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October 11, 2018

Kilkenny Ireland Breakthrough - I posted the following to the Co. Wexford page in the members' section. Historian E.P. Shirley investiaged the Kilkenny Shirleys in the mid-1800s. He was told by authoritative local sources at that time that the family originated in Co Wexford. Clearly, here they are, prior to their tenure in Kilkenny

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[Before 1749] Shapland Carew Papers - Part 1 - Rentals - Items 13 & 13a. County of Wexford. Toumbrick containing 528a. 2r. 2op. and Coolegarrow containing 160a. 2r. op. set to Paul Shirley for the lives of said Paul Shirley, John and Thomas Shirley sons of the said Paul and afterwards for 21 years at £90 per annum. [No details of payments and in their place the following statement "25th March 1749. I released Paul Shirley from a great arrear of Rent in consideration whereof he surrendered his lease and I set the Lands in parcels to the under tenants as post folios 65, 66, 67 etc.].

The following are Shapland Carew re-leasing the Shirley lands directly to the undertenants

65 & 65 a. Toumbrick part containing 76 acres set by Paul Shirley to David Carty for 21 years from 25th March
1744 at £13 per annum. [Details of payments 1745 to 1758.]

67 & 67a, 68 & 68a. Toumbrick part containing 63a. 2r. op. set by Paul Shirley to Daniel Magher for 22 years from 25th March 1743 at 4/-* per acre for the first year, 4/3 for the next Seven years and 4/6 for the last fourteen years. [Payments 1744 to March 1754 including allowance in 1748 of £5 3s. od. for 44 63 perch of Ditch ” and in 1753 of £1 15s. od. for “ Trespass done to him when the Woods were cut down/']

73 & 73a. Toumbrick part containing 7a. 3r. op. set by Paul Shirley to Phelim Murphy at 5/- per acre for the first 10 years and 6/- per acre the Remainder of the Term of 21 years from 25th March 1744. [Details of payments 1744 to March 1758 first at £1 18s. gd. and then at £1 3s. od. per year.]

74 & 74a. Toumbrick part containing 26 acres set by Paul Shirley to Patrick Gormly for 18 years from 25th March 1747 at £3 15s. od. per annum. [Two payments of £1 12s. 6d. each recorded in 1758.]

76 & 76a. Toumbrick part containing 10 acres set by Paul Shirley to John Harris for 16 years from 25th March 1748 at £2 10s. od. per annum. [Payments 1748 to 1758 including allowances—1750 “ He paid by making 22 perches of Ditch £1 2s. od.” 1753 ” He paid by 30 perch of Ditch £1 4s. od..” 1755 “ allowed him for 32 Barrels of Lime which was due from Shirley £1 9s. 4d.” 4 ‘ He paid by Seven days Work at the Wood 3/6.”]

80 & 80a, 81 & 81a. Coolegarrow containing 160 acres 2 roods set by Paul Shirley to Lewis Moore and partners for 21 years from 25th March 1744 at £10 per annum for the first seven years, £10 10s. od. for the second seven years and £11 for ye last seven years, they are to lay out 60 Barrels of Lime every year.

I found the Lease in the Dublin deed registry. Here is my abstract

1742 Dublin Deed Registry Vol 104 page 514 - 3 June 1742 Shapland Carew to Paul Shirley - Shapland Carew of Woodstowne in Co Waterford esq demised unto Paul Shirley of Ballykeal in Co Wexford farmer town and lands of Toumbrick and Coolegarrow then late in the possession of Mr Walter Devereux situated in the Barony of Scarwalsh and Co Wexford [excepting woods, minerals, etc] to hold unto the said Paul Shirley from the Twenty Fifth day of March then last past during the natural lives of the said Paul Shirley and Jno Shirley and Thomas Shirley sons of the said Paul Shirley and the survivor and survivor of them from of immediately after the decease of the survivor fo them to Hold sd premises for 21 years at yearly rent of L90. Said indenture of Lease is witnessed by Robert Wiley servant to the sd Shapland Carew and Arthur Shepheard of the City of Dublin Publ Not. Memorial witnessed by sd Shepheard and Jno Gaddiz of same city cordwainer. Paul Shirley <seal> Registered 4 June 1742.

October 9, 2018

More Kilkenny deeds from the Registry in Dublin abstracted or transcribed and posted to the members' section

Kilkenny Ireland

Feb 21 1809. Registry of Deeds Vol 610 page 372 - Lands of Closcregg - John Shirley to Robert Pendergast and James Walsh - Deed of Lease between John Shirley of Croan esq of 1st part and Robert Prendergast and James Walsh of Rappagh Kilkenny farmers of the other part. 100 acres of Lands of Cloghoeregg in possession of Lannigan and partners. Wit: Thomas Loughlan of Clogheregg and John Walsh esq of the City of Kilkenny. Sworn 17 Apr 1810. New - Registry of Deeds Dublin

