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The following pedigree was produced by Peter Brown and was found on his website. The Shirley Association has long collected parish and other records for Shirleys in these Sussex parishes. We have posted Peter's research to provide a backbone for future research on these Sussex families.

The parishes occupied by these Shirley families are adjacent to Godstone parish in Surrey England. Godstone has yet another very old Shirley family in residence.

Is there a connection to the ancient Shirley family of Wiston, Sussex (likely a coincidence)

Ditching Manor (in the parish of Balcombe) - The Norfolk quarter, with half the forest of Worth, was conveyed in 1583 by Philip, Earl of Arundel, and his brothers to John Farnham, (fn. 22) who in 1584 sold it to Sir Thomas Sherley. (fn. 23) Sir Thomas, being in debt to the Crown, surrendered it to Queen Elizabeth and it was re-granted in 1602 to John Middleton and Anthony Fowle and the heirs of Anthony. From: 'Parishes: Balcombe', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 132-36.

This probate document looks promising for the origin of the Shirleys of this area:

1650 PCC Will of Sherley, William of Titsey Surrey - William Shirley of Titsey Surrey husbandman, to be buried in churchyard of Titsey. That Mr Lactantine Canfey shall preach at my burial, to my Dame Mary Holman and to her daughter Susan Wood, to Henry Wood the son of William Wood and Susan his wife and to the wife of his brother and sisters, to Alice Browne, to John Hall, to Elizabeth Sherley, to Edward Sherley to son of Edward Sherley, to Ann Sherley, to Edward the son of Richard Sherley and to his 3 daughters, to brother John Sherley [listed in the margin], to my brother Richard Sherley executor, friend William Good and Lantantine Canfey, minister my overseers. Dated 8 Apr 1650 in presence of Lantantine Canfey, William Good, John Tant, Alice Browne. Proven by Richard Sherley 1650. PCC 11/213 p 81 - [note: the above named Susan Wood (w/o William Wood), was dau of Mary and Michael Holman of Godstone, Surrey. Michael Holman was the nephew of Robert Shirley, London Goldsmith. Source: Visitation of Surrey for Holman family]


Richard Shirley

In the name of God Amen, I Richard Shurley of Balcombe do make this my last will and testament written this one and twentieth day of October 1667 in manner and form following. First before all things I give my soul unto the hands of God who made it hoping and assuredly believing to be saved by the death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named. Imprimis I give to my son Edward Shurley twelve pence to be paid him just after my decease if it be demanded. Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth twelve pounds to be given her within one month after my decease if it be demanded. Item I give to my daughter Mary twelve pounds to be…. within five years next after my decease with twenty shillings a year during the first five if she … long… if it shall be demanded. Which legacies above to be paid by my executor. Item I give and bequeath unto my young son five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid him at his age of twenty and one years by my executors and she to bring him up until he come to his paid age of one and twenty years for the use of the said….. and I make my wife Katerine sole executor of this my last will and testament and do invite John Gibbs my good friend to be my overseer and I do give him for his pains five shillings In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and the year before written Richard Shurley his mark witness unto John Gibbs, William Chandler. Proved in 1670 (Lewes A32. P80) (see original will image at Peter Brown's website)

married Joan Finch on 21 May 1620 at Worth parish, Sussex. She had five known children, maybe others

married Katherine _______ had possibly one known child. She possibly married 2nd William Hitchem in 1670 at Worth following the death of her husband Richard Shirley.

children

1(i). Edward Shirley (shown as Edmond) was baptised on 3rd February 1621 in Worth, Sussex (son of Richard & Joan). He was mentioned in his father Richard's 'Will' of 1667. Edward left a 'Will' dated 15th March 1680 and was buried on 7th March 1681 in Bolney, Sussex (SIC: may have been buried in 1680 as will was made after death; also may be a calendar issue).

