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June 30, 2018

BROKEN LINKS? - I clicked on a link for a will in our members' section and it was broken. I looked at the file path and realized that the file was referring to a folder containing all my summer 2017 research findings - a folder I had deleted some months ago. But where were the original 100+ files painstakenly researched last summer? Nowhere to be found.

After a panic, I found all the files in my computer recycle bin, not yet permanently deleted. PHEW!

Today, I begin the process of retyping all the corrected URL references for each of the 100+ files from my summer research process, documents from dozens of US states, provinces, English counties etc.

June 29, 2018

EXCITING NEW DNA RESULTS - The Shirley Association offers free DNA tests for England participants. We recently funded one such test of a Shirley who descends from a cluster of old families originating out of Marsh Gibbon Buckinghamshire. Test results match the largest USA DNA cluster E-M35 (the old E1b1b1) - which include numerous Shirley branches. Also matches the Shirleys of Kilkenny Ireland and Portsea Hampshire England.

June 20, 2018


Our DNA project host, FTDNA has recently instituted a number of data privacy changes. DNA participants are now able to hide their public results while having their results still appear to project administrators (This is why you now see zero results for some categories on our DNA results page at FTDNA). Again, inexplicable for operating a DNA project for genealogy purposes. You researchers need to see the vast array of DNA results. It doesn't help when certain (sometimes critical) results are hidden.

We have always hidden the names of DNA participants (the test takers) in our public presentation at FTDNA, and only indicate generally where they "fit" on our Shirley branch pages at - usually 2 generations removed (at minimum)

I do not know what to do about these new changes. I may ban participants from the project if they do not "toggle" and choose to disseminate their results publically. But banning results is not a great solution. Every result has the potential to solve a family riddle - that's why we do DNA in the first place!

Of the last 27 DNA participants in the Shirley surname project, 85% have now chosen to hide their results from public view. (Again, no names are ever shown publicly)

Why should those who selfishly hide their Shirley results be able to benefit from those DNA participants who publicly disclose their Shirley marker patterns?

Should I shut the whole project down?

June 14, 2018

ORIGINAL SETTLERS GATHERING: Boonesboro KY June 23, 2018. This would include descendants of Branch 30 Michael Shirley

Email from the Director of the Madison Co KY Historical Society

All of the sponsoring organizations are pleased to have positive feedback from the Chenault, Callaway, French and Boone families for participation at this year’s Gathering. Additional genealogical support will be provided by the Society of Boonesborough. Several other local and state organizations will be present to provide various historical and property information. Of note, the Boone Society is holding its bi-annual reunion this year and will have over a 100 members attending.

For those who will come to provide family information, support will be provided for table and chairs, power, and a wi-fi connection for computers. However, you should plan to furnish your own umbrella or canopy for fending off the sun or rain, if we are beset with inclement weather. The fort opens to the public at 10:00 am so plan to arrive for setup appropriately before then. If you have a canopy to erect, several of us will be there on Friday afternoon about 3 or shortly thereafter to put ours up. For those who will be “manning” a table, you will be allowed in without paying the entry fee and will be provided a “vendors” badge. Please provide the number of “key” people you will use to Bill Farmer, see the email address above, and me so adequate badges are available.

For everyone, we would appreciate you publicizing this unique event using your contact lists of your members. Even if you do not have a family representative there to field queries, chances are that others may be able to help. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces there this year looking for their roots.

If this year did not fit your schedule, mark your calendar for 2019, probably the second Saturday of June for the next Gathering. The Callaway Family Association has advised that it will have its annual reunion then so you may run into relatives even if you aren’t a direct member of their group. More details will be furnished to all as dates and other information are settled.

With regards,

Tom Black
President, MCHS


June 11, 2018

NEW USA BRANCH - I posted the following new Shirley family lineage to the USA non-members' section. DNA results match the very large cluster of USA Shirleys in the E Haplotype.

103. James Sherley born about 1822 in Tennessee, age 28 in 1850 Perry County Arkansas census, occupation: Ferryman. Married Jane. Haplogroup E1b1b1 New

June 6, 2018

REUNION! Branch 7: 104th Reunion, Estherville Iowa: July 29, 2018

Margot Elmhorst has provided details of a reunion in Estherville Iowa. These are descendants of Thomas Shirley and his wife Mollie Grubbs (Branch #7).

79th Shirley Cousins Reunion for the descendants of Benjamin Thomas and Arminta Smith Shirley (Thomas and Mollie Grubbs Shirley Branch #7). All Smiths and Shirleys of any branch are welcome.

The "old" Shirley Reunion was first recorded in the Boone/Hendricks County, Indiana area in 1914 and ran till 1964. The Cousins Reunion started in 1937

Sunday, July 29, 2018 12:30 pm

Homestead Condos (back of Super 8)
108 North 18th St.
Estherville, IA 51334

Potluck (fried chicken, coffee, water and lemonade will
be furnished). Bring your own table service.

Please notify your children and siblings.

Please bring whatever you think may be of interest.

Questions? call Lavonne Kirk 712-362-4946, Carol Shipley 712-362-2103
or Diane Franker 712-336-1110.

Hope to see you there!!