Apr 30 1810 Registry of Deeds Vol 623 page 81 - Lands of Sheepstown - John Shirley of Croan to Eleanor Devereux widow of City of Kilkenny, owing to a decree in the Equity side of the court of Exchequer dated 10 Feb 1809 of the sum L206.19.6 granted part of the lands of Sheepstown late in the possession of Henry Reade dec'd and formerly in tenancy of William and Anne Bryan by estimation 20 acres, Barony of Knocktopher to hold from the date 1 Nov 1786 for 999 years. Witnessed by: H Nixon and Andrew [ ] Gernery of City of Dublin and Henry Devereux of City of Kilkeny gent and as to execution thereof by the said John Shirley are witnessed by John Walsh of the City of Kilkenny gent. Registered 11 Nov 1810

Nov 1 1810. Registry of Deeds Vol 626 page 262 - Lands of Clonbug and Ballygerdry - John Cason to John Shirley of Croan, esq - Indenture Deed of Lease dated Nov 1 1810 between John Cason of Ballygerdry Kilkenny farmer to John Sherley of Croan Kilkenny esq. 57 acres called Clon bugg in Barony of Knoctopher. Witness David Cason, Paul Sherley of Meyne Kilkenny gent., John Murphy of Croan yeoman. Sworn 24 Dec 1810. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

Sept 7 1811. Vol 672 page 121 (page 122) Between Paul Shirley of Croan, Kilkenny gent of 1st part and Richard Reade of Waterford and Naomi Reade otherwise Shirley late widow of John Shirley esq dec'd and now wife of said Richard Reade of 2nd part. Henry Loftus Reade of Wexford and John Nugent of Sheepstown of 3rd part. Paul Sherley confirms unto the said Henry Loftus Reade and John Nugent land of Sheepstown Gerranaman and Croan part of town and lands of Ballynacooly, town and lands of Belopenegg. Sworn 4 Oct 1811. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

1813 Vol 671 page 18 John Shirley To Walsh - Memorial dated 15 September 1813 between John Shirly of Croan gent only son and heir at law and special occupant of Paul Shirley late of Croan gent dec'd of one part and John Walsh of City of Kilkenny esq of other part. Reciting that the sd Paul Shirley was in his life time and at time of his death seized among others of all that town and land of Old Croan in Barony of Knocktopher 65 acres for the life of Ann Fitzgerald of Walken Street City of Kilkenny widow, yearly rent of L37.6 and sd Paul Shirley being so seized died Intestate leaving said John Shirley party hereto his only son and heir at law who upon his father's death became seized and possessed of said Land and said Jas (sic) Shirley obtained Letters of administration out of Court of Perogative in Ireland of goods setforth of the sd deed that the sd John Shirley possessed himself, also Reciting that the sd Paul Shirley by Ind' of Release dated 30 Sept 1811 did demise lands to Edward Power of Bishopshall esq for the life of said Ann Fitgerald for rent of L3.5...Reciting that the sd Paul Shirley at the time of his death stood justly and fairly indebted unto said John Walsh in sum of L730 stg o his the sd Paul Shirley's own separate and distinct account and sd John Shirley having proposed to sell and dispose of his estate right title and interest in the said Lands unto the sd John Walsh for a sum of L480 stg and to allow him credit in the said purchase money for the sum of L480 stg and to secure him in the balance of the debt so due and owing by the sd father as aforesaid and also Reciting that the said John Shirley in consideration of the sd John Walsh he having discharged by written receipt the sd John Shirley as Administrator of the said Paul....the sd John Shirley for himself hath granted to said John Walsh town and lands of Old Croan 65 acres....Wit Michael Murphy of City of Kilkenny gent, Nicholas Devereux of City of Kilkenny gent - Registry of Deeds Dublin

1813 Vol 671 page 18 John Shirley To Devereux - Memorial dated 11 Decr 1813 between John Shirly of Croan gent only son and heir at law and special occupant of Paul Shirley late of Croan gent dec'd of one part and Mrs Elinor Devereux of City of Kilkenny of other part. Sd John Shirley L200 sell unto Elinor Devereux all those the yearly chief or headrent of L20.2.6 payable by the sd Elinor Devereux of all those the lands of Sheepstown situate in Barony of Knocktopher in the possession of sd Elinor Devereux devised to her by John Shirley late of Croan gent dec'd by Indent' of lease dated the 30 April 1810 for 999 years. Sd John Shirley executed a lease of sd premises with sd Devereux for ever at a pepper corn annual rent....[in case of problems] resort to the lands of Sheepstown or the lands of Belmount now in the possession of said John Shirley or to any lands now in possession of Mrs John Shirley. Wit Michael Murphy of City of Kilkenny, writing clerk, David Fennell of sd City shopkeeper - Registry of Deeds Dublin

