition Post Mortem of Hugh Shirley, knight

WARWICK. Inquisition. Nuneaton. 15 Sept. 1403. He held the manor of Ettington in his demesne as of fee of the king of the duchy of Lancaster, service unknown, annual value 20 marks. Date of death and heir, aged 12 years on 23 April, as above.

C 137/34, no. 12
E 149/82, no. 1
E 152/390, no. 4

1486/7 Inquisition Post Mortem of John Shirley. C. Series II. Vol. 1. (93.) Com. 7 Aug., 1 Hen. VII; inq. 4 Oct., 2 Hen. VII.

He gave the under-mentioned manors to John Blount, knt., now deceased, John, Bishop of Worcester, Edward, Bishop of Chichester, Henry Ferrers, knt., and Henry Willughby and Ralph Willughby, esqs., to the use of his will.
He died 18 May last. Ralph Shirley, aged 26 and more, is his son and heir. DERBY. Manor of Shirley, worth 13l. 6s. 8d., the manor of Braylesford, worth 13l., and the manor of Hone, worth 100s., held of the King, as of the honor of Tutbury, parcel of the duchy of Lancaster.

1486/7 Inquisition Post Mortem of John Shirley, esq. C. Series II. Vol. 1. (94.) E. Series II. File 1112. (3.) Writ 12 June, 1 Hen. VII; inq. 31 Oct., 2 Hen. VII.

By deed dated 12 Jan., 22 Edw. IV, he gave the under-mentioned manors and lands to feoffees (as in No. 89), who received the King’s letters patent of pardon, &c., 16 Oct., 2 Hen. VII. Death and heir as above. LEIC. Manors of Staunton Harrold, Ratclyff on Wreke, and Long Whatton, worth respectively 20l., 8l., and 13l. 6s. 8d., tenure unknown. Six messuages, and 8 virgates of land in Burton Overey, worth 8l.; and 5 messuages, and 4 virgates of land in Dunton, worth 56s. 8d., tenure unknown.

1486/7 Inquisition Post Mortem of John Shirley, esq. C. Series II. Vol. 1. (95.) E. Series II. File 1112. (2.) Writ 20 June, 1 Hen. VII; inq. 31 Oct., 2 Hen. VII.

Findings as in above. WARW. A third part of the manor of Newton Regis, worth 100s., held of the King in chief, by service of 1/3 of 1/2 of a knight’s fee. Manor and advowson of Nethyr Etyngton, 7 messuages, 6 tofts, 10 virgates of land, 12a. meadow, and 20a. pasture in Over Etyngton, and Fulredy, parcels of the said manor, worth 26 marks, held of the King, as of the duchy of Lancaster, by service of 1/5 of a knight’s fee. Three messuages, 3 tofts, 3 virgates of land, and 8a. meadow in Whatcote, and Oxshulff, worth 30s., held of the Duke of Buckingham, service unknown.

1487/8 Inquisition Post Mortem of Thomas Sherley. C. Series II. Vol. 3. (96.) Writ 2 Oct., inq. 21 April, 3 Hen. VII.

He died 20 Sept., 2 Hen. VII, seised of the under-mentioned manor and advowson. Hugh Shirley, aged 18 and more, is his cousin and heir, viz. son of Hugh Shirley, his brother. LEIC.Manor of Suepston, in Suepston, Newenton, and Nethercote, worth 10l., and the advowson of the Church of Suepston, held of Edmund, Earl of Kent, by service of 1/6 of a knight’s fee.

1506/7 Inquisition Post Mortem of John Shyrley, esquire. C. Series II. Vol. 20. (104.) Commission of concealments &c. 16 February, 21 Henry VII; inquisition 25 June, 22 Henry VII.