May 31, 2018

Australia and New Zealand. Posted the following items to the Australia and New Zealand pages in the members' section

History - "The Great Pioneers of Bribie Island (Queensland): William Shirley (1881-1852)

Auckland NZ Marriage Record - 1884 - George Shirley b London, s/o John George Shirley married Annie Elizabeth Sinclair b Auckland d/o Andrew Sinclair

Tasmania - 1854 - Power of Attorney granted to Henry Shirley by Richard Shirley

April 18, 2018

I posted the following original will documents to the Warwickshire page in the members' section


1725 Will of Thomas Shirley of Lower Brayles, Warwickshire, proved by widow Elizabeth. To wife Elizabeth Shirley all messuages or tenement in Lower Brailes until son John Shirley attains the age of 22 years, then same to him. 50s to wife for natural life. To my loving mother Mary Eades L3. All rest to wife Elizabeth Sherley for maintenance of all my children till each attains age 22. To daughter Kezia L50 and unto John Samuel Mary Thomas Elizabeth Katherine the rest of my children the sum of L40 apeice when attain age 22. Wife Elizabeth executrix. 9 Nov 1725 <s> Thomas Shirley Wit: Joseph Watts, Eliz King, [?Tho ?Duhardson]

1743 Will of Eliz. Shirley, widow of Little Wolford, Warwickshire. 11 January 1742. Proved by Parsons Shirley, her son. To nephew Samuell Randall's wife Mary Randall, nephew William Randall, Charles Randall, Robert Randall, etc. To son in law Parsons Shirley executor. <mark> Elizabeth Shirley Wit: H Ingram, Elizabeth Porter

1779 Will of Parsons Shirley of Little Wolford, Warwickshire yeoman. To daughter Elizabeth Sherley L20, furniture. To daughter Mary Hall L10. To son Edward Sherley L5, and when completed apprenticeship L5. To son Thomas Sherley L20 when age 21, and furniture. To daughter Sarah L20 at age 21, and furniture. To son William Sherley furniture. To sons William and Edward Sherley wearing apparel. Household furniture to my 5 children: Elizabeth, William, Edward, Sarah and Thomas. Son William to maintain, educate son Thomas and daughter Sarah until age 21. Son William Sherley residual, all cattle, husbandry wagons ploughs and named executor and 6 Aug 1776 <s> Parsons Shirley Wit: Samuel Randle, Benjamin Claridger

April 6, 2018

I abstracted and then posted the following original English wills to the Oxfordshire page in the members' section

Oxfordshire England

1736 Will of Thomas Shirley, yeoman of Churchill. - buried at executrix discretion. To Elizabeth Bouller daughter of Henry Bouller of Churchill 5L provided she pleases her father and mother in marrying. To kinswoman Sarah Bouller the remainder of goods and chattles <mark> Thomas Shirley Wit: Thomas Hunt, Robert Haney, Thomas Watts - W. 95.128; 63/4/5/

1743 Will of John Shirley, yeoman of Sarsden - To my wife Althalia Shirley during her life all my leashold messuages etc in Sarsden, and after my decease of said wife to my son Thomas Shirley for aall the remainder of the several termes and 50L, all corn and grain and cattle. All residue to wife Attalia Shirley and appoint executrix <mark> John Shirley. Wit Joseph Ellis, John Sheperd, Thomas Bulley - W. 151/4/37

1760 Will of Judith Shurley, widow of Bloxham - To neice Elizabeth Parish 2 guineas. To William Townsend son of my nephew William Townsend 1 guinea. To nephew Richard Townsend 1 guinea, to nephew Thomas Townsend 1 guinea. to nephew Mathew Townsend cloth that of my late husbands Mr Hendrick. To Elizabeth Gibbs the daughter of my niece Judith Gibbs, diamond ring, all the residue and executrix <mark> Judith Shurley. Wit: Elizabeth Salmon, John Hughes, John Councer - W. 213.498; 152/2/40

1775 Will of Elizabeth Shurley, spinster of Cuxham - To my kinsman Paul Styte 15L. To kinsman John Styte 10L to kinswoman Elizabeth Poole 20L to kinswoman Elizabeth Goodenough the wife of Edward Goodenough 10L. To kinswoman Mary Styte tenement of my dwelling house in Warborough which is base tenure and apartment called the Parlour End adjoining east on an orchard and dwellign house belonging to Thomas Collens. , also gardens lately rented by Richard Arther, during her natural life, then to her heirs. to kinswoman Mary Styte cow and furniture. Residue in Warborough to my kinswoman Ann Tanner wife of ___Tanner of Baldwin, appoint her executrix, <mark> Elizabeth Shirley. Wit: James Brown, John Gammon, Thomas Bone, Edward Beaper - W. 216.207; 152/4/37

1794 Will of Thomas Shurley, yeoman of Kingham, formerly of Sarsden page 2 - To Ann my wife 1/3 part of the annual income of my estate in parish of Kingham formerly in possession of Richard Dodge of Dailsford Worc during natural life. and 1/3 money etc. After her decease then said part unto my 2 sons herin named. To my 2 beloved sons Thomas Shirley and John Shirley remaining 2/3 of estate etc. if son Thomas Shirley or John Shirley die before age 21 shares go to survivor. appoint Revd Arthur Saunder rector of Sarsden and Wm Jackson yeo of Churchill to be executors. <s> Thomas Shirley Wit: James Hunt, Jno Hewitt, Mary Hunt - W. 218.146; 153/2/12

1818 Will of Elizabeth Shirley, widow of Cornwell page 2 - have a stone placed in the churchyard at Cornwell in memory of my late husband Joseph Shirley and myself. To my first cousins Mary Groves and Ann Turtle wearing apparel and personal property To my cousin Hariot Turtle appoing executrix <s> Elizabeth Shirley Wit: Frances Penystone, Charlotte Penyston - W. 102.213; 238/2/34

