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  William Shirley
of Ontario Canada

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William Shirley of County Carlow Ireland. Imigrated to Ontario Canada about 1821.

married Elizabeth Kidd at Old Leighlin Parish, Co. Carlow Ireland 15 Dec 1806; She was age 71 in 1861, age 84 in 1881 census. b Ireland; She was a widow in 1861 census household of son Thomas Shirley. She died 24 Jan 1882.

Elizabeth (Kidd) Shirley. On Tuesday 24 February, Mrs. Elizabeth Shirley, mother of George Shirley Esq., 12th line Brooke, passed away at the great age of over 95 years. Although she had been in failing health for some time past, having been a bed-lier for over four years, yet her death was very sudden and unexpected. Mrs. Shirley has been a long in this Country having come from County of Carlow, Ireland in 1818. She has passed away full years and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were borne to the Church of England Cemetery 14con Brooke on Thursday and interred by her pastor Rev. E. Softley. (St. James Cemetery Brooke Township). - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper), Feb 1882.

children:

1(i). Thomas Shirley b. 14th May 1814 Co. Carlow Ireland, Farmer, Church of England, Immigrated to Canada in 1821. Living Brooke Twp. Lambton, Ontario in 1881 census

Thomas Shirley. In a former issue of the Guide-Advocate the decease of Mr. Shirley was briefly noticed. He was one of the few remaining pioneer of the Township of Brooke. He had almost reached the age of 85 years, having been born in the County of Carlow, Ireland, on the 14th May 1814. He came to Canada in 1821, and settled with his father's family in the township of Drummond, in the County of Lanark. The family soon after removed to the Township of Beckwith, where he grew up to manhood. He served in the Royal Canadian Borderers during the rebellion of 1837-8, being stationed at Brockville during the winters of 37-8 and 38-9. He came to the County of Lambton (then the Western District) in the fall of 1839, purchased the farm upon which he lived until the time of his death. On the 6th of July, 1842, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Larrett, who survives him, the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, then rector of Adelaide officiating. Mr. Shirley's name appears in the records of the Township of Brooke as having attended the second Town Meeting, held in the Township. It was held at "Brooke Mills" (now Alvinston) on the 2nd day of January 1843. There were no councils then. The people met and elected a Town Clerk, Assesor, Collector, Fence Viewers and Poundkeepers. Mr. Andrew Lucas, of 12th Con., Brooke is the only person now living who was elected to office that day. The late Mr. Shirley was collector for Brooke in 1846, 7, 8 and 9, was appointed treasurer in 1850, which office he resigned and was elected councillor in 1851 and for many years subsequently. About 1880 he retired from public affairs having never been defeated at the polls. He enjoyed a high record for probity and honorable dealing in the neighborhood where he lived so long. He was scrupalously exact to fulfil his every pledge. His word was his bond and so accepted without questioning. The late Mr. Shirley was a Conservative in politics, but independent enough to support Hon. George Brown, and afterwards Hope E. and Hon. A. Mackenzie in the 50's and 60's when he thought his party had gone wrong. After five years of Reform rule from 73 to 78 he became more firmly attached to Conservative principles than ever before. Their religious principles which he most professed was to obey the Divine injunction "Do justly, love mercy and walk uprightly with thy God." His family and friends are fully satisfied that he departed in the full faith of a blessed resurrection to eternal life. "The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust." - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) 10 February 1899

married Jane Larrett on 6 July 1842; She was born abt 1825, age 55 in 1881 Ontario.

Jane Shirley. Another old resident of Brooke passed away on Saturday, at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. W.S. Kelly, Watford in the person of Jane, relict of the late Thomas Shirley, in her 74th year. Mr. Shirley died last January. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon to St. James Cemetery, Brooke, the service being conducted by the Rev. F.G. Newton, of Warwick. - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) 18 Aug 1899

children

2(i). William Shirley born Ontario, age 17 in 1861; He lived Portland Oregon.

2(ii). Eliza Jane Shirley, age 15 in 1861 census household

2(iii). John Shirley b 5 May 1848 [source 1901 Ontario Census]; He died 3 Apr 1916. He was Irish and a member of the Church of England. "of 12th line Brooke"

marrie Martha Ann Caroll on 21 Jan 1879; She was born 1 July 1857 [source 1901 census]; She died 14 Feb 1946.

children:

3(i). Ernest Howard Shirley b 15 Nov 1879

3(ii). Neville Carl Shirley b 15 Apr 1881 Brooke Twp. Lambton Ontario CA, d 27 Feb 1959

married Mary Jane Sauders on 2 Nov 1910. She was born 18 apr 1884

[Descendant submitted DNA Result]