He was seised in fee of the other moiety (see above, No. 284) of the under-mentioned manor of Kyngesnewton, and by his charter dated 22 April, 22 Edward IV, by the name of John Shyrley, esquire, son and heir of Ralph Shyrley, esquire, inter alia gave the same, by the name of the manor, lands and tenements in Newton Regis, co. Warwick, to John Alkok, bishop of Worcester, Edward Story, bishop of Chichester, John Blount, knight, lord de Mountjoy, Henry Ferrers, knight, Henry Wylloughby, esquire and Ralph Wylloughby, esquire, their heirs and assigns, and they were seised thereof accordingly in fee to the use of the said John Shyrley and for the performance of his last will. By his last will, dated 1485, he inter alia willed that the above feoffees should have the issues and profits of the said moiety for the satisfaction of certain legacies bequeathed by his said will, the exhibition of his unmarried daughters, and the receipt of certain sums of money not yet received for their marriages. He died 18 May, 1486, and after his death the said feoffees continued their seisin of the said moiety to the use aforesaid, and the survivor of them, the said Henry Willoughby, esquire, is still seised by survivorship to the use aforesaid, and has received the issues and profits thereof ever since John’s death. WARWICK. Moiety of the manor of Kyngesnewton, or Newton Regis, worth 100s., held of the king in chief by homage and fealty.

February 17, 2019

Spent the last week (or so) building out new Shirley branches for Buckinghamshire England, continued to research the Shirleys of Little Compton Gloucestershire. And In the US, browsed various Shirley branches looking for opportunities to add/update lineages with more recent generations.

January 26, 2019

Who is this S. R Shirley, Can you help the Shirley Association?
The card says S. R Shirley, Yates Center, Kansas
His lapel ribbon says "In memoriam [illegible]"
(source: thanks to Jodee. Original photo in possession of the Woolen and Galasso family)

Editor: Samuel R Shirley born 1834 (see Branch 11 lineage) lived in Yates Center Kansas, but the man in the photo is clearly of a later generation (clothes, hair style. Plus, Yates Center Kansas became a town only in the late 1800s.

January 19, 2019

I have posted the following apprenticeship and admission records to the London page in the member's section

Note: The James Sherley (master goldsmith) in these records is the Treasurer of the Plymouth Colony, one of the London merchant founders of Massachusetts, USA

London Goldsmith's Company

Apprentices and Admissions

1604 September 14 James Sherly son of Robert Sherly, goldsmith of London bound to Robert Sherly master of Goldsmith's Co, for 10 years

1604 September 14 John Sherly son of Robertt Sherly goldsmith of London bound to Robertt Sherly master of Goldsmith's Co, for 9 years

1605 Robert Hooker granted freeman; Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1606 Aug 22 Thomas Watts son of Richard Watts yeoman of Wortley Yorkshire bound to Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith's Company, for 10 years

1607 Robert Sherley granted freedom; William Terrey master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1612 John Sherley son of Robert Sherley of London granted freedom; Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith Co, by servitude

1612 James Sherley son of Robert Sherley of London granted freedom; Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith Co, by servitude

1613 January 29 Thomas Hanson son of Lewes Hanson, chapman of Be?nbery Berkshire bound to John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 10 years

1614 April 1 William Viner son of Richard Viner yeoman of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire bound to James Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 10 years

1614 Thomas Watts of Yorkshire granted freedom; Roger Beech (turnover master), Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith Co, by servitude

1615 May 5 Charles Kempe son of Willyam Kempe bound to Robert Shirly master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1616 Thomas Bonythan of Cornwall granted freedom; Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1618 January 16 Thomas Andrewes son of Thomas Andrewes gent of Limehouse Middlesex bound to John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 9 years

1622 Henry Sherley of Sussex granted freedom; Henrie Cogan (turnover master), Michaell Bold master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1622 Thomas Hanson of Berkshire granted freedom; John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1624 June 25 John Goodwin son of John Goodwin of Great Roulright Oxfordshire bound to John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 9 years

1624 William Vyner of Gloucestershire granted freedom; James Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1625 Thomas Andrews of Middlesex granted freedom; John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1626 June 16 John Wilding son of Widow Wilding of Hellingly Sussex bound to John Sherly master of Goldsmith's Co, for 9 years

1627 July 20 Dudley Lovell son of Dudley Lovell gent of Harford Huntingdonshire bound to James Shelrey master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1628 June 9 Robert Sherley son of Robert Sherley goldsmith of London bound to John Prince master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1633 John Goodwin of Oxfordshire granted freedom; John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1635 Robert Sherley of London granted freedom; John Prince master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1635 John Wildinge of Sussex granted freedom; John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1637 Dudley Lovell of Huntingdonshire granted freedom; James Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1637 Edward Turner of Lincolnshire granted freedom; Robert Sherley (turnover master), Henry Williams master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1639 February 8 Richard Sharpe son of Richard Sharpe esq of Middle Temple, London bound to Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1641 April 23 John Sherley son of John Sherley citizen and goldsmith of London bound to Jeremy Johnson master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1641 May 21 Robert Hammond son of Henry Hammond butcher of Wansworth Surrey bound to James Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1641 July 2 John Shorter son of John Shorter baker of Staynes Middlesex bound to James Sherley of East India and Eastland Companies, master of Goldsmith's Co, for 7 years

