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August 15, 2014

Thanks to Ruth for sending the following Ireland Cemetery photos!!!

1. Mothel Church, Kilkenny

2. Tombstone of John Shirley of Coolcullen, d. 1997, ae 80 and wife and infants

3. Tombstone of Robert Shirley second son of John Shirley of Coolcullen, d 1918, ae 75, son Annelsely and wife Euphemia

4. Tombstone of Thomas Shirley d 1909, and others [hard to read]

August 10, 2014

NEW PROJECT! I am beginning a project to identify Shirleys enumerated in the 1861 census for all UK counties. The first county is finished and posted in the members' section.

1861 UK Census

Staffordshire

July 13, 2014

Sorry for the lack of posting. I'm in the process of moving across country to work at a new university. Very excited, new local courthouses to research!!

Thanks to Helena for sending her very valuable research for the Shirleys of Marston on Dove in Derbyshire England. I have added her work to the existing research we have on that family.

I posted the original will document for Elizabeth Shirley, relict of John Shirley of Cubley Derbyshire (thanks to Helena for submitting!!!!)

In the name of god amen I Elizabeth Shirley widow and relict of John Shirley late of Cubley in the county Of Derby clerk and being in perfect health and of good mind and understanding God be praised do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner And form following first I commit my soul into the hands of almighty God My saviour and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at The discression of my executers hereafter named and as ? my worldly Estate I give and devise and bequeath the same as follows Item all my Lands tenements and heridments whatsoever situate and being At Hilton in the said county of Derby and elsewhere I give devise And bequeath unto my kinsman Thomas Wright clerk and my kinsman Joseph Wright grocer both of Derby in the said county of Derby and to Their heirs and assigns forever in trust that they shall not Dispose thereof and the money arising by sale of the same shall pay And employ for the maintenance education and advantage of my youngest Son Thomas Shirley but in case the said Thomas Shirley my said Youngest son shall happen to die without issue before he shall attain His age of one and twenty years and before sale shall be made of the Said premises that then my mind and will is that the said Thomas Wright and Joseph Wright and their respective heirs shall stand And be advised of the said premises to and for the use and ? Of my three other sons Joseph John and William Shirley and My two daughters Phanosia and Mary Shirley and their respective Heirs forever or in case the said Thomas Wright and Joseph Wright shall happen to have sold the said premises before such The decease of the said Thomas Shirley my said youngest son Without issue and the money arising by sale thereof shall Not be wholly disposed of in the maintenance education And for the advantage of my said youngest son Thomas Shirley that then such part of the said money as shall be Then undisposed of as aforesaid shall go and be paid to and Equally divided amongst the rest of my aforesaid sons and Daughters Item I give unto my said son Joseph Shirley The sum of thirteen pounds in the first bequest and Discharge of a legacy of ten pounds given and bequeathed to Him and by the last will and testament of Ann Smith My late mother deceased and of all interest that ? or May be retained or demanded for the same Item as to All my goods cattells money security's for money and Personal estate whatsoever and whomsoever (my debts The legacy before given to my said son Joseph Shirley and my funeral expenses being first paid thereof) I give and bequeath unto my said sons Joseph Shirley John Shirley and William Shirley and my said daughters Phonisia and Mary Shirley equally to be divided amongst them share and share Alike and lastly I do hereby rousitute and appoint The said Thomas Wright and Joseph Wright executers of this My last will and testament herby revoking all former Will or wills by me at any time here to for made and do Declare this to be my last in witness where of I the Said Elizabeth Shirley have to this my last will and Testament put my hand and seal this nineteenth day Of August in the year of our lord one thousand seven Hundred and thirty five. Signed sealed published and declared (the several ? and ? being first made? In the presence of us who have There unto subscribed our names as witnesses there unto in the testers Prescense

