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August 21, 2016

I posted the following index of Shirleys named in the Guild of London Haberdashers records to the London page in the members' section

London

Haberdashers Company Register

1500s

1549, Thomas, Charley, Freeman
1583, Thoma, Sherley, Apprentice
1583, Thoma, Sherley, Apprentice
1584, Roger, Charley, Freeman
1584, Tho, Sherley, Apprentice
1584, Thoma, Sherley, Apprentice
1584, Thoma, Sherley, Master
1584, Thoma, Shorley, Master
1585, Jacobus, Sharley, Apprentice
1585, Tho, Sherley, Apprentice
1585, Thoma, Sherley, Apprentice
1585, Thomam, Sherley, Master
1586, Jacobus, Sherley, Apprentice
1586, Tho, Sherley, Apprentice
1589, Thomam, Sherley, Apprentice
1593, Barnardo, Charley, Master

1600s

1608, Jacobus, Sherley, Apprentice
1612, Thomas, Charley, Master
1619, William, Charley, Freeman
1623, Johes, Sherley, Apprentice
1632, John, Sherley, Freeman
1638, Johi, Sherley, Master
1640, Robtus, Sherley, Apprentice
1646, Jacobus, Sherley, Apprentice
1646, Johin, Sherley, Master
1647, John, Sherly, Master
1654, John, Shirley, Master
1654, John, Sherley, Master
1656, Andrew, Sherley, Apprentice
1656, John, Sherley, Apprentice
1661, John, Sherley, Master
1661, John, Shurley, Master
1664, Andrew, Sherley, Freeman
1667, Ben, Sherly, Master
1668, John, Sherley, Master

1700s

1702, Richard, Sharley, Apprentice
1716, Thomas, Shorley, Apprentice
1724, James, Shurley, Apprentice

1800s

1818, William, Shirley, Apprentice
1825, William, Shirley, Freeman
1830, John, Shirley, Apprentice

August 20, 2016

I spent numerous hours over the course of the last several days investigating and updating the information and family tree of the old Shirley family, goldsmiths of London. James Sherley of this family was one of the financiers of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. Many extended family relatives were actively involved in trade to the American colonies. It seems logical that some of the many untraced members of this extended family could have immigrated to the New World.

August 5 2016

NEW DNA RESULT - WARREN CO PA - New DNA results for a descendant of the Shirleys of Warren Co PA match exactly several other Shirley families who also lived around the NY, Ohio and PA areas.

But results also potentially overturn the origin of another Shirley family, or it least call into question their DNA result.

Up to this point, the Shirley Association had identified one DNA result as the official profile for the very old Shirleys of New Hampshire, Branch 25 who migrated from Londonderry Northern Ireland to Boston then to NH in the early 1700s. It's important to note that despite the very large NH family spreading far and wide, the Shirley Association did not have a 2nd DNA result to confirm the 1st result.

Today, we have a result from the Shirleys of Warren Co PA who have long claimed connection with Branch 25 (and the Shirley Association has agreed, placing their lineage within the Branch 25 family. But the new DNA does not match the New Hampshire family DNA (as previously identified by only 1 test).

The Warren Co PA family matches Branch 20 Robert and Susannah Baker Shirley of PA, Branch 58 Thomas Shirley (born NH), Branch 44 Abiather Shirley of Ohio (who is very likely the son of Job Shirley/Shelly of NY Branch 86 who originated in Plymouth Mass).

They also match 1 of the 2 Shirley families of Berrien Co Michigan, known as Branch 98. Note, the 2nd Shirley family of Berrien Co Michigan is indeed the family originally deemed by the Shirley Association to represent Branch 25, the Shirleys of New Hampshire! (the one that does not match any other Shirleys)

So, which is the real DNA profile for the Shirley family of New Hampshire?

CALL FOR DNA - We need any male Shirley who is a proven descendant of the Shirleys of New Hampshire Branch 25 and unrelated to the above 2 families to take the FTDNA test to confirm once and for all which profile is correct.