1644 April 19 William Shorter son of John Shorter baker of Staines Middlesex bound to James Sherly of East India and Eastland Companies master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1647 Richard Sharpe of London granted freedom; Robert Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1649 John Sherley of London granted freedom; John Sherley of London father of Goldsmith's Co, by patrimony

1650 John Shorter of Middlesex granted freedom; John Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1654 May 3 John Butcher son of John Butcher clothier of Mells Somerset bound to James Sherley overseas merchant master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1656 June 18 John Sherley son of James Sherley citizen and goldsmith of London bound to James Sherley overseas merchant master of Goldsmith's Co, for 8 years

1656 Thomas Sherley of London granted freedom; James Sherley of London father of Goldsmith's Co, by patrimoney

1671 John Butcher of Somerset granted freedom; James Sherley master of Goldsmith's Co, by servitude

1694 October 10 John Shirley son of John Shirley gent of St Botolps Aldersgate London bound to John Cory master of the Goldsmith's Co, for 7 years.

January 9, 2019

I spent several hours yesterday and today re-working our info on the early members of the London England merchant guilds. I also added new findings and posted them to the London page in the Members' section. The following is new!

Carpenters' Company : Minute Books of Courts and Committees

Court day Continued May the 7th. 1728 John Sherley bound to John Dyer Citizen and Carpenter deced by Testimony of Ann Dyer his Widow & Executrix made free .

Tuesday March the 3d: 1729 John Shirley paid Quarteridge to Chritmas last £0-02s-00d

Court day Continued March the 3d: 1729 Consented That Thomas Cole bound to John Dyer Citizen and Carpenter of London be assigned to John Shirley Citizen and Carpenter of London for the remainder of his Apprenticeshipp .

Tuesday March the 2d- 1730 John Shirley paid Quarteridge to Christmas last 0-2-0

Tuesday March the 2d- 1730 John Gubbins Son of Richard Gubbins of Epsom in the County of Surry Blacksmith bound to John Shirley Citizen and Carpenter of London for seven Years Consideracon money Ten Pounds

Tuesday August the 6th: 1734 John Shirley paid Quarteridge to Midsummer last £0:7s:0d

Tuesday August the 6th: 1734 Thomas Palmer Son of Thomas Palmer of the Parish of Saint Botolph without Aldgate in the County of Middlesex Gunstock Maker bound to John Shirley Citizen and Carpenter of London for seven Yeares Consideration Money Nil

Tuesday March the 7th: 1737 John Gubbins who was bound to John Shirley late Citizen and Carpenter of London deced was now by testimony of Mary Shirley Widdow of the said John Shirley made Free

Court day February 2d. 1741 Consented that Thomas Finch the Late Apprentice of Anthony Child be Assigned to Thos. Shirley Citizen and Joiner by trade a Carpenter for the Remainder of his Time Mr Warden Bush Reported at this Court He had recd. £82..16s..6d according to the Account hereunder Written.

3 December 1745 Thomas Finch son of John Finch of the Parish of Stepney in the County of Middlesex Farrier Bound to Anthony Child Citizen & Carpenter having sued out his Indentures was afterwards to Thomas Shirley Citizen & Joyner of London and by him made Free

At a Court of Assistants held at Carpenters Hall on Tuesday the 1st. day of January 1765 .John Shurley Son of John Shurley Citizen and Carpenter of London made Free by Patrimony

At a Court of Assistants held at Carpenters Hall on Tuesday the 7th day of July 1767 William Powell Son of James Powell of the Pish of Shadwell Com Middx Cabinet maker bound to John Shirley of the minories in the Pish of the Holy Trinity Gunmaker and also Cit & Carpr . of London Consn Nil

Court Day 7th. April 1772 William Crank Son of William Crank late of Chelmsford Com Essex Publican deced Pound to Joseph Jefferys of Upper Moorfields Carpr . and also Cit & Carpr. and now turned over to John Shirley Cit & Joiner for the remainder of his time

