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Shirleys of Barford, St Michael, otherwise Great Barford, Oxfordshire England


DNA Haplotype I
(See lineage at bottom of page)

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William Shirley b. 1745 possibly at Lower Heyford Oxfordshire   (see documents)

married Ann Buttell (or Butwell) on April 29, 1770 at Hook Norton Oxfordshire (chr. 1742 Steeple Barton, Oxfordshire d. 1801 Barford St Michael, Oxfordshire)


1(i). William Shirley bapt Feb 1771 Rollright, Oxfordshire d. Oct 1853, When William  was 8 months old, his parents moved to Great Barford from Hook Norton, Oxfordshire (see documents link above) 

married 1) Sarah Smith on Oct 31, 1791 Barford, Oxfordshire. She was born ca. 1770 England died 1818 Barford St Michael, Oxfordshire. 


2(i). Hannah Shirley bapt. May 25, 1794  Barford St. Michael  m. Charles Woodford  lived Wisconsin USA

2(ii). Mary Shirley bapt 1796 Barford St. Michael

2(iii). Elizabeth Shirley bapt Jan 21, 1798 Barford St. Michael

2(iv). George Shirley bapt. June18, 1802 Barford St. Michael (?father name blank, mother is Sarah)

2(v). Maria Shirley bapt 1806 Barford St. Micheal

2(vi). Carolina Shirley bapt Sept 4, 1808 Barford St. Michael m. John Tustin of Deddington at Barford St. Michael

married 2) Eliza Gibbs in 1823 at Barford (source: parish records for the marriage of William Shirley, widower and census records identifying the proper William Shirley).


2(viii). Reuben Shirley bapt 1822 Barford St. Michael

married Martha______

3(i). Mary Ann Shirley bapt 1844 Barford St. Michael

3(ii). Reuben Shirley bapt 1846 Barford St. Michael

3(iii). Elizabeth Sarah Shirley bapt 1852 Barford St. Michael

3(iv). Harriet Shirley bapt 1853 Barford St. Michael

3(v). Mary Shirley bapt 1856 Barford St. Michael

2(ix). James Shirley bapt 1824 Barford St. Michael (twin); buried 1825 age 7 months

2(x). John Shirley bapt 1824 Barford St. Michael (twin); buried 1825 age 5 weeks

2(xi). Elizabeth Shirley bapt 1826 New Chapel, St Michael

2(xii). Joseph Shirley bapt 1828 Barford St. Michael (Apparently the death cert for Joseph Shirley of Queensland Austrailia lists his parents as Joseph Shirley and Elizabeth Baker, but marriage certificate correctly names father as William Shirley, not Joseph)

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2(xiii). Sarah Shirley bapt 1831 New Chapel, St Michael

2(xiv). John Shirley bapt 1832 Barford St. Michael (twin)

2(xv). Thomas Shirley bapt 1832 Barford St. Michael (twin); buried 1833 age 1 year

2(xvi). Ann Shirley bapt 1833 New Chapel, St. Michael

2(xvii). Thomas Shirley bapt 1837 Barford St. Michael; buried 1837 age 3 days

2(xviii). Mary Shirley bapt 1839 New Chapel, St Michael

1841 Census for Barford St. Michael

William Shurley 70 (b abt 1771)
Elizabeth Shurley 40 (b abt 1801)
Eliza Shurley 15
Joseph Shurley 12
Sarah Shurley 10
Ann Shurley 8
Mary Shurley 2
Sarah Gibbs 55  

1851 Census for Barford St. Michael

William Shirley age 81 b Rollright Oxon.
Elizabeth Shirley age 50 b Barford
John Shirley age 22 b barford
Ann Shirley age 16 b Barford
Mary Shirley age 11 b Barford


1(ii). Edward Shirley born April 1772; bapt July 28, 1773 Barford St. Michael, living at St Michael Barford in 1841 census with wife; He died 10 Jan 1854 at Great Barford. (Thanks to Steve Shirley for info on this family)