Memorandum that on or about the thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord God (1680) according to the computcon of the the Church of England I Edward Shirley of Bolney in the County of Sussex, yeoman being sicke in body & and of the sickness whereof he shortly after dyed but of sound mind & pfect memory declared his last will & testamt nuncupative in these words following or words to the same effect (viz); Inprimis I give unto my son John Shirley the sume of twenty shillings to be paid unto him wthin one month after my decease.
All the rest of my goods, chattels, creditts I give & bequeath unto Alice Shirley my loving wife for and towards the bringing up of my children: And I nominate & appoynt my said wife Alice the sole executrix of this my last will; And my will is that what goods shall be left at the tyme of my wife’s decease shall be equally divided between all of my children if shall bee then living excepting my son John Shirley to whom I only give twenty shillings as before is mentioned; these words or words to the same effect were declared by the said Edward Shirley wth the intent they should stand for his last will in the p’nce of Thomas King, Thomas Curtis, William King. Probate in Latin to Alice Shirley 13 Sep 1680 LEWES A35.P406

married Alice Curtis on 6th March 1649 in Worth, Sussex. Alice Curtis was baptised on 17th May 1629 in Worth. She was the daughter of John Curtis (1605-1647) and Joane Hatcher (1611-?). Alice was mentioned in her father's will, by which she was to receive a legacy of 40 pounds of lawful money. Alice was mentioned in her husband's 'will' of 1680. Edward & Alice possibly had nine or more children.

children:

2(i). John Shirley born say 1649 possibly in Worth, Sussex (no birth found as yet). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1680

2(ii). Edward Shirley born say 1650 possibly in Worth, Sussex (no birth found as yet). He had maybe two children.

children:

3(i). Edward Shirley born say 1685 possibly in Bolney, Sussex (no birth found as yet). Edward was buried on 17th August 1746 in Ardingly, Sussex ('Sharely - of Cuckfield, aged 60').

married Joan _____

children:

4(i). John Shirley was baptised on 11th April 1722 in Henfield, Sussex.

4(ii). Sarah Shirley was baptised on 25th April 1725 in Henfield, Sussex.

3(ii). Elizabeth Shirley was buried on 16th October 1686 in Bolney, Sussex ('daughter of Edward')

2(iii). William Shirley born say 1652 possibly in Worth, Sussex (no birth found as yet).

married Elizabeth Westover (or Westopher) on 6th May 1684 in Henfield, Sussex (License issued at Lewes on 6th May 1684 and William shown as from Bolney).

children:

3(i). John Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 28th March 1685 in Bolney, Sussex (son of William).

married (possibly) Susanna ______

children of John and Susanna

4(i). John Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 16th June 1717 in Bolney, Sussex.

12 Aug 1759 Lindfield - Settlement certificate: John SHIRLEY, labourer; married: Mary SHIRLEY; Ardingly; Child: Elizabeth SHIRLEY, 10y; Child: John SHIRLEY, 9y - Sussex Poor Law Records

married (possibly) Elizabeth Colgate on 29th April 1747 in Ardingly Sussex. Elizabeth was buried on 20th October 1752 in Ardingly, Sussex ('aged 35').

married (possibly) secondly Mary Best on 30th March 1758 in Ardingly, Sussex.

children:

5(i). Elizabeth Shirley (Shareley) was born on 1st July and was baptised on 27th September 1748 in Ardingly, Sussex.

5(ii). John Shirley (Shareley) was born on 4th February and was baptised on 11th February 1750 in Ardingly, Sussex.

married (possibly) Priscilla Johnson on 1st November 1779 in Balcombe, Sussex . John & Priscilla had one child.

married (possibly) secondly Mary Birkin on 28th December 1786 in Worth, Sussex (John shown as widower).\

children:

6(i). Edward Shirley was baptised on 8th January 1780 in Balcombe, Sussex

6(ii). Charles Shirley was baptised on 5th December 1790 in Balcombe, Sussex. Charles died on 5th September 1852 in Balcombe, Sussex ('aged 65')

4(ii). Richard Shirley (Shareley) was baptised on 27th September 1719 in Bolney, Sussex

