Thomas Shirley of Tullamaine, gent
County Kilkenny Ireland

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Thomas Shirley of Tullamaine, gent.
Catholic. He held considerable townlands at Knockreagh, Tullamaine, Thomastown Catholic Parish, Kilkenny. He was a cess payer for lands at Tullamaine, Shillelogher Barony in 1834. Catholic.

married Catherine Nowlan on _____ 1828 by license at _____, Kilkenny; Daughter of Catherine Nowlan and sister of Mrs Ann Ryan of Scart.

1828 Shirley, Thomas and Catherine Nowlan - Index of Marriage License Bonds, Diocese of Ossery, Ferns and Leighlin

Thomastown Parish Cemetery Marker - [no date] In loving memory of Mrs Catherine Nowlan of Kilkenny and her daughters Mrs Shirley of Knockreigh, and Mrs Ann Ryan of Scart. [Jerpoint Abbey]

Children of Thomas Shirley, gent and Catherine Nowlan:

1(i). Maria Shirley christened 13 April 1830 at Callan Catholic Parish, Kilkenny. Her parents were of Tulomane Kilkenny

13 Apr 1830 Callin Parish - Maria baptised daughter of Thomas Shurley and Catherine Nowlan; Sponsors: George Tallis, Ann Nowlan; at Tulomane

1(ii). Sarah Shirley christened 8 April 1832 at Danesfort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny

8 Apr 1832 Callan Parish, Kilkenny; Baptism Sarah to Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nowlan of Tuleman; Sponsors: Jno Walsh, Ann Nowlan

1(iii). William Shirley christened 9 March 1834 at Tullemain Catholic Church, Callan Parish, Kilkenny. Ed: I recently discovered an older William Shirley who is likely the following person: He apparently inherited his father's lands at Tullamaine, Kilkenny as eldest son. (was he baptized at an older age than at birth?)

9 Mar 1834 Shirley, William to Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nowlan, Tullemain Callan Catholic Parish; Sponsors Pat Colbert Anne Nolan

1849 Griffiths Valuation - Tullamaine Civil Parish, Shillelogher Barony
Occupied by: Carthy John; Townland: Knockreagh; Lessor: William Shirley; house
Occupied by: Dooly Edmund; Townland: Knockreagh; Lessor: William Shirley; house, offices and land
Occupied by: Fanning John; Townland: Knockreagh: Lessor: William Shirley; house and land
Occupied by: Lewis Thomas; Townland: Knockreagh; Lessor: William Shirley; house, offices and land
Occupied by: Shirley William; Townland: Knockreagh; Lessor: Hampden Hely Esq; house, offices and land

married Ursula Branigan on 21 December 1846 at Castland, White Church Parish, Kilkenny (Protestant). Daughter of Richard Branigan, gent of White Church. Is this marriage for the correct William chr 1834, i.e. age 12??? The marriage date must be wrong, because the link to Thomas Shirley of Tullemaine and then to Catherine Nowlan (i.e. William's chr record) is convincing!

Dec 21, 1846 William Shirley, Gent., married Ursella Branigan Parish Church in Castland, alias White Church. Son of Thomas Shirley, Gent. of Tullemaine. Daughter of Richard Branigan, Gent. of White Church.

1(iv). Catherine Shirley christened 19 June 1838 at Tullemaine Catholic Church, Callan Parish, Kilkenny

19 Jun 1838 Shirley, Catherine to Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nolan, Tullemain, Callan, SponsorsJoun Butler, Ellen Nolan

1(v). Richard Jeremiah Shirley christened 17 November 1839 at Callan Catholic Parish, Kilkenny; He is likely the same person who migrated to Texas (slightly different DOB and place), married, had children; Enumerated in the 1900 (age 55 b England) and 1910 census for Corpus Christi Nueces Co Texas (age 73, born Isle of Man); The passport application for his son James states his father was born on the Isle of Man and that he emigrated to the US about 1857; Richard died in Corpus Christi Neuces Co Texas on 31 May 1917

17 Nov 1839 Shirley, Rich'd Jeremiah to Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nowlan, at Tullemain, Callan; Sponsors Richard Corr, Jerry Nolan, Sally Nolan, Maria A Shirley.