Thomas Bowyer Eli Shirley
William Ward
William Bowyer

This twenty-ninth day of July in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty Seven the above said Elizabeth Shirley do hereby further declare that my mind and will it is that My aforesaid executers shall apply and dispose of my personal estate and the interest and Produce thereafter of such part of the said personal estate and produce there of as they shall think Fit is and for the maintenance education and putting out such of my aforesaid children To whom my said personal estate is above given and bequeathed in such proportion And proportions as my said executors shall think proper and to such ? And employments as they shall ? most proper and suitable for them And that as they my children to ? the said personal estate is before Given shall ? attain the age of one and twenty years the said Personal estate and ? thereof or such part thereof as shall then Remain and be ? and in applied for the purpose aforesaid Shall be equally divided and paid to and amongst such my said Children and the survivors and survivor of them save only and Except the share of my said daughter Phonisia which shall be paid Unto her at such time and in such manner as my said executers Shall think fit and my mind and will is that my said executers Shall not be accountable or ? for any money that shall Happen to be left without then ? default in putting out to Interest or deposing for sale money and that neither of them my said Executers shall be any way accountable for the and of the other or Liable to make good a ? for any more of the said personal Estate or the ? or my real estate then what shall really ? His or their hand or ? representation and that they shall and May reimburse and pay them solney out of the said money all such ? and ? things and expenses as they shall ? Or to put by ? or the promise and I do hereby in witness Appoint and make this ? as a codicil to my aforesaid Will and to be put thereof and to be performed accordingly nominate My hand and seal

Signed sealed and published Elizabeth Shirley X
By the said Elizabeth Shirley
To the part of the will in the
Presence of

Elizabeth Gauage
Jane ?
Thomas Wright

1733 Will of John Shirley, clerk of Cubley Derbyshire

In the name of god amen I John Shirley of Cubley in the county of Derby clerk being infirm of body but of sound and perfect mind and understanding Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form Following my soul presented into the hands of almighty god my creator and My body ? to the earth to be decently interred at the discression of my executers Hereinafter named and as for my worldly estate I give devise and bequeath The some in manor following impetus all my freehold estate whatsoever and Wheresoever's I give and devise unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Shirley her Heirs and assigns for ever Item I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Phonisia and Mary Shirley and my four sons Joseph John William and Thomas Shirley the Sum of three hundred pounds of goods and lawful money of Great Britain to Be paid and divided amongst them at their respective ages of one and twenty Years by my said dear and loving wife Elizabeth Shirley in such shares and Proportions as she my said wife shall in her discression think most proper nethertheless My mind and will is that my said wife shall have liberty before my said sons shall attain Their respective ages of one and twenty years to make use of such part of the said Sum of three hundred pounds as shall be necessary for the putting forth of my said Sons or any of them appropriate and my will further is that the interest of the Said sum of three hundred pounds or such part thereof as shall ? after my Said sons or any of them shall be put forth appropriate shall in the mean time go and Be applied to and for the maintenance and tuition of my said sons and daughters respectively In such manner as my dear wife shall think fit Item I give and bequeath unto my said Deal and loving wife Elizabeth Shirley all my goods cattles chattels money ? For money and other my personal estate whatsoever and whomsoever she paying My debts legacy's and funeral expenses and I do herby commit the guardianship And tuition of my said sons and daughters unto my said dear and loving wife Elizabeth Shirley whom I do herby constitute and appoint sole executrix of this my last will And testament thereby revoking all former will or wills by me at any time Hereforafterwards and I do declare this to my last in witness whereof I have Hereto put my hand and seal this twentieth day of May in the year of our lord One thousand and seven hundred and thirty three Signed sealed published and declared the words for ever Being first interviewed in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as witnesses there to in the testurers Presence

Ann Buseton John Shirley
William Bowyer
Thomas Bowyer

1717 Will of Arthur Shirley of HIlton Derbyshire

In the name of god amen I Arthur Shirley the Elder of Hilton in the county of Derby yeoman being old and Infirm but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be Almighty god for the same do make publish and declare this To be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former And other wills by me hereunto made and first my will and Mind is that all my debts which I shall justly owe at my Death and my funeral expenses be fully paid of and discharged Item I give and devise all those my messuage houses lands Tenements and heridements whatsoever situate lying and Being in Hilton aforesaid and elsewhere in the said county
Of Derby unto my grandson Arthur Shirley of Hilton aforesaid And to his heirs and assigns for ever (except that messuage House or tenement wherein I now dwell) with said messuage House or tenement with the appurances I give and Devise unto my loving wife for and during the term of her Natural life and after her decease I give and Devise the same unto my said grandson Arthur Shirley his Heirs and assigns for ever Item I give and bequeath unto My son John Shirley the sum of six pounds Item I give
Bequeath and dispose all my goods and chattels and personal Estate of what kind or whatsoever unto my son Arthur Shirley and my son in law Joseph Ward whom I appoint Executers of this my said will and testament but my Will and mind is that I do herby order that my said wife Shall have the use and benefit of one half of all my Household goods and one half of my linen and woollen Of what kind so ever for and during the term of her Natural life in witness where of I have hereunto set My hand and seal the seventeenth day of January The year of our lord one thousand seven hundred And seventeen