3(ii). William Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 15th April 1686 in Bolney, Sussex. William was buried on 16th September 1744 in Slaugham, Sussex (shown as Sharleey)

married (possibly) Mary Shepherd on 7th June 1711 in Slaugham, Sussex. Mary was buried in Slaugham, Sussex on 8th June 1745 (widow, shown as Sharlee).

children:

4(i). William Shirley (Sharly) was baptised on 6th April 1712 in Slaugham, Sussex.

married Ann Perren in Slaugham in 1756

children:

5(i). John Shirley (Sharlee) was baptised on 18th January 1736 in Slaugham, Sussex.

4(ii). Mary Shirley (Sharly) was baptised on 26th May 1714 in Slaugham, Sussex.

4(iii). Elizabeth Shirley (Shearley) was baptised on 12th November 1717 in Slaugham, Sussex.

4(iv). Ann Shirley (Shearley) was baptised on 1st May 1719 in Slaugham, Sussex.

3(iii). Richard Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 13th September 1687 in Bolney, Sussex

3(iv). Thomas Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 13th September 1687 in Bolney, Sussex

3(v). Mary Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 25th March 1690 in Bolney, Sussex. She possibly married John Nye on 14th May 1717 in Bolney, Sussex (shown as Sherley & John from Cuckfield).

3(vi). Elizabeth Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 3rd March 1692 in Bolney, Sussex

2(iv). Thomas Shirley born say 1655 (no birth found as yet) Thomas was possibly buried on 23rd January 1704 in Cuckfield, Sussex (shown as Sherley) but also see son Thomas

married Elizabeth ______ She was probably buried at Cuckfield Sussex on 27th July 1705 (shown as Sherley).

children:

3(i). Thomas Shirley (Shurley) was baptised on 24th January 1686 in Cuckfield, Sussex (but baptism also recorded in Bolney). Thomas was possibly buried on 19th April 1704 in Cuckfield, Sussex (shown as Sherley) but see father

3(ii). William Shirley (Shurley) was baptised on 22nd June 1690 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

3(iii). John Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 28th May 1693 in Slaugham, Sussex.

3(iv). Henry Shirley (Sherly) was born about 1694. He was baptised on 10th May 1706 in Cuckfield, Sussex ( son of Thomas & Elizabeth - shown as about 12 years old).

3(v). Charles Shirley (Sherly) was possibly born about 1696. He was baptised on 10th May 1706 in Cuckfield, Sussex (son of Thomas & Elizabeth -shown as about 10 years old).

3 May 1739 Cuckfield - Removal order: Charles SHIRLEY; married: Mary SHIRLEY; Reigate, Surrey; Child: Anne SHIRLE- Sussex Poor Law Records

10 Mar 1742 Worth - Settlement certificate: Charles SHIRLEY, husbandman; married: Mary SHIRLEY; Reigate, Surrey; Child: Ann SHIRLEY; Child: Charles SHIRLEY - Sussex Poor Law Records

married Mary ?Shirley in Reigate, Surrey (but may have been Mary Webb in Fleet prison on 21st February 1738). See also ARCHIVES ref 4 & 9

4(i). Ann Shirley (Sharlee) was baptised on 8th May 1738 in Slaugham, Sussex. She possibly married Allen Anscombe on 7th October 1759 in Bolney, Sussex (Allen of Shermanbury).

4(ii). Charles Shirley (Sharlee) was baptised on 3rd June 1740 in Slaugham, Sussex.

4(iii). Mary Shirley (Sharlee) was baptised on 20th February 1743 in Slaugham, Sussex.

4(iv). Elizabeth Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 19th October 1754 in Slaugham, Sussex

2(v). Richard Shirley (Sherly) was buried on 9th January 1658 in Bolney, Sussex (son of Edward)

2(vi). Richard Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 2nd February 1662 in Bolney, Sussex (son of Edward) and he was buried there on 2th February 1662 (possible error in register as names transposed).

