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  Shirleys of Bucknall
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Benjamin Shirley born about 1740. Lived Bucknall, Staffordshire, buried Dec 18, 1783 at Bucknall Staffordshire

married Mary ____ b. ca. 1744 d. June 7, 1784

Children:

1(i). Dolly Shirley chr May 19, 1765 Bucknall

1(ii). Joseph Shirley chr Sept 7, 1765 Bucknall

1(iii). Benjamin Shirley chr May 28, 1769 Bucknall; His abode was listed as Vale Pleasant between 1807 and 1810 at the time of the baptism of his three youngest sons. He was buried 7 Feb 1819 at Stoke on Trent, age 49 (b abt 1770)

married Mary Simpson on 7 April 1790 at Stoke on Trent Staffordshire.

Children:

2(i). William Shirley chr July 25, 1790 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(ii). Elizabeth Shirley chr Oct 30, 1791 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(iii). Mary Shirley chr Sept 1, 1793 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(iv). Catherine Shirley chr Nov 22, 1795 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(v). Benjamin Shirley chr Mar 4, 1798 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(vi). John Shirley chr Feb 23, 1800 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(vii). James Shirley chr April 7, 1805 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(viii). Thomas Shirley chr Aug 28, 1807 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(ix). Richard Shirley chr June 4, 1810 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

2(x) Jesse Shirley chr Oct 22, 1812 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Enumerated at Burslem in 1861 census.

marriage ______

children:

3(i). Emily Shirley born 1843 at Stoke on Trent. Living with father in 1861 census. She married Henry Udall on 25 June 1865 at Cobridge, Burslem Staffordshire (father named)

3(ii). Selena Shirley born 1852 at Stoke on Trent. Living with father in 1861 census. She was a warehouse worker age 19 in 1871 Hanley Staffordshire census, a border in the Udall household. She died in 1872 (BMD)


Bucknall Baptisms

1766 Sep 7 Baptism Joseph Shirley Parents: Benj and Mary
1802 May 7 Baptism William Shirley Parents: William and Ellin
1806 May 4 Baptism James Shirley Parents: Mary Shirley

Bucknall Marriages

1807 Nov 25 Jesse Shirley of Stoke Parish m. Anna Adams sp. of Stoke Parish; Wit: Thomas Shirley, Alice Adams, by Lic.
1807 Dec 24 Sarah Shirley of Stoke Parish sp. m. John Mare, of Stoke Parish; Wit: Joseph Carmichael, Thomas Shirley, by Lic.
1809 Jul 20 Mary Shirley of Stoke Parish m. Charles Bailey of Stoke Parish; Wit: Thos Nickhols, Eliz Allen
1810 Nov 4 William Shirley bach of Stoke Parish m. Harriet Stone sp of Stoke Parish; Wit: James Cope, Saml Allen

Bucknall Burials

1783 Dec 18 Benjamin Shirley
1784 June 27 Mary Shurley
1789 Feb 25 Mary Shirley
1801 Dec 7 Jon Shurleay
1803 Nov 25 Lucy Shurley
1808 May 6 William Shirley
1812 Jan 2 Ann dau of Elenora Shirley illegitimate
1819 Feb 10 William Shirley of the Abbey (no age given)
1820 Dec 17 Joseph Shuley of Vale Pleasant 54 yrs.
1822 May 10 William Shirley of Shelton 24 yrs.
1828 April 8 Thomas Shirley of Shelton 76 yrs.
1835 Feb 11 Mary Shirley of Bank Top 87 yrs.