3(iii). John A. Shirley b 19 Aug 1886

2(iv). Thomas Shirley b abt 1850, age 30 in 1881, ditto. Deputy Sheriff of Vancouver BC

2(v). Caroline Shirley , age 9 in 1861 married W. S. Kelly

2(vi). Paul Shirley , age 6 in 1861

2(vii). Albert Shirley b abt 1860, age 21 in 1881,

2(viii). Annie Shirley b abt 1861 age 19 in 1881

2(ix). [Victor?] Wellington Shirley b abt 1865, age 15 in 1881 [a Victor W. Shirley was a Veternarian of Brant Michigan]

2(x). Lorna [Laura M.] Shirley b abt 1867, age 13 in 1881. Unmarried in 1899

1(ii). George Shirley esquire born 1823 at Drummond Twp, Ontario. Died 1899. Buried St. James Cemetery Brooke Ontario.

George Shirley, esq. The funeral of the late George Shirley, Esq., who died on Wednesday 25th October in his 76th year, took place on Friday afternoon from the family residence, St. Clair St., to St. James Cemetery, Brooke. Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large number turned out to pay the last tribute of respect to an old and honored citizen. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Downie, B.D., assisted by the Rev. W.G.H. McAlister, M.A., and Rev. R. Haddow, B.D. The pallbearers were George R. Shirley, John Shirley, R. Alexander, J.R. Logan, Paul Kingston and Wm. Kelly. The deceased was twice married and leaves a family of 2 sons, George R., of Brooke; and E.J., of Watford; and 4 daughters, Miss Sarah; Mrs. Paul Kingston of Brooke; Mrs. Robert Alexander of Warwick; and Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia, by his 1st wife, who was Miss Margaret King. In October 1891, he was married to Mrs. McCaw of Brockville, who survives him. Mrs. Willoughby of Watford and Mrs. Duncan of Lanark are the only surviving sisters. The late Mr. Shirley was born in the Township of Drummond, Lanark County, in 1823, and was a son of William Shirley, of that place. He came west about 1846, settling in the Township of Brooke, where he continued to reside until 10 years ago when he removed to Watford. Being a man of superior ability and thorough knowledge of municipal and political affairs he speedily came into prominence and filled many positions of trust and responsibility, among others, Clerk and Reeve of Brooke, for a number of years, Warden of Lambton, County Auditor, Reeve of Watford for 2 terms, Justice of the Peace, President and Treasurer of the East Lambton Liberal Conservative Association, Returning Officer, and at the time of his death was a member of the Watford Council. He took an active and leading part in politics and in 1879 was the Conservative candidate in East Lambton against Peter Graham, the latter winning by a narrow majority. Few men were better informed on the issues of the day, or had the faculty of presenting their views more clearly or forcibly. In his death, Lambton loses one of its most prominent and ablest citizens, whose work has left its impress on the history of the county. (Private services were held in the house previous to interment, as some of the relatives feared to face the heavy downpour of rain. His sister, Mrs. Duncan, resides in the County of Leeds instead of Lanark, and his nephew, W.G. Willoughby, was one of the pallbearers, the name of Mr. Kelly being mentioned mistakenly.) - Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) October 1899

married 1) Margaret King

married 2) Mrs McCaw of Brockville in October 1891

"One dau Shirley married Paul Kingston, one married Robert Alexander, and another married John R. Logan"

2(i). George R. Shirley b abt 1861; Living at Brooke in 1899

2(ii). Edward James Shirley b abt 1865; Living at Watford in 1899

2(ii)i. Sarah A. Shirley. b abt 1851. Died unmarried 1925

Sarah A. Shirley. The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan, 298 Wellington St., Sarnia, on Sunday 17th May 1925. The deceased was in her 75th year and was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sisters, Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also 2 brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton, the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very ably conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford, assisted by the choir. The pallbearers were; John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F, Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke.- Watford Guide Advocate (newspaper) May 1925

2(iv). Mary E. Shirley b abt 1856

2(v). Margaret J. Shirley b abt 1858

2(vi). Esther A. Shirley b abt 1870

1(iii). Daughter Shirley married Willoughby; Living Watford in 1899

1(iv). Daughter Shirley married Duncan; Living Leeds in 1899


1821 Drummond, Lanark Ontario Census

SHIRLEY, John 1 2 2 6 (Head, women, sons, daus, # in HH)

1822 Drummond, Lanark Ontario Assessment List

William Shirley Lot 11, Con 11

1861 Lambton Ontario Census

Thomas Ire CE (Ch. Eng.) 46 Farmer
Jane Ont CE 37 (Nee Larrett)
William Ont CE 17 Labourer
Eliza Jane Ont CE 15
John Ont CE 13
Thomas Ont CE 11
Caroline Ont CE 9
Paul Ont CE 6
Albert G. Ont CE 2
Elizabeth Ire CE 71 Widow