1813 Vol 692 page 82 Mem # 475228 John Shirley To Butler - Registered 26 July 1815 - To the Register aforsd by act of parlm't for registering deeds - wills of articles of agreement bearing date the 4 day of December 1813 made between John Shirley of Croan in the co of Kilkenny gentleman of the one pt and Edmd Butler of Castle Cronfile in the sd Co. gentleman of the other prs. Whereby after recit'g that sd John Shirley having occasion to borrow the sum of L200 got the said Edm Butler to join him in a bond to secure the repaym't thereof having in [consideration] of which and in order to indemnify sd Edmd Butler for the same he sd John Shirley for himself and his heirs had agreed to convey unto sd Edmd Butler his heirs and assigns all that and those the town and lands of Belmount in the Co of Kilkenny being 400 a[cres] or therebts for the purpose of indemnifying him the sd Edmd Butler his heirs and assigns in case they shoudl be called or obliged to pay the said sum of L200 with interest for the same etc. John Shirley had also agreed to give grant and settle on Catherine Shirly widow of Paul Shirly late of Croan afsd one annuity of L50 to be payable out of the said lands of Bellmount by half yearly payments on every 20 Sept and 25 March for the term of her life and sd John Shirly had furhher agreed to settle on Ellen Shirly his sister and daughter of the sd Catherine Shirly and [ ] one annuilty of L50 payable out of the lands of Belmount afsd half yearly on every five Nov and five May and in case sd Ellen should marry and have issue [ ] said annuity should go to such issue in such shares as she should [ ] said respective sums of L50 in no [ ] to be payable but in the event of said John Shirley his heirs or assigns succeeding to his uncles property or parts thereof for which he was then at law [suggests John Shirley is nephew of Edmd Butler?] which said deed is witnessed by Thos Corcoran of the City of Kilkenny gentleman and Michl Murphy of the said City writing clerk and Mr Willoughbey of Mayo in the [ ] Co farmer...Edmnd Butler <seal> [oath of witnesses] this 22 day of July 1815 etc. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

15 August 1822. Vol 808 page 454 Richard Reade Esq and Naomi Reade otherwise Shirley wife, of Cottage Co Tipperary, Thomas Shirley of Garrynaman, Paul Shirley of Cloghscregg gent both of the co of Kilkenny and John Shirley of the City of Killkenny of the one part and John Walsh of the City of Kilkenny aforesaid esq of the 2nd part. [Grantors named again] released unto the said John Walsh all right title interest claim to the town and lands of Corrabelly containing 187 acres also lands of Ballinacole or Ballinacooly containing 117 acres situate in the Barony of Knocktopher formerly belonging to Robert Walsh esq but have for some time past in the actual possession of the said John Walsh by deed...Rents etc that theretofore belonged to John Shirley late of Croan deceased. Wit Martin Slathery of City of Kilkenny writing clerk, Thomas Wilson of Carrick on Siur in co Tipperary. Paul Shirley <seal> John Walsh <seal> Registerd 29 November 1825.(2 Feb 1827 Vol 820 page 593, lease to Walsh)

1828 July 7 Registry of Deeds Vol 836 page 402 Richard Reade Esq and Naomi Reade otherwise Shirley wife, of Cottage Co Tipperary 1st part, Thomas Shirley of Garrynaman in Co Kilkenny gent 2nd part, Paul Shirley of Closgreg gent son of John Shirley deceased of 3rd part. Much litigation has taken place touching the Last Will and Testament of said John Shirly dec'd and of property which sd John Shirley died seized and possessed. Parties agree litigation should end, and agree as follows. Richard Reade to occupy lands of Sheepstown, the house and demesne of Croan 109 acres in Co Kilkeeny for remainder of term of lease held by John Shirley deceased, to hold the same under any lease made to John Shirley, the father of said John Shirley. Agree that Thomas Shirley shall possess land of Garrynaman 210 acresfor all such term as the said John Shirley was entitled to hold subject to the payment by Thomas of the rent for all such term as said John Shirley was entitled to him. Agree that Paul Shirley shall possess town lands of Kilmanouge, the town and lands of Old Croan and town and lands of Garrendonagh, Co Kilkenny for all such time and terms as the said John Shirley held. To insure John Braithwaite of Sheepstown gent for insurance policy to bond Richard Reade. Wit: Michael Phelan of Sheepstown, Richard Naddy of Garrynaman.Registerd 7 July 1828

1834 Registry of Deeds Vol 18 page 278 (278b) Garrynaman Barony of Kells - Earl of Kilkenny to Thomas Shirley - Dated 28 April 1834, that by indenture of lease and release of 21 and 27 August 1783 Viscount MountGarrett the father of the Earl of Kilkenny devised unto John Shirley of Croan gent the town and lands of Garrynaman, Barony of Kells containing 210 acres...during the term of the natural lives of John Shirley 2nd son of the sd John Shirley, the lesee, Henry Hayden oldest son of Wm Hayden jr of Rock Hall and John Naddy the son of Leonard naddy of Garrynaman....right title and interest of sd John Shirley under sd indenture rested in the sd Thomas Shirley, party thereto...that the sd John Shirley and Henry Hayden two of the lives named in the original lease died ....nominate the lives of Thomas Butler 5th son of the Hnble Pierce Butler of Balyconre and William Shirley 5th son of the said Thomas Shirley in place of sd John Shirley and Henry Hayden dec'd. Wit: John Kavanaugh, Patrick Cody. Reg 12 Nov 1834.