Edward Shirley Died January 10 Aged 83 years and 9 Month 1855 (Bible record)

married 1) Ann Dale on 2 Jan 1798 at South Newington Oxfordshire She was born about 1781 and died 1801 at Great Barford;

married 2) Ann (Nancy) Smith on 21 March 1803 at Newbold Pacey; She died 5 Apr 1858 at Great Barford

Ann Shirley Died Aprail 5 aged 77 in tha year of our Lord 1858 (Bible record)


2(i). William Shirley bapt 17 June 1798 at Barford St. Michael (see lineage at bottom of page)

2(ii). Hannah Shirley bapt 1800 Barford St. Michael

2(iii). Elizabeth Shirley bapt 1805 Barford St. Michael

2(iv). John Shirley bapt 1809 Barford St. Michael; buried 1810 Barford

2(v). Ann Shirley bapt 1812 Barford St. Michael

2(vi). John Shirley bapt 1815 Barford St. Michael; buried 1832 Barford age 17

2(vii). Joseph Shirley born 22 Oct 1817, bapt 2 Nov 1817 Barford St. Michael

Joseph Shirley wose born October 22 1817 (Bible record)

married Eliza Harrison on 12 Oct 1840 at Kenilworth


3(i). Ann Shirley born 2 Dec 1841 Great Barford

Ann Shirley wase born December 2 1841 (Bible record)

3(ii). Jane Shirley born 4 Sept 1847 Great Barford

Gaine Shirley wose born July 4 1843 (Bible record)

3(iii). Lydia Eliza Shirley born 11 Dec 1844

Elidea Eliza Shirley wose Born December 11 1844 (Bible record)

3(iv). Hannah Harrison Shirley born 28 Jun 1847

Hannah harrison Shirley wose Born June 28 1847 (Bible record)

3(v). William Henry Harrison Shirley b 15 Jul 1850 at Kenilworth; He died 11 jan 1899 at Birmingham. Research and Lineage of this family (.doc)

William Henry Harrison Shirley wose Born July 15 1850 (Bible record)

married Clara Jane Bolding on 11 Sept 1870 at Birmingham; She was born in Birmingham in 1851 and died 1923 in Birmingham.

William Henry Harrison Shirley Clara Jane Bolding Married at Saltley Church 11th September in the of our Lord 1870 (Bible record)

3(vi). Susannah Shirley born 25 Feb 1853 at Great Barford

Suhannah Shirley wose born Febuary 25 1853

3(vii). Louisa Elizabeth Shirley born 20 Aug 1857 died 24 Sept 1861 at Great Barford

Luesher Elizabath Shirley wose born August 20 1857
and Died tha 24 of September 1861

2(viii). Maria Shirley bapt 1821 Barford St. Michael

2(ix). Charles Shirley bapt 1823 Barford St. Michael

1(iii). Alice Shirley bapt May 28, 1775 Barford St. Michael

1(iv). Thomas Shirley bapt Mar 2,1777 Barford St. Michael

1(v). John Shirley bapt May 30, 1779 Barford St. Michael

married Sarah Burburrow at Hempton (Deddington) in 1803 (m. John Shirley of Gt. Barford)

may have married 2) Mary Wakefield 1819 at Adderbury Oxon. (m. John Shirley of Barford)

children born at Barford St. John:

2(i). Elizabeth Shirley bapt 1805 Barford St. Michael

2(ii). Joseph Shirley bapt 1808 Barford St. Michael

(note: dates for this family fit only this particular Joseph Shirley)

married Phoebe______

3(i). John Shirley bapt 1830 Barford St Michael

3(ii). Rhoda Shirley bapt 1834 Barford St Michael

3(iii). Sarah Shirley bapt 1836 Barford St Michael

3(iv). Hannah Shirley bapt 1838 Barford St Michael

3(v). Charles Shirley bapt 1841 Barford St Michael

3(vi). Rhoda Shirley bapt 1850 Barford St Michael

2(iii). Hannah Shirley bapt 1811 Barford St. Michael

2(iv). Sarah Shirley bapt 1813 Barford St. Michael; buried 1833 Barford age 20

2(v). Mary Shirley bapt 1815 Barford St. Michael

2(vi). Martha Shirley bapt 1818 Barford St. Michael; buried 1818 Barford

1(vi). Hannah Shirley bapt Aug 5, 1781 Barford St. Michael; likely the Hannah Shirley of Gt Barford who married Thomas Butler (of Greatworth) at Hempton (Deddington) in 1808