August 1, 2016

REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT - Thanks to Margo for the news!

Shirley Cousins Reunion
Decendents of Thomas and Mollie (Grubbs) Shirley Branch #7
Benjamin and Arminta (Smith) Shirley

Saturday, September 3,2016
Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds Community Building
13300 300 South Lebanon, Indiana

10am Donuts and coffee (till 2pm)
Lunch at noon. Bring a side dish or dessert. White Elephant Auction 1:30
Bring an item to raise funds for next year's reunion.

Sunday,Sept.4 Lunch at Denny's at 1:30pm
1524 W South St Lebanon 765-428-1508

All Shirley and Smith decendents welcome!

For more information call Mary Hicks 765-325-9246 or cell 765-894-9087

July 24, 2016

Posted the following original probate document to the Anderson Co SC page in the members' section

Anderson Co SC

1862 September 8 Letters of Administration on the estate of James Shirley, dec'd granted to Rebecca Shirley pg 454

July 23, 2016

Posted the grantee and grantor deed index for Shirleys to the Edgecombe Co NC page in the members' section

Edgecombe Co NC

Edgecombe Co NC Grantor/Grantee Deed Index 1802 - 1920

Posted the following official deed transcriptions to the Anson Co NC page in the members' section

Anson Co NC

Feb 2, 1762 Anson Co DB 3 page 28 William S. Shirly to Isaac Davis, adjoins Jeremiah Clark

Feb 2, 1762 Anson Co DB 3 page 33 William S. Sherly to Jeremiah Clark

Oct 23, 1762 Anson Co DB 3 page 149 William S. Sherly from George Carter & wife, Cartledge Creek

Mar 10, 1763 Anson Co DB 3 page 143 William S. Sherley from Christopher Hunt, Cartledge Creek

Jan. 12, 1768 Anson Co DB H-1, page 210, William Stoutly Sherly of St. Pauls Parish, Georgia to Micajah Pickett Jr.,  for 12 pounds, 125 acres granted to Wm. Blewett Mar 6, 1750, on north bank of Cartledge Creek....to Dry Fork, northeast of   Peedee.  (2 more deeds same as this, p. 212 &216).

Jan 13, 1768 Anson Co DB H-1, p. 205 William Stoutley Sherley of St. Paul' Parish, Providence of Georgia, to Micajah Pickett Jr., of the waters of Craven County South Carolina, for 20 pounds, tract on northeast side of Peedee River to west side of Cartledge's Creek, granted to him April 1762. (no acreage given). Isom, Eliz. Picket and John Sutton. Proved by Eliz Pickett. 

Posted the following original NC land grant records to the Anson Co NC page in the members' section

Anson Co NC

Nov. 26, 1757 NC Land Grant to William Stantly Shirly; Book 2 pg 171; N. E. side of Pee Dee river crossing the school House branch of Hitchcocks Creek; 200 acres

Nov. 26, 1757 NC Land Grant to William Stontly Shirly; Book 16 pg 139; On the No. Et. side of P. D. river Beginning at a hickory crossing the Schoolhouse Springs Branch of Hitchcocks Creek; 200 acres

Jul. 1, 1758 NC Land Grant to William Stoutly Shirley; Book 2 pg 199; N. E. side of Pee Dee river N. side main fork of Cartledges Creek; 200 acres

Jul. 1, 1758 NC Land Grant to William Stoutly Shirley; Book 16 pg 214; On the No. Et. side of P. D. River beginning at a red oak N. side of Main fork of Cartledges Creek; 200 acres

June 22, 2016

Posted parish christening records to the Staffordshire page in the members' section. 1820 to 1900. Sorted both chronologically and by parish.

June 21, 2016

New German Shirley Branch - I have added a 4th Shirley branch of German origin to the Non-members' section. This lineage has long appeared on the Seneca Co Ohio page in the members' section as a work-in-progress.

