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Jesse Shirley Bone Mill on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Stoke on Trent (built 1857)

In 1842 John Bourne bought the mill site for £1150 and Jesse Shirley began to appear on the works'
payroll. In October 1852 John Bourne died after a long illness 'borne with exemplary fortitude
and christian resignation'. Jesse and Joseph Shirley each inherited one quarter of Bourne's
estate. Jesse Shirley took over the running of the works and in 1856 construction began on the
present range of buildings by George Kirk of Etruria who was well known for his good
materials and workmanship. This required a substantial cash investment and utilised the
technology of the day on a large scale. It was not until 1860 that Jesse Shirley began to advertise
the products from his new mill and he was able to sell a ten horsepower condensing steam
engine because of 'a larger one being put in place of it'.

 


Joseph Shirley (Note: FreeReg transcribes his name as Jes. rather than Jos.)

married Mary ______

children:

1(i). Jesse Shirley born 6 Mar 1791; chr 20 Mar 1791 at St Johns the Evangelist at Hanley Staffordshire; He died in 1828

Jesse Shirley Birth: 06 March 1791 Christening: 20 March 1791 son of Joseph Shirley and wife Mary at St John The Evangelist, Hanley, Stafford, England,

married Jane Knight on 4 August 1811 at Hanley, Staffordshire; She remarried John Bourne on 17 December 1834 at Hanley, after the death of husband

children:

2(i). Jesse Shirley, chr 22 May 1819 at Hanley Staffordshire; Enumerated at Hanley, Shelton in 1871 occupation: merchant; inherited 1/4 of John Bourne's bone mill in Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire in 1852; named in a memorial in Eturia Methodist Church.He died 9 October 1875

25 October 1875. The Will of Jesse Shirley late of Etruria in the County of Stafford Bone Merchant and Flint Grinder who died 9 October 1875 at Etruria was proved at Lichfield by Sarah Shirley Widow the Relict and Jesse Shirley Bone Merchant and Flint Grinder both of Etruria and John Bourne Shirley of Wexham in the County of Denbigh Bank Cashier the Sons and Joseph Shirley of Longport in the County of Stafford Agent the Brother the Executors. L5000

[conflict] married Mary _____ she was born abt 1823; died September 6 1891, age 68; named in memorial in Etruria Methodist Church

married Sarah Lovett living in Etruria with children in 1851 census. Enumerated in 1871 census household. (surname source: Friendsofetruriamuseum.org.uk)

children:

3(i). Jesse Shirley, born in Etruria on 17 November 1848, Age 22 in 1871 census, occupation: merchant. He later lived at Etruscan Villa (Etruria Cottage), Etruria. He was a co-executor of his father's 1875 will. He died on 8 August 1927; flint grinder and bone merchant 96 Lord St., Stoke Upon Trent.

20 Nov 1869 Staffordshire Advertiser Staffordshire, England - Coming of Age Festivities.—On Thursday evening last Mr. Jesse Shirley, of Etruria, entertained at a sumptuous dinner, in honour of the majority of his eldest son. Mr. Jesse Shirley, jun., a large party, including his workmen and private friends

He was educated at Alfieri's Academy, Northwood, Hanley, and by 1880 was in partnership with his brother, H. B. Shirley in the firm of Jesse and H. B. Shirley, bone and flint mills, Etruria.The mill still stands at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals and is a listed building. He was elected to Hanley council in 1880, served as mayor in 1885 and became an alderman in 1892. As chairman of the parks committee he promoted the scheme for the purchase and laying out of Hanley park, 1892-7 sited on 63 acres of Stoke fields, waste ground on each side of Victoria Road. In Etruria park there is a fountain donated in 1904 by Henry and Jessie Shirley. Jesse Shirley was also elected to the local bench of justices of the peace. He attended the nearby Etruria Methodist Church and inside the church is a monument to him and his wife.

married Sarah E. ______

children: (had at least six children.)

4(i). Marian Shirley, b abt 1876

4(ii). Elsie Shirley b abt 1878

4(iii). Jesse Shirley b abt 1879

4(iv). Ethel E. Shirley b abt 1880

3(ii). John Bourne Shirley born about 1851 at Etruria, Stafford Co. Age 0 in 1851 census, Partner with brothers in bone mill business. Age 20 in 1871 census of parents household. Occupation: Bank Clerk. Co-executor of his father's 1875 will, identified at the time as living at Wexham in the County of Denbigh [Wales] Bank Cashier. Living at Lynwood Villa, Basford, Stoke-upon-Trent Staffordshire, occupation agent in 1893. Enumerated at Wolstanton Staffordshire in 1901 census. Died 1905 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire (BMD district). Buried on 27 July 1905 at Wexham Cemetery at Wexham Denbighshire Wales, age 54