1832 Will of Sarah Shurley, widow of Hook Norton page 2, page 3, page 4 - Residue to Joseph Mathews of Hook Norton grazier and Richard Bloxham of Hook Norton , named executors. Trust part to John Osborn the husband of my late granddaughter Mary Osborn advancement of great grand children John Osborn, Wm Osborn and Septimus Osborn the children of my said late granddaughter Mary Osborn <mark> Sarah Shurley Wit: Thomas Tilsley, Henry Tilsley - W. 223.397/ 274/2/30

1849 Will of John Shurley, yeoman of Kingham page 2 - all my freehold, messuage etc situate at Kingham now in my own occupation to the use of my son John Shurley, also all household goods etc. To daughter Mary Ann Marnes 30L To daughter Elizabeth Shurley 30L To son James Shurley 40L. To daughter Charlotte Shurley 30L To daughter Susanna Shurley 30L. Appoint son John Shurley executor. <s> John Shurley Wit: Thomas Breman, Kingham farmer, Geo F Tilsley solicitor of Chipping Norton - W. Aff. 226.440; 276/1/22

1857 Will of Edward Shirley, parish sexton of Cropredy page 2 page 3 codicil - all my messuage malthouse etc in the City of Coventry now in the occupation of Thomas Wynn as leasee to my wife Sarah Shirley for natural life and after decease to Rev John Ballard vicar of Cropredy and Wm Smith of Cropredy to hold upon trust, to sell at auction or private [long trust verbiage] wife to have use of all household furntire for life and after decease to divide amongst all my children. 10L to daughter Hannah Arkell Robinson wife of JOhn Robinson of Perhanger in parish of Passenham Northampton, butcher . Benefit of my daughter Sarah Shirley. Residue to my 3 sons John Shirley, Edward Shirley, and George Shirley and my 3 daughters Hannah Arkell Robinson, Elizabeth Shirley and Mary Ann Shirley equally (provision if they are not age 21). Codicil 3 April 1840: Ballard has died, so appoint eldest son John Shirley of Cropredy laborer in his place as turstee and execuoter. Have also advanced 40L to son Edward and son George; January 1854 <mark> Edwad Shirley Wit: Thos Judge solicitor Banbury, Ja Barford clerk - W. Cod. Aff. 105.98; 239/2/31

1730 Will of Richard Sherley, farmer of Bicester - farmer in the parish of Bistar [sic] buried in a 'cristan decent manar' Son William and my son John executors. To them all household goods and cattle and implements of husbandry and corn . To son in law John Lamborn. To daughter Elizabeth his wife and their daughter Elizabeth 1s To their son John Lamborn L40. To my son Francar [sic] his son Richard L10 and to my son Thomas 20s to be paid to my grandson John Lamborn L40 when he is 21 years of age. To my grandson Richard [no surname] L10 when 21. <s> Richard Shirley Wit: John Barratt, Mary Barratt, Martha Newman - W. 94.242; 151/2/41

1704.Will of Robert Sherly, yeo, Newland, Cogges - bried at discretion of my executors. to my daughter Barbara Sherly L5 To son Edward Sherly the house I now live in and barn and my 2 grounds adjoining to the house and barn and hovel. To son William sherly all that house now in the occupation of John Day and the cow house adjoining. To son Edward Sherly brass kettle. Remaining goods and chattles to wife Jane Sherley, make her executrix. <mark> Robert Sherly. Wit: Robt Crawly, George Banbury, Daniel Arundell. - W. 93.193 150/2/21

1671 Will of Edward Sherly, yeo, Newland, Cogges Inventory, page 2 - to Robert Sherly son of my brother Thomas Sherly the house wherin I live with the close etc adjoining after the decease of Magdalen my now wife. 20L to John Sherley, eldest son of brother John Sherly, 20L to Edward Sherly son of said John Sherly. To Christain Timden [ ] Rest to Magdelen my now wife. Appt William Townsend to be overseer. <mark> Edward Sherly. Wit: Richard Jordan, Leonard Underwood. - W.I. 149/3/6

1661 Will of Thomas Shurlie, sen. Husbandman of Churchill Inventory - buried in the churchyard in the parish of Churchill. To William Shurlie my second son 3L4s. To Robert Shurlie my youngest son 3L10s. To Marie Shurlie my youngest daughter 5L. To Jane Shurlie 20s. To my [ ] Thomas Smith my daughter Elizabeth [ ] 4L. To my other children equally. To Thomas Shurlie my son Thomas his son the sum of 20s. to my daughter Ann Spaye her seven children 20s. Rest of my goods moveable to son in law Robert Skayer appt executor. <mark> Thomas Shurlie. Wit: William Sessions, Robert x Shurlie - W.I. 61/2/6

1607 Will of Ezechias Shurley, husbandman of Mixbury - To be buried in the churchyard of Mixbury. To Mary my daughter after the decease of my wife . to Elizabeth my daughter 10L aupon her marriage. . To my sister Isabell goddaughter. to church of Mixbury. To sister Maryath. . to my shepherd boy. to Ursula my wife sole exectrix. Raply? Shurley and Richard Lamberde my overseers. <s> Ezechius Sherley. Wit: William Marion, William Welles, George Tesdwell, Thomas Wellcombe, [ ] Musbee - W.I. 58/4/6

March 16, 2018

I posted the following original wills and inventories to the Oxfordshire page in the members' section

Aston Rowant Parish, Oxfordshire

1630 Oxfordshire Probate - Sherley, Eliz wid. Aston Rowant. 1630. Page 2 W.I. 60/2/37 LW&T of Elizabeth Sherley of Aston Rowant, widow - to be buried in the churchyard of Aston Rowant, To sons Edward and John Sherley all goods and chattels equally between them. To son Thomas [money]. To my four daughters Agnes, Cicely, Elizabeth and Grace [money]. To grandchild Elizabeth Russell [money]. To Jane Russell and Grace Russell my two granchildren [money]. To poor of Aston. Make two sons Edward and John my sole executors 13 September 1630 <mark> Elisabeth Sherley. Wit: Wm Turner, Anne Pott, Thomas Budd (Inventory, page 2, page 3).

