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William Shurle his will probated 1545 and buried at Little Compton, Gloucestershire; He owned a mill there

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

married ______[alive, but not named in husband's will]

children:

1(i). John Shurle, husbandman of Little Compton, Glouc. Named in his father's 1545 will; inherited a mill at Little Compton, Glouc. His will was probated in Gloucestershire on 26 April 1587. Buried at Little Compton, Glouc.

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

married ______ [not named in her husband's 1587 will]

children:

2(i) William Shurle named in his grandfather William Shurle's 1545 will; named in his father's 1587 will

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

married Katherine _______, named in her husband's 1615 will

children:

3(i). Phillipp Shurley named in his father's 1615 will

3(ii). William Shurley named in his father's 1615 will

married

children:

4(i). Robert Shurley named in his grandfather William Shurley's 1615 will; He apparently died prior to 1640.

married Elizabeth _______ her will was probated in Gloucestershire in 1640

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

children:

5(i). Elizabeth Shurlie chr 31 Oct 1606 in Little Compton Glouc.; Not named in her mother's 1640 will

5(ii). Male Shurlie chr June 1609 at Little Compton, Glou. [may be one of the following sons]

5(iii). Edward Shurlie named in his mother's 1640 will

5(iv). Thomas Shurlie named in his mother's 1640 will

5(v). Ann Shurlie named in her mother's 1640 will; She married Weston

5(vi). Margery Shurlie named in her mother's 1640 will

5(vii). Barbara Shurlie named in her mother's 1640 will; She was living outside England at the time of her mother's death in 1640

5(viii). John Shurlie named executor in the 1640 will of his mother

5(ix). Richard Shurle named in the 1640 will of Elizabeth Shurlie, but not identified as a son (brother of Edward, but possibly a different Edward)

4(ii). William Shurley named in his grandfather William Shurley's 1615 will

3(iii). John Shurley named in his father's 1615 will

3(iv). Thomas Shurley named in his father's 1615 will

3(v). Margery Shurley named in her father's 1615 will

2(ii). daughter Shurle married William Biggs who was named in his father-in-law's 1587 will.

1(ii). Henry Shurle named in his father's 1545 will; inherited a mill at Little Compton, Glouc.

1(iii). William Shurle named in his father's 1545 will


Thomas Shirley of Little Compton Glouc.; His will was probated in 1681 in Gloucestershire

1681 Shurley, Thomas the elder of Little Compton Gloucester - 1665 Last Will and Testament of Thomas Shurley the elder to my son Robert, to my daughter Sarah, to my daughter Anne, to my daughter Mary, to my son John, to my son Paul, to my son Richard, to my wife Judith executrix. Signed by marke in presence of Henry Wrench. Proven by Judith Shurley 1681 PCC 11/368 p 260

married Judith _______ named in the 1681 will of her husband

children:

1(i). Robert Shurley chr 18 October 1642 at Little Compton; named in the 1681 will of his father

1(ii). Thomas Shurley chr 24 June 1646 at Little Compton; not named in his father's will, may have died young or died before his father

1(iii). Mary Shurley chr 2 June 1653 at Little Compton; named in the 1681 will of her father

1(iv). John Shurley chr 12 April 1655 at Little Compton; named in the 1681 will of his father

1(v). Paul Shurley chr September 1657 at Little Compton; named in the 1681 will of his father

1(vi). Richard Shurley chr 11 September 1659 at Little Compton; named in the 1681 will of his father


Unknown Shirley

married _____________

children:

1(i). Robert Shirley of Little Compton. His PCC will was probated in 1703. He named his brother Thomas Shirley and "brother" [Robert] Freeman in his 1703 will

1703 Will of Robert Sherly of Little Compton Gloucestershire. March to my son Robert Shirley 30 pounds when he reaches the age of 21 years. unto my son John Shirley 30 pounds to receive it age age 21. The rest of all my personal estate goods and chattels unto my loving wife Mary Shirley for her natural life to return to my two children equally. Nominate my brother Tho Shirley and my brother Will Freeman to be trustees of this will. Wife is executor. Wit: Robert Freeman, Hannah Harris, Tho Bigneley

married Mary _____ named in her husband's 1703 will

children:

2(i). Robert Shirley named in his father's 1703 will, apparently a minor at the time

2(ii). John Shirley named in his father's 1703 will, apparently a minor child at the time

1(ii). Thomas Shirley yeoman of Little Compton. His PCC will was written in 1709, probated in 1710. He was named in his brother Robert Shirley's 1703 will

1710 Will of Thomas Shirley, Yeoman of Little Compton , Gloucestershire 09 February 1710 PROB 11/513; unto John Ward my kinsman living at Swell my house and homestall, land in each quarter. unto Thomas Shirley my brother Edward's eldest son; unto Robert Freeman son of Robert Freeman; John Johnson the elder of Little Compton to pay the legacies every year; unto my brother Edward Shirley his six youngest children four pounds each; unto Mary Bush four pounds; unto my brother John Shirley's daughter Ann living at London 3 pounds; unto Elizabeth the sister to the above named Ann; unto Robert Freeman's six sons; unto Elin Freeman daughter of Robert Freeman; unto Robert Freeman the elder living in Little compton 10 pounds; unto Elizabeth Freeman wife of Robert Freeman;unto John Ward and William Freeman my next neighbor executors; Wit: Richard Freeman, William Browne, Ann Tailer. 18 Oct 1709.