2(vii). Mary Shirley (Sharley) was baptised on 7th September 1664 in Bolney, Sussex (daughter of Edward)

2(viii). Robert Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 17th June 1666 in Bolney, Sussex (son of Edward & Alse). Robert was probably buried on 31st July 1688 in Bolney, Sussex.

2(ix). Bridget Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 4th October 1668 in Bolney, Sussex (daughter of Edward & Elace). She married Henry Purvey on 28th April 1691 in Shermanbury, Sussex.

2(x). Eleanor Shirley (Elinor Sherly) was baptised on 1st January 1671 in Bolney, Sussex (daughter of Edward & Alce).

1(ii). Elizabeth Shirley (Shurley) was baptised on 16th November 1623 in Worth, Sussex (daughter of Richard & Joan). She was mentioned in her father Richard's 'Will' of 1667.

1(iii). Mary Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 19th February 1625 in Balcombe, Sussex (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her father Richard's 'Will' of 1667.

1(iv). Sarah Shirley (Sherly) was baptised in August 1628 in Balcombe, Sussex (daughter of Richard).

1(v). John Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 13th March 1630 in Balcombe, Sussex (shown as son of John, but presumed error) and he was probably buried there on 7th May 1633 ('son of R Sherly')

1(vi). Ano Shirley a son, was born about 1650 possibly in Balcome, Sussex. He was mentioned, but un-named and as under 21, in his father Richard's 'Will' of 1667.


John Shirley of Bolney Sussex

married Mary________

children:

1(i). Thomas Shirley was baptised on 19th July 1641 in Bolney, Sussex (son of John & Mary)

1(ii). John Shirley was born in about 1645 (derive as no birth record).

married Mary [possibly Hyde on 15th November 1677 in Woodmancote, Sussex]

children:

2(i). William Shirley was baptised on 28th November 1680 in Woodmancote, Sussex. William was probably buried there in Bolney Sussex on 16th March 1759

married Susanna Button on 30th August 1702 in Bolney, Sussex ( William shown as Shearley). Susanna was buried on 7th September 1755 in Bolney, Sussex ('wife of William')

children:

3(i). Susanna Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 27th June 1703 in Bolney, Sussex

3(ii). John Shirley (Sharley) was baptised on 1st April 1709 in Bolney, Sussex.

married Mary [possibly Beard on 28th December 1729 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex]

children:

4(i). Mary Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 14th October 1730 in Bolney, Sussex and she was buried there on 11th August 1736 ('daughter of John & Mary')

4(ii). John Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 1st May 1732 in Bolney, Sussex.

married Sarah [possibly Smith on 1st March 1757 in Cuckfield, Sussex (John shown from Bolney)]

children:

5(i). Sarah Shirley was baptised on 9th October 1757 in Bolney, Sussex

5(ii). John Shirley (Shrley) was baptised on 15th May 1768 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

4(iii). Anne Shirley was baptised on 1st May 1735 in Bolney, Sussex.

Children: (a baseborn child, possibly the following)

5(i). William Shirley was baptised on 31st August 1755 in Bolney, Sussex. William was buried on 1st June 1839 in Bolney, Sussex ('aged 85').

married Mary [possibly Croskey Davy on 25th November 1778 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

children:

6(i). William Shirley was baptised on 2nd January 1782 in Bolney, Sussex..

married Charlotte______. Charlotte was born in about 1789 and was buried on 10th December 1844 in Bolney, Sussex (aged 55). William & Charlotte had three children (Mary, William & Elizabeth)

6(ii). Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 30th November 1783 in Bolney, Sussex.

6(iii). Sarah Shirley was baptised on 2nd April 1786 in Bolney, Sussex.

6(iv). Lydia Shirley was baptised on 11th October 1789 in Bolney, Sussex. Lydia was buried on 21st December 1853 in Bolney, Sussex ('aged 64')

6(v). Jane Shirley was baptised on 22nd May 1791 in Bolney, Sussex.

6(vi). Richard Shirley was baptised on 5th April 1794 in Bolney, Sussex.