Signed sealed published and declared Arthur Shirley
The witnesses subscribing their names
Hereunto in the presence of the said
Arthur Shirley

William Matthew
John Porter

June 19, 2014

I posted the following original estate documents to the Williams Co OH page in the members' section

Williams Co OH

1836 Williams Co OH WB 1, page 30 (page 32) Will of Robert Shirley. I Robert Shirley Senior of the County of Williams in the State of Ohio, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say: First, It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid. Second, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Shirley in lieu of her dower the plantation on which we now reside, situated south of Auglaize of section twenty six in Township Four North of Range Four East in the district of Piqua and state of Ohio, containing sixty nine acres and thirty hundredths of an acre, also the North fraction of the North West quarter of Section Thirty five in Township Four North of Range Four east in the district of Piqua and state of Ohio, containing sixty-six acres and seventy five hundredths of an acre, during her natural life, and all the livestock, horses, cattle sheep, hogs, etc, by me now owned and kept thereon. Also all the ho usehold furniture and other items not particularly named and otherwise disposed of in this will, during her natural life as aforesaid. She however first disposing of a sufficiency thereof to pay my just debts as aforesaid, and at the death of my said wife all property hereby devised or bequeathed to her as aforesaid or so much thereof as may remain unexpended to my six children, Nathan, James, Elias, Robert, Ruth and John. Second I give and devise to my youngest son John Shirley, thirty acres of land off of the North fraction of the West quarter of section thirty five in Township Four North of Range Five East in the district of Piqua containing sixty six acres and twenty five hundredths of an acre. Said thirty acres is to be divided off by an east and west line running through said fraction, and John is to have the south part of said fraction and I also give and devise to my son John Shirley the sum of two hundred dollars and it is my will that the above sum should be laid out in hand under the direction of my son, Nathan Shirley. I also give and devise to my son John, one horse, bridle and saddle, one cow and calf, and bed and bedding forever and at the death of my said wife all the property hereby devised or bequeathed to her as aforesaid or so much thereof as may remain after taking out that I have above devised to my son, John. It is my will that the property be disposed of and divided equally among my six children, Nathan, James, Elias, Robert, Ruth and John. And Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint my son Nathan Shirley as the executor for this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 25th day of January A.D. 1836 Signed, published and declared by the above named Robert Shirley Senior for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to this Samo. Peter Sharp Isaac Ho??? Robert Shirley E. Phelps Clerk

1836 June 24 Williams Co OH Administrations Book 1 page 182-191; Inventory and Sale of the estate of Robert Shirley dec'd (includes several prior pages/copy of Shirley's will, see above), Nathan Shirley, executor of estate.

June 18, 2014

I posted the following original will document to the Paulding Co OH page in the members' section.