Burslem Baptisms

31 Mar 1825 Baptism Elizabeth Shirley d/o Thomas and Mary Shirley, potter Abode: Newport Lane
23 Nov 1833 Baptism Thomas Shirley s/o Benjamin and Alice Shirley, pansmith Abode Bank Top
2 May 1837 Baptism Mary Ann Shirley d/o John and Maria Shirley, potter Abode Burslem

Burslem Marriages

1792 Nov 11 Mary Shirley sp. of Burslem m. John Hackney of Burslem collier; Wit: Ralph Whitingham, John Moore
1824 Apr 4 Olive Shirley sp. of Burslem m. James Forrester bach lab of Burslem; Wit: John Brough, Bagnall Beech
1828 Aug 3 Eliza Shirley sp of Burslem m. William Williams bach lab of Burslem; Wit: Bagnall Beech, James Cooper
1832 July 9 Eliza Shirley sp. of Burslem m. William Broughton Green bach of Burslem; Wit: Charles Green, Ann Shirley, Thomas Shirley

Burslem Burials

1836 Feb 7 Thomas Shirley 2 yrs. 4 months St. Paul
1837 May 5 Mary Ann Shirley infant St. John

Stoke upon Trent Baptisms

21 May 1786 Baptism: Jesse SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Hannah
10 Aug 1788 Baptism: Mary Ann SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Hannah
25 Jul 1790 Baptism: Wm. SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
30 Oct 1791 Baptism: Eliz. SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
01 Sep 1793 Baptism: Mary SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
22 Nov 1795 Baptism: Catharine SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
04 Mar 1798 Baptism: Benjamin SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
23 Feb 1800 Baptism: John SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
07 Apr 1805 Baptism: James SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary
13 Sep 1807 Baptism: Thomas SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary Abode: Vale Pleasant Birth: 28 Aug 1807
22 Jul 1810 Baptism: Richard SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary Abode: Vale Pleasant Birth: 4 Jun 1810
08 Nov 1812 Baptism: Jesse SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary Abode: Vale Pleasant Birth: 22 Oct 1812
02 Dec 1821 Baptism: Catherine SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Mary Abode: Stoke Occupation: potter
12 May 1822 Baptism: Benjamin SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Alice Abode: Shelton Occupation: pansmith
02 Jan 1825 Baptism: Elias SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Alice Abode: Shelton Occupation: smith
13 Mar 1825 Baptism: John SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Occupation: potter
14 Aug 1825 Baptism: William SHIRLEY Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth Abode: Shelton Occupation: miller
15 Jan 1826 Baptism: William SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
15 Jan 1826 Baptism: Thomas SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
18 Feb 1827 Baptism: George Evans SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
07 Oct 1827 Baptism: Jane SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Alice Abode: Shelton Occupation: pansmith
28 Dec 1828 Baptism: Eliza SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: potter
12 Sep 1830 Baptism: Elijah SHIRLEY Parents: Benj and Alice Abode: Shelton Occupation: pansmith
10 Oct 1830 Baptism: Mary SHIRLEY Parents: James and Elizabeth Abode: Wharf Row Occupation: carter
03 Jul 1831 Baptism: Sarah SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
14 Jul 1833 Baptism: William Henry SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
03 May 1835 Baptism: Henry William SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman
14 Mar 1838 Baptism: Thomas SHIRLEY Parents: Wm and Prudence Abode: Com. Bldg Occupation: warehouseman

Note: William Shirley married Prudence Plant (see above baptisms) at Norton on the Moors on 18 July 1819

Stoke on Trent Burials

11 Jun 1763 Burial infant of Benjamin SHIRLEY
2 Jul 1783 Burial John Wright SHIRLEY infant
10 Jul 1785 Burial Mary SHIRLEY
15 Oct 1807 Burial Hannah SHIRLEY Abode: Shelton
21 Apr 1811 Burial Mary SHIRLEY Abode: Vale Pleasant
07 Feb 1819 Burial Benjamin SHIRLEY Abode: Vale Pleasant 49
26 Apr 1820 Burial Mary SHIRLEY Abode: Shelton 52
15 May 1822 Burial Catherine SHIRLEY infant
24 Mar 1823 Burial William SHIRLEY infant
24 Mar 1823 Burial Mary SHIRLEY
29 Jun 1823 Burial John SHIRLEY Abode: Vale Pleasant 29
18 Jan 1826 Burial Thomas William SHIRLEY Abode: Com. Bldgs infant
25 Mar 1832 Burial Sarah SHIRLEY Abode: Com. Bldgs infant
24 Feb 1833 Burial Mary SHIRLEY Abode: Com. Bldgs 1
13 Nov 1833 Burial William SHIRLEY Abode: Com. Bldgs infant
19 Apr 1835 Burial Sarah SHIRLEY Abode: Shelton 17
28 Mar 1838 Burial Thomas SHIRLEY Abode: Com. Bldgs infant