4(iv). Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 21st July 1737 in Bolney, Sussex

4(v). Mary Shirley was born in about 1738 in Bolney, Sussex and she was buried there on 24th June 1741 ('daughter of John & Mary')

4(vi). Thomas Shirley was baptised on 19th July 1741 in Bolney, Sussex.

married Sarah [possibly Pentecost on 9th July 1765 in Twineham, Sussex.

children:

5(i). Matha Shirley was baptised on 6th October 1765 in Twineham, Sussex.

4(v). Hannah Shirley was baptised on 14th September 1744 in Bolney, Sussex

4(vi). Richard Shirley was baptised on 3rd July 1748 in Bolney, Sussex. Richard was buried on 3rd December 1832 in Bolney, Sussex ('aged 85').

3(iii). William Shirley (Sharley) was baptised on 18th June 1713 in Bolney, Sussex.

married Ann [possibly Penfold on 29th September 1735 in Chichester, Sussex (with license also issued at Chichester on that day). William was shown as a batchelor/Yeoman of Cowfold and Ann of Horsham. (Note: Bolney & Cowfold and Cowfold & West Grinstead are adjacent parishes)

children:

4(i). Mary Shirley (Shirly) was baptised on 28th June 1747 in West Grinstead, Sussex (daughter of William).

4(ii). Anne Shirley (Ann Shirly) was baptised on 20th August 1749 in West Grinstead, Sussex.

4(iii). Sarah Shirley (Shirly) was baptised on 19th July 1751 in West Grinstead, Sussex.

4(iv). Charles Shirley was buried on 6th March 1754 in Cowfold, Sussex (son of William & Ann).

4(v). Susanna Shirley (Susannah) was baptised on 3rd October 1756 in West Grinstead, Sussex.

4(vi). Catherine Shirley (Sharely) was baptised on 1st January 1760 in West Grinstead, Sussex.

3(iv). Mary Shirley (Sharley) was baptised on 18th June 1713 in Bolney, Sussex

3(v). Sarah Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 11th September 1716 in Bolney, Sussex. She possibly married John Hardham on 23rd May 1738 in Bolney, Sussex.

3(vi). Richard Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 1st February 1725 in Bolney, Sussex and he was buried there on 20th January 1726 (son of William & Susanna')

1(iii). Ano Shirley (Sherlly) was baptised on 8th May 1657 in Bolney, Sussex (son of John)

1(iv). Elizabeth Shirley (Sherly) was born on 18th October and was baptised on 23rd October 1659 in Bolney, Sussex (dau of John). She was buried there on 23rd October 1659.


William Shirley born say 1670

married Charity Saker on 23rd September 1697 in Rusper, Sussex. Charity was buried on 4th December 1709 in Worth, Sussex (shown as Sherley).

children:

1(i). Saker Shirley was baptised on 9th May 1701 in Worth, Sussex. Saker was buried on 1st January 1737 in Worth, Sussex. Saker had one child prior to marriage with Margaret.

married Margaret Simmons on 27th January 1735 in Worth, Sussex (shown as Sherley).

children:

2(i). Sarah Shirley wss baptised on 29th April 1730 in Worth, Sussex.

1(ii). Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 14th March 1703 in Worth, Sussex. She possibly married John Rapley on 6th December 1727 in Worth, Sussex.

1(iii). William Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 30th June 1705 in Worth, Sussex.