1667 Oxfordshire Probate - Sherly, Jn, yeo. Aston Rowant, Page 2 1667. W.I. 149/2/12 LW&T Sherly, Jn, yeo. Aston Rowant, 1667. W.I. 149/2/12 - Dated 13 August 1667. Buried at discretion of my executor. To loving wife Annis Shirley L20 per annum during life and L16 per annum paid to her by my daughter in law Mary Sherley widow in consideration of L350 which she holds during the life of said Annis. etc. To my grandchild John the son of Edward Shirley L10. To the 3 children of Charles Fletcher of Crowell L5. To my grandchild Elizabeth the daughter of Joseph North L5. To the poore of Aston. Crop divided equally betwixt my daughter in law Mary Sherley . to son John Sherley of Holton Bucks yeoman all my bill, bonds, debts, chattels real and personal whatsoever and appoint sole executor <mark> John Sherley Wit: Thomas Reynolds, Richard Belten (Inventory, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4)

1669 Oxfordshire Probate - Sherley, Edm, yeo. Aston Rowant, 1669. W.I. 61/3/32 Dated 1667 LW&T of Edmund Sherley of Aston Rowant, yeoman. First I give to my cozyn John Sherley of Holton Bucks yeoman 1 acre of arable land lying in Aston toward Kingston. also other land 1/2 ares in Kingston to Acknell Way. I give to my brother Thomas Sherley and his four children 20 shillings each. To my sister Grace 20 shillings . To the 3 daughter of my deceased Nephew Thomas Shirly 20 shillings each. To my nephew John Sherly of London L10. To my kinswoman Elizabeth North 20 shillings. To my kinsman John Rayner and Richard Rayner 5 shillings each. To my godsonnes Richard Cornish and Richard Belson 10 shillings each. To godson Filbet 5 shillings. To all my other godchildren 12p each. To the poor of Aston Rowant 40s. Residual to aforementioned nephew John Shirly of Holton my brother's son also appoint him executor. 14 August 1667 <mark> Edmund Sherley. Wit: John Linke, Thomas Reynolds. Probate 1669.

1677 Oxfordshire Probate - Shirly, Annis, wid. Aston Rowant. 1677. W. 62/1/3 LW&T Shirly, Annis, wid. Aston Rowant. 1677. W. 62/1/3. To be buried near my late husband and children in churchyard of Aston. . To each of my grandchildren and great grandchildren 5s each. To poore of Aston 12p. . To Michael Nash of Holton Bucks 5s. To William Russell of Meadle Bucks 5s. To Mistris Stopes of Crowell 5s for gloves. To my goddaughter Alice Chownes 2s6p. Whereas there is due unto me upon bond from John Shirly of Wicomb Bucks the sum of L15 I give to Priscilla the wife of John Shirly of London to be paid of the said monies. To Elizabeth Fletcher of Crowell Oxon L6. Bringing up the children of said Priscilla and Elizabeth. To Elizabeth House of London my granddaughter L3. To Mary Fletcher . To Elizabeth Fletcher. To Mary Shirley of Crendon widdow a barrell. To Mary the daughter of Mary Shirly a tubb. To Jane the daughter of the sd Mary Shirly a trunk. To the son of Edward Shirley of Holton pair of sheets. To the daughter of John Shirly of London my wedding ring and linens. To Frances Hewett and other friends and neighbors . My late husband John Shirly deceased left me L4 pounds per year to be paid by son John Shirly of Holton (but never paid), all too Elizabeth Fletcher of Crowell Oxon widow. To Priscilla wife of John Shirly of London L5. To Eliz House of London. Pewter to son John Shirley of Holton also appoint him executor. 18 March 1673/4. <mark> Annis Shirly. Wit: [ ] Hewitt [ ] Reynolds

January 4, 2018

I posted the following probate court transcripts to the Surrey England page in the members' section

Surrey England Archdeaconry Court

5 Oct 1500 [English] Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of John Plumer of Wandsworth, jnr. son of John, heir to my father and exec. to my mother (to be buried in the churchyard; to high altar 4d; to repair of church a ewe) to Anthony Nores a ewe; to Robert Nores a ewe; to John Syms a ewe; to Robert Scherley a ewe and to his wife Joan Scherley another; to John Hoy a ewe; all my father's tools to my brother William Plumer if he comes into the craft; to Harry Sandy 6s; to Elizabeth Scherley a sheet; to John Richardson a sheet; residue to Beatrice Nores and Robert Scherley, execs. and my houses and land that my father gave me, masses to be done until my brother William Plumer is of age Witnesses: Harry Plowgh, priest; John Smyth; Nicholas Barbone Proved: 26 Oct 1500 [DW/PA/7/2 ff.72r-v] Transcription

8 Jul 1558 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Richard Maye of London, citizen and skinner, sick (to poor of St Thomas Hospital, Southwark 10s) to my son James Maye £25 but if my wife pregnant then £5 of it to that child with remainder to my wife and then to poor; to my wife a gold ring with a blue stone and a 'gemeure' of gold; to my son James Maye a gold ring with a signet; to John Tollesworthe 1s and to his wife 1s; to William Walbye 1s; to Sybil Jellye 1s; to Agnes Sherly 1s; to Ellen Bourne 1s; to Alice Cousen 1s; to Alice Warren 1s; I forgive Amy Crede the matron 5s 8d she owes me and to Alice Birch 1s; to Richard Swann 1s; to Margaret Thomas 1s; to Roger Bryce 1s; to Richard Herrye 1s he owes me; residue to my wife Ann Maye, exec. Overseers: Leonard Penyngton, skinner; John Watson (10s each) Witnesses: Richard Herrye; Leonard Penyngton; John Watson Proved: 21 Jul 1558 to exec. [DW/PA/5/1558/194]