1(vii). Elizabeth Shirley bapt Nov 30, 1783 Barford St. Michael

1(viii). Ann Shirley bapt Aug 5, 1786 Barford St. Michael

Are these people related?

posted to rootsweb Worldconnect by Paul at

1. William Shirley Birth: 1798 in Great Barford, Oxfordshire according to the 1861 census of Blockley Warwickshire; He is possibly the son of William Shirley and Anne Maul of Barford Oxfordshire rather than son of Edward Shirley shown in the above lineage.

Marriage 1 Rebekah Freeman b: 1796 in Hidcote, Glos, England


2.i John Shirley bapt July 9, 1820

2.ii George Shirley bapt July 4, 1822 in Blockley Glos,

2.iii Charlotte Shirley bapt Jan 9, 1825

2.iv Job Shirley b: 1827 bapt 10 Apr 1827 in Blockley, Gloucestershire, Death: 1914, Loxley Warwickshire

Marriage 1 Anne Anderton 4 DEC 1848 in Wellesbourne; b: 1829 in Ilmington, Worcestershire, England


3.i Elizabeth Shirley b: 4 APR 1849 in Warks,

3.ii Ann Shirley b: 1852 in Old Stratford, Warwickshire,

3.iii William Shirley b: 5 FEB 1862 in Old Stratford Warwick, Gloucestershire Police Dec 7, 1886 as a 6th class constable. He died April 4, 1910. He was a sergeant in charge of Littledean Station, Courtroom, and Jail.

Marriage 1 Sarah Ellen Holtom 12 JUN 1883 in St Nicholas Church Loxley Wark; b: 1868 in Loxley Warks, England


4.i William Henry Shirley b: ABT 1884 in Loxley Warks, England

4.ii George Holtom Shirley b: ABT 1887 in Loxley Warks, England

4.iii Frank Shirley b: ABT 1892 in Loxley Warks, England

4.iv Lily Ellen Shirley b: 26 OCT 1893 in Tidenham, Gloucestershire, England

4.v Daisy Annie Shirley b: 26 OCT 1893 in Tidenham, England Albert Shirley b: 1896 in Tidenham, England

4.vii Charles Lovell Shirley b: 1900 in Tidenham, England

3.iv Joseph Shirley b: ABT 1869 in Old Stratford Warwick Death: 26 MAR 1951

Marriage 1 Alice Bennett 21 JUL 1890; b: ABT 1865 in Loxley, England


4.i Lilian Alice Shirley b: ABT 21 MAY 1892 in Loxley Warks, England

2.v Elizabeth Shirley bapt Nov 8, 1829 in Blockley, Glos William Shirley b: ABT 1832 Aston Magna, Death 5 March 1912 Age 80 At Combrock Warwickshire

Marriage 1 Susannah Johnson DEC 1855 in Shipston; b: ABT 1835 in Blackwell, Worcestershire, England


3.i William Shirley b: ABT 1857 in Aston Magna, Gloucestershire,

3.ii Joseph Shirley b: ABT 1858 in Aston Magna, Gloucestershire,

m. Elizabeth__ 1859 Solihull, Warwickshire


4.i William Shirley born about 1885 Aston Magna

4.ii Elizabeth Shirley born about 1899 Aston Magna

4.iii Clara Shirley born about 1891 Aston Magna

4.iv Fredrick Shirley born about 1888 Selly Oak, Worcestershire

3.iii John Shirley b: ABT 1860 in Blockley, Worcestershire,

3.iv Herbert Shirley b: 1864 in Chastleton, Oxfordshire, In the 1901 census they were living Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire. Herbert is recorded as a cycle maker and worked at home on his own account. Death Abt 1942 Solihull West Midlands Ancestor of DNA participant

Marriage 1 Emily Martha Wise b: ABT 1866 in Warks,


4.i Clifford Shirley b: ABT 1880 [1892?] in BIRMINGHAM West Midlands England; Death Abt 1976 Blackpool Lancs.