4. Anthony Jacob Scherley of Baden Germany, lived in Seneca Co Ohio

June 14, 2016

Own a piece of Shirley History - for a mere £1,625,000!

Historic Rewlach Farm near Longnor Staffordshire is up for sale. The farm now consisting of 178 acres was long the seat of a very prominent Shirley family of Staffordshire, a family that produced major Staffordshire pottery merchants in England and around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Baltimore MD.


Rewlach Farm
Photo from sale listing: Rightmove.co.uk

Rewlach Farm remained in the possession of the Shirley family at least through 1997 when the London Gazette publicized the probate of the estate of John Hope Shirley, residence Rewlach Farm, Fawfieldhead, Longnor, retired farmer who died 15 June 1997.

May 31, 2016

I posted the following deed index records (1823-1860) to the Merrimack County NH page in the members' section

Merrimack Co NH (formed from Rockingham Co in 1823)

02/20/1826 Merrimack Co Deed - Wicom Thomas To Shirley D M 8 / 151 Hooksett
03/04/1826 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley Thomas To Rowe Daniel, Sawyer Asa 8/259 Bow
04/03/1852 Merrimack Co Deed - Poor Arria, Poor Joseph To Kimball Andrew, Kimball David A, Shirley John Jr 109 /11 Hooksett
03/16/1853 Merrimack Co Deed - Kimball Andrew Shirley John Jr To Kimball David A 115/258 Hooksett
04/10/1855 Merrimack Co Deed - Parker B S, Parker H C, Parker Henry C To Sherley John 126/305 Hooksett
05/04/1857 Merrimack Co Deed - Farmer Mary, Simeon Farmer To Shirley Daniel M, Shirley Robert M II 145 / 20 Hooksett
05/04/1857 Merrimack Co Deed - Farmer Noyes To Shirley Robert M 145/15 Hooksett
02/03/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Butterfield Samuel By Atty Shirley John M Atty To Russell Cornelius 135/438 Wilmot
02/10/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley Margaret A, Shirley Robert M To Dodge John G 145/84 Not Named
02/10/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley Margaret A, Shirley Robert M To Dodge John G 145/85 Hooksett
02/27/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Cilley Asa B, Morey William To Butterfield Samuel By Atty, Shirley John M Atty 135/445 Wilmot
05/27/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Butterfield Samuel, Cooper David, Scales James, Shirley John M To 135/486 Andover
08/17/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley John Jr, Shirley Susan W To Parker Henry C 145/137 Hooksett
10/01/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Wicom Enoch G To Shirley Daniel M 143 / 103 Hooksett
10/01/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Wilkins James M K To Shirley Daniel M 143 / 104 Hooksett
10/01/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Wicom Enoch G To Shirley Daniel M 147 / 82 Hooksett
10/01/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Hooksett Town Of To Shirley Daniel M 151 / 67 Hooksett
11/22/1858 Merrimack Co Deed - Mitchell Adaline P, Mitchell Nathaniel Ii, Parker H C, Parker Henry C, Shirley John, Shirley Susan To Amoskeag Manufacturing Company 151/115 Not Named
01/26/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Mitchell Adaline P, Mitchell Nathaniel Ii To Shirley John 143 / 170 Hooksett
01/26/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley John, Shirley Susan W To Mitchell Adaline 143/173 Hooksett
01/26/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Mitchell Adaline P, Mitchell Nathaniel Ii To Shirley Susan W 143/171 Hooksett
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Gilchrist James Gdn, Shirley Daniel M Estate, Shirley Horace By Gdn To Parker David A, Parker John M, Shirley Edward C, Shirley Robert M 151/ 280 Hooksett
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - French Leonard C Ii Adm, Shirley Daniel M Estate To Parker David A, Parker John M, Shirley Edward C, Shirley Robert M 151 / 278 Hooksett
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley E C, Shirley Edward C, Shirley R M, Shirley Robert M To Parker David A, Parker John M 145 / 184 Not Named
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Prescott Anna J, Prescott Arah W To Parker David A, Parker John M, Shirley Edward 153 / 94 Hooksett
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Dodge John G, Johnson Harriett, Johnson Sylvanus D, Shirley Gilman, Shirley Joseph, Shirley Nancy To Parker David A, Parker John M, Shirley Edward C, Shirley Robert M 145 / 183 Hooksett
04/30/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Heald Ephraim, Heald Mary J To Shirley Joseph 154/76 Elsewhere New London
06/20/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Mitchell Adaline P, Mitchell Nathaniel Ii, Shirley John To Campbell John, Kennard James 151 / 316 Hooksett
09/17/1859 Merrimack Co Deed - Parker David A, Parker Emily S, Parker Emma S, Parker John M, Parker Letitia C, Shirley E C, Shirley R M, Shirley Robert M To Prescott Arah 145 / 195 Hooksett
01/10/1860 Merrimack Co Deed - Shirley Daniel, E. C. Shirley, Edward C Shirley To Stokes Moses D 145 / 203 Hooksett