Marriage

#010197-02 (Lambton Co): Henry Gustav BLUMENFIELD, 31, farmer, Michigan USA, same, s/o Albert BLUMENFIELD & Hannah GUSKECHT, married Laura Maria SHIRLEY, 34, Brooke, Walford, d/o Thomas SHIRLEY & Jane LARRETT, witn: Howard SHIRLEY of Brooke twp & Esther BLUMENFIELD of Michigan USA, 12 March 1902 at Walford

Obituaries

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 29 JANUARY 1899
THOMAS SHIRLEY

After a lingering and painfull illness, Thomas Shirley, one of the pioneer settlers of Brooke, passed away on Sunday last in his 85th year. The surviving members of his family are: William of Portland, Oregon; John of 12th line Brooke; Thomas, Deputy Sheriff of Vancouver, B.C.; Caroline, wife of W.S. Kelly of Watford; Victor W. Veterinary Surgeon of Brant, Michigan and Laura M., at home. The funeral took place Monday to the English Cemetery, 6th line. Rev. J. Downie conducting the service.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 FEBRUARY 1899
THOMAS SHIRLEY

In a former issue of the Guide-Advocate the decease of Mr. Shirley was briefly noticed. He was one of the few remaining pioneer of the Township of Brooke. He had almost reached the age of 85 years, having been born in the County of Carlow, Ireland, on the 14th May 1814. He came to Canada in 1821, and settled with his father's family in the township of Drummond, in the County of Lanark. The family soon after removed to the Township of Beckwith, where he grew up to manhood. He served in the Royal Canadian Borderers during the rebellion of 1837-8, being stationed at Brockville during the winters of 37-8 and 38-9. He came to the County of Lambton (then the Western District) in the fall of 1839, purchased the farm upon which he lived until the time of his death. On the 6th of July, 1842, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Larrett, who survives him, the Rev. Mr. Mortimer, then rector of Adelaide officiating. Mr. Shirley's name appears in the records of the Township of Brooke as having attended the second Town Meeting, held in the Township. It was held at "Brooke Mills" (now Alvinston) on the 2nd day of January 1843. There were no councils then. The people met and elected a Town Clerk, Assesor, Collector, Fence Viewers and Poundkeepers. Mr. Andrew Lucas, of 12th Con., Brooke is the only person now living who was elected to office that day. The late Mr. Shirley was collector for Brooke in 1846, 7, 8 and 9, was appointed treasurer in 1850, which office he resigned and was elected councillor in 1851 and for many years subsequently. About 1880 he retired from public affairs having never been defeated at the polls. He enjoyed a high record for probity and honorable dealing in the neighborhood where he lived so long. He was scrupalously exact to fulfil his every pledge. His word was his bond and so accepted without questioning. The late Mr. Shirley was a Conservative in politics, but independent enough to support Hon. George Brown, and afterwards Hope E. and Hon. A. Mackenzie in the 50's and 60's when he thought his party had gone wrong. After five years of Reform rule from 73 to 78 he became more firmly attached to Conservative principles than ever before. Their religious principles which he most professed was to obey the Divine injunction "Do justly, love mercy and walk uprightly with thy God." His family and friends are fully satisfied that he departed in the full faith of a blessed resurrection to eternal life. "The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust."

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 18 AUGUST 1899
JANE SHIRLEY

Another old resident of Brooke passed away on Saturday, at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. W.S. Kelly, Watford in the person of Jane, relict of the late Thomas Shirley, in her 74th year. Mr. Shirley died last January. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon to St. James Cemetery, Brooke, the service being conducted by the Rev. F.G. Newton, of Warwick.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 JULY 1967
LOUISE SHIRLEY

Mrs. Louise Shirley, 88 died Sunday. The former Louisa Powell, she was predeceased by her husband Ernest Howard Shirley of the Watford area. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary McLean of Watford and a son Albert of Brooke Township. Funeral service will he held from Harper Funeral Home, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Brooke Township.


WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE OCTOBER 1899
GEORGE SHIRLEY, ESQUIRE

The funeral of the late George Shirley, Esq., who died on Wednesday 25th October in his 76th year, took place on Friday afternoon from the family residence, St. Clair St., to St. James Cemetery, Brooke. Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large number turned out to pay the last tribute of respect to an old and honored citizen. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Downie, B.D., assisted by the Rev. W.G.H. McAlister, M.A., and Rev. R. Haddow, B.D. The pallbearers were George R. Shirley, John Shirley, R. Alexander, J.R. Logan, Paul Kingston and Wm. Kelly. The deceased was twice married and leaves a family of 2 sons, George R., of Brooke; and E.J., of Watford; and 4 daughters, Miss Sarah; Mrs. Paul Kingston of Brooke; Mrs. Robert Alexander of Warwick; and Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia, by his 1st wife, who was Miss Margaret King. In October 1891, he was married to Mrs. McCaw of Brockville, who survives him. Mrs. Willoughby of Watford and Mrs. Duncan of Lanark are the only surviving sisters. The late Mr. Shirley was born in the Township of Drummond, Lanark County, in 1823, and was a son of William Shirley, of that place. He came west about 1846, settling in the Township of Brooke, where he continued to reside until 10 years ago when he removed to Watford. Being a man of superior ability and thorough knowledge of municipal and political affairs he speedily came into prominence and filled many positions of trust and responsibility, among others, Clerk and Reeve of Brooke, for a number of years, Warden of Lambton, County Auditor, Reeve of Watford for 2 terms, Justice of the Peace, President and Treasurer of the East Lambton Liberal Conservative Association, Returning Officer, and at the time of his death was a member of the Watford Council. He took an active and leading part in politics and in 1879 was the Conservative candidate in East Lambton against Peter Graham, the latter winning by a narrow majority. Few men were better informed on the issues of the day, or had the faculty of presenting their views more clearly or forcibly. In his death, Lambton loses one of its most prominent and ablest citizens, whose work has left its impress on the history of the county. (Private services were held in the house previous to interment, as some of the relatives feared to face the heavy downpour of rain. His sister, Mrs. Duncan, resides in the County of Leeds instead of Lanark, and his nephew, W.G. Willoughby, was one of the pallbearers, the name of Mr. Kelly being mentioned mistakenly.)

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE MAY 1925
SARAH ANN SHIRLEY

The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan, 298 Wellington St., Sarnia, on Sunday 17th May 1925. The deceased was in her 75th year and was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leaves to mourn her loss 2 sisters, Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also 2 brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton, the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very ably conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford, assisted by the choir. The pallbearers were; John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F, Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke.

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE FEBRUARY 1882
ELIZABETH (Kidd) SHIRLEY
On Tuesday 24 February, Mrs. Elizabeth Shirley, mother of George Shirley Esq., 12th line Brooke, passed away at the great age of over 95 years. Although she had been in failing health for some time past, having been a bed-lier for over four years, yet her death was very sudden and unexpected. Mrs. Shirley has been a long in this Country having come from County of Carlow, Ireland in 1918. She has passed away full years and respected by all who knew her. Her remains were borne to the Church of England Cemetery 14con Brooke on Thursday and interred by her pastor Rev. E. Softley. (St. James Cemetery Brooke Township).

 

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 10 JULY 1967
LOUISA (Powell) SHIRLEY
Mrs. LouisA Shirley, 88, died Sunday. The former Louise Powell, she was predeceased by her husband Ernest Howard Shirley of the Watford area. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary McLean, Watford and a son Albert of Brooke Township. Funeral service will be held from Harper Funeral Home, at 2;30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Brooke Township.

 

LONDON FREE PRESS 10 JULY 1967
LOUISA (Powell) SHIRLEY
Passed away on Sunday 9 July 1967 Louisa Powell, beloved wife of Ernest Howard Shieley in her 89th year. Dear mother of Mrs. Mary McLean of Watford; Albert of Brooke and predeceased by son Harold, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Resting at the Harper Funeral Home, Watford where services will he held on Wednesday 12 July at 2;30 p.m. Interment if St. James Church Cemetery Brooke Township.

 

WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE MAY 1925
SARAH ANN SHIRLEY
The death of Miss Sarah Ann Shirley occurred after a brief illness at the home of her sister, Mrs. John R. Logan 298 Wellington St, Sarnia on Sunday 17 May 1925. Deceased who was in her 75th year was the eldest daughter of the late George Shirley and had spent her entire life in this community. On Monday, after a short service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Logan, conducted by Rev. F.G. Newton the body was brought to Trinity Church, Watford. The service which was largely attended by relatives and friends was very able conducted by Rev. J.H. Hosford assisted by the choir. Miss Shirley won for herself many true friends by her sterling character and integrity. She leave to mourn her loss two sisters; Mrs. John R. Logan of Sarnia and Mrs. Paul Kingston of Watford, also two brothers George of Watford and Edward James of Oshawa. Pallbearers were John R. Logan, W.E. Fitzgerald, John Carroll, Roland King, George F. Kingston and Paul S. Kingston. Friends from Oshawa, Sarnia and Brantford attended the funeral. Interment was made in St. James Cemetery, Brooke Township.

 

 


 

 

 

   


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