1839 Jun 1 - Registry of Deeds Vol 12 No 121 - Marriage Arts (contract) - Between James Walsh of the City of Kilkenny merchant of 1st part, Thomas Shirley of Garrynaman of co Kilkenny gent of 2nd part, Jane Shirley spinster daughter of sd Thomas Shirley of 3rd part and John Shirley of the City of Kilkenny shop keeper and Jeremiah Kelly of Tullaroan gent (trustees for the purposes therein) of the 4th part. Marriage intended to be sd James Walsh and Jane Shirley with whom he was to receive L500 as a portion from sd Thos Shirley, Walsh to make provision for sd Jane in case of his death etc. It was thereby declared that...levy a sum of L600 [if death, insolvency etc, then interest to be paid to Jane Shirley for her natural life, other covenants] Wit: Peter Shorthall of City of Kilkenny apothecary and James Shirly of [blank]. Registered 17 June 1839

I transcribed and posted the following 2 Irish Regional Court wills to the Kilkenny page in the members' section

Kilkenny Ireland

1887 October 6 Will of James Shirley of Garrynaman, Kilkenny coroner - I will bequeath and devise all my property of every description to my wife Eliza Shirley and I appoint as my executors to this my last will Patirck Mullins of Kells and Henry Shirley of Owning <seal> James Shirley

1892 April 23 Will of John Shirley of Coolcullen farmer - I appoint John Shirley my son and Thomas Shirley my son to be my executors and I direct that all my just debts and funeral and tetamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as possible after my decease. I hereby give and bequeath unto my son Frank Shirley all my farm at Coolcullen together will all houses cattle and goods of whatsoever kind I am possessed and I also bequeath and give unto the same said Frank Shirley all those lands in Coone at present in my possession under fee simple with this provision that if my said Frank Shirley leave behins no real issue to inherit the lands of Coone, those heretofore said lands shall upon the decease of my son Frank Shirley become the inheritance of Paul the son of my son Robert Shirley or failing him to the next male heir of the said Robert Shirley <seal> John Shirley. Wit: Benjamin Senior clk, Robert Shirley

October 3, 2018

More Kilkenny deeds from the Registry in Dublin

Kilkenny Ireland

1851 November 25 Register of Deeds Vol 24 No. 111 - James Shirley to John Shirley In the Court of Queens Bench: John Smithwick of the City of Kilkenny grocer, plaintiff vs Paul Shirley of Croan in the co of Kilkenny gent, defendant - John Shirley of Stoneyford in the co of Kilkenny gent aged 40 years and upward assignee of the plaintiff in this cause maketh oath and saith that John Smithwick in the City of Kilkenny grocer did on the second day of March in the year of 1813 and in or as of Hilary Term in the sd year obtain a judgement in this then Majesty Court of Kings Bench in Ireland against the Defendant in this cause by the name and description of Paul Shirley of Croan in the Co of Kilkenny gent for the sum of L255. 6 shillings of the then Irish currency stg. beside 2 pounds 9 shillings of the like currency for costs as by the Record of sd court may fully appear and deponant further saith that by deed bearing date the 23 January 1840 the said John Smithwick duly assigned transferred and made over the said judgement debt and damages as foresaid to Paul Shirley of Garrynaman in the co of Kilkenny as by a Memorial of an assignment thereof remaining of Record in this Honable Court of the term of Trinity in the year 1840 may appear deponent further saith that by further deed bearing date the 4 May 1840 the said Paul Shirley duly assigned transferred and made over the said judgement debt and damages as aforesaid unto the said Deponent as by the Memorial of an assignment thereof remaining of Record in this Honble Court of Easter Term 1850 may appear this deponent further saith that to the best of his knowledge information and belief that the said defendant in this suit Paul Shirley was at the time of the entering the said judgement and James Shirley of Garryneman in the co of Kilkenny gent now is at the time of swearing this affidavit seized or possessed of or has disposing powers which he may without the assent of any other person exercise for his own benefit over certain lands tenements hereditaments and premises herein after mentioned that is to say the town and lands of Bellmount in the Parish of Mothel Barony of Fassadine and co of Kilkenny aforesaid defendant further saith that the sum of L237 18 shillings and 10 pence British currency so secured by the sd judgement as aforesaid still remains justly done and owing to this deponent over and above all just [ ] allowanes and [ ] said judgement is still in full force vigor virtue and effect in Law John Shirley sworn before me at the Queen's Bench office at the Court of Queens Bench Inns Quay Dublin this 17th day of November 1857. etc. [9 sheets]

October 2, 2018

RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH - IRELAND - While researching mid-1800s Irish deeds, I came across the following marriage settlement agreement. This document confirms the name of the father of John Shirley of Coolcullen, Mothel Parish co. Kilkenny and connects this branch to a family tree already posted. Documents also provide a hint as to the how the lands of Bellmount descended through the Shirley family of Knockabranna Old Leithlen Parish co Carlow