25 Apr 1610 Surrey Archdeaconry Court Will of Michael Dodd (X) of Caterham, husbandman (to our minister John Tatersall £5) my friend George Evelyn of Godstone, esquire shall be paid the £12 I owe him for sixty trees to be felled out of Abbots Whitfield and Ashfield in Caterham; my kinsman John Dodd of Tandridge shall be paid £21 I owe him; to my sons £10 each; to my daughter all my goods in the custody of Richard Snelling, William Heath, Robert Shurley and Richard Terry; residue to my wife Margaret Dodd, exec. Overseers: John Dod; John Tatersall Witnesses: JT; Edward Drew; Thomas Hoord Proved: 17 May 1610 to exec. [DW/PA/7/8 ff.126v-127r; DW/PA/5/1610/45]

27 Sep 1619 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Richard Creswell of Warlingham, yeoman, sick (to be buried in chancel; 2s 6d to its repair; to poor of Warlingham: John Terrie's widow 1s; Richard Terrye's wife 1s; old Margaret ... at James Anderson's 1s; widow Shirly 6d; mother Warde 6d) to son Robert Creswell livestock; to grandchildren Richard, Avis Creswell and Robert £2 each when 21 or married; to Catherine wife of John Creswell livestock; to John Borrowdale, Thomas Borrowdale and Catherine Borrowdale children of Catherine Haywarde £2 each when they reach 21 or married; to son John Creswell 5s; to Catherine Haywarde 5s; residue to wife Jane Creswell and son WilliamCreswell, exec. Overseers: friends William Wood of Chelsham Court; Edward Wood of Morden (2s 6d each) Witnesses: William Wood; George Terry (X); Richard Creswell (X) Proved: 21 Feb 1620/1 [DW/PA/5/1620/37]

29 Jul 1625 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of John Shurley of St Olave Southwark, weak I owe Thomas Harisone £10, Richard Fowell £10, Nicholas Barnet £10, (Mrs) Townsend at the Cow, Southwark £2, (Mr) Rebelle £4, (Mr) Whittwell £3, (Mr) Hiller £3 10s, (Mr) Fellgatt £3, (Mr) Fillpott £1 13s, (Mr) Sewell £1 19s, (Mr) Gartone £2, (Mr) Mayche £1, (Mr) Crouder 16s, Edward Harrison £2 10s, (Mr) Prise £5; to my servant Thomas Butcher £5 Proved: 29 Jul 1625 by John Wilborowe, clerk to Elizabeth Shurley, relict no exec. being named, in person of Thomas Goldham, proxy [DW/PA/7/11 f.176r; DW/PA/5/1625/221] Transcription

19 Apr 1627 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of William Kinge of Tandridge, yeoman (to be buried in the church; to repair of church 3s 4d) to my cousin Richard Kinge of Tandridge my two tenements, one in occupation of John Shurley called Walders and other in occupation of Abraham Alford called Forte in Oxted; to Thomas Kinge £2 10s; to John Mathew son of Roger Mathew of Limpsfield £2 10s; residue to my cousin Richard Kinge, exec. Overseers: friends Edward Fuller, esq.; John Wood, yeoman Witnesses: Solomon Cole; Henry Medherst; Henry Muggeridge (X); Edward Terrey Proved: 27 Apr 1627 to exec. [DW/PA/7/11 f.413r; DW/PA/5/1627/65]

21 Feb 1637/8 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of John Spence (X) of Titsey, sick 5s owing to me by Edward Macham of Titsey; £1 owing to me by William Sherly of Titsey; 5s owing to me by William Briding; 7s owing to me by the parishioners of Titsey for service; 4s I owe to John Pane for malt; 3s I owe to George Lawrence for a pair of shoes; 2s 4d I owe (Mr) Stileman; 1s owing to me by my brother Giles Miggie; £2 owing me by George Bayes' widow; £2 8s I owe to my son in law Edward Quinden £3 5s; to my daughter Edward Quinden's wife 5s; to my eldest son Brian Spence £6 at 21; to my son Robert Spence £4 at 21; residue to my wife Witnesses: [none given] Proved: 21 Feb 1637/8 relict dying, to brother Giles Miggie in minority of Brian and Robert Spence [DW/PA/7/12 f.387r; DW/PA/5/1638/124]

Apr 1672 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Ann Worsley of Bermondsey, widow end of Mar or beginning of Apr 1672 [nuncupative] considering the incapacity of my son John Worsley to manage his affairs being deaf and dumb all to him asking (Mr) Thomas Shirley and (Mr) John Allen to care for him, execs. in trust Witnesses: Ann Bacon; Thomas Cuckow Proved: 16 Oct 1672 to exec. [DW/PA/7/15 Q.10; DW/PA/5/1672/82]

