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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 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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