Kilkenny Ireland

1841 May 10 - Deed Registry; Book 10 No: 99 - To the register appointed by Act of Parliament for Registering deeds leases and so forth - A memorial of an indented deed of marriage settlement bearing date the thirty first day of August one thousand eight hundred and forty and made between Paul Shirley of Clowe Water in the county of Carlow farmer of the first part Robert Jackson of Coolcullen in the Co of Kilkenny farmer of the second part John Shirley of Coolcullen in the co of Kilkenny farmer eldest son of said Paul Shirley aforesaid of the third part Jane Jackson daughter of the said Robert Jackson of the fourth part and Robert Jackson junior and Francis Shirley farmers both of Coolcullen trustees for the purposes therein mentioned of the firth part Reciting that by Lease dated the second of April one thousand seven hundrd and Sixty six John Shirley for the [?cousons] therein mentioned demised to Thomas Shirley the lands of Belmount contaning one hundred and fifty acres then in the possession of Thomas Shirley situate in the Barony of Fassadineen and co of Kilkenny To hold for the lives therein mentioned with a covenant for peerpetual renewal at the yearly rent therein mentioned and reciting that a renewal of this lease was made to John Shirley trustee for and on behalf of his nephews Thomas Shirley and John Shirley and reciting a partition of said lands between said Thomas and John Shirley and Reciting that John Shirley demised to Edmund Butler thirteen acres two roods and twenty two perches of said lands of Belmount aforesaid and also another tract of said lands called the Big Meadow and Brownfield containing eight acres one rood and eleven perches To Hold for the years and life therein mentioned at the rent therein mentioned the title to said lands being now legally vested in the said Paul Shirley party thereto and Reciting that the said Paul Shirley also held part of the lands of Coolcullen containing thirty forur acres as tenant under Lord Viscount Frankford de Mountmoracy at the yearly rent and rent charge of sixteen shillings and 3/4 per acre and also held another part of the said lands of Coolcullen called the Glebe Lands containing six acres as yearly tenant to the Revd John Robinson at the yearly of one pound five shillings per acre and also of a quantity of stock and setforth in a schedule to said deed annexed and Reciting that a Marriage took place between said John Shirley and Jane Jackson that it was agreed on the treaty of same that all the lands of Bellmount which the said Paul Shirley was in possession of and was legally or equitably entitled to should upon the demise of said Paul Shirley become the absolute property of the said John Shriley his said son, said Paul Shirley reserving to himself a life use of said aforesaid lands of Belmount and that said John Shirley was at once to enter into possession of said lands of Coolcullen held from Lord Frankfort and the Revd Mr Robinson and have possession of the stock before mentioned and Reciting that two hundred pounds of the portion of said Jane Jackson should be paid to said John Shirley and that Reciting that a settlement or provision by way of annuity or yearly rent charge of twenty pounds yearly was secured to sd Jane Jackson upon certin events therein mentioned and chargeable on all said lands herein before mentioned until her said portion of two hundred pounds was paid off and discharged which deed contained a covenant for further assurance on the part of said Paul Shirley to said John Shirley to more effectually asssure said lands and stock and on the part of said John Shirley to the trustees and othe rclauses and covenants and which deed and this Memorial thereof are respectively witnessed by Michael Stedmond and Patt Comerford both of Coolcullen in the co of Kilkenny farmers - Paul Shirley <seal> Robert Jackson <seal> John Shirley <seal> Jane Jackson <seal> Robert Jackson <seal> [statement by witnesses attesting to signatures] Sworn before me in the City of kilkenny this 26th day of April 1841....[thirteen sheets]\

More documents from the Deeds Registry in Dublin posted to the Kilkenny Ireland page in the members' section

Kilkenny

1858 May 27 - Deed Registry Vol 16 No 163 John Shirley to John Shirley and Paul Shirley - A Memorial of an indenture of fee farm grant bering date the ninth March one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight (1858) between John Shirley of Ennisnag near Stoneyford in the Co of Kilkenny gentleman of the one part and John Shirley and Paul Shirley both of Coolcullen in the said co of Kilkenny farmers of the other part after Reciting as therein said Indenture witnessed that in pursuance of the covenant for perpetual renewal therein mentioned and of the therein recited act of parliament and for the consideration therein mentioned the said John Shirley did with the consent and approbation of the said Paul Shirley testified as therein release and confirm unto the said John Shirley his heirs and assigns all that and those that part of the town and lands of Bellmount containing by common estimation twenty eight acres three roods and twenty perches Irish plantation measure or thereabouts be the same more or less situate lying and bearing in the barony of Fassadineen and co of Kilkenny said twenty eight acres three roods and twenty perches being parcel of that part of said lands of Bellmount demised by the therein recited original lease of second April one thousand seven hundred and sixty six (1766) as now in the possession of said Paul Shirley or his undertenants serving and reserving thereout as therein as excepted and reserved to hold the said premises with their appertenances (except as before excepted) unto the said John Shirley his heirs and assigns in fee farm for ever Subject to the payment of the yearly fee from rent or sum of fifteen pounds four shillings sterling payable on every first day of May and first day of November in each year over and above which said deed contains contained other clauses and covenants and ast to the execution thereof by the said John Shirley, John Shirley and Paul Shirley is also this Memorial are respectively witnessed by Henry Flood of Rutland Square and John Pierse Hartford of Henrietta Street both in the City of Dublin solicitors - John Shirley <seal> Paul Shirley <seal> Jno Shirley <seal> [oath of witnesses] registered on Thursday 27 May 1858

1858 May 27 - Deed Registry Vol 16 No 164 John Shirley to Annesley Shirley - A Memorial of an indenture of fee farm grant bering date the ninth March one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight (1858) between John Shirley of Ennisnag near Stoneyford in the Co of Kilkenny gentleman of the one part and Annesley Shirley of Knockbranner in teh co of Carlow farmer of the other part [same as No 163] .... assigns all that and those that part of the town and lands of Bellmount containing by common estimation forty four acres two roods and twenty perches Irish plantation measure or thereabouts be the same more or less situate lying and bearing in the barony of Fassadineen and co of Kilkenny [same as No 163] ....registered on Thursday 27 May 1858