4.ii Herbert William Shirley b: ABT 1885 in Warks, England; cycle maker

4.iii Albert Shirley b: ABT 1885 in Warks, England

3.v Sarah Shirley b: ABT 1866 in Chastleton, Oxfordshire, George Shirley b: ABT 1867 in Evenlode, Worcestershire,

3.vii James Shirley b: ABT 1869 in Evenlode, Worcestershire,

m. Emily ___, 1867 Gaydon, Warwickshire


4.i Evelyn Shirley 1899 Selly Oak, Worcestershire

4.ii Lillie Shirley 1901 Selly Oak, Worcestershire

3.viii Ellen Shirley b: ABT 1871 in MORETON-IN-MARSH Gloucestershire

3.ix Charlotte Shirley b: ABT 1872 in MORETON-IN-MARSH Gloucestershire

3.x Mary A Shirley b: ABT 1874 in MORETON-IN-MARSH Gloucestershire

2.vii Reubin Shirley b: 1835 in Blockley Glos

Marriage 1 Elizabeth b: ABT 1836 in BIRMINGHAM West Midlands


3.i Anna Shirley b: ABT 1866 in King's Norton, Worcestershire,

3.ii Ada Shirley b: ABT 1868 in King's Norton, Worcestershire,

3.iii Elizabeth Shirley b: ABT 1871 in King's Norton, Worcestershire,


Email from:  Ben Tharaldson on September 24, 1998  and  Robyn Kinne December 1999    Additional info from Frank Shirley and Dennis Shirley has been added in December 2005 and Jan 2006 including a few items by Betty Shirley. 

Re: William Shirley
Posted by: Jane Lewis (IP Logged)
Date: December 28, 2007 06:06PM

Thanks for giving me the info about William. I feel that his parents were William and Ann (probably nee Maul) as they married in 1796. But I have looked on Family and cannot find a son William christened 1799. I am trying to get to the Oxford Record Office but it is never open when I am off work it is also a long way from where I live. I have also found that William 1799 had a daughter called Mary when he lived in Lighthorne Warwickshire, she had an illegitimate son called William but I cannot find any record of her after he was born in 1842 (his father was named as James Spicer on the birth cert). I don't know if you can help me any further or if you know of anyone else tracing this line of Shirleys. Thanks

Re: William Shirley
Posted by: Jane Lewis (IP Logged)
Date: December 29, 2007 07:52AM

I found the 1841 census confusing because of Mary's age, 60, but after a visit to the records office I found that she was actually Williams 2nd wife, his first wife was Elizabeth Gibbs (who was the mother of all of his children) he married her in Barford St Michael in 1822, then Mary Rodwell in 1837 after Elizabeth's death and just to make things more confusing he married another Elizabeth (Knight) in 1847 after Mary's death 1846.

The Mary who was Williams daughter was working as a servant (on a farm) in Chesterton Warwickshire on 1841 census, her baby (William b1842) was fathered by a James Spicer/Spier (I have a birth cert to confirm this) they were not married he was also a servant at Chesterton (Harwood House).

I have also found that Williams father was actually Edward Shirley b1773 of Barford St Michael who was married to Anne (they are both on 1841 census he as a pauper).

I have also traced that Edward's father was William Shirley m Ann Maule and that Edward was born in Barford St Michael. But I am stuck as how to get any further back.

Likely the William Shirley of the following family:

1841 Lighthorne Warw. Census

William Shirley age 40 [not b Warw.]
Mary Shirley age 60 [not b Warw.]
John Shirley age 15 b Warw.
George Shirley age 13 b Warw.
Hannah Shirley age 11 b Warw.
Maria Shirley age 6 b. Warw.