April 26, 2016

Posted the following item that points to Shirley/Shelly surname transformation to the Bristol MA page in the members' section.

Benjamin Shelly (Bristol Co MA 1780 Original Will of Benjamin Shelly)

children:

1. Abiather Shelly d 1777

2. Libeus Shelly/Shirley? (married Bethana Wilbur in Bristol Co, moved to Franklin Co MA)

3. Job Shelly/Shirley? (married Mary Wilbur in Bristol Co, moved to Franklin Co MA, then NY, son Abiather Shirley lived in Ohio?)

Posted the 1846 will of Richard Shirley to the Blair Co PA page in the members' section

Blair Co PA

1846 Blair Co PA WB AB page 183, page 184, page 185 - Will of Richard Shirley

Posted the following 1875 will of Thomas Shirley Sr of Conemaugh Twp to the Indiana Co PA page in the members' section

Indiana Co PA

1875 June 3 (probated) Indiana Co PA WB 4 page 259, page 260 - Will of Thomas Shirley Sr of Conemaugh Township

April 6, 2016

PROJECT COMPLETE! - Betty Shirley's daughter Delaine has scanned each of her mother's Shirley News from original paste-ups. Many editions include very high quality original photographs!

Betty Shirley published the Shirley News from the late 1970s till the mid 1990s. She even published a dozen separate news editions specifically for non-US Shirleys.

The new Shirley News Archive is a treasure for generations to come. Thanks Delaine!!

April 4, 2016

I am still on the trail of the ancestors and descendants of Alexander Shirley who died in 1831 in St Charles Co MO (see April 2, 2016 below). Evidence is mounting that either 1) Alexander is a child of John Shirley who died in next door Lincoln County and who was a member of the Valentine Shirley Branch #29, or 2) that Alexander is a heretofore unknown younger child of the same Valentine Shirley. Here is the will of John Shirley of Lincoln Co MO (s/o Valentine) whose estate problems with his Shirley family appear in St Charles Co MO and involve the administrator of the estate of Alexander Shirley (so big coincidence?)

1835 Will of John Shearly, dated Oct 3, 1835. Bequeath to John Foster all my right and interest in the following named negros Slave Milly and her children Henry, Lot, Alcy, Ben, Caroline, Sarah Jane and youngest and all personal property.... and he is to pay my brothers, Henry and Charles Shearly.  Wit: William Highsmith and F.K. Duncan.  Recorded Dec 25, 1835. (A-40) Will Book "A" & "B", 1825 - 1855 Similar slave names as owned by Alexander Shirley in next door St Charles Co MO in 1831. Alexander's estate record says slaves in dispute with Charles and Henry Shirley, same guys in dispute with their brother John Shirley who left the will above. See 1834 item below in April 2 posting.

April 2, 2016

I posted the following transcribed probate court records for Alexander Shirley deceased to the St Charles County Missouri page in the members' section.