10 Oct 1706 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of William Neale of Bermondsey, stapler (to be buried in the churchyard on south side near my wife Catherine Neale) to my cousin Jane Pearce £20 and all my wife's clothes; to my cousin Richard Neale, stapler 1s; to my cousin Richard Neale son of above £20 to bring him up; to my cousin Thomas Neale of Charlbury, Oxfordshire, tobacco pipemaker £20 (he is a cripple); to children of my late cousin William Ford of Sonning, Berkshire, boat builder to bring them up £20; to my cousins Austen Young and his wife of Hare Hatch near Reading, Berkshire £20; to my cousin Arthur Sander a 'singing boy' who lives with a hatter in Bermondsey Street £5; to Mary Lyons £5; residue to my cousin James Wiggins, tobacco pipemaker of Drum Alley, Drury Lane, London and cousin William Neale of Bermondsey Street, hatter, execs. between them Witnesses: George Berry; Henry Capell; James Shurley Proved: 21 Apr 1707 to execs. [DW/PA/5/1707/118] (died today at dawn)

28 Feb 1712/3 Surrey Commissary Court - Will of Woolley Symons of Chertsey, waterman, sick to daughters Elizabeth wife of John Butler and Frances wife of William Shurley 1s each; to son Daniel Board and his wife Mary (my daughter) freehold messuage in occupation of William Blake in Chertsey for life and then to grandson Woolley Butler; to daughter Margaret Symons copyhold messuage etc. in Chertsey adjoining freehold tenement in my occupation paying to my daughter Ann wife of John Butterfeild £10; residue to my daughter Margaret, exec. Witnesses: Thomas Millett; John Barber; Richard Hastler Proved: 19 May 1713 to exec. [DW/PC/5/1713/27]

19 Oct 1717 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Richard Pocock (X) of Chertsey, husbandman, sick to my brother Stephen Pocock £7 17s which I lent him; to my kinsman John Pocock 1s; to my sister Elizabeth Fuller 5s; to my kinswoman Elizabeth Fuller who lives with me my freehold messuage in Chertsey Town I live in etc., exec. and residuary legatee Witnesses: William Shurley; Thomas Stone; Richard Hastler Proved: 12 Nov 1717 to exec., sp. [DW/PA/5/1717/87] Transcription

29 Apr 1718 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of James Carpenter of Kingston, gentleman, weak and indisposed all messuage etc. in the occupation of Richard Hucks in Wood Street alias Horsefair, Kingston adjoining another messuage in my occupation to my wife Martha Carpenter for life and then to my daughter Martha Sherley wife of William Sherley for life and then to said William with remainder to my son John Carpenter; messuage etc. West Barnes, Merton in the occupation of Charles Newington to my wife for life and then to my son John paying to my daughters Mary Fray wife of Stephen Fray and Rebecca Carpenter £10 p.a. each; messuage leased from (Mr) Thomas Stroud in Kingston where my son John lives to my said son; to my daughter Rebecca bed, a bedstead, curtains and valence and its trappings in fore lodging chamber next the street and all furniture in said chamber; to my brother Joseph Carpenter and sister Ann Floyd 10s each for rings; wife, exec. and residuary legatee having all my goods for life except such as given to my daughter Rebecca Witnesses: Richard Hucks; James Arthur; George Charlewood Proved: 7 Oct 1718 to John Carpenter exec. of Martha, wife who died in testator's lifetime [DW/PA/5/1718/30] Transcription

30 May 1726 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Sarah Fulker of Clapham, widow all to my sons George Fulker and Thomas Fulker between them; (Mr) Samuel Stevens and (Mr) Benjamin Miller of Clapham, execs. Witnesses: Bridget Shirly; Joan Holland; Catherine Davies Proved: 15 Jun 1726 to exec. Samuel power reserved to other exec. [DW/PA/7/20; DW/PA/5/1726/59] (died today about 3 p.m.)

30 Jan 1734/5 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Joseph Shirley of St George Southwark, now in White Horse Inn, Southwark, citizen and cutler all to my wife Jane Shirley, exec. for life and then to my son Samuel Shirley and daughter Catherine Shirley Witnesses: Daniel Beale; William Mason Proved: 4 Jul 1735 to exec. [DW/PA/7/22; DW/PA/5/1735/96] Transcription

25 May 1740 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of James Gilbert (X) of Warlingham, blacksmith, indisposed to my son James and daughter Sarah Gilbert my two messuages etc. in Caterham in the occupation of Henry Davis and John Shirley; to my son James my stock of iron and working tools; residue to my son James and daughter Sarah equally, execs. Witnesses: John Humphry; James Bowyer; T. Saunders Proved: 27 Jun 1740 to execs. [DW/PA/7/24; DW/PA/5/1740/47]

10 Dec 1744 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Ann Sharlo (X) of St Saviour Southwark, widow all to my daughter Elizabeth Crew, exec. Witnesses: John Emmott; Eleanor Emmott Proved: 30 Jan 1744/5 to exec. Elizabeth Crew, sp. [DW/PA/7/25; DW/PA/5/1745/67]

25 May 1751 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of John Shirley of Walton on Thames, waterman, sick and weak to my friends William Wealand and William Saunders both of Walton on Thames, execs. my freehold land in Sandy Field, Walton on Thames (9 acres) in the occupation of Starmer Tickner and all estate to pay my debts and legacies; to my brother Thomas Shirley £50 due on mortgage from John Benham of West Molesey, and to said brother my chest and bureau and their contents and all my clothes; to my brother Joseph Shirley £20 part of bond from him to me for £70; to my sister Ann Cole wife of Thomas Cole £10; to my sister Elizabeth Person wife of Thomas Person £5 and to her daughter Elizabeth Person £10; to my niece Susan Dalley £5; to my sister Mary Dalley all rest of household goods Witnesses: Thomas Palmer; Mathew Cookman; John Vanner Codicil 3 Jun 1750: to execs. £10 each; to my niece Mary Dalley £5 and residue between my aunt ... Clark of Walton on Thames, aunt Shirley of Chertsey and aunt Clark of Kingston Witnesses: William Brooker; Sarah Cooper; Joseph Bignold Proved: 26 Jul 1751 to execs. [DW/PA/7/27; DW/PA/5/1751/80] (died last month, bachelor) Transcription