13 Sep 1736 Cuckfield - Settlement certificate: William SHIRLEY; married: Susan SHIRLEY; Bolney- Sussex Poor Law Records

15 Jan 1747 Bolney - Removal order: William SHIRLEY; married: Hannah SHIRLEY; Peperharow, Surrey - Sussex Poor Law Records

19 Mar 1748 Cuckfield - Settlement certificate: William SHIRLEY; married: Hannah SHIRLEY; Peperharow, Surrey- Sussex Poor Law Records

1 Nov 1756 Cuckfield - Removal order: William SHIRLEY; married: Hannah SHIRLEY; Peperharow, Surrey. The family have dwelt for some time in Cuckfield by reason of a certificate dated 19 March 1747, from Peperharow; Child: John SHIRLEYChild: Richard SHIRLEYChild: Thomas SHIRLEY- Sussex Poor Law Records

married firstly Susanna [possibly Ashfold on 8th November 1742 in Lindfield, Sussex. Susanna was buried on 26th September 1745 in Lindfield, Sussex ('wife of William'). ]

married secondly Hannah [possibly Shirley in Peperharow, Surrey.] sometime before 1747

children:

2(i). Jenny Shirley was baptised on 23rd September 1748 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

2(ii). Richard Shirley was baptised on 25th February 1751 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

2(iii). John Shirley was baptised on 13th May 1753 in Cuckfield, Sussex. John was probably buried at Lindfield, Sussex on 27th January 1798.

married Elizabeth [possibly Wicking (Wickens) on 3rd May 1776 in Lindfield, Sussex. Elizabeth was probably buried on 11th July 1794 in Lindfield, Sussex and John & Elizabeth had six children.

children:

3(i). Mary Shirley was baptised on 16th February 1783 in Lindfield, Sussex and she was buried there on 27th August 1783 (daughter of John & Elizabeth).

3(ii). Sarah Shirley was baptised on 31st December 1784 in Lindfield, Sussex.

3(iii). Ann Shirley was baptised on 6th April 1786 in Lindfield, Sussex and she was buried there on 22nd June 1786 (daughter of John & Elizabeth)..

3(iv). Charlotte Shirley was baptised on 2nd December 1787 in Lindfield, Sussex and she was buried there on 10th July 1803.

3(v). Elizabeth Shirley was baptised on 10th June 1792 in Lindfield, Sussex.

3(vi). John Shirley was baptised on 1st April 1793 in Lindfield, Sussex.

2(iv). Thomas Shirley was baptised on 20th July 1755 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

1(iv). Richard Shirley was baptised on 24th March 1708 in Worth, Sussex.


William Shirley of Worth, Sussex. born c.1655. William may be the person buried at Worth Sussex on 16th May 1722

married Elizabeth______. Elizabeth may be the person buried on 10th June 1691 in Worth, Sussex (both shown as Sherley).

children:

1(i). Elizabeth Shirley(Shearly) was baptised on 30th April 1682 in Worth, Sussex (daughter of William).

1(ii). William Shirley (Sherly) was baptised on 31st August 1684 in Worth, Sussex (son of William & Elizabeth).

married Sarah Tyler on 14th August 1712 in Streat, Sussex (License issed at Lewes on 12th August 1712; William shown as from Worth and Sarah from Horsted Keynes).

children:

2(i). Sarah Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 30th November 1712 in Worth, Sussex.

2(ii). Susanna Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 20th December 1714 in Worth, Sussex.

2(iii). Mary Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 25th July 1719 in Worth, Sussex.

2(iv). Thomas Shirley was baptised on 29th September 1722 in Worth, Sussex.

married Mary Tamplin on 24th May 1753 in Ifield, Sussex.

children:

3(i). Richard Shirley was baptised on 17th April 1763 in Ifield, Sussex.

2(v). James Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 10th January 1725 in Worth, Sussex.

2(vi). John Shirley (Sherley) was baptised on 9th July 1727 in Worth, Sussex.


William Shirley c1710. William possibly (or there was a son) married secondly Esther Whales on 25th March 1759 (by license at Lindfield).

married Elizabeth Woodham on 14th September 1737 in Rusper, Sussex. Elizabeth was buried on 14th February 1753 in Rusper, Sussex ('wife of Wiliam').

children:

1(i). William Shirley was baptised on 19th August 1759 in Rusper, Sussex

1(ii). Rebecca Shirley was baptised on 17th April 1763 in Rusper, Sussex

1(iii). Thomas Shirley was baptised on 17th April 1763 in Rusper, Sussex.

   


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