Clothworkers Company - Apprentices and Freedoms

1607 Feb 11 Thomas Allen of Norfolk s/o Fobti Allen of Malingforth Norfolk (dead) to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co, for 7 years

1608 July 12 Johes Denman of Nottinghamshire s/o Jacobi Denman of Fretford Nottinghamshire bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co, for 8 years

1608 July 18 Ricus Esam s/o Robti Esam of Villa Northt Northamptonshire yeoman (dead) bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 9 years

1608 Nov 14 Jacobus Goodwyn s/o Henrici Goodwyn of Darleson Staffordshire bound to Tobie Sherley of Clotherworker's Co for 7 years

1611 April 5 Adam Smith s/o Johannis Smith of Magna Grymsby Lincolnshire bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1611 Mar 11 Willimus Underwood s/o Willi Underswood of Weston Hertfordshire yeoman bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1613 April 28 Johannes Faireclough s/o Laur Faireclough of Ravensden Bedfordshire yeoman (dead) bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 8 years

1615 Jacobus Goodwin granted freedom by Servitude, Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1615 May 20 Johes Dixon s/o Willi Dixon tailor of Ratcliff Middlesex bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1616 Richas Esam granted freedom by Servitude, Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1617 May 20 Tobias Sherley s/o Georgii Sherley of Creick Northamptonshire yeo bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1618 John Denman granted freedom by Servitude, Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1619 Aug 10 Laurencius Jones s/o Lodonici Jones of Bethowse Monmouthshire yeoman (dead) bound to Tobie Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1620 John Faireclough granted freedom by Servitude, Toby Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1627 Tobias Sherley granted freedom by Servitude, Toby Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1644 April 27 Thomas Rose s/o Thom Rose agr. of Materingbery Kent bound to Tobias Sherley , taylor of Southworke Surrey of Clothworker's Co, for 7 years

1647 April 1 Georgius Sherly s/o Johis Sherly of Lugershall Buckinghamshire yeoman (dead) bound to Johi Micklefield cloth in Bell Alley in Kaninge Street London of Clothworker's Co for 8 years

1648 October 27 Ralph Sherley s/o Thomas Sherley of High Wiccum Buckinghamshire yeoman bound to Edvardo Raynor cheesmonger in Tems Streets London, of Clothworker's Co for 7 years.

1654 Aug 16 William Sherley s/o Thomas Sherley of Preston Sussex esquire (dead) and Elizabeth Sherley, mother of apprentice, sponsor "for the truth of her sonn" bound to William Peake of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1655 Geo Sherley granted freedom by Servitude, Jo: Micklefield of Clothworker's Co, master

1655 Willm Smith s/o Wm Smith of Ellingham Lincolnshire bound to John Sherley silke stokin maker in Gravell Lane on the backside of Hounsditch, London of Clothworker's Co, for 7 years.

1655 Jan 17 William Hardinge s/o Edward Hardinge of Watham Abbey Essex bound to Anthony Sherley silk stockin maker in Petty Coate Lane in Stepney parish Middlesex of Clotheworker's Co for 7 years

1661 Nov 29 William Sherley granted freedom by Servitude, William Peake of Clothworker's Co, master

1663 Oct 30 Samuell Newington s/o Thomas Newington gent, the father bound to ye Mr in 300 li. for ye truth of his sonne, bound to Wm Shirley of Clothworker's Co for 8 years

1670 March 21 Samuel Newington granted freedom by Servitude, Wm Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1671 Feb 13 Richard Stapley s/o Stapley esq (dead) bound to Wm Shirley of Clothworker's Co for 7 years; James Stapley of ye same place bound to ye Master in 100 li for ye thruth

1676 December 13 Wm Holt s/o Tho: Hold of Peterfield Hampshire gent bound to Wm: Sherley of Clothworker's Co for 8 years

1677 April 4 Francis Hardman s/o Tho: Hardman of Rapton Derbyshire yeoman (dead) bound to Tho: Sherley gardiner in Red Fry of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1678 May 4 John Carter granted freedom by Servitude, Tho: Sherley of Clothworker's Co, master

1681 May 3 James Wheatley s/o James Wheatley mariner of Winsor Berkshire bound to Tho: Sherley gardiner of Redriff Surrey of Clothworker's Co, for 8 years

