'Shirley1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Shirley of Ettington (Ettendon), Shirley of Oat Hall, Shirley of Preston, Shirley of Shirley, Shirley of Staunton (Stanton), Shirley of West Grinstead, Shirley of Westneston (Wiston)
[On 18.08.05 this page was reviewed & extended. The previous lower section, the descendants of Sir Ralph (d 1517), was taken to Shirley2 and a new lower section was added below.]

Sasuallo or Sewallus of Ettington, etc. (d c1085)
1. Fulcher of Ettington, etc. (d c1105)
A. Henry ancestor of Shirley of Ireton and families named Ireton
  B. Sewallis of Shirley (d c1129)
  Sewallis and the next few generations may well have been known as 'de Ettington' rather than 'de Shirley'.
  m. Matilda (dau of Ridel of Halaughton)
  i. Henry de Shirley (d c1165)
  m. Joanna (dau of John de Clinton of Essex)
  a. Sewallis de Shirley (a 1167)
  m. Isabel Meynell (dau of Robert Meynell of Langley Meynell)
  Visitation adds 2 intervening generations here: Henry then Sewall, apparently younger son of Henry (the other son being another Henry) and father of ...
(1) Sir James de Shirley and Ettington (d c1278)
  m. Agnes de Walton (dau of Simon de Walton, Bishop of Norwich)
  (A) Sir Ralph de Shirley, Sheriff of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (d 1327)
  m. Margaret (dau of Walter de Waldeshief of Fairfield)
(i) Sir Thomas Shirley
  m. Isabel Basset (sister of Ralph Basset, Lord of Drayton)
  (a) Sir Hugh Shirley (d Shrewsbury 1403, grand falconer)
  m. Beatrix de Braose (sister of John de Braose of West Neston)
  ((1)) Sir Ralph Shirley, Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (a 1422)
  m1. Joan Basset (dau of Thomas Basset of Braylesford)
((A)) Ralph Shirley of Ettington, Shirley and Staunton (constable of Melbourne Castle)
  m1. Margaret Staunton (dau of John de Staunton of Staunton Harold)
  ((i)) John Shirley of Ettington, etc. (d 1485)
  m. Eleanor Willoughby (dau of Sir Hugh Willoughby of Wollaton)
  ((a)) Sir Ralph Shirley of Ettington, Shirley and Staunton (d 1517)
m1. Elizabeth Walsh (dau of Thomas Walsh of Wanlep)
  m2. Jane Sheffield (dau of Sir Robert Sheffield)
  m2. Elizabeth Blount (dau of Sir Thomas (not John) Blount)
  ((ii)) Ralph Shirley of Westneston (Wiston) - continued below
  m. Jane Belingham (dau of Thomas Belingham of Lemyster)
  ((iii))+ other issue - Elizabeth, Alice, Sauch. (sic), Ann, Margaret
  m3. Lucia Aston or Assheton (dau of Sir John Assheton of Atherton)
  ((B)) Beatrix Shirley
  m. John Brome of Bedesley Clynton
  m2. Alis Blunt
  ((2)) Isabel Shirley
  m. Sir Gey Cockend (John Cokayne) of Ashburne
  ((3))+ other issue - Elizabeth, Nichola
  (ii) Isabel Shirley
  m. Geffrey Lee Burgylond of Weston (sic)
  (2) Elizabeth de Shirley
  m. John de Walton (son of Simon, Bishop of Norwich)
  ii.+ other issue - Fulcher (dsp), Hugh (priest), Ralph, Richard
  C.+ other issue - Fulcher (dsp), Nicholas, Robert



Ralph Shirley of Westneston (Wiston) - continued above
Visitation shows this Ralph as married also to Elizabeth, dau of Thomas Blount, with a note (apparently provided The Harleian's Society's editor) saying that she was "added, but in a like hand". On the basis that this looks like a repetition of his mother (whose marriage to his father is mentioned in BP1934) we ignore this.