Paulding Co OH

1871 Pauldng Co OH WB 1 page 223 (page 224, page 226, page 228) - Will of Nathan Shirley: On this the thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one came (illegible) Most and filed in this office of the Probate Judge of said County of Paulding a certain envelope, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Nathan Shirley, late of Auglaize Township in Said County deceased. And afterward to wit At a Probate Court begun and held at the Court House in the town of Paulding, Paulding County and state of Ohio. On this the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, by and before David C. Carey, Judge of said Probate Court. The following proceedings were had in the matter of the Last Will and Testament of Nathan Shirley, late of said County of Paulding in the state of Ohio, was this day presented to the court for Probate and H. S. Humphrey, Henry Daniel and Lewis S. Gordon, the subscribing witnesses to said will coming personally before the Court were duly sworn and examined according to law and this testimony reduced to writing and filed. And the Court being satisfied from said testimony that said will was duly executed and attested, that the testator at the time of executing the same was of full age, of sound mind and memory and under no undue or unlawful restraint, it is ordered that said will be admitted to probate, and that the testimony taken together with said will be admitted to probate and recorded to the provisions of the statute made and provided. And said is in the words and figures following to wit: I Nathan Shirley, of the village of Junction, in the county of Paulding and state of Ohio, do hereby make and (illegible) this my last Will and Testament; Item 1st. It is my will that all of my just debts be paid out of my personal estate. Item 2nd. I give and devise to my beloved wife, Ann P. Shirley, in lieu of all (illegible) interest in my estate, the following property, real and personal, viz. The home I am now building in Junction, and the lot on which the said is located, for and during the time of her natural life; the interest that may accrue on five promissary notes given sons by Nancy Dils and Andrew Dils, Each amounting to five hundred and ninety-five dollars and each dated July twenty-sixth, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy. It is my will that my said wife receive annually the interest that may become due upon said notes, Further, it is my will, that my said wife receive, during her natural life, one third of the rents and proceeds of my farm of one hundred and eighty acres, situated in Sections seven, eight, seventeen and eighteen, in Township number one (1) north of Range number five (5), east, in Putnam County, state of Ohio, and that my son, John W. Shirley, shall attend to the collecting and delivering to my said wife her said third interest in the rents and profits of said far. My said wife shall suitably (illegible) (illegible) rate him for said service. Item 3rd. It is my further will, that at the death of my said wife, my executors him after named shall pay to my Grandchildren Nathan Shirley Dils, and Nathan Shirley, son of Phillip Shirley, the sum of One hundred dollars to each. Item 4th. It is my further will that at the death of my said wife, that all of my property, both real and personal, shall go to my heirs, in equal amounts, share and share alike. Item 5th. At the death of my said wife, it is my will, that my son, Stephan Shirley, shall receive the sum of Three hundred and fifty dollars in cash out of my estate, and that he shall receive an equal share of my estate with the rest of my heirs, after said (illegible) is paid. I hereby appoint my sons, John W. Shirley and Stephen Shirley, Executors of this my last will and testament, and authorize them to sell and dispose of my sufficient property (after the death of my wife), to pay the cash bequeaths herein stipulated. I hereby revoke all former wills by me made. On witness whereof I have here (illegible) set my hand and seal, this twenty-sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one. Nathan Shirley (seal) Signed by the said testator, Nathan Shirley (mark). Witnesses: H. S. Humphrey, Henry Daniel, Lewis S. Gordon

June 12 2014

I posted the following original estate documents to the Jefferson Co WV page in the members' section

Jefferson Co WV

1823 June 23 - Jefferson Co WV WB 3 page 454 (page 455) - Inventory of the goods and chattels of John Shirly dec'd taken this 6th March 1822 [list] Jno Buckmaster, Stephen Cromwell, Adam Brown 23 June 1824 [sic]

June 6 2014

I transcribed and posted the following affidavit of Thomas Chase Shirley to the Oxford Co Maine page in the members' section

Oxford Co ME

17 [ ] 1879 at Fryburg, Oxford Co ME. War of 1812 Pension Application File of Jacob C Emerson. Age is 57 years that he resides as above and that he is son of Wm Shirley and a nephew of Edmund Shirley...Affiant's father served [ ] during the War of 1812 and affiant has often heard him speak of Jacob Emerson as having served there at same time. Affiant's uncle Edmund died about three years ago, aged about 83 years. Affiant thinks he did not go to Post C[ ] at the time the militia were called out during that war. Never heard his father say anything about his brother Edmund being not with him. Edmund Shirley was born in this town and lived here till a few years before his death. Affiant has heard his father say that Jacob Emerson went as a substitute pvt. Affiant does not remember for whom he served. To the best of my knowledge and belief the above is correc <s> Thos C. Shirley

May 25, 2014

I spent 3 hours this morning reformatting the online lineage for parts of Branch #19 Walter Shirley of Jefferson Co VA/WV. This is a huge family, so today's work is only part of what has already been done, and only part of what is left to do.

 

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