1683 July 3 John Hitchman s/o Robert Hitchman of Bloomesbury Middlesex bound to Tho: Sherley of Clothworkers' Co for 8 years

1685 October 6 Samll Dane s/o Dane bound to Tho: Sherly of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1687 October 4 Richard Hodges s/o John Hodges butcher of Redriffe Surrey bound to Tho: Sherley gardiner of Redriff Surrey of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1690 Sept 3 Richard Tanner s/o Richard Tanner husbandman of Willington Berkshire bound to Tho: Sherley gardiner of Redriffe Surrey of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1691 October 6 George Sherley granted freedom by Patrimoney, s/o George Sherley of Clothworker's Co, father

1700 August 6 John Crayser s/o Robert Crayser leather dresser, of London, London, bound to Geo: Sherley lock smith of Westminster Middlesex of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1703 Feb 1 Wolstan Morris s/o Edw: Morris cordwainder of Saffron Hill Middlesex bound to Geo: Sherley lock smithof Kings Street Westmr Middlesex of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1705 Sept 4 Robert Poulton granted freedom by Servitude, Tho: Sherly of Clothworker's Co, master

1707 October 7 John Franks s/o John Franks labourer of Westminster Middlesex (dead) bound to Geo Sherly of Stephens Alley in Kings Street in Westminster Middlesex of Clothworker's Co for 7 years

1710 Feb 6 Wolston Morris granted freedom by Servitude, George Sherly of Clothworker's Co, master

1717 July 2 John Croyser granted freedom by Servitude, Geo: Sherly of Clothworker's Co, master

1735 Aug 5 Richard Shirley s/o Francis Shirley (farmer of Ludgershall Bucks, dead) bound to Wm Tomlin baker of Knight Rider St London, Clothworker's Co, for 7 years

1791 Sept 7 George Shirley of Middlesex s/o George Shirley of parish of St James in Westminster Middlesex, gent (dead) bound to Thomas Merrington, Calico Glazer, of Crown Court "Old Change" London of Clotherworker's Co., for 7 years

 

January 7 2019

I posted the following original estate documents to the Darlington Co SC page in the members' section

Darlington Co SC

1822 Jan 6 Darlington Co SC Estate Administrations Page 171 - Letters of Admininistration on the estate of Jane Sherley granted to Elias Kelly, Bond secured by Elias Kelly and John W Seeger.

1822 Jan 22 Darlington Co SC Estate administrations Page 172 - Appraisal of the estate of Jane Sherley by Nichol Powers, John Meigs, Wm L Dewitt

I posted the following original estate documents to the Barren Co KY page in the members' section

Barren Co KY

1833 Barren Co KY Mixed Book 3 and 4 page 92 - Will of Mary Shirley - I Mary Shirley being of sound mind but weak and feeble in body do ordain this as my last will and testament. In the presence of God Amen. Item 1st I will and bequeath to my beloved son in law Presley N Thomas all of my estate consisting of house hold and kitchen furniture to have and to hold him and his heirs forever. Item 2nd I also will him to have my cow beast of which I have only one. Done this 22nd January and year of our Lord 1833. Given under my hand Seal state of Kentucky and County of Barren Mary X Shirley. Witness Joel Yancy [?], William ?Tryman, Lucy Tryman. Proven Nov court 1835.

I posted the following original estate documents to the Winnebago Co IL page in the members' section

Winnebago Co IL

1869 Winnebego Co IL WB 1-4 pg 213 - Will of Lewis Shirley of Cherry Valley, Winnebego Co Illinois. To wife Mary income of one third part of all my real estate during natural life. Grant balance of my real estate among my 8 children (or their heirs) viz Silas (heirs of), Mary Ann (heirs of), Jane, Keith, Lewis, Charles W., John W. and Haley, Elizabeth. Although John W above named is the son of my wife by me adopted, he is to share equally. Appoint my 2 sons Lewis Shirley and Charles W Shirley to be executors. 30 January 1869 <s> Lewis Shirley. Wit: A. E Hale, R. A Hale, Josephine Hale. Filed 17 December 1872. Proved 19 Dec 1872.

January 2, 2019

New USA Branch - I finally published a working lineage as USA Branch 104. This family originated in north-central North Carolina, Halifax County

104. Thomas Shirley born say 1761, lived in Halifax Co NC, family moved to Guilford, Randolph and Davidson Co NC New

 

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