m. Jane Belingham (dau of Thomas Belingham of Lemyster)
1. Sir Richard Shirley of Westneston or Wiston (d 1543-4)
  m1. Ann Shelley (dau of John Shelley of Michelgrove)
  A. William Shirley of Westneston or Wiston
  m. Mary Isley (dau of Thomas Isley or Issley of Kent)
  i. Sir Thomas Shirley of Westneston or Wiston (a 1585)
  A web site gives Sir Thomas's dates as 1542-10.1612 and reports that he also married a Frances Vernon (probably of the family of Hodnet) who was mother of Sir Anthony. Visitation reports only one wife ...
  m. Anne Kempe (dau of Sir Thomas Kempe of Wye by Catherine Chenye)
a. Sir Thomas Shirley of Wiston (b 1564, d c1620)
  m. Frances Vavasor (dau of Sir Thomas Vavasor)
  Visitation merely names Thomas and his wife. A web site confirms he inherited Wiston, gives his dates, and reports that he was father of ...
  (1) Henry Shirley (dramatist, younger son)
  (2) Mary Shirley probably of this generation
  m. George Feilding of Solihull, Warwickshire
(A) Anne Feilding (d 20.02.1679/80, 3rd daughter)
  m. (16.11.1676) Sir Samuel Morland of Sulhamstead, 1st Bart
  b. Sir Anthony Shirley ## note probable duplication below
  m. Barbara Walsingham (dau of Sir Thomas Walsingham)
c. Robert Shirley
  d. Mary Shirley
  m. Sir John Croftes of Suffolk
  e. Elizabeth Shirley
  m. Edward Onslow
  f. Margery Shirley
  m. Pexsall Brocas
  g. Jane Shirley
  m. John Shirley of Isefeild (b 1569, d 1631)
  h. Anne Shirley (b 23.12.1573)
  m. (c1590) Sir John Tracy of Toddington, Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1st Viscount of Rathcoole (d before 14.02.1648)
  i. Cecily Shirley (bur 31.07.1662)
m. (25.11.1596) Thomas West, 3rd Lord De La Warr (b 09.07.1557, d 07.06.1618)
  ii. Anthony Shirley ## note probable duplication above
  m. Barbara Walsingham (dau of Sir Thomas Walsingham)
  a. Thomas Shirley of Preston, Sussex (d 02.1636-7)
  The folllowing is supported by Visitation (Sussex, 1662, Shirley of Preston) with input also from BEB1841 (Shirley of Preston) and from Nichols.
m1. (13.06.1598) Jane Essex (bur 03.11.1599, dau of Thomas Essex of Lamburne, sister of Sir William)
  (1) Thomas Shirley of Preston (bpt 31.03.1599, bur 20.05.1654)
  The following comes mainly from 'History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester' (John Nichols, vol 4, part 2, 1811, 'Pedigree of Shirley of Preston, Sussex', p1050).
m1. Elizabeth Stapley (d 1654, dau/heir of Drew Stapley of London)
  (A) Sir Anthony Shirley, 1st Bart of Preston (b 05.07.1624, bur 22.06.1683)
  m. Anne Onslow (dau of Sir Richard Onslow of West Clandon)
  (i) Sir Richard Shirley, 2nd Bart of Preston (b c1654, bur 30.03.1692)
  m. (13.03.1676-7) Judith Bateman (bur 04.06.1729, dau of Joas Bateman of London, sister of Sir James, m2. Sir Henry Hatsell)
  (a) Sir Richard Shirley, 3rd Bart of Preston (d unm 1705)
  (b) Anne Shirley (d 1712)
  m. (c12.1698) Robert Western of London (d 06.1728)
  (c) Mary Shirley (a 1730)
  m. Thomas Western of Rivenhall & Preston (d 1733)
  (d)+ other issue - Anthony (d infant 1694), Judith
  (ii) Elizabeth Shirley (bpt 17.11.1651)
  m. (c03.1676-7) William Boys of Hawkhurst
  (B) William Shirley 'of Jamaica' (younger son?)