1831 Feb 19 - Know ye that whereas Alexander Shirley of the county aforesaid (St Charles) died intestate as is said and William N Fulkerson having given satisfactory security and complied with other regulations of the law I give and grant authority to administrer all goods and chattles of said deceased lying within the state aforesaid.

1831 July Term - Book 1 pg 144 - Ordered that William N Fulkerson administrator of the estate of Alexander Shirley decd lease the tract of land belonging to said estate for the term of 3 years upon the most advantageous terms and make a report thereof to this court at next term for confirmation.

1832 March term - it is ordered that William N Fulkerson administrator of the estate of Alexander S. Shirley deceased rent out the real estate of said intestate for the term of one year.

1832 Dec term - It is ordered by the court that the administrator of the estate of Alexander S. Shirley deceased hire out the slaves belonging to said estate for the term of one year at the house of Widow Shirley in Cuivre Township on his taking bond with security.

1834 Feb term - Book 1 pg 261 - Ann B Shirley now Ann B Purdome vs Alexander Shirley estate - Notice in open court by the admr for $565.00 presented and continued until next term

1834 May term - Book 1 pg 280 - Alexander Purdome vs Alexander Shirleys est. - Demand presented at the last term of the court for $565 was this day examined by the court and $282.50 of the same allowed and ordered to be paid in the sd deft

1834 May term - Book 1 pg 283 - William N Fulkerson admr of the estate of Alexander Shirley decd came into court and made settlement which is in the [ ] and figures following

1834 May term - Book 1 pg 283 - The court appoint Dr Beriah Graham guardian of Minerva Jane Sherly orphan minor of Alexander Sherly deceased under the age of fourteen years on his giving bond and security in the sum of $600 with Samuel Stratsen and Thomas N Cunningham his securities bond to be taken in vacation. [note: released from guardianship April Term 1835]

1834 Aug term - Book 1 pg 291 - William N Fulkerson admr of estate of Alexander Shirley dec'd appeared in court made satisfactory proof that he had notified all persons….publication in a newspaper called "The Farmers and Mechanics Advocate" for 6 weeks…has sufficient personal estate to satisfy [debts] except the slaves which the interest of the estate requires should not be sold in consequence of a suit instituted in Chancery by Charles Shirley against the said Admr and John Shirley Snr to set aside the bill of sale to said Alexander for said negroes as fraudulent….tract of land in St Charles Co 150 acres purchased by Shirley on 11 March 1830

1835 July term - Book 1 pg 347 - William N Fulkerson admr of Alexander Shirley deceased by Campbell atty filed his annual settlement as follows:

1837 Dec term - Book 2 pg 75 - the court appoint William N Fulerson guardian of Minerva Jane John W and Clinton Shirley orphan minor heirs under the age of fourteen years of Alexander Shirley and order that he enter into bond in the sum of $2834.

1837 Dec term - Book 2 pg 77 - William M Campbell atty for Hezekiah Purdom and Ann his wife formerly the widow of Alexander Shirley dec'd moved the court to assign to said Ann her dower in the negroes belonging to said estate and Wm N Fulkerson guardian of all the heirs being in court the court order that Aelsey, Ben and Caroline be assigned to said Ann Purdom as her dower in the slaves of said estate but not to be delivered to said Ann until their present term of hiring expires…And all the other slaves of said estate are to be transferred by the admr to the guardian of the children of said Alexander Shirley dec'd.

1838 Sept term - Book 2 pg 128 - Ordered that Wm N Fulkerson admr of Alexander Shirley sell at public sale…a negro boy named Henry belonging to the estate of said deceased. One half of the purchase money to be paid in hand and the balance in nine months from the day of sale.