23 Jun 1753 Surrey Archdeaconry Court - Will of Ann Cole of Walton on Thames, widow to brother Joseph Shirely, waterman £20; to sister Mary Dalley 1 guinea for ring and to her daughters Mary and Susanna Dalley guinea each for rings; to Benjamin Dalley guinea for ring; to James Dalley guinea for ring; to Ann Dalley guinea for ring; to Thomas Shirely, carpenter guinea for ring; to William Shirely guinea for ring; to John Shirely son of Thomas guinea for ring; to Thomas Shirley, jnr. [from here Shirley] guinea for ring; to Elizabeth Shirley guinea for ring; to Elizabeth daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Shirley guinea for ring; to Mary Shirley guinea for ring; to Ann daughter of Joseph Shirley guinea for ring and large silver spoon marked AS; to Ann Cole pink coloured silk gown, red white linen gown and crepe gown and £2 2s at 21, also pair of stays, two quilted coats and two under coats; to Elizabeth wife of Joseph Shirley guinea for ring; to Mary Dalley, jnr. laced cap and handkerchief; to Susanna Dalley a laced cap and handkerchief; to Thomas Pearson of Walton on Thames, carpenter, exec. house of three tenements etc. in occupation of John Johnson, Rachel Holiday and John Goswel in Walton on Thames Witnesses: George Stone; Mathew Cookman; John Hunter Deposition of John Hunter of Weybridge, schoolmaster sent for by testator to make her will about 23 Jun last and changes made by him at testator's direction Proved: 11 Jul 1753 to exec. [DW/PA/7/28; DW/PA/5/1753/21] (died last month)

2 Jul 1832 Surrey Archdeaconry & Commissary Court - Will of Henry Wallis (X) of Blechingley, bricklayer to my wife Martha Wallis all my five messuages in Godstone in occupation of John Shirley, James Shirley, George Lock, Robert Shirley and James Titchener for life and then three messuages in occupation of John and James Shirley, and George Lock to my son William Wallis of Blechingley, bricklayer; after the death of my wife messuages lately erected and in occupation of Robert Shirley and James Titchener to my daughter Martha wife of Anthony Holman of Blechingley, bricklayer; to my wife all my household goods and after the death of my wife to my son William and daughter Martha; all my clothes to my son William; to the widow of my late son James Wallis of Chichester, Sussex 1s and to Stephen Burbery of Rabbitsheath, Blechingley husband of my late daughter Mary Burbery, deceased 1s; wife, son and daughter, execs. 2 Jul 1832 Witnesses: A. Broughton of Reigate, solicitor; Thomas Burberry his clerk; William Ween of Blechingley Proved: 27 Jun 1836 to execs. (died 25 Apr 1836; under £100)

Summer Research (All now posted) I posted the following Summer Research items to their respective country/state/county pages in the members' section


Archdeaconry of Buckingham court

1695 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 43/152 DAWf: 57/22 Will of Thomas Shirley yeoman of Ludgershall

1702 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 47/78 DAWf: 60/205 Will of Francis Shirley yeoman of Ludgershall

1739 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 75/38 DAWf: 82/163 Will of Jonathan Shirley yeoman of Wootton Underwood

1814 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 130/22 DAWf: 112/144 Will of James Shirley labourer of Marsh Gibbon

1836 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 139/157 DAWf: 118/215 Will of Stephen Shirley yeoman of Wing

1836 Buckinghamshire RO DAWe: 141/72 DAWf: 119/148 Will of William Shirley Dairyman of Lapland Farm Brill

Warwickshire - Records: Shirley of Ettington

Personal Accounts

1738 - Warwickshire RO CR 229/153 [accounts for other years exist] Household accounts of the Hon. John Shirley

1755 May 2 thru September - Warwickshire RO 229/156 Personal Accounts of Hon Sewallis Shirley

Personal Letters

1742 - Warwickshire RO CR 2131/16/51 [one of 7 letters] Miss A Graham to the Hon. George Shirley, 7 love letters written from Bury, Holbrook Hall and Grosvenor Street.

1747 July 6 - Warwickshire RO CR 2131/16/49 Hon Sewalis Shirley to Peter Bathurst: Advice on going abroad to Italy. "Lord Drumlandrich is now in Scotland raising a regiment of two thousand men for the service of the Prince of Orange."

1781 June 16 - Warwickshire RO CR 2131/16/133 Robert, 6th Earl Ferrers, to his son Robert Viscount Tamworth, later 7th Earl Ferrers, on trivial affairs, "Washington has a man to put on his wig for him - of no other use whatsoever, as he allows".

Legal Matters

[Date: before 1768] Warwickshire RO CR 2131/16/62 A bill of Indictment against Dame Stuarta Shirley", "the said Stuarta did feloniously steal...the heart of Sir Hugh Smithson, baronet of Stanwick..."

Ancient Deeds

[Date: about 1220] Warwickshire RO CR 229/Box 18/3; Item 1 - Sewal/Sewallis, son of Henry confirmed to the church the chantry of St Nicholas at Eatendon, founded by his father Henry.