Stoke on Trent Marriages

Jan 25, 1780 Catherine Shourley sp. m. James Toft bach potter; Wit: Joseph Shurley, Saml Poulson
April 7, 1790 Benjamin Shurley m. Mary Simpson sp. Wit: Saml Poulson, Joseph Shirley
Mar 22, 1813 Ann Shirley sp. m. William Brough bach lab. Wit: Samuel Poulson, Ralph Shirley; parents cons.
Oct 14, 1818 Ellen Shirley m. Henry Atkins (not found in FreeReg)
Feb 12, 1821 Catharine Shirley sp. m. John Keeling bach potter; Wit: Samuel Poulson, George Moulton
Aug 15, 1825 Margaret Shirley sp. m. John Wildigg bach br. layer; Wit: Mary Shirley, Thomas Higgin
Sept 18, 1826 Thomas Shirley bach preacher m. Elizabeth Plant sp. Wit: Samuel Poulson
May 20, 1827 Charles Shirley bach clerk m. Sarah Cooper sp. Wit: Charles Cooper, Mary Walton
Nov 25, 1828 Mary Ann Shirley sp. m. Thomas Reade bach gardener Wit: Samuel Poulson
Nov 26, 1832 James Shirley bach m. Katherine Davis sp. Wit: Solomon Kidds, Thomas Lake
Dec 22, 1834 John Shirley bach m. Maria Steen sp Wit: William Shirley, Ann Shirley

Norton in the Moors Marriages (see above baptisms)

25 Dec 1803 Mary Ann Shirley sp of Burslem m. Jas. Sneyd bach of Burslem; Wit: Wm Scragg, Wm Steel
7 Dec 1807 Thomas Shirley m. Mary Grindy
27 Jan 1812 Mary Shirley sp m. Jaqs. Copeland bach; Wit: John Booth, Thos Symcock
31 Dec 1815 Benjamin Shirley m. Alice Dawson; Wit: Wm Steel, John Green
15 Apr 1816 Elizabeth Shirley m. George Robinson; Wit: Wm Steel, Saml Mitchell
14 Dec 1818 Benjamin Shirley m. Elizabeth Chatterley; Wit Jno Glass, Wm Steel
18 Jul 1819 William Shirley m. Prudence Plant; Wit: Wm Steel, Jos. Smith
30 Oct 1820 Benjamin Shirley m. Mary Glover; Wit: Wm Steel, George Robinson
8 Sep 1851 Elijah Shirley s/o Benjamin Shirley m. Emma Tunstall, d/o Aaron Tunstall
2 Feb 1870 Sarah Ann Shirley age 20 dau of Richard Shirley married Hugh Carp s/o Hugh Carp
23 June 1874 Mary Shirley age 21 d/o Richard Shirley married Enoch Daniel Proctor s/o Enoch Proctor

21 Aug 1814 Mary Ann Shirley chr to Ellin Shirley
21 Feb 1836 Ellen Shirley chr to James Shirley and Catherine
20 Sep 1840 Eliza Shirley chr to James Shirley and Catherine
4 Aug 1843 Hannah Shirley chr to James Shirley and Catherine (born 14 July 1843)
30 Mar 1845 Mary Shirley chr to James Shirley and Catherine
12 May 1852 William Henry Shirley chr to Elijah Shirley and Emma
1 Jan 1854 Elizabeth Shirley chr to Elijah Shirley and Emma
13 July 1856 William Shirley chr to Elijah Shirley and Emma
21 Aug 1859 Ann Shirley chr to Elijah Shirley and Emma