1840 Nov term - Book 2 pg 276 - Hezekiah Purdom plt vs Wm N Fulkerson guardian of Minerva Jane Shirley John William Shirley and Dewit Clinton Shirley deft. Demand petition for allowance

1841 Aug term - Book 2 pg 341 - William N Fulkerson admr of estate of Alexr Shirley filed in court his annual settlement

1841 Nov term - Book 2 pg 368 - Personally appeared in open court William N Fulkerson guardian of John Sherley and Dewit Sherley minor heirs of Alexander Sherley dec'd and filed his petition praying for partition of the slaves of said deceased

1842 Mar term - Book 2 pg 383 - Safitiser Rael who has intermarried with Minerva J Shirley one of the heirs of Alexander Shirley decd came into court and acknowledged that he has secured from William N Fulkerson full payment and satisfaction of all monies and slaves coming to said Minerva to her from her fathers estate.

1842 Mar term - Book 2 pg 385 - Wm Eckert and Wm M Campbell two of the commissioners appointed to make partition of the slaves of Alexander Shirley dec'd came into court and made their report allotting to Minerva Shirley a negro boy named Ben and a negro girl named Jane. To John Shirley a negro girl called Lolla a negro boy called Bob and a negro child also called Bob. The lad named appraised at one hundred dollars. To Dewit Clinton Shirley a negro girl named Manah and a negro girl named Caroline.

 

March 16, 2016

Shirley News Scanning Project - Betty Shirley's daughter Delaine is still hard at work scanning her mother's spectacular Shirley News. We have newly posted volumes dating from April 1985 through January 1990. More on the way!

Note: photos in these newsletters are amazing. Delaine is scanning using original photos and publishing mark-ups. If you or your parents attended one of the (many) Shirley conventions, please find the appropriate news edition, take a look at the photos. You might be in them!

UPDATE: newsletter volumes through Fall 1994 now uploaded

March 3, 2016

Here is an example of a small item I post about every other day to the website (but don't mention it here)

I found the following item this morning, and knew exactly the Shirley family he fit into.

[1490] Surrey Archealogical Collections - Prebendaries of Eardington [list] Master William Shurley occurs in 1490 [act book]

These grants (or jobs) tended to run in families, and I already had the following item posted to the website for Shropshire in the members' section:

1495 Grant to John Shirley chief clerk of the kitchen and Richard Shirley and either of them of the next presentation to the canonry called Erdyngton in the church of Bridenorth county Salop [Shropshire] - cal of patent rolls

The reason this interests me, is that the above John Shirley is part of the well known Shurley family of Isfield Sussex (earlier Herefordshire). He later became cofferer to King Henry VIII.

The Isfield Sussex Shirley family tree has not been properly researched in my opinion. I believe that strays and branches of this family might exist today!!

The above Richard Shirley (clearly a relative) is Richard Shirley of Ware Hertfordshire who died about 1505. He was a servant to the King's mother for a time. There are other relatives of this family who I have uncovered and have yet been able to trace their descendants. And so the mention of William Shirley in the newly found document mentioned above is yet ANOTHER untraced member (surely).

The Isfield Shurley family actually later married into the Wiston (Sussex) Shirley family who were a cadet branch of the main aristocratic Shirleys of Ettington. But the Isfield Shurleys were not related to the Shirleys, at least not as far back as the eye can see at the moment.

See my lineage for Shirleys of Prestign and Stockton Herefordshire

See my lineage for Shurleys of Isfield Sussex

February 14, 2016

SHIRLEY NEWSLETTER PROJECT UPDATE - Betty Shirley's daughter Delaine has very generously agreed to digitally scan her mother's original Shirley News manuscripts (the original printer paste-ups). Thank you, Delaine! This means that Betty's very hard and valuable work will be preserved and archived for generations to come. The following digital Shirley News editions have been added to the previously posted partial collection of Shirley News editions.