1858 May 27 - Deed Registry Vol 16 No 165 John Shirley to James Shirley - A Memorial of an indenture of fee farm grant bering date the ninth March one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight (1858) between John Shirley of Ennisnag near Stoneyford in the Co of Kilkenny gentleman of the one part and James Shirley of Garnarnan in the co of Kilkenny farmer of the other part [same as No 163] .... assigns all that and those that part of the town and lands of Bellmount containing by common estimation twenty eight acres three roods and twenty perches Irish plantation measure or thereabouts be the same more or less situate lying and bearing in the barony of Fassadineen and co of Kilkenny [same as No 163] ....registered on Thursday 27 May 1858

September 30, 2018

NEW GERMAN SHIRLEY LINEAGE I created and posted the following Shirley family lineage to the Germany section of the non-members' website

Germany

5. Christian Shirley born 4 October 1835 in Oldenburg or Wuerttembeg Germany. He immigrated to the USA in the 1850s and was enumerated in Warren Co Ohio and died in 1909 in Butler Co Ohio

August 5, 2018

I posted the following Irish deed documents to the Londonderry NI page in the members' section

Londonderry

1734 - Deeds Registry Vol 82 page 193 James Cunningham of Agivey set to James Shirla of Ree. yeoman, one third of the townland of Ree except the bleaching greens for 31 years at a yearly rent of 6 pounds.

1737 Deeds Registry Vol 92 page 289 (page 290) James Sherla of Ree, obtained 5 acres, the bleach yard on part of Ree, and part of Drumstaples 25 acres late in the possession of James Gould, for 29 years at 9 pound rent. Shirla had been engaged in the linen business as early as 1722.

1737 Deeds Registry Vol 93 page 26 James Conningham merchant of London to James Sherla of Ree Londonderry, linen draper, lease land in Scalty adjoining the bridge of Milltown, 5 acres. also one half or moiety of the Foubor Moulter of Gowd's Mill Fog with the drying kill thereto being in the manor of Lizard, county Londonderry. Lease for 29 years.

August 4, 2018

I posted the following original Irish probate document to the County Tipperary page in the members' section

Mar 7 1775. Wills in the Registry of Deeds Dublin Vol 307 page 486 - Will of Thomas Shirley Graigudarrgg, Co. Tipperary, Farmer, proven 6 July 1775. His sister Betty Shirley otherwise Mara. Thomas Lloyd, Cranagh Esq executor. His sister Sally Shirley otherwise Keesan. His sister Mary Shirley, otherwise Mara. Lands of Graiguedarrigg. Wit: Thomas Lloyd, farmer; John Farrell woolcomber, Michael Kennedy carpenter, all of parish Killea, Co. Tipperary. Memorial wit: Thomas Lloyd, Michael Kennedy

I posted the following original Irish deed and marriage documents to the County Kilkenny page in the members' section

May 9 1761 Vol 217 pg145. Indenture of lease between Rev Arthur Webb of Wobbsburrow Kilkenny clerk and Arthur Webb esq his eldest son of one part and of John Shirly of Croan Kilkenny farmer of other part. Let the town and lands of Belmount 398 acres lately held by John Waring gent in Barony of Tasaghdining Kilkenny Wit: Bibby Hartford city of Kilkenny gent. Edmond Kemech of Danganmore Kilkenny farmer. Registered 18 jun 1762.- Registry of Deeds Dublin

May 18 1764 Vol 228 pg 290. Deed of lease and release [same as 9 May 1761 above]. Registered 21 May 1764 ["…in 1764, the Tracys of no special import of Belmont leased Belmount lands aka Coonfile from Webb…"]- Registry of Deeds Dublin

Nov 4 1769 Vol 453 page 394 Indent Deed of Lease John Shirly of Croan Co Kilk. Farmer unto David Browning of Barnadown Co Wexford gent lands of Bellmount then lately held by sd Shirly 269 acres. Wit: Richard Bookery of Granglegg Co Kildare Esq, Wm Langford of Bellmount farmer. Reg. June 20 1792- Registry of Deeds Dublin

Sept 14 1779. Vol 344 page 458 Agreement between John Shirley of Croan Co Kilk. Farmer and Sarah Shirley wife of 2nd part and William Jaques sadler of City of Kilkenny of 3rd part. Deed of Separation. Wife accepted payment of 20 pounds sterling annually for rest of her life. Relinquish all claims she might have. Wit: Adam Reynolds, Brazier Co Kilkenny, Stephen Bryan Gent. Reg July 4 1782.- Registry of Deeds Dublin

Jan 3 1781. Vol 343 page 26 Joanna Shirley otherwise Byrne otherwise Gallawan of Templeorum Co Kilkenny and John Shirley son of sd Joanna, sell to sd John Shirley the messuage or lands of Templeorum 182 acres devised to John Shirley of Templeorum aforesaid deceased by Hon Lord Duncannon . To sd John Shirly to hold during natural life of Sarah Shirly wife of John Shirley of Croan, Co Kilkenny. Wit: John Mitchell, Edward Shortill of Clonmell. Reg Oct 27 1781- Registry of Deeds Dublin