Hanley Baptisms

03 Oct 1790 Baptism John SHIRLEY Parents: William and Hannah St John the Evangelist Abode: Shelton Birth: 21 Sep 1790
31 Oct 1790 Baptism William SHIRLEY Parents: John and Sarah St John the Evangelist Abode: Shelton Birth: 28 Oct 1790
20 Mar 1791 Baptism Jesse SHIRLEY Parents: Jes. and Mary St John the Evangelist 6 Mar 1791
29 Jul 1792 Baptism Mariam SHIRLEY Parents: John and Sar. St John the Evangelist 19 Jul 1792
28 Apr 1793 Baptism Cephas SHIRLEY Parents: William and Hannah St John the Evangelist 17 Apr 1793
01 Jun 1794 Baptism Benjamin SHIRLEY Parents: William and Sarah St John the Evangelist Abode: Shelton Birth: 23 May 1794
26 Jul 1795 Baptism Benjamin SHIRLEY Parents: William and Hannah St John the Evangelist 19 Jul 1795
01 Oct 1797 Baptism William Wright SHIRLEY Parents: William and Hannah St John the Evangelist 22 Sep 1797
26 Sep 1802 Baptism Charity SHIRLEY Parents: William and Hannah St John the Evangelist 20 Sep 1802
03 Apr 1831 Baptism Mary SHIRLEY Parents: Charles and Sarah, dau of William Cooper, potter of Shelton Methodist Abode: Shelton in Stoke on Trent Birth: 24 Jan 1831
03 Jan 1841 Baptism Henry SHIRLEY Parents: William and Sarah Methodist Abode: Hanley Birth: 8 Nov 1840

Hanley Marriages

Aug 4, 1811 Jesse Shirley m. Jane Knight
Sept 6, 1827 Frances Shirley m. Samuel Keeling
Nov 2, 1830 Clarissa Shirley m. Thomas Hackwood
July 18, 1831 Elizabeth Shirley m. William Goodwin
May 8, 1832 Anne Shirley m. William Allbut
Dec 17, 1834 Jane Shirley m. John Bourne

Hanley Burials

1807 Mar 10 Mary infant
1808 Jan 19 Mary 22 yrs.
1815 Aug 8 (Mary died in Longnor but was from here)
1817 Feb 8 John 1 yr.
1820 Jan 4 Mary 2 yrs.
1823 Feb 23 Benjamin 1 yr.
1826 Feb 21 Benjamin infant
1828 Oct 10 Jess 37 yrs.
1829 Aug 12 William Shirley 56 yrs. (Memorial at Hanley Methodist Ch.)
____ Aug 7 Ann relic of William Shirley 81 yrs (Memorial at Hanley Methodist Ch.)


Email June 2016

My grandfather William Shirley (1902) was born at the oxleathers in Stafford. His father (John) was in the Coldstream Guards, Birdcage walk, (buck pal) at the time. I have all of the documents for this. When he (my grandfather) was still young (but he was able to remember) William was taken by his mother Margaret Duffy to Northern Ireland. They travelled on a ferry to belfast and on the other side they were picked up by a coach and horses. The coach took them to a place called Elleys lodge, but he remembered another place called Roach lodge (presumably a finishing lodge) one or both linked to Castle Coole in Enniskillen which is on Lough Erne (not Lough Fea, my mistake after all these years and possibly being mixed up). All he told me was when he got there they took all of his old clothes and burnt them. They furnished him with some very expensive (possibly tweed) clothes when he was there. ‘They’ appeared to look after him extremely well. He came back to Stafford at the age of 14 were he found lodgings and never heard from his family in Northern Ireland again. Both he and my father always kept an eye on the papers for any possible news of the family. My grandfathers most treasured possessions were a pair of army gaters (with his fathers army number in them) and a photograph of Margaret Duffy (his mother), which I now have.