Email: Richard Jeremiah Shirley (my great-grandfather was born in Douglas, Isle of Man, on 23 Nov. 1839, but grew up in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland. I think he came to the U.S. in 1859 and went to either Lockport or Rockford, Illinois (his obituary says Rockport which I couldn't find in Illinois; since there's a Rockport in our area, I think someone just made a mistake). By 1870 he was in Refugio County, Texas, and by 1900 he was in Corpus Christi, Texas. My mother had relatives in Mexico who knew they were related through Richard Jeremiah to a James Shirley (not James Gilbert Shirley who we know we are related to). I have been told James Shirley was born in Kilkenny in 1846, the son of Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nolan

1870 USA Census - Likely R J Shirley age 29 b Ireland carpenter, unmarried, living Refugio Co TX

1880 May 15 Nueces Co TX Marriage: J R Shirley to Ellen Vandervoort

1880 USA Census - Corpus Christi, Nueces Co TX
Richard Shirley age 38 born Ireland
Ellen Shirley Wife age 35 born Arkansas
Robt Vandervoort Stepson age 10 born Texas
Ellen Vandervoort Stepdaughter age 8 born Louisiana

1910 USA Census - Corpus Christi, Nueces Co TX
R J Shirley age 73 born Isle of Man
Ellen age 61 born Ark
James G age 21 born TX
Richard J age 19 born TX
Catherine age 21 born TX
Mary T age 16 born TX

Death Cert: Richard Jeremiah Shirley born 23 Nov 1839 Ireland; Died 31 May 1917 Nueces Co TX (Parents: "unknown"; Informant: James Shirley)

married Ellen Vandervoort (nee Sims) on 15 May 1880 at Corpus Christi Nueces Co TX; She died on 11 January 1926 at Corpus Christi Texas

children:

2(i). Annie M Shirley born about 1881 TX, age 19 in 1900 census

2(ii). Mattie C Shirley born about 1883 TX, age 17 in 1900 census

2(iii). Addalaide Shirley born about 1884 TX, age 16 in 1900 census

2(iv). Katherine Shirley born about 1887 TX, age 13 in 1900 census, age 21 in 1910 census

2(v). James Gilbert Shirley born 14 May 1888 at Corpus Christi TX (passport app), age age 11 in 1900 census, age 21 in 1910 census; He was working in Mexico in 1920 when he applied for a US passport, occupation: Mayfield Auto Co, US residence: Houston Texas, Other applications 1917 and 1919 contain similar information.


James G Shirley
1920 US Passport Application Photo

married Mae Luvinia Johnston of Brownsville Texas

children:

3(i). James Shirley born 4 August 1915 at Brownsville Cameron Co Texas

2(iv). Richard John Shirley born 13 December 1890 TX, age 10 in 1900 census, age 19 in 1910 census; He was married with children, living in Corpus Christi Nueces Co TX in 1930 census, age 39 and in 1940 census, age 47; He died 29 December 1953 at Corpus Christi TX

Ancestor of DNA Kit #942763

married Amy Lee Hughes She died 27 September 1958 at Corpus Christi Texas

children:

3(i). Richard Joseph Shirley born 31 May 1917 at Corpus Christi Nueces Co TX, age 12 in 1930 census

3(ii). Gerald Robert Shirley born 10 January 1920 at Corpus Christi Nueces Co TX, age 10 in 1930 census, age 20 in parent's 1940 census; He died on 6 May 1974 at Corpus Christi, TX; He married Willie Mae Janosek

3(iii). Loyola Gertrude Shirley born about 1926 TX, age 4 in 1930 census, age 14 in 1940 census

3(iv). Patty G Shirley born about 1928 TX, age 2 in 1930 census,a ge 11 in 1940 census

2(vii). Mary T Shirley born about 1894 TX, age 7 in 1900 census, age 16 in 1910 census

1(vi). James Shirley christened 27 August 1846 at Danesfort Parish, Kilkenny

Email: I was given the information on Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nolan by a distant relative who is more interested in another section of the family. Anyway, she said that Thomas and Catherine's son, James, was baptized in Danesfort, Kilkenny, on August 27, 1846. She didn't provide any documents, and I have no other information except what happened after they went to Mexico and then the U.S. and elsewhere.