Shirley News (Jan 1981 - Jan 1985)

Vol. 1 No 11
Vol. 1 No 12
Vol. 1 No 13
Vol. 1 No 14
Vol. 1 No 15
Vol. 1 No 19
Vol. 1 No 20
Vol. 2 No 1
Vol. 2 No 2
Vol. 2 No 3
Vol. 2 No 4
Vol. 2 No 5
Vol. 2 No 6
Vol. 2 No 7

January 31, 2016

I posted the following merchant ledger index records to the Prince William Co VA page in the members' section. We have long possessed the details for Shirleys named in the Daniel Payne merchant ledger, but do NOT have details for the ledger of John Glassford

Prince William Co VA

Shirley ____; 1758-1776 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio, 114
Shirley, George "security for Richard Shirley, Junr. 1775-1776 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 177
Shirley, John; 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio, 114
Shirley, John; 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio, 127
Shirley, John; 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio, 133
Shirley, John Junior; 1763-1764 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 162
Shirley, John Junior; 1765 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 111
Shirley, John Junior; 1765-1766 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 88
Shirley, John Junior; 1767 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 142
Shirley, John Junior; 1767-1768 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 158
Shirley, Richard; 1768-1769 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 172
Shirley, Richard; 1768-1769 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 175
Shirley, Richard Senior; 1771-1772 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 125
Shirley, Richard Junior; 1771-1772 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 264
Shirley, Richard Senior; 1773-1774 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 186
Shirley, Richard Junior; 1773-1774 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 230
Shirley, Richard Junior; 1774-1775 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 162
Shirley, Richard; 1774-1775 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 186
Shirley, Richrd Senior 1775-1776 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 160
Shirley, Richard, Junior "Security by George Shirley" 1775-1776 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 177
Shirley, Thomas; 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio 87
Shirley, William 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio 114
Shirley, William 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio 124
Shirley, William 1758-1764 Daniel Payne's Ledger, Book A, folio 133
Shirly, Richard Senior; 1765-1766 John Glassford and Company Ledger folio 202

January 10, 2016

I have been working with descendants of the Staffordshire Shirleys over the last 3 days (they live in Australia). We are trying to clean up and update the lineages we have for that particular Shirley cluster. This work motivated by the new DNA result for USA Branch #34 matching the DNA for these families.

I constructed the following research "work in progress" for the origins of Branch 34 Ferrers Shirley of London

Research on the English Origins of this Family New!

January 7, 2016

DNA News!! The very first DNA results for a male Shirley descendant of US Branch 34 Ferrers Shirley are now published. The family's DNA matches a group of English Shirleys who clustered in Staffordshire. This is Haplotype I

Matching Staffordshire Branches

England Branch Benjamin Shirley (m. Mary Ann Gilliam Sept 2, 1827 St. Alphage Parish, Greenwich, Kent)

England Branch Shirleys of Rewlach Staffordshire

England Branch Samuel Francis Shirley b. ca1817 MDX d Prestwich Lancs.

England Branch William Shirley of Alstonfield Staffordshire to Australia 1912

England Branch John Shirley b Hanley Staff. to Baltimore MD

December 18, 2015

I transcribed the following newspaper story about the death of Walter Shirley of Jefferson County WVA in 1873. He was part of Branch 21. He was notably the foreman of the jury that convicted John Brown, of the famous Harpers Ferry fame.

Spirit of Jefferson., February 04, 1873 - SAD ACCIDENT - This community was shocked on Friday last by learning of the sudden and untimely death of Mr. Walter Shirley, a highly respected and well-known citizen of this county, and brother of our Delegate in the Legislature, Jas. W. Shirley esq. It seems, from what we can learn, that Mr. S. started for home from the residence of Mr. Philip Gordon, at about dusk on Thursday evening, and a short time afterwards was found in the woods of Mr Ephraim Watson, by a little son of Mr. Gordon's with his head out of his body otherwise injured, having been thrown from his horse against a tree. Mr. Gordon immediately reparied to the spot and removed him to his house, where every effort was made to bring him to consciousness. All was unavailing, however and he expired in a few moments, having never spoken after the accident. The friends of the deceased have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. His remains were attended to the grave on Sabbath last by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Here is the original:

 

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