  m. _ Oglander
  (i) William Shirley (d 1701)
  m. Elizabeth Godman (dau/heir of John Godman of Ote Hall (Oat Hall))
(a) William Shirley of Oat Hall in Wivelsfield (Sussex), Governor of Massachusetts Bay (New England) then of the Bahama Islands (b c1692-3, d 03.1771, Lt. General)
  m. Frances Barker (d before 1771, dau of Rev. Francis Barker of London)
  ((1)) Sir Thomas Shirley of Oat Hall, Governor of the Leeward Islands, 1st Bart (b 30.12.1727, d 18.02.1800, Major General, 3rd son)
  The folllowing is supported by TCB (vol 5, 'Shirley of Ote Hall', p252).
  m. (04.06.17698) Anna Maria Western (b 21.11.1737, d 1777, dau of Thomas Western of Rivenhall by Anne, dau of Robert Callis)
  ((A)) Thomas Western Shirley (b by 1770, dvp unm 06.10.1794)
  ((B)) Sir William Warden Shirley of Othall, 2nd Bart (b 04.08.1772, d unm 26.02.1815)
((2)) Elizabeth Shirley (d c1790)
  m. Eliakim Hutchinson (b c1708, d 1775, judge in Massachussetts Bay)
  ((3)) Frances Shirley
  m. William Bolland of London
  ((A)) 'Frances Shirley) Bolland (b c1745, d 05.10.1815) who married ...
  m. (24.10.1768) Charles Western of Rivenhall (d 1771)
  ((4)) Harriot Shirley, later in Ireland (a 1801)
  m. Robert Temple of Tenhills near Boston
  ((5)) Maia Catheriney Shirley (a 1801)
  m. John Irving of Boston, New England (a 1801)
  ((6))+ other issue (d unm) - William (d 1755), John (d 1755, captain), Ralph (d infant), Judith
(ii) Elizabeth Shirley probably the Elizabeth who married ...
  m. Robert Nedham of Jamaica (d 1738)
  (C) Elizabeth Shirley
  m. Joseph Lee of Plaistow
  (D)+ other issue - Thomas, Drew, Benjamin, John
  m2. ??
  (H)+ other issue - Mary, Abigail, Jane, Frances
  m2. (1606) Grace Stapley (bpt 06.12.1586) dau of Anthony Stapley of Framfield)
  (2) Anthony Shirley
  m3.(02.02.1614-5) Elizabeth Stoner (bur 25.01.1630, dau of John Stoner, widow of Thomas Stephens)
  (3) Abbigale Shirley
  b. Judith Shirley
  m. Sir Henry Mallory
  c. Elizabeth Shirley
  m. Sir Samwell Smyth
  d. Sarah Shirley
  m. Edward Godman of Etehale
  e.+ other issue - Anthony (dsp), Richard, Walsingham, Edward, Henry
  B. Ciseley Shirley
  m. John Ledys
  C. Ann Shirley
  m. Richard Fernwold
  D. Elizabeth Shirley
  m. John Mychell of Stammerham
  E. Alys Shirley
  m. Thomas Chaunceler of Lyndford
  F.+ other issue - John, Edward (dsp)
  m2. Elizabeth Gifford (dau of Sir Richard Gifford)
2. Thomas Shirley of West Grinstead
  m. Elizabeth Gorges (dau/coheir of Marmaduke Gorges alias Russell of Gloucestershire)
  A. Francis Shirley of West Grinstead reported by a web site to have been Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex (a 1574)
m. _ Blount (dau of Richard Blount)
  i. Thomas Shirley of West Grinstead (b c1555, a 1577)
  m. _ Carell
  a. Scissely Shirley
  m. Sir George Snelling of West Grinsted or Grinstead
  b. Barbara Shirley
  m1. Sir Thomas Thornhurst
  m2. Anthony St. Leger
  B.+ other issue - Isabel, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Joan
3. Jane Shirley
  m1. John Daney (sb Dawtrey) of Petworth
  m2. Sir Richard Lister (d 14.03.1553)
4. Elizabeth Shirley
  m. John Lee of Little Worth
5. Beatrix Shirley
  m. Edward Eldrington of Hogston
6. Isabel Shirley
  m. John Dawney of Hampton

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : BP1934 (Ferrers), Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Shirley)
(2) For lower section : Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Shirley)
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