Sciant psentes et futi qd ego Sewalus fil Henrici concessi et hac psenti carta mea cfirmavi in pura et ppetua elemosina offtia que pf meus Henric dedit. Videlt istas tras, mansum sciit qd Ricard Sprot tenuit. cu. crofta et dimidia vgata Pre ad pdcm mansum ptinente. et terra molendini cu crofta. et cu prato juxta molendinu, et cii tra que vocat Clives ver Haleford ad dcam tram molendini ptinentib . et cultam q jacet int Smethemedwe et grava in uno capo. Et cultam q jacet int Brockfurlong et Baldewinesclive in alio campo. et pastam ad qtuor boves cu bob et averiis meis ad sustinendu unu capellanii qui p aia mea et pueroa meoa et ancessoa et successor meoi missam celebrabit ad altare bi Nicholai qd pr meus Henr cstruxit ppiis suptib in Ecciia de Etindona. Seitt quolibet die p defunctis cii Dirige. et Placebo, et officiis ad obseq'a ptinentirjs defunctof. Exceptis die Jovis et festivitatib fei Xicholai. in quibs de bo Nicholao missam celebrabit. Pretea ad dci Capffi sustetacom ccessi et cfirmavi Q'nq. Solid: ad duos anni tminos pcipiendos de Scda Decimacone Feni mei. Scitt ad fest bi Michael Duos solid et sex denar. et ad Nativitate bi Johis Bapt. Duos solid, et sex denar. De q'b dcs Caplts quatuor solid peipiet ad usus pprios. et ad luminare Ecclie de Etindon duodeci denar. et decimu bucellii de tolneto molendini mei de Etindona. Volo aute ut Capetti substituti habeant dcas tras et res cii ptinentiis libe et qu'ete ab orni svitio et exactoe ad me vel ad hedes meos ptinente cu comuna ville. Cu au Caplls substitut mortuus fuerit, Ego et heredes mei aliu ydoneu psonis dee Ecctie psentabim . que des psona sine aliq dilatioe et machinatione ad dcam Cantaria admittet. Quicuq, v° Caplls ibide substitut fuerit . de indepnitate ecctie pstabit sacmentu. Et ut hec mea concessio rata et stabil pmaneat. psenti scpto sigillu meu apposui. Hiis Testibs. Wifto de Bisopesdon. Bardulfo de Cestreton. Rogo de Fulrithi Robto de Haleford. Symone de Stokes. Gilberto de Neubold. Ricardo de Castello. Robto de Vtelicot. Willo de Fulrithi. Gralfrido fre ej et aliis.

[Date: about 1200] Warwickshire RO CR 229/Box 18/3; Item 2 - Description of the following deed taken from Stemmata Shirlieana, pg 13 "We next come to the foundation charter (App. xxx.) of the chantry of St. Nicholas at Eatendon, granted by Henry about the reign of King John,t or beginning of Henry III. The description of the lands with which the chantry was endowed is very minute, and many of them can still be pointed out. The north aisle of the church of Lower Eatendon is supposed to be the chantry here alluded to, or possibly the south transept, having been anciently the burial-place of the family. According to Sir Thomas Shirley, the founder Henry was here interred. His words are : " Sir Henry de Etindon " (what authority he had for knighting him does not appear,) " died anno 1220, and received the honour of his sepulture in the chappel adjoining to the church of Etindon, which he himself had built, under a marble stone, with a plate of brass, the which bears his portraiture thereon engraven."

Sciant praesentes et futuri quod ego Henricus filius Sewalli dedi et concessi et hac psenti carta mea confirmavi in puram et perpetuam elemosinam istas terras, Mansum scilicet quod Bicardus Sprot tenuit cu Crofta et dimidia virgata terre ad prsedictum mansum pertinente, et terrain molendinii cum prato juxta molendinum ad il'am terram pertinente, et culturam qua? jacet inter Smethe medwe et gravam in uno campo, et culturam que jacet inter Brocfurlong et Baldewines clive in alio campo, et pasturam ad quatuor boves cum bobus et averiis meis, ad sustiiiendum unum capellanum qui pro anima mea et uxoris
mese, et puerorum meorum et antecessorum meorum et successorum meorum missam celebrabit ad altare Beati Nicholai quod construxi propriis sumptibus in ecclesia de Etindoria, scilicet quolibet die pro defunctis cum Dirige et Placebo et officiis ad obsequia pertinentibus defunctorum, exceptis die Jovis et festivitatibus Beati Nicholai in quibus de Beato Nicholao missam celebrabit. Prseterea ad dicti capellani sustentationem concessi quinque solidos ad duos anni terminos percipiendos de secunda decimatione foerii mei, scilicet ad festum Beati Michaelis duos solid, et sex denar. et ad nativitatem beati Johis Baptiste duos solid, et sex denar. de quibus dictus capellanus quatuor solid, percipiet ad usus proprios et ad luminare ecclesiaa de Etendon duodecim denar. et decimum busellum de tolneto molendini mei de Etendona. Volo autem ut capellani substituti habeant dictas terras et res cum pertinentiis liberas et quietas ab omni servitio vel exactione ad me vel hseredes meos pertinente cum communa villa. Cum autem capellanus substitutus mortuus fuerit, ego et hseredes mei alium idoneum persona? dictse ecclesise prassentabimus, quern dictus persona sine aliqua dilatione et machinatione ad dictam Cantariam admittet. Quicunque vero capellanus ibidem substitutus fuerit, de indemnitate ecclesise prasstabit sacramentum. Et ut haec mea donato et concessio rata et stabilis pmaneat, psenti scripto sigillum meu apposui. Hiis test. Wittmo de Bisopesdon, Bardulfo de Cestreton, Roberto de Fulrithhith, Roberto de Haleford, Thoma de Etindon, Roberto Franco, Hug. de Welles, Olivero le Foun, Serlone de Mungey, Jordano de Cotona &c. et multis aliis.



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