Oct 21 1781. Vol 343 page 25 John Shirley of Templeorum Co Kilk. To Longe Bowers of Cloga Co Kilk. Gent. Sell lands of Templeorum 182 acres devised to John Shirley dec'd by Rt Hon Lord Duncannon residue of term granted by aforesaid lease unto sd John Shirly dec'd Wit: Robt Bowers of Clonmell Co Tipperary gent. John Murray of Carrick on Suir shopkeeper. Reg. Oct 24 1781.- Registry of Deeds Dublin

Dec 1 1794 Vol 489 page 544 - Between Paul Shirley of Ballinkee Co Kilk. Farmer [sp?Ballintee is next to Croan] in whom all of the right and title of John Shirley his father late of Koan in Co Kilk. Farmer dec'd the lesser in the original lease came to and vested off of the one part, and John Shirley of Bellmount Killkenny farmer, Brother and administrator with the Will of Paul Shirley late of Bellmaine aforesaid farmer and trustee in deed of renewal for Thomas Shirley and John Shirley two elder sons of said Paul Shirley dec'd and devises in his said Will named minors under age of 21 in whom all the title and interest of their grandfather Thomas Shirley late of Bellmount said original lease of the other part. Said John Shirley the lessor in said original lease and said Pail Shirley father of said Thomas and John Shirley and that John Shirley in trust for his nephews said Thomas and John according to the tenor of said lease. [mentions George Reade, Redmond Reade the 2nd and 3rd sons of George Reade of Piltown Co Kilkenny] Wit: James Rae, Robert Carter. Reg Feb 12 1795 - Registry of Deeds Dublin

Dec 7 1799. Vol 522 page 438 (page 440) John Shirley of Croan Kilkenny Esq. And Naomi Reade spinster, elder daughter of Henry Reade of town of Wexford esq of 2nd part and Henry Reade aforesaid of 3rd part. and Francis Harvey Viscount Mountnorris (?) and John Nugent of Monestown Esq the 4th part. the marriage of said Hanry Reade with francis Monroe otherwise Reade wife of said Henry [produce children] payment to John Shirley L750 [ ] over 4 years from date of intended marriage Marriage Agreement. 18 Dec 1799 Lands of Sheepstown, Garrynaman and Croan to be conveyed by John Shirley. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

May 11 1805 Vol 576 pg 196. Indenture of lease between John Sherley of Knockabranagh Co Carlow farmer of 1st part and Edmund Butler of Coonfile Kilkenny farmer of other partconveyed lands of Bellmount 13 acres, 2 roads and 32 perches to Edmund Butler in possession of James Butler of Coonfile farmer dec'd and part of Bellmount in possession of John Bradley farmer known as Big Meadow Browfield containing 8 ac in Barony of Tasidinen Kilkenny for 42 years for lives of James Butler eldest son of Edmunt Butler the lessor. Wit: Edward Low of Leighlin Bridge Carlow gent and James Sherley of Belmount Kilkenny farmer. Sworn 30 Sept 1805. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

Apr 9 1807 Vol 588 pg 279 (page 281) Deed of release between John Shirley of Croan Kilkenny esq of 1st part, Naomi Shirley otherwise Reade wife of sd John Shirley of 2nd part, John Davis of Summerhill Kilkenny esq and Edw Hant of Jerpoint of 3rd part and Henry Loftus Reade of Rosslare Wexeford esq of 4th part [Many disputes between John and Naomi Shirley and she had instituted a suit in Consistorial Court of Ossory Diocese against sd John Shirley for divorce and alimony] 2 bills in the high court of chancery in Ireland to pay alimony decreed by Consistorial Court 23 July last had agreed to live separate lives and any disputes be referred to barristers. Lands of Ballynacooley 107 acres in occupation of Patrick Reilley, John Reilley et al,; Lands of Clopregg known as Bishopes Hills in Barony of Gowan in Kikenny; town lands of Kilmanogue 310 acres Kilkinney; town lands of Sheepstown called Ballinvadory Garealeagh 140 acres. John Shirley to have Ballynacooley ….Sworn 7 Apr 1807. - Registry of Deeds Dublin

I posted the following original document image to the County Carlow Ireland page in the members' section