1(vii). Thomas Shirley born about 1839 (age at death) parents identified in 1869 Catholic marriage record. He was a shopkeeper in Kilkenny City; Residence: High Street, Kilkenny City son of Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nolan of Killmay (marriage record); He died on 23 June 1895 in Kilkenny City, widower, age 56

1895 June 23 - Registration District of Kilkenny - Death of Thomas Shirley of Garden Row, widower, age 56 years, shopkeeper; Informant: Martin J Walsh, brother in law of deceased present at death, William Street

1866 October 6 Boston Pilot (USA) Irish News "up to September 15" - Marriages: August 26 in Dunnemaggin Martin John Walsh to Sarah, daughter of the late Thomas Shirley

1866 Sept 7 Waterford Mail - Married: Martin John Walsh esq High Street Kilkenny to Sarah Mary, daughter of the late Thomas Shirley esq, Kilkenny

married Mary Anne Dillon (nee Manning) on 21 November 1869 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Kilkenny City; daughter of William Manning and Flicia Meder; She died prior to the death of her husband in 1895

21 Nov 1869 St Mary's Kilkenny City Catholic Parish Register - Thomas Shirley of High Street, Kilkenny City son of Thomas Shirley and Catherine Nowlan of Killmay married Mary Anne Dillon of High Street daughter of William Manning and Flicia Meder(?) of Johns Well; Witness William Shirley of Garnaman and Kate [ ] Doyle of Ballyselka?

Catholic family

children:

2(i). Kate Shirley born 19 August 1879 to Thomas Shirley, grocer of High Street, Kilkenny and Mary Ann Manning

1870 Aug 19 - Civil Registration District of Kilkenny #2 - Birth of Kate Shirley dau of Thomas Shirley grocer of High Street City of Kilkenny and wife Mary Anne Shirley formerly Manning. Informant: father

2(ii). Thomas Henry Shirley born 24 November 1871 to Thomas Shirley grocer of High Street, Kilkenny and Mary Anne Manning; He died 26 May 1881, age 10

1871 Nov 25 (Reg in 1872) - Civil Registration District of Kilkenny #2 - Birth of Thomas Henry Shirley son of Thomas Shirley grocer of High Street City of Kilkenny and wife Mary Anne Shirley formerly Manning. Informant: father

1881 May 26 - Registration District of Kilkenny - Thomas Shirley of High Street, age 10 years, child of a shopkeeper; Informant: Thomas Shirley present at death, High Street

2(iii). James Shirley born 31 October 1872 to Thomas Shirley grocer of High Street, Kilkenny and Mary Anne Manning; He died on 2 June 1881, age 9

1872 Oct 31 - Civil Registration District of Kilkenny #2 - Birth of James Shirley son of Thomas Shirley grocer of High Street City of Kilkenny and wife Mary Anne Shirley formerly Manning. Informant: father

1881 June 2 - Registration District of Kilkenny - James Shirley of High Street, age 9 years, child of a shopkeeper; Informant: Thomas Shirley present at death, High Street

2(iv). John Shirley born 10 July 1874, baptised 12 July 1874 at St Mary Kilkenny Catholic Church to Thomas Shirley of High Street Kilkenny and wife Mary Anne Manning.

1874 July 10 - St Mary Kilkenny Catholic Parish - Birth of John Shirley son of Thomas Shirley and Mary Anne Manning of High Street; Baptised 12 July; Sponsors Canice Goss, Margaret Shirley

Francis Shirley (f) born May 1876, age 3 months at time of death on 15 August 1876

1876 Aug 15 - Registration District of Kilkenny - Francis Shirley (f) of High Street, age 3 mos, child of a shopkeeper; Informant: Mary A Shirley present at death, High Street

1(viii). Susan Shirley christened 6 April 1846 at Killy, Danesfort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny; Sponsors John Shirley Mary Shirley

1(ix). Elizabeth Shirley chr 29 July 1849 at Danesfort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny (parents named)

1(x). Bridget Shirley chr 1850 at Dansesfort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny (parents named)

1850 [stained] Frances Bridget baptised to Thomas Sherley and Catherine Nowlan; Sponsors William Shirley, Sally Shirley. At Garnaman

   


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