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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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