1(ii). Edward Shirley named in his brother Thomas Shirley's 1709 will

married ______

children:

2(i). Thomas Shirley he was named in his uncle Thomas Shirley's 1709 will

2(ii) - 2(vi) at least 5 more children as per the 1709 will of Thomas Shirley

1(ii). John Shirley named in his brother Thomas Shirley's 1709 will

married _____

children:

2(i). Ann Shirley named in her uncle Thomas Shirley's 1709 will as daughter of brother John Shirley. She was living in London in 1709.

2(ii). Elizabeth Shirley named in her uncle Thomas Shirley's 1709 will as sister of Ann Shirley


Thomas Shirley of Little Compton Gloucestershire

married Joan _______ Likely the Jone Shirley whose Glouc. Will was probated 1730

children:

1(i). Mary Shirley chr 10 April 1668 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Thomas and Jone Shirley

1(ii). Richard Shirley chr 26 April 1677 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Thomas and Jone Shirley. He was known as 'the younger' at the time of a 1730 lease, age 53. He appears to have died at Little Compton in 1740, leaving a will in that year at Gloucestershire (the age mentioned in the lease was used to find the christening and then confirm Richard Shirley's parents names, then the rest of the family followed)

1730 - item: Lease for 99 years by Sir William Juxon, bart., to Richard Shirley the Younger of Little Compton, yeoman of a messuage, 2 yardlands of arable, meadow and pasture lands with appurtenances in Little Compton, late in the possession of Joan Shirley, widow, and now of Thomas Shirley, brother of said Richard Shirley. The lease to be for 99 years and on the lives of said Richard (aged 53), Richard his son (aged 11) and Sarah his youngest daughter at a yearly rent of £1.4s and a fine of £360, 23rd October 1730. - ref. CR 580/400/1 - date: 1730- Messrs. Stockton Sons and Fortescue of Banbury

married Elizabeth ______ Her name was derived from christening records of her children, records that were fixed by the lease of husband Richard Shirley

children:

2(i). Elizabeth Shirley christened 19 August 1705 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley

2(ii). Mary Shirley christened 13 June 1708 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley, likely died young

2(iii). Mary Shirley christened 10 April 1709 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley

2(iv). Sarah Shirley christened 18 January 1710 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley, likely died young

2(v). Sarah Shirley christened 20 June 1714 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley. Named in father's 1730 lease as 'youngest daughter'

2(vi) .Thomas Shirley hristened 9 June 1717 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley.

2(vii). Richard Shirley born about 1719, age 11 at the time of his father's 1730 lease, christened 3 January 1719 at Little Compton Gloucestershire to Richard and Elizabeth Shirley. He apparently died in 1796, leaving a will at Gloucestershire

The 1730 land lease of his father Richard Shirley appears to have been surrendered upon his death in 1796 at Little Compton

1(iii). Thomas Shirley named in Richard Shirley's 1730 lease as 'brother' (christening not found yet)

 

 


Little Compton (now Warw)

29 JAN 1605 Jone Shurley - to Thomas and Jone
31 OCT 1606 Elizabethe Shurley - to Robert and Elizabeth
24 JAN 1607 Edmund Shurleye - to Thomas and Jone
13 SEP 1607 Doritie Shurley - to William and Ales
JUN 1609 male Shurley - to Robert and Elizabeth
7 JUN 1612 Ellyne Shurley - to Thomas and Jone
19 APR 1626 Ann Shurly - to Thomas
13 DEC 1629 Thomas Shurley - to _______
18 OCT 1642 Robert Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
24 JUN 1646 Thomas Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
02 JUN 1653 Mary Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
12 APR 1655 John Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
SEP 1657 Pall Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
11 SEP 1659 Richard Shurley - to Thomas and Judith
10 APR 1668 Mary Shurly - to Thomas and Jone
17 JUN 1672 Mary Shirley - to John
9 MAR 1676 William Shurley - to Edward and Elizabeth death 16 JUL 1679
26 APR 1677 Richard Shurley - to Thomas and Jone
20 APR 1679 Sarah Sherly - to John and Ales
24 APR 1679 William Sherly - to William and Mary
18 JUL 1680 Thomas Sherly - to Edward and Elizabeth
11 NOV 1680 Thomas Sherly - to John and Ales death 29 MAY 1681
19 MAY 1681 Thomas Sherly - to Edward and Ann
8 FEB 1682 Sarah Sherly - to Edward and Ann
3 JAN 1686 Ann Shurly - to Edward and Ann
9 AUG 1694 William Sherley - to Edward and Ann
5 JAN 1695 Rob Sherley - to Rob and Mary
17 MAR 1696 Richard Shirly - to Robert and Mary
17 MAR 1696 William Shirly - to Robert and Mary death 29 MAR 1697
27 MAR 1698 John Shirly - to Robert and Mary death 14 APR 1698
19 AUG 1705 Elizabeth Shirley - to Richard and Elizabeth
13 JUN 1708 Mary Shirley - to Edward and Elizabeth
10 APR 1709 Mary Shirly - to Richard and Elizabeth
18 JAN 1710 Sarah Sherley - to Richard and Mary
20 JUN 1714 Sarah Shirly - to Richard and Mary
9 JUN 1717 Tho Sherly - to Richard and Mary
3 JAN 1719 Richard Shirly - to Richard and Elizabeth
19 OCT 1754 Sarah Shirly - to Thomas and Sarah
02 JUN 1758 Ann Shirley - to Thomas and Sarah
07 NOV 1763 Ann Shirley - to Richard and Sarah
13 APR 1751 Richard Shorly - Thomas and Sarah
24 MAR 1765 Elizabeth Shurley - Richard and Sarah

Marriages

26 JUL 1762 Richard Shurley to Sarah Rushall
1688 Thos Sherley of Little Compton Oxon to Mary Hanks of Little Compton Oxon - Oxfordshire Archdeacon’s Marriage Bond Index

   


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