1881 Denbighshire Census

John B Shirley Head M 30 Etruria, Staffordshire, England Occ: Bank Teller
Ann Jane Shirley Wife F 28 Fenton, Staffordshire, England
Eleanor Shirley Daughter F 7 Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Henry M Shirley Son M 6 Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Lily Shirley Daughter F 3 Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Mabel J Shirley Daughter F 1 Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Mary Parsonage Servant F 20 Moss, Denbighshire, Wales
Annie Parsonage Visitor F 12 Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales

Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Jesse Shirley, John Bourne Shirley, Joseph Shirley and Henry Benjamin Shirley carrying on business as bone merchants and flint grinders under the style of Shirley Brothers at Etruria in the county of Stafford has been dissolved by mutual consent as from the 30th day of June 1887....will henceforth be carried on by the said jessee Shirley and Henry Benjamin Shirley. 17 Aug 1887. - London Gazette 2 Sept 1887.

married Ann Jane Malkin in 1872 at Stoke on Trent (BMD district). She was age 28 in 1881 census. She died and was buried on 3 May 1935 at Wrexham Cemetery, Denbighshire Wales, age 82

Children:

4(i). Eleanor Shirley born about 1874 at Wrexham Denbighshire

4(ii). Henry Malkin Shirley born about 1875 at Wrexham, Denbighshire. He died and was buried at Wrexham Cemetery Denbighshire Wales on 14 April 1905, age 29

4(iii). Lilian Shirley born about 1878 at Wrexham, Denbighshire. She died and was buried on 6 March 1885 at Wrexham Cemetery Denbighshire Wales, Age 7

4(iv). Mabel Jeannie Shirley born about 1880 at Wrexham, Denbighshire (1901 census says born Wolstanton Staffs)

3(iii). Joseph Shirley born abt 1853 at Etruria, Stafford Co. Age 18 in 1871 census. Occupation: Clerk. He was later a Bank accountant, Bedford St., Stoke Upon Trent

married Sarah ______ She born abt 1853 at Pewsey, Wiltshire Co.

children:

3(i). Rosa Shirley born abt 1879 (twin) at Stone, Stafford Co.

3(ii). Lillian Shirley born abt 1879 (twin) at Stone, Stafford Co.

3(iii). Sarah Shirley born abt 1880 at Stone, Stafford Co.

3(iv). Henry Benjamin Shirley, born 24 Jun 1858. He was age 14 in parent's 1871 census household, scholar. He died at the Ashlands, Hartshill, on 17 January 1910 and was buried in Hartshill cemetery; He was a potter's miller at Hanley, Staffordshire

"He was educated at Northwood Academy, Hanley, and at Malvern. With his brother Jesse he was in business as a potter's miller and manufacturer of agricultural manures by 1880. The mill still stands at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals and is a listed building. Henry Benjamin Shirley was elected to Hanley council in 1893 and served as mayor in 1902-3. He was a Wesleyan Methodist, a Conservative in politics and president of Hartshill Cricket Club. In Etruria park there is a fountain donated in 1904 by Henry and Jesse Shirley."

married Gertrude Patti Beresford, of Belper, Derbyshire, in April 1894 and had two children.

3(v). Sarah Elizabeth Shirley born abt 1859, age 2 in 1861 census, Not enumerated in family's 1871 census household; Living with mother Sarah in 1881 Etruria Staffordshire census; named in memorial of brother Jesse Shirley in Etruria Methodist Church as dying 3 July 1885 at age 35 (thus born 1850)

2(ii). Joseph Shirley - chr 25 Aug 1813 at Hanley Staffordshire; iinherited 1/4 of Bourne and Hudson Bone Works in Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire from step father in 1852; Lived at Burslem Staffordshire. He was co-executor of his brother's 1875 will. living at the time at Longport in the County of Stafford, occupation: Agent

15 April, The Will of Joseph Shirley late of Longport in the Parish of Burslem in the County of Stafford Earthen- ware Manufacturer's Agent who died 8 March 1876 at Longport was proved at the Principal' Registry by Emma Orton Shirley of Longport Widow the Relict John Shirley of Longport Potter's Manager the. Son and Charles Cooper of Stoke- upon-Trent in the said County Post Master the Executors, L8000 (re-sworn at 10000)

2(iii). John Shirley - chr 3 Jul 1815 at Hanley Staffordshire nothing more known

2(iv). Mary Ann Shirley - chr 7 Aug 1817 at Hanley Staffordshire

2(v). Benjamin Shirley - chr 1 May 1821 at Hanley Staffordshire nothing more known

 


1775 Map of the Staffordshire Pottery Region


Jesse Shirley Birth: 06 MAR 1791 Christening: 20 MAR 1791 son of Joseph Shirley and wife Mary at St John The Evangelist, Hanley, Stafford, England,

A Joseph Shirley married Mary Pointon on 14 NOV 1784 at Norton In The Moors (?same)


1817 - The firm of William and Jesse Shirley was working at the Old Hall Works in Hanley until they failed in 1817. The following abstract more likely refers to a Jesse Shirley in Staffs. Lineage #3, not this family (?)