1851 Lighthorne Warw. Census

William Shirley age 52 b Gt Barford WARWICKSHIRE (says Oxon in 1871)
Elizabeth Shirley age 48 b Newton Ferrers, Devon
William Shirley  age 8 grandson b. Lighthorne Warw

 Note: Barford Warwickshire is less than 5 miles from Lighthorne, Warw. But 1871 census says Oxfordshire, so which?

Edward Shirley named as father of William Shirley in his son's marriage record (see lineage at top of page)

married ________


1(i). William Shirley born about 1798/99 at Great Barford Warwickshire [sic] (living at Ligthorne 1851), born at Banbury Warwickshire [sic] (living at Lightorne 1861), born at Great Barford Oxon (living at Lighthorne 1871).

married 1) Elizabeth_________, mother of all the children

married 2) Mary Rodwell on 17 July 1837 at Lighthorne Warwickshire

William Shirley, widower son of Edward Shirley married Mary Rodwell, widow, dau of Samuel Green on 17 July 1837 at Lighthorne Warwickshire

married 3) Elizabeth Knight on 29 August 1847 at Lighthorne Warwickshire. Her place of birth was listed as Newton Ferrers, Devonshire in 1851; She is widowed, age 78 and living at Lighthorne in the 1881 census. Several of her Meres grandchildren are living in the household.

William Shirley, widower son of Edward Shirley married Elizabeth Knight, widow, dau of Thomas Michel on 29 August 1847 at Lighthorn Warwickshire


2(i). John Shirley chr 29 July 1821 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire, age 15 in 1841 census. He was living at Whitnash Warwickshire in 1871 census, age 51 agricultural labourer; Living at 9 Church St Whitnash Warwickshire, age 59 in 1881 census

married Esther/Hester [Gardner] age 52 in 1871 census, born Northend Warwickshire (1871), born Burton Dasset Warwickshire (1881) [dau of Benjamin Gardner and Susannah Pithams]


3(i). Susannah Elizabeth Shirley chr 16 January 1843 at Gaydon Warwickshire

3(i). Mary Ann Shirley chr 2 June 1845 at Gaydon Warwickshire, age 15 in 1861 census

3(ii). Jesse Shirley chr 27 June 1847 at Gaydon Warwickshire, age 22 in 1871 census; Living at 33 Charles Street, Leamington Priors Warwickshire, age 33, builders labourer in 1881 census (born Gaydon Warw)

married Mary A. ______


4(i). Thomas Shirley born about 1875 at Leamington Warwickshire, age 6 in 1881 census

4(ii). William Shirley born about 1877 at Leamington Warwickshire, age 4 in 1881 census

4(iii). Jesse Shirley born about 1870 at Leamington Warwickshire, age 1 in 1881 census

3(iii). William Shirley chr 31 March 1850 at Gaydon Warwickshire, age 11 in 1861 census

3(iv). John Shirley born about 1861 at Lighthorne Warwickshire, age 10 in 1871 census, age 20 in 1881 census; He was enumerated in Smethwick Parish, Worcestershire in 1911 census, age 50 (born Lighthorne Warw.)

2(ii). Mary Shirley chr 25 May 1823 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire, not found in family's 1841 census

2(iii). William Shirley chr 4 September 1825 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire; buried 14 July 1843 at Lighthorne, age about 18.

2(iv). George Shirley chr 7 October 1827 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire, age 13 in 1841 census

2(v). Hannah Shirley chr 30 January 1830 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire, age 11 in 1841 census; She was listed as an imbecile, an inmate working as a domestic servant at the Union Workhouse at Southam, Warwickshire in 1881 census, age 52.

2(vi). Elizabeth Shirley chr 29 April 1832 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire; buried 30 September 1838 at Lighthorne; age about 6

2(vii). Maria Shirley chr 14 November 1834 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire

2(viii). Charlotte Shirley chr 9 December 1836 at Lighthorne, Warwickshire



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