6 Oct 1836 - The last will and testament of John Shirley Knockabrannar in parish of Old Leighlin drawn up at my own request Oct the 6th 1836. I John Shirley being in perfect possession of all y faculties and now wishing to make a final settlement of all my earthly affairs do of my own free will and choice make the following divisions of all my property and wish that same should remain unchanged and binding on all concerned, I John Shirley do will and bequeath to my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley farm which I now hold in Knockabrannar together with all my stock in cattle and all other property that may be thereon at my death to be equally possessed and held by same Deborah Shirley my wife and same Abraham Shiley my son, I further will that if my wife Deborah Shirley should at any further time wish to separate or live distinct from same Abraham Shirley my son, that she Deborah Shirley be entitled to hald of whatever stock and of all other property wihtin and without, which at time of separation may exist. And also I will that she Deborah Shirley shall at such separation be intitled to half of my present farm in Knockabrannar. I further will that after the death of my wife Deborah Shirley that all the stock and other property then existing together with the whole of my farm be the sole property and possession of my son Abraham Shirley, I further will wthat my wife Deborah Shirley and my son Abraham Shirley pay conjointly the annual of four pounds to Catherine Shirley widow of my son Thomas Shirley, and that same sum of four pounds be paid to same Catherine Shirley during the eixstance of the present lease, I further will that my son Ansley Shirley and Catherine Shirley widow of my son Thomas Shriley should hold undisturbed their present farms in the same manner as they now hold and possess them, I further will and bequeath to my son Abraham Shirley the profit rent now arising fro Kilfoyle's farm in Coon, being eight pounds ten shillings annually to be possessed by same Abraham Shirley during the continuance of same forever. I further will that Paul Shirley my son the present occupier of same farm in Coon is not to be disturbed from its possession by my son Abraham Shirley or any person representing him provided the annual interest of eight pounds ten shillings be paid regularly to same Abraham Shriely or his representation, I further will and bequeath to my son John Shirley of Brackin the whole interest in and arrising from my farm near Mount Melick known by the name of Bog Farm, I further will and bequeather to John Shirley son of Ansley Shirley the sum of twenty pounds to be paid by my son John Shirley out of the Bog Farm in four different and equal payments, six months intervening between each payment, I further will and bequeath to my son Ansley Shirley all the interest arrising from the Gowrawn Farm in Coon also known by the name of John Bradley's farm. I further will that when the interest of my son John Shirley shall cease in the Bog Farm the life thereof having fallen, that same John Shirley shall have equal share with my son Ansley Shirley in the interest arising fro the Gowrawn Alias Bradley farm in Coon, this only to commence its interest when interest in the Bog Farm ceases, I further will and bequeath to my daughter Margaret wife of James Butler the sum of ten pounds to be paid same Margaret by my son Ansley Shirley at the experation fo one year from the day of my death, I further willa nd bequeath to my son James Shirley of Ridge the annual interest arising from the holdings from the holdings of Hartin Kealey, John Tales, Michael Conners and Patrick Walshe, to be possessed and enjoyed by same James Shirley as long as same interest continues, I further will that if my son Abraham Shirley now unmarried should take as wife a person who is a member of the Church of Rome that no part of the property herein by me bequeathed to him shall be his, that such an act shall disentitle him to the possession of any part of my property and the property thus forfeited be equally divided, between my sons Paul Shirley. I John Shirley being in possession of all my faculties and understanding unimparied and directing every and all distributions of property as herin expressed I sign this as my last will and testament. Oct 6 1836 <s> John X Shirley [his mark]. Wit present: Mirtin Kealy, Thos. Morak, Robert Baker [on leaf: 'Dated 6th October 1836; A copy of; John Shirleys will; eldest son of; Thomas Shirley; Lease in the lase; of 1766']

I posted the following original document image to the County Kilkenny Ireland page in the members' section

27 Dec 1844 Will of John Shirley, proven 3 Feb 1850, probate granted to Elizabeth Shirley Index to Ossery Wills Co Kilkenny

1844 - LW&T of John Shirley of Burnchurch, Kilkenny

In the name of God Amen. I John Shirley of Burnchurch being of sound mind memory and understanding blessed be God for it do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say First leave and bequeath my soul to God and my body to be interred in my family burying place in Burnchurch at the discreation of my family and my Executors hereafter named - Secondly I leave to my son Richard all my right title and interest in my part of the lands of Bellmount forever. Subject to the following legacies and bequests. My son Richard is to pay my daughter Eliza ten pounds a year for ten years after my decease. But the first four years is to be kept by Richard and at the expiration of four years after my decease to pay Eliza the sum of forty pounds together and ten pound a year for six years after. And my son Richard is also to pay unto my grandaughter Maria Dow in fourteen years after my decease the sum of twenty pounds ster. and also to my granddaughter Agness Shirley the sum of twenty pounds ster. in seventeen years after my decease. Thirdly I leave and bequeath to my son Henry Shirley all my right title and interest in my farm in Burnchurch together will all my personal property. I mean all my stock of cattle, cows houses corn hay potatoes money and so forth. But Richard is to have his bed and bedding. But my son Henry is to pay and be subject ot the following legacies. He is to pay my daughter Maria one hundred pounds ster. in twelve months after my decease out of my property bequeathed him and also to pay my daughter Johanna one hundred pounds ster. in two years after my decease out of my property bequeathed him. And in order to enable Henry to pay my daughters Maria and Johanna the sums bequeathed them I will and bequeath my son Henry all my interest in part of the lands and houses in Kilbline [Tullaherin Civil Parish] being six pounds ten shillings by the year during the life of Philip Hayden and his wife Catherine and it is my further will and desire that my children herein named shall live together at Burnchurch as usual and assist each other until they get married, or otherwise find it their mutual interest to separate. And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my brother Thomas Shirley and Thomas Way Bayley to be my executors to this my last will and testament in witness - where of I have put my name and seal this 27th day of December 1844 ----------John Shirley ----------- seal.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Shirley as and for his last will and testament in our presence who at his desire and in his presence and in the presence of each other have this day subscribed our names. Thomas Shirley Charles Idllis.

 

 

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