I have the army records for the 'John Shirley' marked in as 1876 (this could be 1877 as many were known to lie about their age to get in the army) this gave me his mothers name 'Sarah Ann' from Norton in the Moors Staffordshire, but not the fathers name. In the 1980's I did record information on tape from my grand parents (whilst they were still alive) and they claim that Hugh's (1902 – 1978) (actual name William or ‘Bill’) Grand parents came from Lough [Erne] in Northern Ireland.

We did suspect that the Fermanagh connection could be maternal, but could not find anything following that route. It also made no sense as we believe Margret Duffy was in service as a maid. If her family had the money and life style described by my grandfather then we would have expected her to be in a much better position. ‘John’ was a private in the Coldstream Guards. And appears as an entry in the 1901 census as such

John Shirley age 24, Private Coldstream Guards, registered for census in the district of Godstone, Surrey, born 1877 Hanley Staffordshire.

I have used this but, can not find a birth certificate for him. I know his mothers name as Sarah Ann (living in Norton in the moors Staffordshire at the time) from his army records. Army number obtained from his gaiters left with my grandfather. I have not been able to find Sarah Ann in Norton in the moors.

I have recently looked up Ely lodge and found it to be a very large stately home. I was expecting a small cottage (assuming maternal side of family). We also strongly suspected problems with this ‘birth’ (of Hugh my grandfather born 11th Sept 1902) as it coincides with the time John Shirley went AWOL from the army.
It also looks like they (or at least the mother) took my grandfather to Northern Ireland shortly after this.

We were speculating that there may have been a problem as the birth itself was not registered until 9th September 1916 at Highfields Castle Church in Stafford. Which fits in with my grandfathers story that he returned from Northern Ireland to Stafford when he was 14 having been raised in what he could only describe as extremely affluent circumstances.

my grand father did his apprenticeship at Castle works for a company called Bagnells, who used to build engines and coaches for the railways.

Working Lineage

_____ Shirley

married Sarah Ann_____ from Norton in the Moors, Staffordshire, as recorded on son John Shirley's military record (husband not named)

Children:

1(i). John Shirley born about 1877 in Hanley Staffordshire, age 24 in 1901 census, St Mary the Virgin parish, Godstone District Surrey. Listed as private of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Birth parish: Norton in the Moors, Staffordshire. He is listed as AWOL about the time of his son William's birth, his Court Martial for AWOL occuring at Chelsea Barricks on 28 November 1902. He was discharged from the service on 23 February 1903. His army record lists his religion as Church of England and his occupation as former railway worker. Nothing more known

married Margaret Duffy. She took her son William to Northern Ireland at one point, returned when he was 14 years old, or about 1916. Nothing more known

Children:

2(i). William Shirley (known as 'Hugh') born 11 September 1902 at the Oxleathers in Stafford, Staffordshire. The birth was not officially registerd until 9 September 1916 at Castle Church, Stafford. He went with his mother to Northern Ireland when very young, to a place called Elleys Lodge and Roach Lodge, both related to Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Lough Erne. He returned to Staffordshire at age 14. He worked as an apprentice at Bagnells in Stafford, a company that built engines and railway coaches. He died 1977 at Stafford, Staffordshire (BMD).

married Florence Hawkins-Dolan in 1930 at Stafford, Staffordshire (BMD)

Children:

3(i). Thomas Hugh Shirley born 1931 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Beryl Hill in 1955

3(ii). Donald Shirley born 1934 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Brenda Gask

3(iii). Janet M. Shirley born 1936 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Ronald Emery in 1958 at Stafford, Staffordshire

3(iv). Pauline J. Shirley born 1940 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Sid Mosley

3(v). David E. Shirley born 1944 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Catherine Hill

3(vi). Alan Shirley born 1948 at Stafford, Staffordshire. Married Susan Garrard

   


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