London Gazette 22 Nov 1817 - Hanley Staffs. To be peremptorily sold by aution in a commission of bankruptcy against William and Jesse Shirley late of Shelton in the parish of Stoke on Trent, Staffs potters and co-partners. on Tuesday the 16th day of December next at the Swan Inn in Hanley the sale to commence at five o'clock. All those convenient and well arranged set of potworks with the garden spacious yard and appurtenances therunto belonging most advantageously and pleasantly situated in Hanley in teh Staffordshire Potteries called the Old Hall Works late in the possession of the said bankrupts. These works are in complete repair well supplied with water and close to coals.

1820 - Jesse Shirley and Son Limited was founded.

1828 - Apparently Jesse Shirley then set up as a china manufacturer until his untimely death at the age of 37 in 1828 (b 1791) The Jesse who died in 1828 is likely the one in this lineage; however not the china manufacturer, who is more likely found in Staffs. Lineage #3

In 1837 Jesse Shirley commenced supply of calcined bone ash to Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Limited. This enabled Jesse Shirley to prosper alongside the renowned factory of Josiah Wedgwood and forged its reputation as a supplier of Bone Ash to Fine Bone China manufacturers.

This prestigious partnership continues to the present day. [Note: the company went into administration in early 2009 upon the collapse of Wedgewood]


Source: Friendsofetruriamuseum.org.uk "The present operator of the company, i.e. Mike Shirley, is actually Jesse Crawford Michael Shirley, the sixth generation of the Shirley family to be involved in the affairs of the Hanley district and the fifth to be directly involved in the Jesse Shirley Company. Every generation has named one son, usually the eldest, “Jesse ……. Shirley”.

Joseph Shirley married Mary, giving birth to Jesse (1) in 1791. In 1811 he married Jane Knight who gave birth to Joseph in 1813 and Jesse (2) in 1819. But Jesse (1) died in 1828 and his widow Jane married John Bourne (1795 to 1852) in 1834 (Jesse (2) referred to John Bourne as his “father”, but strictly meant his step-father or perhaps refers to a close bond between them). Jesse (2) married Sarah Lovatt in 1843 having four sons including Jesse (3) in 1848. His son Jesse Wilfred (4) was born in 1883, he married Annie Crawford who gave birth to Jesse Wilfred Crawford (5) in 1922. He married Margaret Crawford who gave birth to Jesse Crawford Michael (6) in 1954.

Jesse born in 1834 was employed by his step-father John Bourne at his firm of Bourne and Hudson Bone Works originally as a writing clerk. When John Bourne died he left the business to his two step-sons Joseph and Jesse Shirley (2). It was the latter who had the present Mill constructed in 1856/1857."

 


Source: www.friendsofetruriamuseum.org.uk and Family Search

Joseph Shirley

married Mary ______

children:

1(i). Jesse Shirley b 6 Mar 1791; chr 20 Mar 1791 at St Johns the Evangelist at Hanley Staffordshire; He died in 1828

married Jane Knight Aug 4, 1811 at Hanley, Staffordshire; She remarried John Bourne Dec 17, 1834 after the death of husband

children:

2(i). Jesse Shirley - chr 22 May 1819 at Hanley Staffordshire; inherited Bourne and Hudson Bone Works from step father; He constructed the Jesse Shirley mill in 1856/7 in Etruria Staffordshire (see full pedigree below)

married Sarah Lovatt in 1843

children:

3(i). Jesse Shirley born 1848

children:

4(i). Jesse Wilford Shirley born 1883

married Annie Crawford

2(ii). Joseph Shirley - chr 25 Aug 1813 at Hanley Staffordshire; inherited Bourne and Hudson Bone Works from step father

2(iii). Benjamin Shirley - chr 1 May 1821 at Hanley Staffordshire

2(iv). John Shirley - chr 3 Jul 1815 at Hanley Staffordshire

2(v). Mary Ann Shirley - chr 7 Aug 1817 at Hanley Staffordshire

   


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